General Education

Effective Fall 2021 through Summer 2022

The following are the minimum general education requirements to be filled for graduation with a local Associate of Arts and/or an Associate of Science degree from Napa Valley College. If you are a transfer student, choose only courses that appear both here and on the appropriate transfer general education/breadth sheet (either the CSU-GE or IGETC advising sheet). Students who have already earned a Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university are exempted from local NVC GE requirements. Consult a Counselor for more information. 

Note:  A course may be used for only one category except in the case of Area E for the AS degree. Students are required to complete 18-21 semester units in Areas A through E below. Information on this form is subject to change, please check the Napa Valley College catalog addendum webpage for revised requirements. 

Statement of Philosophy

General education, an integrated program of courses, is the foundation of the Associate Degree. General education courses introduce students to the achievements, the methods of inquiry and the major principles and concepts in the humanities, the social sciences, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Graduates possess a common foundation of knowledge for understanding their physical environment, culture and society and the skills of inquiry, reflection, and expression for personal growth and lifelong learning.

A. Natural Science

Courses in the natural sciences are those that examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. These courses will help the student develop an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method and also impart to the student an understanding of the relationships between science and the world around them. This category will include introductory or integrative courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, general physical science, geology, meteorology, oceanography, physical geography, biological anthropology, physics and other scientific disciplines.

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Courses in the social and behavioral sciences are those that focus on people as members of society. The courses will develop an awareness of the method of inquiry used by the social and behavioral sciences. It should stimulate critical thinking about the ways people act in response to their societies and should promote an appreciation of how societies and social subgroups operate. This category will include introductory or integrative courses in cultural anthropology, cultural geography, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology and related disciplines.

C. Humanities

Courses in the humanities are those that study the cultural activities and artistic expressions of human beings. The courses will help the student develop an awareness of the ways in which people throughout the ages and in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them with artistic and cultural creation and help the student develop aesthetic understanding and an ability to make value judgments. This category will include introductory or integrative courses in the arts, foreign languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and related disciplines.

D. Language and Rationality

Courses in language and rationality are those that develop the principles and applications of language, whether it be written, spoken or symbolic. These courses will explore language toward logical thought, clear and precise expression,  and critical evaluation of communication. Three components of this area will be required.

D1. English Composition

Courses fulfilling the composition requirement will focus on written language. The course includes substantial instruction and practice in both expository and argumentative writing.

D2. Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

Courses fulfilling the mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning requirement will focus on symbolic language. The course will help a student successfully process information requiring quantitative analysis, calculation, and the ability to use and criticize quantitative arguments. 

D3. Communication and Analytical Thinking

Courses fulfilling the communication and analytical thinking requirement will focus on spoken or symbolic language. Courses fulfilling the requirement include oral communication, mathematics, logic, computer languages and programming, and related disciplines. The course will help the student achieve an understanding of the relationship between language and logic, developing an ability to communicate ideas, analyze and solve problems, and identify the assumptions upon which particular conclusions depend. 

E. Multicultural/Gender Studies

Courses in multicultural/gender studies introduce students to multiple perspectives on contemporary social life.  The course shall present an analysis of culture as well as gender, contributions and perspectives of underrepresented cultures and examine at least three specific social groups.  Such analysis is to be explicit, not implicit, in the course of study. The course should include analysis of the contributions or perspectives of people belonging to multiple social groups including, but not limited to, groups based on age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability. This category will include introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. 

An associate degree documents students’ educational achievements and provides them with a foundation for future learning. Since most jobs in the future will require some education beyond high school, the associate degree will make students more competitive in the job market.

An NVC associate degree consists of two main elements:

  1. General education, which gives students a broad base of knowledge and
  2. An academic program, in which a student specializes in a particular field of study. Depending on the academic program selected, the student will be awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree.

At Napa Valley College, the A.S. degree is earned in career technical programs that provide students with skills and training for immediate entry into the workforce, or in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The A.A. Degree is earned for all other academic areas.

For Associate Degree for Transfer degrees (ADTs) see that section of the catalog as requirements are different for these degrees. 

Area A: Natural Science

Select 1 course (minimum 3 units) from the following;

ANTH-120Biological Anthropology4
ASTR-110Descriptive Astronomy3
BIOL-103Introduction to Nutrition3
BIOL-105Human Biology4
BIOL-110Survey of Biology4
BIOL-112Introduction to Ecology3
BIOL-117Wildlife Biology3
BIOL-120General Biology4
BIOL-218Human Anatomy5
CHEM-110Introduction to Chemistry4
CHEM-111Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry4
CHEM-120General Chemistry 15
EART-110Earth Science4
ENVS-115Introduction to Environmental Science3
GEOG-110Physical Geography3
GEOL-110Physical Geology3
HEOC-100Basic Anatomy & Physiology3
PHYS-110Descriptive Physics3
PHYS-120General Physics 14
PHYS-140Physics for Scientists & Engineers 14

Area B: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Select 1 course (minimum 3 units) from the following; 

ADMJ-121Introduction to Criminal Law3
ADMJ-122Introduction to Criminal Procedures3
ADMJ-125Introduction to Evidence3
ANTH-121Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-122Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH-130Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH-131Mesoamerican Archaeology3
ANTH-145Medical Anthropology3
ANTH-150Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ANTH-200Linguistic Anthropology3
CFS-120Child Development3
CFS-140The Child, Family and Community3
CFS-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ECON-100Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON-101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON-120Economic History of the U.S.3
ENGI-110Introduction to Engineering3
GEOG-101World Regional Geography3
HIST-120United States History 1 13
HIST-121United States History 2 13
HIST-122World History 13
HIST-123World History 23
HIST-140History of Modern Latin America3
HIST-142History of Mexico3
HIST-145California History3
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-1900 13
HIST-152History of American Women Since 1900 13
HSRV-120Introduction to Human Services3
LGBT-120Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community3
LGBT-121LGBT Communities, Family & Education in the 21st Century3
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government 13
POLI-125Introduction to Modern Political Ideology3
POLI-135Comparative Government3
POLI-140International Relations3
PSYC-120General Psychology3
PSYC-123Social Psychology3
PSYC-124Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC-125Human Development3
PSYC-126Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC-128Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC-135Human Sexuality3
PSYC-220Research Methods in Psychology3
SOCI-120Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI-122Social Problems3
SOCI-130Introduction to Queer Studies3
SOCI-140Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCI-150Sociology of Race & Ethnicity3
SOCI-190Introduction to Social Research3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3

