CSU General Education Requirements, C-ID, and Available Open Educational Resources (OER)

Additional resources will be added to this page as they are identified. If you are using an OER for a general educational course that is not included here, please let us know. If you are looking for resources for a specific course, please consult the appropriate OER by Discipline page.

This document is intended to serve as a resource for California community college (CCC) faculty and colleges that are seeking to develop entire degree pathways that use no-cost OER in lieu of commercial texts. It is not meant to be exhaustive. Courses are specified by C-ID designation, where available. Commonly taught courses not included in C-ID can be added and specified by title. It should be noted that the general education applicability of courses varies across colleges.

Please let us know if you are using a resource you would like to see added. While the focus of this collection is by general education area, you can also find:

Area A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking – 9 semester (12-15 quarter) units.

At least one course each from A1, A2, A3.

A1 – Oral Communication

COMM 110 – Public Speaking

COMM 120 – Argumentation and Debate

COMM 130 – Interpersonal Communication

ENGL 100 – College Composition

Additional Resources for College Composition

As this list is extensive, we have devoted a separate page to all textbooks and resources for C-ID English 100.

A3 – Critical Thinking

COMM 120 – Argumentation

COMM 140 – Small Group Communication

ENGL 105 – Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking

PHIL 110 – Introduction to Logic

PHIL 210 – Symbolic Logic

(All of these texts meet the requirements delineated in this C-ID descriptor but vary in focus, breadth, presentation, and exercises)

Area B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning – 9 semester (12-15 quarter) units.

At least one course each from Areas B1, B2, B4. At least one of the courses in B1 or B2 must contain a laboratory component. Underlined course numbers have a laboratory component embedded in them, and fulfill the Area B3 requirement. If neither course chosen from Areas B1 and B2 has a lab component embedded in it, then a separate laboratory course must be chosen from Area B3 in the same discipline as one of the courses taken in B1 or B2.

B1 – Physical Sciences

CHEM 110 – General Chemistry for Science Majors I, with Lab

CHEM 150 – Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I, with Lab

GEOG 110 – Introduction to Physical Geography

GEOL 100 – Physical Geology

An Introduction to Geology (Johnson, Affolter, Inkenbrandt, and Mosher, Salt Lake Community College, 2017) (CC BY-NC-SA)

GEOL 110 – Historical Geology

No resources identified.

GEOL 120 – Earth Science

Physical Geology (Earle, Vancouver Island University, 2015) (CC BY)

PHYS 105 – Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics A

College Physics (OpenStax); College Physics (OpenStax) – LibreTexts (CC BY)

PHYS 205 – Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A

Courses without a C-ID designation

No resources identified.

B2 – Life Science

ANTH 110 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology

BIOL 115 S – Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

BIOL 120 B – Human Physiology with Lab

BIOL 190 – Cell and Molecular Biology

Biology for Majors I (Lumen Learning) (License varies)

PSY 150 – Introduction to Biological Psychology

Currently being developed by OERI.

Introduction to Biology

Human Biology

Microbiology

B3 – Laboratory Activity

ANTH 115 L – Biological Anthropology Lab

GEOG 111 – Physical Geography, Laboratory

Physical Geography Lab Manual (Pesses, Welsh, and Adams, 2017) (CC BY 4.0) Accessed June 2021.

GEOL 100 L – Physical Geology Laboratory

GEOL 110 L – Historical Geology Laboratory
The Story of Earth: An Observational Guide (Hauptvogel and Sisson) (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
A well-organized laboratory manual with many interesting activities for students to learn from. The activities correlate strongly with the C-ID description of Historical Geology Laboratory, so they should meet most college’s SLO’s. In some cases, the activities require the instructor to provide samples (e.g. sedimentary structures and fossils). In some cases, it will be necessary to view the activities in color, either by printing in color or by viewing on a device.

