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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BA - Design Studies

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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL G110 Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing Through Literature
PHIL G125 Critical Reasoning and Writing
PSYC G130 Critical Thinking in Psychology
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL G110 Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing Through Literature

Core Requirement for the Major:

ARTH 072 Design in SocietyNo Current Equivalent

Art History - Complete one course from:

ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalArt G105 Survey of Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages
Art G105H Art History & Appreciation 1, Honors - Prehistoric to Renanaissance
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernArt G106 Survey of Art from Renaissance to Contemporary
Art G106H Art History & Appreciation 2, Honors- Renaissance to Present
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaART G103 Survey of Asian Art

Design Drawing - Complete one course from:

ANI 011 Illustration Fundamentals IArt G116 Drawing I
ART 024 Drawing IArt G116 Drawing I
DSID 021 Visualization INo Current Equivalent
DSIT 010 Sketching, Drawing + ModelingNo Current Equivalent

Design Foundation I - Complete one course from:

ANI 010 Light and OpticsNo Current Equivalent
DSGD 063 Fundamental Graphic VisualizationART G107 Color and Design: 2D
DSID 022 Visualization IINo Current Equivalent
DSIT 005 Introduction of Interior Design and ArchitectureNo Current Equivalent

Design Foundation II - Complete one course from:

ANI 071 Visual PrinciplesNo Current Equivalent
DSGD 083 Digital Applications: BasicsNo Current Equivalent
DSID 031 Industrial Design Foundation INo Current Equivalent
DSIT 029 Design ProcessNo Current Equivalent

Design Methods I - Complete one course from:

ANI 031 2D Animation INo Current Equivalent
DSIT 033 Architectural PresentationNo Current Equivalent

Design Methods II - Complete one course from:

DSGD 099 Introduction to TypographyNo Current Equivalent
DSID 032 Industrial Design Foundation IINo Current Equivalent
DSIT 083 Visual Communication INo Current Equivalent

Area Specialization - Complete one of the three Specialization Areas below (Graphic Design, Industrial Design, or Interior Design):

Graphic Design: (Courses for this specialization must be completed at SJSU, not at the community college.)

Industrial Design:

DSID 041 Materials and Processes INo Current Equivalent

Interior Design:

DSIT 034 Interior Architecture Foundation StudioNo Current Equivalent

Major Electives:

TA 005 ActingTHEA G106 Acting 1


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.

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