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Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

Students may graduate from Cosumnes River College with the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science (AS) degree by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 60 units of collegiate work with a 'C' (2.0) grade point average (GPA) in a curriculum that the district accepts toward the degree. At least 12 of the 60 units must be earned at Cosumnes River College.
  2. Major: completion of an AA or AS Major Program of Study offered at Cosumnes River College. Courses used to complete requirements for the major must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  3. Demonstration of competency in writing, reading, and mathematics.
  4. Completion of Cosumnes River College's general education requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses used for general education (21 units minimum).
  5. Catalog rights: students are held to the graduation requirements established at the time they begin college as long as they maintain their catalog rights.

Effective beginning summer 2004, students who possess a bachelor's (BA/BS) or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the US are deemed to have met the general education and graduation competency requirements for an AA/AS degree. Degrees from accredited institutions outside of the US will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

2020-2021 Graduation Competency Requirements

Demonstrate college-level competence in reading, written expression, and mathematics by completing the following:

  1. Reading Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion of Cosumnes River College's General Education pattern or any local general education pattern offered in Los Rios Community College District
    • Completion and certification of the CSU GE Breadth pattern
    • Completion and certification of the IGETC pattern
    • Possession of an associate (AA/AS) degree or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US
  2. Written Expression Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better in one of the following:
      • BUS 310 Business Communications
      • ENGWR 300 College Composition; ENGWR 341 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing; ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition
      • HONOR 375 Honors College Composition
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of an equivalent college writing course at a regionally accredited college in the US
  3. Mathematics Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better in one of the following:
      • ECON 310 Statistics for Business and Economics
      • HONOR 393 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors
      • MATH 110 Elementary Geometry; MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra; MATH 125 Intermediate Algebra for Statistics and Liberal Arts; MATH 144 Math for Contemporary Careers
      • POLS 382 Statistics for Social Science
      • PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of a designated higher-level mathematics/statistics course
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of an equivalent college math course at a regionally accredited college
    • Obtain a satisfactory score on a mathematics competency examination used district-wide for graduation

2020-2021 General Education Requirements for AA/AS Degrees

Courses that appear in more than one general education area may only be used in one general education area, with the exception of area VI.

