General Education (Native) Requirements for the Associate Degree

General Education requirements at Cypress College are designed to introduce students to the many ways people comprehend the modern world. The subject matter presented in general education courses is designed to be broad, and frequently introductory, rather than specialized, narrow, or advanced. These courses form a pattern of learning experiences designed to develop the following insights and capacities in all students, regardless of their ultimate educational goals:

  • Knowledge of the common principles, concepts, and modes of inquiry in the major disciplines;
  • Appreciation and understanding of the environment, culture, society, and self;
  • Ability to think and communicate clearly and effectively, critically and ethically both orally and in writing;
  • Proficiency in mathematics, natural science, and analytical thinking;
  • Understanding of the political and economic environment in order to be better informed and more responsible citizens;
  • Desire to continue education throughout their lives.

Courses taken for general education must be on the Native General Education pattern at the time they are taken. Continuing students should check with a counselor in planning completion of General Education requirements. Students entering Cypress College in Fall 1995, or later, must complete 25 units of General Education (of the total 60 degree applicable units required for the Associate Degree) taken from the following areas listed on the next page.

Note: A satisfactory score on the Cypress College reading proficiency test will determine placement into college-level English (Area A1 below) or pre-college level course work. Refer to the Class Schedule listed under STEP TWO, ENGLISH ASSESSMENT. A student may attempt to pass the proficiency exam only one time after completion of ENGL 100 C or equivalent.

The mathematics requirement may be met by passing a Mathematics Proficiency Examination (Area B2 below). Refer to the Class Schedule for time and date of administration of the Mathematics Proficiency Examination. See Math Proficiency Examination explanation, location can be found in the MATHEMATICS portion of the Class Schedule or the catalog.

Associate Degree Requirements

Includes fulfillment of both the cultural diversity and reading requirements, major course-work toward an occupational degree (AA or AS), completion of 60 degree eligible units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and satisfaction of the 25-unit general education requirement as described in the following list. Courses taken for general education must be on the native AA/AS General Education list at the time they are taken. Students should check with their counselor in planning completion of General Education requirements.

Category A. Language and Rationality

A1. Written Communication 1
Select a minimum of three units of the following:3
College Writing 24
Honors College Writing 24
A2. Analytical Thinking
Select a minimum of three units of the following:3
Effective Communication3
Human Communication 23
Honors Human Communication 23
Argument and Critical Thinking3
Computer Information Systems3
Critical Reasoning and Writing 34
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing 2, 34
Critical Analysis and Literature 2, 34
Honors Critical Analysis and Literature 2, 34
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking 33
Grammar and Usage3
Logic and Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking and Writing3
Symbolic Logic3

Category B. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

B1. Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
Select a minimum of three units of the following:3
Biological Anthropology 13
Honors Biological Anthropology 13
Biological Anthropology Lab1
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology3
Introduction to Astronomy
and Astronomy Lab
4
Honors Introduction to Astronomy
and Honors Astronomy Lab
4
General Biology4
Honors General Biology4
Human Biology3
Environmental Science3
Nutrition & World Food Issues3
Marine Biology4
Integrated Medical Science3
Biology of Cells and Tissues4
Evolution and Biodiversity4
Anatomy and Physiology5
General Human Anatomy (Begin F06)4
General Human Physiology (Begin F06)4
Ecology and Physiology (Begin F16)4
Genetics (Begin F16)3
Molecular Biology (Begin F16)4
Chemistry for Daily Life4
Chemistry for Health Science Majors l4
Chemistry and Society 13
Physical Science for Teachers4
Preparation for General Chemistry5
General Chemistry I5
General Chemistry II5
Chemistry for Health Science Majors II4.5
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography - Lab
4
Weather and Climate3
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory 1
4
Honors Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory 1
4
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Field Lab 1
4
Honors Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Field Lab 1
4
Historical Geology4
Earth Science for Teachers4
Geology of California3
Natural Disasters3
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab
4
Environmental Geology3
Physical Science for Teachers (same as CHEM 104 C)4
Elementary Physics4
College Physics I4
Physics for Life Sciences I4
Physics for Life Sciences II4
General Physics I4
The Brain and Behavior (Begin F18)3
B2. Mathematics 3, 4
Select a minimum of three units (courses need a prerequisite of Elementary Algebra or higher)3
Plane Geometry (Begin F09)4
Practical Mathematics for Life4
Intermediate Algebra4
Combined Algebra I and II6
Liberal Arts Mathematics3
Math for Prospective Teachers4
Finite Mathematics4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics 14
Survey of Calculus4
College Algebra4
Trigonometry4
Calculus I4
Calculus II4
Multivariable Calculus4
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations5
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C) 14
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC) 14
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C) 14
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC) 14

