Online General Adult 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.

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 Degree Completion Program, or
  2. preparing to enroll and needing General Adult Education for a Degree Completion Program

General Adult Education Classes Offered

    Fall 14 GE Schedule   Spring 15 GE Calendar


Online Courses Offered

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)

ENGL 120C • Persuasive Writing (3 units)
Exposition and argument at the college level. the course emphasizes writing, revising and editing, reading, research skills, and mechanics. Course must be passed with a “c” (not “c-”) or better to enroll in ENGL 220c. Students who have already received credit for the prior Vu course ENGL 101: English Grammar and composition or its equivalent cannot receive credit for this course. (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 120c. Must be passed with a “c” or better to fulfill the core curriculum requirement.(Meets English composition 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 a humanities/Fine arts 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 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) Online Introduction

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)

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.

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.

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.

SOCI 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)

* 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.