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General Education Core Requirements

General Education Core Requirements

The associate in science requires a minimum of 15 hours of general education core courses.  The following general education core outcomes reflect a synthesis of what is expected of students completing the associate in science (AS) degree.

Communication. Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate control of grammar and the standard rules of written English
  • Write effective essays
  • Demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and evaluate information (Information Literacy)

Cultural Appreciation. Students will be able to:

  • Describe the cultural forces affecting the traditions of visual art, theatre, or music

Critical Thinking. Students will be able to:

  • Analyze complex situations, solve problems, and assess actions

Collaboration. Students will be able to:

  • Describe their roles as members of a broader community
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a group member

Communication Area - 3 Credit Hours

Courses Credit Hour
Discipline: Communication
•+*ENC1101, English Composition I 3
•* ENC1101C, Enhanced English Composition I 4


Humanities Area - 3 Credit Hours

Courses Credit Hour
Discipline: Visual & Performing Arts
•ARH2000, Understanding Visual Arts  3
•MUL2010, Understanding Music  3
•THE2000, Understanding Theatre  3
*Discipline: Philosophy/Religion
•*PHI2010, Introduction to Philosophy  3
Discipline: Literature 
(Students must complete ENC1102 with a minimum grade of  “C”)
•+*LIT2000, Literature and Culture 3


*Mathematics Area- 3 Credit Hours

Courses Credit Hours
Discipline: Mathematics
•*MAC1105, College Algebra  3
•*MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I  4
•*MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts  3
•*MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics  3
•*STA2023, Statistics  3


Natural Sciences Area - 3 Credit Hours

Courses Credit Hour
Discipline: Physical Sciences
•AST1002, Descriptive Astronomy  3
•CHMX020, Chemistry for Liberal Studies   
•CHM1045, General Chemistry  3
•ESC2000, Earth and Space Science Survey  3
•EVR1001, Introduction to Environmental Science  3
•PHY1020, Basic Concepts of Physics  3
•PHY2048, University Physics I  4
•PHY2053, College Physics I  3
Discipline: Biological Sciences
•BSC1005, General Biological Science  3
•BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I  3
•BSC2085, Human Anatomy and Physiology I  3


Social Sciences Area - 3 Credit Hours

Courses Credit Hours
Discipline: Behavioral Sciences
•ANT2000, Introduction to Anthropology  3
•ECO2013, Principles of Economics, Macro  3
•PSY2012, General Psychology  3
•SYG2000, Principles of Sociology  3
Discipline: History
•@AMH2020, United States History II 3
Discipline: Government
•@ POS2041, American National Government 3


New students who were initially admitted as first-time-in-college students in fall 2014 or thereafter, pursuant to s. 1007.25, F.S., must meet foreign language competency as specified in s. 1007.262, F.S. This competency is ordinarily demonstrated through completion of two credits of sequential high school foreign language OR successful completion of two semesters of foreign language at the postsecondary level. Basic American Sign Language (ASL1400/ASL1401) does not meet this requirement.

All AS students entering a Florida College System institution in Fall 2022 and thereafter, are required to meet civics literacy requirements by passing either AMH2020 or POS2041 and passing the Florida Civics Literacy Examination (FCLE). Students may also demonstrate competency through  completion of AP Government and Politics: United States, AP  United States History, or CLEP: American Government examination.  AICE: U.S. History (1840 – 1990) meets the civics literacy course requirement only. Students receiving course credit for this exam will be required to pass the FCLE.  High school students who take the U.S. Government course and pass the FCLE will have met the postsecondary civic literacy assessment requirement.  Students who have previously achieved a passing score on an approved assessment or passed an approved course will have met the assessment requirement or coursework requirement, respectively, and will not be required to re-take the assessments or courses. 

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.
* Minimum grade of "C" required.
+ Prerequisites required.

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