General Studies – 18 Unit Emphasis | SC Program: AS.1499

The Health emphasis allows students to explore health-related topics such as nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse, wellness, and medical-related areas in medical terminology, first aid, EMT training. Students who have completed LVN, CNA, MA, or phlebotomy certificate programs can use this emphasis to complete an associate degree.

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Map your education by viewing the program map for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. Meet with a counselor to create your official comprehensive education plan.

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

15 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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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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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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HEOC 11
M 3
Medical Terminology
HEOC 11
Units 3
This course provides students with an understanding of the language of medicine through the study of basic word structures and etymology related to various body systems, diagnostics, and pathology. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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STU 90
1
Career Choice
STU 90
Units 1
A course designed for students who are undecided about their educational and/or career goals. Through a series of group exercises, and career development testing, students learn to identify personal values, interests, skills, aversions, and personality patterns and understand how they relate to choices in the world of work. Students learn to access occupational information, develop decision-making skills and set career goals. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, First Year

15 Units Total
CMST 20
GE 3
Intercultural Communication
CMST 20
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will focus on similarities and differences in communication behaviors. Perceptions, language usage, nonverbal style, thinking modes, and values all will be explored to see how they influence communication between individuals of different cultures. 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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HLTH 1
M 3
Health and Wellness
HLTH 1
Units 3
This course focuses upon those elements of human behavior which influence the health status of both the individual and the community. Topics include personal fitness, nutrition, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, and drug dependence, including alcohol and tobacco. Also included are topics dealing with lifestyle diseases, especially cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung disease. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ECE 1
3
Human Development
ECE 1
Units 3
This course involves a study of development and behavior throughout the human life span. Classic and up-to-date research on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains will be presented. Theories will be integrated with practical application concepts throughout the course, underscoring the importance of life-long learning and adaptation. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HUSV 60
3
Life Management
HUSV 60
Units 3
This course provides students with skills for understanding and using both internal and external resources to function effectively in our present and future society. The effects of cultural forces and future trends will be covered in reference to individual and family values, standards, and goals. Students will be required to analyze and integrate established principles with self-understanding in both decision-making and creating lifetime goals for themselves. Strategies in time management, energy management, stress management and conflict management will also be covered. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
HIST 2
GE 3
World Civilization
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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HLTH 6
M 3
Culture and Health
HLTH 6
Units 3
The use of complementary medicine practices as an enhancement to traditional Western medicine has become a common practice. This course will explore health knowledge, health behavior, social institutions and practices related to health, and the nature of health risk through the concept of culture. Varying definitions of health, well-being, understanding of health risk, illness causation and treatment theories, and healing curing traditions will be explored. The origins, uses, and effectiveness of complementary medicine practices such as cupping, Reike, qi gong, acupuncture, and meditation will be discussed. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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KINES 1
M 3
Foundations of Kinesiology
KINES 1
Units 3
This course is an introduction of the professional foundations of human movement, including career opportunities in areas of teaching, coaching, Allied Health and fitness; and, it gives an overview of the sub-disciplines in kinesiology. Course topics will include history, philosophy, concepts, programs, qualification, careers, issues, and future of the discipline. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PSYC 5
3
Human Sexuality
PSYC 5
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher

This overview of human sexuality includes human development from conception to adulthood, the anatomy and physiology of sex, as well as historical perspectives, behavioral and social aspects of human sexuality, and myths and laws governing sexual practices. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HLTH 20
3
Essentials of Athletic Performance Training
HLTH 20
Units 3
This course focuses on educating coaches, trainers, and athletes to maximize performance while reducing the risk of injury. Students will learn how to create highly individualized integrated training programs that will enhance overall athletic performance. Some areas that will be covered include flexibility training; core training; balance training; plyometric training; speed, agility, and quickness training, resistance training; metabolic energy system training; and use of ergogenic aids. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
ETHS 11
GE M 3
Intersectionality of Race/Ethnicity/Health
ETHS 11
Units 3
This course introduces the student to the field of Ethnic Studies with a focus on the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and health. The course explores such core concepts as colonization, racialization, the structures of racism, and how health is impacted by structural racism. The core concepts are explored by examining their impacts on African American and Native American communities. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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KINES 2
M 3
Sports Emergency Care
KINES 2
Units 3
Theory and practice in care and prevention of athletic injuries. Course will cover basic injury prevention, recognition, emergency care and treatment of injuries. Students will have the opportunity to become certified in professional rescuer, CPR, and AED upon completion of requirements.
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HLTH 3
M 3
Substance Abuse Awareness
HLTH 3
Units 3
This is an introductory course for individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of substance abuse and chemical addiction. This course will introduce students to a variety to substances that can become abused and can lead to addiction. The substances covered in this course include: tobacco (including smokeless tobacco), alcohol, street/recreational drugs, performance enhancing drugs, and sexual stimulants. Information will focus on the physical and societal affects of the misuse and abuse of these substances and methods that can lead to the control and/or elimination of use of these substances. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HEOC 10
M 3
Applied Pharmacology
HEOC 10
Units 3
This course is designed to introduce the principles of applied pharmacology to the current or prospective nursing and allied health student. Students will explore the names, classifications, actions, uses, side effects, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications, and drug to drug interactions of medications presented using a body systems approach. Implications for medication administration are discussed using a case study approach. Additionally, students will learn how to use a drug guide to gain basic knowledge about medications and to prepare patient drug education plans. This course is only offered in a distance education format.
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ECON 1A
3
Principles of Economics-Micro
ECON 1A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 280 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 5 or higher (ECON 1A is not a prerequisite for ECON 1B).

This course is a study of the basic institutions and principles of microeconomics and so it concentrates on the parts of an economic system: the markets, the producers, the consumers, and the structures of basic industries, along with systems for relative resource use and income determination. 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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Health and Wellness Interest Area Counselors

Jason Kelly

Faculty Contact Info
Location Redding Main Campus | Room 1857
Degree M.S., University of La Verne

Academic/Instructional Division Office

Health Sciences

Contact Info
Location Downtown Redding Campus | 1400 Market Street, Suite 8204 | Redding, CA 96001
Mailing Health Sciences Division | PO Box 496006 | Redding, CA 96049-6006
Alternative Phone (530) 339-3662

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