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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
GENERAL EDUCATION BREADTH PATTERN

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West Valley College

2020 - 2021

To verify historical GE course approvals visit: www.assist.org.

Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

9 semester units required with at least one course each from A1, A2 and A3. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.
9 units minimum

A-1: Oral Communication

COMM 001, 001H, 010, 010H, 020, 020H.

A-2: Written Communication

ENGL 001A.

A-3: Critical Thinking

ENGL 001A, 001B, 001C, 001CH; PHIL 002, 003, 017.
Recommend English 1B or 1C if transferring to San Jose State University.

Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

9 semester units required with at least one course each from Physical Science, Life Science and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning. One Physical or Life Science course must include a laboratory experience (underlined). Courses in area B-4 must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.
9 units minimum

B-1: Physical Science

ASTR 002, 010, 011, 014, 020, 020H, 021, 021H, 022; BIOL 013; CHEM 001A, 001B, 002, 012A, 012B, 030A, 030B; GEOG 001; GEOL 001A, 001AH, 001B, 002B, 012, 015, 020; OCEA 010; PHYS 001, 002A, 002B, 004A, 004B, 004C, 004D, 010; PSCI 010, 020.

B-2: Life Science

ANTH 001; BIOL 002, 002L, 010, 010L, 011, 011H, 012, 013, 014, 018, 022, 023, 024, 035, 036, 037, 038, 040, 041, 042, 043, 045, 047, 048, 050, 055, 056, 058, 059; PSYC 002, 002H, 007.

B-3: Laboratory Activity

Students must select at least one laboratory experience (see underlined courses in areas B-1 and B-2).

B-4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

MATH 000D, 000G, 001, 002, 003A, 003AH, 003B, 003BH, 004A, 004B, 004C, 008, 010, 010H, 012, 014, 019.

Area C: Arts and Humanities

9 semester units required with at least one course each in Arts and Humanities.
9 units minimum

C-1: Arts (Art, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre)

ARCH 046, 047; ARTS 001A, 001AH, 001B, 001BH, 001D, 001DH, 001E, 001G, 001J, 004, 007, 010, 012A, 012B, 013, 014; DANC 061, 061H; FDAT 032; MUSC 001, 002, 003A, 003B, 004A, 004B, 005, 007, 009, 010, 054, 055; THEA 010, 010H, 011A, 011B, 011C, 012, 014A, 014B, 014C, 015, 020; WGQS 002.

C-2: Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other than English)

ARTS 095; ASLA 060A, 060B; ENGL 005A, 005B, 006A, 006AH, 006B, 006BH, 007A, 007B, 010, 012, 012H, 013, 013H, 018, 041, 043, 044, 046, 046H, 047, 047H, 048, 048H, 049, 049H, 071, 072; FRNC 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B, 003A, 003B; GERM 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B; HIST 004A, 004B, 005A, 005B, 012, 014, 016, 017A, 017B, 017BH, 020; HUMN 001A, 001B; ITAL 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B, 050A, 050B; JPNS 001A, 001B, 050A, 050B; PHIL 001, 004, 004H, 005, 012, 021, 022; SPAN 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B, 003A, 003B, 050A, 050B; WGQS 002, 3, 4A.

Area D: Social Sciences

6 semester units required with courses in at least 2 disciplines. Students are expected to complete the American Institutions requirement in this section (courses identified in the American Institution section).
6 units minimum

D--1: Sociology

HSCI 014; PSYC 001H; SOCI 002H.

D-1: Anthropology and Archaeology

ANTH 002, 003, 003H, 004, 055.

D-2: Economics

ECON 001A, 001AH, 001B, 001BH.

D-3: Ethnic Studies

CHST 005; COUN 050.

D-4: Gender Studies

WGQS 001, 002, 003, 004A.

D-5: Geography

GEOG 002, 006.

D-6: History

HIST 004A, 004B, 005A, 005B, 012, 014, 016, 017A, 017B, 017BH, 020.

D-7: Interdisciplinary Social or Behavioral Science

BUSN 061; CHST 002, 005, 063; COMM 012; HSCI 008, 010; SOCI 002, 045.

D-8: Political Science, Government and Legal Institutions

POLI 001, 001H, 002, 003, 003H, 004.

D-9: Psychology

PSYC 001, 017, 025.

D-0: Sociology and Criminology

ADMJ 001, 026; SOCI 001, 002, 003, 020, 028, 040.

Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development

3 semester units required, not all courses can be in physical activity.
3 units minimum
CHST 002, 063; COMM 004, 008, 012; COUN 005, 012, 012C, 024, 050; HSCI 008, 010, 012, 014; KINT 033, 044; LIBR 004; NUTR 015; PSYC 009, 012, 030; READ 053; SOCI 001, 002, 003, 020, 040, 045.
For a complete list of all approved PE activity courses for this area see pdf link at the top of the page.

Area F: Ethnic Studies

3 semester units required.
3 units minimum
No Course Approvals.

American Institutions (US-1-2-3)

To verify historical American Institutions course approvals visit: www.assist.org
HIST 012 - US 1
HIST 014 - US 1
HIST 016 - US 1
HIST 017A - US 1 & US 2
HIST 017B - US 1
HIST 017BH - US 1
HIST 020 - US 3
POLI 001 - US 2 & US 3
POLI 001H - US 2 & US 3