CSU General Education Breadth Requirements

Students wishing to transfer to California State Universities should follow this plan.

Requirements for graduation from the California State University System include completion of specific courses in general education. Cypress College is permitted to certify that a student has satisfied the lower shy;division 39-unit general education requirements established by the shy;California State University System.

Under the provisions of Title 5 and Executive Order 1065, regionally accredited colleges and universities may certify one or more subject areas for students being admitted to the CSU system, a.k.a. partial certification. Students admitted to a CSU campus with subject area or partial certification should not be held to completing additional courses for the areas already certified.

In order to be partially certified, Cypress College students must complete all the CSU lower-division General Education Breadth Requirements in a specific area. Students who have completed courses at other regionally accredited colleges and universities may “pass along” those courses for either partial or full certification at Cypress College. To meet general education requirements and obtain full certification, students must complete the pattern of courses in the five categories listed.

Students should apply for certification during or after the semester in which they are completing General Education Breadth Requirements. Students are advised to request certification prior to enrolling at the university due to varying CSU campus partial certification policies that may prohibit the certification from being granted.

CSU Certification policy specifies that a course or sequence of courses used to satisfy a requirement in one area, may not be used to satisfy a requirement in another area. Students should talk to a counselor for more information. Some state universities will also not allow students to count courses in their major field as part of general education requirements.

Courses on this list are approved by the CSU Chancellor’s Office for a specific academic year; that is, a course must be on the list when the course is taken in order to be certified. Check with a counselor and review the catalog of the individual state university for further clarification.

A pass along form must be completed by a Cypress College counselor when courses are being used from other non-certifying colleges and universities and submitted with the application for CSU General Education Certification. No deadlines apply for the CSU GE Breadth pattern.

The courses on the following CSU GE Breadth Requirements page are approved at the time of printing. Check with a counselor or www.assist.org for the most recent list of approved courses.

NOTE: Independent universities or out of state universities may accept the CSU GE pattern. Check with the individual university and your counselor to verify.

CSU GE Breadth for STEM Majors

Per CSU Executive Order 1100, students pursuing certain Associate Degrees for Transfer may be eligible to take GE Breadth for STEM, deferring two lower-division GE courses until after transfer. GE Breadth for STEM is applicable only to majors in which the Transfer Model Curriculum explicitly indicates the availability of the option. Note: As of Fall 2016, only the Biology ADT (not currently offered at Cypress) and Chemistry ADT (active Fall 2016) have this option.

California Colleges preparing a “CSU GE Breadth for STEM” certification as part of an Associate Degree for Transfer should ensure that the student has completed:

  1. All courses in Areas A, B, and E of the traditional GE Breadth curriculum; and
  2. One course in Area C1 Arts and one course in Area C2 Humanities; and
  3. Two courses in Area D from two different disciplines

Therefore, a student can defer completion of one course in Area C and one in Area D for after transfer. See a counselor for details.

CSU GE Breadth Certificate of Achievement

To find out more about transfer certificates see Certificate of Achievement program information located under Programs of Study in this catalog.

A. ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CRITICAL THINKING Requirement: Must include a minimum of 3 units from each area. All courses in this category must be completed with a grade of C or better.9 Unit Minimum
A1 - Oral Communication
Human Communication 13
Honors Human Communication
A2 - Written Communication
College Writing4
Honors College Writing
A3 - Critical Thinking
Argument and Critical Thinking3
Forensics1-2
and
Forensics1-2
(Students must take both courses to fulfill area credit)
Critical Reasoning and Writing4
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Critical Analysis and Literature4
Honors Critical Analysis and Literature
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking3
Logic and Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking and Writing3
Symbolic Logic3
B. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING Requirement: Must include one course from Physical Science AND one course from Life Science AND one course from Mathematics. One of the science courses must include a corresponding laboratory experience.9 Unit Minimum
B1/B3 - Physical Science with Lab:
Introduction to Astronomy
and Astronomy Lab 1
4
Honors Introduction to Astronomy
and Honors Astronomy Lab 1
4
Chemistry for Daily Life4
Chemistry for Health Science Majors l4
Physical Science for Teachers4
Preparation for General Chemistry5
General Chemistry I5
General Chemistry II5
Chemistry for Health Science Majors II (beg F'13)4.5
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography - Lab
4
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
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab
4
Physical Science for Teachers (same as CHEM 104 C)4
Elementary Physics4
College Physics I4
College Physics II4
Physics for Life Sciences I4
Physics for Life Sciences II4
General Physics I4
General Physics II4
General Physics III4
B2/B3 - Life Sciences with Lab
Biological Anthropology 13
Honors Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology Lab1
General Biology 14
Honors General Biology
Marine Biology4
Biology of Cells and Tissues4
Evolution and Biodiversity4
Anatomy and Physiology5
Medical Microbiology (beg F'19)4
General Human Anatomy (beg S'06)4
B1 - Physical Sciences without Lab:
Introduction to Astronomy 13
Honors Introduction to Astronomy
Chemistry and Society3
Physical Geography3
Weather and Climate (beg F'13)3
Physical Geology 13
Honors Physical Geology
Geology of California3
Natural Disasters3
Introduction to Oceanography3
Environmental Geology3
B2 - Life Science without Lab
Biological Anthropology 13
Honors Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (beg F'16)3
Human Biology3
Environmental Science3
Nutrition & World Food Issues (beg F'19)3
Genetics (beg F'15)3
Molecular Biology (beg F'15)4
The Brain and Behavior (beg F'18) 23
*B4 - Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (grade of C or better required):
*NOTE: Certain majors require specific Mathematics (course(s). See a counselor for details.
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)
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C) 14
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
C. ARTS AND HUMANITIES Requirement: Must include at least one course from C1, one course from C2, and one additional course from either C1 or C2.9 Unit Minimum
C1 - Arts (Art, Dance, Music and Theater):
Fundamentals of Art3
Introduction to Art3
Survey of Art History I3
Survey of Art History II 13
Honors Survey of Art History II
Modern Art History3
Two-Dimensional Design3
Ceramics Handbuilding3
Ceramics Throwing3
Beginning Drawing3
Beginning Painting (formerly ART 189 C)3
Latin American Art (beg F'10)3
Multicultural Dance in the US 33
Ballet I (end SU'12)2
Ballet II (end SU'12)2
Modern Dance I (end SU'12)2
Modern Dance II (end SU'12)2
Dance Improvisation (end SU'12)2
Jazz Dance I (end SU'12)2
Jazz Dance II (end SU'12)2
The Film (beg F'99) 23
Honors Film
Animation History and Technology (beg F'19)3
Film Noir Genre (beg F'19)3
Great Directors of Cinema (beg F'19)3
Science Fiction Film Genre (beg F'19)3
Silent Film Genre (beg F'15)3
Western Film Genre (beg F'19)3
Horror Film Genre (beg F'19)3
Introduction to Media Aesthetics (beg F'19)3
Music Fundamentals3
Theory I (end F'17)3
Jazz History 33
Music Appreciation3
American Popular Music3
Introduction to Opera 13
Honors Introduction to Opera
History of Rock Music (beg F'01)3
Survey of Music History3
Music in Film3
Beginning Strings (end SU'12)1
Woodwind Class (end SU'12)1
Cypress Masterworks Chorale (end SU'12)1
Introduction to Photography3
History of Photography (beg F'18)3
Introduction to the Theater3
World Theater History I (F95-F10; beg F'13)3
Diversity in American Theater 1,33
Honors Diversity in American Theater
Acting I3
