General Education Course Descriptions

This page contains course descriptions for GE courses for the current GE plan.

Area A: Basic Skills

Composition

ENG 110 Freshman Composition I (3). Prerequisite: English Placement Test T-score above 146 or EPT T-score of 136 or below and ENG 088 and 099 or EPT T-score ranging from T-137 to T-146 and ENG 099. Basic writing skills emphasizing analytical exposition and textual analysis. Graded A-C/NC.

ENG 111 Freshman Composition II (3). Prerequisite: ENG 110 or equivalent. Reinforcement of basic writing skills with emphasis on persuasion and argumentation, including a documented essay. Aids in writing convincing arguments and assembling, organizing, and documenting evidence supporting a thesis. Graded A-C/NC.

Logic/Critical Reasoning

PHI 120 Critical Reasoning (3). Introduction to methods of critical thinking including the nature of arguments, formal and informal fallacies, deductive and inductive arguments. Provides student with critical skills in both academic and nonacademic context. A-C/NC grading.

PSY 110 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (3). Course is designed to improve critical thinking and problem solving skills such as deductive and inductive reasoning, probabilistic reasoning and decision-making. May include computer assisted instruction. A-C/NC grading.

Oral Communication

THE 120 Fundamentals of Speech (2). Introduction to the basic principles of speech communication. Classes cover the use of organization and evidence in speech preparation, and emphasize research and performance techniques. Students develop speeches for a variety of topics and situations. A- C/NC grading.

Area B: Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning

Physical Sciences

CHE 102 Chemistry for the Citizen (3). A non-mathematical treatment of the basic principles of chemistry and their application to various facets of life in a highly technological society.

EAR 100 Physical Geology (3). Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in EAR 101 is recommended. Volcanoes, earthquakes, oceanic processes and continental drift. Rock and mineral identification is enhanced by concurrent enrollment in EAR 101. Meets certain general education requirements, is fundamental to Geology major, and has wide-ranging applications in art, commerce, public policy, and science. Field Trip.

GEO 200 Physical Geography (3). Classical natural systems, including earth-sun relationships, atmospheric flows, terrestrial biogeography, landforms, and processes of change; introduction to modern monitoring methods using maps, satellite reconnaissance, and geographic information systems.

PHY 100 Patterns in Nature (3). Unifying principles of elastic, sound, light and matter waves. Models of nature. Successes and failures of wave and particle models and their synthesis. Designed for non-science students.

Life Sciences

ANT 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3). Examination of human biology. Introduces scientific approaches to genetics and evolution, primate evolution and behavior, evidence from fossil record for human evolution ad biological variation among modern humans, human growth and disease patterns, and human demography.

BIO 102 General Biology (3). Representative topics in modern biology, emphasizing the present state of knowledge and the major means whereby this knowledge is being expanded.

Science Laboratory

BIO 103 General Biology Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: BIO 102 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory work and demonstrations in representative areas of modern biology. Emphasizes scientific methodology. Three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 103 Prerequisite: CHE 102, or concurrent enrollment in CHE 102. Recommended general education course for student interested in the chemistry of everyday life. Includes determining the composition of foods and drugs, measurements, unit conversions, scientific notation, chemical representations, mole concept, structure of atoms and molecules. Three hours of laboratory per week.

EAR 101 Physical Geology Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 100 is recommended. Nature and origin of rocks and minerals through determination of physical properties of specimens. Topographic and geologic map analysis. Geological features from stereoscopic air photos. Recommended elective for students interested in the outdoors, archaeology, mineral deposits, land use, and natural hazards.

Quantitative Reasoning

MAT 105 Finite Mathematics (3). Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the ELM requirement. Mathematics of finance, combinatorics, probability, statistical measures of central tendency and dispersion, problem solving and mathematical reasoning, and additional topics selected by the instructor e.g. linear programming, statistics, graph theory, game theory. A-C/NC grading. Satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the General Education Program.

MAT 131 Elementary Statistics and Probability (3). Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the ELM requirement. A practical course in probability and statistics including such topics as the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, t, F, and chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, and conditional probability. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 153 College Algebra and Trigonometry (4). Prerequisite: MAT 009 or equivalent. Topics include functions and their graphs; systems of linear and quadratic equations; ratios, proportion, variation; sequences; mathematical induction; the binomial theorem; complex numbers; theory of equations and trigonometry. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 171 Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences (4). Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the ELM requirement. Not available for credit to students who have credit in MAT 191or its equivalent or courses that have MAT 191 as a prerequisite. Functions, linear equations, the derivative and its applications, the integral and its applications, and partial derivatives. Satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the General Education Program.

