Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Course Abbreviations

The following course abbreviation codes are used throughout the academic catalog to identify the undergraduate  or graduate  graduation requirements.

A1 Area A1: Oral Communication
A2 Area A2: Written Communication IA
A3 Area A3: Critical Thinking and Writing
B1 Area B1: Physical Science
B1+3 Areas B1 + B3: Physical Science & Laboratory Science
B2 Area B2: Life Science
B2+3 Areas B2 + B3: Life Science & Laboratory Science
B3 Area B3: Laboratory Science
B4 Area B4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
C1 Area C1: Arts
C2 Area C2: Humanities
D Area D: Social Sciences (formerly D1 Human Behavior, D2 Comparative Systems, D3 Social Issues)
E Area E: Human Understanding & Development
F Area F: Ethnic Studies
US1 Area US1: American History
US23 Areas US2 and US3: US Constitution & California Government
US3 Area US3: California Government Only
US123 Areas US1, US2, and US3 American History, US Constitution & California Government
R Area R: Earth, Environment, and Sustainability
S Area S: Self, Society & Equality in the U.S.
V Area V: Cultures and Global Understanding
GWAR Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
WID Writing in the Disciplines

Archived Catalog Abbreviations

In archived academic catalogs , you may see references to abbreviation codes when a course fulfills multiple General Education Requirements  areas and/or Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements . In some cases, the area may not be met until the entire course sequence is completed. 

Code GE Areas
M1                  A1+ C2 + US123
M2 A2 + C2 (must satisfy sequence)
M3 A3 + D
M4 C1 + D
M5 C2 + D + US123 (must satisfy sequence)
M6 D + US123 (must satisfy sequence)
M7 D + US123 (must satisfy sequence)
M8 C1 + C2 (must satisfy sequence)
M9 A3 or C2 (must satisfy sequence)
M10 A2 + D (must satisfy sequence)
M11 D + US23 (must satisfy sequence)
M12 D + US1 (must satisfy sequence)
M13 A3 + C2 + US123 (must satisfy sequence)
M14 A1 + D (must satisfy sequence)
M15 A2 + D (must satisfy sequence)
Z Area Z: Written Communication II (GWAR)