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)