Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Chemistry

San José State University -to- Norco 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 Chemistry 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).

Undergraduate Advisement

Students wishing to major in chemistry should confer with one of the department advisors when entering the university. Students' goals will determine whether they opt for the BS or BA degree, with possible specialization in biochemistry. Students who transfer into these programs should be aware that general chemistry and a number of supporting courses, especially the mathematics and physics requirements, should be started during their first two years. If students transfer at the junior level without most of these courses completed, more than four semesters at SJSU may be required to complete the degree.

All chemistry majors must meet with their advisors every semester.

This mandatory advising session is necessary to remove the advising hold preventing registration for the following semester. At least one semester prior to graduation, an approved major form must be signed by the advisor and submitted to the Chemistry Department Office.

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENG 1B Critical Thinking and Writing
ENG 1BH Honors Critical Thinking and Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENG 1B Critical Thinking and Writing
ENG 1BH Honors Critical Thinking and Writing

Preparation for the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMAT 1A Calculus I
MATH 031 Calculus IIMAT 1B Calculus II
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMAT 1C Calculus III
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPHY 4A Mechanics
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPHY 4B Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPHY 4C Heat, Light and Waves


Courses prerequisite to all chemistry courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better (C- not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent or if not explicitly stated in the course description.

Lower Division Requirement of the Major:

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
CHE 1A General Chemistry, I
CHE 1B General Chemistry, II
CHEM 55 and 55L Quantitative Analysis and Lab sequenceNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 112A, 112B and 113A Organic Chemistry & Lab
Note: Community college Chemistry courses articulated with SJSU's Chem 112A, 112B, and 113A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.
CHE 12A Organic Chemistry, I
CHE 12B Organic Chemistry, II


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.