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2020-2021 California State University General Education Requirements

The following Sacramento City College courses fulfill California State University (CSU) General Education (GE) Breadth Requirements.

To complete the CSU GE breadth requirements, students must have a 2.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken. To transfer, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 transferable units to include a minimum of 30 units from the GE breadth requirements
  2. Completion of Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 with a grade of "C" or better
  3. Minimum 2.0 GPA for all transferable coursework completed

The CSU GE Breadth Requirements may change each year. It is the student's responsibility to check with a counselor for updated CSU GE Breadth Requirements.

A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

Choose one course (three units minimum) from each area for a minimum of nine units.
Area Courses
A1 Oral Communication COMM 301, 303, 311**, 331, 361, 481
A2 Written Communication ENGWR 300, 488; ESLW 340
A3 Critical Thinking COMM 311**, 315, 316; ENGRD 310; ENGWR 301, 302, 303, 482; PHIL 300**, 320, 325;  SOC 305
  • ** Courses are listed in more than one section in an area or other areas but can only be used once to satisfy a requirement.

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Choose one course from Area B1, B2, and B4 for a minimum of nine units. At least one of the courses in B1 or B2 must include a related laboratory, designated with an (L). The lecture course must be taken concurrently with or prior to the laboratory. There is no Area B3 because it is the laboratory activity that is included in B1 or B2.
Area Courses
B1 Physical Science ASTR 310, 320, 330, 400 (L only); CHEM 300 (L), 305 (L), 306 (L), 309 (L), 320 (L), 330 (L), 336 (L), 400 (L), 401 (L), 410 (L), 420 (L), 421 (L), 423 (L)#, 425 (L), 426 (L), 484 (L); GEOG 300, 301 (L only), 305, 306, 308; GEOL 300#, 301 (L), 302 (L), 305, 306 (L only), 308, 310, 311 (L only), 325, 345; PHYS 310, 350 (L), 360 (L), 410 (L), 420 L), 430 (L)
B2 Life Science ANTH 300, 301 (L only), 480; BIOL 305 (L), 308, 309 (L only), 314, 315 (L only) , 326, 327 (L only), 332 (L) , 342**, 349#, 350, 351, 352, 370 (L), 402 (L), 412 (L), 422 (L), 430 L), 431 (L), 434, 440 (L); PSYC 310, 311 (L only)
B3 Laboratory Choose one course from B1 or B2 with a (L) or (L only) designation.
B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning BUS 320; CISP 440; ECON 310; MATH 300, 310, 335, 340, 342, 350, 351, 352, 355#, 356#, 370, 372#, 373#, 400, 401, 402, 410, 420; PSYC 330#; STAT 300, 480
  • # These courses are approved for CSU GE beginning in fall 2020. See all new approvals for fall 2020.
  • ** Courses are listed in more than one section in an area or other areas but can only be used once to satisfy a requirement.

C. Arts and Humanities

Choose one course from each area, plus an additional course from either area, for a minimum of nine units.
Area Courses
C1 Arts ART 300, 305, 320, 324, 337, 370, 380, 390, 400; ARTH 300, 301, 304, 306, 307, 308, 310, 312, 313, 314, 318, 320, 324, 325, 328, 332, 334, 410, 420, 484, 486, 487, 488; COMM 305; DDSN 305; ENGLT 400, 403**, 404; FASH 330**; HUM 332**, 352**;  MUFHL 305, 309, 310, 311, 315, 320, 330, 400, 401, 410, 411, 481, 482; MUIVI 380, 381, 382, 383; MUP 340*; MUSM 342, 344; TA 300, 302, 303, 308, 364, 370 (two units), 404, 437, 454; TAFILM 300, 302, 303, 304, 307**, 320*
C2 Humanities ARABIC 401, 402; CANT 401, 402, 411, 412; DEAF 310, 312, 314, 316, 353, 355, 380; ENGCW 400, 410; ENGLT 303, 304, 310, 311, 317, 320, 321, 327, 328, 331, 332, 334**, 335, 345, 346, 360, 365, 370, 380, 392, 401, 403**, 480, 481; ESLR 340; FASHN 330**; FREN 401, 402, 411, 412; GREEK 401, 402; HIST 300**, 302**, 307**, 308**, 310**, 311**, 314**, 320**, 321**, 327**#, 360**, 364**, 365**, 373**, 375**, 380**, 483**, 484**, 485**; 486**, 487**; HUM 300, 310, 320, 332**, 352**, 370; ITAL 401, 402; JAPAN 401, 402, 411, 412; KOREAN 401, 402; MAND 401, 402, 411, 412; PHIL 300**, 306, 310, 330, 331, 338, 352, 368**, 480, 481; PNJABI 401, 402; PRSIAN 401, 402; RUSS 401, 402, 411, 412; SPAN 401, 402, 411, 412, 413, 415; 425, 427; TAFILM 307**; TGLG 401, 402; VIET 401, 402
  • ** Courses are listed in more than one section in an area or other areas but can only be used once to satisfy a requirement.
  • * These courses in Area C1 or C2 are repeatable for credit but only one can be used to satisfy the general education requirement in Area C.
  • # These courses are approved for CSU GE beginning in fall 2020. See all new approvals for fall 2020.

