LBCC General Education (Plan A)

All information contained herein is subject to change without notice.1

Since individual plans and circumstances vary, students should consult with a counselor before beginning a program of study to ensure the appropriate General Education pattern is followed.

This general education plan is designed for students planning to obtain an Associate Degree. The general education requirements are only one component of the Associate Degree. Use this sheet in conjunction with the curriculum guide (located at for your choice of major, and in consultation with a counselor.

Please note that completion of an A.A./A.S. degree does not automatically qualify a student to transfer. Students planning to transfer to a CSU or UC school should refer to the CSUGE-B or IGETC General Education Course Patterns (Plan B or Plan C at and consult with a counselor to determine the best general education pattern. 


2021-2022 Plan A Checklist: Published July 2021. Long Beach City College Office of School and College Articulation. 

Cross-Listed Courses

A cross-listed course is interdisciplinary and is the same course as its cross-listed counterparts. A cross-listed course CANNOT be used in more than one subject area: ECON 5 = GEOG 5: The Global Economy; HUMAN 1/1H= SOCSC 1/1H: Comparative World Cultures/Honors CWC; HUMAN 7= SOCSC 7: American Pluralism and Identity; PH 10 = PSYCH 10: Human Sexuality; ETHST 6  = EDUC 6  Ethnic Studies for Education/Educators

Graduation Proficiency Requirements


Successful completion with a grade of “C” or higher in a college math course at the level of MATH 120 or MATH 130 or MATH 130A or MATH 140 or MATH 115 or higher OR transcript verified completion with a grade of “C” or higher in a high school Math class at the level of Intermediate Algebra.


Proficiency may be achieved by satisfying one of the following:

  • A qualifying placement through LBCC multiple assessment measures.
  • A passing grade of a "C", "P", or higher in READ 82 or READ 83 at LBCC (Courses taken at other colleges may be individually reviewed for equivalency by the Reading Department Chair.
  • A passing grade of a "C" or higher in any course in the CSU GE (A3) Critical Thinking category OR IGETC (1B) Critical Thinking and Composition category.
  • An A.A., A.S., or a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Complete the Expository Reading and Writing Course in grade 12 with a "C" or higher for both semesters.


Complete ENGL 1ENGL 1HENGL 1S orESL 1S with a grade of “C”, “P” or higher.

Information Competency

Information Competency is the ability to find, evaluate, use and communicate information in all its various formats. It combines aspects of library literacy, research methods and technology proficiency. Students must complete ONE course from INFORMATION and ONE course from TECHNOLOGY (courses MUST be completed with a grade of “C”, “P” or higher).

Information Component

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Elements of Argumentation and Debate (3)
Reading and Composition (4)
Honors Reading and Composition (4)
Intro to Latino/Latina/Latinx Literature (3)
Argumentative and Critical Writing (4)
Honors Argumentative & Critical Writing (4)
Introduction to Information (2)
Introduction to Academic Research (3)

Technology Component 

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Computer Information Competency (1)
Microsoft Windows Operating System (3)
Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows (3)
Microsoft Access for Windows (3)
Introduction to Computers (3)
Microsoft Office (3)
Intro to IT Concepts and Applications (4)
Keyboarding and Document Production (3)

Area Requirements

Double-counting of courses listed in more than one area of the general education pattern is NOT allowed. For example, HIST 25 is listed in both the American History and Social Sciences requirement areas, but it may be used to satisfy only one of these requirements. However, courses listed in a requirement area may be used to satisfy graduation proficiencies (see above section). 

English Composition

One Class Required (3 units minimum).

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Reading and Composition (4)
Reading and Composition with Support (5)
College Writing for Non-Native Speakers (5)

Communication and Analytical Thinking

One Class Required (3 units minimum).