I. Humanities

Choose one course for a minimum of three units.
Area Courses
Humanities
  • ARCH 310 History of Architecture; ARCH 332 Design Awareness
  • ART 300 Drawing and Composition I; ART 301 Digital Drawing and Composition; ART 304 Figure Drawing I; ART 320 Design: Fundamentals; ART 323 Design: Color Theory, ART 324 Collage and Assemblage; ART 330 Mural Painting; ART 338 Introduction to Digital Painting I; ART 361 Printmaking: Survey; ART 362 Printmaking: Intaglio; ART 364 Printmaking: Relief; ART 370 Three Dimensional; ART 372 Sculpture; ART 394 Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Beginning;  ART 430 Art and Children
  • ARTH 300 Introduction to Art; ARTH 303 Art Survey: Ancient to 14th Century; ARTH 307 Italian Renaissance Art; ARTH 309 Art Survey: Renaissance to 19th Century; ARTH 311 Art Survey: Modern Art; ARTH 312 Women in Art; ARTH 324Art of the Americas#; ARTH 325 Native American Art History#; ARTH 328 Survey of African Art#; ARTH 332 Asian Art#; ARTH 333 Introduction to Islamic Art
  • ARTNM 324 Digital Design
  • DANCE 386 Dance History#
  • DEAF 310 American Sign Language I; DEAF 312 American Sign Language II; DEAF 314 American Sign Language III; DEAF 316 American Sign Language IV
  • ENGCW 480 Honors Seminar: Creative Writing and Culture
  • ENGLT 303 Introduction to the Short Story; ENGLT 310 English Literature I; ENGLT 311 English Literature II; ENGLT 320 American Literature I; ENGLT 321 American Literature II; ENGLT 330 African American Literature; ENGLT 336 Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature#; ENGLT 340 World Literature I#; ENGLT 341 World Literature II; ENGLT 343 Contemporary Regional World Literature#; ENGLT 345 Mythologies of the World#; ENGLT 360 Women in Literature#; ENGLT 370 Children and Literature; ENGLT 402 Introduction to Shakespeare and Film; ENGLT 488 Honors - Literature Adapted into Film*
  • ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature
  • FMS 300 Introduction to Film Studies; FMS 305 Film History; FMS 310 Basic Screenwriting; FMS 320 Film Genre; FMS 488 Honors Seminar: Introduction to Critical Theory; FMS 489 Honors Seminar: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
  • HIST 364 Asian Civilization*; HIST 365 Asian Civilization*
  • HONOR 350 Honors Seminar: Introduction to Critical Theory; HONOR 352 Honors Seminar: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock; HONOR 378 Honors - Literature Adapted into Film*
  • HUM 300 Classical Humanities; HUM 301 Introduction to the Humanities; HUM 310 Modern Humanities; HUM 320 Asian Humanities; HUM 324 Global Islam: Culture and Civilization#; HUM 331 Latin American Humanities#; HUM 332 American Humanities#
  • MUFHL 300 Introduction to Music; MUFHL 308 Introduction to Music: Rock & Roll; MUFHL 310 Survey of Music History and Literature (Greek Antiquity to 1750); MUFHL 311 Survey of Music History and Literature (1750 to the present); MUFHL 315 Jazz History; MUFHL 330World Music#
  • MUP 357 College Chorus; MUP 358 College Chorus Chorale; MUP 360 Chamber Singers; MUP 362 Advanced Chamber Singers
  • MUSM 334 Introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI); MUSM 370 Music for Children
  • PHIL 304 Introduction to Asian Philosophy#; PHIL 310 Introduction to Ethics; PHIL 330 History of Classical Philosophy; PHIL 331 History of Modern Philosophy; PHIL 338 Contemporary Philosophy; PHIL 350 Philosophy of Religion; PHIL 352 Introduction to World Religions#; PHIL 356 Introduction to the Bible
  • PHOTO 301 Beginning Photography; PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography; PHOTO 420 History of Photography
  • RLST 301 Introduction to World Religions#
  • RTVF 302 Introduction to Digital Design & Storytelling; RTVF 305 Film History; RTVF 368 Scriptwriting for Film, Video & Multimedia
  • SPAN 101 Conversational Spanish, Elementary; SPAN 102 Conversational Spanish, Elementary; SPAN 401 Elementary Spanish; SPAN 402 Elementary Spanish; SPAN 411 Intermediate Spanish; SPAN 412 Intermediate Spanish; SPAN 413 Spanish for Native Speakers I; SPAN 415 Spanish for Native Speakers II; SPAN 425 Advanced Reading and Conversation; SPAN 426 Introduction to Mexican American Literature; SPAN 427 Introduction to Spanish American Literature
  • TA 300 Introduction to the Theatre; TA 302 History and Theory of the Theatre I; TA 303 History and Theory of the Theatre II; TA 306 Diversity in American Drama (1960 to Present) #; TA 350 Theory and Techniques of Acting I; TA 401 Children's Literature and Creative Drama
  • VIET 401 Elementary Vietnamese; VIET 402 Elementary Vietnamese; VIET 411 Intermediate Vietnamese; VIET 412 Intermediate Vietnamese

