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  Nov 17, 2017
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements, AAS and ADN


For more information please see the Academic Transfer and General Education Program Overview. 

Definition of General Education

Central Community College defines general education as a comprehensive body of essential knowledge which promotes intellectual inquiry, citizenship, and diverse values.

Philosophy of General Education

General education courses introduce students to knowledge and skills that enable them to fulfill educational and occupational goals while at the same time enlighten them about social and cultural aspects of life. Drawing from the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities and fine arts, as well as mathematics and the natural sciences, Central Community College Board of Governors, administrators, and faculty have designed a curriculum which empowers our graduates to:

  • Establish and attain realistic goals.
  • Prosper in a complex and changing society.
  • Think independently.
  • Value logical and tested conclusions.
  • Appreciate diverse cultural heritages.
  • Communicate fluently.
  • Apply numerical and computational concepts.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in solving problems.

Central Community College AAS and ADN Degree Requirements

To complete an Associate of Applied Science Degree or an Associate Degree in Nursing at Central Community College a student must achieve the following general education competencies.

Students may demonstrate these competencies by any combination of the following:

  • Passing Central Community College courses that teach or require as a prerequisite the required Central Community College general education competencies. The General Education hours required for AAS and ADN degree programs are set at a minimum of 15 credit hours with students taking at least three credits from each of the four groups approved by the adviser. Only complete courses will count toward general education requirements.
  • Transferring to Central Community College, equivalent courses that teach the required Central Community College general education competencies.
  • Submitting documentation of acceptable scores on standardized, nationally recognized higher education achievement tests (such as CLEP), which assess students’ knowledge and skills identified as intended general education competencies.
  • Achieving an acceptable passing score on an in-house developed assessment instrument(s) designed to measure the achievement of Central Community College general education competencies.
  • Consultation with an adviser will assure that general education course apply toward degree completion.

Consultation with an adviser will assure that general education courses apply toward degree completion.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Group A: Communications

Comprehend and produce effective communication. Subset outcomes:

1. Organize to express ideas clearly and grammatically

2. Communicate a purpose to an audience incorporating appropriate information from outside sources ethically. 

Group B: Math/Science

Solve problems using quantitative reasoning or the scientific method. Subset outcomes:

1. Analyze and organize data.

2. Apply appropriate methods.

3. Evaluate solutions.

Group C: Personal Development/Humanities

Apply effective self management skills or make judgments reflective of human values. Subset outcomes:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses and understand techniques of working with others

2. Demonstrate an awareness of works or concepts as a reflection of specific cultures, times and/or places.

Group D: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Apply empirical data to the study of human behavior. Subset outcomes:

1. Analyze and evaluate social science data.

2. Use critical thinking skills to explain the interaction between human behavior and the social environment.

Diploma Requirements

To complete a diploma at Central Community College a student must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of credit, including nine credits in the general education areas listed below. All courses must carry a course number of 1000 or greater.

  • 3 hours from Communications (courses with an alpha of ENGL, READ, SPCH)
  • 3 hours from Math/Science (courses with an alpha of BIOS, CHEM, MATH, PHYS)
  • 3 hours from any of the following (courses with an alpha of ANTH, ARTS, BIOS, CHEM,  ECON, EDUC, ENGL, ENGR, GEOG, HIST, HUMS, MATH, MUSC, PHED, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PRDV, PSYC, READ, SOCI, SPAN, SPCH, THEA, SOCI, OR HLTH 1470 ).

Consultation with an adviser will assure that general educa tion courses apply toward diploma completion.