Feb 21, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232g) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect students’ privacy in their records maintained by the campus. The statute and regulations govern access to certain student records maintained by the campus and the release of such records. FERPA provides that the campus must give students access to most records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to correct the records if the student claims they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under this law does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade determined by the instructor. FERPA generally requires the campus obtain a student’s written consent before releasing personally identifiable data pertaining to the student. The campus has adopted a set of policies and procedures governing implementation of FERPA and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained at (designate location on campus). Among the types of information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures are: (1) the types of student records maintained and the information they contain; (2) the official responsible for maintaining each type of record; (3) the location of access lists indicating persons requesting or receiving information from the record; (4) policies for reviewing and expunging records; (5) student access rights to their records; (6) the procedures for challenging the content of student records; (7) the right of the student to file a complaint with the Department of Education. The Department of Education has established an office and review board to investigate complaints and adjudicate violations. The designated office is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

The campus is authorized under the Act to release “directory information” concerning students. “Directory information” may include the student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. The above-designated information is subject to release by the campus at any time unless the campus has received prior written objection from the student specifying what information the student requests not be released. Written objections should be sent to the Registrar’s Office. It should be noted, however, that University Policy S66-20 {http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S66-20.pdf} is more restrictive than the law. SJSU policy guidelines indicate that the only directory information routinely released to outside parties without student consent is enrollment status and degree completion (if applicable). Requests for addresses and telephone numbers are not honored, especially if requested for commercial purposes.

The campus is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials and employees who have legitimate educational interests in such access. These persons have responsibilities in the campus’s academic, administrative or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records will be disclosed to the Chancellor’s Office of the CSU in order to conduct research, to analyze trends, or to provide other administrative services on behalf of the CSU. Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of the accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; or to other institutions to which the student is transferring).

University Development (Advancement) Programs

Directory information (see definition earlier) may be used by the university for the development of campus affiliated programs.

Career Placement Information

The Career Center may furnish, upon request, information about the employment of students who graduate from programs or courses of study preparing students for a particular career field. Any such data provided must be in a form that does not allow for the identification of any individual student. This information includes data concerning the average starting salary and the percentage of previously enrolled students who obtained employment. The information may include data collected from either graduates of the campus or graduates of all campuses in the California State University system.

Student Identification Information

SJSU ID Number

San José State University is concerned about keeping your personal data private. We are required to use Social Security numbers to process payroll; award financial aid and document fees paid for tax relief purposes. However, for all other purposes, we will use your SJSU ID number for identification, rather than your Social Security Number.

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires the university to file information returns that include the student’s social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

Campus and Information Resources


San José State University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) - 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, one of the six major regional college accreditation agencies in the United States; the California State Board of Education; and by a number of other agencies in special fields. The Teacher Education programs of the University also are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Art and Design

National Association of Schools of Art and Design


Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications


Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International


American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training (ACS-CPT)

Computer Science



National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)


American Dietetic Association - Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education


California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)


ABET (Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Systems, Materials, and Mechanical)

Industrial Technology

Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)


Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications


Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (undergraduate)

Library and Information Science

American Library Association


National Association of Schools of Music


California Board of Registered Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nutrition and Food Science

The Institute of Food Technologists uses the term “approved” rather than accredited.

Occupational Therapy

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of American Occupational Therapy Association


Board of Behavioral Sciences

Public Administration

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Public Health

Council on Education for Public Health

Public Relations

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications


Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions
Council for Higher Education

Social Work

Council on Social Work Education

Speech-Language Pathology

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Theatre Arts

National Association of Schools of Theatre

Urban and Regional Planning

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Inc.
Planning Accreditation Board


