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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BS - Engineering - BS Computer Engineering

San José State University -to- City College of San Francisco

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.
Please Note: All courses in the Preparation and Required in Major must be completed with a grade of "C- or better". The following Preparation for the Major courses must be completed with a grade of "C or better": MATH 30, 31, PHYS 50 and 51.

Second Course in English Composition

(select a course approved in CSU GE Area C2 and articulates to the following course):
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisEngl 1B Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking about Literature

Preparation for the Major:

BIOL 010 The Living WorldBIO 11 Science of Living Organisms
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 110A Calculus I
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 110B Calculus II
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 110C Calculus III
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsMath 115 Discrete Mathmatics
MATH 033LA Ordinary Differential EquationsMATH 130 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Math 120 Linear Algebra
Math 125 Differential Equations and Differential Equations
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhyc 4A Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
Phyc 4AL Mechanics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhyc 4B Electromagnetism for Scientists and Engineers
Phyc 4BL Electromagnetism Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CMPE 030 Programming Concepts and MethodologyCS 110B Programming Fundamentals: C++
CS 111B Programming Fundamentals: Java
CS 110A Introduction to Programming C++
CMPE 050 Object-Oriented Concepts and MethodologyCS 110C Data Structures and Algorithms: C++
CS 111C Data Structures and Algorithms: Java
ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringEngn 10A Introduction to Engineering: The Profession
Engn 10B Introduction to Engineering: Software Tools and Design
(No GE Credit given)
EE 097 Introductory Electrical Engineering LaboratoryEngn 20L Introduction to Circuit Analysis Laboratory
EE 098 Introduction to Circuit AnalysisEngn 20 Introduction to Circuit Analysis


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.

(page last modified: 10/06/2023)