II. Language and Rationality

Choose two courses for a minimum of six units. Complete one course (three units minimum) in each area.
Area Courses
a) English Composition
  • BUS 310 Business Communications
  • ENGED 305 Structure of English
  • ENGWR 300 College Composition; ENGWR 341 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing; ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition
  • ESLW 340 Advanced Composition
  • HONOR 375 Honors College Composition
b) Communication and Analytical Thinking
  • ACCT 101 Fundamentals of College Accounting; ACCT 301 Financial Accounting
  • CISC 310 Introduction to Computer Information Science*
  • CISP 300 Algorithm Design/Problem Solving; CISP 350 Database Programming; CISP 360 Introduction to Structured Programming; CISP 370 Beginning Visual Basic; CISP 400 Object Oriented Programming with C++
  • COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking; COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate; COMM 315 Persuasion; COMM 331 Group Discussion; COMM 361 The Communication Experience; COMM 363 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • ECON 310 Statistics for Business and Economics
  • ENGCW 400 Creative Writing; ENGCW 410 Fiction Writing Workshop; ENGCW 420 Poetry Writing Workshop; ENGCW 430 Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
  • ENGLT 488 Honors - Literature Adapted into Film*
  • ENGRD 310 Critical Reading as Critical Thinking; ENGRD 311 Intensive Critical Thinking for College Success
  • ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
  • HONOR 378 Honors - Literature Adapted into Film*; HONOR 393 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors
  • JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting
  • LIBR 324 Critical Thinking and Information Literacy*
  • MATH 110 Elementary Geometry; MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra; MATH 125 Intermediate Algebra for Statistics and Liberal Arts; MATH 144 Math for Contemporary Careers; MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas; MATH 310 Mathematical Discovery; MATH 335 Trigonometry with College Algebra; MATH 341 Calculus for Business and Economics; MATH 343 Modern Business Mathematics; MATH 350 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I; MATH 351 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences II; MATH 355 Calculus for Biology and Medicine I; MATH 356 Calculus for Biology and Medicine II; MATH 370 Pre-Calculus Mathematics; MATH 400 Calculus I; MATH 401 Calculus II; MATH 402 Calculus III; MATH 410 Introduction to Linear Algebra; MATH 420 Differential Equations
  • PHIL 300 Introduction to Philosophy; PHIL 320 Logic and Critical Reasoning; PHIL 325 Symbolic Logic
  • POLS 382 Statistics for Social Science
  • PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences; PSYC 335 Research Methods in Psychology
  • RTVF 306 Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Cinematic Arts
  • SOC 305 Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences*
  • STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics; STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors

III. Living Skills

Choose one course from area III(a) and a minimum of two units from area III(b), for a minimum of three units total.
This area can also be fulfilled by Military Service Credit (honorable discharge) with a minimum of one year active duty service. Submit a copy of DD214 to Admissions and Records as verification.
Area Courses
a) Physical Education** Any physical education activity course with a subject designation of: ADAPT, DANCE, FITNS, PACT, SPORT, TMACT
b) Life Development Skills
  • AMT 300 Automotive Fundamentals and Shop Procedures
  • BUSTEC 302 Computer-Keyboarding
  • CISC 302 Computer Familiarization; CISC 310 Introduction to Computer Information Science*
  • COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication
  • ECE 312 Child Development; ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community; ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence; ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience; ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition; ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education #
  • ENGED 320 Service Learning: Tutoring Elementary Students in Reading
  • FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span
  • HCD 110 Building Foundations for Success; HCD 112 College Survival; HCD 122 Study Skills; HCD 132 Career Exploration; HCD 310 College Success; HCD 340 Job Search Portfolio Development; HCD 346 Career and Workforce Skills; HCD 382 Learning Strategies for College and Life
  • HEED 300 Health Science; HEED 350 Personal Wellness
  • HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations
  • INDIS 313 Freshman Seminar
  • JOUR 330 Computer Familiarization
  • KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology; KINES 301 Personal Wellness; KINES 416 Psychology of Sport*
  • LIBR 318 Library Research and Information Literacy; LIBR 324 Critical Thinking and Information Literacy*
  • NUTRI 300 Nutrition; NUTRI 303 Plant-Based Nutrition; NUTRI 322 Nutrition Issues Throughout Life; NUTRI 331 Plant-Based Food Principles and Preparation
  • PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior*; PSYC 356 Human Sexuality; PSYC 371 Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • SGVT 300 Introduction to Student Government; SGVT 315 Dynamics of Leadership
  • SOC 310 Marriage and the Family
  • Work Experience Courses: any courses numbered 198, 298, or 498
  • ** Students with medical excuses on file may enroll in an Adapted Physical Education (ADAPT) course or be exempt from this requirement. Students who receive this exemption for any reason must complete a minimum of three units under area III.b. Life Development Skills.

