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General Studies

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GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
Those students who have tentatively decided on a major or who have declared their major should read the respective program statement to determine any particular general education courses that are required or suggested. Depending on the program of study, students may either take general education courses concurrently with major coursework or complete general education requirements prior to entering the major.  Some programs allow a limited number of general education units to also be counted towards a major. Although this does not lessen the total units required for the degree, it allows for those units to be used as electives.  Electives are units needed beyond those taken to fulfill general education and major requirements. Students may take any elective courses for which they have the necessary prerequisites. No course may be repeated for elective credit unless stated in the course description.

DEGREE REQUIREMENT
Each undergraduate program of study leading to a degree must include the College’s general education and core curriculum requirements as outlined below.  Not all courses may be credited toward fulfillment of the general education and core curriculum requirements.  Students must observe the following restrictions that apply to such units:

  1. Basic skills courses (developmental and remedial level courses, such as pre-algebra and English fundamentals) cannot be applied toward the A.S. or B.S.
  2. No professional course in the student’s major program of study may be used to satisfy general education requirements.
  3. Courses in which previous credit has been received may not be applied a second time.
  4. In some cases, students may satisfy core requirements and general education elective requirements simultaneously, although doubling of credit value is not permitted.

UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT
B.S. Degree
Completion of one lower and two upper-division three unit elective courses.  An unrestricted elective is any course a student wishes to complete for credit toward a degree other than those courses taken that fulfill specific general education, core curriculum, and program curriculum requirements.  This is a residency requirement and cannot be transferred from other institutions, without prior written consent of the department chair or program director.

A.S. Degree
Completion of one lower or upper-division three unit elective course.  An unrestricted elective is any course a student wishes to complete for credit toward a degree other than those courses taken that fulfill specific general education, core curriculum, and program curriculum requirements.  This is a residency requirement and cannot be transferred from other institutions, without prior written consent of the department chair or program director.

 

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