BSN Prerequisite Courses

Complete BSN prerequisites with a 'C' grade or better before completing the nursing application. Courses cannot be in progress when submitting nursing application.

Course Units

BIOL 65: Human Anatomy*


BIOL 66: Human Physiology*


MICR 20: General Bacteriology*


ENGL 1A: Composition


STAT 95: Elementary Statistics


CHEM 30A: Intro to Chemistry-Inorganic (or general chemistry equivalent)


COMM 20/COMM 96PS: Public Speaking

CSU GE Area A3: Critical Thinking Course 3

*Recency Requirements: BIOL 65, BIOL 66, MICR 20 must be completed within five (5) years of nursing application deadline. Courses may be repeated only once for academic forgiveness or recency requirements to achieve a minimum “C” grade. If a combined “Anatomy & Physiology” course is taken, all courses in the sequence should be taken at the same campus.

The department strongly recommends receiving a letter grade for prerequisite courses. Only letter grades are calculated in the prerequisite GPA.

Nursing Corequisite Courses

Complete these courses with a 'C' grade or better. Courses can be in progress when applying. 

Course Units

PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology


CHAD 70: Lifespan Development in the 21st Century (development from birth to death)


NUFS 8: Nutrition for Health Professionals


Transfer Course Information

All prerequisite courses taken at campuses other than SJSU must be approved as equivalent. 

Policy for Repeating Nursing Prerequisites

  • No course may be repeated, unless for academic forgiveness at the same school that a “C-” or below was received the first time.
  • BIOL 65, BIOL 66, MICR 20 may be repeated only once for academic forgiveness or recency requirements.
  • Earning a “W” in a prerequisite course and repeating it to earn a grade does not count as a retake. The course that earned a “W” does not factor into any nursing application GPA calculations.

AP Exam Credit Policy

The department accepts AP exam scores of 3 or higher as a substitute for the following courses: 

  • English Composition (ENGL 1A)
  • Statistics (STAT 95)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM 30A)