Area C: Humanities

Select 1 course (minimum 3 units) from the following; 

ASL-120First Semester American Sign Language5
ASL-121Second-Semester American Sign Language5
ANTH-150Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ARTH-101Introduction to Visual Culture3
ARTH-105History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Medieval3
ARTH-106History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ARTH-118Survey of Modern Art3
ARTH-130History of Asian Art3
ARTH-135Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America3
ARTH-180History of Photography3
ARTS-100Foundations of Studio Arts3
CFS-145Language Development & Early Literacy3
DANS-160Dance Appreciation3
DANS-170Dance History3
DART-101Graphic Design Foundations3
DART-120Intro to Digital Art & Graphic Design3
ENGL-121Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis3
ENGL-123Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking About Literature4
ENGL-213Survey of British Literature 13
ENGL-214Survey British Literature 23
ENGL-215Survey of American Literature 13
ENGL-216Survey of American Literature 23
ENGL-220Shakespeare:Introduction3
ENGL-224Survey of Native American Literature3
ENGL-226Survey of African American Literature3
FILM-100Survey and Appreciation of Film3
FILM-101Introduction to Film Production3
FILM-102Survey of Film and Media3
FILM-105Film History: 1895-19493
FILM-110Culture and Gender in Film3
FILM-115World Cinema3
FILM-120Horror Film3
FILM-121Film Comedy3
FILM-125AFilm Genres: Film Noir3
FILM-125BFilm Genres: Western3
FILM-125CFilm Genres: Drama3
FILM-125DFilm Genres: Musical3
FREN-120First Semester French5
FREN-121Second Semester French5
HIST-122World History 13
HIST-123World History 23
HUMA-100The American Mind 13
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
HUMA-113Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies3
HUMA-125Introduction to Latin American Studies3
HUMA-151Women's Ethnic Heritage3
HUMA-160Filipina(o)-American Heritage3
HUMA-174Culture and Gender in Theater3
ITAL-120First Semester Italian5
ITAL-121Second Semester Italian5
MUSI-110Fundamentals of Music3
MUSI-112Survey & Appreciation of Music3
MUSI-113Music In American Culture3
MUSI-114Survey & History of Jazz3
MUSI-121Music Theory I3
MUSI-122Music Theory II3
PHIL-120Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL-121Introduction to Philosophy 23
PHIL-125Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL-127Feminist Philosophy3
PHIL-128Social and Political Philosophy3
PHIL-129Introduction to Epistemology and Metaphysics3
PHIL-131Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL-133World Philosophy3
PHIL-134Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL-137Comparative Religions3
PHOT-120Introduction to Photography3
PHOT-180History of Photography3
SPAN-111Elementary Spanish I (Part B)3
SPAN-120Elementary Spanish I5
SPAN-121Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN-240Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN-241Intermediate Spanish II5
SPAN-280Spanish for Heritage Speakers I5
SPAN-281Spanish for Heritage Speakers II5
SPAN-282Introduction to Hispanic Literature3
THEA-100Introduction to Theater3
THEA-105Culture and Gender in Theater3

Area D: Language and Rationality

Complete 3 courses with a grade of "C" or better, one each from D1, D2, and D3 (minimum of 9 units) from the following;

Area D1: English Composition 1
ENGL-120College Compositon and Research4
ENGL-120BReading and Composition Stretch 23
Area D2: Mathematics 2
MATH-94Intermediate Algebra5
MATH-95Foundations of Algebra for Math Intensive Fields5
MATH-99Intermediate Algebra, Part B3
MATH-106College Algebra4
MATH-108Trigonometry3
MATH-115Applied Calculus5
MATH-120Calculus I5
MATH-121Calculus II5
MATH-130Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers-Number Systems3
MATH-220Linear Algebra3
MATH-221Multivariable Calculus5
MATH-222Differential Equations3
MATH-232Statistics3
MATH-235Finite Mathematics3
TECH-107Technical Mathematics II3
Area D3: Communication and Analytical Thinking
ADMJ-123Introduction to Community Policing3
ADMJ-124Introduction to Investigation3
ASL-120First Semester American Sign Language5
ANTH-150Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH-200Linguistic Anthropology3
BIOL-103Introduction to Nutrition3
BIOL-110Survey of Biology4
BIOL-112Introduction to Ecology3
BIOL-120General Biology4
BIOL-219Human Physiology5
BIOL-220General Microbiology5
BIOL-240General Zoology5
BIOL-241General Botany5
BUSI-103Legal Environment of Business3
BUSI-297Personal Money Management3
CHEM-110Introduction to Chemistry4
CHEM-111Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry4
CHEM-120General Chemistry 15
CHEM-121General Chemistry 25
CFS-123Observation & Assessment4
CFS-135The Cognitive Development of Young Children3
CFS-140The Child, Family and Community3
CFS-155Sensitive Issues in Early Childhood3
COUN-100College Success3
EART-110Earth Science4
ECON-100Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON-101Principles of Microeconomics3
ENGL-121Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis3
ENGL-123Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking About Literature4
ENGL-125Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking3
ENGL-200Introduction to Creative Writing 13
ENGL-201Introduction to Creative Writing 23
ENGL-202Introduction to Creative Writing 33
ENGL-213Survey of British Literature 13
ENGL-214Survey British Literature 23
ENGL-215Survey of American Literature 13
ENGL-216Survey of American Literature 23
ENGL-220Shakespeare:Introduction3
ESL-106Oral Communication 34
FILM-110Culture and Gender in Film3
HEOC-101Pharmacology3
HUMA-100The American Mind 13
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-125Introduction to Latin American Studies3
LIBR-100Becoming a Skilled Researcher 31
MATH-90Beginning Algebra5
MATH-93Applied Algebra for Statistics3
MATH-94Intermediate Algebra5
MATH-95Foundations of Algebra for Math Intensive Fields5
MATH-97Beginning Algebra, Part B3
MATH-99Intermediate Algebra, Part B3
MATH-106College Algebra4
MATH-108Trigonometry3
MATH-115Applied Calculus5
MATH-120Calculus I5
MATH-121Calculus II5
MATH-220Linear Algebra3
MATH-221Multivariable Calculus5
MATH-222Differential Equations3
MATH-232Statistics3
MATH-235Finite Mathematics3
PHIL-120Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL-121Introduction to Philosophy 23
PHIL-125Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL-126Contemporary American Ethics3
PHIL-131Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHYS-110Descriptive Physics3
PHYS-120General Physics 14
PHYS-121General Physics 24
PHYS-140Physics for Scientists & Engineers 14
PHYS-240Physics for Scientists & Engineers 24
POLI-125Introduction to Modern Political Ideology3
POLI-135Comparative Government3
POLI-140International Relations3
PSYC-124Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC-135Human Sexuality3
PSYC-220Research Methods in Psychology3
RESP-120Respiratory Care Theory I6
SOCI-122Social Problems3
SOCI-190Introduction to Social Research3
SPAN-240Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN-241Intermediate Spanish II5
SPAN-280Spanish for Heritage Speakers I5
SPAN-281Spanish for Heritage Speakers II5
SPCOM-120Interpersonal Communication3
SPCOM-122Public Speaking3
SPCOM-124Career Communication3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3
SPCOM-128Critical Thinking: Argumentation and Debate3
TECH-92Technical Mathematics 13
TECH-107Technical Mathematics II3
THEA-110Acting I3
THEA-140Technical Theatre in Production 31-3
THEA-156Theater Production: Classical 31-3
THEA-210Acting III3
THEA-244Acting IV3

