Plan A

MiraCosta College General Education Requirements 2016–2017

Plan A will satisfy general education requirements at MiraCosta College but will not satisfy all general education requirements for transfer to a CSU or UC campus and is not intended for students transferring to a four-year institution.

AREA A—Language & Reasoning

These courses develop the principles and applications of language toward

  • Logical thought
  • Clear and precise expression
  • Critical evaluation of communication.

A1.  English Composition

A minimum of 3 semester units is required.

Required courses: 
ENGL 100Composition and Reading *4

A2.  Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 3 semester units is required. Select one course from any discipline.

Required courses: 
BIO 180Biostatistics4
BTEC 180Biostatistics4
BUS 204Business Statistics3
COMM 101Public Speaking3
COMM 106Group Communication3
COMM 207Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 212Argumentation3
ENGL 201Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature *4
ENGL 201HCritical Thinking, Composition, and Literature (Honors) *4
ENGL 202Critical Thinking and Composition *4
ENGL 202HCritical Thinking and Composition (Honors) *4
MATH 64Intermediate Algebra4
MATH 103Statistics *4
MATH 105Concepts and Structures of Elementary Mathematics I *3
MATH 106Concepts and Structures of Elementary Mathematics II *3
MATH 112Mathematical Analysis for Business3
MATH 115Calculus with Applications *4
MATH 126Pre-Calculus I: College Algebra4
MATH 131Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry4
MATH 150Calculus and Analytic Geometry I *5
MATH 150HCalculus and Analytic Geometry (Honors)5
MATH 155Calculus and Analytic Geometry II *4
MATH 260Calculus and Analytic Geometry III *4
MATH 260HCalculus and Analytic Geometry III (Honors)4
PHIL 100Informal Logic and Critical Thinking3
PSYC 104Statistics for Behavioral Science4
PSYC 104HStatistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)4
READ 100Critical Reading and Thinking *3
SOC 104Statistics for Behavioral Science4
SOC 104HStatistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Honors)4

AREA B—Natural Sciences

These courses examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. These courses will

  • Help the student develop an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method
  • Encourage an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities.

A minimum of 4 semester units is required. Courses with a laboratory component are defined with a #.

Required courses: 
ANTH 101Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 101HBiological Anthropology (Honors)3
ANTH 101LBiological Anthropology Laboratory #1
ANTH 105Evolution of Human Behavior3
ANTH 190Primate Behavior and Ecology3
ASTR 101Descriptive Astronomy3
ASTR 101LDescriptive Astronomy Laboratory #1
ASTR 120Life in the Universe3
ASTR 201Introductory Astronomy3
BIO 100General Biology (Lecture and Lab) #4
BIO 101General Biology3
BIO 101LGeneral Biology Laboratory #1
BIO 102Ecology and Environmental Biology #4
BIO 103Animal Diversity3
BIO 105Genes and Technology in Society3
BIO 150General Botany #4
BIO 170Marine Biology #4
BIO 172Marine Ecology3
BIO 202Foundations of Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Organismal Biology #4
BIO 204Foundations of Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology #4
BIO 204HFoundations of Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology (Honors) #4
BIO 220Human Physiology #4
CHEM 100Introductory Chemistry #4
CHEM 100HIntroductory Chemistry (Honors) #4
CHEM 102Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry #4
CHEM 104Chemistry of Living Things (Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry) #5
CHEM 108Preparatory Chemistry #4
CHEM 110General Chemistry #5
CHEM 110HGeneral Chemistry (Honors) #5
CHEM 111General Chemistry #5
CHEM 111HGeneral Chemistry (Honors) #5
EART 106Earth and Space Science3
GEOG 101Physical Geography3
GEOG 101LPhysical Geography Laboratory #1
GEOL 101Physical Geology3
GEOL 101HPhysical Geology (Honors)3
GEOL 101LPhysical Geology Laboratory #1
GEOL 101LHPhysical Geology Laboratory (Honors) #1
GEOL 120Environmental Geology: Earth Hazards and Humanity3
HORT 116Plant Science #4
OCEA 101Introduction to Oceanography3
OCEA 101HIntroduction to Oceanography (Honors)3
OCEA 101LIntroductory Oceanography Laboratory #1
PHSN 101Fundamentals of Physical Science3
PHSN 106Energy, Motion, and Matter: An Introduction to Physics and Chemistry3
PHSN 108Introduction to Climate Change3
PHSN 108HIntroduction to Climate Change (Honors)3
PHYS 111Introductory Physics I #4
PHYS 112Introductory Physics II #4
PHYS 151Principles of Physics I #4
PHYS 151HPrinciples of Physics I (Honors) #4
PHYS 152Principles of Physics II #4
PHYS 152HPrinciples of Physics II (Honors) #4
PHYS 253Principles of Physics III #4
PHYS 253HPrinciples of Physics III (Honors) #4
PSYC 260Physiological Psychology3

AREA C—Humanities

These courses study the cultural activities and artistic expressions of human beings. These courses will develop

  • An awareness of the ways in which people throughout the ages and in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation
  • An aesthetic understanding
  • An ability to make value judgments.

