Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Geology

San José State University -to- College of the Sequoias

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

B.S. - Geology offers a program with depth in all aspects of geology. It is the curriculum traditionally required for admission to graduate programs in geology or geophysics. Graduates are employed as entry-level geologists and technicians in engineering, geophysical, and geological firms, or local and state government agencies.

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 2 Logic and Composition
PHIL 25 Critical Thinking
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 2 Logic and Composition

Preparation for the Major:

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
CHEM 1 General Chemistry 1
CHEM 2 General Chemistry 2
Equivalent only if sequence is complete
MATH 030 Calculus IMATH 65 Calculus 1

Either complete two courses:

PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 20 General Physics 1
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 21 General Physics 2

Or complete two courses:

PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPHYS 55 Physics 1: Mechanics & Waves
PHYS 5 Physics for SCI and ENGR 1
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPHYS 56 Physics 2: E&M and Heat
PHYS 5 Physics for SCI and ENGR 1
Phys 6 Physics for SCI and ENGR 2
Phys 7 Physics for SCI and ENGR 3

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

GEOL 001 General GeologyGeol 1 Physical Geology
GEOL 007 Earth, Time and LifeNo Current Equivalent
GEOL 028 Geology OutdoorsNo Current Equivalent


MATH 031 Calculus II
Recommended for graduate school or technical careers.
MATH 66 Calculus 2


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.