General Studies: Lifelong Wellness and Self-Development, Associate in Arts

This degree provides an opportunity for students to earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in a comprehensive area of study. It is intended for the student who may not be currently transferring to a university. A minimum of 60 semester units must be completed with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in all degree-applicable units. Only courses numbered 1-299 may be applied toward this associate degree.

This degree is designed to equip students with the informative tools to support education in lifelong wellness and self-development. Students will be well acquainted with the vast landscape of wellness and self development, while considering the psychological, biological, developmental, and physical factors involved. They will be able to make more effective decisions about optimizing their own wellness, lifestyle, and performance across their lifespan. 

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

  • Analyze how physical, social, emotional, financial and/or intellectual factors contribute to wellness and healthful living
  • Apply the theories of Wellness and Self Development to personal, professional growth and/or vocational/life goals.
  • Apply an understanding of the interconnectedness between one’s personal self and others, thereby enhancing personal wellness and community relationships.
  • Create a lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological, social, and psychological beings.
  • Acquire a knowledge base that encourages lifelong learning in order to effectively adapt to a complex and ever-changing society.

Associate in Arts Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select 15 units from at least two disciplines of the following:15
Effective Leadership in Business
Financial Planning and Money Management
College Success
Making College Count
Career and Life Planning
Study Skills for Success
Career Assessment and Exploration
First Aid, CPR and AED
Healthy Living
Women's Health
Urban Agriculture Culinary Arts
Farm to Table Sustainable Cooking
Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
Fitness and Wellness Strategies
Fitness Exercise Physiology
Nutrition Issues and Controversies
Psychology of Women
Lifespan Development
Human Sexuality
Health Psychology
Sociology of Marriages and Families
Exploratory Work Experience
Select 3 units from the following activity courses:3
Adapted Functional Training
Introduction to Adapted Physical Education
Adapted Personal Fitness
Adapted Weight Training
Physical Education: Adapted
Adapted Aerobics
Heart Healthy Exercise
Adapted Flexibility and Movement Techniques
Modern Dance I
Modern Dance II
Modern Dance III
Modern Dance IV
Jazz Dance I
Jazz Dance II
Jazz Dance III
Jazz Dance IV
Ballet I
Ballet II
Ballet IV
Ballet III
Ballroom Dance I
Ballroom Dance II
Ballroom Dance III
Ballroom Dance IV
Ethnic Dance Forms I
Ethnic Dance Forms II
Ethnic Dance Forms III
Ethnic Dance Forms IV
Tap Dance I
Hip Hop Dance I
Hip Hop Dance II
Hip Hop Dance III
Hip Hop Dance IV
Salsa Dance I
Salsa Dance II
Salsa Dance III
Salsa Dance IV
Introduction to Modern Dance Repertory
Golf I
Golf II
Golf III
Golf IV
Tennis I
Tennis II
Tennis III
Tennis IV
Soccer I
Soccer II
Soccer III
Swimming I
Swimming II
Pickleball I
Pickleball II
Pickleball III
Pickleball IV
Competitive Swimming I
Competitive Swimming II
Competitive Swimming III
Competitive Swimming IV
Volleyball I
Volleyball II
Volleyball III
Volleyball IV
Introduction to Basketball
Intermediate Basketball
Intermediate/Advanced Basketball
Advanced Basketball
Martial Arts/Self-Defense I
Martial Arts/Self-Defense II
Martial Arts/Self-Defense III
Martial Arts/Self-Defense IV
Beach Volleyball I
Beach Volleyball II
Beach Volleyball III
Beach Volleyball IV
Core Fitness Training
Distance Training
Aerobic Conditioning
Personal Fitness
Beginning Weight Training
Intermediate Weight Training
Advanced Weight Training
Exercise for Health and Fitness
Core Matwork II
Core Matwork I
Core Matwork III
Core Matwork IV
Tai Chi I
Tai Chi II
Tai Chi III
Tai Chi IV
Yoga I
Yoga II
Yoga III
Yoga IV
Aerobic Fitness I
Aerobic Fitness II
Aerobic Fitness III
Aerobic Fitness IV
Body Sculpting I
Body Sculpting II
Body Sculpting III
Body Sculpting IV
Circuit Training
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques I
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques II
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques III
Fitness Through Swimming I
Fitness Through Swimming II
Fitness Through Swimming III
Fitness Through Swimming IV
Functional Fitness I
Functional Fitness II
Functional Fitness III
Functional Fitness IV
Triathlon Training I
Triathlon Training II
Triathlon Training III
Independent Fitness and Testing Program
Additional Requirements42
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

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