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Certificate of General Studies

Learning Outcomes

Recipients of the Certificate of General Studies will have demonstrated:

  1. the comprehension of information by reading college-level materials across the curriculum;
  2. the ability to communicate effectively in written English across the curriculum;
  3. the ability to comprehend and perform course-specific mathematical problems;
  4. the development of critical thinking skills across the curriculum; and
  5. the ability to use library resources to research topics across the curriculum.

Required courses for the Certificate of General Studies

First Semester Hours
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
MATH 101: Applied Algebra for College Students 3
or MATH 102:   College Algebra *
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
  Fine Arts Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective 3
Second Semester Hours
ENGL102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
or ENGL 103:   Foundations of Professional Writing
  Humanities Elective 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective, Mathematics Elective, or Natural Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective, Mathematics Elective, or Natural Science Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 30
Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course.
Approved Elective:  All electives must be approved in accordance with the policy in the BPCC catalog.
*For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics and/or speech course.
Social/Behavioral Science Electives:  ANTH 201, ANTH 202, BADM 201, BADM 202, CJUS 101, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology
Fine Arts Electives:  ART 201, ART 202, ART 206, MUSC 120, MUSC 121, COMM 240, THTR 101, or THTR131
Humanities Electives:  ENGL 201, ENGL 202, ENGL 255, ENGL 256, ENGL 257; FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201; HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, HIST 104, HIST 201, HIST 202, HIST 203; HMAN 201, HMAN 202; HMAN203, RLGN 201, RLGN 202, RLGN 203; SPAN 101, SPAN 102, or SPAN 201.
Natural Science Electives:  Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, SCI101, SCI102 or Zoology
Mathematics Electives: a three-hour credit mathematics course higher than MATH102 excluding MATH117, MATH129, MATH217, and MATH218

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