Academic Catalog

Foothill College General Education & Graduation Requirements

The Foothill College general education (GE) pattern is designed to ensure that students meet the four institutional/general education student learning outcomes:

  1. Communication: Demonstrate analytical reading and writing skills, including evaluation, synthesis and research; deliver focused and coherent presentations; and demonstrate active, discerning listening and speaking skills in lectures and discussions.
  2. Computation: Demonstrate complex problem-solving skills, technology skills, computer proficiency and decision analysis through synthesis and evaluation; apply mathematical concepts and reasoning; and analyze and use numerical data.
  3. Creative, Critical & Analytical Thinking: Demonstrate judgment, decision-making skills and intellectual curiosity; demonstrate problem-solving skills through analysis, synthesis and evaluation; develop creativity and aesthetic awareness; conduct research methodology; and identify and respond to a variety of learning styles and strategies.
  4. Community/Global Consciousness & Responsibility: Demonstrate social perceptiveness, including citizenship, community service, cultural awareness, empathy, ethics, interpersonal skills, personal integrity, respect, self-esteem and sensitivity; and exhibit interest in and pursuit of lifelong learning.

Completion of the Foothill College general education pattern requires that students successfully earn a minimum of 30 units from the courses listed below, with at least one course in humanities, English, natural sciences (with laboratory), social and behavioral sciences, communication and analytical thinking, United States cultures and communities, and two courses in lifelong learning from two different academic departments. Courses may only be used in one area.

I. Humanities
ART 14.5
ART 2A4.5
or ART 2AH
ART 2B4.5
or ART 2BH
ART 2C4.5
ART 2D4.5
ART 2E4.5
ART 2F4.5
ART 2J4.5
ART 4A4
ART 4G4
ART 5A4
ART 5B4
ART 204
ART 45B4
BUSI 704
CRWR 65
CRWR 25A5
CRWR 39A5
CRWR 41A5
DANC 105
ENGL 54
ENGL 74
ENGL 10A4
ENGL 124
ENGL 12A4
ENGL 144
ENGL 164
ENGL 174
ENGL 224
ENGL 244
ENGL 27G4
ENGL 314
ENGL 34C4
ENGL 374
ENGL 384
ENGL 404
ENGL 43A5
or ENGL 43AH
ENGL 43B5
or ENGL 43BH
ENGL 45A5
or ENGL 45AH
ENGL 45B5
or ENGL 45BH
ENGL 494
ETHN 14
ETHN 24
ETHN 34
ETHN 44
ETHN 54
ETHN 74
GID 14
HUMN 14
or HUMN 1H
HUMN 24
HUMN 34
or HUMN 3H
HUMN 44
or HUMN 4H
HUMN 54
or HUMN 5H
HUMN 64
HUMN 74
or HUMN 7H
HUMN 84
HUMN 94
HUMN 104
HUMN 114
or HUMN 11H
HUMN 134
HUMN 144
JAPN 14A4
JAPN 14B4
KINS 54
MDIA 14
or MDIA 1H
MDIA 2A4
MDIA 2B4
MDIA 2C4
MDIA 44
MDIA 74
MDIA 114
or MDIA 11H
MDIA 134
MUS 14
MUS 2A5
or MUS 2AH
MUS 2B5
or MUS 2BH
MUS 2C5
or MUS 2CH
MUS 2D5
MUS 2F4
MUS 7F4
MUS 85
or MUS 8H
MUS 11D4
MUS 11E4
PHIL 24
PHIL 44
PHIL 114
PHIL 20A4
PHIL 20B4
PHIL 244
PHIL 254
PHOT 54
PHOT 85
or PHOT 8H
PHOT 104
or PHOT 10H
PHOT 114
or PHOT 11H
SPAN 45
SPAN 55
SPAN 65
SPAN 13A4
SPAN 13B4
SPAN 14A4
SPAN 14B4
THTR 14
THTR 2A4
THTR 2F4
THTR 84
THTR 264
II. English
ENGL 1A5
or ENGL 1AH
ESLL 265
Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area II.
III. Natural Sciences (with Laboratory)
ANTH 1
ANTH 1L