A minimum of 3 semester units is required. Select one course from any discipline.

Required courses: 
ART 100Drawing and Composition3
ART 101Design and Color3
ART 1033D Design3
ART 157Art Orientation3
ART 158Traditional Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas3
ART 177Art in the Elementary Schools3
ART 201Objects and Ideas in Contemporary Art3
ART 230Installation Art3
ART 244Digital Media for the Visual Artist3
ART 254Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image3
ART 258Ancient to Gothic Art3
ART 259History of Renaissance to Modern Art3
ART 260History of Modern Art3
ART 260HHistory of Modern Art (Honors)3
ART 290Landmarks of Art3
CHNS 101Elementary Chinese (First Semester)4
CHNS 102Elementary Chinese (Second Semester)4
CHNS 121Introduction to Chinese Culture3
CHNS 201Intermediate Chinese (Third Semester)4
COMM 111Oral Interpretation of Literature3
COMM 215Intercultural Communication3
DESN 107History of Western Architecture -A Sustainable Perspective3
DNCE 100Dance Appreciation3
DNCE 101Dance History3
DNCE 104Dance on Film3
DNCE 105Dance Cultures of the World3
DRAM 105Introduction to Theatre3
DRAM 120Dramatic Literature (Ancient Greeks to Shakespeare)3
DRAM 121Dramatic Literature (Restoration to Present)3
DRAM 130Acting I3
DRAM 134Introduction to Performance3
FILM 101Introduction to Film3
FILM 101HIntroduction to Film (Honors)3
FILM 106Study of Filmed Plays3
FILM 111Film History I: 1880-19453
FILM 112Film History II: 1945-Present3
FILM 211Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
FILM 212Women and Film: Representation and Impact3
FREN 101Elementary French (First Semester)4
FREN 102Elementary French (Second Semester)4
FREN 201Intermediate French (Third Semester)4
FREN 202Intermediate French (Fourth Semester)4
GRMN 101Elementary German (First Semester)4
GRMN 102Elementary German (Second Semester)4
GRMN 201Intermediate German (Third Semester)4
HIST 103Western Civilization to 16483
HIST 103HWestern Civilization to 1648 (Honors)3
HIST 104Western Civilization Since 16483
HIST 104HWestern Civilization Since 1648 (Honors)3
HUMN 101Introduction to the Arts3
HUMN 101HIntroduction to the Arts (Honors)3
HUMN 250American Studies: First Contact Through the Civil War3
HUMN 251American Studies: 1870s to the Present3
ITAL 101Elementary Italian (First Semester)4
ITAL 102Elementary Italian (Second Semester)4
ITAL 103Elementary Italian for Spanish speakers (First Semester)4
ITAL 104Elementary Italian for Spanish speakers (Second Semester)4
ITAL 121Introduction to Italian Culture3
ITAL 201Intermediate Italian (Third Semester)4
ITAL 202Intermediate Italian (Fourth Semester)4
ITAL 210Intermediate Italian Conversation and Reading3
JAPN 101Elementary Japanese (First Semester)4
JAPN 102Elementary Japanese (Second Semester)4
JAPN 121Introduction to Japanese Culture3
JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese (Third Semester)4
JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese (Fourth Semester)4
LIT 120Introduction to Literature3
LIT 250American Literature: First Contact Through the Civil War3
LIT 251American Literature: Mid-1800s to the Present3
LIT 260English Literature Through the 18th Century3
LIT 261English Literature: Romantic to Contemporary3
LIT 265Shakespeare Studies3
LIT 265HShakespeare Studies (Honors)3
LIT 270World Literature to 16003
LIT 271World Literature Since 16003
MAT 105History of Graphic Design3
MUS 100Introduction to Music Theory3
MUS 113Multicultural Roots of American Music3
MUS 114History of Rock and Roll3
MUS 115Introduction to Western Music3
MUS 116A Survey of World Music3
MUS 119Jazz History3
MUS 119HJazz History (Honors)3
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality3
PHIL 101HIntroduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (Honors)3
PHIL 102Contemporary Moral Problems3
PHIL 221Philosophy of Religion3
RELG 101World Religions3
RELG 105Eastern Religions3
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish (First Semester)4
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)4
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)4
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)4
SPAN 203Spanish for Native Speakers4
SPAN 205Hispanic Film, Literature, and Composition3

Area D—Social & Behavioral Sciences

These courses focus on people as members of society. These courses will

  • Develop an awareness of the method of inquiry used by the social and behavioral sciences
  • Stimulate critical thinking about the ways people act and have acted in response to their societies
  • Promote appreciation of how societies and social subgroups operate.