Dynamic Movement for the Stage2
Musical Theater Techniques I3
Voice and Diction3
Musical Theater Performance I2-3
Rehearsal Performance I2-3
Fundamentals of Costume Design3
Stage Crew I - Running1-2
C2 - Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Languages):
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (F'18)3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion 23
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin I5
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin II5
Intermediate Chinese-Mandarin lll5
The Rhetoric of the City3
Honors Rhetoric of the City
Introduction to Literature 13
Honors Introduction to Literature
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval 13
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as INDS 101 C) 13
The Film (F99-F00 only) 1,23
Honors Film
Asian American Literature 33
English Literature to 17603
English Literature Since 17603
American Literature to 18653
American Literature Since 18653
Shakespeare 13
Honors Shakespeare
Survey - Children's Literature 33
Mythology3
Multicultural Literature 33
Science Fiction (beg F'18)3
African-American Literature I 33
African-American Literature II 33
Survey of Arabic Literature3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (beg F'19) 1,33
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies 33
African-American History I (beg F'03) 2,33
African-American History II 2,33
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C) (beg F'19) 33
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) 2,33
Chicana-o History II 2,33
Native American History 2,33
Asian Pacific American History 2,33
Elementary French I5
Elementary French II5
Conversational French2
Intermediate French III4
Intermediate French IV4
Western Civilizations I 2,33
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II 1,23
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I (beg F'04) 1,23
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II 1,23
Honors World Civilizations II
Asian Civilizations I 23
Asian Civilizations II 23
History of Mexico 23
History of the Middle East 23
History of the United States I (beg F'17) 1,2,43
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II (beg F'17) 1,2,43
Honors History of the United States II
Women in United States History (beg F'17) 1,2,43
History of California (beg S'05) 2,33
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval (same as ENGL 110 C) 13
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as ENGL 111 C) 23
Elementary Japanese I5
Elementary Japanese II5
Conversational Japanese2
Intermediate Japanese III4
Intermediate Japanese IV4
Introduction to Philosophy 13
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Religious Studies3
Religions of the East3
Religions of the West3
Social and Political Philosophy3
Introduction to Ethics3
History of Ancient Philosophy (beg S'05)3
History of Modern Philosophy3
Philosophy of Religion3
Jesus and His Interpreters (beg S'06)3
Elementary Portuguese I5
Elementary Portuguese II (beg S'06)5
Elementary Spanish I 15
Elementary Spanish II 15
Conversational Spanish2
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I5
Spanish for Span Speakers II5
Intermediate Spanish III4
Intermediate Spanish IV4
D. SOCIAL SCIENCES Requirement: Must take courses in at least two different disciplines. Students strongly encouraged to take classes that double-count for CSU graduation requirements; one from Group A and one from Group B below.
Intro to Criminal Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law (beg F'18)3
Community and the Justice System (beg F'19) 33
Cultural Anthropology 13
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C)3
Comparative Cultures3
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion 23
Native North America 33
Anthropology of Death (beg F'18)3
Applied and Practicing Anthropology (formerly ANTH 211 C) (beg F'19)3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America3
Interpersonal Communication (beg F'19)3
Intercultural Communication 33
Principles of Economics-Macro 13
Honors Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics-Micro 13
Honors Principles of Economics
Survey of Economics3
International Economics (beg F'15)3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) 1,2,3,43
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies 33
African-American History I (beg F'03) 1,3,43
African-American History II 2,3,43
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C) 33
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) 2,33
Chicana-o History II 2,33
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues 33
Native American History 2,3,43
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies 2,33
Asian Pacific American History 2,33
American Social Justice Movements3
