General Education Requirements

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approved by Board of Regents 01/16/2015



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 degree is composed of the following areas of study: communications, mathematics, sciences, and technical literacy. A certificate is composed of general education appropriate to the area of study.


A key characteristic of the curriculum for each program is the integration of academic and technical education into a balanced program of study designed to develop broad-based, highly-skilled technicians. This requires that the student develop a foundation of communication, mathematics, science, and social knowledge and skills, as well as developing appropriate attitudes associated with successful technicians. This foundation is provided by completion of the required general education courses. The knowledge and skills developed are then integrated into technical education courses for purposes of reinforcement and for purposes of connecting the material learned to specific applications in the student’s field of study.


The Associate of Applied Science General Education Core. Students seeking an Associate of Applied Science Degree are required to take a general education core including a minimum of 19 semester credit hours.


Associate of Applied Science General Education Core Requirements
Course # Course Title Credits
Area 1. Oral & Written Communication - 6 Credit hours
COM 101 English Composition - Or 3
COM 110 Honors Composition* - And 3
COM 111 Oral Communications 3
Area 2. Mathematics - 3 Credit hours
MAT 115 College Algebra - Or 3
MAT 118 Survey of College Mathematics - Or 3
MAT 120 Pre-Calculus - Or 5
MAT 122 Elements of Calculus - Or 3
MAT 123 Calculus I 5
Area 3. Science - 4 Credit hours
PHY 100 Physical Science with a laboratory- Or 4
PHY 101/102 College Physics with a Laboratory - Or 4
PHY 103/104 Environmental Science with a laboratory - Or 4
PHY 201 General Physics with a laboratory - Or 5
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 1 - Or 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II- Or 4
A science course with a laboratory* 4
Area 4. Social Science - 3 Credit hours
PSC 101 American Government (*1,*2) - Or 3
HST 105 American History to 1877 (*1,*2) - Or 3
HST 110 American History from 1877 to the Present (*1,*2) 3
Area 5. Technical Literacy - 3 Credit hours
CPP101 Introduction to Microcomputer Usage - Or 3
CPP 102 Advanced Microcomputer Usage - Or 3
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 – 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.