Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Engineering - BS Computer Engineering

San José State University -to- Santa Monica 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

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.

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 2 Critical Analysis & Intermediate Composition

Preparation for the Major:

Students must complete the following courses with "C" or better to graduate: MATH 030, MATH 031, PHYS 050, PHYS 051. The remaining courses in Preparation for the Major must be completed with "C-" or better.
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 7 Calculus 1
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 8 Calculus 2
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMath 11 Multivariable Calculus
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsNo Current Equivalent
MATH 123 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
Content Credit Only - Community College math courses articulated with SJSU's Math 123 will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.
Math 13 Linear Algebra
Math 15 Differential Equations
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhyscs 21 Mechanics with Lab
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhyscs 22 Electricity and Magnetism with Lab
BIOL 010 The Living WorldNo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

Students must complete all the courses in Core Courses, Required Courses and Approved Upper Division Electives sections with "C-" or better.
CMPE 030 Programming Concepts and MethodologyNo Current Equivalent
CMPE 050 Object-Oriented Concepts and MethodologyNo Current Equivalent
ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringNo Current Equivalent
EE 097 Introductory Electrical Engineering LaboratoryNo Current Equivalent
EE 098 Introduction to Circuit AnalysisNo 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.