D. Social Sciences

Choose three courses from at least two different subject areas for a minimum of nine units.
Area Courses
D Social Sciences ADMJ 300#, 302#, 304#, 349; ANTH 310, 320, 323, 324#, 325#, 331, 332, 334, 341, 481; BUS 330, 345; COMM 321, 325, 335, 341, 351; DEAF 351; ECE 312**, 314**; ECON 302, 304; ENGLT 334**; ENGWR 384; ETHNS 300, 320, 330, 340, 341, 350, 351; FCS 320**, 324**; GEOG 302, 310, 320; GERON 300**, 302**; GLST 301#, 302#; HIST 300**, 302**, 307**, 308**, 309, 310**, 311**, 314, 320**, 321**, 327**#, 344, 360**, 364**, 365**, 373**, 375**, 380**, 381, 483**, 484**, 485, 486**, 487**; JOUR 310, 320; NUTRI 310; PHIL 368**; POLS 301**, 302, 303, 304**, 310, 312, 313, 320, 322, 340, 350, 480, 481**; PSYC 300, 314, 316, 320, 335, 340**, 352, 356**, 360**, 364, 367, 370**, 374**, 390**, 392** (two units), 480; SOC 300, 301, 302, 310**, 318, 319, 321, 335**, 341**, 343, 344**, 345, 347, 350, 375, 480, 481, 482; WGS 300, 302, 304
  • # These courses are approved for CSU GE beginning in fall 2020. See all new approvals for fall 2020.
  • ** Courses are listed in more than one section in an area or other areas but can only be used once to satisfy a requirement.

E. Lifelong Learning and Self Development

Choose at least one course for a minimum of three units.
Area Courses
E1 BIOL 342**; ECE 312**, 314**, 415; FCS 320**, 324**; GERON 300**, 302**; HCD 310; HEED 300; 301, 353;  KINES 418; NUTRI 300, 302, 330, 480; PSYC 340**, 356**, 358, 360**, 370**, 374**, 390**, 392** (two units), 410; SOC 310**, 335**, 341**, 344**
E2 One unit maximum from the courses with the following prefixes: FITNS, KINES, PACT, SPORT, TMACT
  • ** Courses are listed in more than one section in an area or other areas but can only be used once to satisfy a requirement.

F. US History, Constitution, and American Ideals

This is a CSU graduation requirement only – it is not required for CSU general education certification. Choose one of the following options. These courses can also be used to satisfy Area D.
Option Courses
Option 1 Complete POLS 301** or POLS 481**, plus one of the following: HIST 310**, 311**, 320**, 321**, 483**, 484**, 486**
Option 2 Complete HIST 310**, HIST 320**, HIST 483**, or HIST 486**, plus one of the following: HIST 311**, 321**, 484**; POLS 301**, 304**, 481**
  • ** Courses are listed in more than one section in an area or other areas but can only be used once to satisfy a requirement.

New Approvals Effective Fall 2020

The following courses are approved for CSU GE beginning in fall 2020.
Course Number Course Title CSU Area
CHEM 423 Organic Chemistry - Short Survey B1
GEOL 300 Physical Geology B1
BIOL 349 Applied Microbiology: Scientific Literacy through Practical Uses of Microbiology B2
CHEM 423 Organic Chemistry - Short Survey B3
GEOL 301 Physical Geology Laboratory B3
MATH 355 Calculus for Biology and Medicine I B4
MATH 356 Calculus for Biology and Medicine II B4
MATH 372 College Algebra for Calculus B4
MATH 373 Trigonometry for Calculus B4
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences B4
HIST 327 History of the Chicano/Mexican American C2
ADMJ 300 Introduction to Administration of Justice D
ADMJ 302 Community Relations: Multicultural Issues D
ADMJ 304 Juvenile Delinquency D
ANTH 324 World Prehistory D
ANTH 325 Archaeology of Mesoamerica D
GLST 301 Introduction to Global Studies D
GLST 302 Global Issues D
HIST 327 History of the Chicano/Mexican American D