Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Physics

San José State University -to- Evergreen 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

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Physics department accepts the AS-T in Physics for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Physics major at SJSU, as part of their AS-T in Physics. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AS-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 1C Critical Thinking/Composition
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisEngl 1B English Composition

Preparation for the Major:

CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 1A General Chemistry
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 1A General Chemistry
Chem 1B General Chemistry
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 71 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 72 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 73 Multivariable Calculus
MATH 133A Ordinary Differential EquationsMath 78 Differential Equations
Community College math courses articulated with SJSU's Math 133A will meet the course content of the major requirements, but will not receive upper division credit.
PHYS 040 Introduction to Computational PhysicsNo Current Equivalent
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys 4A General Physics
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys 4B General Physics
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPhys 4C General Physics


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.