B4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

MATH 110 – Introduction to Statistics

MATH 140 – Business Calculus

Business Calculus (Calaway, Hoffman, and Lippman) (CC BY)

MATH 155 – Precalculus

MATH 851 – Trigonometry

No resources identified.

SOCI 125 – Introduction to Statistics in Sociology

Area C. Arts and Humanities – 9 semester (12-15 quarter) units.

Choose three courses total, at least one course from C1 and one course from C2. Selections must be from at least from two different academic areas.

C1 – Arts

ARTH 100 – Understanding Art

ARTH 110 – Survey of Western Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages

ARTH 120 – Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary

ARTH 130 – Survey of Asian Art

ARTH 140 – Art of Africa, Oceania and Indigenous North Americas

ARTH 150 – Survey of Modern Art

No resources identified.

ARTS 101 – 3-D Foundations

No resources identified.

ARTS 110 – Fundamentals of Drawing

No resources identified.

MUS 100 – Music Appreciation

Understanding Music: Past and Present (Clark, Heflin, Kluball, and Kramer) (CC BY-SA)

MUS 110 – Music Fundamentals

No resources identified.

THTR 112 – Theatre Appreciation

No resources identified.

THTR 113 – Theatre History I

No resources identified.

THTR 151 – Acting I

No resources identified.

C2 – Humanities

ANTH 130 – Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

No resources identified.

COMM 170 – Oral Interpretation of Literature

ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literature

ENGL 130 – Survey of American Literature 1

ENGL 135 – Survey of American Literature 2

ENGL 140 – Survey of World Literature 1

ENGL 145 – Survey of World Literature 2

ENGL 180 – Children’s Literature

HIST 130 – US History to 1877

HIST 140 – US History from 1865

HIST 150 – World History to 1500

HIST 160 – World History since 1500

Modern World History (Allosso and Williford) (CC BY-NC-SA)

HIST 170 – Western Civilization I

PHIL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 110 – Introduction to Logic

PHIL 120 – Introduction to Ethnics

PHIL 130 – History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 140 – History of Modern Philosophy

SPAN 100 – Elementary Spanish I

Area D. Social Sciences – 9 semester (12-15 quarter) units. Choose courses from at least two academic disciplines.

D1 – Social Sciences

ANTH 110 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 120 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 130 – Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

No resources identified.

ANTH 150 – Introduction to Archaeology

CDEV 100 – Child, Growth and Development

CDEV 110 – Child, Family and Community

ECON 201 – Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 202 – Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 120 – Introduction to Human Geography

GEOG 125 – World Regional Geography

HIST 130 – US History to 1877

HIST 140 – US History to 1500

HIST 150 – World History to 1500

HIST 160 – World History since 1500

POLS 110 – Introduction to American Government and Politics

POLS 120 – Introduction to Political Theory and Thought

POLS 130 – Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

No resources identified.

POLS 140 – Introduction to International Relations

PSY 110 – Introduction to Psychology

PSY 120 – Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

PSY 150 – Introduction to Biological Psychology

No resources identified.

PSY 180 – Introduction to Lifespan Psychology

PSY 200 – Research Methods in Psychology

SOCI 110 – Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 115 – Social Problems

SOCI 130 – Introduction to marriage and Family

SOCI 140 – Introduction to Gender

SOCI 150 – Introduction to Race and Ethnicity

SOCI 160 – Introduction to Crime

One needs to look through all the resources here. There is sufficient material to create a text, but an instructor would need to organize it to suit their needs.

Area E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development – 3 semester (4-5 quarter) units.

E1 – Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

CDEV 100 – Child Growth and Development

CDEV 110 – Child, Family and Community

NUTR 110 – Introduction to Nutrition Science

No resources identified.

PSY 120 – Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

PSY 180 – Introduction to Lifespan Psychology

​Area F: ETHNIC STUDIES – 3 semester (4-5 quarter) units.

New general education area.


This page last updated 1-22-23.