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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

BS - Applied Mathematics

Concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics

San José State University -to- College of San Mateo

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

Preparation for the Major:

CS 046A Introduction to ProgrammingCIS 255 (CS1) Programming Methods: JAVA (*)
CIS 278 (CS1) Programming Methods I: C++ (*)
CS 046B Introduction to Data StructuresCIS 256 (CS2) Data Structures: JAVA (*)
CIS 279 (CS2) Data Structures: C++ (*)
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II

Lower Divison Requirements of the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMath 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (*)
MATH 030P Calculus I with PrecalculusNo Current Equivalent
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 253 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (*)
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsMath 268 Discrete Mathematics

Additional Major Requirements:

MATH 129A Linear Algebra IMATH 270 Linear Algebra (*)
MATH 133A Ordinary Differential EquationsMath 275 Ordinary Differential Equations (*)
Note: Community college math courses articulated with SJSU's MATH 129A or MATH 133A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.

All students must satisfy the following prerequisite (or equivalent) prior to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU {Academic Senate policy S05-8}.

Once the following course requirement is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registering for upper division courses:
ENGL 001B Composition 2
A "C" or better is required in English 1B (a "C-" is not acceptable).
ENGL 110 Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking
ENGL 165 Advanced Composition
2nd English Composition Equivalent Transfer CourseNo Current Equivalent
A course articulated to SJSU's English 1B is recommended, however any course approved for the IGETC second semester English composition area would be accepted to meet this requirement (a grade of "C" or better is required).

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following College of San Mateo courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
CIS 255Programming Concepts and Methodology I
CIS 278Programming Concepts and Methodology I
CIS 256Programming Concepts and Methodology II
CIS 279Programming Concepts and Methodology II
Math 251Single Variable Calculus I
Math 253Multivariable Calculus
MATH 270Introduction to Linear Algebra
Math 275Ordinary Differential Equations
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San José State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. 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 José State University.

2. Second Semester English Composition:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) as it is a prerequisite to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this course (a "C-" is not acceptable). 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

3. 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.

4. Physical Education Requirement:
Two courses are required and must include at least two different activities. Completion of these courses will clear the graduation requirement at SJSU.

5. Lower Division Major Course Requirements:
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.