Health and Human Sciences, College of

The College of Health and Human Sciences provides both liberal and well-defined professional education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Course work prepares students to be competent and transformative professionals in a technologically complex and culturally diverse society. The college’s courses and programs provide students with a theoretical base that is developed and tested through: (1) research; (2) knowledge that can be applied in diverse systems; (3) processes that incorporate human understanding, social justice and cooperation, and (4) supervised practice through internships, field work and/or preceptorships in a variety of career-related settings. Graduates become leaders and establish professional careers as administrators, educators, practitioners, information specialists and applied researchers in a variety of settings. These settings include both private and public agencies, government institutions at all levels, community and health care organizations and educational institutions. The College of Health and Human Sciences values and respects diversity, inclusion, civility and individual uniqueness; we recognize the strength these factors bring to our community and learning environment. All of our interactions should reflect trust, caring and mutual respect. We value education and intellectual curiosity above all. The academic freedom of faculty and students is vital to our role of promoting life-long learning through intellectual inquiry, scholarship and the pursuit of knowledge. An overarching goal is that faculty and our academic programs will be recognized for outstanding research, teaching and service across disciplinary and geographic boundaries.


The departments/schools within the College offer internships that involve advanced practical experience, fieldwork or clinical experience in a professional work setting under direct supervision of qualified professionals. Interns would be assigned various duties and experiences related to their particular areas of specialization. Internships may include seminars, practica or preceptorships to further develop beginning and advanced level practice skills.

International Experience Requirement

The goal of the international experience requirement is to introduce students to international and intercultural perspectives in order to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly globalized world. A number of different types of international experiences, ranging in length from 9 days to one year, can meet this requirement. Most international experience courses also allow students to earn credit towards the degree. Scholarships and Financial Aid are available to defray the costs of international travel. See http://www.sjsu.edu/chhs/international-experience/ for more information.

Teaching Credential Programs

The Department of Kinesiology, in collaboration with the College of Education, offers one single subject program in teaching physical education. Students can earn an “added authorization” in adapted physical education once they earn their credential in teaching physical education. The California School Nurse Credential prepares Registered Nurses at the Master’s and Post Master’s level to provide and manage health services and programs in the school setting.

Organized Research Units and Unique Programs

The programs of the College of Health and Human Sciences are further enriched by educational, research, global partnerships, as well as cultural and training opportunities provided by the following specialized research units and unique programs: Institute of Nursing Research and Practice, Center for International Sport and Human Performance, Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives (RIFYI), Timpany Center, The Center for Research on Effective Services (CRES), and the Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP).

Business, Donald and Sally Lucas College and Graduate School of

The Donald and Sally Lucas College and Graduate School of Business is the institution of opportunity, providing innovative business education and research for the Silicon Valley region and beyond since 1928. The College offers an accessible, high value education that empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to transform their lives. Faculty and staff are strongly committed to the College’s mission; maintain a collegial, inclusive teaching and learning environment; and are dedicated to continuous improvement in all areas of academic achievement, scholarship, teaching and service.

The college is an active member of the San José and Silicon Valley community and provides a talent pool, thought leadership and service that supports the region’s growth in the global marketplace. The college is one of the 755 institutions worldwide that are accredited by the prestigious AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California State Board of Education.

The college is dedicated to equipping graduates with the tools, work ethic and skills to succeed in the ever-changing global economy. This is accomplished through a challenging undergraduate curriculum and an innovative, high quality graduate education in the Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business.

Undergraduate Business Education

The college provides a rich undergraduate education through five departments and schools - Accounting and Finance, Information Systems and Technology, Management, Global Innovation and Leadership, and Marketing and Decision Sciences. Infused throughout the undergraduate program are opportunities to develop competencies in a number of key areas – communication, teamwork, global perspectives, critical thinking, ethics, entrepreneurship, community service, and innovation. The rigorous and challenging curriculum prepares graduates to be future leaders that succeed in the global economy.

The college is building upon its existing expertise in entrepreneurship, management, global finance, accounting, and leadership and organizational change. In addition, the college showcases the best and brightest students through the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program and the Thompson Global Internship Program.

Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business

The Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business offers a high-value education with a global focus, innovative programs, and deep ties to Silicon Valley corporations and leaders. Our distinguished faculty provide a relevant business education focusing on excellence in teaching and applied research and serving the needs of diverse students from the Silicon Valley and beyond.

