Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Computer Science

San José State University -to- College of Marin

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 Computer Science department accepts the AS-T in Computer Science for transfer into this major. 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 151 Reading and Composition
Engl 155 Critical Thinking/Composition
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 151 Reading and Composition

Preparation for the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMath 123 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 124 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsComp 117 Discrete Mathematics
Math 117 Discrete Mathematics

BSCS Science Requirements:

11 semester/17 quarter units of lower division science course work must be completed (6 semester units of approved GE in B1, B2 and B3 - PLUS 5 semester units of science electives). The courses listed below will count toward the 5-unit requirement. Most Area B courses will count toward the 11-unit requirement. For more details about the CS science requirements at SJSU, see:
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys 207A Mechanics and Properties of Matter
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys 207B Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPhys 207C Heat, Light, Sound and Modern Physics
BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIOL 112A Biology for Biology Majors
BIOL 112B Biology for Biology Majors
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyBIOL 112A Biology for Biology Majors
BIOL 112B Biology for Biology Majors
BIOL 112C Biology for Biology Majors
CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 131 General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
General chemistry for majors that require only one semester (two quarters) of general chemistry, rather than a full year of general chemistry, and when articulation to SJSU's CHEM 1A course is not available.
Chem 131 General Chemistry I
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II
GEOL 001 General GeologyGeol 120 Physical Geology
Geol 120L Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 007 Earth, Time and LifeGEOL 121 Historical Geology
METR 010 Weather and ClimateGEOG 112 Meteorology and Climatology

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CS 046A Introduction to Programming
Note: Articulated courses to CS 46A may articulate to CS 49C if taught in C or C++ and not used for CS 46A (see SJSU major advisor after transfer).
No Current Equivalent
CS 046B Introduction to Data StructuresNo Current Equivalent
CS 047 Introduction to Computer SystemsCOMP 160 Computer Organization: An Assembly Language Perspective
Please note: All students must have 37 units of upper division math and CS course work not to include CS 100W taken at SJSU. Please see your CS advisor after transferring to SJSU.

Up to 9 semester/14 quarter units of the following courses may be completed prior to transfer, to apply toward preparation or electives for the major, at the lower division level:

MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 223 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III
MATH 129A Linear Algebra I
Content Credit Only - 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.
Math 116 Linear Algebra
CS 072 Unix and Unix UtilitiesNo Current Equivalent
CS 049C Programming in CNo Current Equivalent
CS 049J Programming in JavaNo Current Equivalent


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.