Academic Catalogs

2020-2021 CSU General Education Breadth

Students must complete a minimum of 39 units of coursework from Areas A through E including the specific requirements listed for each Area.  A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses in Area A, the mathematics course in Area B4 and at least 30 of the units completed in Areas A through E.   
Grades of “credit/pass” can be used if equivalent to a “C”.

One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement. 

To receive a Certificate of Achievement in CSU GE:

  1. A minimum of 12 residency units must be completed at GWC.
  2. Students need to file a petition for the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth (CSU-GE) with the Admissions and Records Office. Students who are awarded this Certificate of Achievement must also request CSU-GE certification at the Admissions and Records Office when sending their final transcript to the four-year school.
Course Title Units
AREA A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking
9 semester units (or 12 - 15 quarter units)
One course from groups 1-3 below
A1: Oral Communication
COMM G100Interpersonal Communication3
COMM G110Public Speaking3
COMM G112Small Group Dynamics3
A2: Written Communication
ENGL G100Freshman Composition4
ENGL G100SFreshman Composition with Support6
A3: Critical Thinking
COMM G220Essentials Of Argumentation3
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL G125Critical Reasoning and Writing3
PSYC G130Critical Thinking in Psychology3
AREA B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
9 semester units (or 12 - 15 quarter units)
At least one course from each group 1- 4 below
Courses with a * have a lab component
B1: Physical Science
ASTR G100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR G100LIntroduction to Astronomy Lab1
CHEM G110Introduction To Chemistry *5
CHEM G130Preparation for General Chemistry *4
CHEM G180General Chemistry A *5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B *5
CHEM G220Organic Chemistry A *5
CHEM G225Organic Chemistry B *5
GEOG G180Introduction To Geography: Physical Geography3
GEOG G180LPhysical Geography Laboratory *1
GEOL G105General Geology3
GEOL G106Earth Science For Teachers *4
GEOL G110Physical Geology *4
GEOL G120Historical Geology *4
PHSC G100Introductory Physical Science *4
PHYS G110Conceptual Physics3
PHYS G111Conceptual Physics Lab1
PHYS G120Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics *4
PHYS G125Algebra Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism *4
PHYS G185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics *4
PHYS G280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism *4
PHYS G285Calculus Based Physics: Modern *4
B2: Life Science
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
ANTH G185LPhysical Anthropology Lab1
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology *4
BIOL G101The Biology of Food and Cooking3
BIOL G104Marine Life *3
BIOL G104LMarine Life Laboratory1
BIOL G110Ecology And Field Biology3
BIOL G120Health and Disease *3
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology *5
BIOL G182Zoology *4
BIOL G183Botany *4
BIOL G186Diversity of Organisms *5
BIOL G210General Microbiology *5
BIOL G220Human Anatomy *4
BIOL G221Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology *4
BIOL G225Human Physiology *4
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
B3: Laboratory Activity
Any course with a (*) in Area B1 or B2 meets this requirement
B4: Mathematics
BIOL G260Biostatistics3
CS G262Discrete Structures3
ECON G105Consumer and Financial Math3
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics3
MATH G104Mathematics For Elementary Teachers3
MATH G115College Algebra4
MATH G120Trigonometry3
MATH G140Business Calculus4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
MATH G170Precalculus5
MATH G180Calculus I5
MATH G185Calculus 25
MATH G235Applied Linear Algebra4
MATH G280Calculus 35
MATH G282Ordinary Differential Equations4
MATH G285Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations5
PSYC G140Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences4
AREA C: Arts and Humanities
9 semester units (or 12-15 quarter units)
At least one course each in Arts and Humanities
C1: Arts
ART G100Introduction to Art3
ART G103History of Asian Art3
ART G104Modern and Contemporary Art History3
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present3
ART G107Color and Design: 2D3
ART G116Drawing 13
ART G121Ceramics 13
ART G127Art of the Ancient Americas3
ART G130Painting 13
ART G142Sculpture 13
ART G150Printmaking 13
ART G158History and Aesthetics of Photography3
DANC G101Viewing Dance3
MUS G101History & Appreciation Of Music3
or MUS G101H History & Appreciation Of Music, Honors
MUS G103World Music3
MUS G108History & Appreciation Of The Musical Theater3
MUS G110Golden West Symphonic Band2
MUS G115Basic Music3
MUS G139History Of Rock Music3
MUS G143History of Jazz3
MUS G145Basic Voice2
MUS G165History & Literature Of Music3
PHOT G120Darkroom Photography 13
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
THEA G102History And Appreciation Of The Cinema3
THEA G106Acting - Fundamentals3
THEA G108History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater3
THEA G111Theater History and Literature - Classical to 18003
THEA G112Theater History and Literature - 1800 to Modern3
THEA G120Appreciation of the Theater3
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
C2: Humanities
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
COMM G180Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
ENGL G112Appreciation Of Literature3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends3
