General Studies – 20.5 Unit Emphasis | SC Program: AS.1508

This degree is directed at students who will be working as Emergency Medical Technicians. Additionally, this degree could be used as a general preparation program for those students who will be attending a Paramedic certification program.

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A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Fall Semester, First Year

16.5 Units Total
ENGL 1A
GE 4
College Composition
ENGL 1A
Units 4
This course develops the reading, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary for academic success, emphasizing expository and argumentative writing as well as research and documentation skills. As a transferable course, it presupposes that students already have a substantial grasp of grammar, syntax, and organization, and that their writing is reasonably free from errors. A research paper is required for successful completion of this course. This course may be offered in a distance learning format.
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NUTR 25
GE M 3
Nutrition
NUTR 25
Units 3
This course includes a study of the science of food, the nutrients and other substances therein, and their actions, interactions, and balance in relation to health and disease. The class emphasizes the positive contributions of nutrition to life and health. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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MATH 14
GE 4
Introduction to Statistics
MATH 14
Units 4
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

An introductory course in statistics designed to show the role of modern statistical methods in the process of decision making. Concepts are introduced by example rather than by rigorous mathematical theory. The following topics will be covered: measures of central tendency and dispersion, regression and correlation, probability, sampling distributions including the normal, t, and chi-square, statistical inference using confidence intervals and hypotheses testing. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PSYC 1A
GE 3
General Psychology
PSYC 1A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course provides an introduction to psychology as a science and as an applied field. The course provides an integration of physiological, cognitive, social-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, cultural, and evolutionary perspectives. Topics include research methods, the nervous system, perception, learning, thinking, memory, human development, social behavior, emotions, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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FAID 133
M 0.5
Certification CPR for the Professional Rescuer
FAID 133
Units 0.5
Note: Meets criteria for the American Safety and Health Institute or the American Heart Association.

This course will cover CPR and how to treat for foreign body obstruction in adults, children, and infants. It is designed for the professional rescuer. Upon successful completion of this course, students may apply to be certified in CPR by the agency having jurisdiction. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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FAID 132
2
Emergency Med Responder (EMR)
FAID 132
Units 2
Note: To receive certification, and meet the FIRS 104 prerequisite, this course must be passed with an 80% minimum score. Students not meeting this minimum will be required to repeat the course.

This course teaches the Emergency Medical Responder to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. The student will also receive Automatic External Defibrillator training. This course meets National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards covered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration curriculum and approved by the local EMS agency. Note: Students must make application through Sierra-Sacramento Valley E.M.S.A. for certification. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, First Year

14.5 Units Total
HUM 4
GE 3
Humanities Through the Film
HUM 4
Units 3
An examination of the motion picture as an art form. This course offers a concise introduction to the history of film against the broader changes in popular culture since the late nineteenth century. Students will see how elements of film can provide valuable insights into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences using a unique network of techniques. Students will see how film, film genres, and developments within the film industry offer a first-hand look at how specific films illuminate important aspects of philosophical, historical, aesthetics and social life and analyze how film connects with the larger world. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HIST 17A
GE 3
United States History
HIST 17A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is a survey of the history of the United States from Pre-Columbian Peoples to the end of Reconstruction. Topics include contact and settlement of America, the movement toward independence, the formation of a new nation and Constitution, westward expansion and manifest destiny, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This course satisfies the CSU requirement for US History (US-1). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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FAID 75
M 7
Emerg Medical Tech 1 Basic
FAID 75
Units 7
Notes:
1. Twenty-four hours of clinical experience at a hospital emergency room or on an ambulance or an authorized rescue squad will be required. Most providers in the area have requirements for ambulance/hospital clinical participation time, which include proof of a current TB skin test; Hepatitis B vaccination, or declination; proof of vaccination, past history of or titer for MMR; proof of Tetanus vaccination less than ten years old; and either a past history of or a titer for Varicella (Chicken Pox). Check with the instructor for details.
2. State certification as an EMT requires that the student is at least 18 years old, has a current CPR card for the Professional Rescuer or any card equivalent to the 2015 American Heart Association's Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the Healthcare Provider Level or Basic Life Support (BLS) level, passes a recognized EMT course, has not been convicted of specific crimes, and completes the statewide written and skills examination. (As of 1/1/2006 the state has adopted the National Registry EMT exam as its statewide exam. Upon successful completion of the statewide exam, the student must submit an application to the Local EMS Agency (Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency) for certification, which is valid statewide.
3. This class meets for additional time "outside" of the scheduled weekly meeting time. This may include Saturdays, Sundays or night shifts.
4. State regulations require that EMT students possess CPR training equivalent to the 2015 American Heart Association's Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the Healthcare Provider level or Basic Life Support (BLS) level as a prerequisite for admission to an EMT-1 basic course.
5. Students are required to purchase nitrile gloves and a Shasta College EMT Program student photo ID card.
6. Students wishing to participate in clinical observations at certain healthcare facilities must submit proof of a drug screening and a background check through a Shasta College approved vendor prior to going into clinical facilities. Shasta College personnel must review and approve test results prior to students participating in clinical observations.

