2018-2019 Catalog & Student Handbook 
    Jul 06, 2022  
2018-2019 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, AA&S

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Purpose: The General Studies program is intended for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. For students who are uncertain about their educational goals, this curriculum offers sufficient flexibility so that students may take courses that are accepted at most public four-year institutions in a wide variety of baccalaureate degree programs. It also provides greater opportunity than that offered in other college-transfer programs for the student to take courses that emphasize areas of academic strength and interest. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in planning their programs.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

General Studies Curriculum Degree Requirements:

Student Development


  • Any two HIS courses

Health/Physical Education

  • Any HLT or PED course(s)2


Social Sciences

  • Any course from ECO3, PLS, PSY4, or SOC5 AND any course from ECO3, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY4, SOC

Lab Sciences

  • Any two-semester sequence in BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, or PHY

Transfer Elective(s)

  • Any course which has been approved as a transfer elective5

Total Minimum Credits: 62

Note: HLT 143 , HLT 250 , HLT 261 , HLT 262 , HLT 263 , and HLT 290  DO NOT meet HLT/PE requirement

(Note: BIO 141  and BIO 142  do not meet this requirement)

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115  (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test.

1Students should check with institutions to which they are considering transferring to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.

2Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.

3ECO 120  and ECO 201 -ECO 202  contain similar course content. Students who take ECO 120  cannot receive credit for either ECO 201  or ECO 202 . Students who take either ECO 201  or ECO 202  cannot receive credit for ECO 120 .

4Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235  and PSY 230 .

5Transfer elective credits must be selected from the Approved Transfer Electives List. See a counselor, a faculty advisor, or http://www.germanna.edu/transfer-services/transfer-electives/.

Students graduating from this program may be called upon to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year

First Five

Total Credits: 16

Second Semester

Total Credits: 16

Second Year

Third Semester

  • Lab Science (I)
  • Foreign Language (III)
  • ENG (Literature)
  • Humanities Elective (I)
  • Social Sciences Elective (I)
Total Credits 16

Fourth Semester

  • Lab Science (I)
  • Foreign Language (III)
  • ENG (Literature)
  • Humanities Elective (I)
  • Social Sciences Elective (I)
Total Credits: 16

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