Area E: Multicultural/Gender Studies

Effective Fall 2001 for the A.S. Degree only, course taken for Area E may double count for one other area of GE, providing the course is listed in that area.

Select 1 course (minimum 3 units) from the following;

ADMJ-123Introduction to Community Policing3
ANTH-121Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-145Medical Anthropology3
ANTH-150Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
CFS-140The Child, Family and Community3
CFS-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ENGL-224Survey of Native American Literature3
ENGL-226Survey of African American Literature3
FILM-110Culture and Gender in Film3
HIST-145California History3
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-19003
HIST-152History of American Women Since 19003
HCTM-126Culture and Cuisine3
HSRV-124Working With Diverse Populations3
HUMA-100The American Mind 13
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
HUMA-113Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies3
HUMA-125Introduction to Latin American Studies3
HUMA-151Women's Ethnic Heritage3
HUMA-160Filipina(o)-American Heritage3
HUMA-174Culture and Gender in Theater3
LGBT-120Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community3
LGBT-121LGBT Communities, Family & Education in the 21st Century3
PHOT-182Photography in a Multicultural United States3
PSYC-128Cross-Cultural Psychology3
SOCI-130Introduction to Queer Studies3
SOCI-140Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCI-150Sociology of Race & Ethnicity3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3
THEA-105Culture and Gender in Theater3

Additional Graduation Requirements

American History/Institutions Requirement (A.A. Degrees Only)

Select 1 course from Group 1 and 1 course from Group 2. Courses chosen to satisfy this requirement cannot be used to satisfy Area B. Students who have already earned a Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university are exempt from the American History/Institutions Requirements.

Group 1: U.S. History
Select 1 course from the following;
HIST-120United States History 13
HIST-121United States History 23
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-19003
HIST-152History of American Women Since 19003
Group 2: Political Science
Select 1 course from the following;
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government3
Kinesiology/Health Requirement

Choice of 3 units of Kinesiology (KINE) and/or Dance (DANS) courses or complete HELH-106.
Exemptions:

  1. Students majoring in Health Occupation;
  2. Veterans with six months service receive unit credit for KINE (formerly PHYE) and HELH 106.
  3. Completion of the Police Academy
  4. Students who have already earned a Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university.
Math, Reading, and Writing Competencies
  • Math competency can be demonstrated through tests offered by the Assessment Center, or with completion of the Mathematics requirements under GE Area D2 with a “C” or better.
  • Reading competency can be demonstrated with a grade of “C” or better in a transferable course with a strong reading component.
  • Writing competency can be demonstrated through the completion of the English composition requirements under GE Area D1 with a “C” or better.

Effective Fall 2021 through Summer 2022

A new CSU General Education course list is published each academic year and courses may be added or deleted.  If a course no longer appears on the current year's list, the student may still receive credit for the certified course, if it was approved at the time when the student took the course.  A course may be used to satisfy only one General Education area, unless it is noted otherwise.  The list of courses approved for the CSU General Education pattern is available online at the college’s Articulation website.

Students are strongly advised to consult with their NVC Counselor for specific transfer and admissions requirements. More information can be obtained from the NVC Counseling Center or the Transfer Center to obtain additional information regarding CSU and UC campus specific transfer general education course qualifications.

Napa Valley College students have the opportunity to complete all of their lower division CSU-GE requirements for the BA/BS Degree prior to transferring to any of the 23 California State Universities. The General Education Requirements for the California State University (CSU) system specifies courses within subject areas which will satisfy the 39 lower division GE requirements for any campus. Completion of CSU GE is not required before transfer but it is highly recommended for most students. Completion of at least 30 of the 39 lower division GE and Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 requirements is necessary to transfer to a CSU with upper division standing. To be eligible for admission, students must also have a total of 60 CSU transferable units with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

For some students in high unit majors such as sciences and engineering, completing the pre-major course requirements will be a priority over completing GE requirements. Napa Valley College courses with a number designation of 100 through 299 are transferable to all CSU campuses, but only a select group of these courses qualify for CSU GE.

