2022-2023 San Joaquin Delta College Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2022-2023 San Joaquin Delta College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education Pattern

 The Chancellor’s Office for the California Community Colleges deems that the governing board of community colleges shall establish a general education program which symbolizes a successful attempt on the part of the college to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

Among these are the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; to use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines; to be aware of other cultures and times; to achieve insight gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems; and to develop the capacity for self-understanding. In addition to these accomplishments, the student shall possess sufficient depth in one field of knowledge to contribute to lifetime interest.

General education is designed to introduce students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world. It reflects the conviction of colleges that those who receive their degrees must possess in common certain basic principles, concepts and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. College educated persons must be able to use this knowledge when evaluating and appreciating the physical environment, the culture and the society in which they live.

Each candidate for San Joaquin Delta College’s Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree shall:

1.    Complete a minimum of twenty-seven (27) semester units of general education coursework as indicated in categories I through VII below with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
2.    Complete courses in satisfaction of Area I, Language and Rationality, with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

3.    Complete a minimum of eighteen (18) semester units in a major or area of emphasis with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

4.    Complete a minimum of sixty (60) degree applicable units with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
A course may be used to satisfy both a general education requirement and a major or area of emphasis requirement. Although a course may be listed under more than one area, a course cannot be used to satisfy more than one general education area. Students planning to transfer should see a counselor for assistance in determining if the CSU-GE or IGETC general education pattern might be more appropriate for their selected major.  

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Language and Rationality
    1. English Composition
      Students will demonstrate clear and precise written expression and critical evaluation of communication in the English language.
    2. Mathematics
      Students will demonstrate the ability to use mathematical concepts and principles in real-world contexts.
    3. Oral Communication
      Students will demonstrate clear and precise oral expression and critical evaluation of communication in the English language.
  2. Natural Sciences
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the relationship between science and human activities.
  3. Humanities
    Students will recognize the ways in which people throughout the ages and in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural forms.
  4. American Institutions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of American institutions and ideals, the Constitution, and the representative forms of government that exist at the national, state and local level.
  5. Social and Behavioral Science
    Students will demonstrate knowledge of the modes of inquiry and theories that are used to think critically about the ways people act and have acted in response to their societies.
  6. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
    Students will demonstrate individual competencies and personal responsibility through exploration and analysis of their role in society.
  7. Ethnic Studies
    Students will demonstrate a critical analysis and understanding of the cultural, economic, political, and social experiences of Native Americans, Chicana/o and Latina/o Americans, Black/African Americans, and/or Asian Americans in the United States.

Area 1 - Language and Rationality

Complete 9 units with at least one course each from 1A-English Composition, 1B-Mathematics, and 1C-Oral Communication. Courses in this area must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Area 2 - Natural Sciences

Complete a minimum of 3 units.

Area 3 - Humanities

Complete a minimum of 3 units.

Area 5 - Social and Behavioral Science

Complete a minimum of 3 units.

Area 6 - Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Complete a minimum of 3 units.

Veterans or reservists who submit a DD214 verifying discharge under honorable conditions or active duty military personnel who submit an official document (e.g., Joint Services Transcript) verifying completion of basic military training will clear Area 6 and receive three units of general education credit.

Minimum Units Required: 27

Notice to Students

Selection of courses from this list may be affected by one or more factors, including choice of major, university transfer requirements, or prerequisite or sequencing requirements. Failure to plan appropriately WILL adversely affect timely graduation and/or transfer. Students are encouraged to consult with a counselor to develop an individualized education plan. Counseling appointments may be scheduled online by selecting “Counseling” under “Student Resources” on the Delta College web site, or by calling the Counseling and Special Services Division.