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Business Communications (3)
Elements of Public Speaking (3)
Elements of Interpersonal Communication (3)
Elements of Group Communication (3)
Elements of Persuasion (3)
Elements of Argumentation and Debate (3)
Critical Thinking Using Computers (3)
Visual Basic Programming (4)
Introduction to Computer Science- C++ (3)
Introduction to Computer Science-Java (3)
Making a Difference with Mentoring (3)
Algebra and Trigonometry for Technicians (4)
Argumentative and Critical Writing (4)
Critical Analysis of Literature (4)
Facts, Evidence, and Explanation (3)
Probability and Statistics for Elementary Teachers (3)
Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I (3)
Math for Elem Teaching I with Support (4)
Finite Mathematics (3)
Trigonometry (3)
Trigonometry with Support (5)
College Algebra (4)
College Algebra with Support (5)
Calculus for Business (3)
Precalculus Math (5)
First Calculus Course (5)
Second Calculus Course (5)
Third Calculus Course (5)
Intro Differential Eqns and Linear Alg (5)
Geometry (4)
Intermediate Algebra (5)
Intermediate Algebra, Part A (3)
Intermediate Algebra, Part B (3)
Critical Thinking (3)
Introduction to Logic (3)
Symbolic Logic (3)
Proficient Reading (4)
Power Reading (3)
Analytical Reading (3)
Elementary Statistics (4)
Elementary Statistics with Support (5)

Natural Sciences

One class required (3 units minimum) from either physical sciences or natural sciences. 

Note: Some classes include a laboratory component.

Physical Sciences

Code Number Course Title Units
Elementary Astronomy (3)
Astronomy Laboratory (2)
General Chemistry (5.5)
General Chemistry (5.5)
Elementary Chemistry (4.5)
Intro to Gen, Organic and Biochemistry (5)
Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4) 2
Organic Chemistry I (5.5)
Organic Chemistry II (5.5)
Energy for the Future (3)
General Physical Geology (4.5)
General Geology, Physical (3)
Geology Field Trips (1)
General Geology, Physical Geology Lab (1.5)
Historical Geology (4.5)
Field Geology (2)
Environmental Geology (3)
Field Studies: Western Environments (2)
Earth Science for Educators (4)
Field Techniques/Geol: So Calif Deserts (3)
Geology of Southern California Deserts (2)
Geology of California (3)
Physical Oceanography (3)
Physical Geography (3)
Physical Geography Lab (1.5)
Weather and Climate (3)
General Physics (4.5)
General Physics (4.5)
Physics for Sci. & Eng. - Mechanics (5.5)
Physics for Sci. & Eng. - E & M (4.5)
Physics for Sci. & Eng. - Modern Physics (4.5)
Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4) 2

Biological Sciences

Code Number Course Title Units
Human Anatomy (4)
Anatomy & Physiology (5)
Physical Anthropology (3)
Physical Anthropology Laboratory (2)
Physical Anthropology Lecture and Lab (5)
Biology for Science Majors (5)
Biology for Science Majors (5)
General Microbiology (5)
Plant Biology (4)
Environmental Problems of Man (3)
Marine Biology (4)
The Marine Environment (3)
Biology and Society (3)
Wildlife Biology (4)
Birds (2)
Contemporary Biology (3)
Contemporary Biology Laboratory (1)
Human Biology (4)
Human Biology Laboratory (1)
Introduction to Pathophysiology (3)
Human Physiology (5)

A cross-listed course cannot be used in more than one discipline nor can it be used to certify more than one area on Plan A. 

Social Sciences

One class required (3 units minimum).

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Cultural Anthropology (3)
Intro to Archaeology (3)
Linguistic Anthropology (3)
Child & Adolescent Development DS1 (3)
Human Development (3)
Elements of Intercultural Communication (3) 3
Elements of Communication Theory (3)
Macro Economic Analysis (3)
Micro Economic Analysis (3)
General Concepts in Economics (3)
Contemporary Economic Issues (3)
The Global Economy (3) 2
Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
History of Fashion (3)
Elements of Cultural Geography (3)
The Global Economy (3) 2
World Regional Geography (3)
Geography of California (3)
Introduction to Global Studies (3)
Global Issues (3)
History of Western (European) Civilization (3)
History of Western (European) Civilization (3)
World History to 1500 (3)
World History Since 1500 (3)
Ancient Egypt History (3)
History of China (3)
History of Japan and Korea (3)
History of India and Southeast Asia (3)
History of Mexico (3)
History of Women and Gender in the U.S. (3)
African American History to 1877 (3)
African American History 1877 to present (3)
Introduction to Chicana/o History (3)
Intro to Global Media Communications (3)
Human Sexuality (3)
Introduction to Public Health (3)
Health and Social Justice (3)
Philosophy of LGBTQIA+ Studies (3)
Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (3)
Comparative Government (3)
World Politics (3)
The Constitution, Law and Society (3)
Introduction to Political Science (3)
Introduction to Political Theory (3)
Introduction to Psychology (3)
Research Methods for Psychology (4)
Psychology of Adjustment (3)
Human Sexuality (3) 3
Social Psychology (3)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychology of Personality (3)
Introduction to Public Administration (3)
Comparative World Cultures (3) 2
Intro to Ethnic Histories and Identity (3) 2
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Modern Social Problems (3)
Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S. (3)
Sociology of Latinos and Latinas (3)
Introduction to Sociology of Gender (3)
Sociology of the Family (3)

