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Years 2021-2022 and After
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Years 2020-2021 and Before
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Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree/General Education & Graduation Requirements
- Communication: Demonstrate analytical reading and writing skills, including evaluation, synthesis and research; deliver focused and coherent presentations; and demonstrate active, discerning listening and speaking skills in lectures and discussions.
- Computation: Demonstrate complex problem-solving skills, technology skills, computer proficiency and decision analysis through synthesis and evaluation; apply mathematical concepts and reasoning; and analyze and use numerical data.
- Creative, Critical & Analytical Thinking: Demonstrate judgment, decision-making skills and intellectual curiosity; demonstrate problem-solving skills through analysis, synthesis and evaluation; develop creativity and aesthetic awareness; conduct research methodology; and identify and respond to a variety of learning styles and strategies.
- Community/Global Consciousness & Responsibility: Demonstrate social perceptiveness, including citizenship, community service, cultural awareness, empathy, ethics, interpersonal skills, personal integrity, respect, self-esteem and sensitivity; and exhibit interest in and pursuit of lifelong learning.
Completion of the Foothill College general education pattern requires that students successfully earn a minimum of 30 units from the courses listed below with at least one course in humanities, English, natural sciences (with laboratory), social and behavioral sciences, communication and analytical thinking, United States cultures and communities, and two courses in lifelong learning from two different academic departments. Courses may only be used in one area.
IMPORTANT!: It is imperative to note that the Foothill College general education pattern is only appropriate for students pursuing the Foothill College Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree. However, it is not appropriate for students pursuing an A.A.-T or A.S.-T degree. Students planning to earn an A.A.-T or A.S.-T must complete either the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth general education pattern. Note that completion of the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth pattern may also be used to satisfy the general education requirements for the Foothill A.A./A.S. degree. Because there are significant differences between the three patterns, the student is strongly advised to meet with a counselor to determine which pattern will best meet the student's goals.
Area I - Humanities
Area II - English
ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T. Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area II.
Area III - Natural Sciences (with laboratory)
ANTH 1 w/1L, 1H w/1HL, 13 w/13L; ASTR 10A w/10L, 10B w/10L, 10BH w/10L; BIOL 9 w/9L, 10, 13, 14, 15, 41; CHEM 1A, 1AH, 9, 25, 30A; GEOG 1; PHYS 2A, 4A; PSE 20. Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area III.
Area IV - Social & Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 2A, 2AH, 2B, 3, 5, 8, 12, 14, 15, 20, 22; BUSI 22, 22H, 53; CHLD 1, 2; ECON 1A, 1B, 9, 9H, 25; GEOG 2, 5, 10; HIST 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4CH, 8, 10, 17A, 17B, 17C, 17CH, 18, 20; KINS 2, 10, 51; POLI 1, 3, 3H, 9, 9H, 15, 15H; PSYC 1, 1H, 4, 9, 10, 14, 21, 22, 25, 30, 33, 40, 49; SOC 1, 1H, 10, 11, 15, 19, 20, 23, 28, 30, 40, 45; SPED 2; WMN 5, 21. Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area IV.
Area V - Communication & Analytical Thinking
COMM 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, 2, 3, 4, 55; C S 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 18; ENGL 1B, 1BH, 50C; GEOG 11; GIST 11; MATH 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, 1C, 10, 12, 17, 22, 44, 48A, 48B, 48C; MDIA 3; PHIL 1, 7; PSYC 7; SOC 7. Additionally, effective fall 2020 quarter, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area V.
Area VI - United States Cultures & Communities
CHLD 51A; COMM 10, 12; ENGL 7, 12, 40, 45A, 45AH, 45B, 45BH; HIST 10; MDIA 8A, 12; MUS 8, 8H; PHOT 8, 8H; PSYC 22; SOC 8, 23; SPED 1; THTR 8; WMN 5. Additionally, effective fall 2020 quarter, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area VI.
Area VII - Lifelong Learning
The student must successfully complete a total of four units or more in lifelong learning from two different academic departments. For the purpose of this area, ATHL, DANC, PHDA and PHED will be considered one academic department. ATHL 4, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4E, 4F, 11, 11A, 11B, 12, 12A, 12B, 12E, 21, 21A, 21B, 21C, 21F, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22F, 31, 31A, 31B, 31C, 31E, 31F, 32, 32A, 32C, 32F, 33, 33A, 33B, 33C, 33F, 41A, 41B, 42, 42B, 42C, 42F, 44, 44A, 44B, 44C, 44F, 45, 45A, 45B, 45C, 45F; BIOL 8, 9, 12, 81; CNSL 1, 52, 56, 72, 90; COMM 2, 10, 12, 55; CRLP 7, 73, 74; DANC 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 6, 7, 13A, 13B, 14, 18A, 18B; HLTH 20, 21, 22, 23; KINS 4, 16A, 16B, 16C; LIBR 10, 10H; PHDA 15A, 15B, 15C, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21A, 21B, 23, 24, 25; PHED 10A, 10B, 10C, 11A, 11B, 11C, 13, 13A, 13C, 14, 15A, 15B, 15C, 17A, 17B, 18, 18B, 18C, 19B, 19C, 19D, 20A, 20B, 21, 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 21E, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22E, 23A, 23B, 24, 24A, 24C, 24D, 25A, 25B, 26, 26A, 26C, 27, 27A, 27B, 27C, 31A, 31B, 31C, 33, 33A, 33B, 36A, 36B, 36C, 37, 37A, 37B, 38A, 38B, 38C, 40, 40A, 40C, 41, 41A, 41B, 42, 43A, 45, 45A, 45C, 46, 46A, 46B, 47B, 47C, 49A, 49B; PSYC 49; SOC 19, 40; SPED 1.
Petition for Graduation
Minimum proficiency: ENGL 1A or 1AH or 1S & 1T; MATH 105* or 180 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking. *Intermediate Algebra or equivalent means MATH 105 or completion of a higher-level course with a grade of "C" or better. Note: The student who intends to transfer to a four-year school must meet additional requirements for general education. We strongly encourage you to meet frequently with your counselor. Challenges and questions related to general education or proficiency requirements should be directed to your counselor or the appropriate academic division office.
Last modified: 2022-05-09 00:43:33 - Created: 2020-04-06 14:57:552020-2021 Academic Year
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