Sierra College Philosophy for General Education: General education is designed to introduce students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world. General education introduces the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge: the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences. The general education program provides the opportunity for students to develop the intellectual skills, information technology facility, affective and creative capabilities, social attitudes and appreciation for cultural diversity that will make them effective learners and citizens.

I. General Education Breadth Requirements

A. Natural Sciences

(For an AS degree: must complete a laboratory science. Laboratory courses/course combinations are indicated by an asterisk.)

Select 3 units from the following:

Life Sciences
Introduction to Plant Science *
Food, Society and the Environment
Introduction to Animal Science *
Physical Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
and Physical Anthropology Laboratory *
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Life in the Universe
General Biology *
Botany *
General Zoology *
Microbiology *
Human Anatomy *
Human Physiology *
Human Anatomy I
and Human Anatomy II *
Microbiology I
and Microbiology II *
Introduction to Biology
Concepts of Biology *
Natural History, Ecology and Conservation *
Marine Biology *
Introduction to Plant Science *
Wildland Trees and Shrubs (Dendrology) *
Introduction to Ornithology
Introduction to Zoology *
Introduction to Entomology
Introduction to Mammalogy
General Human Anatomy and Physiology *
Biology: A Human Perspective
Biology: A Human Perspective
and Biology: A Human Perspective Laboratory *
The Environment and the Human Impact
The Sierra Nevada
Conservation of Natural Resources
Natural History, Ecology and Conservation *
Introduction to Biopsychology
Introduction to Biopsychology
and Biopsychology Laboratory *
Physical Sciences
Introduction to Soil Science *
Introduction to Planetary Systems
Introduction to Planetary Systems
and Observational Astronomy *
Introduction to Planetary Systems
and Astrophotography and Imaging *
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
and Observational Astronomy *
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
and Astrophotography and Imaging *
Life in the Universe
Elementary Astronomy
Elementary Astronomy
and Observational Astronomy *
Elementary Astronomy
and Astrophotography and Imaging *
Frontiers in Astronomy
General Chemistry I *
General Chemistry II *
Introduction to Chemistry I *
Introduction to Chemistry II *
General Chemistry I - Part 1 *
General Chemistry I - Part 2 *
Physical Geology
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory *
California Geology
Historical Geology
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Laboratory *
Energy, Environment, and Climate
Introduction to Earth Science
Introduction to Earth Science
and Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory *
Natural Disasters
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Oceanography
and Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory *
The Environment and the Human Impact
The Sierra Nevada
Energy, Environment, and Climate
Conservation of Natural Resources
Physical Geography
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Laboratory *
Weather and Climate
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
The Science of Electronics
Basic Concepts in Physics
Basic Concepts in Physics
and Basic Concepts in Physics Laboratory *
General Physics I
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory *
General Physics II
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory *
Principles of Physics: Mechanics
Principles of Physics: Mechanics
and Principles of Physics Laboratory: Mechanics *
Principles of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
Principles of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
and Principles of Physics Laboratory: Electricity and Magnetism *
Principles of Physics: Heat, Waves and Modern Physics
Principles of Physics: Heat, Waves and Modern Physics
and Principles of Physics Laboratory: Heat, Waves and Modern Physics *

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Select 3 units from the following:

