SAN MARCOS (July 22, 2016) – Palomar College is full of opportunities for students this fall, to take classes that are transferable to universities, sharpen skills, explore new subject areas, or move them closer to their career goals.

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. Enrollment is open through the beginning of the semester. Many classes can be transferred to UC, CSU and private universities.

A number of sections are offered during the day and evening, especially in core classes, to accommodate students’ work schedules and family needs. Other class formats include Online, Fast Track and Late Start classes. Flexible scheduling options provide alternate start and end dates from the full 16-week semester. Eight-week Fast Track classes begin in August and October, and the 12-week session classes start two to four weeks after the beginning of the semester. Late Start, self-paced, open-entry/open-exit and weekend classes provide additional options throughout the semester.

In addition to the San Marcos campus, Palomar College offers classes at the Escondido Center, and has education sites at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook High School, Mt. Carmel High School and Pauma Valley.

Along with core subjects, students can pursue degrees in cutting edge technologies. For example, geographic information systems (GIS) courses teach students to analyze and visualize locational data, leading to careers in crime analysis, urban planning, and marketing, to name a few.

Courses in computer science and information technology can lead to careers in programming (including video game programming), information technology, networking, web technology and more.

The World Languages department offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Just a few of the other classes available at Palomar include — accounting, administration of justice, alcohol and other drug studies, American Indian studies,  American Sign Language, astronomy, automotive technology, cinema, counseling, health, real estate, religious studies, speech, and welding. Other subject areas include biology, broadcasting (digital broadcast arts), business, cabinet and furniture technology, chemistry, Chicano studies, child development, counseling, economics, drafting, engineering, entertainment technology, health, interior design, kinesiology, multicultural studies, nutrition, oceanography, photography, physics, political science, and zoology.

From art and architecture to performing arts, water technology and welding, Palomar has classes to meet a wide range of interests and career goals. For the most up-to-date listing of open classes, view the class schedule online at

California community college fees remain an affordable higher education option at only $46 per unit for California residents, the lowest cost in the nation. Palomar College offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs.

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Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152