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San Jose State University

San Jose State University

Official telephone: (408) 924-1000
Fax number: (408) 924-2050

Website: www.sjsu.edu

Screen last updated on: September 1, 2014
Semester/term begin dates: Spring 2012: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Fall 2012: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
For other terms, see
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held April-July for the fall term.
Number and length of summer sessions: Two summer sessions of three to six weeks each.

Majors with the highest enrollment: Art and Design, Business Administration/Management, Business Administration/Marketing
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 85%
Average class size: 32 in freshman lecture courses, 27 in upper-level/division lecture courses
Student:Faculty ratio: 23:1
Total faculty: 1,593 total
Full-time faculty: 640 total
Part-time faculty: 953 total
Graduation rate: 48% within six years

San Jose State University
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: required of some for graduation
Physical education is required: yes
There are religious requirements for graduation: no
Minimum GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Undergraduate studies homepage: info.sjsu.edu
Graduate studies homepage: www.sjsu.edu/gape
Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, dual degrees, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, external degree program, evening courses, adult education programs, online courses
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Many minors offered. For a complete listing, see
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-theology, pre-optometry
Education certifications are offered: yes
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered: yes
Cooperative education programs:
business, computer science, engineering, technologies
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Study abroad opportunities:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Other special or unique academic programs:
SJSU offers faculty-led programs abroad that are three-six weeks during the summer and winter session. Previous program destinations have included: China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia.
Army ROTC: offered off-campus Santa Clara University
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: offered on-campus

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Accounting/Information Systems
  • Actuarial Science/Economics
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African-American Studies
  • Animation/Illustration
  • Anthropology
  • Applied/Computational Mathematics
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Athletic Training
  • Aviation
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science Teacher Education
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Career Writing
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Child/Adolescent Development Teacher Education
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Communication Studies Teacher Education
  • Communicative Disorders/Sciences
  • Community Change
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation/Organismal Biology
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Creative Arts
  • Dance
  • Design Studies
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Media Arts
  • Earth Science
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics/Computer Technology
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • English
  • English Teacher Education
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies Teacher Education
  • Family
  • Finance
  • Fine Arts
  • Food Science/Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • French Teacher Education
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Services Administration
  • History
  • History Teacher Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial/Systems Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Japanese
  • Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Justice Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Kinesiology Teacher Education
  • Liberal Studies
  • Liberal Studies/Teacher Education
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics Teacher Education
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Natural Science Teacher Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Packaging
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Radio/Television/Film
  • Recreation
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish Teacher Education
  • Studio Practice
  • Studio Practice Teacher Education
  • Systems Physiology
  • Theatre Arts

Credit placement options:
  • credit for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • credit for CLEP subject
  • placement for school's own challenge exams
  • credit for relevant military experience
  • credit for international baccalaureate
Restrictions on CEEB Advanced Placement options:
See http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/cbe.html for specific credit for AP exams.
Other credit/placement programs:
See http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/cbe.html for additional credit or placement available.

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Child Development
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Conservation Biology
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
  • Criminology
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International/Global Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Radio and Television
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary School Administration/Principalship
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Systems Engineering
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management
San Josť State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelors and masters degrees in 134 areas of study. Quality teaching and small classes are a priority at SJSU, where tenured professors teach introductory as well as advanced courses. One of the 200 top research universities in the nation, SJSU offers rigorous course work and research opportunities to nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven colleges.

For both undergraduate and graduate students, the university emphasizes the following goals:
  • In-depth knowledge of a major field of study.
  • Broad understanding of the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts.
  • Skills in communication and in critical inquiry.
  • Multicultural and global perspectives gained through intellectual and social exchange with people of diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Active participation in professional, artistic, and ethnic communities.
  • Responsible citizenship and an understanding of ethical choices inherent in human development.

For detailed information about SJSU degrees and programs, see the SJSU Catalog posted at http://info.sjsu.edu/home/catalog.html.

Does the campus provide tutor programs or student success programs?
SJSU has an extensive tutorial center (Peer Connections) for undergraduates that operates year-round.

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