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 3-8 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.

The program is designed for Adult Students who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. currently enrolled in a Professional Studies Program, or
  2. preparing to enroll and needing general education or electives for one of our Professional Studies Programs.

Professional Studies General Education Calendar

Summer 2015 GE Course Schedule

Fall 2015 GE Course Schedule


Courses Offered

ART 252C • History and Appreciation of Art (3 units)
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)

BIOL 105 • Anatomy and Nutritional Biochemistry (4 units)
The course emphasizes metabolic and physiologic principles underlying digestion and absorption of nutrients, chemical structure and metabolic fate of nutrients, the biochemical role of nutrients in maintaining health, and the effects of over- and under-nutrition on disease pathogenesis. The students will gain an understanding of the cardiovascular, digestive, and musculoskeletal systems. Weight management and dietary analysis will also be discussed. Laboratory activities provide real-world insight nutrition and optimizing body system functions. Lab fee required. (meets a Science/Lab requirement)

BIOL 205 • Principles of Human Physiology (4 units)
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)
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)

BUSN 440 • Entrepreneurship: Formation of New Ventures (3 units)
The theory and practice of new venture development. Studies business opportunities from the point of view of the entrepreneur/manager rather than passive investor. Topics include strategic management, venture capital, and writing business plans.

BUOM 470 • Managing Technology and Innovation in a Global Market (3 units)
Today’s marketplace has progressed from a labor-based to a knowledge-driven society.  Organizations’ business strategies are increasingly dependent on the ability to manage the complexities of technology development and/or application of technology in a rapidly changing, globally competitive environment.  Consequently, today’s leaders must be adept at both innovation and change dynamics.  This course teaches students the fundamentals of technology management from the business strategy perspective.  Students will examine the processes of the most innovative businesses, learn how to think innovatively, gain a global perspective on technology development trends and clusters, and gain practical experience through a market simulation project.

CHEM 210 • Integrated Chemistry (4 units)
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 201C • Speech Composition and Presentation (3 units)
This course is designed to provide the student with a general working knowledge of the fundamentals of speech communication. General requirements for speech preparation, composition and presentation will be covered. A foundation will be established upon which further speech development may transpire. Lab fee. (meets a Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

COMM 230 • Ethics in Film (3 units)
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)
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)

EDUC 100 • Introduction to Education (3 units)*
This course explores the role of education and teaching in modern American Society. Current political and social issues and their impact on schools will be addressed. Career opportunities and expectations for teachers will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to assess and reflect upon their own educational experiences, skills, and learning styles as they interact with current practitioners and education literature.

EDUC 293 • Foundations of Education (3 units)*
This course provides a general, introductory exploration of the basic foundations that shape the United States Public Education System. This course is for educators and non-educators alike. Topics include: A brief history of the U.S. Education System, a general overview of the economics of education, the politics of education (including teacher unions, tenure, testing, and charter schools), the role of the teacher in education, and the competing views on what the purpose of education is.

EDUC 315 • Teaching in a Multicultural Setting (3 units)*
This course provides the philosophical background and classroom experience necessary to introduce a person to the teaching profession in a public or private school in a multicultural environment. The purpose of the class is to assist the student to gain an understanding of the resources and challenges facing a teacher serving a linguistically and culturally diverse student population. Discussion will focus on the major professional organizations and educational research related to the philosophical, historical, and demographic developments of American education. Students will complete a fieldwork component to observe classroom management and organization, Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) instructional practices, and the curricula of grades K-12. The role and function of Christian beliefs and values in the public school will be integrated throughout the course. This course is a prerequisite requirement for the Multiple and Single Subject Credential programs.

