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Many students today are recognizing the value of graduating with a degree after 4 years of study (or as close as possible) . Good planning at the outset of your studies makes this much more likely. One way to do this is by choosing classes that double count for both your major and GE requirements - that is, taking one class instead of two. Utilizing these double counting classes can:
The following steps explain the GE requirements and where they overlap with Wildlife major requirements. With this knowledge you can plan your classes as efficiently as possible.
AREA A - Basic subjects These 3 classes need to be taken by all students regardless of major - and need to be completed within 60 units (~ end of sophomore year), with a grade of C- or higher. The skills you learn in these classes underpin all learning in subsequent semesters - so do not delay taking them.
AREA B - Math & Science The Math Concepts class also needs to be completed within 60 units, with a grade of C- or higher. There are a variety of Area B classes listed in the catalog. However some are specifically required as major classes. These are pre-filled into the planning sheet. Making use of these double counts is very important.
AREA C - Arts & Humanities You will need to complete 9 units of study in this area. Most classes are 3 units, so it may mean that you will take 3 classes in this area. However, some are 1, 2 or 5 units (Music and Languages). Regardless of the units, you need to choose one class from the Arts list and one from the Humanities. The remainder can be chosen from either list (see catalog p. 66 for choices). You may also choose class/es that double count for the Diversity & Common Ground requirement (see below).
AREA D - Social Science You will need to complete 9 units of study in this area, or 3 classes. All classes in this area are worth 3 units.
The next two sections on the GE planner are Upper Division GE & Human Integration. These will be completed during Junior & Senior levels of study - so we will not consider them now, but move on to...
All-University Requirements - these classes can be taken at any time during your studies at HSU.
The history choices are: HIST 110 - US History to 1877; or HIST 111 - US History after 1877; or NAS 200 - Indigenous peoples in US history. Note that NAS 200 also counts as a domestic Diversity and Common Ground class (see below).
The 'US Government & CA State & Local Government' requirement can be fulfilled by one class in the lower division: PSCI 110 - American Government