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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

BS - Biological Science

Concentration in Marine Biology

San José State University -to- Long Beach City 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:

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school
Chem 1A General Chemistry
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (*)
Equivalent only if sequence is complete
CHEM 008 Organic ChemistryNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 009 Organic Chemistry LabNo Current Equivalent
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 2A General Physics
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 2B General Physics
BIOL 005 Computer Literacy in BiologyNo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIO 1A Biology for Science Majors (*)
BIO 1B Biology for Science Majors (*)
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyBIO 1A Biology for Science Majors (*)
BIO 1B Biology for Science Majors (*)

All students must satisfy the following prerequisite (or equivalent) prior to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU {Academic Senate policy S05-8}.

Once the following course requirement is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registering for upper division courses:
ENGL 001B Composition 2
A "C" or better is required in English 1B (a "C-" is not acceptable).
ENGL 2 Introduction to Literature/Composition
ENGL 3 Argumentative and Critical Writing
ENGL 3H Honors Argumentative and Critical Writing
2nd English Composition Equivalent Transfer CourseENGL 4 Critical Analysis of Literature
A course articulated to SJSU's English 1B is recommended, however any course approved for the IGETC second semester English composition area would be accepted to meet this requirement (a grade of "C" or better is required).

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Long Beach City College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry for Science Majors II, with Lab
BIO 1AGeneral Biology Sequence
BIO 1BGeneral Biology Sequence
BIO 1AGeneral Biology Sequence
BIO 1BGeneral Biology Sequence
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San José State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. 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 José State University.

2. Second Semester English Composition:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) as it is a prerequisite to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this course (a "C-" is not acceptable). 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

3. 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.

4. Physical Education Requirement:
Two courses are required and must include at least two different activities. Completion of these courses will clear the graduation requirement at SJSU.

5. Lower Division Major Course Requirements:
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.