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California State University

General Education 2019-2020

 The courses listed below will fulfill the lower division general education requirements for all CSU campuses.

California State University (CSU) Upper Division Transfer Requirements:

Students are eligible for upper division admission with completion of 60 CSU transferable units that include:

  • A minimum of 30 lower division units of general education courses with grades of C- or better
  • Courses from general education areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with a grade of C- or better
  • 2.0 CSU transferable GPA (This is the minimum GPA for consideration; many campuses/majors are competitive and may require a higher GPA for admission.)

Students must be in good standing at the last college or university attended.

CSU General Education Notes

  1. Courses on this list have been approved by the CSU Office of the Chancellor for Fall 2019 and beyond. If a course was completed prior to approval, it cannot be certified for CSU General Education Breadth requirements.
  2. Some majors require specific general education courses. Students planning to transfer are advised to plan their schedules carefully in order to maintain progress.

 * Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one general education area.

 

A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

(9 units minimum): Select at least one course from each group (A-1, A-2, A-3).

  • A-1: Oral Communication
    One of the following options must be satisfied.
    Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
    Course Title
    SPCH 1A Public Speaking
    SPCH 1AH Public Speaking-Honors
    SPCH 2 Fundamentals of Communication 
    SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
    SPCH 8H Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors

     

    A-2: Written Communication
    One of the following options must be satisfied.
    Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
    Course Title
    ENGL 1A Freshman Composition
    ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition – Honors
  • A-3: Critical Thinking
    One of the following options must be satisfied.
    Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
    Course Title
    ENGL 1C Critical Thinking and Writing
    ENGL 1CH Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
    ENGR 1C Engineering Critical Thinking
    PHIL 3 Introduction to Logic
    PHIL 3H Introduction to Logic - Honors
    PHIL 8 Critical Thinking
    PHIL 9 Critical Thinking and Writing
    PHIL 9H Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
    PSYC 5 Psychology of Reasoning and Problem Solving
    READ 100 Analysis and Critical Reading
    SPCH 20 Argumentation and Debate
    SPCH 20H Argumentation and Debate - Honors

 

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

(9 units minimum): Select one course from each group (B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4).

  • B-1: Physical Science
    Select at least one course from the following list:
    Course Title
      ASTR 5 Introduction to Astronomy
      ASTR 5H Introduction to Astronomy - Honors
    +ASTR 5L  Astronomical Observing Laboratory
      ASTR 7 Geology of the Solar System
      ASTR 8 Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
      CHEM 9 Chemistry of Everyday Life
    +CHEM 10 Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
    +CHEM 20 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
    +CHEM 40 Introduction to General Chemistry
    +CHEM 50 General Chemistry I
    +CHEM 50H General Chemistry I – Honors
    +CHEM 51 General Chemistry II
    +CHEM 51H General Chemistry II – Honors
      GEOG 1  Physical Geography 
      GEOG 1H  Physical Geography  - Honors
    +GEOG 1L  Physical Geography Laboratory
    +GEOG 1LH  Physical Geography Laboratory – Honors
    +GEOL 1  Physical Geology
    +GEOL 2 Historical Geology
      GEOL 7  Geology of California
      GEOL 8  Earth Science
      GEOL 8H  Earth Science – Honors
    +GEOL 8L  Earth Science Laboratory
      GEOL 9  Environmental Geology
    +GEOL 9L  Environmental Geology Laboratory
      GEOL 10  Natural Disasters
      GEOL 30 Global Climate Change
      METO 3  Weather and the Atmospheric Environment 
    +METO 3L  Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
      OCEA 10  Introduction to Oceanography
      OCEA 10H Introduction to Oceanography-Honors
    +OCEA 10L Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
    +PHSC 3  Energy Science
    +PHSC 9  Physical Science
    +PHYS 1 Physics
    +PHYS 2AG General Physics
    +PHYS 2BG General Physics
    +PHYS 4A  Engineering Physics
    +PHYS 4B  Engineering Physics
    +PHYS 4C  Engineering Physics
    +PHYS 6A  General Physics with Calculus
    +PHYS 6B  General Physics with Calculus
  • B-2: Life Science
    Select at least one course from the following list:
    Course Title
      AGOR 1 Horticultural Science
    +ANAT 10A Introductory Human Anatomy
    +ANAT 10B Introductory Human Physiology
    +ANAT 35 Human Anatomy
    +ANAT 36 Human Physiology
      ANTH 1 Biological Anthropology
      ANTH 1H Biological Anthropology - Honors
    +ANTH 1L Biological Anthropology Laboratory
    +BIOL 1 General Biology
    +BIOL 2 Plant and Animal Biology
    +BIOL 3 Ecology and Field Biology
    +BIOL 4 Biology for Majors
    +BIOL 4H Biology for Majors – Honors
      BIOL 6 Humans and the Environment
    +BIOL 6L Humans and the Environment Laboratory
    +BIOL 8 Cell and Molecular Biology
      BIOL 17 Neurobiology and Behavior
      BIOL 20 Marine Biology
    +BIOL 21 Marine Biology Laboratory
      BIOL 25 Conservation Biology
      BIOL 34 Fundamentals of Genetics
    +BIOL 34L Fundamentals of Genetics Lab
    +MICR 1 Principles of Microbiology
    +MICR 22 Microbiology
      PSYC 1B Biological Psychology
     
