Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BS - Psychology

San José State University -to- Folsom Lake 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

Preparation for the Major:

BIOL 021 Human BiologyBIOL 310 General Biology (*)
BIOL 065 Human AnatomyNo Current Equivalent

Complete 3 to 9 semester units (5 to 14 quarter) from:

CHEM 030A Introductory ChemistryChem 305 Introduction to Chemistry (*)
CHEM 030B Introductory ChemistryChem 306 Introduction to Chemistry
General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
This major only requires completion of one semester or two quarters of General Chemistry in lieu of CHEM 1A taken at SJSU.
CHEM 400 General Chemistry (*)
CHEM 401 General Chemistry (*)
CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
Sequence must be complete
CHEM 400 General Chemistry (*)
CHEM 401 General Chemistry (*)
Equivalent only if sequence is complete

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

PSYC 001 General PsychologyPsyc 300 General Principles
PSYC 030 Introductory PsychobiologyPSYC 312 Biological Psychology
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsStat 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
UNVS 015C Statway C: Statistics-Concepts & Methods
Please note: A course that articulates to UNVS 015C may be used in "lieu of" the statistics course required by this major through Summer 2016. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better.
No Current Equivalent

Psychology Electives:

Three semester units (or 5 quarter units) of any transferable psychology course may be applied.

WST Prerequisite:

Beginning Fall 2014 the prerequisite for the WST is the completion of the CSU GE A3 with a grade of C or better. 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). In doing this students will be more prepared to pass the WST and 100W course at SJSU.
Once the following recommended course has been completed with a grade of C or better, students should contact our testing office: to register for the WST exam at SJSU (passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registration for upper division courses):
2nd English Composition/Critical Thinking Equivalent Transfer Course
any course approve for the IGETC Critical Thinking/Second semester English composition 1B area is highly recommended
No Current Equivalent
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Folsom Lake College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
BIOL 310Human Biology Human Services
Chem 305General Chemistry for Allied Health Majors, with Lab
CHEM 400General Chemistry for Science Majors I, with Lab
CHEM 401General Chemistry for Science Majors II, with Lab
CHEM 400General Chemistry for Science Majors I, with Lab
CHEM 401General Chemistry for Science Majors II, with Lab
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


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. 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. These requirements 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 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 Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. 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

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 US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.