A cross-listed course cannot be used in more than one discipline nor can it be used to certify more than one area on Plan A. 


Prior to Fall 2020, COMM 25 was listed in the Communication and Analytical thinking and Social Sciences area of Plan A. Effective Fall 2020, COMM 25 has been removed from the Communication and Analytical Thinking and will only remain in the area of Social Sciences. This change is being made in order to align the course on Plan A with the CSUGE-B (Plan B) and IGETC (Plan C) general education patterns.

American History

One class required (3 units minimum). 

Note: Not required for the A.S. Degree

Note: Students are no longer required to take both 8A/8AH and 8B/8BH at LBCC. Students may now take either 8A/8AH or 8B/8BH to fulfill the history portion of the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirements. (Retroactive to Fall 2011)

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
History of the Americas (3)
History of the Americas (Modern Era) (3)
Hist./Early America (Colonial-Reconstr) (3)
Hist./Modern America (Reconstr-Present) (3)
History of Women and Gender in the U.S. (3)
African American History to 1877 (3)
African American History 1877 to present (3)
Introduction to Chicana/o History (3)

Political Science

One class required (3 units minimum).

Note: Not required for the A.S. Degree.

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Introduction to Government (3)
Issues of American Government (3)

Humanities and Arts

One class required (3 units minimum).