IV. Natural Sciences

Choose one course for a minimum of three units.
Area Courses
Natural Sciences
  • ANSC 300 Introduction to Animal Science; ANSC 301 Introduction to Equine Science
  • ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology; ANTH 303 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology*; ANTH 374 Birth to Death: The Anthropology of Primate Culture and Behavior*
  • ASTR 300 Introduction to Astronomy
  • BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology; BIOL 102 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology; BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology; BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms; BIOL 308 Contemporary Biology; BIOL 310 General Biology; BIOL 342 The New Plagues: New and Ancient Infectious Diseases Threatening World Health; BIOL 350 Environmental Biology; BIOL 352 Conservation Biology; BIOL 400 Principles of Biology; BIOL 410 Principles of Botany; BIOL 420 Principles of Zoology; BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology; BIOL 440 General Microbiology; BIOL 462 Genetics in Contemporary Human Society; BIOL 485 Honors Seminar in Genetics
  • CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry; CHEM 306 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry; CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry; CHEM 321 Environmental Chemistry; CHEM 400 General Chemistry I
  • ENGR 304 How Things Work
  • GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems; GEOG 305 Global Climate Change; GEOG 306 Weather and Climate; GEOG 331 Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies
  • GEOL 300 Physical Geology; GEOL 305 Earth Science; GEOL 310 Historical Geology; GEOL 330 Introduction to Oceanography
  • HONOR 385 Honors Seminar in Genetics
  • HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture; HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition; HORT 313 Sustainable Agriculture
  • PHYS 310 Conceptual Physics; PHYS 350 General Physics; PHYS 370 Introductory Physics - Mechanics and Thermodynamics; PHYS 411 Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
  • PLTS 300 Introduction to Plant Science; PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition
  • PSYC 312 Biological Psychology

V. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose two courses for a minimum of six units. Complete one course (three units minimum) in each area.
Area Courses
a) American Institutions
  • HIST 310 History of the United States; HIST 311 History of the United States (To 1877); HIST 314 Recent United States History; HIST 320 History of the United States: African-American Emphasis; HIST 321 History of the United States: African-American Emphasis; HIST 331 Women in American History; HIST 371 History of the Americas from the 19th Century Wars of Independence to the Present; HIST 485 Recent United States History - Honors
  • HONOR 366 Recent United States History - Honors; HONOR 367 Introduction to Government: United States – Honors
  • POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States; POLS 481 Introduction to Government: United States - Honors
b) Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • AGB 321 Agriculture Economics
  • ANTH 303 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology*; ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology#; ANTH 313 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Medical Focus#; ANTH 316 Global Forces in Culture Change#; ANTH 323 Introduction to Archaeology; ANTH 324 World Prehistory#; ANTH 331 The Anthropology of Religion#; ANTH 332 Native Peoples of California#; ANTH 334 Native Peoples of North America#; ANTH 336 Anthropology of Sex, Sexuality and Gender#; ANTH 341 Introduction to Linguistics; ANTH 374 Birth to Death: The Anthropology of Primate Culture and Behavior*
  • BUS 320 Concepts in Personal Finance; BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace#; BUS 345 Law and Society
  • COMM 325 Intercultural Communication#; COMM 341 Organizational Communication; COMM 480 Honors Seminar: Political Campaign Communication
  • ECON 100 Introduction to Economics; ECON 300 Survey of Economics; ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics; ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics; ECON 306 Environmental Economics; ECON 320 Concepts in Personal Finance
  • ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies#; ETHNS 320 The African American Experience#; ETHNS 330 The Asian American Experience in America#; ETHNS 340 Chicanos/Mexican Americans in the U.S.#
  • GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability; GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes#; GEOG 320 World Regional Geography#; GEOG 322 Geography of California#
  • HIST 301 History of Western Civilization (to 1660); HIST 302 History of Western Civilization; HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500; HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present#; HIST 344 Survey of California History: A Multicultural Perspective#; HIST 360 History of African Civilizations; HIST 364 Asian Civilization*; HIST 365 Asian Civilization*; HIST 370 History of the Americas through the 19th Century Wars of Independence; HIST 373 History of Mexico; HIST 380 History of the Middle East
  • HONOR 340 Honors Seminar: Political Campaign Communication
  • JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society; JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media#
  • KINES 416 Psychology of Sport*; KINES 460 Sport in Society
  • NUTRI 310 Cultural Foods of the World#
  • PHIL 360 Social/Political Philosophy
  • POLS 302 Comparative Politics; POLS 304 Introduction to Government: California; POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations; POLS 312 Politics of the Middle East; POLS 313 Latin America; POLS 314 Modern Europe and the Unification Process; POLS 315 Pacific Rim; POLS 317 Global Studies: Africa; POLS 320 Introduction to Political Theory
  • PSYC 300 General Principles; PSYC 320 Social Psychology; PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior*; PSYC 368Cross Cultural Psychology#; PSYC 371 Life Span Developmental Psychology*
  • RTVF 300 Mass Media and Society
  • SJS 300 Introduction to Social Justice Studies#
  • SOC 300 Introductory Sociology; SOC 301 Social Problems; SOC 302 Introduction to Social Research Methods; SOC 305 Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences*; SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States#; SOC 341 Sex and Gender in the U.S.

