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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BS - Computer Science

San José State University -to- Orange Coast 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 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 A101 Critical Reasoning: Fiction
ENGL A101H Critical Reasoning: Fiction Honors
ENGL A102 Critical Reasoning: Nonfiction
ENGL A102H Critical Reasoning: Nonfiction Honors
ENGL A109 Critical Reasoning and Writing for Science and Technology
PHIL A150 Critical Reasoning and Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL A101 Critical Reasoning: Fiction
ENGL A101H Critical Reasoning: Fiction Honors
Note: Students must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all courses being used to meet any requirement in any major or minor including preparation courses.

Preparation for the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMath A180 Calculus 1
Math A180H Honors Calculus 1
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath A185 Calculus 2
Math A185H Honors Calculus 2
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsCS A262 Discrete Structures
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath A280 Calculus 3
Math A280H Honors Calculus 3
MATH 039 Linear Algebra IMATH A235 Applied Linear Algebra

BSCS Science Requirements:

8 semester/12 quarter units of lower division science course work must be completed. At least six (6) of those units must be fulfilled by the courses listed below. The remaining units may be satisfied by GE Areas B1, B2, and B3.
BIOL 030 Principles of Biology IBIOL A180 Introduction to Biology for Majors 1: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 031 Principles of Biology IIBIOL A185 Introduction to Biology for Majors 2: Ecology, Evolution, Diversity, and Physiology
BIOL A182 Zoology
BIOL A182L Zoology Laboratory
BIOL A183 Botany
BIOL A183L Botany Laboratory
(must complete course sequence at same institution for BIOL A182 & BIOL A182L OR BIOL A183 & BIOL A183L)
CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem A180 General Chemistry A
GEOL 001 General GeologyGEOL A110 Physical Geology
GEOL 004L Earth Systems LabNo Current Equivalent
GEOL 007 Earth, Time and LifeNo Current Equivalent
METR 010 Weather and ClimateGEOG A130 Introduction to Weather and Climate
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys A185 Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics
PHYS A185H Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics Honors
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys A280 Calculus-Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPhys A285 Calculus-Based Physics: Modern

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).
CS A170 Java Programming 1
CS 046B Introduction to Data StructuresNo Current Equivalent
CS 047 Introduction to Computer SystemsNo Current Equivalent
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:

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.

(page last modified: 04/17/2024)