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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BS - Engineering - BS Civil Engineering

San José State University -to- Ventura 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.
Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in all approved courses taken in the Civil Engineering Department
The following course in Preparation for the Major must be completed with a "C- or better": ENGL 001B

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 V01B Critical Thinking and Composition Through Literature
ENGL V01C Critical Thinking and Writing

Preparation for the Major:

CHEM 001A General ChemistryCHEM V01A General Chemistry I
CHEM V01AL General Chemistry I Laboratory
(CHEM V01A & CHEM V01AL must be completed at same institution)
GEOL 002 Geology for EngineersNo Current Equivalent
MATH 030 Calculus IMATH V21A Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 031 Calculus IIMATH V21B Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMATH V21C Multivariate Calculus
MATH 033A Ordinary Differential Equations for SCI & ENGRMATH V23 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPHYS V04 Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS V04L Mechanics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
(PHYS V04 & PHYS V04L must be completed at same institution)
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPHYS V05 Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS V05L Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
(PHYS V05 & PHYS V05L must be completed at same institution)

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CE 095 Theory and Application of StaticsENGR V12 Engineering Statics
ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringNo Current Equivalent
CE 008 Plane SurveyingNo Current Equivalent
CE 020 Engineering Graphics, CAD and ProgrammingNo Current Equivalent
ME 020 Design and GraphicsARCH V23 Introduction to AutoCAD
DRFT V05A Introduction to AutoCAD
ENGR V02 Engineering Graphics and Design
ME 030 Computer ApplicationsENGR V14 MATLAB: Programming and Problem Solving
Note: Courses articulated to both ME 020 and ME 030 (both courses must be taken) can be used to satisfy CE 20.


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: 04/17/2024)