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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

BA - Life Science

Concentration in Biodiversity Stewardship

San José State University -to- Diablo Valley College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

Lower Division Preparation for the Major:

Either complete two courses from:
PHYS 001 Elementary PhysicsPhys 110 Elementary Physics
Phys 129 Introductory Physics for Engineers
PHYS 001L Elementary Physics LabPhys 111 Physics Laboratory
Phys 129 Introductory Physics for Engineers
and GEOL 107 once attending SJSU
Or Complete two courses from:
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 120 General College Physics I
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 121 General College Physics II
Also take in preparation for the Major:
METR 010 Weather and ClimateGeog 140 Introduction to Weather
Complete either:
General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
(or CHEM 1A taken at SJSU)
Chem 120 General College Chemistry I
Chem 121 General College Chemistry II
Note: This major only requires completion of one semester or two quarters of General Chemistry in lieu of CHEM 1A taken at SJSU.
Or complete both:
CHEM 030A Introductory ChemistryChem 108 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 030B Introductory ChemistryChem 109 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIOSC 130 Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology (*)
BIOSC 131 Principles of Organismal Biology, Evolution & Ecology (*)
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyBIOSC 130 Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology (*)
BIOSC 131 Principles of Organismal Biology, Evolution & Ecology (*)
BIOL 005 Computer Literacy in BiologyNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 006 Biological SafetyNo Current Equivalent

All students must satisfy the following prerequisite (or equivalent) prior to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU {Academic Senate policy S05-8}.

Once the following course requirement is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registering for upper division courses:
ENGL 001B Composition 2
A "C" or better is required in English 1B (a "C-" is not acceptable).
ENGL 123 Critical Thinking: Composition & Literature
ENGL 126 Critical Thinking: The Shaping of Meaning in Language
2nd English Composition Equivalent Transfer CourseCOMM 121 Persuasion & Critical Thinking
HIST 122 Critical Reasoning in History
PHILO 130 Critical Thinking: Reasoning in Everyday Life
PSYCH 145 Critical Thinking in Psychology
SOCIO 122 Critical Thinking About Social & Cultural Issues
A course articulated to SJSU's English 1B is recommended, however any course approved for the IGETC second semester composition area would be accepted to meet this requirement (a grade of "C" or better is required).

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Diablo Valley College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
BIOSC 130General Biology Sequence
BIOSC 131General Biology Sequence
BIOSC 130General Biology Sequence
BIOSC 131General Biology Sequence
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San José State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San José State University.

2. Second Semester English Composition:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) as it is a prerequisite to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this course (a "C-" is not acceptable). Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

3. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

4. Physical Education Requirement:
Two courses are required and must include at least two different activities. Completion of these courses will clear the graduation requirement at SJSU.

5. Lower Division Major Course Requirements:
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.