     
    B-3: Lab Activity
    This requirement is met by taking ONE of the courses above indicated by a “+” sign in either B1 or B2. Lab must be a corresponding section to the lecture course taken.

     

    B-4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
    Select at least one course from the following list:
    Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
    Course Title
    BUSC 17 Applied Business Statistics
    MATH 100 Survey of College Mathematics
    MATH 110 Elementary Statistics
    MATH 110H Elementary Statistics – Honors
    MATH 110S Integrated Statistics
    MATH 120 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 130 College Algebra
    MATH 140 Calculus for Business
    MATH 150 Trigonometry
    MATH 160 Precalculus Mathematics
    MATH 180 Calculus and Analytic Geometry
    MATH 181 Calculus and Analytic Geometry
    MATH 260 Linear Algebra
    MATH 280 Calculus and Analytic Geometry
    MATH 285 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
    MATH 290 Differential Equations
    PSYC 10 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    SOC 23 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and Social Sciences

 

Attention: It is recommended that you use one of the options below as part of the 9 units required in Area C or D.
CSU American Institutions & U.S. History Graduation Requirement:

Option 1: HIST 7 (or 7H) + HIST 8 (or 8H)
or
Option 2: Completion of one course from U.S. History plus one course from American Institutions:

  • United States History
    HIST 1
    HIST 7
    HIST 7H
    HIST 8
    HIST 8H
    HIST 30
    HIST 31
    HIST 36
    HIST 40
    HIST 44
  • American Institutions
    POLI 1
    POLI 1H
    POLI 25
    POLI 35

 

C. Arts and Humanities

(9 units minimum): Select 3 courses, with at least one course form “Arts” (C-1) and one course from “Humanities” (C-2)
* Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one area

