BSCS science requirements, SJSU, effective Fall 2014
last updated April 6, 2015
Effective Fall 2014, PHYS 50 and PHYS 51 are no longer required for the
BSCS, although each of them may still count. The Fall 2014 requirements
do include 16 units of CS electives, but CS 49J or 49C count toward the 16
units. Students who entered the CS major before Fall 2014 and remain
continuously enrolled in the major may still use the Fall 2013
requirements, or any other set of requirements that they were entitled to
use before Fall 2014.
In the Fall 2014 requirements, it is still required that each CS major
take 14 units of science courses, including
SJSU courses that count toward the 5 units include BIOL 1A, CHEM 1A, GEOL
1, GEOL 7, METR 10, PHYS 50, and PHYS 51. The special course BIOL 23 will
also count. Courses taken elsewhere that are equivalent to these courses
will count, including courses in a sequence that's articulated with CHEM
1A and 1B. Other courses are unlikely to count, but you may check with
the undergraduate CS coordinator.
- GE courses covering Areas B1/B3, B2, and R
- 5 units of course work in science that
counts toward a science degree in the offering department, or are designed
for engineering majors
No course may double count toward the 14 unit requirement,
even if it appears on the list above and is also used as a GE course.
GE requirements satisfied by listed courses need to be made up with approved science elective courses.
These scenarios are based on courses from the list above, that a student might have taken or be planning to take:
PHYS 50 and 51 (8 units)
- All 8 units count toward the 5-unit requirement and the 14-unit requirement. PHYS 50 will satisfy Areas B1 and B3
- 6 units of GE science remain (Areas B2 and R)
- the new science requirement will be satisfied upon completion of these 6 units (just like before Fall 2014)
CHEM 1A, BIOL 1A or a 5-unit PHYS 50 equivalent (5 units)
GEOL 1, GEOL 7, or PHYS 50 without PHYS 51 (4 units)
note that you may use PHYS 51, any course from Scenario 3 that you
haven't taken, or any course from Scenario 2 to satisfy both the 1-unit
and the 3-unit deficit
METR 10 (3 units)
note that you may use any course from Scenario 2 to satisfy both the 2-unit and the 3-unit deficit
Making up units
Approved electives for making up units include
and perhaps others.
- any course from GE Areas B1, B2, B3, or R not already counted toward the 14-unit requirement.
- any course with a MATH prefix that counts toward a BSCS elective and is not being used as a BSCS requirement (e.g., MATH 171, MATH/CS 143M)
- GEOL 3, 4L, and 108
- BIOL 65, BIOL 66, PHYS 2A, and PHYS 2B
- science courses that count toward a BS in the offering
department (e.g., PHYS 52, courses listed above that count toward the
5-unit requirement, the second course in a sequence that's articulated
with CHEM 1A and 1B)
- AP Exams in science that are accepted for university credit that are not being used to satisfy another BSCS requirement. Check the catalog for courses and exam scores that qualify for university credit (from http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html, follow the
Credit By Examination, and
College Board links). For the BSCS the number of units of credit will be the smaller of the number of units in the
Units column and the number of units for the course(s) in the "Course" column.
No workshop courses (courses whose course number has a W suffix) may count. SCI 2 will not count.
Excess units from courses used to satisfy the 5-unit requirement may count.
Expect these make-up courses to be included in the Science Electives section of your major form, even if they are mathematics courses.