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General Education Requirements
General Education (GE) is a portion of your college curriculum which allows you to explore a variety of academic disciplines in addition to your major coursework. GE will help you to see your major’s place in your total education by showing you that knowledge is not isolated, that what you know of one subject is related to what you know of another, that there is always more to know, and that what you know affects the way you live.
The General Education Planning Sheet lists all General Education Requirements, as well as the Upper Division Pathway Requirement. It is intended to help you keep track of what requirements you have completed and which ones are remaining. Take time to explore your General Education requirements!
General Education Breakdown:
Foundation (18 Units):
- Area A: Consists of four foundational courses designed to develop skills needed for the remainder of a student’s college career. It is recommended for students to complete these requirements in their first year. NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required in each course taken to fulfill Area A requirements.
- Area B: Sciences
American Institutions (6 Units):
- U.S. History
- U.S. Constitution & California State and Local Government
Lower Division Pathways (15 Units):
- Area C: Arts and Humanities
- Area D: Individual & Society, Societal Institutions
- Area E: Learning for Life
GE Area A, B, C, D and E requirements can be fulfilled at any California Community College. See an Academic advisor for more information on how you can fulfill lower-division GE requirements at a Community College.
Upper Division Pathway (9 Units): The upper division GE Pathway consists of three courses from three different disciplines: Natural Science, Arts/Humanities, and Social Science. Each Pathways represents a topic of far-reaching concern. In addition to allowing you to immerse yourself in depth in the topic, you have the opportunity to draw from your previous General Education experiences and skills in exploring the dimensions of the Pathway.
Modifications for high unit majors: Are you in a high unit major? If so, there are modifications to your General Education requirements. Check the list!
Diversity: The Diversity requirements are not part of your GE requirements but they are Graduation requirements. They can, however, be fulfilled or “double-counted” within General Education. Courses that meet these requirements are identified on the General Education Planning sheet as either a USD or GC.