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Block B criteria

Courses in this block must inquire into the physical universe and its life forms.

1. Courses in the natural sciences should promote an understanding and appreciation of the approaches and methodologies employed in the sciences.

2. Courses should be required in both the physical and biological sciences, each with laboratory practice, that should include the fundamental general concepts necessary for understanding the discipline's scope and concern.

Outcomes of Blocks B, C, and D

1. Upon completion of a block, students will have acquired content area knowledge in at least two disciplines, through which they can begin to understand more fully the processes of inquiry of the disciplines within the block.

2. As a result of completing a block, students will have acquired a broader base of information outside their own discipline.

3. As a result of completing a block, students will have developed a greater understanding of the relationship of their own discipline to a broad spectrum of other areas of study.

The Information Provided Below Will Assist You in Determining the Number of Units You Must Take, Based on Your Major in Natural Sciences (Block B), Humanities (Block C) and Social Sciences (Block D). GE Courses are Listed in the General Education Lower Division Course Table on the Opposing Page Natural Science-based Majors*-8 Units in Block B, 12 Units in Block C and 12 Units in Block D

Students majoring in the following programs must take 8 units of natural sciences (biological and physical, each with lab-B1 and B2), 12 units of humanities (integrated humanities course may count as one of the areas), and 12 units of social sciences (integrated social science course may count as one of the areas). Students majoring in biological science-based fields must take one physical science general education course and one other natural science G.E. course. Students majoring in physical science-based fields must take one biological science-based general education course and one other natural science G.E. course.

Biochemistry (B.S.) Geology (B.S.) Microbiology (B.S.)
Biology (B.S.) Exercise Science (B.S.) Natural Science (B.S.)
Chemistry (B.A., B.S.) Health Science (B.S.) Nursing (B.S.)
Computer Science (B.S.) Kinesiology (B.S.) Nutritional Science (B.S.)
Engineering (B.S.)** Mathematics (B.A., B.S.) Physics (B.A., B.S.)
Humanities-based Majors-12 Units in Block B, 8 Units in Block C and 12 Units in Block D

Students majoring in the following programs must take 12 units of natural science (4 units in each of the areas-biological B1, physical B2, and applied natural B3), 8 units of humanities, and 12 units of social sciences. Students majoring in humanities-based fields must take two humanities courses, one of which may be an integrated humanities course.

Art (B.A.) Industrial Arts (B.A.) Philosophy (B.A.)
Chinese (B.A.) Japanese (B.A.) Spanish (B.A.)
Communication (B.A.) Liberal Studies (B.A.) Television, Film & Media Studies (B.A.)
English (B.A.) Music (BMus, B.A.) Theatre Arts and Dance (B.A.)
French (B.A.)    
Social Science-based Majors - 12 Units in Block B, 12 Units in Block C and 8 Units in Block D

Students majoring in the following programs must take 12 units of natural science (4 units in each of the areas-biological B1, physical B2, and applied natural B3), 12 units of humanities (integrated humanities course may count as one of the areas), and 8 units of social sciences. Students majoring in social science-based fields must take two social science general education courses, one of which may be an integrated social science course.

African American Studies (B.A.) Economics (B.A.) Psychology (B.A.)
Anthropology (B.A.) Fire Protection Administration and Technology (B.S.) Rehabilitation Services (B.S.)
Asian and Asian American Studies (B.A.) Geography (B.A.) Social Science (B.A.)
Aviation Administration (B.S.) Graphic Communications (B.S.) Social Work (B.A.)
Business Administration (B.S.) History (B.A.) Sociology (B.A.)
Child Development (B.A.) Industrial Technology (B.S.) Vocational Arts (B.V.E.)
Communicative Disorders (B.A.) Latin American Studies (B.A.) Urban Learning (B.A.)
Computer Information Systems (B.S.) Mexican-American Studies (B.A.)  
Criminal Justice (B.S.) Political Science ( B.A.)  
* Students should choose general education courses in consultation with an academic adviser in their major department or division. This is particularly important for science majors whose General Education natural science requirements will differ from the courses listed in the general education program.

** GE program for Engineering majors is available in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. See a faculty adviser for details.

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Last Update: 7/18/2008