The General Education Program at Bakersfield College includes those courses required of all students, regardless of major or career goals, for the associate degree or for transfer to a four-year institution in California. However, the program is intended to be more than a requirement, it can be an exciting, dynamic and essential part of a student’s education. The General Education Program has been designed to address the needs of men and women of all ages, abilities, ethnic identities, life styles and goals. Through general education, the college seeks to foster knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will empower students to shape the direction of their lives and their environment. Its goal is to encourage students to strive for the highest quality of life, both at leisure and at work, for themselves, their families and the larger community. Recognizing the certainty of change, the college, through the General Education Program, hopes to prepare students to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Specifically, the program will assist them to develop and acquire the following:
- Global Consciousness:an awareness of the complexity and diversity of the world, with its interplay of environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic forces, and an understanding of the unique role that each person plays in the system of relationships which extends from family to the international community.
- Communication Skills: the ability to convey ideas, values, feelings, and knowledge accurately and effectively through written, oral, aesthetic, and technological media across personal, cultural, and national boundaries.
- Adaptability: the willingness and confidence to accept and respond creatively to change, and the ability to analyze, think critically, solve problems, and resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts.
- Responsibility: A respect for ethics, citizenship, and leadership, and a commitment to personal health and emotional growth which enable one to participate in life rather than react to it.
- Knowledge: the body of information, reflecting both quantitative and qualitative reasoning, in the arts, sciences, and technology, their modes of inquiry and expression, their interrelationships, and the methods of accessing information in all areas of study.
The general education program thus seeks to assist students to succeed in the present and to inspire them to approach the future with a commitment to life-long learning. Because certain basic competencies are necessary for an educated person, the General Education Program specifically requires competency testing (or course alternatives) in reading, written expression, and mathematics. To facilitate transferability, a student’s General Education Program should, with planning, parallel comparable programs at four-year institutions of higher education. However, the General Education courses may also be applied toward the associate degree or various certificate programs. The awarding of an associate degree is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is to symbolize a successful attempt on the part of the college to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.
- Among these are the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing;
- to solve problems and to use mathematics;
- to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines;
- to be aware of other cultures and times;
- to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems;
- and to develop the capacity for self-understanding.
In addition to these accomplishments, the student shall possess sufficient depth in some field of knowledge to contribute to lifetime interest.
Speech: A minimum of three units designed to enhance student skills in oral communication, interpersonal communication and logical reasoning in speech communication. Courses in this area emphasize critical analysis in both argumentation and debate.
- English: A minimum of three units designed to enhance student skills in expository and argumentative writing. Courses in language that use the principles and applications of language to promote logical and critical evaluation of written communication may be taken to satisfy this requirement. A college-level composition course or an introductory level composition course may be used to meet this requirement.
Social Sciences: A minimum of six units for AA degree; three units for AS degree. At least one course must be from category (a). Coursework designed to help the student explore the study of human phenomena through the disciplines of history, political science, economics, and other related disciplines. Courses in this area focus on the past relations of human activity and its development in the institutions of national and world societies.
- BUS B3 (SPCH B3);
- SPCH B1, B2, B3 (BUS B3).
Behavioral Sciences: A minimum of three units designed to introduce the student to the study of human behavior. Courses in the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, sociology, child development and other related courses can be taken to meet this requirement.
- (a) American History and Politics: HIST B2*, B3*, B4a*, B4b*, B17a*, B17b*, B18a*, B18b*, B20a, B20b, B25*, B30a*-(CHST B30a*) B30b*- (CHST B30b*), B33*, B36*, B38; POLS B1*, B12*.
- (b) Other Social Science Courses: Any listed above, or JRNL B1*, or ECON B1, or ECON B2 or GEOG B2*, POLS B2*, or POLS B3*, or POLS B16, or BSAD B20, or BUS B40.
Natural Sciences: : A minimum of three units that introduce the student to the world of scientific inquiry. Courses in the disciplines in either the physical or life sciences include anthropology, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physical science and other related courses. Such
courses explore the relationship of man and science.
- ANTH B2*, B5; BUS B5; PSYC B1a, B38 ; CHDV B13a; GERO B1; SOCI B1*, B30, B36 (CHST B36)
Humanities: A minimum of three units exploring the visual and performing arts, philosophy, literature, and the foreign languages. Courses in this area examine the cultural and artistic expression of man in the aesthetic environment.
