2019-2020 Catalog 
    
    Aug 11, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements



Associate Degree General Education Requirement

PHILOSOPHY OF GENERAL EDUCATION

The philosophy underlying “general education” is that no discipline is an isolated endeavor; instead, each relies upon and in turn reflects a common body of knowledge, ideas, intellectual processes, cultural traditions, and modes of perception. General education is a framework in which to place knowledge stemming from many sources. The general education experience allows the associate degree graduate to analyze, understand, appreciate, and modify the global society in which we live. Combined with an in-depth study in a selected field of knowledge, general education will contribute to and support the pursuit of lifelong learning. The Saddleback College general education curriculum provides both core and breadth requirements. Core requirements prepare students with fundamental knowledge and skills needed in all other coursework. Effective reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills are, therefore, curriculum threads in each of the Saddleback College general education courses. Breadth requirements for general education expose students to each of the broad disciplines (the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and the arts) within which the human search for knowledge is carried out.



Core Requirements

Core requirements provide foundational skills and knowledge that allow students to think critically, to communicate clearly and effectively in speaking and in writing, and to use mathematics.

  1. LANGUAGE AND RATIONALITY

Courses which develop the principles and applications of language toward logical thought, clear and precise expression, and critical evaluation of communication.

Complete one course in Written Communication and Oral Communication.  A grade of “C” or better is required.

  1. Written Communication

ENG 1A or 1AH

  1. Oral Communication

COMM 1 OR 1H (formerly SP)
COMM 5 (formerly SP)
BUS 102

  1. MATHEMATICS COMPETENCY

Students should complete either option A or option B.

  1. Completion with a grade of “C” or better of any mathematics course currently offered within the Mathematics Department, other than Math 351 or 353.
  2. Evidence of one of the following standardized examination scores:
    1. 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Exam
    2. 530 or above on the Mathematics section of the SAT
    3. 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
    4. 520 or above on the College Board  Math Achievement Test
  1. READING COMPETENCY

Students should complete one of these options:

  1. Completion, with a grade of “C” or better: ENG 1B or 1BH, 70, 180, 190, 340^

^Units earned for Eng 340 do not apply to the associate degree

  1. Evidence of one of the following standardized examination scores:
    1. A score of 30-37 on the CTEP Reading Test
    2. 400 or above on the Critical reading section of the SAT
    3. 19 or above on the ACT Reading Test
    4. A score of 35-39 percentile on the Comprehension section of the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Form H or equivalent

*Contact the Matriculation Office for additional information regarding Reading Competency.

  1. INFORMATION COMPETENCY

Information competency is the ability to find, evaluate, use and communicate information in all its various formats.  It combines aspects of library literary, research methods, and technological literacy.  Information competency includes consideration of the ethical and legal implications of information and requires the application of both critical thinking and communication skills.

Complete one course from following.   A grade of “C” or better is required:

ANTH 2 or 2H, 3, 4*, 6, 8 ENV 1, 18
BUS 102 ES (formerly CSS) 1*, 2*, 3*, 10*
CDE 7 (formerly CD 7, 107) or 7H FCS 115
CIM 1, 10 FN 50
CIMW 115 HIST 4, 5, 12, 16, 17, 32
COMM 1 or 1H, 2, 3 (formerly SP) LIB 2 or 2H, 100, 101
DANC 64 N 176
ENG 1B OR 1BH, 70 PSYC 1 or 1H, 2 or 2H, 7

*Course will satisfy the Cultures in the United States requirement.

Underlined courses are no longer being offered at Saddleback College.

Note: Courses used to fulfill any competency requirement may also apply to our course or breadth requirements

 
 


Breadth Requirements

Breadth requirements provide students with the knowledge they need:

  • to understand and use modes of inquiry in the major disciplines (including the humanities, fine arts, natural and social sciences);
  • to be aware of and appreciate the diversity of other cultures and times as well as American institutions and ideals;
  • to develop the capacity for self-understanding and the relationship between mind, body, and the environment.
  1. FINE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Those courses which study the cultural activities and the artistic expressions of human beings.

Group A. The Arts, Music, Theatre
Complete one course from the following:

ARCH 12 FA 27
ART 4 GD 1
ARTH 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32 HORT 115
CTVR 2, 3, 7*, 9 ID 110, 122, 125
COMM 32 (formerly SP) MUS 1, 20, 23*, 24, 25, 26, 27*, 28, 29
DANC 64, 74* PHOT 25
FASH 144 TA 20, 22, 25, 26, 32, 110*

*Course will satisfy the Cultures in the United States requirement.
Underlined courses are no longer being offered at Saddleback College.

