Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Biological Science

Concentration in Systems Physiology

San José State University -to- Oxnard 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 Biology department accepts the AS-T in Biology for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for this major at SJSU, as part of their AS-T in Biology. 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 R102 Critical Thinking: Composition
Phil R111 Thinking Critically and Analytical Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL R102 Critical Thinking: Composition
Students must complete all lower division courses in the Preparation for the Major and in the Requirements of the Major with a C or better to graduate. Students must complete all upper-division courses in the Preparation for the Major and in the Requirements of the Major with a C- or better to graduate.

Preparation for the Major:

PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPHYS R101 College Physics I
PHYS R101L College Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPHYS R102 College Physics II
PHYS R102L College Physics II Laboratory
BIOL 005 Computer Literacy in BiologyNo Current Equivalent
MATH 060 Calculus for Biological SciencesNo Current Equivalent
MATH 030 Calculus IMath R120 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (*)

Requirements for Minor (and Prerequisites for the Major):

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
Chem R120 General Chemistry I
Chem R122 General Chemistry II
Equivalent only if sequence is complete
CHEM 112A, 112B and 113A Organic Chemistry & LabCHEM R130 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM R132 Organic Chemistry II
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.

Lower Divsion Requirements of the Major:

BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 006 Biological SafetyNo Current Equivalent

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Oxnard College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
Math R120Single Variable Calculus I
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


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. 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. These requirements 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 can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. 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 Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required 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 US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.