- Life Sciences:
- ANSC B1;
- ANTH B1;
- BIOL B3a, B7, B10, B11, B14, B16, B18, B20;
- CHEM B49 (ENVT B49);
- CRPS B1;
- ENVT B49 (CHEM B49);
- NUTR B10;
- FORE B2;
- SOIL B1.
- Physical Sciences:
- ASTR B1;
- CHEM B1a, B2a, B15, B16;
- GEOG B1, B1L, B2*;
- GEOL B1a, B10, B10L;
- PHSC B11;
- PHYS B2a, B4a.
Mathematics, Logic, Computer Science: A minimum of three units designed to develop skills in solving problems, mathematical and logical thinking. Courses in the areas of mathematics, behavioral science, philosophy, and computer science may be taken to meet this requirement.
- ARCH B1;
- ART B1, B2ab, B2ef, B3ab, B3ef, B5ab, B7ab, B9ab, B11ab, B17ab, B20, B30a, B30b, B30c, B30d;
- ASL B1, B2, B3;
- ENGL B1b, B2, B5a, B5b, B10, B11, B12, B20ab, B21, B23, B27, B28, B29, B30a, B30b, B35, B41a, B41b, B41c, B41d;
- ENSL B2, B22, B31;
- FREN B1, B2, B3, B4;
- GERM B1ab, B2, B3, B4;
- JAPN B1, B2;
- SPAN B1ab, B2ab, B3, B4, B10,
- MUSC B2, B4ab, B5ab, B6ab, B9ab, B10a, B10b, B10c, B10d, B12a, B12b, B12c, B12d, B13a, B13b, B13c, B13d,B14a, B14b, B14c, B14d, B15a, B15b, B17a, B17b, B17c, B17d, B21ab, B22, B23, B24*, B27;
- PHIL B6a, B6b, B10, B12, B14, B32, B37*;
- SPCH B21*;
- THEA B1, B2ab, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B12a, B20, B27, B28, B30, B31, B32, B35, B227, B228.
Health Education: A minimum of two units designed to introduce the student to health related issues in society today.
- >BEHS B5 (PSYC B5);
- >COMS B11, B12, B13;
- ">ENGR B19f/B19p;
- >MATH BA, BB, BC, BD, B1, B2, B6a, B16, B22, B23, B200a, B200d;
- >PHIL B7, B9;
- PSYC B5 (BEHS B5);
- >TECM B52.
Physical Education: A minimum of two units designed to promote health and an understanding of leisure time through physical activity. Courses in individual and group activities can be taken to meet this requirement. All activity courses numbered 3 through 33. (Students who have observed their 21st birthday or who have a medical excuse are exempt.) * Course satisfies the Multicultural Requirement. Note: Students must complete at least one class identified with an (*) to satisfy the Multicultural Requirement for graduation. The following courses satisfy both a Bakersfield College General Education category and the Multicultural Requirement:
- >HLED B1; MEDS B35, or completion of an approved Allied Health Program (RN, Rad T, or LVN).
- ANTH B2;
- CHST B30a (HIST B30a), B30b (HIST B30b);
- GEOG B2; HIST B2, B3, B4a, B4b, B17a, B17b, B18a, B18b, B25, B30a (CHST B30a), B30b (CHST B30b), B33, B36;
- JRNL B1;
- MUSC B24;
- PHIL B37, POLS B1, B2, B3, B12;
- SOCI B1; SPCH B21.
- Other courses satisfying the Multicultural Requirement include
- ADMJ B75 (MGMT B75); ASL B6; BUS B54; CHDV B32; MGMT B75 (ADMJ B75); PSYC B37.
Bakersfield College requires students to take courses that are inclusive of multicultural perspectives found in American and global society. This requirement may be satisfied through studying either American ethnic groups or world cultures. American Ethnic Groups and Subgroups: This requirement includes courses that lead to an understanding of ethnic groups and cultures in American society. Courses will focus on themes that address the theoretical or analytical issues relevant to understanding race, culture and ethnicity. This exploration can be accomplished through the study of, but not limited to, the following subgroups in American society: African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, and European-Americans. These subgroups will be studied from integrative and comparative viewpoints as they relate to the larger context of American history, society and culture. Courses meeting this requirement should include the study of a minimum of three ethnic groups, at least two groups from non-European origin. World Cultures: Students may develop a multicultural perspective through a study of world cultures and their relationship to America in a global society. The study of the history, society or culture of a foreign country and its relationship to America can demonstrate the interdependence of all nations in a global political, economic and social infrastructure. Courses meeting this requirement should include the study of a minimum of three different world cultures, at least one of which is not solely based in western civilization.
