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General Studies, A.S.

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Program Design

The General Studies associate degree program leads to an associate in science degree. This program offers the broadest range of electives of any major at the college. General Studies is a concentration that is appropriate for transfer, for employment and for a self-designed independent course of study.


If considering a career in education, students need to select a transfer institution early and consult with a counselor.


Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. For those students who are not prepared for the mathematics and English courses required in the program, the college offers a wide range of developmental classes.

A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit is required in this program as follows:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all General Studies degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate a clear connection among elective choices and their personal, occupational or academic ambitions.
  2. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
  3. Become adept in written and spoken communication skills.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

General Studies Program Required Courses

General Education Courses

General Education Knowledge Area - English    3 Credits
General Education Knowledge Area - Mathematics    3-4 Credits
General Education Knowledge Area - Physical and Natural Sciences    3-4 Credits
General Education Knowledge Area - Social Sciences    3 Credits
General Education Knowledge Area - Humanities    3-4 Credits
General Education Knowledge Area - The Arts    3 Credits
Another course from one of the seven General Education Knowledge Areas including Interdisciplinary Studies    3-4 Credits

General Studies Requirements

  • IDS* 101 The First Year Experience  *   3 Credits  (Must be taken in first semester)
  • Choose from any course in biology, chemistry, physics or other physical science that includes a laboratory   4 Credits
  • Choose any two courses in English, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, music, philosophy, theater or communication   6-8 Credits
  • Choose any course in anthropology, psychology or sociology   3 Credits
  • Choose any course in economics, geography, history or political science   3 Credits
  • Choose any open elective courses   18-20  Credits

Total Credits Required: 60-65


Please note: cooperative education courses are available as an elective to General Studies students. Please see Academic Information  or contact the Cooperative Education office for more information.

* IDS101 First Year Experience should be completed during the first semester. Students in the STARS program or AIT may replace this course with elective credits.  Students transferring to MCC, or students declaring General Studies, A.S. as their major, who have completed 30 or more credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher may choose to take IDS* 201  in place of IDS* 101  .

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