MAT 191 Calculus I (5). Prerequisite: MAT 153 or equivalent with a grade of C or better and fulfillment of the ELM requirement. Limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation formulas, applications of derivatives, introduction to integration, fundamental theorem of calculus, application of integration. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 193 Calculus II (5). Prerequisite: MAT 191 or equivalent with a C grade or better. Differentiation and integration of transcendental function. Techniques and applications of integration. Polar coordinates. Infinite sequences and series, power series, convergence. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

Area C: Humanities

HUM 200 Introduction to the Humanities (3). Prerequisites: ENG 111 or six units of IDS 107 or equivalent. Examines the interrelationships among the humanities (art, literature, music, and philosophy) in Western culture by studying the theme of tradition and change in two periods, the Renaissance and the 20th Century (including the Harlem Renaissance).

Arts

AFS 205 Introduction to Hip Hop (3). Hip Hop, the music and lifestyle, is rooted in African American urban life in the middle of the 1970's on the streets of New York City. This course will critically explore the evolution of Hip Hop as a socio-cultural political movement.

ART 100 Looking at Art (3). Learning to perceive art through discussion of selected historical periods, development of a descriptive vocabulary, and observation of actual works of art. Introduction to theories of interpretation and evaluation.

ART 101 Experiencing Creative Art (3). Learning modes of artistic expression through discussion of theories of composition, examination of the lives and goals of selected artists and art movements, and creation of individual and group art projects. Discussion of projects to develop skills in art criticism.

CHS 125 An Introduction to Chicano and Latino Musical Culture in the United States (3). The course examines musical expressions of Chicano and Latino peoples in the present geographical boundaries of the United States. The course emphasizes the intercultural dynamics in the formation of Chicano and Latino music which incorporates African, American, Native American, and European roots.

COM 130 Introduction to Film (3). An introduction to the study of film as an aesthetic, historical, and cultural phenomenon, and to various methods of critical analysis.

DAN 130 Dance Perceptions (3). Introduction to dance in America through viewing of dance films, videotapes and live performances. Applications of aesthetic perception and criticism skills to determine artistic value of ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance performances. Three hours of lecture viewing per week.

MUS 101 Introducing Music (3). The technique of listening to music. The elements of music, musical forms, and historical styles. Concert attendance and discussion will be an integral part. Satisfies a General Education Requirement.

MUS 110 Music Fundamentals (3). Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 109 is recommended. Music rudiments taught through reading, writing, harmonizing and creating songs. Includes principles of notation, key signatures, scales, intervals, triads and chord progressions. Satisfies a General Education Requirement.

THE 100 Television, Film, and Theatre (3). Appreciation of the performing arts of television, film, and the live theatre through the viewing of films and videotapes, as well as attendance at plays and musicals.

THE 160 Acting for Non-majors (3). Introductory course for non-majors who wish to develop awareness and control of the voice and body while building self-confidence, and improving concentration and imagination.

Letters

AFS 200 Introduction to Africana Studies (3). Prerequisite: Completion of EPT requirement. An introduction to the discipline of Africana Studies. An overview of the philosophical underpinnings, evolution, theories and concepts, and practical applications of the disciplines; and the African-centered, holistic method of studying the African world.

AFS 231 Africana Literary Traditions (3). The course examines literary traditions developed by people of African descent who reside in Africa as well as throughout the world. 

APP 101 Introduction to Asian-Pacific Studies (3). Basic themes and key issues in Asia and the Pacific region. Multi-disciplinary survey of art, literature, philosophy, religion, politics, and society. Background to understanding tradition and change in the region, and introduction to the multicultural roots of Asian-Pacific Americans.

CHS 100 The Americas: European Cultural and Historical Synthesis (3). An in-depth study of the Mexican Indian, African and European peoples who created major New World mestizo culture that influence a significant portion of the Western Hemisphere today.

CHS 205 Introduction to Chicano Literature (3). Prerequisite: CHS 100 recommended. An introduction to selected works of modern Chicano literature including an analysis of influences, themes, and techniques. Special attention given to certain issues of the Chicano experience reflected in the literature. Frequent written assignments.

ENG 230 Literatures and Popular Culture (3). Prerequisite: ENG 110 required. ENG 111 recommended. Ways of reading literature and popular culture to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment. Requires frequent writing assignments.