  • C-1: Arts
    Course Title
    AHIS 1 Introduction to the Visual Arts and Art History
    or  
     ARTB 1 Introduction to the Visual Arts and Art History
    *AHIS 3 History of Women and Gender in Art
    *AHIS 3H History of Women in Art - Honors
     AHIS 4 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic 
     AHIS 4H History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic - Honors
     AHIS 5 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern
     AHIS 5H History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern - Honors
     AHIS 6 History of Modern Art
     AHIS 6H History of Modern Art - Honors
     AHIS 8 History of Medieval Art and Architecture
    *AHIS 9 History of Asian Art and Architecture
     AHIS 10 A History of Greek & Roman Art & Architecture
    *AHIS 11 History of African, Oceanic & Native Amer. Art
    *AHIS 11H History of African, Oceanic & Native Amer. Art – Honors
    *AHIS 12 History of Pre-Columbian Art & Architecture
    *AHIS 12H History of Pre-Columbian Art & Architect – Honors
    *AHIS 13 World Art and Visual Culture 
    *AHIS 14  Rome: The Ancient City
    *AHIS 15  Culture and Art of Pompeii
     ARCH 250 World Architecture: Prehistory to the Middle Ages
     ARCH 251 World Architecture: Renaissance through the Contemporary Era
     ARTB 14 Basic Studio Arts
     ARTD 15A Drawing: Beginning
     ARTD 20 Design: Two-Dimensional
     ARTD 25A Beginning Painting I
     ARTD 46A Printmaking: Introduction to Monotype
     ARTD 47A Printmaking: Photo and Alternative Processes
     ARTG 20 Art, Artists and Society
     ARTS 22 Design: Three-Dimensional
     ARTS 30A Ceramics: Beginning I
     ARTS 40A Sculpture: Beginning
     DN-T 20 History and Appreciation of Dance
     FASH 9 History of Fashion
     ID 14 History of Furniture & Decorative Arts 
     MUS 7 Fundamentals of Music
     MUS 11A Music Literature Survey
     MUS 11B Music Literature Survey
     MUS 12 History of Jazz
     MUS 13 Introduction to Music Appreciation
     MUS 13H Introduction to Music Appreciation - Honors
     MUS 14A World Music
     MUS 14B American Folk Music
     MUS 15 Rock Music History and Appreciation
     MUS 15H Rock Music History and Appreciation - Honors
     PHOT 15 History of Photography
     SPCH 4 Performance of Literature
     THTR 9 Introduction to Theater Arts
     THTR 10 History of Theater Arts
     THTR 11 Principles of Acting I
  • C-2: Humanities
    Course Title
    ARAB 1 Elementary Arabic
     ARAB 2 Continuing Elementary Arabic
     CHIN 1 Elementary Chinese
     CHIN 2 Continuing Elementary Chinese
     CHIN 3 Intermediate Chinese
     CHIN 4 Continuing Intermediate Chinese
     ENGL 1B English – Introduction to Literary Types
     ENGL 1BH English – Introduction to Literary Types - Honors
     FRCH 1 Elementary French
     FRCH 2 Continuing Elementary French
     FRCH 3 Intermediate French
     FRCH 4 Continuing Intermediate French
     FRCH 60  French Culture Through Cinema
     GERM 1 Elementary German
     GERM 2 Continuing Elementary German
     GERM 3 Intermediate German
    *HIST 1 History of the United States
    *HIST 3 World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern
    *HIST 3H World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern - Honors
    *HIST 4 World History: Early Modern to the Present
    *HIST 4H World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors
    *HIST 7 History of the United States to 1877
    *HIST 7H History of the United States to 1877 - Honors
    *HIST 8 History of the United States from 1865
    *HIST 8H History of the United States from 1865 - Honors
    *HIST 10 History of Premodern Asia
    *HIST 11 History of Modern Asia
    *HIST 16 The Wild West History, 1800-1890
    *HIST 19 History of Mexico
    *HIST 30 History of African American 1619-1877
    *HIST 31 History of the African American
    *HIST 35 History of Africa
    *HIST 36 Women in American History
    *HIST 39 California History
    *HIST 40 History of the Mexican American
    *HIST 44 History of Native Americans
     HUMA 1 Humanities and the Human Experience
     HUMA 1H Humanities & the Human Experience- Honors
     ITAL 1 Elementary Italian
     ITAL 2 Continuing Elementary Italian
     ITAL 3 Intermediate Italian
     ITAL 4 Continuing Intermediate Italian
     ITAL 60 Italian Culture through Cinema
     JAPN 1 Elementary Japanese
     JAPN 2 Continuing Elementary Japanese
     JAPN 3 Intermediate Japanese
     JAPN 4 Continuing Intermediate Japanese
     JAPN 5 Advanced Japanese
     LATN 1 Elementary Latin
     LATN 1H Elementary Latin - Honors
     LATN 2 Continuing Elementary Latin
     LATN 2H Continuing Elementary Latin - Honors
     LIT 1 Early American Literature
     LIT 2 Modern American Literature
     LIT 3 Multicultural American Literature
     LIT 6A Survey of English Literature
     LIT 6B Survey of English Literature
     LIT 10 Survey of Shakespeare
     LIT 11A World Literature to 1650
     LIT 11B World Literature from 1650
     LIT 14 Introduction to Modern Poetry
     LIT 15 Introduction to Cinema 
     LIT 20 African American Literature
     LIT 25 Contemporary Mexican American Lit 
     LIT 36 Introduction to Mythology
     LIT 40 Children’s Literature
     LIT 46 The Bible as Literature: Old Testament
     LIT 47 The Bible as Literature: New Testament
     PHIL 5 Introduction to Philosophy
     PHIL 5H Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
     PHIL 12 Introduction to Ethics
     PHIL 12H Introduction to Ethics - Honors
     PHIL 15 Major World Religions
     PHIL 15H Major World Religions - Honors
     PHIL 20A History of Ancient Philosophy
     PHIL 20AH History of Ancient Philosophy - Honors
     PHIL 20B History of Modern Philosophy
     PHIL 20BH History of Modern Philosophy - Honors
    *POLI 5 Political Theory I- Ancient to Contemporary
    *POLI 7 Political Theory II- Early Mod-Contemporary
     SIGN 101 American Sign Language 1
     SIGN 101H American Sign Language 1 - Honors
     SIGN 102 American Sign Language 2
     SIGN 103 American Sign Language 3
     SIGN 104 American Sign Language 4
     SIGN 202 American Deaf Culture
     SPAN 1 Elementary Spanish
     SPAN 1S Spanish for the Spanish Speaking
     SPAN 2 Continuing Elementary Spanish
     SPAN 2S Continuing Spanish for the Spanish Speaking 
     SPAN 3 Intermediate Spanish
     SPAN 4 Continuing Intermediate Spanish