A minimum of 3 semester units is required. Select one course from any discipline.

ADM 100Introduction to the Administration of Justice3
ADM 100HIntroduction to the Administration of Justice (Honors)3
ADM 200Concepts of Criminal Law3
ANTH 102Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 102HCultural Anthropology (Honors)3
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 104Native American Cultures3
ANTH 190Primate Behavior and Ecology3
CHLD 113Child and Adolescent Growth and Development3
COMM 120Principles of Human Communication3
COMM 135Gender Studies in Communication3
COMM 220Introduction to Mass Communication3
CSIT 160Technology, the Individual, and Society3
ECON 100Survey of Economics3
ECON 101Principles of Economics: MACRO3
ECON 102Principles of Economics: MICRO3
GEOG 102Cultural Geography3
GEOG 104World Geography3
GEOG 108Environmental Sustainability and Society3
GERO 101Introduction to Aging3
GERO 250Intergenerational Issues3
HIST 100World History to 15003
HIST 100HWorld History to 1500 (Honors)3
HIST 101World History Since 15003
HIST 101HWorld History Since 1500 (Honors)3
HIST 105History of England3
HIST 105HHistory of England (Honors)3
HIST 106History of Technology3
HIST 106HHistory of Technology (Honors)3
HIST 107East Asian Societies3
HIST 109History of the Middle East3
HIST 109HHistory of the Middle East (Honors)3
HIST 110United States History to 18773
HIST 110HUnited States History to 1877 (Honors)3
HIST 111United States History Since 18773
HIST 111HUnited States History Since 1877 (Honors)3
HIST 113American Military History3
HIST 113HAmerican Military History (Honors)3
HIST 115Women in American History3
HIST 116History of the Americas to 18303
HIST 116HHistory of the Americas to 1830 (Honors)3
HIST 117History of the Americas Since 18303
HIST 117HHistory of the Americas Since 1830 (Honors)3
HIST 141Mexican American History Through 18773
HIST 142Mexican American History Since 18773
HIST 145African American History to 18773
HIST 146African American History Since 18773
HIST 165California History3
PLSC 101Introduction to Political Science3
PLSC 102American Institutions and History4
PLSC 103Comparative Government3
PLSC 150Introduction to International Relations3
PSYC 100Psychology of Personal Growth3
PSYC 101General Psychology3
PSYC 101HGeneral Psychology (Honors)3
PSYC 103Social Psychology3
PSYC 121Human Development3
PSYC 125Psychology of Women3
PSYC 170Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging3
PSYC 211Learning and Behavior Modification3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 101HIntroduction to Sociology (Honors)3
SOC 102Contemporary Social Problems3
SOC 103Social Psychology3
SOC 105Introduction to Justice Studies3
SOC 110Comparative Cultures3
SOC 120Introduction to Women's Studies3
SOC 130Introduction to Gender Studies3

Area E—Lifelong Learning

Courses in this category equip student learners for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological, social, and psychological beings. Technology and information-fluency courses develop the students’ ability to skillfully and effectively make use of two or more technological tools to access, evaluate, analyze, integrate, and utilize information in a variety of contexts in order to apply it to decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving in their lives. Self-development courses encourage attentiveness to health and well-being and to the practical aspects of managing and improving students’ lives.

A minimum of 3 semester units is required. Select one course from either group.

E1.  Technology & Information Fluency

ACCT 101Practical Accounting4
ACCT 145Individual Income Tax4
BUS 133Project Management3
CSIT 110Computer Applications3
CSIT 120Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems3
CSIT 137Google Apps for Business3
CSIT 155Social Media for Business3
LIBR 101College Research Skills1
LIBR 201Research in the Digital Age3
LIBR 201HResearch in the Digital Age (Honors)3
MAT 120Media Design 1: Production3
MAT 125Web Design 1: Fundamentals3
MAT 150Animation and Interactivity3
MAT 165Web Design 2: Tools and Techniques3
MAT 180Digital Publishing: Adobe InDesign3

 E2.  Self-Development***

BUS 136Human Relations in Business3
BUS 147Personal Finance3
CHLD 113Child and Adolescent Growth and Development3
COUN 100College and Career Success3
CSIT 165Living in an Online World3
GERO 101Introduction to Aging3
GERO 250Intergenerational Issues3
HEAL 101Principles of Health3
INTR 100Foundation Skills for the College Experience4
NURS 283Medical Surgical Nursing IV6
NUTR 100Nutrition Today3
NUTR 105Human Performance and Sports Nutrition3
NUTR 125Nutrition and Aging3
PSYC 100Psychology of Personal Growth3
PSYC 121Human Development3
PSYC 145Psychology/Sociology of the Family3
PSYC 170Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging3
SOC 145Psychology/Sociology of the Family3

Area F—Cultural Diversity**

Courses in this category demonstrate sensitivity to and promote a climate of cultural diversity. They focus specifically on a multicultural and global perspective and foster an understanding of the student's role in a global community. Courses that fulfill this requirement introduce and examine the intersection of ethnicity, language, or culture with gender, sexuality, class, or other important social categories, such as religion.

