General Education (GE) - CORE (Basic Skills and Basic Knowledge of an Educated Person)

Core GE Courses (Basic Skills and Basic Knowledge of an Educated Person)

Students must complete 39 units of Core GE courses.

Basic Skills

9 units
Complete one course each in Oral Communication, Written Communication IA, and Critical Thinking and Writing.

Oral Communication (A1)
Oral Communication courses should cultivate an understanding of the social, psychological, political and practical significance of communication, with special emphasis on the roles of public communication in a free society.
COMM 020Public Speaking
COMM 020NPublic Speaking for Nonnative Speakers
COMM 040Argumentation & Advocacy
COMM 096PSPublic Speaking
HUM 001A-B ^Background of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-B ^Modern Culture & Social Institutions
MAS 074Public Address
Written Communication I (A2)
Students must satisfy the English Placement Test requirement prior to enrollment.
Written communication 1A courses should cultivate an understanding of the writing process and the goals, dynamics, and genres of written communication, with special attention to the nature of writing at the university.
ENGL 001AComposition I
HA 096SFirst Year Composition, Stretch II
HUM 001A-B ^Background of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-B ^Modern Culture & Social Institutions
Critical Thinking and Writing (A3)
Critical thinking courses should help students learn to recognize, analyze, evaluate, and produce reasoning.
COMM 041Critical Decision Making
COMM 045Media and Culture
ENGL 002Composition 2
ENGL 007Critical Thinking
HIST 050Historical Process: Understanding Historical Reasoning
HUM 001A-B ^Background of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-B ^Modern Culture & Social Institutions
LING 021Language & Thinking
PHIL 057Logic & Critical Reasoning
POLS 020Controversial Legal Issues

^ = Course meets extra Area "C"

Science and Mathematical Concepts

9 units
Complete at least one 3-unit course in Physical Science, Life Science, and Mathematical Concepts.
At least one lab course (L) must be included.

Physical Science (B1)
In Science courses, students should master sufficiently essential quantitative and qualitative skills that are necessary to understand scientific knowledge and methods. Students should be able to incorporate scientific knowledge into the workplace and everyday life experiences.
ASTR 010Descriptive Astronomy
CHEM 001A (L)*General Chemistry
CHEM 001B (L)*General Chemistry
CHEM 030A (L)Introductory Chemistry
ENGR 005Science of High Technology
GEOG 001Geography of Natural Environments
GEOL 001 (L)General Geology
GEOL 003Planet Earth
GEOL 006Geology of California
GEOL 007 (L)Earth, Time & Life
GEOL 009Earth Disasters
METR 010Weather & Climate
METR 012Global Warming
NUFS 001APhysical Science of Foods
PHYS 001Elementary Physics
PHYS 002A (L)*Fundamentals of Physics
PHYS 002B (L)*Fundamentals of Physics
PHYS 0050 (L)*General Physics/Mechanics
PHYS 0051 (L)*General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 0052 (L)*General Physics/Waves, Light, Heat
Life Science (B2)
ANTH 012Introduction to Human Evolution
BIOL 001A (L)*Foundations of Biodiversity
BIOL 001B (L)*Foundations of Cell Biology & Physiology
BIOL 010The Living World
BIOL 020 (L)Ecological Biology
BIOL 021 (L)Human Biology
BIOL 065 (L)*Human Anatomy
BIOL 065O*Human Anatomy
BIOL 066 (L)*Human Physiology
ENVS 010Life on a Changing Planet
GEOL 008Age of Dinosaurs
MICR 020 (L)*General Bacteriology
NUFS 016Science, Physiology, & Nutrition
UNVS 096GBGlobal Citizenship: A Life Science Perspective
Laboratory Science (B3)
The following courses meet the Lab requirement only.
ASTR 102 (L)Astronomy Lab (1 unit)
BIOL 065LAnatomy Lab for Transfer Students (1 unit)
BIOL 150/GEOL 150 (L)Fld Stds Nat Hist (1-2 units)
GEOL 004L (L)Planet Earth Lab
GEOL 009Earth Disasters
PHYS 001L (L)Elem Phys Lab (1 unit)

*Intensive Science

Students who have completed the Intensive science courses listed, with a "C" or better, will be allowed to use these courses to fulfill the requirement in B2, B3 or B1, B3. Students may petition to have (1) grades below C (very rarely approved), or (2) other Intensive Science courses not on the list approved as intensive science courses. See details on the petition at:

Mathematical Concepts (B4)
Mathematical concepts courses enable students to use numerical and graphical data in personal and professional judgments and in coping with public issues. You must satisfy the Entry Level Mathematics requirement prior to enrollment in one course from the following:
HS 067Introductory Health Statistics
BIOL 055Introduction to Biostatistics
MATH 008College Algebra
MATH 010Mathematics for General Education
MATH 012Number Systems
MATH 019Precalculus
MATH 030*Calculus I
MATH 030P*Calculus I with Precalculus
MATH 030PL*Calculus I with Precalculus
MATH 031*Calculus II
MATH 032*Calculus III
MATH 060*Calculus for Biological Sciences
MATH 070*Finite Mathematics
MATH 071*Calculus for Business and Aviation
PHIL 009Math & Logic for General Education
SOCI/SOCS 015Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences
STAT 095Elementary Statistics
UNVS 015CStatway C: Statistics-Concepts & Methods
UNVS 016CStatway C: Statistics-Concepts & Methods

*Intensive Math

Students who have not completed a course satisfying Area B4, and who have completed MATH 030, MATH 030P, MATH 030PL, MATH 031, MATH 032, MATH 060, MATH 070, or MATH 071, with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" not included) will be allowed to use one of these courses to fulfill the Area B4 requirement.

Humanities & Arts

9 units

Effective Fall 2014, Area C3 has been discontinued. Completion of 9 units in Area C is still required.

Complete one course each in Arts and in Letters, and a third course from either Arts of Letters

Arts and Letters courses should give students knowledge and understanding of significant works of the human intellect and imagination. Courses should enable students to participate in social and cultural communities associated with artistic and literary endeavors, enriching their personal and professional lives.

Arts (C1)
AMS 001A-BAmerican Civilization
ARTH 015Intro to Visual Culture
ARTH 070AArt History, Prehistoric to Medieval
ARTH 070BArt History, Renaissance to Modern
ARTH/ASIA 070CArts of Asia
ARTH 072Design in Society
DANC 010Dance Appreciation
FORL 025World Cultures through Literature and Cinema
HUM 001A-B^Background of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-B^Modern Culture & Social Institutions
KIN 068Visual Representations of Sport in Popular Culture
MUSC 004AMusic Systems IVA
MUSC 004BMusic Systems IVB
MUSC 010AMusic Appreciation
MUSC 010BIntroduction to Music
MUSC/ASIA 019Music in World Cultures
PHIL 066Introduction to Aesthetics
RTVF 010The Art of Film
TA 005Acting
TA 010Theatre Appreciation
Letters (C2)
AMS 001A-BAmerican Civilization
CHIN 001AElementary Chinese
CHIN 001BElementary Chinese
CHIN 025AIntermediate Chinese
CHIN 025BIntermediate Chinese
ENGL 001BComposition 2
ENGL 010Great Works of Literature
ENGL 020The Graphic Novel
ENGL 021Mystery Fiction
ENGL 022Fantasy & Science Fiction
ENGL 040Contemporary World Fiction
ENGL 071Creative Writing
ENGL 078Introduction to Shakespeare's Drama
FORL 025World Cultures through Literature and Cinema
FREN 001AElementary French
FREN 001BElementary French
FREN 025AIntermediate French: Reading
FREN 025BIntermediate French: Writing
GERM 025AIntermediate German
GERM 025BIntermediate German
HUM 001A-B ^Background of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-B ^Modern Culture & Social Institutions
JPN 001AElementary Japanese
JPN 001BElementary Japanese
JPN 025AIntermediate Japanese
JPN 025BIntermediate Japanese
JWSS 018QSuperheroes & Geeks
MUSC 0012Medieval and Renaissance Music
PHIL 010Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 061Moral Issues
PHIL 070AAncient Philosophy
PHIL 070BModern Philosophy
POLS 003Introduction to Political Thought
RELS/HUM/MDES 070AWestern Religions
RELS/ASIA/HUM 070BEastern Religions
RELS/HUM/JWSS/MDES 090Bible Hist and Lit
SPAN 001AElementary Spanish
SPAN 001BElementary Spanish
SPAN 025AIntermediate Spanish
SPAN 025BIntermediate Spanish
TA 013Great Comedies for Theatre
UNVS 096GCGlobal Citizenship: A Humanities Perspective