Students pursuing an AS-T or AA-T degree must complete the entire CSU-GE pattern by meeting all requirements in the five GE Areas A through E. The U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals is not required but highly recommended.

By following the pattern of CSU General Education (GE) requirements, the student will be eligible for:

  1. Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education: Students must meet with a Counselor to complete this petition prior to the deadline. Completion of this local NVC Certificate of Achievement will be noted on the final transcript and allows students to participate in the annual graduation ceremony.
  2. Certification of CSU General Education Breadth Requirements: Students must request CSU-GE certification when requesting final transcripts to be sent from NVC to the CSU transfer school. The transcript requests can be made online or at the Napa Valley College Admissions and Records office. Students may qualify for either full certification or partial subject-area certification.
    1. Full CSU-GE Certification: All requirements must be completed in all five CSU-GE Areas A through E. Obtaining full certification means a student will not have to complete additional lower division GE requirements that may be required at that CSU school. The U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals is not a part of CSU-GE Certification, however the courses that comprise this requirement can be double-counted in Area D. Please consult a Counselor for details.
    2. Partial CSU-GE Certification: Partial CSU-GE Certification is granted when all courses in one or more subject areas of CSU-GE have been completed. A student who transfers to a CSU with partial GE Certification will not have to complete GE requirements in that same GE Area upon transfer. If a student has not fully completed the requirements of an area, that area may not be certified.

Courses taken at CSU campuses or other California Community Colleges will be applied to the subject areas in which they were listed by the school where the course was taken. All CSU campuses allow applicants who submit full or partial certifications to double count courses for general education and major requirements, but most campuses have limitations. Consult a Counselor for details. 

Note: Courses may be listed in more than one area, but shall not be counted in more than one area. A grade of “C-” or higher is required for courses in Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4. Information on this form is subject to change, please check with the Counseling Office for details. 

Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

Select 1 course each (9 units minimum) from A1, A2, and A3 with a minimum grade of "C-."

A1: Oral Communication (3 units minimum)
Grade of "C-" or better is required.
SPCOM-120Interpersonal Communication3
SPCOM-122Public Speaking3
SPCOM-124Career Communication3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3
SPCOM-128Critical Thinking: Argumentation and Debate3
SPCOM-130Small Group Communication3
A2: Written Communication (3 units minimum)
Grade of "C-" or better is required.
ENGL-120College Compositon and Research4
ENGL-120BReading and Composition Stretch 23
A3: Critical Thinking (3 units minimum)
Grade of "C-" or better is required.
ENGL-123Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking About Literature4
ENGL-125Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking3
PHIL-120Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL-121Introduction to Philosophy 23
PHIL-126Contemporary American Ethics3
PHIL-131Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking3
SPCOM-128Critical Thinking: Argumentation and Debate3

Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Select 2 courses, one from Area B1 and one from Area B2, with at least one approved laboratory course. In addition, select 1 Mathematics course from Area B4. (9 units minimum)

B1: Physical Sciences (3 units minimum)
ASTR-110Descriptive Astronomy3
CHEM-110Introduction to Chemistry (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
CHEM-111Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
CHEM-120General Chemistry 1 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
CHEM-121General Chemistry 2 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
CHEM-240Organic Chemistry 1 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
CHEM-241Organic Chemistry 2 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
EART-110Earth Science (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
GEOG-110Physical Geography3
GEOL-110Physical Geology3
GEOL-111Physical Geology Laboratory (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)1
PHYS-110Descriptive Physics3
PHYS-111Descriptive Physics Laboratory (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)1
PHYS-120General Physics 1 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
PHYS-121General Physics 2 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
PHYS-140Physics for Scientists & Engineers 1 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
PHYS-240Physics for Scientists & Engineers 2 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
PHYS-241Physics for Scientists & Engineers 3 (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
B2: Life Sciences (3 units minimum)
ANTH-120Biological Anthropology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
BIOL-105Human Biology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
BIOL-110Survey of Biology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
BIOL-112Introduction to Ecology3
BIOL-117Wildlife Biology3
BIOL-120General Biology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)4
BIOL-218Human Anatomy (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
BIOL-219Human Physiology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
BIOL-220General Microbiology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
BIOL-240General Zoology (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
BIOL-241General Botany (Satisfies Laboratory Course Requirement)5
B3: Laboratory Science Requirement
Any course from B1 or B2 that lists the Laboratory Requirement in parenthesis will complete the requirement for B3.
B4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum)
Grade of "C-" or higher is required.
MATH-106College Algebra4
MATH-108Trigonometry3
MATH-115Applied Calculus5
MATH-120Calculus I5
MATH-121Calculus II5
MATH-130Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers-Number Systems3
MATH-220Linear Algebra3
MATH-221Multivariable Calculus5
MATH-222Differential Equations3
MATH-232Statistics3
MATH-235Finite Mathematics3
SOCI-190Introduction to Social Research3
TECH-107Technical Mathematics II3

Area C: Arts and Humanities 

Select 3 courses (9 units minimum), with at least 1 course from Area C1 and at least 1 course from Area C2. The remaining course may be selected from either Area C1 or Area C2.

