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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BS - Computer Science

San José State University -to- Fullerton 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

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Computer Science department accepts the AS-T in Computer Science for transfer into this major. 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 WritingENGL 103F Critical Reasoning and Writing
ENGL 103HF Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
ENGL 104F Critical Thinking and Writing About Literature
Engl 201F Intermediate College Writing
PHIL 172F Critical Thinking/Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisEngl 102F Introduction to Literature
Engl 102HF Honors Introduction to Literature
ENGL 104F Critical Thinking and Writing About Literature
Note: Students must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all courses being used to meet any requirement in any major or minor including preparation courses.

Preparation for the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMATH 151F Calculus I
MATH 151HF Honors Calculus I
MATH 031 Calculus IIMATH 152F Calculus II
MATH 152HF Honors Calculus II
MATH 042 Discrete MathematicsMath 171F Discrete Mathematics
MATH 170F Discrete Structures
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMATH 251F Multivariable Calculus
MATH 039 Linear Algebra IMATH 252F Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 253F Additional Topics in Linear Algebra
MATH 255F Linear Algebra
(Math 252F & Math 253F must be completed at same institution)

BSCS Science Requirements:

8 semester/12 quarter units of lower division science course work must be completed. At least six (6) of those units must be fulfilled by the courses listed below. The remaining units may be satisfied by GE Areas B1, B2, and B3.
BIOL 030 Principles of Biology INo Current Equivalent
BIOL 031 Principles of Biology IIBIOL 170F Organismal Biology
CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 111AF General Chemistry I
GEOL 001 General GeologyESC 100F Physical Geology
ESC 100LF Physical Geology Lab
(ESC 100F & ESC 100LF must be completed at same institution)
GEOL 004L Earth Systems LabESC 100LF Physical Geology Lab
(if not used for GEOL 1)
GEOL 007 Earth, Time and LifeNo Current Equivalent
METR 010 Weather and ClimateESC 105F Introduction to Weather and Climate
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys 221F General Physics I
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys 222F General Physics II
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPhys 223F General Physics III

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CS 046A Introduction to Programming
Note: Articulated courses to CS 46A may articulate to CS 49C if taught in C or C++ and not used for CS 46A (see SJSU major advisor after transfer).
CSCI 123F Introduction to Programming Concepts in C++
CS 046B Introduction to Data StructuresCSCI 133F Data Structures in C++
CS 047 Introduction to Computer SystemsCSCI 241F Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming
Please note: All students must have 37 units of upper division math and CS course work not to include CS 100W taken at SJSU. Please see your CS advisor after transferring to SJSU.

Up to 9 semester/14 quarter units of the following courses may be completed prior to transfer, to apply toward preparation or electives for the major, at the lower division level:

CS 049C Programming in CCSCI 223F "C" Language for Mathematics and Science
CS 049J Programming in JavaNo 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.

(page last modified: 04/17/2024)