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Associate in General Education

campus entrance

Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Associate in General Education is a two-year program offering a basic exposure to the liberal arts. This program is tailored around your personal interests rather than specific professional requirements, helping you to expand your knowledge, enrich your personal life and improve your understanding of today’s changing world.

The Associate in General Education is not a transferable degree program and shouldn’t be used to satisfy the transfer requirements of a four-year college or university. Students interested in transferring should consider the Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts or Associate in Science program.

For more information about college transfer and links to four-year college transfer admissions websites, please visit our college transfer web page.

Curriculum Guide

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
Select one course from:
ACA 111 n/a n/a none 1
ACA 122* n/a n/a none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 011 ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a ENG 111 3
Communications 3
Choose one of the following:
COM 110 Introduction to Communication n/a n/a 3
COM 120 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication n/a n/a 3
COM 231** Public Speaking n/a ENG 111 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Select one course from the COA Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) list of UGETC: Humanities/Fine Arts or GEN ED: Humanities/Fine Arts core requirement courses. (UGETC courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution.)
n/a n/a n/a varies 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Select one course from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation (CAA) UGETC: Social/Behavioral Sciences or GEN ED: Social/Behavioral Sciences core requirement courses. (UGETC courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution.)
n/a n/a n/a varies 3
Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3 – 4
Select one course (other than CIS 110) from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) GEN ED: Mathematics or Natural Science core requirement courses. (UGETC courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution.)
n/a n/a varies varies 3 – 4
Computer Science 3
CIS 110*** Intro to Computers n/a ENG 002 Tier 1 and
MAT 003 Tier 1
3
Health/Wellness 2 – 3
HEA 110 – 3 credit hours (ENG 002, Tier 1), PED 110 – 2 credit hours (none), or two 1 credit hour PED activity courses (Level I and Beginning activity courses have no pre-requisites; Level 2 and Intermediate activity courses have pre-requisites of the corresponding Level 1 or Beginning activity courses.)
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parenthesis varies
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parenthesis varies
Electives 38 – 41
Select 38-41 additional hours from general education and professional courses numbered 110 or above which are in the COA list of North Carolina Community College Combined Course Library (CCL) courses. (Number of elective hours needed is based upon course choice made in the natural/sciences/mathematics area and in the health/wellness choices.) For a complete list of CCL courses accepted by the NC Community College System. A maximum of 7 semester hours in health, physical education, college orientation, and/or study skills may be included. Selected topics or seminar courses may be included in a program of study up to a maximum of three semester hours credit.

Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 64 – 65

*ACA 122 is recommended for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution

**COM 231 is recommended for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution.

***CIS 110. This requirement is used to demonstrate computer literacy to meet institutional core competencies. Students may also demonstrate this proficiency via high school articulated credit, course substitution, or credit by exam (CBE). Students requesting CBE must provide substantial reason(s) why they are qualified to sit for the exam. If computer literacy proficiency is demonstrated in a manner which does not result in degree credit, 3 credit hours of General Education electives from the CAA list must be taken in place of CIS 110.