General Education Options for Transfer
Bakersfield College students transferring to a CSU or UC campus have three options for completing their general education requirements. Each option offers advantages and disadvantages. These should be examined carefully. Bakersfield College counselors and advisors can help you select the
right option. Two of the primary choices for general education are the California State University (CSU) A-E pattern and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Both the CSU and IGETC patterns should be seriously considered. The third option is the specific general education pattern for each UC or CSU campus taken by students who begin their studies at that university. Few transfer students follow this option because the student must match the courses and pattern required at a specific university and BC cannot certify completion of this option.
California State University (CSU) Pattern Advantages: Broader selection of courses compared to IGETC; students may receive certification for partial completion
of the General Education Pattern (24-unit minimum). Disadvantages: Will not satisfy general education requirements
for UC. Recommended for: Students who have definite plans to transfer to a CSU campus. Requirements: A total of 48 semester units are needed to fully complete the CSU requirements. Of the 48 semester units, 39 can be completed and certified by Bakersfield College (minimum of 24 units). Students are strongly advised
to complete all areas of the 39-unit pattern at Bakersfield College. The remaining nine units must be completed in upper division work at the CSU campus.
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, (IGETC) Advantages: Flexibility. IGETC will satisfy general education requirements for both CSU and most UC campuses (UC Professional Schools and Revelle and 5th College at UCSD do not guarantee acceptance of IGETC). Disadvantages: The entire pattern must be completed before transferring to receive certification of completion; more limited choice of courses. A “D” grade is not acceptable for
IGETC. Recommended for: Students transferring to a UC campus (note exceptions above). Students who are considering both CSU and UC campuses. Requirements: Complete entire pattern. Contact Admissions and Records Office for verification of IGETC prior to transferring. NOTE: Some UC majors are very intensive in lower division requirements, therefore general education requirements and patterns are modified or moved to upper division. If in doubt, check with a counselor or advisor. General Education Requirements of Four-year Colleges On the following pages are the general education requirements for the California State University System. The general education requirements of the several branches of the University of California are so varied that it is wise to study the catalog of the institution of transfer and to confer with a counselor regarding specific application of Bakersfield College courses toward the requirements. California State University - General Education Requirements General Education: To be eligible for graduation with a bachelor’s degree from the California State University, a student must complete a minimum of 48 semester units of general education. A total of 39 semester units completed at Bakersfield College will be accepted toward CSU general education requirements. Students are also responsible for completing an additional nine semester units of upper division general education at the CSU. Although a minimum of 56 units is required for transfer, 60 units are required for transfer as a junior. General Education Certification (GEC): Certification of general education facilitates the transfer and evaluation process. Students admitted to a CSU campus with full certification may not be held to any additional lower-division general education requirements. Certification subject to the following conditions:
- For full certification, no fewer than 39 units will be certified; for partial certification, no fewer than 24 units will be certified;
- Only courses completed at BC and approved colleges will be certified; and
- Only entire areas will be certified. Students are strongly advised to complete all areas of the pattern at BC. If course work from another college is to be used to meet general education requirements, it is important to meet with a counselor/advisor to plan an appropriate general education program. General education certification is automatically completed for Bakersfield College transcripts sent to any of the CSU campuses. “Double counting” of courses for general education-breadth and major requirements and prerequisites is done at the option of the CSU campus. However, double counting is not permitted within CSU general education categories.
California State University
General Education Breadth Course List.
- Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking: A minimum of nine semester units in both oral and written communication in the English language, and in critical thinking and reasoning. Students must complete all of Area A with grades of “C” or higher prior to transferring.
- Oral Communication: SPCH B1.
- Written Communication: ENGL B1a.
- Critical Thinking: PHIL B7, B9; ENGL B1b, B2 or SPCH B5.
- Physical Universe and Life Forms: A minimum of nine semester units including instruction in physical and life science (at least one course must include a laboratory) and instruction in math/quantitative reasoning. Choose one course from each area. Courses with a laboratory are identified by an asterisk (*), see B.3. Students must complete Area B.4 with a grade of “C” or higher prior to transferring.
