Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Environmental Studies

San José State University -to- Mendocino 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 WritingENG 201 Critical Thinking Through Literature
ENG 205 Critical Thinking
COM 202 Argumentation and Debate
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENG 201 Critical Thinking Through Literature

Preparation for the Major:

ECON 001B Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsEco 201 Principles of Microeconomics
ENVS 010 Life on a Changing PlanetNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIO 260 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 261 Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology
BIO 262 Biodiversity, Structure, and Function
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhy 210 General Physics I
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMTH 220 Statistics
UNVS 015C Statway C: Statistics-Concepts & MethodsNo Current Equivalent
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.
CHM 250 General Chemistry I
Chm 251 General Chemistry II

Lower Division Requirement of the Major:

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental IssuesNRS 200 Environmental Science


WEST VALLEY COLLEGE students that wish to transfer a Parks minor in Environmental Stuides will need to complete the following:

Please select 9 units from the following West Valley College courses:
PKMGT 10: Intro to Park Management (3 units)
PKMGT 11: Park Communications (2 units)
PKMGT 14: Conservation of Our Natural Resources (3 units)
PKMGT 15A: Duties of the Ranger (3 units)
PKMGT 15B: Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation (3 units)
PKMGT 15C: Intro to Park Maintenance (3 units)
PKMGT 18: Park Planning and Design (2 units)
BIO 14: California Plants and Animals (3 units)
GEOL 1A: Physical Geology (4 units)
GEOL 15: Geology of California (3 units)


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.