General Education Patterns
General education coursework, also known as breadth or core requirements, is one of the three components of a degree.  Major coursework and electives make up the other components of a degree.  Your general education pattern will be dictated by the institution you choose to ultimately obtain your degree. For more detailed information about general education patterns, make an appointment with a counselor.

Palomar College Advising Guide and Course List, 2014-2015
General Education pattern for most AA degrees

Supplemental AA Degree Advising Guide, 2014-2015

  • Additional information on District Requirements
  • GE Course Area Approvals

CSU General Education, 2014-2015

  • Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree at a California State University must meet the general education requirement of 48 semester units.  A student may complete 39 units of this requirement at the lower-division level.  The remaining 9 units must be completed at the upper-division level.
  • The CSU GE pattern, when certified by Palomar College, will meet all lower-division general education requirements at any CSU campus.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), 2014-2015

  • IGETC - Used for lower-division general education at both the UC and CSU systems.
  • IGETC is not recommended for students selecting the majors listed below.  The 7-course pattern is the alternate general education pattern.  The 7-course pattern includes one course each from IGETC Areas 1A, 1B, 2; and four courses from two of the following areas: Areas 3, 4, and/or 5.

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Davis
Biological Sciences: Davis, Irvine
Business: Berkeley
Chemistry: Berkeley
Engineering: All campuses
Environmental Design: Berkeley
Environmental Studies: Santa Cruz
Natural and Agricultural Sciences: Riverside
Natural Resources: Berkeley
Nursing (RN-BSN): Los Angeles
Physical Science: Irvine

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