AA Degree General Education Requirements

All students pursuing an AA Degree must fulfill general education requirements. The courses that will fulfill these requirements are listed below.

Communications (9 credits required)

Select one of these courses:

  • ENG:105 Composition I, 3 credits
  • ENG:107 Composition I: Technical Writing, 3 credits

Select one of these courses:

  • ENG:106 Composition II, 3 credits
  • ENG:108 Composition II: Technical Writing, 3 credits

Select one of these courses:

  • SPC:112 Public Speaking, 3 credits
  • SPC:170 Professional Communication, 3 credits

Arts and Humanities (9 credits required)

Select one Literature course:

  • LIT:101 Introduction to Literature, 3 credits
  • LIT:111 American Literature since Mid-1800’s, 3 credits
  • LIT:130 African American Literature, 3 credits
  • LIT:135 Film as Literature, 3 credits
  • LIT:185 Contemporary Literature, 3 credits

Select one Humanities course:

  • DRA:110* Introduction to Film, 3 credits
  • HUM:110 Changes and Choices, 3 credits
  • HUM:183 Living with Space, Time and Technology, 3 credits
  • PHI:101 Introduction to Philosophy, 3 credits
  • PHI:105 Introduction to Ethics, 3 credits
  • PHI:110 Introduction to Logic, 3 credits
  • REL:101 Survey of World Religions, 3 credits

Select one course in the Fine Arts:

  • ART:101 Art Appreciation, 3 credits
  • DRA:101 Introduction to Theatre, 3 credits
  • DRA:110* Introduction to Film, 3 credits
  • HUM:135 Humanities of the Early World, 3 credits
  • HUM:136 Humanities of the Renaissance, 3 credits
  • HUM:137 Humanities of the Modern World, 3 credits
  • MUS:100 Music Appreciation, 3 credits

*DRA:110 may be counted as either Humanities or Fine Arts, but not both.

Cultural/Historical Perspectives (6 credits required)

Select one course from the Western perspective:

  • HIS:117 Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval, 3 credits
  • HIS:118 Western Civilization II: Early Modern, 3 credits
  • HIS:119 Western Civilization III: The Modern Period, 3 credits
  • HIS:151 U.S. History to 1877, 3 credits
  • HIS:152 U.S. History since 1877, 3 credits

Select one course from an International perspective or language:

  • ANT:105 Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
  • ASL:151 American Sign Language 1, 3 credits
  • CLS:150 Latin American History and Culture, 3 credits
  • FL:____ One Semester of an International Language, 3 - 4 credits
  • GEO:121 World Regional Geography, 3 credits
  • GLS:100 Contemporary World Issues, 3 credits
  • GLS:120 Education Experience Abroad, 1 - 3 credits
  • HIS:211 Modern Asia History, 3 credits
  • HIS:231 Contemporary World Affairs, 3 credits

Social Sciences (6 credits required)

Select one Economics or Political Science course:

  • ECN:120 Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 credits
  • ECN:130 Principles of Microeconomics, 3 credits
  • POL:111 American National Government, 3 credits

Select one Psychology or Sociology course:

  • PSY:111 Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits
  • SOC:110 Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits

Natural Sciences (8 credits required)

Select one course in the Life Sciences:

  • BIO:105 Introductory Biology, 4 credits
  • BIO:114 General Biology IA, 4 credits
  • BIO:125 Plant Biology, 4 credits
  • BIO:157 Human Biology, 4 credits
  • BIO:163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 4 credits
  • BIO:168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 credits
  • ENV:111* Environmental Science, 4 credits
  • ENV:145 Conservation Biology, 4 credits

Select one course in the Physical Sciences:

  • CHM:122 Introduction to General Chemistry, 4 credits
  • CHM:165/166 General Chemistry I, 4 - 5 credits
  • CHM:179 Principles of General Chemistry 6, credits
  • ENV:111* Environmental Science, 4 credits
  • ENV:139 Energy and the Environment, 4 credits
  • PHS:120 Exploring Physical Science, 4 credits
  • PHS:152 Astronomy, 4 credits
  • PHS:166 Meteorology: Weather and Climate, 4 credits
  • PHS:172 Physical Geology, 4 credits
  • PHY:110 Survey of Physics I, 3 credits
  • PHY:162 College Physics I, 4 credits
  • PHY:212 Classical Physics I, 5 credits


*ENV:111 may be counted as either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences, but not both.

Mathematics (3 credits required)

  • MAT:110 Math for Liberal Arts, 3 credits
  • MAT:117 Math for Elementary Teachers*, 3 credits
  • MAT:128 PreCalculus, 4 credits
  • MAT:140 Finite Math, 3 credits
  • MAT:156 Statistics, 3 credits
  • MAT:165 Business Calculus, 3 credits
  • MAT:210 Calculus I, 4 credits

* Only students majoring in elementary education may select this course option.

Computer Skills (3 credits or demonstrated proficiency required)

  • CSC:107 Computer Literacy, 3 credits
  • CSC:110 Introduction to Computers, 3 credits


Electives (Up to 19 credits required)

Students choose electives according to their needs and interests and the requirements of their intended transfer college to complete the 62 credit hours required of an Associate in Arts degree. While electives generally are chosen from any Arts and Science course numbered above 100, a maximum of 16 credit hours in career technical courses may be applied toward an AA. A maximum of 4 credit hours of Human Development courses may be applied toward an AA degree.


Concentration Electives

To complete an Associate Degree within a specific concentration, choose electives from at or above the 100 level courses in one of the following areas: Agriculture; Banking; Biology; Business Administration/Accounting; Chemistry; Computer Science; Conservation; Criminal Justice; Education; English; Fine Arts - Art, Drama and Music; History; Journalism; Management and Supervision; Marketing/Sales/Retailing; Mathematics; Physical Education/Recreation; Physics; Political Science; Pre-Chiropractic; Pre-Engineering; Pre-Health Professional; Pre-Law; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; Speech.