General Education: California State University - Breadth, Certificate of Achievement

Requirements are based on California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU-GE-Breadth) requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Form a provable thesis, develop it through factual research, distinguish between fact and opinion, and make effective rhetorical choices in relation to audience and purpose.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex issues or problems, draw reasoned conclusions and/or generate solutions, and effectively communicate their results.
  • Use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.
  • Analyze and interpret human thought, achievement, and expression relevant to such branches of knowledge as philosophy, literature, and/or the fine and performing arts, and to communicate the results.
  • Critically examine and comprehend human nature and behavior, social traditions, and institutions.
  • Examine interactions and interconnections across cultures.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
Area A - English Language Communication and Critical Thinking
Select one course from A1, A2, and A3:9
A1 - Oral Communication
A2 - Written Communication
A3 - Critical Thinking
Area B - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
Select one course each from B1, B2, and B4. At least one course from B1 or B2 must include a laboratory listed in B3:9
B1 - Physical Science
B2 - Life Science
B3 - Laboratory Activity
B4 - Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
Area C - Arts and Humanities
Select at least three units from C1 and at least three units from C2:9
C1 - Arts
C2 - Humanities
Area D - Social Sciences
Select two courses.6
Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
Select three units.3
Area F - Ethnic Studies
Select three units.3
Total Units39

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.