General Education and Elective Courses

Our Professional Studies Programs offer general education and elective courses both online and in classroom. Schedules are available per the links below or in the Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions office. Each course is 5-8 weeks in length. Students must register at the designated/published registration times for semester courses. Prior term tuition and fee balances must always be current to register for the upcoming semester.

Students enrolled in at least 6 units per semester may be eligible for Financial Aid. Students utilizing financial aid should notify the Financial Aid Office of their intended general education/elective plan for the entire academic year. Please note lab fees are required for some courses as indicated in the course descriptions and schedules.

Books/Materials for these courses can be purchased at the Vanguard bookstore on campus.

GE/Elective Course Schedule

Courses Offered

ART 252 • History and Appreciation of Art (3 units) | Onsite
A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture beginning with the Renaissance and concluding with Modern Art. Illustrated lectures, reading, and study of current exhibitions. Field trip fees may apply.  (Meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement) [in classroom]

BIOL 108 • Biology of Nutrition (4 units) | Onsite
The course emphasizes the biology of nutrition as applied to metabolic and physiologic principles underlying digestion and absorption of nutrients, chemical structure, and metabolism of nutrients, the biochemical role of nutrients in maintaining health, and the effects of over- and under-nutrition on health and on disease pathogenesis.  The students will gain an understanding of the biology of macronutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and water).  Weight management and dietary analysis will also be discussed.  Laboratory activities provide real-world insight into the biology of nutrition and will assist students in understanding how proper nutrition can optimize body system functions.  Lab fee required. (meets Science/Lab requirement) [in classroom]

BIOL 205 • Principles of Human Physiology (4 units) | Onsite
Investigates the fundamental physiological processes in humans using a systems approach to student integrated functions. The course will explore the functions of the human body emphasizing homeostasis and integration at the biochemical, cellular, organ, and system levels. The systems studied will include nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, and immunity. Lab fee required. (meets Physiology requirement for RN to BSN students; meets Science/Lab requirement for all other students)

BIOL 209 • Principles of Microbiology (4 units) | Onsite
Elementary microbiology for students interested in understanding characteristics and activities of microorganisms and their relation to health and disease. The structure, nutrition, growth, control mechanisms, and genetics of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa are explored. Special emphasis is given to infectious diseases and the organisms that cause these diseases. While the course is directed toward students interested in careers in diverse fields of allied health and nursing, qualified students in other programs may be admitted. Previous study in the biological and health sciences is strongly recommended. Lab fee required. (meets Microbiology requirement for RN to BSN students; meets Science/Lab requirement for all other students)

BIOL 294• Principles of Neuroscience (4 units) | Online
The course is an introduction to the human nervous system and how the brain processes sensory information, controls actions, and learns through experience and emotions. Each lesson provides a broad understanding of the fundamentals of brain structures and its role in behavior.  The course also aims to introduce the student to brain science behind sensory development, language acquisition, and learning. Lab fee required. (meets Science/Lab requirement)

CHEM 210 • Integrated Chemistry (4 units) | Onsite
This course is designed to give beginning students who have not had prior exposure to chemistry a basic overview in general, organic, biochemistry. The following topics will be surveyed: matter and energy, atomic theory, stoichiometry, nomenclature, the periodic table, atomic structure, gas, liquid and solid states, solutions, nuclear chemistry, functional groups, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, metabolism and respiration, photosynthesis, transcription, translation, kinetics and DNA replication. Upon completion of this integrated chemistry course, the student will have an understanding of basic principles paramount to the study of chemistry, a proficiency with stoichiometry (as it relates to the nursing discipline), writing and interpreting chemical formulas, nomenclature, and familiarity of the biochemical process of glycolysis, TCA cycle, photosynthesis, DNA replication , transcription and translation. In addition, the student should develop an appreciation for the importance of chemistry in other disciplines. Lab fee required. (meets Chemistry requirement for RN to BSN students; meets Science/Lab requirement for Professional Studies students)

COMM 230 • Ethics in Film (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Through in-class screenings, intensive class discussion and related readings, this course will examine films whose themes strongly concern the depiction of ethical and moral choice. This course will discuss the ways in which filmmakers create meaningful ethical dilemmas; how the characters’ choices are portrayed; and how these portrayals may influence our own formulation of value systems and ethical choices. (meets a Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

COMM 290 • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 units) | Onsite
The primary elements of the communication process as it occurs between two persons in everyday settings. Among the topics considered are language and meaning, nonverbal communication, person perception, and self-concept. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

