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2019-2020 Catalog [Archived] 
2019-2020 Catalog [Archived] [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CSU General Education Breadth Requirements

General Education Breadth Requirements are designed so that students may take lower division general education courses at a California community college such that when a student transfers, the student will have completed most, if not all, of the lower division general education requirements.


Certification means that El Camino College has verified that the student has completed the lower division general education requirements for the CSU. For full certification, students must complete 39 units from Categories A through E of the CSU General Education Requirements. Twelve of the 39 units must be completed at El Camino College. CSU certification may be requested in Admissions. Courses may be listed in multiple categories, but can only be certified in one area.

CSU General Education Requirements

Area A - Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking

minimum 9 semester units or 12 quarter units

One course from each subsection.

Area B - Physical Universe and its Life Forms

minimum 9 semester units or 12 quarter units

One course must be completed from each subsection; one course must include a laboratory (marked by *).

1. Physical Sciences:

3. The courses listed above in B.1. and B.2. marked with an asterisk meet the laboratory requirement.

Area C - Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Foreign Languages

minimum 9 semester units or 12 quarter units

At least one course from subsection 1 and one course from subsection 2.

1. Arts:

2. Humanities:

Area D - Social, Political and Economic Institutions and Behavior; Historical Background

minimum 9 semester units or 12 quarter units

Courses must be selected from at least two different subsections.

Courses listed in more than one subsection/area can be used for credit in one subsection/area only.

One unit may be taken from:


(Warning: an Area E approved two-unit course would be required with one of these one-unit courses to meet the 3 unit minimum. El Camino College does not currently offer an approved 2-unit course in this area. See your counselor for further information.)

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals of 6 semester units. One course is required from Group 1 and one course is required from Group 2.