A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

Minimum of 9 semester units with one course each in subareas A1, A2 and A3.

A1. Oral Communication (3 semester units)
Introduction to Oral Communication
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Argumentation
Group Communication
Communication Experience
A2. Written Communication (3 semester units)
Introduction to Composition
A3. Critical Thinking (3 semester units)
Argumentation
Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature
Critical Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum
Analytical and Critical Thinking in Reading
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Introduction to Symbolic Logic

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Minimum of 9 semester units with one course each in subareas B1, B2 and B4, plus one corresponding laboratory component required from either area B1 or B2 (laboratory courses and related lecture/laboratory combinations are indicated by an asterisk).

B1. Physical Science (3 semester units)
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 *
Energy, Environment, and Climate
Physical Geography
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Laboratory *
Weather and Climate
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 *
B2. Life Science (3 semester units)
Introduction to Plant Science *
Introduction to Animal Science *
Physical Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
and Physical Anthropology Laboratory *
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
General Biology *
Botany *
General Zoology *
Microbiology *
Human Anatomy *
Human Physiology *
Human Anatomy I
and Human Anatomy II *,1
Microbiology I
and Microbiology II *,1
Introduction to Biology
Concepts of Biology *
Natural History, Ecology and Conservation *
Marine Biology *
Introduction to Plant Science *
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 *
Natural History, Ecology and Conservation *
Introduction to Biopsychology
Introduction to Biopsychology
and Biopsychology Laboratory *
B3. Laboratory Activity
One of the courses selected from area B1 or B2 must include a related laboratory. Laboratory courses and related lecture/laboratory combinations are indicated by an asterisk.
B4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (3 semester units)
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
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
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Students must complete the series for CSU General Education Certification.

C. Arts and Humanities

Minimum of 9 semester units with at least one course each in subareas C1 and C2.

C1. Arts
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
Drawing I
Drawing II
Figure Drawing I
Color Theory
Oil Painting I
Watercolor Painting I
Acrylic Painting I
Sculpture I
Ceramic Sculpture/Handbuilding
Figure Sculpture
Collage and Assemblage
Printmaking I
Oral Interpretation of Diverse Literatures
Fundamentals of Acting
Introduction to Theater
Costume History
American Film Masterpieces
International Film Masterpieces
The Filmed Novel
The Documentary Film
Fashion History
Introduction to Humanities I
Introduction to Humanities II
Introduction to Asian Humanities
Music Appreciation
Music Theory I
Music Theory III
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
Jazz Ensemble
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Concert Choir
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Band
History and Aesthetics of Photography
Elementary Photography
Documentary Photography
Ethnic Images in Film
C2. Humanities
Visual Communication
Visual Communication
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
Introduction to Deaf Studies
Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature
Introduction to LGBTIQ Literature
Creative Writing (Non-Fiction)
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing (Poetry)
Creative Writing (Fiction)
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
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
Introduction to Children's Literature
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 Humanities I
Introduction to Humanities II
Introduction to Asian Humanities
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 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
Mexican American/Latino Culture and Image
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion

D. Social Sciences

Minimum of 9 semester units with courses from at least two disciplinary perspectives (subareas D0 - D9).

DO. Sociology and Criminology
Introduction to Administration of Justice
The Family
Social Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality
The Family
Introduction to Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
Feminism and Social Action
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Sociology of Sport
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Feminism and Social Action
D1. Anthropology and Archeology
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
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
D2. Economics
Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
D3. Ethnic Studies
Native Peoples of North America
Native Peoples of California
The African American Experience in American History to 1877
The African American Experience in American History since 1877
Chicano/Mexican American History
Native American History
Introduction to Asian Humanities
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality
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
D4. Gender Studies
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
Women in American History
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
Women and Politics in a Global Society
Human Sexuality
Sociology of Women's Health
Feminism and Social Action
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion
Feminism and Social Action
D5. Geography
Cultural Geography
Geography of California
World Regional Geography
D6. History
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
Comparative Government
International Relations
Russian and East European Political Systems
Politics of the Developing World - Third World Politics
D7. Interdisciplinary Social or Behavioral Science
Food, Society and the Environment
Native Peoples of North America
Globalization Studies
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Survey of Communication Studies
Mass Communication: Media and Society
The Environment and the Human Impact
Clothing and Culture
Cultural Geography
Human Development through the Lifespan
Child, Family, and Community
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Principles of Nutrition
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychology of Marriage and Family
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
The Family
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Dialogues in American Culture
Ethnic Images in Film
D8. Political Science, Government and Legal Institutions
Introduction to Administration of Justice
Law and Society
Cultural Geography
Western Civilization to 1715
Western Civilization since 1715
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
D9. Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Marriage and Family
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

E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Minimum of 3 semester units (of which only one semester unit may be physical activity).

