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San Jose State University was founded in 1857 as Minns' Evening Normal School during the heart of the Gold Rush and as the country begins to embark on Civil War. The school was named for principal, George W. Minns, who created the school to educate teachers. When he established his school in San Francisco, he believed that a good teacher should try to elevate their school to a "high standard of moral excellence."

In 1862, the school was renamed California State Normal School and 54 women graduated from the school that year after completing a three-year program. After the Civil War, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of segregated schools, determining that "separate but equal" was legal. The California State Normal School expanded, opening a campus in Los Angeles in 1882. Another campus opened in San Jose in 1892.

After the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the school's main building was declared unsafe. Students attended class in temporary buildings that were called "shacks" while other classes were held outdoors. During World War I, San Jose State Normal School saw a decline in enrollment as men entered the military. After the war, the demand for teachers grew significantly and enrollment skyrocketed.

In 1921, the school became San Jose Teachers College and became San Jose State College in 1934 after curriculum was expanded beyond teacher preparation. During World War II, enrollment again dropped as did faculty numbers as teachers and students enter military service or wartime employment. Enrollment grew significantly, however, as soldiers returning from service took advantage of the G.I. Bill.

The school became California State University in 1972 and San Jose State University in 1974. Today, there are more than 32,000 students enrolled at San Jose State University. It is ranked in the top 15 Master's-level public universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report and is ranked among the top 200 universities in the nation for total research spending.

San Jose State University Accreditation Details

San Jose State University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation lets prospective students know that San Jose State University graduates are well-educated and prepared for the workforce. In addition, programs throughout the university may be accredited by industry-specific associations or organizations.

San Jose State University Application Requirements

Applicants to San Jose State University must be a high school graduate or within months of graduation. They must have completed required high school courses with a "C-" or better and provide an official high school transcript. SAT or ACT scores are also required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA which may change. Currently, students must have a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 794 using the ACT if they are California residents. Non-California residents must have an eligibility index of 3502 using the SAT or 842 using the ACT.

Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester unit or 90 or more quarter units are considered transfer students and may enter San Jose State University as a junior. College freshman, sophomores or students who already hold a bachelor's degree may transfer to San Jose State.

Graduate students must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university and must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in their undergraduate studies. Students must be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended. Official transcripts are required and some programs may require standardized graduate test scores as well.

San Jose State University Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at San Jose State University for part-time study, which is six credits or less is $1,665 and for full-time tuition of 6.1 or more credits is $2,871. There is an additional $396 charge for non-California residents. Graduate tuition is $2,082 for part-time studies and $3,588 for full-time studies. Out-of-state residents are charged an additional $270 fee. Tuition for the education doctorate is $5,919 for both part- and full-time study.

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act form to be eligible for any financial assistance.

San Jose State University Degree Program(s) Available

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

San Jose State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide students with a broad background in the basics of electrical engineering. Students are guided in the choice of upper-division electives and a Senior Design Project in order to specialize their studies in the areas of:

  • Analog Electronics
  • Communication
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital System Design
  • Fabrication
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Networking

Students must complete 30 general education credits, 30 credits to prepare for the major, 16 units in the engineering common area, 45 units toward the major and 12 units in upper division electives. Courses that may be required include:

  • Circuit Concepts and Problem Solving
  • Digital Design I
  • Electronic Design I & II
  • Introduction to Circuit Analysis
  • Introduction to Programming Microcontrollers for Electrical Engineering
  • Linear Systems
  • Introductory Electrical Engineering Laboratory
  • Microprocessor-Based System Design
  • Network Analysis
  • Power Systems
  • Principles of Communication Systems
  • Principles of Electromagnetic Fields
  • Probability and Statistics in Electrical Engineering
  • Theory of Automatic Controls

Students must also complete a Senior Design Project. Technical Electives include:

  • Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits
  • Analog Peripheral for Embedded Systems
  • Design of CMOS Digital Integrated Circuits
  • Digital Communication Systems
  • Digital Design with FPGA's
  • Electronics for Bioengineering Applications
  • Electromechanics
  • Fundamentals of Mechatronics Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Networking
  • Individual Studies
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • Introduction to Embedded Control System Design
  • Introduction to Integrated Circuits Processing and Design
  • Introduction to Power Systems
  • Microelectromechanical Systems Fabrication and Design
  • Microwaves
  • Microfluisics Fabrication and Design
  • Photovoltaic Fabrication/Testing with Lab
  • Semiconductor Power Electronics

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

San Jose State University is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and supplies more engineers to companies like Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard and more than any other university. All graduate courses are taught in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate working professionals. Students must complete 30 semester units with a major cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Students choose from courses that allow them to specialize in:

  • Analog/Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits
  • Communications/Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Logic Systems
  • Networking and Control
  • Power Electronics

San Jose State University offers several different engineering programs with flexible schedules that allow working adults who may have social, work or family obligations that prevent them from attending traditional classes achieve their higher education goals.

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