Category C. Arts and Humanities 

C1. Arts
Select a minimum of three units of the following:3
Fundamentals of Art3
Introduction to Art3
Survey of Art History I3
Survey of Art History II 13
Honors Survey of Art History II 13
Modern Art History3
Two-Dimensional Design3
Three-Dimensional Design (Begin F19)3
Introduction to Digital Art (formerly ART 122 C Gallery/Portfolio Design) (Begin F19)3
Color Theory3
Ceramics Handbuilding3
Ceramics Throwing3
Beginning Drawing3
Beginning Life Drawing3
Beginning Painting (formerly ART 189 C) (Formerly ART 189 C)3
Latin American Art3
Introduction to Dance Appreciation3
Multicultural Dance in the US 23
Ballet I2
Ballet II2
Modern Dance I2
Modern Dance II2
Jazz Dance I2
Jazz Dance II2
Costume Design for Dance (Begin F19)3
Light Design for Dance3
Dance and Technology (Begin F19)2
The Film 13
Honors Film 13
History of Graphic Design (Begin F19)3
Silent Film Genre3
Horror Film Genre (Begin F18)3
Music Fundamentals3
Theory I3
Jazz History 23
History of Hip Hop - Rap (Begin F19)3
Music Appreciation3
American Popular Music3
Introduction to Opera 13
Honors Introduction to Opera 13
History of Rock Music3
Survey of Music History3
Music in Film3
Jazz/Musical Theater Choir1
Cypress Masterworks Chorale1
MUSA 104 C Introduction to Concert Hour (formerly MUS 122 C) (Formerly MUS 122 C)1
Introduction to Photography 13
History of Photography (Begin F18)3
Introduction to the Theater3
Play Analysis3
World Theater History I (F95-F10; Begin F13) 13
Diversity in American Theater 1, 23
Honors Diversity in American Theater 1, 23
Stage and Screenwriting (Formerly THEA 106 C)3
Acting I3
Musical Theater Techniques I 13
Voice and Diction3
Musical Theater Performance I2-3
Rehearsal Performance I2-3
Stage Crew I - Running1-2
C2. Humanities
Select a minimum of three units of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (Begin F14)3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Beginning Spoken Chinese3
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin I5
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin II5
Intermediate Chinese-Mandarin lll5
The Rhetoric of the City 1, 43
Honors Rhetoric of the City 1, 43
Introduction to Literature 1, 53
Honors Introduction to Literature 1, 53
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as INDS 101 C)3
Introduction to Screenwriting3
Introduction to Poetry Writing (Begin F17)3
Introduction to Short Story Writing (Begin F19)3
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing (Begin F19)3
Asian American Literature3
English Literature to 17603
English Literature Since 17603
American Literature to 18653
American Literature Since 18653
Shakespeare 13
Honors Shakespeare 13
Survey - Children's Literature 23
Mythology3
Multicultural Literature 23
Science Fiction (Begin F18)3
African-American Literature I 23
African-American Literature II 23
Survey of Arabic Literature3
Advanced Academic Reading and Writing 15
Advanced Academic Reading and Writing 25
College Writing Preparation for Non-Native Speakers (Begin F18)5
African-American History I (Begin F17)3
African-American History II (Begin F17)3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) (formerly 141 C; Begin F17)3
Chicana-o History II (Begin F17)3
Native American History (Begin F17)3
Asian Pacific American History (Begin F17)3
Elementary French I5
Elementary French II5
Intermediate French III4
Intermediate French IV4
Western Civilizations I3
Honors Western Civilizations I3
Western Civilizations II3
Honors Western Civilizations II3
Asian Civilizations I3
Asian Civilizations II3
History of the Middle East3
History of the United States I3
Honors History of the United States I3
History of the United States II3
Honors History of the United States II3
Women in United States History3
History of California3
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval (same as ENGL 110 C)3
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as ENGL 111 C)3
Spoken Japanese for Beginners3
Elementary Japanese I5
Elementary Japanese II5
Conversational Japanese (Begin F19)2
Intermediate Japanese III4
Intermediate Japanese IV4
Global Media3
Introduction to Philosophy 13
Honors Introduction to Philosophy 13
Introduction to Religious Studies3
Religions of the East3
Religions of the West3
Social and Political Philosophy (Begin F16)3
Introduction to Ethics3
History of Ancient Philosophy3
History of Modern Philosophy3
Philosophy of Religion3
Jesus and His Interpreters (Begin F17)3
Elementary Portuguese I5
Elementary Portuguese II5
Elementary Spanish I 15
Elementary Spanish II 15
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I5
Spanish for Span Speakers II5
Intermediate Spanish III4
Intermediate Spanish IV4