ENGL G143Children's Literature3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
ENGL G181Shakespeare3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
ENGL G281Creative Writing: Prose3
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G132History Of Britain And Ireland I3
HIST G135History of Britain and Ireland II3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 #3
HIST G175History of the United States Since 1876 #3
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
PHIL G100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL G102History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL G110Philosophy Of The East3
PHIL G111Philosophy of Religion - Western3
PHIL G120Ethics3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy3
or PSCI G150 Political Philosophy
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
or PHIL G150 Political Philosophy
SIGN G180American Sign Language 14
SIGN G185American Sign Language 24
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
SPAN G160Spanish for Spanish Speakers 14
SPAN G165Spanish for Spanish Speakers 25
SPAN G180Elementary Spanish 15
SPAN G185Elementary Spanish 25
SPAN G200Mexican Culture and Civilization3
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
VIET G180Elementary Vietnamese 15
VIET G185Elementary Vietnamese 25
VIET G280Intermediate Vietnamese 14
VIET G285Intermediate Vietnamese 24
AREA D: Social Sciences
9 semester units (or 12-15 quarter units) with courses in at least two disciplines
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G130Introduction To Archaeology3
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
BUS G100Introduction To Business3
COMM G180Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM G225Negotiation and Mediation3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
COMM G260Organizational Communication3
COMM G265Gender Communication3
CJ G123Juvenile Law3
CJ G140Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
DM G130History of Electronic Media3
ECON G110Contemporary Economic Issues and Problems3
ECON G130Environmental Economics and Policy3
ECON G170Principles of Micro Economics3
ECON G175Principles of Macro Economics3
GEOG G100World Regional Geography3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
GEOG G190Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G132History Of Britain And Ireland I3
HIST G135History of Britain and Ireland II3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 #3
HIST G175History of the United States Since 1876 #3
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
PEAC G100Peace Studies Intro3
PEAC G110Nonviolence and Conflict Resoulution3
PEAC G230Leadership & Peacebuilding3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy3
or PSCI G150 Political Philosophy
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
or PHIL G150 Political Philosophy
PSCI G180American Government #3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G110Introduction To Marriage And The Family3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
SOC G134Introduction To Chicano Studies3
SOC G160Sociology of Criminology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
SPAN G200Mexican Culture and Civilization3
AREA E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
3 semester units (or 4-5 quarter units)
No more than 1 unit of activity courses may be used to meet this requirement. Military discharge certificate DD Form 214 will satisfy this requirement.
Non-Activity
COLL G100Becoming A Successful Student3
COUN G104Career And Life Planning3
HLED G100Personal Health3
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
HLED G135Nutrition3
KIN G100Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN G101First Aid/Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation3
KIN G110Mental Skills for Performance3
PEAC G230Leadership & Peacebuilding3
PE G103Exercise For Healthy Living (and one course from the list of activity courses)2
PSYC G110Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
Activity
ATHL G203Sports Conditioning0.5-2
ATHL G235Basketball Team - Women3
ATHL G236Basketball Team - Men3
ATHL G239Softball Team - Women3
ATHL G240Baseball Team3
ATHL G243Cross Country Team - Women3
ATHL G244Cross Country Team - Men3
ATHL G246Football Team3
ATHL G249Soccer Team - Women3
ATHL G250Soccer Team - Men3
ATHL G253Swimming Team - Women3
ATHL G254Swimming Team - Men3
ATHL G255Track Team - Women3
ATHL G256Track Team - Men3
ATHL G259Volleyball Team - Women3
ATHL G260Volleyball Team - Men3
ATHL G263Water Polo Team - Women3
ATHL G264Water Polo Team - Men3
ATHL G279Beach Volleyball - Women3
DANC G100Modern Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G105Strength and Stretch1
DANC G106Strength and Stretch 2 - Intermediate1
DANC G115Tap Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G119Hip Hop Dance1
DANC G120Ballet 1 - Beginning2
DANC G125Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G130Dance For Musical Theater2
DANC G135Mid-Eastern Dance0.5-1
DANC G145Modern Dance 2 - Intermediate2
DANC G150Tap Dance 2 - Intermediate2
DANC G160Contemporary Dance Styles2
DANC G200Modern Dance 3 - Advanced2
DANC G215Tap Dance 3 - Advanced2
DANC G230Choreography2
PE G101Jogging for Fitness1
PE G105Adapted Strength And Fitness1
PE G108Adapted Aquatics1
PE G111Swimming1
PE G114Surfing1
PE G126Pickleball1
PE G130Yoga1
PE G132Pilates For Fitness1
PE G150Badminton1
PE G158Tennis1
PE G166Circuit Weight Training0.5-2
PE G173Introduction To Weight Training1
PE G176Total Fitness For Women1
PE G178Cardiovascular Laboratory0.5-1
PE G186Activities - Basketball0.5-1
PE G192Soccer1
PE G195Volleyball0.5-1
PE G196Sand Volleyball0.5-1