C1: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater (3 units minimum)
ARTS-100Foundations of Studio Arts3
ARTS-1012D Foundations3
ARTS-1023D Foundations3
ARTS-112Creative Drawing3
ARTH-101Introduction to Visual Culture3
ARTH-105History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Medieval3
ARTH-106History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ARTH-110History of Graphic Design3
ARTH-118Survey of Modern Art3
ARTH-130History of Asian Art3
ARTH-135Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America3
ARTH-180History of Photography3
CFS-196Music and Movement in Early Childhood3
DANS-160Dance Appreciation3
DANS-170Dance History3
FILM-100Survey and Appreciation of Film3
FILM-102Survey of Film and Media3
FILM-110Culture and Gender in Film3
FILM-117Director's Cinema3
FILM-120Horror Film3
FILM-121Film Comedy3
FILM-125AFilm Genres: Film Noir3
FILM-125BFilm Genres: Western3
FILM-125CFilm Genres: Drama3
FILM-125DFilm Genres: Musical3
HUMA-125Introduction to Latin American Studies3
HUMA-174Culture and Gender in Theater3
MUSI-110Fundamentals of Music3
MUSI-112Survey & Appreciation of Music3
MUSI-113Music In American Culture3
MUSI-114Survey & History of Jazz3
MUSI-121Music Theory I3
MUSI-122Music Theory II3
MUSI-196Music & Movement in Early Childhood3
PHOT-120Introduction to Photography3
PHOT-121Beginning Darkroom Photography3
PHOT-180History of Photography3
THEA-100Introduction to Theater3
THEA-105Culture and Gender in Theater3
THEA-115Acting Shakespeare3
THEA-120History of Theater3
THEA-141Stagecraft3
THEA-142Introduction to Stage Costume3
C2: Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other Than English (3 units minimum)
ASL-120First Semester American Sign Language5
ASL-121Second-Semester American Sign Language5
CFS-145Language Development & Early Literacy3
ENGL-121Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis3
ENGL-123Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking About Literature4
ENGL-200Introduction to Creative Writing 13
ENGL-201Introduction to Creative Writing 23
ENGL-202Introduction to Creative Writing 33
ENGL-213Survey of British Literature 13
ENGL-214Survey British Literature 23
ENGL-215Survey of American Literature 13
ENGL-216Survey of American Literature 23
ENGL-220Shakespeare:Introduction3
ENGL-224Survey of Native American Literature3
ENGL-226Survey of African American Literature3
ENGL-228Chicano and Latinx Literature3
ENGL-231Literature and Sexuality3
FILM-105Film History: 1895-19493
FILM-106Film History: 1950s to Present3
FILM-115World Cinema3
FREN-120First Semester French5
FREN-121Second Semester French5
HIST-122World History 13
HIST-123World History 23
HIST-140History of Modern Latin America3
HUMA-100The American Mind 13
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
HUMA-113Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies3
HUMA-125Introduction to Latin American Studies3
HUMA-151Women's Ethnic Heritage3
HUMA-160Filipina(o)-American Heritage3
ITAL-120First Semester Italian5
ITAL-121Second Semester Italian5
PHIL-120Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL-121Introduction to Philosophy 23
PHIL-125Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL-126Contemporary American Ethics3
PHIL-127Feminist Philosophy3
PHIL-128Social and Political Philosophy3
PHIL-129Introduction to Epistemology and Metaphysics3
PHIL-133World Philosophy3
PHIL-134Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL-137Comparative Religions3
PHOT-181Contemporary Issues in Photography3
PHOT-182Photography in a Multicultural United States3
SPAN-120Elementary Spanish I5
or SPAN-110
SPAN-111
Elementary Spanish I (Part A)
and Elementary Spanish I (Part B)
SPAN-121Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN-240Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN-241Intermediate Spanish II5
SPAN-280Spanish for Heritage Speakers I5
SPAN-281Spanish for Heritage Speakers II5
SPAN-282Introduction to Hispanic Literature3
THEA-120History of Theater3

Area D: Social Sciences 

(2 courses, 6 semester units, minimum) *Note: The requirements for this area were revised for 2021-2022. Students who begin their first college enrollment in Fall 2021 or later must now complete 2 courses, 6 semester units, for Area D and 1 course, 3 units, from the new Area F, Ethnic Studies. Students enrolled at a California Community College prior to Fall 2021 who maintain continuous enrollment must complete 3 courses, 9 semester units, from at least 2 disciplines to fulfill this requirement.2

ADMJ-120Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
ADMJ-121Introduction to Criminal Law3
ANTH-121Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-122Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH-130Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH-131Mesoamerican Archaeology3
ANTH-145Medical Anthropology3
ANTH-150Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ANTH-200Linguistic Anthropology3
CFS-120Child Development3
CFS-140The Child, Family and Community3
CFS-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ECON-100Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON-101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON-120Economic History of the U.S.3
ENGL-224Survey of Native American Literature3
ENGL-226Survey of African American Literature3
GEOG-101World Regional Geography3
HIST-120United States History 1 13
HIST-121United States History 2 13
HIST-122World History 13
HIST-123World History 23
HIST-140History of Modern Latin America3
HIST-142History of Mexico3
HIST-145California History3
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-1900 13
HIST-152History of American Women Since 1900 13
HUMA-100The American Mind 13
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
HUMA-113Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies3
HUMA-160Filipina(o)-American Heritage3
LGBT-120Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community3
LGBT-121LGBT Communities, Family & Education in the 21st Century3
PHIL-127Feminist Philosophy3
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government 13
POLI-125Introduction to Modern Political Ideology3
POLI-135Comparative Government3
POLI-140International Relations3
POLI-145International Political Economy3
PSYC-120General Psychology3
PSYC-123Social Psychology3
PSYC-124Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC-125Human Development3
PSYC-126Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC-128Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC-135Human Sexuality3
PSYC-175Theories of Personality3
PSYC-220Research Methods in Psychology3
SOCI-120Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI-122Social Problems3
SOCI-130Introduction to Queer Studies3
SOCI-140Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCI-150Sociology of Race & Ethnicity3
SOCI-154Sociology of Crime3
SOCI-190Introduction to Social Research3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Select 1 to 2 courses (3 units minimum). Effective Fall 2001, a maximum of 1.5 units in activity courses (E2) may be used to satisfy Area E.