We offer an on-campus Early Career MBA program with three tracks: accelerated (12 months), full-time (21-24 months), and part-time (33-36 months). Our off-campus MBA for Professionals is a flexible part-time program suitable for working professionals who set their own paces. We also offer Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Taxation, Master of Science in Transportation Management programs and a dual degree MBA/Master of Science in Software Engineering or MBA/Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Systems Engineering.

Education, Connie L. Lurie College of

The Connie L. Lurie College of Education is a professional community of students, faculty and staff engaged in supportive partnerships to serve a community of culturally diverse children, youth and families by pursuing and promoting scholarly and reflective inquiry, and access to a quality lifelong education. Faculty, staff and graduates are compassionate and ethical professionals who are mindful of our responsibilities in a democratic society. The College’s core values are excellence and equity. Excellence is manifested in the rigor of our academic programs, in our teacher/scholar faculty contributions, and in the high level of staff service. We challenge our students to strive for excellence in their academic and personal pursuits, as informed and active citizens in their own communities. To achieve equity, our students, faculty, and staff continuously work for social justice and educational opportunities for all members of our society.

The college offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, a doctoral program, and numerous professional teaching credentials. Programs are offered through seven academic departments which are supplemented by a variety of resources including the Armstead Center for Communication Disorders and the Child Development Laboratory Preschool. The college, housed in William Sweeney Hall, offers two computer laboratories that are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students also have access to other high tech education applications.

Student Service Centers

The Kay A. Armstead Center for Communication Disorders provides speech-language-hearing evaluations and therapy services and to students, staff, faculty, and the local San Jose community.

The Child Development Laboratory Preschool is housed in two locations on the SJSU campus, including toddler and pre-school labs. These programs provide undergraduates with both observation and hands-on clinical/practicum opportunities.

The Credentials Office and Student Services Center in Sweeney Hall 101 provides students with information about the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), and Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA). General information on elementary (Multiple Subject), secondary (Single Subject) and special education (Education Specialist) teaching credentials, as well as other service credentials and certificate programs are provided.


The Lurie College Student Success Center works in collaboration with the academic departments to provide general education advising, academic support and guidance towards degree completion.

Engineering, Charles W. Davidson College of

The College of Engineering offers ten engineering curricula leading to BS and MS degrees in aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, general, industrial and systems, materials, mechanical and software engineering. The college also has BS degree programs in aviation and industrial technology and a MS degree program in quality assurance . California provides, through community colleges, the California State University and the University of California, coordinated educational programs designed to meet local and statewide needs in engineering and technology.

Engineering Student Success Center

The goal of the Engineering Student Success Center is to mentor students from admission through graduation. The Center provides academic advising, support services, and opportunities for professional development and practice.

The MESA Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Program work to increase the number of graduates entering the engineering profession from traditionally under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups. MEP actively recruits students, provides support services until graduation and acts as liaison with companies offering employment experiences. MEP assists students with admissions, academic and personal counseling, financial aid and scholarships, housing and registration. MEP maintains a study center for tutoring, workshops, individual and group study and social functions. A summer job placement program assists students in obtaining jobs in industry.

The Community for Engineering Learning and Living (CELL) is a themed living community offered by the University Housing Services for first year engineering students. CELL’s objectives are to provide a cooperative learning environment, to encourage and build the engineering community and to foster a sense of belonging and responsibility to the community. Through facilitated study groups, CELL students will experience the academic support and cooperation of a community committed to academic success. CELL students will have regular access to faculty, advisors and industry professionals through workshops and programs. CELL is about shared experiences and creating a vibrant and caring engineering community.

Graduate Studies, College of

The College of Graduate Studies, in partnership with the other colleges and departments at the university, provides leadership for the advancement of graduate education at San José State University. The College of Graduate Studies supports the development and vibrancy of premier quality graduate programs, and serves the scholarly and professional needs of graduate students at the university and into their careers.

