California State University
General Education 2021-2022
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. Please note: a grade of C or higher is required in areas A2 and B4 to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T and AS-T). C- is not acceptable.
- 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
- Courses on this list have been approved by the CSU Office of the Chancellor for Fall 2021 and beyond. If a course was completed prior to approval, it cannot be certified for CSU General Education Breadth requirements.
- 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.
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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 CommunicationSelect one course from the following:
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 - HonorsA-2: Written CommunicationSelect one course from the following: Course Title AMLA 1A College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers ENGL 1A Freshman Composition ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition – Honors ENGL 1AM College Composition for Non-Native Speakers
A-3: Critical ThinkingSelect one course from the following:
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 ScienceSelect 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 24 Geologic Field Studies: Central California 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 ScienceSelect 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 +ZOOL 3 Fundamentals of ZoologyB-3: Lab ActivityThis 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 ReasoningSelect at least one course from the following list: Course Title BUSC 17 Applied Business Statistics ENGR 285 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineers 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)
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
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
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 GERM 60 German Culture Through Cinema *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 9 Asian American and Pacific Islander History *HIST 10 History of Premodern Asia *HIST 10H History of Premodern Asia - Honors *HIST 11 History of Modern Asia *HIST 11H History of Modern Asia - Honors *HIST 16 The Wild West History, 1800-1890 *HIST 18 History of Latin America *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 ITAL 61 Italian Culture Through Food JAPN 1 Elementary Japanese JAPN 2 Continuing Elementary Japanese JAPN 3 Intermediate Japanese JAPN 4 Continuing Intermediate Japanese JAPN 5 Advanced Japanese JAPN 62 Japanese Culture Through Anime and Manga LATN 1 Elementary Latin LATN 1H Elementary Latin - Honors LATN 2 Continuing Elementary Latin LATN 2H Continuing Elementary Latin - Honors LING 2 Languages, Gender, and Power LING 3 Languages, Cultures, and Writing in East Asia 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 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy PHIL 20AH Introduction to Ancient Philosophy - Honors PHIL 20B Introduction to Modern Philosophy PHIL 20BH Introduction to Modern Philosophy - Honors *POLI 5 Political Theory I- Ancient to Contemporary *POLI 7 Political Theory II- Early Mod-Contemporary PUBH 20 History of Western Medicine 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: (6 units minimum) Select 2 courses.
* 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 4 Archaeology ANTH 5 Cultural Anthropology ANTH 5H Cultural Anthropology - Honors ANTH 6 Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology ANTH 15 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean ANTH 16 Peoples and Cultures of South Asia ANTH 17 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East ANTH 30 The Native American ANTH 50 Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society 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 *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 9 Asian American and Pacific Islander History *HIST 10 History of Premodern Asia *HIST 10H History of Premodern Asia - Honors *HIST 11 History of Modern Asia *HIST 11H History of Modern Asia - Honors *HIST 16 The Wild West - A History, 1800-1890 *HIST 18 History of Latin America *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/ Black 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 SOC 110 Introduction to Social Justice SOC 130 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies SPCH 7 Intercultural Communication SPCH 7H Intercultural Communication - Honors *SPCH 26 Interpersonal Communication *SPCH 26H Interpersonal Communication – Honors SPCH 30 Introduction to Communication Theory SPCH 30H Introduction to Communication Theory - Honors
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 2 College Success Strategies 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
F. Ethnic Studies
Courses are pending approval. Students who enrolled at Mt. SAC or another California Community College or California State University prior to Fall 2021 have maintained continuous enrollment do not need to complete Area F, but they do need an additional course for Area D. Students starting Fall 2021 or later should check with the Mt. SAC Counseling Department or the Transfer Center in June 2022 to identify approved Mt. SAC Area F Ethnic Studies Courses.