Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Biological Science

Concentration in Microbiology

San José State University -to- University of California, Davis

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

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Biology department accepts the AS-T in Biology for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for this major at SJSU, as part of their AS-T in Biology. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AS-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisEnglish 3 Introduction to Literature
Students must complete all lower division courses in the Preparation for the Major and in the Requirements of the Major with a C or better to graduate. Students must complete all upper-division courses in the Preparation for the Major and in the Requirements of the Major with a C- or better to graduate.

Preparation for the Major:

PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsNo Current Equivalent
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsNo Current Equivalent
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 21A Calculus
Math 21AH Honors Calculus
MATH 060 Calculus for Biological SciencesNo Current Equivalent

Requirements for Minor (and Prerequisites for the Major):

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
Chem 2A General Chemistry
Chem 2AH Honors General Chemistry
Chem 2B General Chemistry
Chem 2BH Honors General Chemistry
Chem 2C General Chemistry
Chem 2CH Honors General Chemistry
Equivalent only if sequence is complete
CHEM 112A, 112B and 113A Organic Chemistry & LabNo Current Equivalent
Note: Community College Chemistry courses articulated with SJSU's Chem 112A, 112B, and 113A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIOLSCI 2A Intro Biology: Life on Earth
BIOLSCI 2B Intro Biology: Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyBIOLSCI 2A Intro Biology: Life on Earth
BIOLSCI 2B Intro Biology: Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 006 Biological SafetyNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 55 and 55L Quantitative Analysis and Lab sequenceNo 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.