E1: Integrated Physiological, Social, and Psychological Beings
CFS-120Child Development3
COUN-100College Success3
COUN-104Foundations of Well-being3
HELH-106Personal & Community Health3
PSYC-120General Psychology3
PSYC-124Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC-135Human Sexuality3
SOCI-122Social Problems3
E2: Activity Courses
May not be applicable to all students. A maximum of 1.5 units in activity courses may be used to satisfy Area E.
DANS-101Muscle and Tension Release Techniques0.5-1.5
DANS-127World Dance Forms1-1.5
DANS-128ASalsa and Latin Social Dance I1-1.5
DANS-128BSalsa & Latin Social Dance II1-1.5
DANS-128CSalsa & Latin Dance Teaching Assistant1-1.5
DANS-129Contemporary Dance1-1.5
DANS-130Broadway Dance1-1.5
DANS-132Introduction to Dance1-1.5
DANS-133Barre Fitness1-1.5
DANS-134Ballet Level I1-1.5
DANS-134BBallet II1-1.5
DANS-134DBallet Teaching Assistant1-1.5
DANS-135Street Jazz (Beginning Hip Hop)1-1.5
DANS-135BStreet Jazz (Hip Hop) Level 21-1.5
DANS-135DStreet Jazz (Beg. Hip Hop) Teach Assist1-1.5
DANS-136Jazz Dance I1-1.5
DANS-136BJazz Dance II1-1.5
DANS-136DJazz Dance Teaching Assistant1-1.5
DANS-137ATap Dance 11-1.5
DANS-137BTap Dance 21-1.5
DANS-137CTap Dance Teaching Assistant1-1.5
DANS-138Modern Dance Level I1-1.5
DANS-138BModern Dance II1-1.5
DANS-138DModern Dance Teaching Assistant1-1.5
DANS-140Dance Production1-1.5
DANS-140CRepertory Dance Company0.5-1
DANS-141Dance Production - B0.5-1.5
DANS-142Choreography2
DANS-154Mat Pilates1-1.5
DANS-154BIntermediate Pilates1-1.5
DANS-160Dance Appreciation3
DANS-170Dance History3
DANS-199Dance Independent Study1-3
KINE-100Swimming1.5
KINE-100BIntermediate Swimming1.5
KINE-101Muscle and Tension Release Techniques1.5
KINE-102AWater Exercise-Beginning1.5
KINE-102BWater Exercise (Deep Water)1.5
KINE-103Fitness for Life1.5
KINE-104Fitness Training for Success1.5
KINE-112Golf1.5
KINE-112BIntermediate Golf1.5
KINE-113Badminton1.5
KINE-113BIntermediate Badminton1.5
KINE-115Cross Training1.5
KINE-123Tennis1.5
KINE-123BIntermediate Tennis1.5
KINE-124Introduction to Spikeball1.5
KINE-125Volleyball1.5
KINE-125BIntermediate Volleyball1.5
KINE-127Sand Volleyball1.5
KINE-127BIntermediate/Advanced Sand Volleyball1.5
KINE-129Spinning1.5
KINE-129BIntermediate Spinning1.5
KINE-130Yoga1.5
KINE-130BIntermediate Yoga1.5
KINE-131Cardio Kickboxing1.5
KINE-131BIntermediate Cardio Kickboxing1.5
KINE-133Body Sculpting1.5
KINE-133BIntermediate Body Sculpting1.5
KINE-139Kickboxing With Jeet Kune Do Concepts Level 11.5
KINE-139DKickboxing With Jeet Kune Do Concepts Level 11.5
KINE-141Kickboxing With Jeet Kune Do Concepts Level 21.5
KINE-141DJeet Kune Do Level 2 Teaching Assistant1-1.5
KINE-143Suspension Training1.5
KINE-146Fitness Flexibility1.5
KINE-146BIntermediate Fitness and Flexibility1.5
KINE-147Swim for Fitness1.5
KINE-148Walking for Fitness1.5
KINE-148BIntermediate Walking for Fitness1.5
KINE-149Physical Fitness1.5
KINE-149BIntermediate Physical Fitness1.5
KINE-151Weight Training1.5
KINE-151BIntermediate Weight Training1.5
KINE-151COlympic Weight Training1.5
KINE-154Mat Pilates1.5
KINE-154BIntermediate Pilates1.5
KINE-160Adaptive Physical Education1.5
KINE-162Adaptive Aquatics1.5
KINE-169Corrective Physical Education for TA's1.5
KINE-171Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
KINE-172Rugby1.5
KINE-174Skills and Conditioning for Team Sports1-3
KINE-176Team Sports1-1.5
KINE-176BIntermediate Team Sports1-1.5
KINE-178Pre-Season Conditioning1-3
KINE-190Introduction to Personal Training3
KINE-199Independent Study in Physical Education1-3
KINE-200Coaching & Athletic Administration3
KINE-201Introduction to Kinesiology3
KINE-272Sports Medicine Training Lab1
KINE-285Men's Basketball Team0.5-3
KINE-286Women's Basketball Team0.5-3
KINE-287Baseball Team3
KINE-290Golf Team3
KINE-291Soccer Team3
KINE-292Softball Team3
KINE-297Women's Volleyball Team3

Area F: Ethnic Studies 

Select 1 course, 3 semester units minimum (New Requirement Effective Fall 2021)1

CSU GE Breadth requirements were revised to include Area F – Ethnic Studies. This revision applies to students subject to the Fall 2021 and subsequent catalog years. Any student enrolled at a California Community College prior to Fall 2021 who maintain continuous enrollment is not required to complete Area F. 

US History, Constitution, and American Ideals (Optional for CSU transfers)

This is not an admission requirement. CSU graduation requires completion of the US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Requirement.
Select 1 course from Group 1 and 1 course from Group 2. These courses can double-count for Area D.

Group 1: History
HIST-120United States History 13
HIST-121United States History 23
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-19003
HIST-152History of American Women Since 19003
Group 2: Political Science
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government3

Effective Fall 2021 through Summer 2022

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will permit students to transfer from Napa Valley College to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or the University of California (UC) system without the need, after transfer, to take additional lower division, general education courses to satisfy general education requirements. Students may be held to other graduation requirements of the transfer campus. Although IGETC is not an entrance requirement, students are advised to complete this pattern prior to transfer unless they are enrolled in high-unit majors. Before you start working on general education courses, check what is recommended for your major and the campuses you’re interested in. 