CORE 110 • Foundations of College Writing I (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Covers reading comprehension, technology and writing, and sentence-level (grammar) and paragraph-level issues. The course focuses on process-driven revision and peer collaboration while emphasizing critical thinking skills. This course aims to prepare Professional Studies and ECE students for college-level writing and studies (meets elective credit requirement only; not applicable to English Composition requirement)

ENGL 115 • Foundations of College Writing II (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Exposition and argument at the college level. The course emphasizes academic writing conventions through the writing process, mechanics, revising and editing, with a specific emphasis on critical thinking and logical argumentation. Course must be passed with a “C” or better to enroll in ENGL 220 (meets English Composition requirement)

ENGL 220 • Researched Writing (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Interpretive and analytic writing, including several problem-solving research-based essays investigating topics related to class themes. The course emphasizes writing, revising and editing, reading, analytical skills, and computer technology (word processing, Internet research) and reinforces those skills learned in ENGL 115. Must be passed with a “C” or better to fulfill the core curriculum requirement. (meets English composition requirement)

ENGL 230 • Literary Perspectives (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Introduces the student to a variety of literary genres as well as diverse authors, cultures and experiences. Course will concentrate on different themes drawn from human experience from divergent perspectives, exploring the distinctive features of different genre along with the concepts and terminology necessary to understand Literature accurately and communicate about it effectively, thereby connecting Literature to life. Students engage in classroom discussion, written essay and assignments, and take a variety of quizzes and exams. (meets a Humanities requirement)

ENGL 340 • Children’s Literature (3 units) | Online
This course is designed to acquaint students with all major genres of children’s literature as well as a variety of authors, illustrators and literary criticisms. Students will read and evaluate literature written especially for children with consideration of a moralistic viewpoint and biblical worldview. Course content emphasizes the selection and integration of valuable literature in the classroom and benchmarks learning through discussion, analysis, written essay and assignments. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

HIST 275 • Topics in American History (3 units) | Onsite and Online
A study of five periods in American history emphasizing the development of a distinctive American culture. (meets Social Science requirement)

HIST 356 • History and Geography of California (3 units) | Onsite
A study of California from pre-Spanish times to the present, with emphasis on political, economic, and social developments and on its physical, political, and human geography. (meets Social Science requirement)

MATH 106 • Business Math (4 units) | Onsite and Online
This course applies the principles and practices of mathematics to everyday business problems and situations. The course prepares students to understand the mathematical and business concepts in problem solving, ratios and proportions, percentages, simple and compound interest,graphing linear functions, and inventory valuation. The course includes a brief overview of number sense and algebra concepts in its overall design to introduce students to common mathematical skills necessary for courses in business. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

MATH 109 • Mathematics for Statistics (4 units) | Onsite and Online
This course prepares students to understand the mathematical and statistical concepts in problem solving, critical thinking, ratios and proportions, algebraic equations, sets and logic, probability and statistics, including frequency of distribution, statistical graphs, measures of central tendency, and measure of position and dispersion. The course introduces students to common mathematical skills necessary for coursework in statistics. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

MATH/NURS 235   Statistics for the Health Professions (3 units) | Onsite
This course introduces the conceptual background of statistical techniques and reasoning with an emphasis on application relevant to identifying outcomes. Provides a framework for understanding and applying commonly used data analysis techniques in health science research. Includes selecting, applying, and interpreting univariate and bivariate statistical methods in answering research questions from a health science perspective. (meets Elective requirement)

MNGT 470 Entrepreneurship (3 units) | Onsite
This course helps students to expand their creativity through readings, discussions and exercises designed to increase the quantity and enhance the quality of ideas generated, specifically for exploring new venture opportunities in the students’ areas of expertise. In addition to creativity and innovation, feasibility studies of attractive new venture ideas will be performed. Students will also explore business ownership methods such as cold-start, buying an existing business, and buying a franchise. Finally, the incremental steps to starting, building, growing, and harvesting a new venture will be covered. (meets Elective requirement)

MNGT 470 Event Planning and Management (3 units) | Onsite
This course explains the processes for planning complex meetings and hosting special events.  Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to pull-off a major event like a concert, a conference, a trade show, a half-time event, or race? We hope to introduce you to the many facets of managing an event–from planning to marketing to operations and evaluation.  You’ll learn the importance of planning, budgeting, and customer service.  Through instruction, analysis, and hands-on experience you’ll learn how to draw conclusions about “what works” in event management and what solutions are needed.  The principles and concepts you learn will be transferable to many of the “productions” you might be responsible for as an event manager for a venue, a sports team or nonprofit.

