Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Forensic Science

Concentration in Biology

San José State University -to- Modesto Junior 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 Justice Studies department accepts the AS-T in Chemistry 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 WritingCOMM 104 Argumentation
ENGL 103 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
PHILO 105 Reasoning
PHILO 107 Philosophy of Science
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 102 Advanced Composition and Introduction to Literature

Preparation for the Major:

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
Chem 101 General Chemistry 1
Chem 102 General Chemistry 2
Equivalent only if sequence is complete
CHEM 55 and 55L Quantitative Analysis and Lab sequenceNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 112A, 112B and 113A Organic Chemistry & Lab
NOTE: Chem 112A + 112B + 113A are Content Credit Only and equivalents must be completed as a series for credit.
No Current Equivalent
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 171 Calculus: First Course
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 142 Mechanics, Heat and Waves
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 143 Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, Atomic & Nuclear Structure
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMath 134 Elementary Statistics

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIO 101 Biological Principles
BOT 101 General Botany
ZOOL 101 General Zoology
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyBIO 101 Biological Principles
BOT 101 General Botany
ZOOL 101 General Zoology
BIOL 006 Biological SafetyNo Current Equivalent
FS 011 Survey of Forensic ScienceNo Current Equivalent
JS 010 Introduction to Justice StudiesAdju 201 Introduction to Administration of Justice

Major Electives (take the following course or an upper division approved course at SJSU after transfer):

MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 172 Calculus: Second Course


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.