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Humanities and the Arts, College of

The College of Humanities and the Arts at San José State University provides a high-quality liberal arts education focused on creativity, innovation, and problem solving.Our programs in art, design, film and theater, music and dance, philosophy, language, linguistics, literature, and journalism and mass communications prepare students to be compassionate, informed citizens of the world. The College leverages the power of the arts and humanities to explore the most important questions of our time.

Building upon a foundation of excellent oral and written communication skills, our students analyze texts, explore experiences, and perform works that deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse artistic and intellectual traditions. Under the direction of our accomplished faculty, our students develop the intellectual values, the practical skills, and the self-confidence they need to become accomplished professionals in such diverse fields as design, theatre, teaching, music performance, visual art, journalism and advertising.

The Humanities and Arts Student Success Center partners with our academic departments to ensure that all undergraduate students receive on-time advising and robust academic planning support.

Teaching Credential Programs

The College of Humanities and Arts houses teaching credential programs in Art, English, Liberal Studies, Music, Theatre, and World Languages. Our teaching programs benefit from an active network of SJSU alums working in schools across the state. The School of Library and Information Science offers a Teacher Librarian Credential. The teacher librarian impacts K-12 student outcomes by collaborating with teachers, working directly with students, championing reading and providing information-rich learning environments.


A number of departments/schools offer internships that involve practical experience in professional settings under the supervision of qualified professionals.

Special Centers

The College of Humanities and the Arts is home to the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the Center for Literary Arts, and the Center for Comparative Philosophy. The College manages the San José State University Writing Center, a resource for all SJSU students to help them become better writers. The College also manages the Hammer Theater, a city-owned venue that offers a professional venue for our best students in theater, music, and dance.

Professional and Global Education, College of (CPGE)

(Formerly the College of International and Extended Studies)

In the College of Professional and Global Education, we provide access to relevant educational programs that allow individuals to gain knowledge and skills that create a solid foundation for them to be engaged and productive members of a global society. We offer a learning environment that is dynamic and innovative, ensuring that we are responsive to the ever-evolving workforce and industry demands. Our college is the nexus for connecting professionals, institutions, businesses and industries, locally and from around the world, to the knowledge, resources, and talents of Silicon Valley’s premier public university.

At our College, we provide career-minded students and working professionals with the real-world knowledge, experience, and access they need to compete and succeed in a contemporary work force. Within the California State University (CSU), we have the most extensive portfolio of graduate, academic programs, with the highest enrollments. Through our College or in partnership with six academic colleges, we offer a total of 22 professional degree programs {http://www.sjsu.edu/pdp/index.html} at the Master’s level and 15 advanced certificate, and three credential programs.

College of Professional and Global Education

Student Union

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Services and programs for international students

International Student and Scholar Services

Student Union

Study Abroad and Away (SAA)

Student Union
spartansabroad@sjsu.edu {http://international-office@sjsu.edu}

SJSU International House

Student Union

Science, College of

San José is at the center of Silicon Valley, known worldwide for its research institutes and industries that set the standard for scientific and technological innovation. San José State is the metropolitan university of the region, and the academic programs of the College of Science prepare students for rewarding careers through our bachelor’s and master’s level degree programs in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science fields. Our departments have established partnerships with local employers where students find training and employment opportunities.

The College of Science provides the lower division core biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics courses supporting majors in other technical disciplines (such as engineering). As part of the university general education requirements, we offer courses in quantitative reasoning, the physical universe and its life forms, and earth and the environment. Furthermore, we teach the discipline-specific courses for the science and mathematics teacher credential programs.

Successful science students come from many backgrounds. Some enter the university immediately upon graduation from high school. Others, who have worked or have various life experiences, enroll as either full or part-time students in order to continue their education and better their career opportunities. The maturity, laboratory skills and experience of these students enrich our programs. We have several programs to increase the participation of women and underrepresented students in professional level science. Our College of Science Advising Center (COSAC) is available to assist students with their academic advising questions as well as to provide tutoring for key science and math courses.