ENGL 110 • Foundations of College Writing I (3 units)**
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)
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 220C • Researched Writing (3 units)
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 300C • Literary Perspectives (3 units)
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)
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)

ENGL 350 • Creative Writing (3 units)
Prerequisite: ENGL 120 or equivalent. Students learn and implement the basic techniques and theory specific to the three genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. Lecture and workshop combined. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

HIST 275 • Topics in American History (3 units)
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)
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 105 • Essential Mathematics
(4 units)
This course prepares students to understand the essential mathematical concepts in number sense, elementary algebra, sets of numbers, problem solving, ratios, proportions, percents, and graphing linear equations and inequalities. The course is designed to introduce students to practical mathematical skills necessary for courses in business and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on the structural and logical foundation of business. (meets Elective requirement only; not applicable to Natural Science/Math requirement)

MATH 106 • Business Math (4 units)
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)
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)

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.

 MNGT 470 Entrepreneurship (3 units)

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.

MNGT 470 Management in the Movies (3 units)
The use of film offers a visualization of management concepts that are often abstract in textbooks and lectures. This course, therefore, utilizes classic and contemporary movies to demonstrate management principles, theories, and concepts. Class sessions will focus on a full-length movie or series of film clips, providing students with an opportunity to view and critique the stories behind the movies and their application to contemporary management.

MNGT 470 Managing in a Global Workplace (3 units)
Focuses on the management of international enterprises by utilizing readings, experiential exercises, and case studies. Topics include worldwide developments, global competitiveness, the role of culture when managing across borders, intercultural communication, managing political risk and negotiations, motivation and leadership across cultures, and human resource selection, development, and repatriation.

MNGT 470 • Communication of Faith (3 units)
Communicating Christian faith has never been more challenging. This course is intended to provide an introduction to the aspects of current culture that make communicating faith particularly challenging. It will orient the student to the current state of the conversation between the church and the non-church world. The course aims to increase love and patience toward those outside the faith thus making the church honorable conversation partners.

MUSC 202C • Introduction to Music (3 units)
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 101C • New Testament Survey (3 units)

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 201C • Old Testament Survey (3 units)
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)
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)

POLS 155C • United States Government
(3 units)
Designed to acquaint the student with the United States political system, including constitutional developments of the united States and of California, and stimulate reflection on the intersection of Christianity and citizenship. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSCI 215 • Fundamentals of Earth Science (4 units)
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)

PSCI 216 • Fundamentals of Physical Science (4 units)
Prerequisite: Three years of high school mathematics. This course in physical science presents materials in physics, chemistry, and astronomy that are conceptual in nature with minimal reliance on the quantitative rules of mathematics as a tool for understanding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper use of vocabulary words to understand and explain topics in the fields of mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. Classroom demonstrations and videos are used to assist the student in learning the everyday principles of nature. Lab fee. (meets natural Science/Math requirement)

PSYC 103C • General Psychology (3 units)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

SOC 100C • Introduction to Sociology
(3 units)
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)
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)

SPAN 101A • Beginning Spanish (3 units)
An introductory course which begins the process of developing fluency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. This course is a prerequisite for SPAN 101B. (meets Humanities requirement)

SPAN 101B • Beginning Spanish (3 units)
An introductory course which begins the process of developing grammar knowledge and fluency in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Prerequisite: SPAN 101A. (meets Humanities requirement)

THEA 200C • Introduction to Theatre (3 units)
An introduction to the study of theatre with focus on forms, genres, performance space, and the artistic principles of production, as well as the technical aspects. Selected readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. Theatre majors may not take THEA 200c to fulfill the core curriculum requirement in fine arts. (meets a Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

THEAT 208 • Playwriting
(3 units)
Introduces the social and philosophical theories that surface within playwriting, closely examining several landmark stage plays, each representing the various attitudes and values of its day. Styles, structural techniques, characterization and post-modernism in playwriting are some of the topics to be examined. Students will work to develop their own writing voice and produce their own original, creative work. Lab fee. (meets a Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

THEAT 102C • Introduction to Acting (3 units)
Introduces students to the art and craft of creating believable characters for the stage using various theatre games and improvisations leading into scene work and monologues. Also covered is the history of contemporary styles. The course is specifically designed for majors with a Technical/Design concentration, minors and non-majors who wish to gain skills in speaking in front of large groups. Lab Fee.

THEO 101C • Foundations of Christian Life (3 units)
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 103C • Introduction to Theology
(3 units)
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.

** CORE 110 beginning Fall 15