Category D. Social Sciences

Select a minimum of six units of the following:6
Intro to Criminal Justice (Begin F18)3
Concepts of Criminal Law (Begin F18)3
Cultural Anthropology 13
Honors Cultural Anthropology 13
Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C) (Formerly ANTH 203 C)3
Comparative Cultures (Begin F17)3
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (Begin F18)3
Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations3
Native North America3
Anthropology of Death (Begin F17)3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America (Begin F17)3
Intercultural Communication3
The Rhetoric of the City 1, 23
Honors Rhetoric of the City 1, 23
Principles of Economics-Macro 13
Honors Principles of Economics 13
Principles of Economics-Micro 13
Honors Principles of Economics 13
Survey of Economics 1, 33
International Economics3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (Formerly ETHS 100 C) 1, 33
Honors American Ethnic Studies (Formerly ETHS 100HC) 1, 33
Introduction to African-American Studies 33
African-American History I 33
African-American History II 33
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C) (Formerly ETHS 140 C) 33
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) (Formerly ETHS 141 C) 33
Chicana-o History II 33
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Native American History 33
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies 33
Asian Pacific American History 33
American Social Justice Movements (Begin F17)3
World Geography 13
Honors World Geography 13
California Geography (Begin F17)3
Cultural Geography3
Economic Geography (same as ECON 260 C)3
Western Civilizations I 13
Honors Western Civilizations I 13
Western Civilizations II 13
Honors Western Civilizations II 13
World Civilizations I 13
Honors World Civilizations I 13
World Civilizations II 13
Honors World Civilizations II 13
History of Africa3
History of Latin America I (Begin F05)3
History of Latin America II3
Survey of British History I (Begin F15)3
Survey of British History II (Begin F15)3
Asian Civilizations I3
Asian Civilizations II3
History of Mexico (Begin F05)3
History of the Middle East3
History of the United States I 13
Honors History of the United States I 13
History of the United States II 13
Honors History of the United States II 13
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC) (Formerly HIST 162AC)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC) (Formerly HIST 162BC)3
Women in United States History (Begin F05)3
History of California3
Cultural Awareness and the Health Care System 33
Introduction to Human Services (Begin F17)3
Psychology of Sport (formerly PE 248) (Begin F18)3
Sport and United States Society (formerly PE 250 C) (Begin F17)3
Introduction to Public Health (Begin F17)3
Health and Social Justice (Begin F17)3
Women's Health (Begin F17)3
Global and Community Health (Begin F17)3
Introduction to Business3
Human Relations in Business3
United States Government 13
Honors United States Government 13
Gender and American Politics3
Political Theory3
Introduction to Political Science3
Urban Politics3
Contemporary Political Issues3
Comparative Politics3
Politics of the Middle East3
International Relations3
Introduction to Psychology 13
Honors Introduction to Psychology 13
Human Sexuality (Begin F08) 13
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C) (Begin F18)3
Developmental Psychology (Begin F17)3
Child Psychology3
Research Methods in Psychology (Begin F18)4
The Brain and Behavior (Begin F18)3
Abnormal Psychology (Begin F18)3
Social Psychology3
Psychology of Aging (Begin F06) 13
Recreation Leadership and Diverse Groups3
Introduction to Sociology 13
Honors Introduction to Sociology 13
Social Problems3
Sociology of Women (Begin F18)3
Sociology of Aging (Begin F06) 13
Marriage and Family3
Sociology of Religion (Begin F15)3
Introduction to Criminology (Begin F19)3

