Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Environmental Studies

Concentration in Energy

San José State University -to- San Diego State University

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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 200 Rhetoric of Written Arguments in Context
RWS 200 Rhetoric of Written Arguments in Context
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent

Preparation for the Major:

ENVS 010 Life on a Changing PlanetNo Current Equivalent
ECON 001B Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsEcon 102 Principles of Economics
BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIOL 101 World of Animals
BIOL 101L World of Animals Laboratory
BIOL 203 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 203L Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 204 Principles of Organismal Biology
BIOL 204L Principles of Organismal Biology Laboratory
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 180A Fundamentals of Physics
Phys 182A Physics Measurements
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsPsy 270 Statistical Methods in Psychology
Stat 119 Elementary Statistics for Business
Stat 250 Statistical Principles and Practices
UNVS 015C Statway C: Statistics-Concepts & MethodsNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 001A General ChemistryNo Current Equivalent
General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
General chemistry for majors that require only one semester (two quarters) of general chemistry, rather than a full year of general chemistry, and when articulation to SJSU's CHEM 1A course is not available.
Chem 200 General Chemistry
Chem 201 General Chemistry

Lower Division Requirement of the Major:

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental IssuesNo 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.