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General Education: Associate in General Education Program

The Associate in General Education curriculum is designed for the academic enrichment of students who wish to broaden their education, with emphasis on personal interest, growth and development.

Course work includes study in the areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition. Opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers will be provided. 

Through these skills, students will have a sound base for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for advancement within their field of interest and become better qualified for a wide range of employment opportunities.

This program is designed for students who wish to complete two years of college and are not planning to transfer to four-year institutions. Many of the courses may, however, transfer depending on the senior institution and the degree major on a course-by-course basis.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. 

Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Developmental courses for this program may include Readiness Level Reading, English, and/or Math and other courses in developmental Reading, English, Math, Biology and Chemistry. 

Curriculum: 

Required General Education Courses

Writing and Inquiry

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Writing/Research in the Disciplines

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Humanities/Fine Arts
(Select 3 semester credit hours from the following)

Art Appreciation

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Theatre Appreciation

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American Literature I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American Literature II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Major American Writers

Credit Hours: 

3.00
British Literature I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
British Literature II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Elementary French I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
French Lab 1

Credit Hours: 

1.00
History of Philosophy

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Introduction to Ethics

Credit Hours: 

3.00
World Religions

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Elementary Spanish I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Spanish Lab 1

Credit Hours: 

1.00

Social/Behavioral Sciences 
(Select 3 semester credit hours from the following)

Principles of Microeconomics

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Principles of Macroeconomics

Credit Hours: 

3.00
World Regional Geography

Credit Hours: 

3.00
World Physical Geography

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American History I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American History II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American Government

Credit Hours: 

3.00
General Psychology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Introduction to Sociology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Social Problems

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Mathematics/Natural Sciences 
(Select at least 3 semester credit hours from the following)

General Biology I

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Introduction to Chemistry

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Introduction to Chemistry Lab

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Quantitative Literacy

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Pre-Calculus Algebra

Credit Hours: 

4.00
College Physics I

Credit Hours: 

4.00

Oral Communication 

Public Speaking

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Other Required Hours (46-47 semester credit hours)

Note: ACA 115 - Success and Study Skills is a required course for all degree and diploma programs at BRCC but is not part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability. Students should take this course their first semester or in the semester required by their particular program. Students who are enrolled as special credit students should take this course before they have completed 12 semester hours. 

Success and Study Skills

Credit Hours: 

1.00

Other required hours include additional general education and professional courses. Select courses from any associate degree program offered at Blue Ridge Community College. Prerequisites and Corequisites must be met.

A maximum of 7 semester credit hours from the following may be included:

Fit and Well for Life

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Physical Fitness I

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Weight Training I

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Weight Training II

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Walking for Fitness

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Walk, Jog, Run

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Volleyball-Beginning

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Dancing for Fitness

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Pilates I

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Pilates II

Credit Hours: 

1.00

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 64-65