Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Physics

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

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Physics department accepts the AS-T in Physics for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Physics major at SJSU, as part of their AS-T in Physics. 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 3 Argumentative and Critical Writing
ENGL 3H Honors Argumentative and Critical Writing
ENGL 4 Critical Analysis of Literature
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 2 Introduction to Literature/Composition
ENGL 3 Argumentative and Critical Writing
ENGL 3H Honors Argumentative and Critical Writing
ENGL 4 Critical Analysis of Literature

Preparation for the Major:

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 1A General Chemistry
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (*)
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 60 First Calculus Course (*)
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 70 Second Calculus Course (*)
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 80 Third Calculus Course (*)
MATH 133A Ordinary Differential EquationsNo Current Equivalent
Community College math courses articulated with SJSU's Math 133A will meet the course content of the major requirements, but will not receive upper division credit.
PHYS 040 Introduction to Computational PhysicsNo Current Equivalent
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys 3A Physics for Science & Engineering- Mechanics
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys 3B Physics for Science & Engineering- Electricity & Magnetism
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPhys 3C Physics for Science & Engineering- Modern Physics

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
Math 60Single Variable Calculus I
Math 70Single Variable Calculus II
Math 80Multivariable Calculus
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


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. 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. These requirements 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 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 Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. 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

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 US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.