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General Education (GE) - Requirements Overview

Core General Education

Basic Skills of an Educated Person
These courses build key skills for learning - communication and critical thinking. An educated person communicates ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. Being able to organize and express ideas is a key part of learning. An educated person must also have strong reasoning powers in order to analyze critically all types of information. The skills courses within General Education provide an opportunity for students to gain and enhance critical communication and analytical skills.
Oral Communication (A1)3
Written Communication I (A2)3
Critical Thinking and Writing (A3)3
Mathematical Concepts (B4)3
Subtotal12 units
Basic Knowledge of an Educated Person
In these courses, students gain the fundamental knowledge of an educated person. Students have opportunities to demonstrate an appreciation of the fundamentals of science, arts and letters, and the forces that shape the individual and modern society throughout the lifespan. This fundamental knowledge is crucial to understanding more advanced topics, including a major field of study.
Physical Science (B1)*3
Life Science (B2)*3
One lab course in either physical or life science is required (B3)*
Arts (C1)3
Letters (C2)3
A third course from either Arts or Letters (C1 or C2)3
Human Behavior (D1)3
Comparative Systems, Cultures & Environments (D2)3
Social Issues (D3)3
Human Understanding & Development (E)3
Subtotal27 units

SJSU Studies (formerly Advanced GE)

Integrated Knowledge of an Educated Person
In these courses, students become integrated thinkers who see connections between and among a variety of concepts and ideas. An educated person applies concepts and foundations learned in one area to other areas as part of a lifelong learning process. These courses help students to live and work intelligently, responsibly, and cooperatively in a multicultural society and to develop abilities to address complex issues and problems using disciplined analytical skills and creative techniques.
Earth and Environment (R)3
Self, Society & Equality in the U.S. (S)3
Culture, Civilization & Global Understanding (V)3
Written Communication II (Z)0-3
Subtotal9-12 units

Graduation Requirements

American Institutions (may be satisfied in Core)0-6
Physical Education (two units or two courses of PE activity are required to meet the PE Requirement)0-2
Total General Education Units
CORE39 Units
SJSU Studies9-12 Units