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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

BS - Engineering - BS Materials Engineering

San José State University -to- Palo Verde 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

In order to be successful in this major you must complete the following articulated courses prior to transfer, earning grades of "C" or better on the first attempt. Students who struggle to achieve this should strongly consider selecting a different major.

Preparation for the Major:

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
Sequence must be complete at the same transfer school.
No Current Equivalent
MATH 030 Calculus INo Current Equivalent
MATH 031 Calculus IINo Current Equivalent
MATH 032 Calculus IIINo Current Equivalent
MATH 133A Ordinary Differential Equations
Community college math courses articulated with SJSU's Math 133A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.
No Current Equivalent
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsNo Current Equivalent
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismNo Current Equivalent
Note: The following portion of the Lower Division Core must be satisfied with course grades of "C-" or better: CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B; MATH 30, 31, 32; PHYS 50, 51; and ENGR 10.

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

EE 098 Introduction to Circuit AnalysisNo Current Equivalent
ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringNo Current Equivalent
MATE 025 Introduction to MaterialsNo Current Equivalent
CE 099 Introductory StaticsNo Current Equivalent
CE 095 Theory and Application of StaticsNo Current Equivalent

All students must satisfy the following prerequisite (or equivalent) prior to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU {Academic Senate policy S05-8}.

Once the following course requirement is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registering for upper division courses:
ENGL 001B Composition 2
A "C" or better is required in English 1B (a "C-" is not acceptable).
ENG 103 Critical Thinking and English Composition
2nd English Composition Equivalent Transfer CourseNo Current Equivalent
A course articulated to SJSU's English 1B is recommended, however any course approved for the IGETC second semester English composition area would be accepted to meet this requirement (a grade of "C" or better is required).


Prior to transferring to San José State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. 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 José State University.

2. Second Semester English Composition:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) as it is a prerequisite to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this course (a "C-" is not acceptable). 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

3. 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.

4. Physical Education Requirement:
Two courses are required and must include at least two different activities. Completion of these courses will clear the graduation requirement at SJSU.

5. Lower Division Major Course Requirements:
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.