Behavioral Sciences
Cultural Anthropology
Native Peoples of North America
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Native Peoples of California
Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual, Myth and Religion
Anthropology of Games and Play
Globalization Studies
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Group Communication
Communication Experience
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Survey of Communication Studies
Mass Communication: Media and Society
Newswriting and Reporting Techniques
Ethnographic Multimedia Reporting
The Environment and the Human Impact
Geography of California
Human Development through the Lifespan
Child, Family, and Community
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Asian Humanities
Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition for Physical Performance
General Principles of Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Death and Dying
Psychology of Marriage and Family
Psychology of Women
Human Sexuality
Alcohol, Drugs and Society
Psychology and Film
Environmental Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality
The Family
Sociology of Women's Health
Introduction to Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Sociology of Sport
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Dialogues in American Culture
Social Sciences
Introduction to Administration of Justice
Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
Food, Society and the Environment
Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics
Law and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Clothing and Culture
Cultural Geography
Geography of California
World Regional Geography
Western Civilization to 1715
Western Civilization since 1715
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States since 1865
The African American Experience in American History to 1877
The African American Experience in American History since 1877
History of Traditional East Asia
History of Modern East Asia
California History
Contemporary United States History
American Military History
Chicano/Mexican American History
Russian History - 10th Century to Present
Native American History
Women in American History
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
Russian and East European Political Systems
Politics of the Developing World - Third World Politics
American Foreign Policy
Politics of the Middle East
Terrorism
Introduction to Political Theory
Introduction to Political Science Research Methods
Women and Politics in a Global Society
Environmental Psychology
Feminism and Social Action
Sociology of Gender
African American Culture and Experience
Mexican American/Latino Culture and Image
Immigration, Community and Culture: The Asian American Experience
Immigrants and Refugees in America: The European Experience
Ethnic Images in Film
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
Feminism and Social Action

C. Humanities

Select 3 units from the following:

Fine Arts
Sketching for Design
Graphic Design: Principles and Process
Art Appreciation
Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages
Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance Traditions
Survey of Western Art III: Modern through Contemporary
History of Women in Art
History and Aesthetics of Photography
History of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania
History of Asian Art
History of Islamic Art
Two-Dimensional Design Foundations
Three-Dimensional Design Foundations
Drawing I
Drawing II
Figure Drawing I
Color Theory
Oil Painting I
Watercolor Painting I
Acrylic Painting I
Sculpture I
Ceramic Sculpture/Handbuilding
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Figure Sculpture
Raku Ceramics
Creative Design in Metal
Advanced Art Metal Design
Introduction to Fiber Arts
Collage and Assemblage
Printmaking I
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Oral Interpretation of Diverse Literatures
Fundamentals of Acting
Introduction to Theater
Costume History
Script Analysis
Creative Writing (Non-Fiction)
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing (Poetry)
Creative Writing (Fiction)
Fashion History
Introduction to Humanities I
Introduction to Humanities II
Introduction to Asian Humanities
Music Appreciation
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Music Theory III
Music Theory IV
Music Fundamentals
Introduction and History of Jazz
Survey of Music History and Literature to 1750
Survey of Music History and Literature from 1750 to Present
Introduction to Music: History of Rock and Roll
Beginning Voice
Intermediate Voice
Advanced Voice I
Advanced Voice II
Beginning Piano I
Beginning Piano II
Intermediate Piano I
Intermediate Piano II
Jazz Ensemble
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Concert Choir
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Band
History and Aesthetics of Photography
Elementary Photography
Documentary Photography
Literature and Language
Visual Communication
Survey of Communication Studies
Visual Communication
Ethnographic Multimedia Reporting
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
Script Analysis
Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature
Introduction to LGBTIQ Literature
Introduction to Literary Criticism and Critical Concepts
Literature by Women
Introduction to Drama as Literature
American Literature - Beginnings through Civil War
American Literature - Civil War to the Present
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Shakespeare (The Drama)
Introduction to the Novel
Introduction to the Short Story
American Film Masterpieces
International Film Masterpieces
The Filmed Novel
The Documentary Film: Argumentative Discourse
The Documentary Film
Introduction to Children's Literature
Introduction to Adolescent Literature
English Literature
English Literature
World Literature
World Literature
Literature of Science Fiction
Elementary French - Level I
Elementary French - Level II
Intermediate French - Level I
Intermediate French - Level II
Elementary German - Level I
Elementary German - Level II
Western Civilization to 1715
Western Civilization since 1715
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States since 1865
The African American Experience in American History to 1877
The African American Experience in American History since 1877
History of Traditional East Asia
History of Modern East Asia
California History
Contemporary United States History
Chicano/Mexican American History
Russian History - 10th Century to Present
Native American History
Women in American History
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Introduction to Children's Literature
Classical Roots of the Contemporary Western World
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
World Religions
Introduction to Mythology
Introduction to Atheism
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Introduction to the New Testament
Elementary Italian - Level I
Elementary Italian - Level II
Intermediate Italian - Level I
Elementary Japanese - Level I
Elementary Japanese - Level II
Queer (LGBTIQ) Film History
Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Asian Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophies of Self and Personhood
Introduction to Ancient Greek Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy of Women in Western Cultures
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy through Literature and Film
Introduction to Environmental Ethics
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
Elementary Spanish - Level I
Elementary Spanish - Level II
Intermediate Spanish - Level I
Intermediate Spanish - Level II
Elementary Conversational Spanish 1
Elementary Conversational Spanish 2
Intermediate Conversational Spanish
Ethnic Images in Film
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion

D. Language and Rationality

Select 6 units (3 units from Area D1 and 3 units from Area D2) from the following:

1. English Composition
Completion of the following with a grade of C or better:
Introduction to Composition
Writing in the Workplace
2. Communication and Analytical Thinking
Introduction to Oral Communication
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Argumentation
Group Communication
Communication Experience
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Survey of Communication Studies
Introduction to Computing
Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature
Critical Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum
Analytical and Critical Thinking in Reading
Introduction to Literary Criticism and Critical Concepts
Plane Geometry
Intermediate Algebra
Practical Mathematics
Trigonometry
Problem Solving
College Algebra
Elementary Statistics
Discrete Mathematics
Calculus for Social and Life Sciences
Calculus for Social and Life Sciences
Concepts of Mathematics
The Nature of Mathematics
Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers
Modern Business Mathematics
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
Analytical Geometry and Calculus III
Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
Business Calculus
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Research Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Statistics in Sociology

E. Health Education/Physical Education

Select 2 units from the following:

Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Standard First Aid/Community CPR
Health Education
Health and Aging
Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Medical Responder
Professional CPR and Infection Control for the EMT
Basic Aerobic Training with Fitness Equipment
Advanced Aerobic Circuit Training with Fitness Equipment
Cross Training
Weight Training
Strength Training - Circuit and Power Lifting
Physical Fitness
Aerobic Fitness
Step Aerobic Training
Cardio Kickboxing
Fitness and Weight Management Boot Camp
Techniques of Fitness Instruction
Peaceful Self Defense
Combative Self Defense
Multi Self Defense System
Tai Chi
Self-Defense for Personal Safety
Badminton
Recreational Basketball
Flag Football
Golf
Soccer Level I
Soccer Level II
Tennis
Volleyball
Sand Volleyball
Futsal
Aquacise
Fundamental Swimming
Swimming Conditioning
Lifeguard Training
Ballet I
Ballet II
Jazz Dance
Square Dance
Modern Ballroom Dance
Modern Dance
Line Dance
Fundamentals of Yoga
Introduction to Meditation
Mat Pilates
Adapted Aquatics
Adapted Aerobic Fitness
Adapted Individualized Exercises
Adapted Group Activities
Adapted Walk/Jog
ACE Personal Trainer Preparation
Introduction to Kinesiology
Physiology of Fitness
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Introduction to Coaching Team Sports
Sports Activities
Fire Academy Physical Training
Precertification Nursing Assistant Training
Food Preparation for Nutrition and Life Fitness
Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Nutrition for Physical Performance
College and Life Success
Stress and Well Being
Human Sexuality
Alcohol, Drugs and Society
Backpacking
Rock Climbing
Wilderness Survival
Sociology of Women's Health

F. Multicultural Studies

Select 3 units from the following:

Cultural Anthropology
Native Peoples of North America
Native Peoples of California
Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual, Myth and Religion
Globalization Studies
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
History of Women in Art
History of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania
History of Asian Art
History of Islamic Art
International Business Practices
Intercultural Communication
Survey of Communication Studies
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
Introduction to Deaf Studies
Introduction to LGBTIQ Literature
Introduction to Literary Criticism and Critical Concepts
Literature by Women
World Literature
World Literature
Intermediate French - Level I
Intermediate French - Level II
Cultural Geography
Geography of California
World Regional Geography
Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States since 1865
The African American Experience in American History to 1877
The African American Experience in American History since 1877
History of Traditional East Asia
History of Modern East Asia
California History
Contemporary United States History
Chicano/Mexican American History
Russian History - 10th Century to Present
Native American History
Women in American History
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Introduction to Asian Humanities
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
World Religions
Intermediate Italian - Level I
Elementary Japanese - Level I
Elementary Japanese - Level II
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
Queer (LGBTIQ) Film History
Introduction and History of Jazz
Advanced Medical Surgical and Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Introduction to Asian Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophies of Self and Personhood
Introduction to Philosophy of Women in Western Cultures
Politics of the Developing World - Third World Politics
Politics of the Middle East
Women and Politics in a Global Society
Social Psychology
Psychology of Women
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality
Feminism and Social Action
Sociology of Gender
Intermediate Spanish - Level I
Intermediate Spanish - Level II
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Dialogues in American Culture
African American Culture and Experience
Mexican American/Latino Culture and Image
Immigration, Community and Culture: The Asian American Experience
Immigrants and Refugees in America: The European Experience
Ethnic Images in Film
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
Feminism and Social Action

II. Learning Skills

Courses used to fulfill learning skills requirements may also be used to satisfy major and/or general education requirements.

1. Writing

Completion of one of the following courses with grade of “C” or better:

Introduction to Composition
Writing in the Workplace

2. Reading

Completion of one of the following courses with grade of "C" or better:

Introduction to Composition
Analytical and Critical Thinking in Reading

3. Oral Communications

Demonstrated proficiency by one of the following:

1. Completion of one of the following courses with grade of “C” or better:
Introduction to Oral Communication
Business Communications
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Argumentation
Group Communication
Communication Experience
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Acting
Advanced Acting
College Communication for Non-Native Speakers
Assertiveness Training
2. Written petition certifying acceptable experience and an oral performance to demonstrate proficiency (no college units granted).

4. Mathematics

Demonstrated proficiency by one of the following:

1. Completion of one of the following courses with grade of “C” or better:
Plane Geometry
Intermediate Algebra
Practical Mathematics
Trigonometry
Problem Solving
College Algebra
Elementary Statistics
Discrete Mathematics
Calculus for Social and Life Sciences
Calculus for Social and Life Sciences
Concepts of Mathematics
The Nature of Mathematics
Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers
Modern Business Mathematics
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
Analytical Geometry and Calculus III
Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
Business Calculus
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Statistics in Sociology
2. Completion of one year (or block schedule equivalent) of Algebra II or Integrated Mathematics III or higher level mathematics in high school with grades of “C-” or better (no college units granted).
3. Minimum score on ACT of 25 or SAT of 560 (no college units granted).

III. Major

Minimum of 18 units in a group of courses described in the catalog. Courses must be completed with grades of "C" or better18-44

IV. Electives

Any additional degree-applicable credit courses0-22

Total Degree-Applicable Units Required for the AA or AS Degree:

(At least 12 of the 60 degree-applicable units must be completed at Sierra College. Units received through Credit by Examination do not count toward this requirement. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all degree-applicable coursework is required.)60

Notes

  1. Credit for only one course from English A, N, 50, 50L, or 60 may be applied to the degree.
  2. While a course may be listed in multiple areas of general education breadth (Areas A-F), it may only be applied to one area.
  3. A course may be applied to a general education breadth requirement (Areas A-F), a learning skills requirement (Areas 1-4), and a major requirement.
  4. These AA/AS associate degree requirements do not meet transfer general education requirements.
  5. Students pursuing an AA or AS have the option of completing these associate degree requirements, the CSU General Education Breadth requirements, or the IGETC requirements.
  6. Students pursuing an AA-T or AS-T must complete the CSU General Education Breadth requirements or the IGETC requirements. (Some majors are restricted to IGETC; consult with a Counselor.)
  7. Students may check their degree status using Degree Works; access is through mySierra.
  8. See the catalog rights policy for information pertaining to major and general education options.