This is an intensive course to assist the student with developing skills to recognize symptoms of illness and injuries, and proper procedures in emergency care. Upon successful completion of the course and the statewide written and skills examination, the student must make an application through Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency for certification. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PE 12A
1
Beg Weight Training/Fitness
PE 12A
Units 1
This course is an introduction to weight training and fitness. It will include the safety aspects of successful weight training and techniques associated with a well-rounded beginning weight training program. This class will focus on the introduction of basic core lifts primarily through the use of weight lifting machines and circuit training programs that target the major muscle groups and emphasize the connection between cardiovascular fitness and strength training.
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BSOT 64
0.5
Computerized 10-KEY
BSOT 64
Units 0.5
A course designed to teach the numeric 10-key pad by touch on the computer with speed and accuracy using industry standards for data entry. Proficiency on three employment tests used by three large interstate corporations help the student meet employment standards. The course has been designed to accommodate hearing impaired students. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
CMST 60
GE 3
Public Speaking
CMST 60
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on public speaking. The subjects covered are speech topic selection, audience analysis, information competency (e.g. researching, evaluating and using supporting materials), presentation outlining, principles of effective speech delivery, critical evaluation of speeches, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches. Most students will have the opportunity to be recorded and to use presentational technology. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ANAT 1
M 5
Human Anatomy
ANAT 1
Units 5
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher; BIOL 5 and BIOL 6 with a grade of C or higher

Note: May be taken concurrently with PHY 1.

This course offers a systematic hands-on approach to the anatomy of the human body. It covers the structural organization of the human body: gross and microscopic anatomy of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, from cellular to organ system levels of organization. Human cadaver prosections and/or mammalian dissections are used in conjunction with models and new technology. This course is intended for nursing, kinesiology, physical therapy, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, surgical technology, physical therapy, and other allied health related majors. It may be taken concurrently with Physiology 1.
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HIST 2
GE 3
World Civilization to 1500 CE
HIST 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher

This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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POLS 2
GE 3
Intro to American Government
POLS 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to United States and California government and politics, including their constitutions, political institutions and processes, and political actors. An examination of political behavior, political issues, and public policy, this course satisfies the CSU requirement in U.S. Constitution and California State and local government (US-2 and US-3). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PE 12B
1
Inter Weight Training/Fitness
PE 12B
Units 1
This course is for the intermediate level weight training and fitness student that has successfully passed PE 12A, Beginning Weight Training and Fitness. It will teach the intermediate level weight training and fitness student the safety issues and techniques involved in using free weight resistant training exercises. Emphasis will be on developing a workout program that includes the use of free weight (dumbbell and barbell), power lifting techniques, and Olympic lifts for total development of the various muscle groups. Through the use of cardiovascular exercises and resistance exercises, the student will be able to develop a high level of whole body fitness.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

14 Units Total
ADJU 18
GE 3
Community Relations and Multicultural Issues
ADJU 18
Units 3
This course examines the complex, dynamic relationships between communities and the justice system in addressing crime andconflict with emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse, multicultural population and the rolesplayed by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, social class, culture, and justice professionals in shapingrelationships within the justice system. Special topics include crime prevention, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and pure justice.This course is required for Administration of Justice majors. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PHY 1
M 5
Physiology
PHY 1
Units 5
Study of the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system and organism level: integumentary system, bone, skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscles, nervous system, sensory organs, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. This course is primarily intended for Nursing, Allied Health, Kinesiology, Dental Hygiene and other health related majors.
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ART 4
GE 3
World Art
ART 4
Units 3
This is a survey of the visual arts of diverse ethnic and indigenous cultures with an emphasis on both historic and contemporary art. Explored are the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Lectures are focused on the styles, motifs, symbols, rituals and traditions of the cultures by examining their crafts, drawings, sculpture, printmaking and paintings. This course is designed as a Humanities elective, recommended for Art Core Programs, and required for the Art History Concentration. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ETHS 1
GE 3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ETHS 1
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. It examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political conditions among key social groups including, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina/o Americans. This course examines the systemic nature of racial/ethnic oppression through an examination of key concepts including racialization and ethnocentrism, with a specific focus on the persistence of white supremacy. Using an anti-racist framework, the course will examine historical and contemporary social movements dedicated to the decolonization of social institutions, resistance, and social justice. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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