General Education

Students take general education classes for many reasons. While not a major in itself, a general education pattern of study is required alongside major courses for all Associate's Degrees, as well as towards transfer to a university for a Bachelor's Degree. It's a great place to start if you are unclear of your major and want to get started on classes that will 'count' toward future goals. We also recommend using general education courses to explore majors of interest, as there are many different options within each of the patterns that can introduce you to the field without fully committing to it!

Patterns of Study:

  Other related areas:

 Here's a great first semester plan:

We call it a Launchpad... a group of classes that will get you exploring and moving toward your goals, even if you are still trying to figure out what those goals are!

Launchpad: General Education (16 units)

  • ENGL 1A - English Composition 1 (3)
  • GUIDE 18 or 1 (College Success/Career Life Planning) (3)
  • Art or Music Gen Ed (3)
    • ART 11, 12, 13 or 14 - Art Appreciation/History
    • MUSIC 2, 11, or 12 - Music Appreciation/History
    • Drama 10 or 20 - Theater Appreciation
  • Stem Elective Gen Ed (4)
    • BIOL 17 - Fundamentals of Biology
    • CHEM 30 - Survey of Chemistry & Physics
    • MATH 2 - Statistics
  • Social/Behavioral Science Gen Ed (3)
    • SOCIO 1 - Intro to Sociology
    • PSYCH 1 - Intro to Psychology
    • HIST 16 or 17 - American History
    • POLSC 10 - Constitutional Government

(Or switch one of these out with a course in the major you want to explore. Check with a counselor, as there may be a general education option within the major that you can take and it could do double duty!)

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