Golden 4 Course Descriptions

Cal State LA Golden 4 Course Descriptions for Admissions Purposes

If an articulation does not currently exists between your transfer school(s) and Cal State LA, courses that have similar content to the courses below may be considered for meeting the transfer general education requirements:

A1 – Oral Communication

COMM 1100 - Oral Communication
(3 semester units)
Introduction to effective oral communication through study and experience in analysis, synthesis, and presentation of informative and persuasive discourse in a public speaking forum.
*C-ID COMM 110:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.

A2 – Written Communication

ENGL 1010 - Accelerated College Writing
(3 semester units)
Prerequisite: Written Communication Placement Category II (Supported instruction is not required). Reading and Writing to develop and communicate ideas. Instruction in strategies for planning, composing, and revising college writing, authorities, examples, arguments, and facts.
*C-ID ENGL 100:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.

A3 – Critical Thinking and Composition

Must be met using a Philosophy class in logic, a Communication Studies class in argumentation and debate, a Political Science class in the critical analysis of political ideologies and communication, or an approved California Community College course that fulfills the Critical Thinking requirement per the college’s CSU General Education Breadth, or IGETC pattern.

COMM 1200 - Argumentation
(3 semester units)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE A2. Principles of argumentation: methods of logical analysis to test reasoning and evidence. Practical application through adaptation of rhetorical speech and writing to audiences and situations.
*C-ID COMM 120:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.
 
ENGL 1050 - Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
(3 semester units)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1005B, ENGL 1010, or equivalent. Instruction in argumentation and critical writing, critical thinking, analytical evaluation of texts, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation.
*C-ID ENGL 105:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.
 
PHIL 1600 - Critical Thinking and Composition
(3 semester units)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Block A2. Logical analysis of language and critical evaluation of arguments in everyday language; deductively valid and invalid argument forms; rudiments of inductive logic and scientific reasoning; informal fallacies. Continue to develop writing skills introduced in Composition I. Students will develop analytical, critical, and information-literacy skills necessary for writing an academic paper containing a well-supported argument. Some sections may be offered online, some sections may be offered as hybrid.
 
POLS 1555 - Critical Analysis of Political Communication
(3 semester units)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Block A2. Critical analysis of ideological messages, political biases, and manipulative devices in all forms of communication; from newpaper reporting to scholarly texts, from films to television news to social media.  

B4 – Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning (must be college-level/transferable)

ECON 1090 or MATH 1090 - Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
(3 semester units)
Principles of quantitative reasoning, data presentation, descriptive statistics, correlation, probability, distributions of random variables, sampling distributions, interval estimation, and statistical inference, with multi-disciplinary applications.
*C-ID MATH 110:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.
 
EDFN 2520 - Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation for Real-Life Problem Solving
(3 semester units)
Introduction to statistics and data analysis and interpretation using quantitative reasoning and mathematical concepts, including descriptive and inferential statistics and analysis methods for understanding basic research data, with real-life applications in the contexts of education and human services.
*C-ID MATH 110:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.
 
MATH 1000 - Quantitative Reasoning In Today’s World
(3 semester units)
Units and unit conversion, proportional reasoning, descriptive statistics, basic probability and financial mathematics.
 
MATH 1040 - Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
(6 semester units)
Functions, exponential and logarithmic functions; polynomials and rational functions; systems of linear equations and matrices; sequences and series; trigonometric functions, identities, and equations; solution of triangles; inverse trigonometric functions; complex numbers, DeMoivre’s Theorem; parametric equations; polar coordinates; conic sections.
*C-ID MATH 155 or MATH 955:
The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.
 
MATH 2120 - Calculus II
(4 semester units)
Prerequisites: MATH 2110 with a minimum C grade; students with a grade of less than B- in MATH 2110 must enroll concurrently in MATH 2121.  Integration of transcendental functions, methods of integration, limits of sequences and series, power series, Taylor series, three dimensional analytic geometry.
*C-ID MATH 220/MATH 221/MATH 900S:
To receive full transfer credit, students must take both MATH 2110 and MATH 2120.

The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.