Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

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 (SB 1440 degree) for transfer to this program. The department also accepts the AS-T in Early Childhood Education (ECE) (SB 1440 degree) 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). We strongly encourage students to 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

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 & Methods
Please note: A course that articulates to UNVS 015C may be used in "lieu of" the statistics course required by this major through Summer 2016. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better.
No Current Equivalent

WST Prerequisite:

Beginning Fall 2014 the prerequisite for the WST is the completion of the CSU GE A3 with a grade of C or better. 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). In doing this students will be more prepared to pass the WST and 100W course at SJSU.
Once the following recommended course has been completed with a grade of C or better, students should contact our testing office: to register for the WST exam at SJSU (passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registration for upper division courses):
2nd English Composition/Critical Thinking Equivalent Transfer Course
any course approve for the IGETC Critical Thinking/Second semester English composition 1B area is highly recommended
PHIL 102 Introduction to Critical Thinking & Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisEngl 102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking
Engl 102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following San Bernardino Valley College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
Psych 100Introductory Psychology
Psych 100HIntroductory Psychology
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.