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General Education Requirements

Philosophy of General Education.  The College aims to prepare students to perform effectively in highly specialized and advanced technical occupations and respond effectively to the inevitable technical and societal changes that will occur throughout their careers.  To respond to change, students will need to engage in a lifelong process of inquiry, decision-making, and acquisition of new knowledge.  General education, which has as its fundamental purpose the development and integration of every student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences, is one of the best means for achieving the ability to engage effectively in critical thinking and problem solving needed in the work place and beyond.

The Associate of Applied Science General Education Core.  Students seeking an Associate Degree are required to take a general education core including a minimum of 19 semester credit hours selected from the courses listed below. See each program’s General Education Requirements for specific courses.

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS

 

Course # Course Title Credits
Area 1. Oral & Written Communication ‑ 6 Credit hours
 COM 101

 

COM 110

English Composition

OrHonors Composition*

And

3

 

3

COM 111 Oral Communications 3
Or
COM 121 Public Speaking 3
Area 2. Mathematics ‑ 3 Credit Hours
MAT 115

 

 

MAT 118

 

MAT 119

 

MAT 120

 

MAT 122

 

MAT 123

College Algebra

 

Or

Survey of College Mathematics

Or

Elementary Statistics

Or

Pre-Calculus

Or

Elements of Calculus

Or

Calculus I

3

 

3

 

3

 

5

 

3

 

5

Area 3. Science ‑ 4 Credit Hours
PHY 100

 

PHY 101/102

 

PHY 103/104

Physical Science with a laboratory

Or

College Physics with a laboratory

4

 

4

 

4

Or

Environmental Science with a laboratory

Or

PHY 201 General Physics with a laboratory 5
Or
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
  Or  
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
  Or  
  A science course with a laboratory* 4
Area 4. Social Science ‑ 3 Credit Hours
PSC 101

 

HST 105

 

HST 110

American Government1,2 3
Or
American History to 18771,2

Or

American History from 1877 to the Present1,2

3

 

3

Area 5. Technical Literacy ‑ 3 Credit Hours
 CPP 101 Introduction to Microcomputer Usage 3
Or
 CPP 102 Advanced Microcomputer Usage 3
  Or  
 NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3

* Requires Department Approval

 

¹ PSC 101 American Government, HST 105 American History to 1877, and HST 110 American History from 1877 to the Present fulfill both the general education requirement and Missouri’s constitution requirement.

² Transfer students must also meet Missouri’s constitution requirement through an approved method.

 

The Certificate General Education Core.  Students seeking a certificate will follow the specific general education core requirements below for the certificate being sought.

 

CERTIFICATE GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS

 

Certificate – Two-Year.

Students are required to take a general education core including at least eight semester credit hours.

 

Certificate – One-Year.

Students are required to complete a basic general education core of at least six semester credit hours.

 

Certificate – Less than One-Year.

Certificates of Less than One-Year may or may not include a requirement for students to complete a basic general education core of at least six semester credit hours.

 

Certificate – One Semester.

Certificates of One Semester may or may not include a requirement for students to complete a basic general education core of at least six semester credit hours.

 

See each program’s General Education Requirements for specific courses.

 

LINE OF AUTHORITY

Responsible Office: President’s Office

Contact person in that office: Executive Assistant to the President

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 2022

Presidential approval: January 2022

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