Category E. Physical Activity and Health

Select a minimum of one unit of the following:1
Pilates Mat Work1
Ballet I2
Ballet II2
Modern Dance I2
Modern Dance II2
Dance Improvisation2
Adaptive Dance1-2
Jazz Dance I2
Jazz Dance II2
Tap Dance I1
Tap Dance II1
Hip Hop Dance1
Ballet III2
Modern Dance III2
Afro-Caribbean Dance1
Flamenco Dance1
Middle Eastern Dance1
Latin and Swing Dance1
Ballroom I1
Summer Dance Festival l1.5-2
Performance Class I2-3
Performance Class II2-3
Performance Class III2-3
Performance Class IV2-3
Summer Dance Festival II1.5-2
Dance Production l0.5-2
Dance Ensemble (Begin F17)1-2
Dance Production II0.5-2
Dance Open Laboratory0.5-3
Dance Seminar0.5-12
Dance Independent Study0.5-2
Nutrition3
Adapted Kinesiology Weight Training (formerly PE 100 C)0.5-1
Adapted Kinesiology Activity (formerly PE 101 C)0.05-1
Spirit Squad (formerly PE 179 C)1-2
Surfing (formerly PE 122 C)0.5-1
Swimming (formerly PE 134 C)0.5-1
Swimming - Intermediate-Advanced (formerly PE 135 C)0.5-1
Springboard Diving (formerly PE 136 C)0.5-1
Springboard Diving - Intermediate - Advanced0.5-1
Swim for Fitness (formerly PE 149 C)0.5-1
Water Aerobics (formerly PE 151 C)0.5-1
Kick-Boxing (formerly PE 163 C)0.5-1
Self-Defense (formerly PE 170 C)0.5-1
Yoga-Intermediate0.5-1
Vinyasa Yoga0.5-1
Yoga (formerly PE 102 C)0.5-1
Restorative Yoga0.5-1
Hatha Yoga0.5-1
Cardiovascular Conditioning (formerly PE 114 C)0.5-1
Walking for Fitness0.5-1
Cardio Step (formerly PE 129 C)0.5-1
Cardio Step - Intermediate (formerly Step Aerobics - Intermediate)0.5-3
Mountaineering/Rock Climbing (formerly PE 142 C)0.5-1
Body Sculpt (formerly PE 148 C)0.5-1
Cardio Blast (formerly PE 150 C)0.5-1
Fitness Training (formerly PE 152 C)0.5-1
Power Training (formerly PE 156 C)0.5-1
Strength Training (formerly PE 159 C)0.5-1
HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training (formerly PE 161 C)0.5-1
Boot Camp Workout (formerly PE 168 C)0.5-1
Cardio Core (formerly PE 178 C)0.5-1
Body Building and Development (formerly PE 182 C)0.5-1
Total Body Fitness (formerly PE 187 C)0.5-1
Weight Training and Lifting (formerly PE 193 C)0.5-1
Trail Hiking0.5-1
Spinning-Beginning0.5-1
Spinning-Intermediate0.5-1
Spinning - Advanced0.5-1
Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription (formerly PE 154 C)2
Badminton (formerly PE 105 C)0.5-1
Table Tennis (formerly PE 107 C)0.5-1
Bowling - Beginning (former PE 108 C)0.5-1
Bowling - Intermediate0.5-1
Bowling - Advanced0.5-1
Gymnastics-Tumbling (formerly PE 119 C)0.5-1
Tennis - Beginning (formerly PE 139 C)0.5-1
Tennis - Intermediate (formerly PE 141 C)0.5-1
Tennis - Advanced0.5-1
Golf - Beginning (formerly PE 115 C)0.5-1
Golf - Intermediate (formerly PE 157 C)0.5-1
Golf - Advanced0.5-1
Pickleball - Beginning0.5-1
Pickleball - Intermediate0.5-1
Pickleball - Advanced0.5-1
Futsal - Beginning (formerly PE 109 C Futsal-Indoor Soccer)0.5-1
Futsal - Intermediate0.5-1
Futsal - Advanced0.5-1
Volleyball - Beginning (formerly PE 144 C)0.5-1
Volleyball - Intermediate (formerly PE 145 C)0.5-1
Volleyball - Advanced0.5-1
Beach Volleyball - Beginning (formerly PE 126 C)0.5-1
Beach Volleyball - Intermediate (formerly PE 128 C)0.5-1
Beach Volleyball - Advanced0.5-1
Basketball - Beginning (formerly PE 181 C)0.5-1
Basketball - Intermediate (formerly PE 160 C)0.5-1
Basketball - Advanced0.5-1
Water Polo (formerly PE 146 C)0.5-1
Soccer (formerly PE 171 C or PE 189 C)0.5-1
Softball (formerly PE 172 C)0.5-1
Baseball (formerly PE 180 C)0.5-1
Flag Football (formerly PE 197 C)0.5-1
Athletic Weight Training (formerly PE 104 C)0.5-3
Conditioning for Athletes (formerly PE 162 C)0.5-3
Intercollegiate Baseball (formerly PE 202 C)3
Intercollegiate Basketball - Men (formerly PE 203 C)1.5-3
Intercollegiate Basketball - Women (formerly PE 204 C)1.5-3
Intercollegiate Beach Volleyball-Women (formerly PE 217 C)3
Intercollegiate Golf - Men (formerly PE 208 C)3
Intercollegiate Golf-Women3
Intercollegiate Soccer - Men (formerly PE 209 C)3
Intercollegiate Soccer-Women3
Intercollegiate Softball - Women (formerly PE 210 C)3
Intercollegiate Swimming - Men (formerly PE 211 C)3
Intercollegiate Swimming - Women (formerly PE 212 C)3
Intercollegiate Tennis (formerly PE 214 C)3
Intercollegiate Volleyball - Women (formerly PE 218 C)3
Intercollegiate Water Polo - Women (formerly PE 219 C)3
Intercollegiate Water Polo - Men3
Intercollegiate Badminton-Women (formerly PE 222 C)3
Human Performance (formerly PE 244 C)3
Nutrition Science and Application (Begin F17)3
Introduction to Public Health (Begin F17)3
Health and Social Justice (Begin F17)3
Women's Health (Begin F17)3
Contemporary Personal Health (formerly PE 234 C)3
Global and Community Health (Begin F17)3