MNGT 470 • Conflict Management and Negotiation (3 units) | Onsite
This course explores a range of issues concerning conflict, negotiation, and resolution.  The course encourages students to understand conflict resolution as an evolving skill that requires an appreciation of the underlying assumptions and practices that underscore conflict.  In this sense, students will learn to intervene in conflict while simultaneously undergoing a critical questioning of the choice, rationale, and appropriateness of the conflict.  This class is designed to give you a framework for more effective negotiation and conflict management. (meets Elective requirement)

MUSC 202 • Introduction to Music (3 units) | Onsite
A liberal arts course designed to develop a knowledge of music from the listener’s point of view. Introduction to the materials and forms of music and the periods of music history. Lab fee. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

NT 101 • New Testament Survey (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Prerequisite to all upper division courses in New Testament. A close study of the New Testament text, examining the foundations of Christianity within its historical contexts, and presenting the principles and tools of interpretation. (required for all Religion majors; meets Religion/Humanities requirement for all majors)

OT 201 • Old Testament Survey (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Prerequisite to all upper division courses in Old Testament. An introductory study of the literature of the Old Testament, with a view toward appreciation of its content and historical development, with emphasis on theological themes such as creation, election, and redemption. (required for all Religion majors; meets Religion/Humanities requirement for other majors)

PHIL 201 • Introduction to Philosophy (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Prerequisite: Sophomore status recommended. An introductory study which aims to provide a basic understanding of the nature and aims of philosophy, an acquaintance with some representative philosophical problems, an introduction to the methodology of philosophical inquiry, and a mastery of some of the terminology employed in philosophical discussion. (meets Religion/Philosophy or Humanities requirement)

PSCI 215 • Fundamentals of Earth Science (4 units) | Onsite
Prerequisite: One year of elementary algebra. Earth science including physical and historical geology, meteorology, and descriptive astronomy; the economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter. Lab fee. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

PSYC 103 • General Psychology (3 units) | Onsite and Online
Prerequisite to all other psychology courses. This course explores the fundamental issues of psychology, including research in psychology, biological influences on development and behavior, learning and memory, motivation, personality, psychological disorders, psychological interventions, and social behavior. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSYD 220 • Human Growth and Development
(3 units) | Onsite
Prerequisite: PSYC 103c. An exploration of human development across the lifespan (from conception through death). Examines human development through the biological, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives. (meets the Social Science requirement)

PSYD 321 • Adolescent Psychology
(3 units) | Onsite and Online
Prerequisite: PSYC 103c. A study of the period of life from puberty to the emergence from the teens, emphasizing the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and personality development of the individual. Diversity issues are considered. (meets the Social Science requirement)

PSYD 352 • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 units) | Onsite
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Investigate how general psychological knowledge from the areas of personality, assessment, cognitive, and social psychology can be applied and further developed in organizational contexts. Issues such as matching jobs and individuals, training, performance evaluation, stress, leadership, and development are discussed in the context of multilevel cultural influences, from organizational cultures to global business demands. (meets the Social Science requirement)

PSYD 465 • Field Education for Psychology Majors (1-5 units) | Onsite
Prerequisite: PSYD 460 Field Practicum (May be taken concurrently) and Consent of the Instructor. Students apply concepts learned in the major as a student intern/volunteer at a human services agency or research facility. This course allows students to earn credit for additional field experience beyond PSYD 460; 30 hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour. Students my register for from 1-5 units of credit. (meets Elective requirement for PSYD majors only)

SOC 100 • Introduction to Sociology
(3 units) | Onsite and Online
An introduction to the study of society, considering the fundamental concepts of sociology in each of three great areas: social structure, social processes, and social problems. Sociology deals with the way individuals, groups, and institutions are related to one another. (meets Social Science requirement)

SOC 220 • Marriage and Family in a Social Context (3 units) | Onsite and Online
This course provides students with a sociological perspective of marriage and family living. Themes include: the social construction of gender and the consequences for relationships and social institutions; intimacy in family relationships; communication, conflict and stress in the family; the realities of parenting; integrating work and family life; separation divorce and remarriage; later life families. (meets the Social Science requirement)

THEO 101 • Foundations of Christian Life (3 units) | Onsite
An introduction to Christian faith and life, embracing the primary theological tenets and fundamental values that empower a Christian to address contemporary cultural issues, seek integrity in personal behavior, and respond to the great commission to reach the world. (meets a Religion requirement)

THEO 103 • Introduction to Theology
(3 units) | Onsite
An introductory study of the subject matter and scope of Christian theology. Examination is made of philosophical presuppositions, definition is sought for theological terms, and articulation of theological concepts is encouraged. Particular attention is given to the doctrinal tenets of the assemblies of God. (required for all Religion majors.)

* This information is provided for ease of use; however, it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.