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RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE
California State University (CSU) General Education Requirements
2021-2022 

To obtain a Bachelor's degree from a CSU campus, you must complete 48 semester units of general education. A Community College can certify 39 of these units as having fulfilled the CSU lower division general education requirements. The remaining 9 units of upper-division general education coursework are to be taken at the CSU campus after transfer. A course can only be certified if it was approved for CSU GE when it was taken. Norco College and Moreno Valley College are separate colleges and the courses that are approved for CSU GE may vary. Students who wish to take courses at another institution and apply them towards CSU GE should always first consult with a counselor to make sure the course will fulfill the intended requirement. The courses listed below will fulfill the lower division general education requirements for all CSU campuses. 

  1. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (minimum 9 semester or 12 quarter units)
    Must be completed prior to transfer! Select one course from each group. Grades of 'C-' or better are required.
    1. Oral Communication: Communication Studies 1 or 1H, 6, 9 or 9H
    2. Written Communication: English 1A/1AH
    3. Critical Thinking: Academic Literacy and Reading 4; Communication Studies 2, 3; English 1B or 1BH; Philosophy 11, 32;
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (minimum 9 semester or 12 quarter units)
    Must be completed prior to transfer! Select one course from groups 1, 2 and 4. At least one of the science courses must have a lab – see underlined courses.
    1. Physical Science: Astronomy 1A, 1B; CHE 1A or 1AH, 1B or 1BH, 2A, 2B, 3, 10, 12A, 12B; Geography 1 or 1H, 1L, 5; Geology 1, 1L, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5; Oceanography 1, 1/1L; Physical Science 1, 5 (same as GEG5); Physics 2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 10, 10/11
    2. Life Science: Anthropology 1 or 1H, 1L; Biology 1/1H, 2, 3, 4 (formerly BIO 17),5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 14/15, 18 (formerly BIO 34), 19 (formerly BIO 36), 20, 45 (formerly AMY 10), 50A (formerly AMY 2A), 50B (formerly AMY 2B), 55 (formerly MIC1), 60 (formerly BIO 11), 61 (formerly BIO 12); Psychology 2;
    3. Laboratory Activity: This requirement may be met by completion of any lab course listed above in areas B-1 or B-2.
      All underlined courses will meet this requirement.
    4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (grade of 'C-' or better is required): Math 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12 or 12H, 15, 23, 25, 26, 36; Psychology/Sociology 48
  3. Arts and Humanities (minimum 9 semester or 12 quarter units)
    Select three courses, with at least one course from “Arts” and one course from “Humanities”:
    1. Arts: Art 6 or 6H; Art History 1 or 1H,2 or 2H, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 6H, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15; Communication Studies 7, 11; Dance 6 or 6H; Film Studies 1 or 1H, 2, 3, 4, 5; Film, Television and Video 65; Music 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 89; Spanish 11; Theater Arts 3, 9, 29
    2. Humanities: American Sign Language 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 22; Arabic 1, 2, 3, 8, 11 or 11H; Art History 4; Chinese 1, 2, 11; Communication Studies 7; English 1B or 1BH, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18 (same as ETS 18), 20 (same as ETS 20), 23, 24 (same as ETS 24), 25 (same as ETS 25), 30, 34, 35, 40, 41, 44, 45, 48; English as a Second Language 50; Ethnic Studies 1, 3, 7, 8, 40; Ethnic Studies/English 18, 20, 24, 25; Ethnic Studies 2/History 31; Ethnic Studies/History 14, 15, 28, 29, 44; Ethnic Studies 13/Philosophy 14; Film Studies 5; Film, Television and Video 12; French 1, 2, 3, 8, 11; History 1, 2 or 2H, 6 or 6H, 7 or 7H, 11 (same as MIL1), 12 (same as MIL 2), 14 (same as ETS 14), 15 (same as ETS 15), 19, 25, 26, 28 (same as ETS 28), 29 (same as ETS 29), 31 (same as ETS2), 32, 33, 34, 35, 42, 44 (same as ETS 44); Humanities 4 or 4H, 5 or 5H, 8, 9, 10 or 10H, 11, 16, 18, 23, 35: Italian 1, 2, 3, 11; Japanese 1, 2, 3, 4, 11; Military Science 1 (same as HIS11), 2 (same as HIS 12); Philosophy 10 or 10H, 12, 13, 14 (same as ETS 13), 19, 33, 34, 35, 36; Portuguese 1, 2; Russian 1, 2, 3, 11; Spanish 1, 2, 3, 3N, 4, 8, 11, 12.
  4. Social Sciences (minimum 6 semester or 8 quarter units) Select two courses:
    Anthropology 2 or 2H, 3, 4 (same as ETS 27), 5, 6, 7, 8; Administration of Justice 1, 3, 9 or 9H; Chemistry 17; Communications 9 or 9H, 12, 13, 20; Early Childhood Studies 20, 42; Economics 4, 5, 7 or 7H, 8 or 8H, 9 or 9H, 10; Economics/Political Science 6; Ethnic Studies 1, 3, 7, 8, 40; Ethnic Studies 27/Anthropology 4; Ethnic Studies 2/History 31; Ethnic Studies/History 14, 15, 28, 29, 44; Ethnic Studies/Political Science 21, 23; Film, Television & Video 41; Geography 2, 3, 4, 6; History 1, 2 or 2H, 6 or 6H, 7 or 7H, 11 (same as MIL 1), 12(same as MIL 2), 14 (same as ETS 14), 15 (same as ETS 15), 19, 25, 26, 28 (same as ETS 28), 29 (same as ETS 29), 31(same as ETS 2), 32, 33, 34, 35, 42, 44 (same as HIS 44); Journalism 7; Military Science 1 (same as HIS 11), 2 (same as HIS 12); Political Science 1 or 1H, 2 or 2H, 3, 4 or 4H, 5, 6 (same as ECO6), 7ABCD, 8, 10ABC, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21 (same as ETS 21), 22, 23 (same as ETS 23); Psychology 1 or 1H, 8, 9, 33, 35 or 35H, 50; Sociology 1 or 1H, 2, 3, 10 or 10H, 12, 15, 20, 25, 50.
  5. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (minimum 3 semester or 4 quarter units)
    Academic Literacy and Reading 3; Biology 16 (formerly BIO 30), 35 (same as HES1); Early Childhood Studies 20, 42; Guidance 47, 48; Health Science 1; Kinesiology 4, 10, 12, 35, 36, 38; Nursing 14; Psychology 9, 10, 33; Sociology 12;
    Military veterans who submit DD214 will be awarded 3 units towards Area E certification.
    Activity courses - Only 1 unit of activity coursework may be applied towards area E. Students who took GUI-48 when approved as 2 units may combine with 1 unit from the approved activity courses listed below to fulfill the 3 units required in area E:
    DAN 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30ABC, 31, 31B, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 60; KIN A3, A4, A7, A11, A12, A13, A20, A21, A28, A29, A30, A31A, A31B, A31C, A43, A44, A54A, A54B, A55, A57A, A57B, A57C, A62, A64ABC, A67, A68, A69, A71, A75A, A75B, A77A, A77B, A77C, A81A, A81B, A81C, A89A, A89B, A89C, A90A, A90B, A90C, V1, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, V9, V10, V11, V12, V14, V18, V19, V20, V21, V22, V23, V24, V25, V26, V27, V33, V34, V50, V51, V52, V53, V60, V61, V70, V71, V78, V82, V92, V94, V95.
  6. Ethnic Studies (3 semester units or 4 quarter units) Select one course:
    Ethnic Studies 1, 3, 7, 8; Ethnic Studies 13/Philosophy 14; Ethnic Studies/History 14, 15, 44; Ethnic Studies/Political Science 21, 23