Group B.  Literature, Philosophy, History, Religion, and Foreign Language
Complete one course from the following:

ARAB 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 21 ITA 1, 2, 3, 4, 21
CHI 1, 2, 3, 4, 21 JA 1, 2, 3, 4, 21
COMM 30 (formerly SP) KOR 1, 2, 3, 4, 21
ENG 3, 4, 5, 15A, 15B, 17A, 17B, 18, 19, 20, 21A, 21B, 22, 23A*, 24*, 25, 27A or 27AH, 27B, 27E, 44, 50, 52, 142 PHIL 1 or 1H, 2, 5, 10, 14, 15
FR 1, 2, 3, 4, 21 PORT 1, 2, 3, 4, 21
GER 1,2, 3, 4 PRSN 1, 2, 3, 4, 21 (formerly 121)
HEBR 1, 2, 3 SL 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 (formerly 101*)
HIST 4, 5 SPAN 1 (or 1A and 1B) or 1H, 2 or 2H, 3, 4, 10, 11, 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 21C*
HON 11H, 12H, 13H, 14H, 15H, 16H TA 30
HUM 1, 3, 10A, 10B, 21, 22, 25  

*Course will satisfy the Cultures in the United States requirement.
Underlined courses are no longer being offered at Saddleback College.

  1. NATURAL SCIENCES

Those courses of study which deal with matter and energy as it applies to physical and/or life sciences and their interrelations and transformations.

Complete one course from the following:

Note: ANTH, ASTR, GEOG lecture courses require completion of a matching laboratory course as indicated below.

Students are advised to complete the laboratory within one year of the lecture course.

ANTH 1 or 1H and 1L GEOG 1 or 1H and 1L
ASTR 20 and 25 GEOL 1, 20, 23
BIO 3A or 3AH, 3B or 3BH, 4A, 4B, 11, 15, 19, 20, 31, 113 HORT 20
CHEM 1A, 2, 3, 13, 108 MS 4, 20
ENV 18, 23, 24 PHYS 1A, 1B, 2A, 4A, 20
  1. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

The body of knowledge that relates to the human being as a member of society or component of society, such as state, family, or any systematized human institution.

Group A. Social/Behavioral Science
Complete one course from the following:

ANTH 2 or 2H, 3, 4*, 5, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 21 GLST 1, 2
BUS 1 or 1H HIST 12, 19, 20, 21*, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33*, 61, 62, 63, 70 ,71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 80, 81*
CDE 7+ (formerly CD 7, 107), or 7H, 15 (formerly CD 15, 105) HS 100, 120, 131*, 186
COMM 8, 20* (formerly SP) JRN 1
CTVR 1 PS 4, 10H, 11, 12, 14
ECON 2 or2H, 4 or 4H, 11, 20 PSYC 1 or 1H, 7+, 16*, 21, 125
ENV 1 SOC 1, 2, 6*, 10, ,15, 21, 25, 125, 126+
ES 1*, 2*, 3*, 10* WS 10 or 10H, 11H (formerly 111H), 15, 31, 40
GEOG 2 or 2H, 3, 38  

+Course may be listed in more than one area, but shall not be certified in more than one area

*Course will satisfy the Cultures in the United States requirement.
Underlined courses are no longer being offered at Saddleback College.

Group B. American Institutions

Students seeking a nursing degree who possess a Bachelor’s degree are not held to the American Institutions requirement, per SB 1393.
Complete one course from the following: HIST 7, 8, 16, 17, 22 or PS 1 or 1H
Underlined courses are no longer being offered at Saddleback College.

  1. LIFE SKILLS/CRITICAL THINKING

Life skills is study to equip human beings for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological, social, and psychological entities. Critical thinking courses develop the principles and applications of language toward logical thought and critical evaluation of communication.

Complete one course from Group A or Group B

Group A. Life Skills

ACCT 120 HLTH 1, 3
BUS 16 (former BUS 116) HS 170, 175
CDE 7+ (formerly CD 7, 107) or 7H, 117* N 161, 165
COUN 1, 140, 150, 151, 160 PSYC 5, 7+, 33
FCS 115, 142 SOC 126+, 180
FASH 141 SPS 115, 205
FN 50, 64 WS 120

+Course may be listed in more than one area, but shall not be certified in more than one area
*Course will satisfy the Cultures in the United States requirement.
Underlined courses are no longer being offered at Saddleback College.

Group B. Critical Thinking

CDE 120 (formerly CD 120) ENG 1B or 1BH, 70 (both courses also apply for the Reading Competency requirement)
COMM 2, 3 (formerly SP) PHIL 12
LIB 2H  

 

  1. PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT

Non-activity courses that assess physical fitness and develop an awareness about appropriate exercise.

Complete one course from the following:

KNES 107
KNEA 107 (This course is designed to meet the needs of disabled students.)

    For online learners, please contact the Counseling Office.

  1. *CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES

The Cultures in the United States requirement focuses on major themes in United States history, society, and culture and addresses major conceptual issues relevant to understanding ethnicity, culture, race, and pluralism in the United States.

All AA/AS degree candidates must make certain that one course taken in Fine Arts and Humanities, or in Natural Sciences, or in Social and Behavioral Sciences fulfills the Cultures in the United States requirement. Courses that will satisfy this requirement are marked with an asterisk (*).  Students who complete the Nursing Program meet the Cultures in the U.S. requirement per SB 1393.