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Lower-Division Course Requirements

 

The lower-division, or “breadth requirement,” is the first part of your undergraduate education. It consists of a series of courses in math, natural science, literature, art, humanities, behavioral sciences, and social sciences, geared to give you a broad perspective of those fields. They will also provide you with the general framework of knowledge you need for the second part of the General Education requirements, the upper-division, in which you will learn how these disciplines interact with each other, giving you a broader understanding of the world.

General education requirements may vary by bachelor’s degree program, but usually include:

  • Area A: Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking (9 units)

  • Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (10 units)

  • Area C: Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Languages (9 units)

  • Area D: Social, Political, and Economic Institutions and Behavior (9 units)

  • Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self (3 units)


  • Course Descriptions


    Area A: Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking (9 units)
    COURSE CODE
    COURSE NAME
    UNITS
    Oral Communication
    SPC 100
    3
    Written Communication
    ENG 100
    3
    Critical Thinking
    Complete 3 units from the following courses:
    ENG 201
    3
    PHL 200
    3


    Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
    COURSE CODE
    COURSE NAME
    UNITS
    Physical Science
    Complete at least 3 units from the following courses:
    CHE 130
    3
    CHE 150A
    5
    GEO 200
    3
    GSC 150
    3
    PHY 120
    3
    PHY 150A
    5
    Life Science
    Complete at least 3 units from the following courses:
    BIO 101
    3
    BIO 102W
    4
    Laboratory Activity
    Complete at least 1 laboratory unit from the following courses:
    BIO 101L
    1
    GSC 150A
    1
    Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
    Complete at least 3 units from the following courses:
    MAT 100
    3
    MAT 102
    3
    MAT 103
    3
    MAT 108
    3
    MAT 115
    3
    MAT 120
    4


    Area C: Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Languages
    COURSE CODE
    COURSE NAME
    UNITS
    Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)
    Complete at least 3 units from the following courses:
    ART 100
    3
    ART 101W
    3
    EDU 120
    3
    Humanities, Literature, and Letters
    Complete at least 6 units from the following courses:
    (exception: A.A. in Child Development students)
    ENG 250
    3
    PHL 100
    3
    PHL 150W
    3
    SPAN 100
    5
    SPAN 101
    5
    SPAN 200
    5
    SPAN 201
    5
    SPAN 205
    5


    Area D: Social, Political, and Economic Institutions and Behavior
    Complete at least 9 units from two different areas from the following courses:
    COURSE CODE
    COURSE NAME
    UNITS
    Anthropology
    ANT 100
    3
    Economics
    BUS 120
    3
    BUS 121
    3
    Ethnic Studies
    ETH 134
    3
    ETH 265
    3
    Geography
    GEO 200
    3
    History
    HIS 100
    3
    HIS 201
    3
    Social Behavior Sciences
    ETH 134
    3
    PSY 205
    3
    Political Science/Government
    POL 101
    3
    Psychology
    PSY 100
    3
    PSY 205
    3
    Sociology and Criminology
    CRJS 101
    3
    SOC 101
    3
    SOC 102
    3


    Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self
    Complete at least 3 units from the following courses:
    COURSE CODE
    COURSE NAME
    UNITS
    ANT 125
    3
    CD 100
    3
    ECE 103
    3
    ECE 107
    3
    UNI 100
    3