^ = Course meets extra Area "C"

Social Science

9 units
Complete one course each in Human Behavior, Comparative Systems, and Social Issues.
Social Science courses should increase the student's understanding of human behavior and social interaction in the context of value systems, economic structures, political institutions, social groups, and natural environments

Human Behavior (D1)
Human Behavior courses will enable students to be able to recognize the interaction of social institutions, culture, and environment with the behavior of individuals.
ANTH 011Cultural Anthropology
CHAD 075Imagination, Play & Adult Creativity
CMPE/CS/BUS4 025The Digital World & Society
COMM 010Communication & Human Relationships
COMM 021Performing Culture & Society
ECON 001BPrinciples of Economics: Microeconomics
ECON 001BQPrinciples of Economics: Microeconomics
ENGR/TECH 098Technology & Women
GEOG 010Cultural Geography
HS/GERO/RECL 015Human Life Span
LING 020Nature of Language
MAS 030Race & Ethnicity in Public Space
OCTH 010Homeless Americans: Loss of the American Dream
POLS 014QAwake in Utopia
PSYC 001General Psychology
PSYC 082Child & Adolescent Psychology
SOCI 001Introduction to Sociology
UNVS 096GDGlobal Citizenship: A Social Sciences Perspective
WOMS 005QGender, Race & Sexuality in Media
WOMS 010Perspectives on Sex & Gender Roles
Comparative Systems (D2)
Courses in this area will enable students to compare and contrast two or more ethnic groups, cultures, regions, nations, or social systems.
AAS 033A-BAsian Americans in the United States Historical & Political Process
AAS/AFAM/MAS 025The Changing Majority: Power & Ethnicity in America
AFAM 002 A-BAfrican-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government
AMS 001A-BAmerican Civilization
GEOG 012Global Geography
HIST 010AWestern Civilization
HIST 010BWestern Civilization
HIST/POLS 015AU.S. History & Government
HUM 001A-BBackground of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-BModern Culture and Social Institutions
MAS 10A-10BMexican Americans & the Development of U.S. History and Government
POLS 002Introduction to Comparative Politics
WOMS/AAS 020Women of Color in the US
Social Issues (D3)
Social Issues courses will enable students to apply multidisciplinary material to a topic relevant to policy and social action at the local, national, and/or international levels.
AAS 033A-BAsian Americans in the United States Historical & Political Process
AMS 001A-BAmerican Civilization
ENVS 001Introduction to Environmental Issues
AFAM 002 A-BAfrican-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government
HIST/POLS 015BU.S. History & Government
HUM 001A-BBackground of Western Culture & Society
HUM 002A-BModern Culture and Social Institutions
JS 025Introduction to Human Rights and Justice
MAS 010A-BMexican Americans & the Development of U.S. History and Government
MCOM 072Mass Communication & Society
POLS 004Introduction to International Relations
SOCI 080Social Problems

Human Understanding & Development

3 units
Complete one course.
Human Understanding and Development courses will enable students to understand themselves as integrated physiological, social, and psychological entities who are able to formulate strategies for lifelong personal development. Students will also learn skills to employ available university resources to support academic and personal development.

Human Understanding & Development (E)
ANTH 025Human Lifecourse in Context
BIOL 054Human Understanding
BUS 012Money Matters
CA 060Creativity Matters
CHAD 060Child Development
CHAD 070Lifespan Development in the 21st Century
COMM 074Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
COMM 074QFundamentals of Intercultural Communication
EDCO 004Personal, Academic & Career Exploration
ENGR 010*Introduction to Engineering
GEOL 005Human Development & the Natural World
RECL 010Creating a Meaningful Life
HS 001Understanding Your Health
KIN 069Stress Management: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
LING 022Language Across the Lifespan
NUFS 009Introduction to Human Nutrition
PHIL 012Philosophy of the Person
PSYC 002QIdentity Development & Prejudice
RELS/HUM/GERO 099Death, Dying & Religions
SCI 002Success in Science
SOCI/UNVS 057Community Involvement & Personal Growth
TA 048Voice & Movement for the Actor
UNVS 096GEGlobal Citizenship: A Human Development Perspective

*For specific department/program majors only