Cypress College Graduation Requirements

Cultural Diversity

Select a minimum of three units of the following:3
Community and the Justice System (Begin F17)3
Native North America3
Cultural Tourism3
Intercultural Communication3
Multicultural Dance in the US3
Asian American Literature3
Survey - Children's Literature3
Multicultural Literature3
African-American Literature I3
African-American Literature II3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (Formerly ETHS 100 C) 23
Honors American Ethnic Studies (Formerly ETHS 100HC) 23
Introduction to African-American Studies3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II3
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Native American History3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
Asian Pacific American History3
American Social Justice Movements3
History of California3
World Culture and Cuisine (formerly International Cuisine) (Begin F19)3
Cultural Awareness and the Health Care System3
Cross-Cultural Criminology3
Sport and United States Society (formerly PE 250 C)3
Health and Social Justice (Begin F17)3
Multicultural Markets in U.S.3
Jazz History (Begin F05)3
History of Hip Hop - Rap (Begin F19)3
Urban Politics3
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C) (Formerly PSY 237 C)3
Recreation Leadership and Diverse Groups (Begin F17)3
Diversity in American Theater 23
Honors Diversity in American Theater 23

Completion of the Nursing Program also meets the Cultural Diversity graduation requirement.

Reading Proficiency

Graduation Reading Requirement

Proficiency in reading may be satisfied by one of the following:

  1. Completion of a degree (AA/AS or higher) from a US regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A Cypress College placement test score indicating proficiency has been met or passing the Cypress College reading proficiency test (CTEP 60 or Nelson-Deny 225) prior to Fall 2019.
  3. A passing grade of C or better in ENGL 096 C or ENGL 102 C or a comparable course from a regionally accredited college or university.
  4. A passing grade of C or better in any course in the Cypress College IGETC (1B); or Cypress College CSU GE (A3) Critical Thinking category or a comparable course from a regionally accredited college or university.
  5. A passing grade of C or better in the Cypress College AA/AS degree General Education pattern Area A2 (Analytical Thinking) or a comparable course from a regionally accredited college or university.

See a counselor for details.

To view the current Cypress College Native GE course list on-line, go to the Transfer Center website at: www.cypresscollege.edu/services/transfer/generalEducationPlans.

Please confer with a counselor for more information and to discuss your major requirements.