Online General Education and Elective Courses

General Adult Education and elective courses are offered each semester. Schedules are available per the links below or in the SPS 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 GE/elective plan for the entire academic year. Please note lab fees are required for some courses as indicated in the course descriptions and schedules.

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

  1. Currently enrolled in a Degree Completion Program, or
  2. Preparing to enroll and needing General Adult Education for a Degree Completion Program


Online Courses Offered

BIOL 294 • Principles of Neuroscience (4 units)
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.

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)

CORE 110 • Vanguard 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  required course prepares Professional Studies  and ECE students for college-level  writing and studies. Students may petition to test out of this required course if they  possess proficient college level writing ability. (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 220 • Researched Writing (3 units)
Interpretive and analytic writing, including several problem-solving researchbased 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)
Introduces the student to a variety of literary genres as well as diverse authors, cultures, and experiences. This course also covers the tools and concepts necessary to the understanding and interpretation of literature. Students engage in classroom discussion, write papers, and take a variety of quizzes and exams. (meets Humanities/Literature/Fine Arts 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)

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 106 • Business Math (4 units)
This course applies the principles and practices of mathematics to every day business problems and situation. The course prepares students to understand the mathematical and business concepts in number sets, problem solving, ratios and proportions, percentages, business measurements, insurance, simple and compound interest, installment loans, consumer credit, depreciation, graphing linear functions, an linear programming. 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 number sets, problem solving, ratios and proportions, percentages, sets and logic, probability and statistics, including frequency of distribution, statistical graphs, measures of central tendency, and measure of position and dispersion. 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 coursework in statistics. (Meets natural Science/Math requirement)

NT 101 • 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 201 • 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) Online Introduction

PSYC 103 • 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.

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.

SOC 100 • 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 Social Science requirement)

* 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.