 

D. Social Sciences

Required Courses: Select 3 courses (minimum 9 units) with courses from at least two disciplines.
* Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one area

  • Course Title
     AGAG 1 Food Production, Land Use, & Politics - A Global Perspective
    *AHIS 3 History of Women and Gender in Art  
    *AHIS 3H History of Women and Gender in Art - Honors
    *AHIS 9 History of Asian Art and Architecture
    *AHIS 11 History of African, Oceanic,& Native American Art
    *AHIS 11H History of African, Oceanic,& Native American Art - Honors
    *AHIS 12 History of Precolumbian Art & Architecture
    *AHIS 12H History of Precolumbian Art & Architecture- Honors
    *AHIS 13 World Art and Visual Culture
    *AHIS 14 Rome: The Ancient City
    *AHIS 15 Culture and Art of Pompeii
     ANTH 3 Archaeology
     ANTH 4 Archaeology
     ANTH 5 Cultural Anthropology
     ANTH 5H Cultural Anthropology - Honors
     ANTH 6 Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
     ANTH 30 The Native American
     BUSC 1A Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
     BUSC 1AH Principles of Economics- Macroeconomics - Honors
     BUSC 1B Principles of Economics - Microeconomics
     BUSC 1BH Principles of Economics - Microeconomics-Honors
     BUSL 100 American Law and Democracy
     CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community
    *CHLD 10 Child Growth and Lifespan Development
    *CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors 
    *CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development
     FASH 14 Dress, Culture, and Identity
     GEOG 2 Human Geography
     GEOG 2H Human Geography – Honors
     GEOG 5 World Regional Geography
    GEOG 8 Urban Geography 
     GEOG 30 Geography of California
     GEOG 30H Geography of California - Honors
    *HIST 1 History of the United States
    *HIST 3 World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern
    *HIST 3H World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern - Honors
    *HIST 4 World History: Early Modern - Present
    *HIST 4H World History: Early Modern - Present - Honors
    *HIST 7 History of the United States to 1877
    *HIST 7H History of the United States to 1877 - Honors
    *HIST 8 History of the United States from 1865
    *HIST 8H History of the United States from 1865 - Honors
    *HIST 10 History of Premodern Asia
    *HIST 11 History of Modern Asia
    *HIST 16 The Wild West - A History, 1800-1890
    *HIST 19 History of Mexico
    *HIST 30 History of the African American 1619-1877
    *HIST 31 History of the African American
    *HIST 35 History of Africa
    *HIST 36 Women in American History
    *HIST 39 California History
    *HIST 40 History of the Mexican American
    *HIST 44 History of Native Americans
     JOUR 100 Introduction to Mass Media
     JOUR 107 Race, Culture, Gender,& Mass Media Images
    *NF 28 Cultural and Ethnic Foods
     POLI 1 Introduction to American Government & Politics
     POLI 1H Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors 
     POLI 2 Comparative Politics
    *POLI 5 Political Theory I - Ancient – Contemporary
    *POLI 7 Political Theory II - Early Modern - Contemporary
    POLI 9 International Relations
     POLI 10 Environmental Politics
     POLI 25 Latino Politics in the United States
     POLI 35 African American Politics
     PSYC 1A Introduction to Psychology
     PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
    *PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
    *PSYC 14H Developmental Psychology - Honors
    *PSYC 15 Introduction to Child Psychology
     PSYC 19 Abnormal Psychology
     PSYC 20 Introduction to Social Psychology
    *PSYC 25 The Psychology of Women
     R-TV 01 Introduction to Electronic Media
     SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology
     SOC 1H Introduction to Sociology - Honors
     SOC 2 Contemporary Social Problems
     SOC 2H Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
     SOC 4 Introduction to Gerontology
     SOC 5 Introduction to Criminology
     SOC 5H Introduction to Criminology - Honors
     SOC 12 Introduction to Research Methods in the Social Sciences
     SOC 14 Marriage and the Family
     SOC 14H Marriage and the Family - Honors
    *SOC 15 Child Development
     SOC 20 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
     SOC 20H Introduction to Race and Ethnicity - Honors
     SOC 40 Introduction to Sex and Gender Roles
     SPCH 7 Intercultural Communication
     SPCH 7H Intercultural Communication - Honors
    *SPCH 26 Interpersonal Communication
    *SPCH 26H Interpersonal Communication – Honors
     SPCH 30 Introduction to Communication Theory
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E. Lifelong Learning & Self Development

(3 units) - Select at least one course.
* Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one area

  • Course Title
     AD 3 Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery
     BIOL 5 Contemporary Health Issues
     BIOL 13 Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
     BIOL 15 Human Sexuality
     BIOL 15H Human Sexuality - Honors
    *CHLD 10 Child Growth and Lifespan Development
    *CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
    *CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development
     COUN 5 Career and Life Planning
    FCS 41 Life Management
     KIN 34 Fitness for Living
     LEAD 55 Exploring Leadership
     NF 10 Nutrition for Health and Wellness
     NF 12 Sports Nutrition
     NF 25 Introduction to Nutrition Science
     NF 25H Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
    *NF 28 Cultural and Ethnic Foods
    *PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
    *PSYC 14H Developmental Psychology – Honors
    *PSYC 15 Introduction to Child Psychology
    *PSYC 25 The Psychology of Women
     PSYC 26 Psychology of Sexuality
     PSYC 33 Psychology for Effective Living
     PUBH 24 Introduction to Public Health
    *SOC 15 Child Development
    *SPCH 26 Interpersonal Communication
    *SPCH 26H Interpersonal Communication - Honors
     STDY 100 University-level Practices for Academic Success
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