A new IGETC list is published each academic year and courses may be added or deleted from this list.  If a course is taken when it fulfills an IGETC requirement, it continues to fulfill the requirement, even if it is subsequently removed from the pattern.

The IGETC is not advisable for all transfer students and some campuses may not accept IGETC. If you are pursuing a major that requires extensive lower-division preparation you may be better served by taking courses which fulfill the CSU General Education-Breadth requirements or those of the UC campus or college to which you plan to transfer. Majors include, but are NOT LIMITED to: Engineering, Business, Pre-professional programs.

Courses may be listed in more than one area, but shall not be used to satisfy more than one IGETC area.

A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses on IGETC (or “P” Pass). Some courses must be taken for letter grades of “C” or higher. Check with a Counselor for limitations.

A student, following the IGETC pattern, is expected to complete all of the requirements (a total of 39-42 semester units) before transferring to a UC or CSU campus. Students pursuing an AS-T or AA-T degree must complete the entire IGETC pattern for either CSU (37 units minimum) or UC (34 units minimum).  Partial IGETC Certification is available if a student is unable to complete one or two IGETC courses. Students should consult with the Counseling or Transfer Center for details regarding this option.

Restrictions: Student who have been registered at a UC campus may not be eligible for IGETC. This restriction does not apply to students who have taken only UC summer session or Extension classes. Consult a Counselor for details. 

By following the pattern of IGETC requirements, you will be eligible for:

  1. Certificate of Achievement in IGETC (for CSU or UC): All requirements must be completed in either the CSU or UC option. Students must meet with a Counselor to complete this petition before the 9th week of the semester. Completion of this local NVC Certificate of Achievement will be noted on the final transcript and allows you to participate in the annual graduation ceremony.
  2. Certification of IGETC (for CSU or UC) Requirements: Students must request IGETC certification when requesting final transcripts to be sent from NVC to the CSU or UC transfer school. The transcript requests can be made online or at the Napa Valley College Admissions and Records office. Students may qualify for either full certification or partial certification. 
    • Full Certification: All requirements must be completed using either the CSU or UC option. Obtaining full certification means you will not have to complete additional lower division GE requirements that may be required at the CSU or UC campus. The U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals is not a part of IGETC Certification, however the courses that comprise this requirement can be used to satisfy subject Area 4.
      • CSU transfers: Students must complete the requirement in Oral Communications (Area 1C). Students do not need to complete a Foreign Language requirement for the Certification process. Some CSU campuses and/or majors may have additional language or course requirements for graduation from the CSU. 

      • UC transfers: Students must complete the Foreign Language requirement. If you completed this requirement in high school or at another college, you will need to provide an official transcript from that institution. UC campuses may have additional graduation requirements – consult a Counselor for more information. 

    • Partial Certification: Completion of all but two (2) courses on the IGETC pattern. Consult with a counselor for details regarding this option.

Information on this form is subject to change, check with the Counseling Office and ASSIST.ORG for current information. 

Area 1: English Communication

CSU: 3 courses required, one each from 1A, 1B, and 1C.
UC: 2 courses required, one each from 1A and 1B.

1A: English Composition
(1 course: 3 semester or 4-5 quarter units)
ENGL-120College Compositon and Research4
ENGL-120BReading and Composition Stretch 23
1B: Critical Thinking-English Composition
(1 course: 3 semester or 4-5 quarter units)
ENGL-123Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking About Literature4
ENGL-125Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking3
1C: Oral Communication (CSU only)
(1 course: 3 semester or 4-5 quarter units)
SPCOM-122Public Speaking3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3
SPCOM-128Critical Thinking: Argumentation and Debate3
SPCOM-130Small Group Communication3

Area 2: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

(1 course: 3 semester or 4-5 quarter units)
MATH-106College Algebra 14
MATH-115Applied Calculus 15
MATH-120Calculus I 15
MATH-121Calculus II5
MATH-220Linear Algebra3
MATH-221Multivariable Calculus5
MATH-222Differential Equations3
MATH-232Statistics3
MATH-235Finite Mathematics3

Area 3: Arts and Humanities

Select 3 courses, with at least one course from 3A and one course from 3B. The remaining course may be selected from either Area 3A or 3B, for a total of at least 9 units.
(3 courses: 9 semester or 12-15 quarter units)

3A: Arts
ARTS-100Foundations of Studio Arts3
ARTH-101Introduction to Visual Culture3
ARTH-105History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Medieval3
ARTH-106History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ARTH-110History of Graphic Design3
ARTH-118Survey of Modern Art3
ARTH-130History of Asian Art3
ARTH-135Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America3
ARTH-180History of Photography3
DANS-160Dance Appreciation3
DANS-170Dance History3
FILM-100Survey and Appreciation of Film3
FILM-110Culture and Gender in Film3
FILM-120Horror Film3
FILM-121Film Comedy3
FILM-125AFilm Genres: Film Noir3
FILM-125BFilm Genres: Western3
FILM-125CFilm Genres: Drama3
FILM-125DFilm Genres: Musical3
HUMA-174Culture and Gender in Theater3
MUSI-110Fundamentals of Music3
MUSI-112Survey & Appreciation of Music3
MUSI-113Music In American Culture3
MUSI-114Survey & History of Jazz3
MUSI-121Music Theory I3
MUSI-122Music Theory II3
PHOT-180History of Photography3
THEA-100Introduction to Theater3
THEA-105Culture and Gender in Theater3
3B: Humanities
ASL-121Second-Semester American Sign Language5
ENGL-121Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis3
ENGL-123Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking About Literature4
ENGL-213Survey of British Literature 13
ENGL-214Survey British Literature 23
ENGL-215Survey of American Literature 13
ENGL-216Survey of American Literature 23
ENGL-220Shakespeare:Introduction3
ENGL-224Survey of Native American Literature3
ENGL-226Survey of African American Literature3
ENGL-228Chicano and Latinx Literature3
ENGL-231Literature and Sexuality3
FILM-105Film History: 1895-19493
FILM-106Film History: 1950s to Present3
FILM-115World Cinema3
HIST-122World History 13
HIST-123World History 23
HIST-140History of Modern Latin America3
HUMA-100The American Mind 13
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
HUMA-113Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies3
HUMA-125Introduction to Latin American Studies3
HUMA-151Women's Ethnic Heritage3
HUMA-160Filipina(o)-American Heritage3
PHIL-120Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL-121Introduction to Philosophy 23
PHIL-125Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL-126Contemporary American Ethics3
PHIL-127Feminist Philosophy3
PHIL-128Social and Political Philosophy3
PHIL-129Introduction to Epistemology and Metaphysics3
PHIL-133World Philosophy3
PHIL-134Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL-137Comparative Religions3
PHOT-181Contemporary Issues in Photography3
PHOT-182Photography in a Multicultural United States3
SPAN-121Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN-240Intermediate Spanish I 15
SPAN-241Intermediate Spanish II 15
SPAN-280Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 15
SPAN-281Spanish for Heritage Speakers II 15
SPAN-282Introduction to Hispanic Literature3
THEA-120History of Theater3

