Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the differences between the BS in Computer Science, BS in Computer Engineering, and BS in Software Engineering programs?
A. Conventionally, Computer Engineering focuses on the combination of hardware and systems software (embedded systems, mobile devices), Computer Science focuses on programming and theory (formal languages, programming paradigms, etc.), and Software Engineering focuses on programming and methodology (analysis, design, testing, maintenance, cost estimation, project management, etc.).
All three programs overlap. For example, all three programs cover programming, methodology, hardware, and systems software, but in different amounts.
Readers can get a quick overview of the three programs at SJSU from the following links:
- The BS Software Engineering Program
- The BS Computer Science program
- The BS Computer Engineering program
For the Masters programs, please see MS SE, MS CMPE, MS CS
Q. I have taken CHEM 1A (or equivalent) and passed it, do I need to take BIOL 10?
A. No. CHEM 1A along with PHYS 50 and PHYS 51 will satisfy GE Area B2. All should be C or better.
Q. I have taken a biology class but it is not articulated to BIOL 10, do I need to take BIOL 10?
A. No if the course that you have taken is a science course and satisfies GE Area B2 (or the online progress report shows that all GE Areas B1, B2 and B3 are covered).
Q. I have taken MATH 129A and MATH 133A, do I need to take MATH 123?
A. No but the two courses will count for 3 units only toward the degree if you are following the Fall 2015 catalog or later.
Q. How can I satisfy GE Area S and V?
A. If you are following the Fall 2014 catalog or later, you are allowed to do one of the following to satisfy GE Areas S and V requirements: ENGR 195A/B (2 units total) or two courses covering areas S and V. But you cannot mix and match; i.e., (ENGR 195A + area V) or (area S + ENGR 195B). If you are following catalogs earlier than Fall 2014, you need to take standalone area S and V courses.
Q. For the senior project, which classes/sections should I take?
A. You should take CMPE 195A, section 1 (1 unit) if you meet one of the following conditions: 1) following the catalog prior to Fall 2014; or 2) following a more recent catalog, that is Fall 2014 or later, but have taken or would like to take separate a 3-unit area S and a 3-unit area V course to fulfill your GE area S and V requirements. You should take CMPE 195A, section 2 (2 units) if you are following a recent catalog that is Fall 2014 or later and you will take the following course combinations CMPE 195A/ENGR 195A and CMPE 195B//ENGR 195B, to fulfill your GE area S and V requirements.
You should take CMPE 195F if you meet one of the following conditions: 1) Following the catalog prior to Fall 2014; or 2) following a more recent catalog, that is Fall 2014 or later, but have taken or would like to take separate a 3-unit area S and a 3-unit area V course to fulfill your GE area S and V requirements. You should take CMPE 195B if you are following a recent catalog that is Fall 2014 or later and you will take the following course combinations, CMPE195A/ENGR 195A and CMPE 195B/ENGR 195B, to fulfill your GE area S and V requirements.
Q. How do I know which catalog to follow?
A. This is also called “Catalog Rights”. Check the college website for detailed information,
Q. Do I need to take EE 101?
A. EE 101 is no longer required for all students who are following the Fall 2016 catalog or later or the students who want to switch to the new catalog. Also, it is not a required prerequisite to any of our courses. For the students who are following earlier catalogs and took the exam/class in the past with the credit shown in their transcripts, they do not need to worry about the change.
For the students who are following earlier catalogs and did not take the exam, they can substitute the 1-unit EE 101 with something else (such as ENGR 060SL or ENGR 160SL).
Q. Can I take ENGR 060SL and ENGR 160SL as technical electives (TE)?
A. ENGR 060SL or ENGR 160SL can be taken to satisfy a 1-unit TE requirement as part of the 7-unit TE starting Fall 2016. However, they cannot be used in combination as a 3-unit TE for earlier catalogs.
Q. How can I get information about older catalogs?
The university keeps older catalogs in a PDF format here, http://info.sjsu.edu/cgi-bin/pdfserv?atok=catalog