Human Physiology
General Human Anatomy and Physiology
The Sierra Nevada
Conservation of Natural Resources
Human Development through the Lifespan
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Health Education
Health and Aging
ACE Personal Trainer Preparation
Physiology of Fitness
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
College and Life Success
Career Planning
Stress and Well Being
General Principles of Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychology of Death and Dying
Psychology of Marriage and Family
Psychology of Women
Human Sexuality
Alcohol, Drugs and Society
First Year Seminar
The Family
Sociology of Women's Health
Physical Activity (1 semester unit maximum)
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
Aquacise
Fundamental Swimming
Swimming Conditioning
Ballet I
Ballet II
Jazz Dance
Square Dance
Modern Ballroom Dance
Modern Dance
Line Dance
Fundamentals of Yoga
Mat Pilates
Adapted Aquatics
Adapted Aerobic Fitness
Adapted Individualized Exercises
Adapted Group Activities
Adapted Walk/Jog
Sports Activities
Fire Academy Physical Training
Backpacking
Rock Climbing
MINIMUM LOWER-DIVISION GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS39
Additional upper-division general education units completed at the California State University campus9
Minimum general education units to obtain Bachelor's degree48

CSU Graduation Requirement in United States History, Constitution and American Ideals

Minimum of 2 courses1 chosen from one of the following course combinations. (This CSU graduation requirement may be met before or after transfer to a CSU campus and is not required for CSU GE certification.)

A. HIST 0017A and HIST 0017B
B. HIST 0017A and HIST 0020
C. HIST 0017A and POLS 0001
D. HIST 0017A and POLS 0018
E. HIST 0017B and HIST 0027
F. HIST 0017B and POLS 0001
G. HIST 0018A and POLS 0001
H. HIST 0018B and POLS 0001
I. HIST 0020 and HIST 0027
J. HIST 0025 and POLS 0001
K. HIST 0027 and POLS 0001
L. HIST 0027 and POLS 0018
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Course(s) may be applied to approved CSU General Education Breadth area(s) and this CSU graduation requirement.

Notes

  1. To qualify as an upper-division transfer, a student must: 
  • complete 60 or more CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0 (2.4 if a nonresident) in all transferable college units attempted; and
  • complete at least 30 of those units from general education courses in areas A through D, including courses in each of the following areas with grades of "C" or better: A1, A2, A3, and B4.
  1. While a course may be listed in multiple areas, it may only be applied to one area. (The CSU graduation requirement in U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals is not part of CSU GE Breadth; therefore, courses may be applied to both of these requirements.)
  2. Students with Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations should check with a counselor to verify application of the examinations to the appropriate general education areas.
  3. International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to CSU GE Breadth requirements.
  4. Courses on this CSU General Education Breadth list are approved annually for the academic year, which begins with the Fall 2016 semester and remains valid through Summer 2017. If a course is taken before it is approved or after it is removed, it cannot be used to satisfy CSU GE Breadth. See a counselor or check assist.org for up-to-date as well as historical course approval information.
  5. Students pursuing majors with extensive lower-division unit requirements, such as Engineering, are advised to focus on completing the pre-major requirements while meeting minimum admission requirements. Consult with a counselor to determine the most appropriate transfer path.
  6. A maximum of 70 semester units may be transferred to a CSU campus. Coursework completed above the 70 units may be used to meet CSU general education, major, and/or graduation requirements even if the units will not count toward the baccalaureate degree.
  7. CSU Sacramento requires a 2.0 GPA in general education courses (except as noted in #1 above), and a foreign language for graduation.
  8. The CSU Sacramento English 20 graduation requirement can be satisfied by completing Sierra’s ENGL 0001B or ENGL 0001C. Either of these courses may “double count” to meet both the English 20 graduation requirement and the CSU General Education Breadth requirement for area A3. Consult with a counselor and/or see the CSUS catalog for graduation requirements.