Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Mathematics

San José State University -to- Foothill 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 Mathematics department accepts the AS-T in Mathematics for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Mathematics major at SJSU, as part of their AS-T in Mathematics. 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 1B Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking
ENGL 1BH Honors Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking
ENGL 1C Advanced Composition
ENGL 1CH Honors Advanced Composition
PHIL 1 Critical Thinking
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 1B Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking
ENGL 1BH Honors Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking

A grade of "C-" or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in this major, including courses in preparation for the major.

Preparation for the Major:

PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPHYS 4A General Physics: Calculus
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPHYS 4B General Physics: Calculus
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPHYS 4C General Physics: Calculus

One course from the following:

MATH 050 Scientific Computing INo Current Equivalent
CS 046A Introduction to ProgrammingCS 1B Intermediate Software Design in JAVA
CS 049C Programming in CNo Current Equivalent
CS 049J Programming in JavaNo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMath 1A Calculus
MATH 1AH Calculus I Honors
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 1B Calculus
Math 1C Calculus
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 1C Calculus
Math 1D Calculus
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsMath 22 Discrete Mathematics
CS 18 Discrete Mathematics

Additional Major Requirements:

MATH 129A Linear Algebra IMath 2B Linear Algebra
Note: Community college math courses articulated with SJSU's MATH 129A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.


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.