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Saddleback College    
 
    
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 College 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.

(One course in each category with a grade of “C” or better.)

  1. Written Communication

ENG 1A or 1AH

  1. Oral Communication

SP 1
SP 5
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
  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.

One of the following courses completed with a grade of “C” or better:

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

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 artisitic expressions of human beings.

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

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

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

ARAB 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 21 JA 1, 2, 3, 4, 21
CHI 1, 2, 3, 4, 21 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, 101*
HIST 4, 5 SPAN 1 (or 1A and 1B) or 1H, 2, 3, 4, 20A, 20B, 21A, 21C*
HUM 1, 3, 10A, 10B, 21, 22, 25 SP 30, TA 30
ITA 1, 2, 3, 4, 21  
  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.

One course from the following:

ANTH 1 or 1H and 1L (Students are advised to complete the ANTH 1 Lab within one year of the lecture component) GEOG 1 or 1H and 1L
ASTRO 20 and 25 combined 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 (Course used to fulfill this requirement must include a lab)
  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
One course from the following:

ANTH 2 or 2H, 3, 4*, 5, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 21 HIST 12, 19, 20, 21*, 27, 28, 30, 33*, 61, 62, 63, 70 ,71, 72, 74, 75, 80, 81*
BUS 1 or 1H HS 100, 120, 131*, 186
CDE 7+ (formerly CD 7, 107), 15 (formerly CD 15, 105) 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* SP 8, 20*
GEOG 2 or 2H, 3, 38 WS 10 or 10H, 15, 40, 111H

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

Group B. American Institutions

(Nursing Students who possess a Bachelor’s degree are not held ot the American Institutions requirements, per SB 1393)
HIST 7, 8, 16, 17, 22 or PS 1 or 1H

  1. LIFE SKILLS/CRITICAL THINKING

Life skills is study to equip human beings for lifelong un- derstanding 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.

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), 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

Group B. Critical Thinking

CDE 120 (formerly CD 120)

ENG 1B or 1BH, 70 (both courses also apply for the Reading Competency requirement)

PHIL 12

SP 2, 3

  1. PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT

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

One course from the following:

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

  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 (*).