There are active student clubs associated with each major, several of which have won national recognition for their professional and community service activities. Club members provide mutual support and are able to network with professionals in their field.

Special Centers

The College of Science has several unique interdisciplinary instructional research centers and programs: the Biotechnology Education and Research Institute (BERI), the Master’s in BioTechnology (MBT), the Master’s in Medical Product Development Management, the Clinical Lab Science program, the Center for Applied Mathematics, Computation and Statistics, the Institute for Modern Optics, the Flow Cytometry Core Facility, the W.M. Keck Facility for Chemical Research, the laboratory for Conservation Genetics, the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the Nuclear Science Facility. Partially funded by external grants and contracts, these centers provide our students opportunities to participate in sponsored research projects. Cooperative programs with local industries and government laboratories are additional sources of professional experience and financial support for our science majors.

Teaching Credential Programs

Two single subject credential programs are coordinated by the College of Science, in collaboration with the College of Education. The single subject professional programs are designed for individuals who are interested in teaching science or mathematics in middle schools or high schools. The Science Education Program offers single subject credential programs in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a mathematics single subject credential program. For detailed information, contact the appropriate program coordinator.

Through the Science Education Program, the College of Science supports the Science Education Resource Center, which provides hands-on science materials, textbooks, reference materials and technical assistance to pre-service and in-service teachers.

Social Sciences, College of

Programs in the College of Social Sciences prepare students for work and life in Silicon Valley and a rapidly changing world. Our eleven departments provide training for careers in counseling, human computer interaction, environmental impact assessment and restoration, computerized mapping, public administration, economic analysis, internet communication, and countless other positions in business, government, teaching, and human services.

Major courses of study emphasize the contributions of the many cultures that form our community. Internships are encouraged to help students relate academic work to the opportunities and needs of this diverse region. Completion of one of our undergraduate majors also provides an excellent foundation for advanced work in one of the disciplines or at a professional school such as law or business.

New technologies increasingly improve our instruction and link us to the innovative industry of our region and to the educational resources of the world, but personal interaction between students and faculty is still prized within the College of Social Sciences. Capable and interesting teacher-scholars, active student clubs and small classes provide ideal environments for learning.

Special Centers

The programs of the College of Social Sciences are further enriched by educational, research and training opportunities provided by the following specialized units:

Burdick Military History Project supports the study and teaching of military history through public lectures, the Veterans Oral History Project, and it specialized collection of materials relating to military history. Contact the History Department.

Center for the Development of Recycling advances education, research and dissemination of information in various areas of recycling. Contact the Environmental Studies Department.

Center for Economic Education supports improvement in the teaching of economics through a multi-method approach and the dissemination of economics education materials. Contact the Economics Department.

East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center provides information and counsel about studies in Asia, including library and audio-visual material available to teachers. Contact the History Department.

Sourisseau Academy promotes better understanding and appreciation of California’s state and local history, with emphasis on the history of Santa Clara Valley, through graduate scholarships and collections of historical source materials. Contact the History Department.

Spartan Experimental Economics Lab (SEEL) is a state-of-the-art lab committed to the rigorous exploration of a diverse set of economic and social sciences topics.

Teaching Credential Programs

Teacher Credential Programs - To apply to a Teacher Credential Program please see the College of Education website.

Social Science Teacher Preparation: The College of Social Science offers California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved Multiple and Single Subject Social Science Teacher Preparation (SSTP) programs. Students who complete the required coursework are considered “subject matter competent” and are not required to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

Undergraduate Education, Office of

Undergraduate Education (UE) is involved with all aspects of undergraduate academic matters which support retention and graduation of students. It includes the following areas and programs: Academic Preparation Programs, Academic Scheduling, Accreditation, Articulation, Assessment, Campus Reading Program, Center for Community Learning and Leadership, CommUniverCity, General Education, Program Planning, Catalog, Curriculum, MyProgress, and MyPlanner.

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