FRE 220 Second-Year French (3). Prerequisite: At least one year of college French or consent of instructor. Individualized instruction in French language, life and letters for second-year and advanced first-year students in French. This course taken successfully twice completes lower division requirements for the major and minor. Repeatable course.

HUM 212 Introduction to African American Culture (3). Prerequisite: ENG 110. Exploration of the fusion of African and American cultures in the development of the African American culture, with particular emphasis on music, dance oral literature, language, drama and art. Three hours of lecture per week.

PHI 101 Values and Society (3). The role of values as motivations and as goals in our lives. General knowledge of what values are and how they influence us on individual and societal levels. Students are asked to construct solutions to value problems, for example, problems of justice. Essays as well as exams.

PHI 102 Humanity, Nature and God (3). Critical examination of perennial philosophical issues such as the nature of philosophy, the existence of God, free will, truth. Both Western and non-Western perspectives are discussed. Gives student general understanding of his/her societal context. Essays as well as exams.

SPA 151 Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3). Introduction to Hispanic Culture. A designated geographical area studies course focusing on patterns of culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics will vary from semester to semester; for example, Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., or Contemporary Spain. Conducted in English.

SPA 221 Intermediate Spanish II (3). Prerequisite: SPA 220 or equivalent. A continuation of Spanish 220, with emphasis on reading and writing.

Area D: Social Sciences

Individuals, Groups, and Society

AFS 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3). Explores the lived experiences of the Ethnic/Global communities in the U.S. and their places of origin. The course will examine the socio-cultural dynamics in, Africana Asian-Pacific and Chicano/Latino communities.

AFS 220 African World Peoples and Societies (3). This course provides students with an overview of the geographical, historical, and cultural foundations of African world peoples and societies. 

ANT 100 Introduction to Cultures (3). Examination of the anthropological approach to the study of human behavior. The concept of culture, cultural institutions and processes, evolution of cultural systems, application of the concept of culture to current social problems.

APP 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3). Explores the lived experiences of the Ethnic/Global communities in the U.S. and their places of origin. The course will examine the socio-cultural dynamics in Chicano/Latino, Asian-Pacific and Africana communities.

CHS 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3). The course will explore the lived experiences and gendered complexities of Ethnic/Global communities as they relate to historical and contemporary international and global forces. The course will examine the economic and socio-cultural dynamics of the global interdependencies of Indigenous, Latino, Asian-Pacific and Africana communities and women's lived experiences within and across these communities.

ECO 210 Economic Theory 1A Microeconomics (3). Introductory microeconomic theory; resource allocation, output determination; production theory, income distribution. 

ECO 211 Economic Theory 1B Macroeconomics (3). Introductory macroeconomic theory; national income accounting, national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy. 

PSY 101 General Studies Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior (3). An introduction to psychology emphasizing the personal, cognitive and social development and functioning of the individual, and the influence of both physiological and social factors. Consideration of basic concepts and applications.

SOC 101 The Individual in Society (3). An introduction to the study of self, socialization, and social interaction. Interpersonal relations and the structure of social roles; deviance and normality in everyday life.

SOC 102 Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Context (3). Dynamics of the basic units of society, such as marriage and family groups, associations, and bureaucracy. Study of work, class and mobility, conflict and cooperation, crime, delinquency and social control.

WMS 250 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3). Introduces students to Women's Studies. Students learn about gender from a multicultural, multiracial feminist and global perspective. Emphasis is on women's history; gender, culture and nation; social institutions; sexuality, sexism and violence; and local and transnational women's movements.

Global and Historical Perspectives

AFS 201 African World Civilizations (3). Students study African civilization from antiquity to the present.  The course explores African civilizations’ interaction with and contribution to world civilizations like Greek, Asian, European and American civilizations.

ANT 102 Ancient Civilizations (3). Examination of origins and development of world civilizations. Using evidence from the archaeological record, the written record, the arts, literature, and the sciences, human cultural achievements are examined from the earliest beginnings to the sixteenth century.

CHS 200 Key Themes in Chicano/a and Latino/a History (3). Explores the history and experiences of Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the United States in the 19th and 20th Centuries and will explore the following themes: immigration, migration, labor, education, gender roles, and community organizations.

GEO 100 Human Geography (3). Cultural, physical, and biological earth systems.  Emphasizes human geography and adaptation to physical habitats.

HIS 120 World Civilizations I (3). Explores the early development of societies around the world and their increasing interactions to 1500. Reviews the rise of cities and empires, and major political, social, economic, and cultural developments prior to the modern period.

