General Education Program

Requirements (78-86 units)

The general education requirements at California State University, San Bernardino are designed to assure that all graduates of the university, whatever their major, have acquired certain essential skills and a broad range of knowledge appropriate to educated persons in our society.

Lower-division courses are intended to foster an ability to think clearly and logically, to find and critically examine information, and to communicate, at an appropriate level, orally and in writing; to acquaint students with the physical universe and its life forms and to impart an understanding of scientific methodology and of mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning; to cultivate-through the study of philosophy, literature, languages, and the arts-intellect, imagination, sensibility and sensitivity; and to deal with human social, political and economic institutions and their historical background, with human behavior and the principles of social interaction. Upper-division courses include a further requirement in writing as well as integrative capstone courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the interrelationships among disciplines and their applications to contemporary environments. Multicultural and gender issues are given special attention in these courses.

The purpose of the general education program is not, primarily, to provide students with a number of possible avenues for specialization. Rather it is intended to ensure that all students will have a firm grasp of the basic skills of critical thinking, numerical literacy, and oral and written communication; understand the issues on which they will have to make decisions; and know something about themselves and the world in which they live.

The general education program requires a minimum of 78 quarter units. An additional four units may be required to satisfy the Upper-division Writing Requirement.  Also, students who do not complete the Multicultural/Gender Requirement with one of the listed capstone courses (GE-G1) must take one of the courses listed in area GE-G2 for an additional four units.

No substitutions in the general education program are possible without prior approval of a petition submitted to the Office of Advising and Academic Services, UH-380.

Some majors require specific GE courses. Students should consult the catalog for their major's requirements or contact the department.

Note: Courses in Category A should be completed before a student reaches upper-division standing. For upper-division transfer students, this category should be completed within the first 32 units taken at California State University, San Bernardino.

Requirements for General Education Program

A. Basic Skills Category (12)
1. Written Communicaton
Four units chosen from:4
Stretch Composition III
Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
Accelerated Stretch Composition II
Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
Advanced First-Year Composition
2. Oral Communication
Four units chosen from:4
Oral Communication
Language and Meaning: Oral Communication *
3. Mathematics
One course listed in the mathematics section of the natural sciences breadth area (category B1)
4. Critical Thinking
Four units chosen from the following:4
Critical Thinking Through Argumentation
Language and Meaning: Critical Thinking *
Critical Thinking Through Applications of Mathematical Logic
Critical Thinking Through Argument Analysis
Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic
Critical Thinking Through Problems Analysis
Critical Thinking about Social Problems
Total Units12
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Open only to students accepted into the University Honors Program.

B. Natural Sciences Breadth Area (20)
1. Mathematics
Four units chosen from:4
College Algebra *
The Ideas of Mathematics *
Pre-Calculus Mathematics *
Introductory Statistics and Hypothesis Testing (GE credit for Nursing majors only)
Methods of Calculus
Basic Concepts of Calculus
2. Life Sciences
Five units chosen from:5
Topics in Biology
Biology of Populations
Health and Society: An Ecological Approach
3. Physical Sciences
A minimum of five units chosen from:5
Descriptive Astronomy
Chemistry in the Modern World
Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry
General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
Physical Geography
Introductory Geology
Physics in the Modern World
Basic Concepts of Physics I
General Physics I
4. Special Topics in Science and Technology
Two units chosen from:2
Genetics and Society
Biology of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Chemicals in Our Environment
Bioinformatics
Science, Computing and Society
Introduction to Computer Engineering Design
Volcanic Hazards, Surveillance and Prediction
Earthquakes: Science and Public Policy
5. Integrative Capstone in the Natural Sciences
Four units chosen from:4
Sustainable Engineering Design
Science and Technology
The Environment and Human Survival
Life in the Cosmos
Natural Disasters
Energy
Perspectives on Gender (also counts in category G1) **
Health and Human Ecology
Legacy of Life
Total Units20
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MATH 110, MATH 115, and MATH 120 must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better

