Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Child and Adolescent Development

San José State University -to- San Bernardino Valley 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 Child and Adolescent department accepts and recommends the AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development for transfer to this program. The department also accepts the AS-T in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for transfer. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Child and Adolescent Development major at SJSU, as part of their AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development or AS-T in Early Childhood Education (ECE). 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 AA-T or AS-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

There are two main program options for the BA in Child and Adolescent Development, Plan A and Plan B.

The following option is Plan B:

This program provides a strong foundation in child and adolescent development and could be the basis for a variety of careers that involve work with or about children. Plan B is also appropriate for students intending to do graduate study in child development and related fields. For more information about the department please visit

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingEngl 102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking
Engl 102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
PHIL 102 Introduction to Critical Thinking & Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CHAD 060 Child DevelopmentCD 105 Child Growth and Development
CD 105H Child Growth and Development - Honors
CHAD 070 Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyPSYCH 111 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
PSYC 001 General PsychologyPsych 100 General Psychology
Psych 100H General Psychology - Honors
Math Requirement - Transfers must select one of the following courses approved for statistics at SJSU (a grade of "C" or better is required):
SOCI 015 Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesPSYCH 105 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsPSYCH 105 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Math 108 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
UNVS 015C Statway C: Statistics-Concepts & MethodsNo 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.