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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

BA - Design Studies

San José State University -to- West Valley 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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 1B English Composition
ENGL 1C Clear Thinking and Writing
ENGL 1CH Honors Clear Thinking and Writing
PHIL 3 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 17 Logic and Critical Reasoning
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent

Core Requirement for the Major:

ARTH 072 Design in SocietyArts 1E Design in Society

Art History - Complete one course from:

ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalArts 1A Survey of Western Art I
ARTS 1AH Honors Survey of Western Art I
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernArts 1B Survey of Western Art II
Arts 1BH Honors Survey of Western Art II
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaARTS 7 Art of Asia

Design Drawing - Complete one course from:

ANI 011 Illustration Fundamentals IARTS 31A Beginning Drawing
DSID 021 Visualization INo Current Equivalent
DSIT 010 Sketching, Drawing + ModelingINTD 30 Graphic Techniques

Design Foundation I - Complete one course from:

DSGD 063 Fundamental Graphic VisualizationArts 33A Two Dimensional Design
DSID 022 Visualization IINo Current Equivalent
DSIT 005 Introduction of Interior Design and ArchitectureNo Current Equivalent

Design Foundation II - Complete one course from:

DSGD 083 Digital Applications: BasicsDIGM 1 Digital Applications Basic
DSID 031 Industrial Design Foundation INo Current Equivalent
DSIT 029 Design ProcessINTD 10 Elements and Principles of Interior Design

Design Methods I - Complete one course from:

ANI 031 2D Animation IARTS 57A Animation I
DSIT 033 Architectural PresentationArch 52 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering
INTD 70 Advanced Graphic Techniques

Design Methods II - Complete one course from:

DSGD 099 Introduction to TypographyARTS 99 Introduction to Typography
DIGM 99 Introduction to Typography
DSID 032 Industrial Design Foundation IINo Current Equivalent
DSIT 083 Visual Communication INo Current Equivalent

Area Specialization - Complete one of the three Specialization Areas below (Graphic Design, Industrial Design, or Interior Design):

Graphic Design: (Courses for this specialization must be completed at SJSU, not at the community college.)

Industrial Design:

DSID 041 Materials and Processes INo Current Equivalent

Interior Design:

DSIT 034 Interior Architecture Foundation StudioINTD 40 Residential Design
INTD 60 Commercial Design


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.