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General Education Requirements

General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that (1) reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, (2) introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, (3) fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and (4) develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.

This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the General Education requirement.

For a list of courses that will satisfy the GE requirements, see here.

To find GE courses being offered in the Schedule of Classes, go to the Schedule of Classes and click on Search for GE Classes.

General Education Requirements:

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities
  Literary and Cultural Analysis 1 Course
  Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis 1 Course
  Visual and Performance Arts Analysis & Practice 1 Course
            Total = 15 units minimum  
Foundations of Society and Culture
  Historical Analysis 1 Course
  Social Analysis 1 Course
  &Third course from either subgroup 1 Course
            Total = 15 units minimum  
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
  Life Sciences 2 Courses
  Physical Sciences 2 Courses
  In each subgroup, one of the two courses must be 5 units and carry either laboratory/demonstration or Writing II credit.

For students entering Fall Quarter 2009 through Fall Quarter 2016, the laboratory requirement is reduced to one 5-unit laboratory/demonstration or Writing II course from either subgroup. Other courses in the subgroups may be 4 units.
             Total = 18 units minimum
          (17 units minimum for Fall 2009-Fall 2016 admits)
Total GE 10 classes/48 units minimum
(47 units minimum for Fall 2009-2016 admits)