World Geography 1,33
Honors World Geography
California Geography3
Weather and Climate (end SU'14)3
Cultural Geography3
Economic Geography (same as ECON 260 C) 1,23
Western Civilizations I 1,23
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II 1,23
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I 1,23
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II 1,23
Honors World Civilizations II
History of Africa3
History of Latin America I3
History of Latin America II3
Survey of British History I3
Survey of British History II3
Asian Civilizations I 23
Asian Civilizations II 23
History of Mexico 23
History of the Middle East 23
History of the United States I 1,2,43
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II 1,2,43
Honors History of the United States II
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC) 43
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC) 43
Women in United States History (beg F'04) 1,23
History of California 2,33
Cultural Awareness and the Health Care System 33
Introduction to Human Services3
Global Media3
Messages for Electronic Media3
Psychology of Sport (formerly PE 248) (beg F'18)3
Sport and United States Society (formerly PE 250 C) (beg F'16)3
Introduction to Public Health (beg F'17)3
Health and Social Justice (beg F'17)3
Women's Health (beg F'19)3
Global and Community Health (beg F'17)3
Introduction to Business3
United States Government 1,43
Honors United States Government
Gender and American Politics 43
Political Theory3
Introduction to Political Science3
Urban Politics 33
Contemporary Political Issues3
Comparative Politics3
Politics of the Middle East3
International Relations3
Introduction to Psychology 13
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Applied Psychology3
Human Sexuality (beg F'19)3
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C) (beg F'13) 1,33
Developmental Psychology3
Child Psychology (beg S'06) 23
Research Methods in Psychology (beg F'02)4
The Brain and Behavior (beg F'02) 23
Abnormal Psychology3
Social Psychology3
Psychology of Aging (beg S'06) 1,23
Introduction to Sociology 13
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems (beg F'02)3
Sociology of Women 23
Sociology of Aging (beg S'06) 1,23
Marriage and Family3
Sociology of Religion3
Introduction to Criminology (beg S'06)3
CSU Graduation Requirement in U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals:
NOTE: Double-counting is allowed for these courses in two groups below (with only one G.E. category).
Group A (US-2) U.S. Constitution and Government
United States Government 13
Honors United States Government
Gender and American Politics3
Group B (US-1) U.S. History
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (beg F'04) 1,33
Honors American Ethnic Studies
African-American History I 33
African-American History II 33
Chicana-o History II (beg F'16) 33
Native American History (beg S'07) 33
History of the United States I 13
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II 13
Honors History of the United States II
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC)3
E. LIFELONG UNDERSTANDING AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT3 Unit Minimum
NOTE: Some courses below are 1-unit classes and multiples courses may need to be taken to fulfill the area minimum.
Computer Information Systems3
Interpersonal Communication3
Stress and Anxiety Management1
Career Exploration (formerly COUN 141 C) (beg F'18)1
Women and Careers2
Job Readiness - Career Management2
Academic and Life Success3
Career and Life Planning3
Introduction to Dance Appreciation3
Nutrition (beg F'03) 1,23
Elementary School Movement - Kinesiology (formerly PE 231 C)3
FIrst Aid, CPR and Emergencies (formerly PE 235 C)3
Theory of Coaching Baseball (formerly PE 267 C)3
Human Performance (formerly PE 244 C)3
Lifeguarding (formerly PE 237 C)1
Nutrition Science and Application3
Health and Social Justice3
Women's Health3
Contemporary Personal Health (formerly PE 234 C)3
Global and Community Health (end F'19)3
Human Sexuality 13
Child Psychology (beg S'06) 23
Psychology of Aging (beg S'06) 1,23
Sociology of Aging (beg S'06) 1,23
ALL KINESIOLOGY AND DANCE ACTIVITY CLASSES: Only two (2) units of physical activity may count toward fulfillment of this requirement.
Pilates Mat Work (beg F'18)1
Ballet I2
Ballet II2
Modern Dance I2
Modern Dance II2
Dance Improvisation (beg F'11)2
Adaptive Dance (beg F'18)1-2
Jazz Dance I2
Jazz Dance II (beg F'11)2
Tap Dance I1
Tap Dance II1
Hip Hop Dance1
Ballet III2
Modern Dance III (beg F'15)2
Afro-Caribbean Dance (beg F'15)1
Flamenco Dance (beg F'13)1
Middle Eastern Dance (beg F'15)1
Latin and Swing Dance (beg F'15)1
Ballroom I1
Dance Ensemble (beg F'15)1-2
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