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
American Sign Language 1 (4)
American Sign Language 2 (4)
American Sign Language 3 (4)
American Sign Language 4 (4)
American Deaf Cultures (3)
Art and Civilization (3)
Art and Civilization (3)
Modern and Contemporary Art (3)
African, Oceanic, Native American Art (3)
History of Asian Art (3)
Introduction to Art (3)
Art Appreciation (3)
Latin American Art and Architecture (3)
Beginning Drawing (3)
Beginning Painting (3)
Watercolor, Beginning (3)
Figure Painting (3)
Three Dimensional Design (3)
Two Dimensional Design (3)
Applied Design/Crafts (3)
Beginning Jewelry (3)
Ceramics I (3)
Ceramics II (3)
Beginning Sculpture (3)
Metal Fabrication Sculpture (4)
Printmaking, Silkscreen (3)
Printmaking, Intaglio (3)
Elements of Photography (3)
Elementary Chinese 1 (5)
Elementary Chinese 2 (5)
Elements of Oral Interpretation (3)
The Arts and Modern Man (3)
Dance Forms Through the Ages (3)
Hip Hop Dance History (3)
Interaction and User Experience Design (3)
Introduction to Literature/Composition (4)
Intro to Latino/Latina/Latinx Literature (3)
Introduction to LGBTQIA+ Literature (3)
Intro to African American Literature (3)
Creative Writing 1 (3)
Masterpieces/Asian Literature (in English) (3)
Mythology (4)
Literature for Children and Young Adults (4)
Interpreting the Short Story (3)
The Novel (3)
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (3)
The Bible as Lit: The Old Testament (3)
The Bible as Lit: Apocrypha/New Testament (3)
American Literature I (4)
American Literature II (4)
Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
World Literature I (4)
World Literature II (4)
Survey of British Literature I (4)
Survey of British Literature II (4)
Modern & Contemporary Literature (3)
Film and Literature (3)
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3)
History of Fashion (3)
Introduction to Film Studies (3)
Film History I (3)
Film History II (3)
Film Genres (3)
Introduction to Digital Cinematography (3)
Elementary French (5)
French 1 for Spanish Speakers (5)
Elementary French (5)
French 2 for Spanish Speakers (5)
Intermediate French (5)
Intermediate French (5)
Advanced French: Culture in Literature (3)
Elementary German (5)
Elementary German (5)
Comparative World Cultures (3) 2
Intro to Ethnic Histories and Identity (3) 2
Elementary Italian (5)
Elementary Italian (5)
Elementary Japanese (5)
Elementary Japanese (5)
Intermediate Japanese (5)
Intermediate Japanese (5)
Khmer for Heritage Speakers (5)
Khmer for Heritage Speakers (5)
Linguistics 1 (3)
Honors Introduction to World Languages (3)
Introduction to Music Theory (3)
Percussion Ensemble (1.5)
History of Jazz (3)
Intercultural Music (3)
Music of Multicultural America (3)
Appreciation of Music (3)
History of Rock (3)
Latinx Philosophy (3)
Intro to Issues/Phil, Psych & Religion (3) 2
History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
History of Modern Philosophy (3)
Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Introduction to Ethics (3)
Philosophies of Global East and South (3)
Introduction to Existentialism (3)
Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (3)
Philosophy of Religion (3)
Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)
Introduction to Business Ethics (3)
History of Photography (3)
Elementary Spanish (5)
Elementary Spanish (5)
Intermediate Spanish (5)
Intermediate Spanish (5)
Spoken Spanish (3)
Spanish for Spanish Speakers (5)
Spanish for Spanish Speakers (5)
Advanced Spanish: Culture in Literature (3)
Advanced Spanish: History (3)
Advanced Spanish: Politics, Current Event (3)
Advanced Spanish: Literature (3)
Acting 1-Introduction to Acting (3.5)
Introduction to Theatre (3)
Introduction to Dramatic Literature (3)
Intro to TV & Emerging Media (3)

A cross-listed course cannot be used in more than one discipline nor can it be used to certify more than one area on Plan A. 

Physical Fitness/Wellness

One unit required. 

Note: Courses fulfilling Physical Fitness/Wellness provide content focused primarily on any of the following: physical activity, fitness, healthy eating, weight management, and stress management.

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Musical Theatre Dance (2)
Tap Dance 1 (2)
Tap Dance 2 (2)
Stretch and Relaxation (2)
Pilates 1 (2)
Turns (2)
Modern Dance 1 (2)
Modern Dance 4 (2)
Folk and Ethnic Dance-African (2)
Folk and Ethnic Dance-Belly Dance (2)
Jazz Dance 1 (2)
Jazz Dance 2 (2)
Ballet 1 (2)
Ballet 4 (2)
Choreography I (2)
Choreography 2 (2)
Dance Choreography Workshop (2)
Dance Performance (0.5)
Dance Performance (1)
Dance Performance (2)
Dance Performance (2.5)
Sports Nutrition (1)
Nutrition in Healthy Cooking (2)
Nutrition for Adults and Aging (1)
Vegetarian Lifestyle (1)
Nutrition and Healthy Weight (2)
Cooking Cultural Foods (1)
Cooking for Wellness (1)
Cooking for Singles (1)
PE for the Physically Limited (1)
Ultimate Frisbee (1)
Ultimate Frisbee (1)
Badminton (1)
Badminton (1)
Basketball (1)
Basketball (1)
Lifeguard/Water Safety Training (4)
Martial Arts (1)
Martial Arts (1)
Self-Defense (1)
Self Defense (1)
Soccer (1)
Soccer (1)
Softball (1)
Swimming (1)
Tennis (1)
Touch Football (1)
Volleyball (1)
Volleyball (1)
Sand Volleyball (1)
Sand Volleyball (1)
Rugby (1)
Baseball (Men) (3)
Off-Season Conditioning for Athletes (0.5-3)
Basketball (Men) (3)
Pre-Season Training for Athletes (0.5-3)
Cross Country (Men) (3)
Football (Men) (3)
Soccer (Men) (3)
Swimming (Men) (3)
Track & Field (Men) (3)
Volleyball (Men) (3)
Water Polo (Men) (3)
Basketball (Women) (3)
Cross Country (Women) (3)
Beach Volleyball (Women) (3)
Soccer (Women) (3)
Softball (Women) (3)
Swimming (Women) (3)
Tennis (Women) (3)
Track & Field (Women) (3)
Volleyball (Women) (3)
Water Polo (Women) (3)
Aqua Calisthenics (1)
Deep Water Aerobics (1)
Cardio Fitness (1)
Circuit Weight Training (1)
Circuit Weight Training (1)
Stretch & Relaxation (1)
Stretch & Relaxation (1)
Core Conditioning (1)
Core Conditioning (1)
Yoga (1)
Jogging (1)
Jogging (1)
Triathlon Training (1)
Triathlon Training (1)
Low Impact Cardio (1)
Physical Fitness (1)
Physical Fitness (1)
Cycling Conditioning (1)
Cardio Cross Fit (1)
Swimming Fitness (1)
Resistance Training (1)
Weight Training (1)
Weight Training (1)
Fitness and Wellness Center (1)
Fitness and Wellness Center-Intermediate (1)
Fitness and Wellness Center-Advanced (1)
Intro to Community Recreation (3)
Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
Techniques of Physical Fitness (2)
Sports Officiating (Fall) (3)
Sports Officiating (Spring) (3)
Acting 1 - Movement (2)
Acting 2-Movement, Mime and Mask (2)
Introduction to Public Health (3)
Health and Social Justice (3)
Drugs, Health and Society (3)

