General Education Curriculum

General Education Requirements

General education courses are grouped into several major categories:

  • Communications
    Defined as courses designed to enhance facility in the use of the English language
  • Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Defined as courses designed to enhance mathematics and scientific conceptual understanding and applications, including computer science
  • Social Sciences
    Defined as courses designed to promote self awareness, including understanding social, economic, historical, and political problems and the responsibilities of citizenship in an interdependent world
  • Humanities
    Defined as courses in literary, philosophical, foreign language, aesthetic, or other humanistic studies to promote the understanding and transmission of values to one’s own and other cultures
  • History
  • Diversity/Global and Cultural Awareness
  • Ethical Reasoning

Minimum General Education Requirements for Each Associate Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees require a minimum number of credits in an array of representative courses in each of the following categories:                             

  • Communication   
  • Mathematics/Science/Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Diversity and humanities

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees require a minimum number of credits in an array of representative courses in each of the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Mathematics/Science/Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees require a minimum number of credits in an array of representative courses from the communication category and at least one course from mathematics/science/technology, social sciences, and humanities.

Distribution of Semester Hours of Credit for Degrees

Notes

  • ENGL 091 and ENGL 095, MATH 011 and MATH 012 cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  • Students placed in ENGL 091 and ENGL 095, MATH 011 and MATH 012 as a result of College Placement Test scores, will be required to complete these courses in addition to the general education and degree requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended that writing courses be taken in sequence. ENGL 151 should be taken immediately after completion of ENGL 095.
  • Humanities electives in Literature are: Any 200 level ENGL course#. All other programs specifying only humanities elective will be free to select from the full range of English (and other humanities) courses except those taken to fulfill the required freshman English/Communications sequence. In no case can ENGL 151 or ENGL 152 be used as a humanities elective. ENGL 155 may be used as a humanities elective if it has not been taken as a requirement. This, however, is not encouraged for transfer students.

Approved General Education Courses

General Education courses are grouped into several major categories: Communication, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Science, Humanities, History and Diversity. All degree programs contain a core General Education foundation required by all two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Click here for the PDF version.

Communication (GCOM)

ENGL 151: English I
ENGL 152: English II *
COMM 154: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Mathematics (GMAT)

MATH 151: Survey of Mathematics
MATH 156: Introduction to Statistics
MATH 158: Algebraic Modeling
MATH 161: College Algebra for Science/Math/CS/Engn Majors
MATH 165: College Algebra
MATH 171: Finite Mathematics
MATH 181: Introduction to Probability
MATH 191: Pre-calculus I *
MATH 192: Pre-calculus II *
MATH 195: Pre-calculus I & II for Science, Math, Computer Science,
and Engineering Majors *
MATH 201: Pre-calculus Techniques
and Applications
MATH 240: Business Calculus *
MATH 265: Calculus I *
MATH 266: Calculus II *
MATH 267: Calculus III *
MATH 270: Discrete Mathematics *
MATH 275: Linear Algebra *
MATH 280: Differential Equations *

Lab Science (GSCL)

BIOL 114: Principles of Biological Science
BIOL 119: Nature of Science and the Human Body
BIOL 130: Human Anatomy
and Physiology I
BIOL 131: Human Anatomy
and Physiology II *
BIOL 161: General Biology I
BIOL 162: General Biology II *
BIOL 163: Introduction to Botany
BIOL 232: Microbiology *
BIOL 261: Ecology *
BIOL 264: General Microbiology *
BIOL 265: Marine Biology *
CHEM 180: Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 181: General Chemistry I
CHEM 182: General Chemistry II *
CHEM 283: Organic Chemistry I *
CHEM 284: Organic Chemistry II *
ENVI 152: Environmental Science
ENVI 154: Introduction to Oceanography
PHYS 171: Physics I
PHYS 172: Physics II *
PHYS 180: Introduction to Astronomy
PHYS 181: Astronomy I: Solar System
PHYS 182: Astronomy II: Stars
and Galaxies *
PHYS 281: General Physics I *
PHYS 282: General Physics II *
PHYS 283: General Physics III *
SCIE 105: Forensic Science

Technological Competency or Information Literacy (GTEC)

CSIT 110: Computer Literacy
CSIT 123: Integrated Office Software
CSIT 165: Programming I
INFO 110: Library Research
& Information Literacy

Social Science (GSOC)

ANTH 133: Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 134: Cultural Anthropology
ECON 151: Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 152: Microeconomic Principles
GEOG 161: World Physical Geography
GEOG 162: Human Geography
POLI 161: American Federal Government
POLI 162: American State
and Local Government
POLI 183: Introduction to Political Science
POLI 263: Introduction to
International Relations
POLI 265: Comparative Politics
and Government
PSYC 172: General Psychology
PSYC 173: Child Psychology *
PSYC 273: Adolescent Psychology *
PSYC 278: Life Span *
SOCI 181: Introduction to Sociology

Humanities (GHUM)