CSU Graduation Requirement in United States History, Constitution, and Government
Although this is not a part of the general education requirements, it is a CSU graduation requirement that can be completed at Riverside City College prior to transfer. The courses below will also partially fulfill CSU GE Areas C, D, or F in the areas they are approved. The same course may not be used in more than one GE area.

  1. U.S. History (3 units)
    Ethnic Studies 2/History 31; Ethnic Studies/History14, 15, 28, 29, 44; History 6 or 6H or 7 or 7H, 34; History 11/Military Science 1; History 12/Military Science2; Humanities 16;
  2. Constitution and Government (3 units)
    Political Science 1 or 1H; Ethnic Studies/Political Science 21;

Note: Riverside City College’s POL-1/1H or ETS/POL-21 fulfills the CSU graduation requirement in both U.S. government and California state and local government. Students who have completed ETS/POL-23, or who have received a score of 3 or higher on the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam, or who have taken a U.S. government class at an out-of-state institution may have fulfilled the U.S. government requirement but will still need to fulfill the California state and local government in order to graduate from the CSU.

NOTES: 

  1. Courses cannot be double-counted to satisfy more than one area, even if a course is listed in more than one area. 
  2. Upper division transfer students will need to complete a minimum of 60 transferable units, their “Golden 4” courses, and at least 30 units of general education. 
  3. “Golden 4 Courses” in Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 must be completed with grades of “C-” or better prior to admission. However, RCCD requires a "C" grade or better to meet course prerequisites. 
  4. It is highly recommended to make an appointment with a counselor to ensure proper academic planning and to complete a student educational plan (SEP). 
  5. If you are completing an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) – please meet with a counselor to review important information about the ADT: Similar Majors at the CSU, Application Process for the ADT, and general benefits. 
  6. CSU GE areaFis effective for students beginning at a CCC or a CSU campus in fall 2021 and beyond.Students with continuous
    enrollment prior to fall 2021 may choose to complete the pre-fall 21 CSU GE pattern without Area F and with 9 units from at
    least two different disciplines completed in Area D. For purposes of area F, continuous enrollment is defined as attendance in at
    least one semester per calendar year at a CSU or California Community College or a combination of the two. See a counselor
    for details. 

CSU GE Breadth for STEM

Students pursuing certain Associate Degrees for Transfer may be eligible to complete CSU GE for STEM, deferring two lower-division GE courses until after transfer. CSU GE for STEM is applicable only to majors in which the Transfer Model Curriculum explicitly indicates the availability of the option. At Riverside City College, currently only the ADT in Biology allows CSU GE for STEM.

"CSU GE Breadth for STEM" certification as part of an Associate Degree for Transfer in Biology would require that the student has completed:

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

Please consult with a Riverside City College counselor to discuss which general education pattern is the best option for you based on your individual major, goals, and transfer institution. 

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