A minimum of 3 semester units is required.

ADM 230Policing in a Diverse and Multicultural Society3
BUS 136Human Relations in Business3
BUS 160International Business3
CHLD 210Child, Family, and Community3
COMM 215Intercultural Communication3
DNCE 104Dance on Film3
DNCE 105Dance Cultures of the World3
DNCE 169Introduction to World Dance Forms1
FILM 211Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
FILM 212Women and Film: Representation and Impact3
GEOG 102Cultural Geography3
GEOG 104World Geography3
GERO 101Introduction to Aging3
GERO 130Caregiving: Techniques for Working with the Frail Elderly3
HIST 100World History to 15003
HIST 100HWorld History to 1500 (Honors)3
HIST 101World History Since 15003
HIST 101HWorld History Since 1500 (Honors)3
HIST 103Western Civilization to 16483
HIST 103HWestern Civilization to 1648 (Honors)3
HIST 104Western Civilization Since 16483
HIST 104HWestern Civilization Since 1648 (Honors)3
HIST 105History of England3
HIST 105HHistory of England (Honors)3
HIST 110United States History to 18773
HIST 110HUnited States History to 1877 (Honors)3
HIST 111United States History Since 18773
HIST 111HUnited States History Since 1877 (Honors)3
HIST 113American Military History3
HIST 113HAmerican Military History (Honors)3
HIST 115Women in American History3
HIST 116History of the Americas to 18303
HIST 116HHistory of the Americas to 1830 (Honors)3
HIST 117History of the Americas Since 18303
HIST 117HHistory of the Americas Since 1830 (Honors)3
HIST 141Mexican American History Through 18773
HIST 142Mexican American History Since 18773
HIST 145African American History to 18773
HIST 146African American History Since 18773
JAPN 121Introduction to Japanese Culture3
LIT 270World Literature to 16003
LIT 271World Literature Since 16003
MUS 116A Survey of World Music3
MUS 119Jazz History3
MUS 119HJazz History (Honors)3
NUTR 108Cultural Aspects of Foods and Nutrition3
PLSC 102American Institutions and History4
PSYC 121Human Development3
RELG 101World Religions3
RELG 105Eastern Religions3
SOC 110Comparative Cultures3
SOC 120Introduction to Women's Studies3
SOC 207Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOC 230Introduction to Chicana/o Studies3
SOC 240Introduction to Black Studies3
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish (First Semester)4
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)4
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)4
SPAN 203Spanish for Native Speakers4
SPAN 205Hispanic Film, Literature, and Composition3

Area G—American Institutions & History**

Courses in this category develop the knowledge and skills necessary for intelligent citizenship. They focus on the major events and issues in U.S. history and the political processes used in the United States.

A minimum of 3 semester units is required.

Required courses: 
HIST 110United States History to 18773
HIST 110HUnited States History to 1877 (Honors)3
HIST 111United States History Since 18773
HIST 111HUnited States History Since 1877 (Honors)3
HIST 116History of the Americas to 18303
HIST 116HHistory of the Americas to 1830 (Honors)3
HIST 117History of the Americas Since 18303
HIST 117HHistory of the Americas Since 1830 (Honors)3
HIST 141Mexican American History Through 18773
HIST 142Mexican American History Since 18773
HIST 145African American History to 18773
HIST 146African American History Since 18773
HIST 165California History3
PLSC 102American Institutions and History4

Important Information & Footnotes

This general education pattern is subject to change year by year, but students are assured that courses taken to meet this requirement will be honored if they are approved for the academic year that the course is completed.

Credit will not be awarded for both the honors and the non-honors version of a course.

Courses may be used to satisfy a general education and a major requirement.

Courses listed in two different areas may be used in either area but not both.

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Courses completed with a "C" or "P" can be used to meet the graduation competency requirements.

**

Courses completed in these categories may also satisfy other general education requirements.

***

Active duty military personnel and U.S. military veterans may satisfy E-2 through submission of a military transcript that demonstrates the completion of Basic Training or Recruit Training (DD214, DD295, or other military transcript). 

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 Laboratory course.