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2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, AA&S-Can Be Completed Online- 697-01

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Purpose: The General Studies program is intended for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. This curriculum provides students the opportunity to customize their courses to align with the requirements of their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students are encouraged to work with an academic advisor to select appropriate courses that support their goals. This curriculum is also beneficial for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree, but have not determined their intended major. It allows these students to explore potential academic interests while completing general education requirements accepted in a wide variety of baccalaureate degree programs.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through transcript review or informed self-placement.  Based on this review students may request or be required to enroll in prerequisite or corequisite math and/or English courses.

General Studies Curriculum Degree Requirements:

Student Development (1cr)

English (9cr)

Mathematics (6cr)

Please consult your advisor to choose your Math sequence

History (6cr)

  • Any two HIS courses

Communication (3cr)

Humanities (6cr)

  • Any two courses from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language (Recommend Approved Passport Course) 

Social Sciences (6cr)

  • Choose any two Social Science courses (6cr) from  ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC

Lab Sciences (8cr)

  • Any two lab science courses or any two-semester sequence in BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, GIS, or PHY

ITE 152 and/or Transfer Elective(s) (15cr)

Total Minimum Credits: 60

(Note: BIO 141  and BIO 142  do not meet the Lab Science requirement)

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies necessary for academic success, transfer, and employment.  Individual programs may specify how computer competency is attained as part of the program.  If not specified otherwise, computer competency is demonstrated by passing ITE 152 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test. Students are encouraged not to wait until the final semester to complete this requirement.   

1Transfer 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: 13

Second Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year

Third Semester

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

Fourth Semester

  • Lab Science (II)
  • Transfer Elective (IV)
  • Humanities Elective (II)
  • Social Sciences Elective (II)
  • Transfer Elective (V)
Total Credits: 16

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