and
5
or ANTH 1H
ANTH 1HL

and
ANTH 13
ANTH 13L

and
5
ASTR 10A
ASTR 10L

and
6
ASTR 10B
ASTR 10L

and
6
or ASTR 10BH
ASTR 10L

and
BIOL 9
BIOL 9L

and
5
BIOL 105
BIOL 135
BIOL 145
BIOL 155
BIOL 416
CHEM 1A5
CHEM 255
CHEM 30A5
GEOG 15
HORT 154
PHYS 2A5
PHYS 4A6
PSE 205
Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area III.
IV. Social and Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 2A4
or ANTH 2AH
ANTH 2B4
ANTH 34
ANTH 54
ANTH 84
or ANTH 8H
ANTH 124
ANTH 144
ANTH 154
ANTH 204
ANTH 224
BUSI 225
or BUSI 22H
CHLD 14
CHLD 24
CNSL 34.5
or CNSL 3H
ECON 1A5
ECON 1B5
ECON 94
or ECON 9H
ECON 254
GEOG 24
GEOG 54
GEOG 104
HIST 3A4
HIST 3B4
HIST 3C4
HIST 4A4
HIST 4B4
HIST 4C4
HIST 84
HIST 104
HIST 17A4
HIST 17B4
HIST 17C4
HIST 184
HIST 204
KINS 25
KINS 105
KINS 514
POLI 15
POLI 35
or POLI 3H
POLI 45
POLI 94
or POLI 9H
POLI 154
or POLI 15H
PSYC 15
or PSYC 1H
PSYC 24
PSYC 45
PSYC 94
PSYC 105
PSYC 144
PSYC 214
PSYC 224
PSYC 254
PSYC 304
PSYC 334
PSYC 405
PSYC 494
SOC 15
or SOC 1H
SOC 105
SOC 115
SOC 154
SOC 194
SOC 204
SOC 234
SOC 284
SOC 304
SOC 404
SOC 454
WMN 54
WMN 214
Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area IV.
V. Communication and Analytical Thinking
COMM 1A5
or COMM 1AH
COMM 1B5
COMM 25
COMM 35
COMM 45
COMM 555
C S 1A4.5
C S 1B4.5
C S 1C4.5
C S 2A4.5
C S 2B4.5
C S 2C4.5
C S 3A4.5
C S 185
ENGL 1B5
or ENGL 1BH
ENGL 50C5
GEOG 114
GIST 114
MATH 1A5
or MATH 1AH
MATH 1B5
or MATH 1BH
MATH 1C5
MATH 105
MATH 125
MATH 175
MATH 225
MATH 40A5
MATH 445
MATH 48A5
MATH 48B5
MATH 48C5
MDIA 34
PHIL 15
PHIL 75
PSYC 75
SOC 75
Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area V.
VI. United States Cultures and Communities
CHLD 51A4
CNSL 34.5
or CNSL 3H
COMM 105
COMM 125
ENGL 74
ENGL 124
ENGL 12A4
ENGL 404
ENGL 45A5
or ENGL 45AH
ENGL 45B5
or ENGL 45BH
ETHN 14
ETHN 24
ETHN 34
ETHN 44
ETHN 54
ETHN 74
ETHN 84
HIST 104
HUMN 124
MDIA 8A4
MDIA 124
MUS 85
or MUS 8H
PHOT 85
or PHOT 8H
PSYC 224
SOC 84
SOC 234
THTR 84
WMN 54
Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area VI.
VII. Lifelong Learning
The student must successfully complete a total of four units or more in lifelong learning from two different academic departments. For the purpose of this area, ATHL, DANC, PHDA and PHED will be considered one academic department.
ATHL 42
ATHL 4A2
ATHL 4B2
ATHL 4C1
ATHL 4E1
ATHL 4F3
ATHL 113
ATHL 11A2
ATHL 11B2
ATHL 123
ATHL 12A2
ATHL 12B2
ATHL 12E1
ATHL 212
ATHL 21A2
ATHL 21B2
ATHL 21C1
ATHL 21F3
ATHL 222
ATHL 22A2
ATHL 22B2
ATHL 22C1
ATHL 22F3
ATHL 313
ATHL 31A2
ATHL 31C1
ATHL 31E1
ATHL 31F2
ATHL 323
ATHL 32A2
ATHL 32C1
ATHL 32F2
