How to Read Course Descriptions

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The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The unit value is also displayed. Icons, if displayed, designate courses which satisfy Writing Intensive and Race & Ethnicity requirements.

Prerequisite(s): Coursework to be completed and/or requirements required before taking the course.

Corequisite(s): Course(s) that must be taken in the same term.

General Education Area:

Indicates the graduation requirement area, if listed, which the course fulfills.

  • American Institutions:
    • United States History
    • U.S. Constitution
    • California Government
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Foreign Language
  • Writing Intensive

Indicates the General Education (GE) area, if listed, which the course fulfills.

  • A – Basic Subjects
    • A1 – Oral Communication
    • A2 – Written Communication
    • A3 – Critical Thinking
  • B – Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
    • B1 – Physical Science
    • B2 – Life Forms
    • B3 – Lab
    • B4 – Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning
    • B5 – Further Studies in Physical Science, Life Forms, and Quantitative Reasoning
  • C – Arts and Humanities
    • C1 – Arts
    • C2 - Humanities
  • D – The Individual and Society
  • E – Understanding Personal Development

The course description outlines what topics are covered in the course. If included, cross-listed indicates the same course is offered in a different department/subject.

The Note indicates additional information regarding the course.

Credit/No Credit: Indicates if the course grading basis is not a letter grade.

Graded (CR/NC Available) indicates a course with a grading basis that is a letter grade where the student may choose a Credit/No Credit grading basis.