Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingCOMM 315 Communication
ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking
PHIL 328 Critical Reasoning & Composition
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature

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
General chemistry for majors that accept only one semester (two quarters) of general chemistry in lieu of CHEM 1A taken at SJSU, rather than a full year of general chemistry.
CHEM 400 General Chemistry
CHEM 401 General Chemistry
CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
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 & MethodsNo Current Equivalent

Psychology Electives:

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


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.