Health Education

 3 units minimum required.

Code Number Course Title Units
Complete one of the following:
Contemporary Health Issues (3)
Women's Health Issues (3)
Men's Health Issues (3)
Nutrition and Life (3)
For VN Program you must complete both
Human Biology (4)
and Introduction to Psychology (3)
For DMI Program you must complete the following or the LVN/RN grouping below
Anatomy & Physiology (5)
and Radiologic Pathology (3)
and Introduction to Psychology (3)
For LVN and RN Programs you must complete
Human Anatomy (4)
and Human Physiology (5)
and Introduction to Psychology (3)

Other Graduation Requirements

G.P.A. Requirements

For Graduation: A minimum major, LBCC, and cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 (“C” average) based on all grades from all colleges from which courses are applied to LBCC degree. Some fields may have additional G.P.A. requirements; check the appropriate curriculum guide. 

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous Enrollment is enrollment in and receiving a grade (A, B, C, D, F, P or NP) in at least one class per ACADEMIC YEAR (August to June) at LBCC or any other accredited higher education institution after being initially enrolled at LBCC. Students enrolled in non-credit courses may qualify for continuous enrollment if the course instructor has noted satisfactory progress in the class rollbook. For additional information, see Degrees and Programs section of the catalog.

Course Totals

General education units completed + field of concentration (Major) units completed + general elective units completed = overall total units. Must equal at least 60 units.

General education units total must equal 25 units for the A.A. or 19 units for the A.S. degree.

For graduation, complete a minimum of 60 A.A./A.S. applicable units (LBCC courses numbered 1-599). Some fields of concentration may require more units. Consult the appropriate curriculum guide at

Any course that appears on a curriculum guide and the General Education Pattern (Plan A) may fulfill both major and general education requirements (approved by College Curriculum Committee in spring 2012 and applicable retroactively).

Degree Residency

A minimum of 12 units must be completed at LBCC. Only LBCC courses numbered 1-599 are applicable to the degree.

Field of Concentration (Major) Residency

For the field of concentration (LBCC Major), 50% of the requirements as defined by the appropriate curriculum guide must be completed at LBCC.

Number of major units completed at LBCC divided by the number of major units required multiplied by 100 = % of major units completed at LBCC (must be 50% or greater).

Application for Graduation

To receive a degree you must complete and submit the Application for Graduation form to the Admissions and Records office during your final semester of course work. These forms are available in the Admissions and Records office or online at Refer to the Schedule of Classes ( and click the “Important Dates” link to view the actual deadline for each semester.