Area 4: Social Sciences 

Select 3 courses with a maximum of 2 courses from the same discipline.
(3 courses: 9 semester or 12-15 quarter units)

ANTH-121Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-122Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH-130Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH-131Mesoamerican Archaeology3
ANTH-150Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ANTH-200Linguistic Anthropology3
CFS-120Child Development 13
CFS-140The Child, Family and Community 13
CFS-180The Anthropology of Childhood3
ECON-100Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON-101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON-120Economic History of the U.S.3
ENGL-224Survey of Native American Literature3
ENGL-226Survey of African American Literature3
GEOG-101World Regional Geography3
HIST-120United States History 1 1,23
HIST-121United States History 2 1,23
HIST-122World History 13
HIST-123World History 23
HIST-140History of Modern Latin America3
HIST-142History of Mexico3
HIST-145California History3
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-1900 23
HIST-152History of American Women Since 1900 23
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
HUMA-113Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies3
LGBT-120Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community3
LGBT-121LGBT Communities, Family & Education in the 21st Century3
PHIL-127Feminist Philosophy3
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government 1,23
POLI-125Introduction to Modern Political Ideology3
POLI-135Comparative Government3
POLI-140International Relations3
POLI-145International Political Economy3
PSYC-120General Psychology3
PSYC-123Social Psychology3
PSYC-124Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC-125Human Development3
PSYC-126Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC-128Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC-135Human Sexuality3
PSYC-175Theories of Personality3
PSYC-220Research Methods in Psychology3
SOCI-120Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI-122Social Problems3
SOCI-130Introduction to Queer Studies3
SOCI-140Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCI-150Sociology of Race & Ethnicity3
SOCI-154Sociology of Crime3
SOCI-190Introduction to Social Research3
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3

Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences

Select 2 courses, one each from 5A, and 5B, with at least one approved laboratory course.
(2 courses: 7-9 semester or 9-12 quarter units)

5A: Physical Sciences
ASTR-110Descriptive Astronomy3
CHEM-110Introduction to Chemistry (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)4
CHEM-111Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry4
CHEM-120General Chemistry 1 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
CHEM-121General Chemistry 2 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
CHEM-240Organic Chemistry 1 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)4
CHEM-241Organic Chemistry 2 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)4
EART-110Earth Science (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
GEOG-110Physical Geography3
GEOL-110Physical Geology3
GEOL-111Physical Geology Laboratory (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)1
PHYS-110Descriptive Physics 13
PHYS-111Descriptive Physics Laboratory (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 11
PHYS-120General Physics 1 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
PHYS-121General Physics 2 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
PHYS-140Physics for Scientists & Engineers 1 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
PHYS-240Physics for Scientists & Engineers 2 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
PHYS-241Physics for Scientists & Engineers 3 (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
5B: Life Sciences
ANTH-120Biological Anthropology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
BIOL-105Human Biology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
BIOL-110Survey of Biology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
BIOL-112Introduction to Ecology3
BIOL-117Wildlife Biology3
BIOL-120General Biology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement) 14
BIOL-218Human Anatomy (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
BIOL-219Human Physiology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
BIOL-220General Microbiology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
BIOL-240General Zoology (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
BIOL-241General Botany (Satisfied Laboratory Requirement)5
5C: Laboratory Requirement
Any course from List A or B that satisfies the Laboratory Requirement

Language other than English (UC only)

Completion of the equivalent of 2 years of high school study in the same language (at U.S. high school or high school in a country where the language of instruction is English).

NVC courses that meet this requirement
ASL-120First Semester American Sign Language5
FREN-120First Semester French5
ITAL-120First Semester Italian5
SPAN-120Elementary Spanish I5-6
or SPAN-110
SPAN-111
Elementary Spanish I (Part A)
and Elementary Spanish I (Part B)

Alternate ways to meet this requirement (Official High School/College transcript and/or Exam Score must be on file for verification)

  1. College course (must list course and college)
  2. High school course (must list course and college)
  3. Completion by examination (must list name of exam, score and date taken)
    1. ​SAT II : Subject Test in Languages other than English
    2. International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination with a score of 5 or higher
    3. Language other than English "O" level exam with a grade of A, B, or C
    4. Language other than English International "A" level exam with a score of 5, 6, or 7
    5. An achievement test administered by a community college, university or other college in a language other than English
  4. Two years of formal schooling at the sixth grade level or higher in an institution where the language of instruction is not English
  5. Faculty member verification of a student's competency

US History, Constitution, and American Ideals (Optional for CSU transfers) 

This is not an admission requirement. CSU graduation requires completion of US History, Constitution and American Ideals Requirement. 
(Select one course from Group 1 and one course from Group 2. These courses may be double-counted for Area 4.)

Group 1: History
HIST-120United States History 13
HIST-121United States History 23
HIST-150History of American Women 1600-19003
HIST-152History of American Women Since 19003
Group 2: Political Science
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government3