Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Environmental Studies

Concentration in Environmental Restoration and Resource Management

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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 123 Critical Thinking: Composition & Literature
ENGL 126 Critical Thinking: The Shaping of Meaning in Language
COMM 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
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent

Preparation for the Major:

ENVS 010 Life on a Changing PlanetBIOSC 101 Fundamentals of Biological Science
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMATH 142 Elementary Statistics with Probability
ECON 001B Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsEcon 221 Principles of Microeconomics
BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIOSC 130 Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOSC 131 Principles of Organismal Biology, Evolution & Ecology
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 120 General College Physics I
MATH 019 PrecalculusMath 191 Pre-Calculus
CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 120 General College Chemistry I
General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
General chemistry for majors that require only one semester (two quarters) of general chemistry, rather than a full year of general chemistry, and when articulation to SJSU's CHEM 1A course is not available.
Chem 120 General College Chemistry I
Chem 121 General College Chemistry II

Lower Division Requirement of the Major:

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental IssuesBIOSC 170 Environmental Science


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units, students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
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. The lower division major courses for this major are shown above.

2. 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 may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at:

4. 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 U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.