ARBC 100: Elementary Arabic I
ARBC 102: Elementary Arabic II *
ARBC 201: Intermediate Arabic I
ARBC 202: Intermediate Arabic II *
ARTS 181: Art History I
ARTS 182: Art History II
ARTS 205: Art History III (20th C. Art)
ARTS 206: American Art
ASLN 100: Basic American Sign Language I
ASLN 102: Basic American
Sign Language II *
CHIN 100: Elementary Chinese I
CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II *
CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese I *
CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II *
DANC 145: Dance Appreciation
ENGL 211: Introduction to Poetry *
ENGL 212: Introduction to Drama *
ENGL 223: African American Literature *
ENGL 240: Women in Literature *
ENGL 251: American Literature I *
ENGL 252: American Literature II *
ENGL 253: British Literature I *
ENGL 254: British Literature II *

Humanities (GHUM) cont.

ENGL 255: World Literature I *
ENGL 256: World Literature II *
ENGL 257: The Short Story *
ENGL 258: The Short Novel *
ENGL 260: Shakespeare *
ENGL 280: American Poets:
Voices and Visions *
FILM 190: World Cinema *
FILM 192: Film Genres *
FILM 200: Understanding Film *
FILM 202: From Literature to Film *
FREN 191: Elementary French I
FREN 192: Elementary French II *
FREN 291: Intermediate French I *
FREN 292: Intermediate French II *
GREK 100: Greek I
GREK 102: Greek II *
GRMN 191: Elementary German I
GRMN 192: Elementary German II *
GRMN 291: Intermediate German I *
GRMN 292: Intermediate German II *
HEBR 151: Elementary Modern Hebrew I
HEBR 152: Elementary Modern Hebrew II *
HIST 171: Western Civilization I
HIST 172: Western Civilization II
HIST 173: U.S. History I (to 1877)
HIST 174: U.S. History II (since 1877)
HIST 181: World Civilization I
HIST 182: World Civilization II
HIST 230: America and the West
After WW II
HUMN 200: Humanities I: Modernism *
HUMN 201: Humanities II:
Postmodernism *
ITAL 100: Elementary Italian I
ITAL 102: Elementary Italian II *
LATN 100: Elementary Latin I
LATN 102: Elementary Latin II *
LATN 201: Intermediate Latin I *
LATN 202: Intermediate Latin II *
MUSC 185: Introduction to Jazz History
MUSC 190: Introduction to Music Appreciation
MUSC 192: Music History
and Literature to 1750
MUSC 193: Music History
and Literature 1750-1920
MUSC 194: Music of the World’s Peoples
PHIL 190: Introduction to Critical Thinking
PHIL 191: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 192: Contemporary Ethical Issues
PHIL 293: Religious Experiences *
RELG 193: World Religions
(formerly PHIL 193)
RUSS 101: Elementary Russian I
RUSS 102: Elementary Russian II *
SPAN 151: Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 152: Elementary Spanish II *
SPAN 251: Intermediate Spanish I *
SPAN 252: Intermediate Spanish II *
THTR 195: Theater Appreciation
THTR 196: Contemporary Theater

History (GHIS)

HIST 171: Western Civilization I
HIST 172: Western Civilization II
HIST 173: U.S. History I (to 1877)
HIST 174: U.S. History II (since 1877)
HIST 181: World Civilization I
HIST 182: World Civilization II
HIST 230: America and the West
After WW II

Diversity (GDIV)

ANTH 133: Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 134: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 237: Indians of North America
ARTS 191: The Arts of the Islamic World
COMM 202: Intercultural
Communication *
ENGL 222: Native American Literature *
ENGL 223: African American Literature *
ENGL 225: Chinese Literature
in Translation *
ENGL 226: Arabic Literature
in Translation *
ENGL 227: Jewish & Holocaust Literature *
ENGL 235: Literature and Myth *
ENGL 240: Women in Literature *
ENGL 242: Women in Film *
ENGL 244: Women’s Lives *
ENGL 255: World Literature I *
ENGL 256: World Literature II *
FILM 190: World Cinema *
GEOG 162: Human Geography
HIST 181: World Civilization I
HIST 182: World Civilization II
HIST 268: History and Culture
of the Jewish People
HIST 272: History of Russia
HIST 275: History and Culture of China
HIST 278: History of the Arab World
Since WW I
HIST 282: Modern Israel
HUMN 201: Humanities II: Postmodernism
MUSC 194: Music of the World’s Peoples
PHIL 293: Religious Experiences *
POLI 101: Global Issues
POLI 265: Comparative Politics
and Government
POLI 268: Women and American Politics
PSYC 175: Cross Cultural Psychology *
PSYC 270: Psychology of Gender *
RELG 193: World Religions
(formerly PHIL 193)
SOCI 230: Women in Society: Social Issues
SOCI 238: Race and Ethnicity *

NOTE:  This list may be changed by the statewide Academic Affairs Affinity Group (AAAG).
*   Courses with an asterisk have prerequisites.
+  Courses awaiting review by the AAAG/NJCCC Presidents

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