ATHL 332
ATHL 33A2
ATHL 33B2
ATHL 33C1
ATHL 33F3
ATHL 41A2
ATHL 41B3
ATHL 422
ATHL 42B2
ATHL 42C1
ATHL 42F3
ATHL 443
ATHL 44A2
ATHL 44C1
ATHL 44F2
ATHL 453
ATHL 45A2
ATHL 45C1
ATHL 45F2
BIOL 85
BIOL 94
BIOL 124
BIOL 814
CHEM 814
CNSL 13
CNSL 563
CNSL 723
CNSL 901.5
COMM 25
COMM 105
COMM 125
COMM 555
CRLP 74
CRLP 731
CRLP 741
DANC 1A1
DANC 1B1
DANC 1C1
DANC 2A1
DANC 2B1
DANC 3A1
DANC 3B1
DANC 4A1
DANC 4B1
DANC 4C1
DANC 71
DANC 13A1
DANC 13B1
DANC 141
DANC 18A1
DANC 18B1
HLTH 205
HLTH 214
HLTH 224
HLTH 234
KINS 44
KINS 16A3
KINS 16B3
KINS 16C3
KINS 493
LIBR 101
or LIBR 10H
MATH 834
PHDA 15A1
PHDA 15B1
PHDA 15C1
PHDA 161
PHDA 171
PHDA 181
PHDA 201
PHDA 21A1
PHDA 21B1
PHDA 231
PHDA 241
PHDA 251
PHED 10A1
PHED 10B1
PHED 10C1
PHED 11A1
PHED 11B1
PHED 11C1
PHED 131
PHED 13A1
PHED 13C1
PHED 15A1
PHED 15B1
PHED 15C1
PHED 181
PHED 18B1
PHED 18C1
PHED 20A1
PHED 20B1
PHED 211
PHED 21A1
PHED 21B1
PHED 21C1
PHED 21D1
PHED 221
PHED 22A1
PHED 22B1
PHED 22C1
PHED 22E1
PHED 23A1
PHED 23B1
PHED 241
PHED 24A1
PHED 24C2
PHED 24D2
PHED 25A1
PHED 25B2
PHED 261
PHED 26A1
PHED 26C1
PHED 271
PHED 27A1
PHED 27B1
PHED 27C1
PHED 31A1
PHED 31B1
PHED 31C1
PHED 331
PHED 33A1
PHED 33B1
PHED 36A1
PHED 36B1
PHED 36C1
PHED 371
PHED 37A1
PHED 37B1
PHED 38A1
PHED 38B1
PHED 38C1
PHED 401
PHED 40A1
PHED 40C1
PHED 411
PHED 41A1
PHED 41B1
PHED 43A1
PHED 451
PHED 45A1
PHED 45C1
PHED 461
PHED 46A1
PHED 46B1
PHED 47B1
PHED 47C1
PHED 49A1
PHED 49B1
PSYC 494
SOC 194
SOC 404
Additionally, students who complete the major requirements for the Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology program will satisfy Area VII.

Minimum proficiency: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH or ESLL 26; college-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra.

It is imperative to note that the Foothill College general education pattern is only appropriate for students pursuing the Foothill College associate in arts or associate in science degree. However, it is not appropriate for students pursuing an A.A.–T or A.S.–T degree. Students planning to earn an A.A.–T or A.S.–T must complete either the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth general education pattern. Note that completion of the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth pattern may also be used to satisfy the general education requirements for the Foothill A.A./A.S. degree. Because there are significant differences between the three patterns, students are strongly advised to meet with a counselor to determine which pattern will best meet the student’s goals.

Effective Summer Session 2023