HIS 121 World Civilizations II (3). Explores the regional and global interactions and exchanges that have shaped the world since 1500. Treats the major demographic, socio-economic, cultural and political patterns and changes that distinguish the modern period in world history.

POL 100 General Studies Political Science: World Perspectives (3). An introduction to world affairs and the role of the individual in an increasingly complex and interdependent international system. Both the conceptual and practical aspects of problem solving and decision making are examined as they relate to international cooperation and conflict.

Perspectives on U.S. History

HIS 101 History of the United States (3). A study of the ideals, creeds, institutions, and behavior of the peoples of the United States . Meets the State requirement in U.S. History.

Perspectives on U.S. and Calif. Government

POL 101 American Institutions (3). A study of contemporary political institutions, with emphasis on the philosophy, structure, and behavior of the American political system, including the State of California. Meets State requirement in U.S. Constitution and California State and Local government.

Area E: The Whole Person

CIS 275 Internet Literacy (3). Prerequisite: CIS 270 or CSC 111 or CSC 121 are recommended. Digital skills and concepts needed for success in the Internet era as a student, professional, and lifelong learner. Concepts pertaining to Internet technology and applications, and their implications for key relationships of human kind to the social and physical environment. Skills using and developing Internet applications in everyday life.

FIN 200 Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors (3). A survey of concepts and tools that can help consumers improve the management of their personal finances. The course may help students identify psychological and social processes used to influence how we spend our money in ways that benefit those institutions, buy may conflict with their self-interest.

HEA 100 Health and Lifestyles (3). To familiarize the student with relationships among the physical, social and psychological aspects of health, which include: self-care, prevention and analysis of personal health problems through participation in self-assessment techniques. Topics include the relationship of lifestyles to nutrition, stress, physical fitness, death and dying, and mental illness.

HSC 201 Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3). Examination of healthcare delivery systems and personal health as integrated physiological, social, psychological processes. Topics include role of healthcare providers; major healthcare organizations; contemporary healthcare issues; interactions of healthcare and physical environmental changes which influence health of the whole person.

KIN 235 Lifetime Fitness (3). Examination of components of fitness; training principles, energy sources; nutrition and weight control research; stress reduction techniques; and fitness programs. Fitness assessment and development of personalized fitness program. Meets General Education requirement for Whole Person.

REC 100 Dimensions of Leisure (3). Investigation of leisure, recreation, and personal and social adjustments to leisure. Examination of use and misuse of leisure. Students develop personal philosophy of recreation and increase awareness of impact of leisure on American society.

UNV 101 Personal, Social and Intellectual Development (3). A consideration of individual development with the goal of increasing knowledge of self and others within the University. Topics include self-knowledge and assessment, learning to learn, career development, and making the best use of university resources.

Area F: Upper Division Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies in the Humanities

HUM 310 Key Concepts (3). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent. Analysis of a major concept in humanistic thought and expression, e.g. the individual and society, success and values in the U.S., death and dying, war and society, global popular music, etc. Repeatable with different topics for credit.

HUM 312 Key Movements (3). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent. Analysis of a major historical movement from a humanistic perspective, e.g. Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, the Jazz Age, African Literature and Culture, Medieval Japan and Europe, etc. Repeatable with different topics for credit.

HUM 314 Key Issues (3). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent. Analysis of major contemporary issues from a humanities perspective. Examples include the role of the arts in society, literature and the rights of women, romantic love, visions of Los Angeles, etc. Repeatable with different topics for credit.

Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences

SMT 310 Science and Technology (3). Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. An assessment of the interrelationships of Science and Technology. Study of the development of technological advances and the scientific principles behind them. 

SMT 312 Natural Processes and Human Welfare (3). Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. Impact of natural events on human activities and vice versa. Mankind's uneasy relationship with atmosphere, oceans and not-so-solid Earth.  Will include study of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, climate change, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. 

SMT 314 Introduction to Cosmology (3). Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. An introduction to the major theories of the origin and structure of the universe and the evidence for them, with attention to the way earlier ideas have been incorporated in modern thought. The "Big Bang Theory" will be examined in depth.

SMT 416 Earth Sciences for Teachers (3). Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. Study of planet Earth including such topics as geology, volcanoes, earthquakes, fossils, oceanography, weather, and astronomy as appropriate for elementary and junior high school teachers. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Integrative Studies in Social Sciences

SBS 318 Cultural Pluralism (3). Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. Analysis of cultural diversity and the processes of cultural interaction, inter-ethnic relations and social integration on the community, national and international levels. Repeatable for credit for up to nine units with different topics.