**

Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 325, NSCI 325, SSCI 325

C. Humanities Breadth Area (20)
1. Arts
Four units chosen from:4
Studies in Art
The Art of Film
Studies in Music
Introduction to Theatre
2. Literature
Four units chosen from:4
World Literature I
World Literature II
World Drama
Studies in Literature
World Drama
Oral Interpretation of Literature
3. Foreign Language or Literature in Translation *
Four units chosen from:4
College Arabic III
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic III
Conversation in Arabic
Arabic Literature in Translation
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
American Sign Language V
American Sign Language VI
College Chinese III
Second Year College Chinese I
Second Year College Chinese II
Second Year College Chinese III
Conversation in Chinese
Chinese Literature in Translation
FLAN 103A-U
Language Study III
FLAN 201A-U
Second Year Language Study I
FLAN 202A-U
Second Year Language Study II
FLAN 203A-U
Second Year Language Study III
College French III
Culture and Communication
Culture and Communication II
Culture and Communication III
French Literature in English
College German III
Composition
Conversation
Introduction to Literary Texts
German Literature in English
College Japanese III
Second Year College Japanese I
Second Year College Japanese II
Second Year College Japanese III
Conversation in Japanese
Japanese Literature in Translation
College Korean III
Second Year College Korean I
Second Year College Korean II
Second Year College Korean III
Conversation in Korean
College Persian III
Intermediate Persian I
Intermediate Persian II
Persian Literature in Translation
College Spanish III
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish III
Conversation
Spanish and Latin American Literature in English
4. Philosophy
Four units chosen from:4
Language and Meaning: Introduction to Philosophy **
Introduction to Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
Introduction to Knowledge and Reality
5. Integrative Capstone in the Humanities
Four units chosen from:4
Myth, Metaphor and Symbol
Perspectives on Gender (also counts in category G1) ***
Asian Cultural Traditions (also counts in category G1)
Arts and Ideas
The Origin and Contemporary Role of Latino Culture (also counts in category G1)
Interpretation and Values
Ideas in American Culture
The Cultures of American Childhood (also counts in category G1)
African Heritage in the Arts (also counts in category G1)
The World of Islam (also counts in category G1)
Comparative Studies in the Arts: East and West (also counts in category G1)
A Cultural History of Fashion
Total Units20
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The following rules apply to challenging a course for credit toward this category:

  1. Only courses at the 103-level or higher may be challenged;
  2. Students wishing to challenge a language not offered at this university must present evidence of an official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) where they must achieve a level of Intermediate (ACTFL Stage 2) or above. The student must pay all necessary fees and make all necessary arrangements for the taking of the test and for the official reporting of the results to the Department of World Languages and Literatures;
  3. Students whose language of instruction in secondary school was not English may satisfy this category by submitting official academic transcripts that show completion of secondary school in a country in which the language with which they wish to meet the foreign language requirement was the medium of instruction;
  4. Students who satisfy the Foreign Language/Literature in Translation requirement through 2 or 3 above will not receive academic credit and must take four additional units from the Humanities Breadth Area (Category C) to meet the total number of General Education units required for graduation.
**

Open only to students accepted into the University Honors Program.

***

Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 325, NSCI 325, SSCI 325

D. Social and Behavioral Sciences Breadth Area (20)
1. American History and Civilization *
Four units chosen from:4
American Civilization
United States History to 1877
United States History, 1877 to the Present
2. American Institutions *
PSCI 203American Government4
3. World Cultures
Four units chosen from:4
World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization
World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization
World Civilizations II, the Civilizations of the East and West
World Civilizations III
Regions and Peoples of the World
4. Discipline Perspectives
Four units chosen from:4
Introduction to Anthropology: Human Evolution
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
Economics of Social Issues
Ethnicity and Race in America
Introduction to Human Geography
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to Masculinity Studies
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Introduction to Psychology
The Study of Society
5. Integrative Capstone in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Four units chosen from:4
Nonwestern World
Contemporary Latin America
Cultural Adaptation: The Quest for Survival
Race and Racism (also counts in category G1)
Understanding Capitalism
Urbanization and the Urban Environment
Perspectives on Gender (also counts in category G1) **
Religious Expression in America
Roots of Modern Racism in America (also counts in category G1)
Total Units20
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Note: The American history, constitution, state and California local government requirement may be met by taking PSCI 203 and one of the following: HIST 146 or HIST 200 or HIST 201.  If this requirement is met by examination, then students still must complete 16 lower-division units in this breadth area.

**

Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 325, NSCI 325, SSCI 325

E. Lifelong Understanding Category (6)
1. The Whole Person - Physical and Physiological Issues
KINE 205Foundations for Lifetime Fitness and Wellness2
2. The Whole Person - Social and Psychological Issues
Two units chosen from:2
Financial Choices in Life
Moral Choices in Life
Personal and Social Adjustment
Choices in the Life Course
3. Physical Education
Two units chosen from:2
KINE 101A-S
Individual and Dual Activities
KINE 114A-F
Physical Fitness and Conditioning Activities
KINE 120A-L
Somatic and Martial Arts Activities
KINE 121A-K
Team Activities
KINE 137A-L
Aquatic Activities
A Fitness Odyssey
Independent Activity Project
KINE 150A-K
Dance Activities
Note: All students are required to complete two units of physical education in this category. Ten additional units of physical education activity courses (numbered 150 and below) for a total of 12 units maximum may be applied toward graduation.
Total Units6
F. Upper-division Writing Requirement (0-4)
This requirement can be met by completing one of the following two options:
1. Successfully completing one of the following upper-division expository writing courses with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better 4
Expository Writing for Education
Expository Writing for English
Expository Writing for Honors *
Expository Writing for the Humanities
Expository Writing for Administration
Expository Writing for the Natural Sciences
Expository Writing for the Social Sciences
2. Passing the Writing Requirement Exemption Exam (WREE). 0
No unit credit is awarded for passing the examination. It may be necessary to take additional units to meet minimum residency and graduation unit requirements.
Total Units0-4
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 Open only to students accepted into the University Honors Program.

