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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BS - SJSU Online - Interdisciplinary Engineering

San José State University -to- Golden West 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

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering (formerly General Engineering) is a fully online degree program offered by the Interdisciplinary Engineering Program. The program is intended for students interested in developing engineering skills and knowledge applied across different fields of study or emerging technologies. Our curriculum for the Degree Completion Program covers three primary areas - engineering management and statistical quality engineering, applied computing, and innovation and law. All three areas are applicable to a wide range of engineering and business practices, provide the skills and knowledge that serve existing and emerging technologies, and can provide a competitive advantage for students interested in opportunities in Interdisciplinary Engineering.
The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. This online program is offered through a special session that requires a separate application process.

Admission Requirements:

Transfer students who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission to this program.
1. All applicants are required to complete at least 60 transferable semester units (or 90 quarter units) with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better.
2. Applicants must have completed the Core Lower Division General Education Requirements (39 units).
3. All three CSU approved basic skills courses must be completed with a C- grade or better:
(A1) Oral Communication/Speech
(A2) Written English Composition
(B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)
The GE A3 - Critical Thinking/Logic is waived for this degree.
4. GE Area F - Ethnic Studies must be completed with a C- grade or better to meet the requirement at San Jose State University.
5. Completion of ENGL 1B or equivalent second course in english composition. This course requirement can be taken as part of the Core General Education (3 units).
6. Completion of at least 27 units of the Math and Science courses (or equivalents) listed below.
7. Completion of at least 12 units of the Engineering courses (or equivalents) listed below.

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL G110 Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing Through Literature

Math and Science Course Requirements:

BIOL 010 The Living WorldNo Current Equivalent
MATH 030 Calculus IMath G180 Calculus 1
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath G185 Calculus 2
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath G280 Calculus 3
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys G185 Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys G280 Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism
Select one course from the following:
CHEM 030A Introductory ChemistryCHEM G130 Preparation for General Chemistry
CHEM G110 Introduction to Chemistry
CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem G180 General Chemistry A
CHEM 001B General ChemistryChem G185 General Chemistry B
Select one course from the following:
MATH 033A Ordinary Differential Equations for SCI & ENGRNo Current Equivalent
MATH 033LA Differential Equations and Linear AlgebraMATH G285 Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Engineering Course Requirements:

ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringNo Current Equivalent
EE 098 Introduction to Circuit AnalysisENGR G285 Engineering Circuits
Select one course from the following:
CMPE 030 Programming Concepts and MethodologyCS G153 Java Programming 1
CS G175 C++ Programming 1
CS 046A Introduction to ProgrammingNo Current Equivalent
Select one course from the following:
MATE 025 Introduction to MaterialsNo Current Equivalent
CE 095 Theory and Application of StaticsENGR G280 Statics


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.

(page last modified: 04/17/2024)