Academic Catalog

Health Sciences Cuyamaca

General Studies: Lifelong Health, Well-Being and Self-Development

The Associate Degree in General Studies with an Area of Emphasis provides an opportunity for students to design a program of study meaningful and appropriate to their own needs and academic interests. The degree includes general education and a focused area of study. Students may choose to earn this degree for preparation for employment or for personal development.


To meet the General Studies degree requirements, a student must complete the following:

  1. AS or AA General Education Requirements (see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section)
  2. Choose a minimum of 18 units
    Students must take a minimum of three units in Health, three units in Exercise Science, three units in Nutrition, and three units in Self-Development. The remaining six units may be taken from any category. A maximum of one course may be earned from any combination of ES-206 Intercollegiate Basketball, ES-209 Intercollegiate Cross-Country, ES-213 Intercollegiate Golf, ES-218 Intercollegiate Soccer, ES-224 Intercollegiate Tennis, ES-227 Intercollegiate Track, ES-230 Intercollegiate Volleyball and ES-249 Competencies for Intercollegiate Athletes.

The Associate in Arts in General Studies with an Emphasis in Lifelong Health, Well-Being and Self-Development will be awarded to students upon completion of general education degree requirements and 18 units in this area. These courses focus on the improvement of health and well-being and are designed to provide knowledge and tools of how to obtain optimal physical, psychological and emotional health and well-being throughout the lifespan. Potential entry-level positions of employment that students will be prepared for upon completion include those in recreation, education, and health fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of optimal health and fitness in daily life through informed decision-making.
  • Describe basic principles of nutrition.
  • Value the importance of physical activity through the lifespan.
BIO-115Biology of Alcohol and Other Drugs3
HED-105Health Education for Teachers1
HED-120Personal Health and Lifestyles3
HED-201Introduction to Public Health3
HED-202Health Professions and Organizations3
HED-203Substance Abuse and Public Health3
HED-204Health and Social Justice3
HED-251Healthy Lifestyles: Theory and Application3
Exercise Science
ES-206Intercollegiate Basketball3
ES-209Intercollegiate Cross-Country3
ES-213Intercollegiate Golf3
ES-218Intercollegiate Soccer3
ES-224Intercollegiate Tennis3
ES-227Intercollegiate Track3
ES-230Intercollegiate Volleyball3
ES-248Conditioning for Intercollegiate Athletes1
ES-249Competencies for Intercollegiate Athletes2-4
ES-250Introduction to Kinesiology3
ES-253Physical Education in Elementary Schools3
ES-255Care and Prevention of Athletic and Recreational Injuries3
ES-270Cooperative Games1
ES-271Fitness Walking with Children1
ES-272Issues in Childhood Obesity1
NUTR-155Introduction to Nutrition3
NUTR-158Nutrition for Fitness and Sports3
NUTR-255Science of Nutrition3
COUN-110Career Decision Making1
COUN-120College and Career Success3
COUN-130Study Skills and Time Management1
COUN-140Self Awareness and Interpersonal Relationships3
COUN-150Transfer Success1