G. Multicultural/Gender Requirement Category (0-4)0-4
All students must take one upper-division course designated as meeting this requirement. The multicultural/gender requirement can be met by completing one of the following two options:
1. Integrative capstone course in one of the three breadth areas (categories B5, C5 or D5)
Perspectives on Gender
Asian Cultural Traditions
The Origin and Contemporary Role of Latino Culture
The Cultures of American Childhood
African Heritage in the Arts
The World of Islam
Comparative Studies in the Arts: East and West
Perspectives on Gender
Race and Racism
Perspectives on Gender
Roots of Modern Racism in America
2. One upper-division course from the following:
Human Biological Variance and the Concept of Race
Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Women and Crime
Intercultural Communication
Gender, Race and Media
Political Economy of Poverty and Discrimination
American Indian Literature
Cultural Studies
Women in Music
Jazz History in America and African-American Culture
Music of World Cultures
Organizations in Multicultural and Diverse Societies
Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity
Gender and Philosophy
African-American Theatre and Drama
Asian Theatre

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All undergraduate students subject to degree requirements of the 1980-81 or subsequent University Bulletins must complete an upper-division writing competency requirement as a condition of graduation through either of two means:

  1. Completion with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better of one of the following courses:
    EDUC 306Expository Writing for Education4
    ENG 306Expository Writing for English4
    HON 306Expository Writing for Honors (for students in the Honors Program)4
    HUM 306Expository Writing for the Humanities4
    MGMT 306Expository Writing for Administration4
    NSCI 306Expository Writing for the Natural Sciences4
    SSCI 306Expository Writing for the Social Sciences4
    Prerequisites for 306 courses are: satisfaction of the written communication requirement (A1) and a minimum of 90 quarter (60 semester) units of college credits. (Note: these 306 courses were previously numbered 495.)
  2. Satisfactory completion of the Writing Requirement Exemption Examination. No credit is awarded for passing the examination. It may be necessary to take additional units to meet minimum residency and graduation unit requirements.

Students normally shall complete the upper-division writing requirement by the end of the junior year. Further information about the examination (for example, how much it costs, when it is offered, what it covers) is available from the Testing Office, University Hall, Room 368, (909) 537-5045. Contact the Office of the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, University Hall, Room 368, (909) 537-5032 for questions about the upper-division writing requirement itself.

History, Constitution, Government Requirement

Each student must demonstrate competence in understanding the Constitution of the United States; American history, institutions and ideals; and the principles of state and local government as established in California.

The requirement in the U.S. Constitution may be met by completing one of the following (or both HIST 200 and HIST 201, if taken at CSUSB):

HIST 146American Civilization4
HIST 200United States History to 1877 (and)4
United States History, 1877 to the Present
HIST 540Constitutional History of the United States4
PSCI 203American Government4
PSCI 410American Constitutional Law4
PSCI 411The Bill of Rights4

The requirement in U.S. history may be met by completing one of the following:

HIST 146American Civilization4
HIST 200United States History to 18774
HIST 201United States History, 1877 to the Present4
HIST 540Constitutional History of the United States4
PSCI 314American Political Thought4

The requirement in state and local government as established in California may be met by completing one of the following:

HIST 270California History4
HIST 370History of California4
PSCI 203American Government4
PSCI 330State and Local Politics4
PSCI 332California Government2

Note: General Education credit is only granted for the following: HIST 146, HIST 200, HIST 201 and PSCI 203.

A student can meet the entire U.S. Constitution, U.S. history, and California state and local government requirement, while fulfilling general education requirements, by taking PSCI 203 and one of the following: HIST 146 or HIST 200 or HIST 201. The opportunity to meet the requirements by passing an optional examination, which may be repeated once (not in the same quarter), is given to students. However, if this requirement is met by examination, students must still complete 16 lower-division units in the Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth area (category D). Information may be obtained from either the Office of the Registrar or the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Office. The examinations are administered through the Testing Office.