VI. Ethnic/Multicultural Studies

Choose a minimum of three units from the following courses. These courses may also be used to meet other GE requirements.
Area Courses
Ethnic/Multicultural Studies
  • ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 313 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Medical Focus; ANTH 316 Global Forces in Culture Change; ANTH 324 World Prehistory; ANTH 331 The Anthropology of Religion; ANTH 332 Native Peoples of California; ANTH 334 Native Peoples of North America; ANTH 336 Anthropology of Sex, Sexuality and Gender
  • ARTH 324 Art of the Americas; ARTH 325 Native American Art History; ARTH 328 Survey of African Art; ARTH 332 Asian Art
  • BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace
  • CAM 302 Food and Culture in America
  • COMM 325 Intercultural Communication
  • DANCE 386 Dance History
  • ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • ENGLT 336 Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature; ENGLT 340 World Literature I; ENGLT 343 Contemporary Third World Literature; ENGLT 345 Mythologies of the World; ENGLT 360 Women in Literature
  • ENGRD 200 Reading the American Cultural Experience
  • ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies; ETHNS 320 The African American Experience; ETHNS 330 The Asian American Experience in America; ETHNS 340 Chicanos/Mexican Americans in the U.S.
  • GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes; GEOG 320 World Regional Geography; GEOG 322 Geography of California
  • HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present; HIST 344 Survey of California History: A Multicultural Perspective
  • HUM 324 Global Islam: Culture and Civilization; HUM 331 Latin American Humanities; HUM 332 American Humanities
  • JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media
  • MUFHL 330 World Music
  • NUTRI 310 Cultural Foods of the World
  • PHIL 304 Introduction to Asian Philosophy; PHIL 352 Introduction to World Religions
  • PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology
  • RLST 301 Introduction to World Religions
  • SJS 300 Introduction to Social Justice Studies
  • SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States
  • TA 306 Diversity in American Drama (1960 to Present)
  • * These courses are listed in more than one area but may be used to satisfy a requirement in only one general education area.
  • # These courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements as well as area VI. Ethnic/Multicultural Studies

Catalog Rights

For the purpose of graduating or earning a certificate from any college in the Los Rios Community College District, a student who attends at least one session (whether quarter, semester, or summer) in each calendar year at any California community college, California State University, University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate, as follows:

  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student was admitted to a Los Rios college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college