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The Chancellor's Office for the California Community Colleges states that the governing board of community colleges shall establish a general education program which symbolizes 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 use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines; be aware of other cultures and times; to achieve insight 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.

General education is designed to introduce students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world. It reflects the conviction of colleges that those who receive their degrees must possess in common certain basic principles, concepts and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. College educated persons must be able to use this knowledge when evaluating and appreciating the physical environment, the culture and the society in which they live.

Associate Degree General Education Pattern

Each candidate for San Joaquin Delta College's Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree shall complete no fewer than a total of twenty-four (24) semester units of course work among categories I through V below. Courses which satisfy the major area requirement or the general education course requirement may be used to meet either of the requirements, but not for both. For students planning to transfer, refer to CSU and UC patterns.


(1 course minimum)

Animal Husbandry Science 10, or 10/10L

Anthropology 2 or 2/2L

Astronomy 1 or 1/1L

Biology 10, 11

Chemistry 1A, 3A, 10

Family and Consumer Sciences 6

Geography 1 or 1/1L

Geology 10

Natural Resources 2

Physical Science 1

Physics 10

Plant Science 10


(1 course minimum from each group)

Group A

History 17A, 17B, 27, 30A, 30B, 31, 34

Political Science 1

Group B

Agriculture Business 12

Anthropology 1, 10

Economics 1A, 1B

Geography 2, 10

History 2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B, 6C

Family and Consumer Sciences 21, 26

Political Science 10

Psychology 1

Social Science 30

Sociology 1A


(1 course minimum)

Anthropology 4

Art 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4

Civilization 3

Culinary Arts 16

Drama 10, 16A, 16B

English 30, 35A, 37, 38, 39 40A, 40B, 42A, 42B, 45, 46A, 46B, 47, 48A, 48B, 49, 52, 55, 57

Family and Consumer Science 43

Foreign Language 1, 51-52

Humanities 3, 4

Music 1, 2A, 2B, 4, 7, 8

Ornamental Horticulture 13

Philosophy 6

Sign Language 22


(1 course minimum, from each group)

Group A

English 1A, 74A/B, 79, 79L

Group B

Agriculture Business 13

Math 1, 10, 12, 13, 17A, 30, 31, 36, 82, 84A/B, 87

Philosophy 30

Psychology 12

Group C

Communication Studies 1A, 3, 8


(1 course minimum)

Administration of Justice 21

Biology 30

Business 8, 20

Communication Studies 7, 11

Computer Science 11

Education 10

English 34

Family and Consumer Sciences 2, 3, 5, 23

Guidance 12

Health Education 1

Mass Communication 1

Philosophy 40

Political Science 5

Psychology 30

Sociology 1B, 27, 33

Effective - Fall 2003


Selection of courses from this list may be affected by one or more factors, including choice of major, university transfer requirements, or prerequisite or sequencing requirements. Failure to plan appropriately WILL adversely affect timely graduation and/or transfer. Students are encouraged to consult with a counselor or an academic advisor in developing an individual education plan. (Counseling Office, Danner Hall, room 205, (209) 954-5650).

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