The General Education curriculum at CNU-CHS is designed to provide all students with a solid foundation needed to work effectively in diverse health-related careers.

As required by the California Code of Regulations under Title 5, Article 2 on Admissions and Academic Achievement Standards, “At least 25 percent of the credit requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree shall be in general education.”

Accordingly, the General Education courses comprise approximately 48 (or 51 if MATH110 is taken) credit units of the minimum 123-125 required credit units for graduation (38-41% of total degree credits).

CHS Master Course Roster & Catalog Descriptions

The General Education course requirements are fulfilled by the following learning outcomes:

  • Written Communication: Demonstrate the ability to write lucid and logically structured prose
  • Oral Communication: Listen and speak effectively in formal communication
  • Information Literacy: Identify and search relevant libraries of information and databases; synthesize information obtained from primary literature using properly referenced citations
  • Critical Thinking: Exercise reasoned judgment to assess technical information and make well-informed decisions using evidence-based approaches
  • Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning: Demonstrate knowledge of the complexity of biological systems and chemistry of matter; demonstrate applied use of mathematics and statistics in problem solving
  • Cultural Literacy and Social Intelligence: Demonstrate knowledge of diverse human cultures and the influence of social forces, economic principles, and human interactions within the framework of social sciences
  • Personal Development: Demonstrate leadership and foster improvement of the local community through voluntary service.

The General Education Learning Outcomes are fulfilled by completion of the following courses:

Communication (9 credits)

  • Written Communication: ENGL110 Composition I (3 credits); and ENGL120 Composition II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication: COMM110 Oral Communication (3 credits)

Information Literacy (3 credits)

  • Literature searching and reference citations
  • COLL310 Scholarly Project I – Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (3 credits)

Designing and Conducting Scholarly Research

  • COLL410 Scholarly Project II – Independent Project (3 credits)

Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (14 or 17 credits)

Life Science (4 credits)

  • BIOL110 / BIOL110L Biology I, Evolution & Diversity of Life / Lab (3/1 credits)

Physical Science (4 credits)

  • CHEM110 / CHEM 110L General Chemistry I / Lab (3/1 credits)

Mathematics (6 or 9 credits)

  • MATH110 Introduction to College Mathematics (3 credits)
    (optional requirement as determined by entrance placement exam)
  • MATH120 Applied Statistics (3 credits)
  • MATH130 Differential and Integral Calculus (3 credits)

Cultural Literacy and Social Intelligence (9 credits)

Arts (3credits) (one course from the following list):

  • ARTS110 Art Appreciation (3 credits)
  • ARTS120 Music Appreciation (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits) (one course from the following list):

  • ANTH110 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)

Social Sciences (3 credits) (one course from the following list):

  • ECON110 Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • GOVT110 U.S. Government (3 credits)
  • SOCL110 Sociology (3 credits)

Personal Development (7 credits)

Preparing for Success and Leadership (5 credits)

  • COLL100 Student Success Seminar (2 credits)
  • COLL420 Leadership Seminar (3 credits)

Service to the Community (2 credits)

  • COLL210 Community Service Project I (1 credit)
  • COLL220 Community Service Project II (1 credit)


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