- Physical Universe: ASTR B1; CHEM B1a*, B2a*, B15*, B16*, B49*; ENVT B49*; GEOG B1, B1L*, GEOL B1a*, B10, B10L*; PHYS B2a*, B4a*; PHSC B11*.
- Life Science: ANTH B1; BIOL B3a*, B3b*, B10*, B11*, B14*, B15*, B16*, B18*, B20*.
- Laboratory activity identified by (*).
- Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: BEHS B5; COMS B11, B12, B13; ENGR B19f/B19p; MATH BC, B1, B2, B6a, B16, B22, B23, PSYC B5.
- Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Foreign Language: A minimum of nine semester units among the arts, literature, philosophy and foreign languages. Every attempt should be made to include western and non-western cultures. Courses covering non-western cultures are identified by a star (H). At least one course must be taken from arts and one from humanities.
- Arts: (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre): ART B1, B2ab, B3ab, B11ab, B30a, B30b, B30c, B30d, DANC B6bLb, B6jd, B6md; MUSC B2, B4a, B4b, B21a, B21b, B22, B23, B24, B27; THEA B1, B2a, B2b, B4, B5, B6, B7, B12a, B20, B27, B31, B32, B35, B227.
- Humanities: (Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Languages): ASL B1, B2, B3; ENGL B1b, B5a, B5b, B10, B11, B12, B20aH, B20bH, B21, B23, B27, B28, B29, B30a, B30b, B35; FREN B1, B2, B3, B4; GERM B1ab, B2, B3, B4; JAPN B1H, B2H; PHIL B6a, B6b, B7, B9, B10, B12, B14, B32H, B33, B37H; SPAN B1ab, B2ab, B3, B4, B10.
- Social, Political, and Economic Institution and Behavior: Historical Background: A minimum of nine semester units dealing with human social, political, and economic institutions and behavior and their historical background. Fulfillment of this requirement must include courses taken in at least two disciplines. Every effort should be made to include western or non-western cultures. See notes below for information concerning additional requirements. Courses covering non-western cultures are identified by a star (H).
- Anthropology and Archaeology: ANTH B2H, B5.
- Economics: ECON B1, B2.
- Ethnic Studies: ANTH B5; CHST B30a, B30b, B36; HIST B18a, B18b, B20a, B20b, B30a, B30b, B36; SOCI B28H, B30, B36.
- Gender Studies: ENGL B23; HIST B25; PSYC B38; SOCI B28H.
- Geography. GEOG B2.
- History: CHST B30a, B30b. HIST B2, B3, B4a, B4b, B17a, B17b, B18a, B18b, B20a, B20b, B25, B30a, B30b, B33, B36, B38.
- Interdisciplinary Social or Behavioral Science: CHDV B13a.
- Political Science, Government, and Legal Institutions: POLS B1, B2, B3, B12, B16.
- Psychology: PSYC B1a.
- Sociology and Criminology: CHST B36; SOCI B1, B28H, B30, B36.
- Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development: A minimum of three semester units in study designed to equip human beings for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological and psychological entities. A maximum of one unit of credit is allowed for physical education activity courses in this area.
- BIOL B7;
- FORE B2;
- GERO B1,
- HLED B1;
- MEDS B35;
- NUTR B10;
- PHIL B12;
- PSYC B1a, B30, B31;
- SOCI B28;
- STDV B3.
- Physical Education Activity Courses:
PHED B3adp, B3ads, B3adw, B5, B6, B7, B9, B10, B11, B12, B13, B14, B16, B17, B20, B22, B23, B25, B26, B27, B28, B29, B32, B33.
Additional requirements: United States history, Constitution and American ideals. The California Education Code requires that each student qualifying for graduation from a four-year institution with a bachelor’s degree shall demonstrate competence in the areas of: a) United States history, and b) national, state and local government including rights and obligations of citizens. Students who wish to meet these requirements at
Bakersfield College prior to transferring to a campus of the CSU may take up to six semester units (one course from Group 1 and one course from Group 2) to meet this requirement and may be credited toward satisfying General Education- Breadth Requirements in Area D above at the option of the CSU campus. Group 1 courses which meet the American history requirement are: CHST B30a, HIST B17a, B18a, B20a, B30a, B36; POLS B1. Group 2 courses which meet the national, state and local government requirement are: CHST B30b; HIST B17b, B18b, B20b, B30b. POLS B1.
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