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General Education studies at St. Charles Community College guide students into a deeper understanding of themselves and of their responsibilities as citizens, and they provide the knowledge and skills on which to build a richer appreciation of their world.

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Associate of Arts General Education Requirements

Associate of Arts General Education Requirements (CORE 42)

Complete at least 42 credit hours, distributed among the Knowledge Areas listed below

Social &
Behavioral Sciences
Written
Communications
Oral
Communications
Natural
Sciences
Mathematical
Sciences
Humanities and
Fine Arts
9 credits minimum from at least 2 disciplines,
including at least one Civics course (denoted by * )
6 credit hours minimum 3 credit hours minimum 7 credit hours minimum from at least 2 disciplines,
including one course with a lab component (denoted by * )
3 credit hours minimum 9 credit hours minimum, from at least 2 disciplines
Anthropology
ANT-101
ANT-102
ENG-101
ENG-102
ENG-115
COM-101
COM-104
COM-106
COM-110
COM-200
ESL-105
Astronomy
PHY-130
PHY 130/131 (*)
MAT-155
MAT-157
MAT-158
MAT-162
MAT-171
Courses that use one of the pathway courses as a prerequisite will meet the general education credit for math. For example, Calculus meets the General Education math requirement since Pre-Calculus Algebra is a prerequisite.
Art 
ART-1001
ART-1505
ART-1500

Performance
(Choose only 3 credits from this Group)
Art
ART-1105
ART-1200
ART-1205
ART-1300
ART-1400
ART-2110
ART-2120
ART-2130
ART-2310
ART-2400
ART-2401
ART-2500
ART-2501
ART-2550
ART-2551
ART-2600
ART-2601
ART-2700
ART-2701
ART-2750
ART-2751
ART-2800
ART-2810
ART-2900
Communications
COM-150
Biology
BIO-105
BIO-105/106 (*)
BIO-108
BIO-120/121 (*)
BIO-122
BIO-150(*)
Civilization
HIS-145
HIS-146
English
ENG-201
ENG-206
ENG-207
ENG-208
ENG-209
ENG-210
Criminal Justice
CRJ-140
Chemistry
CHM 101
CHM 101/103 (*)
CHM-115 (*)

Foreign Language
ARB-101
ARB-102
FRN-101
FRN-102
GRM-101
GRM-102
SPN-101
SPN-102
Music
MUS-105/106/107
MUS-115/116/117
MUS-145/146/147
MUS-175/176/177
MUS-185/186/187
Economics 
ECO-100 
ECO-110
ECO-120
Geography
GEO-103
Film
THE/COM-123
THE-124/COM-124
Theatre
THE-115
THE-128
THE-140
THE-220
THE-240
THE-120
COM-116
Geography
GEO-100
Geology
PHY-105
PHY-105/PHY-107 (*)
PHY-125
PHY-125/PHY-127 (*)
Music
MUS-101
MUS-109
MUS-111
MUS-112
MUS-231
MUS-232
History
HIS-101 *
HIS-102 *
HIS-103 *
HIS-104 *

Life Science
BIO-110
BIO-110/BIO-113(*)
BIO-130
BIO-250A/BIO-250B(*)
Theater
THE-122
THE-229/MUS-229
THE-230/MUS-230
Political Science
POL-101 *
POL-201
POL-210
Physical Science
PHY-111
PHY-111/PHY-113(*)
Philosophy
BUS-105
CPT-105
PHL-101
PHL-102
PHL-160
Psychology
PSY-101
PSY-210
Physics
PHY-150/PHY-153(*)
PHY-250 (*)
Religion
LIT-207
PHL-201
Sociology 
SOC-101
SOC-201
SOC-202

Literature
LIT-200
LIT-205
LIT-210
LIT-215
LIT-216
LIT-220
LIT-222
LIT-223
LIT-230
LIT-240
LIT-250
LIT-260
LIT-271
LIT-272
LIT-273
LIT-274

SCC Institutional Requirements to Earn an Associate of Arts Degree:

Complete a minimum of 64 credit hours, including 42 credit hours of general education courses adhering to the minimums as listed above.

Complete one of the following courses: BTC-103, CPT-103CPT-115 or EDU-220.

Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.

Complete 1-Credit College 101 Course

Social & Behavioral Sciences: Objectives

State-Level Goal


To develop students' understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems. Students acquire an understanding of the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. As part of this goal, institutions of higher education include a course of instruction in the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri and in American history and institutions (Missouri Revised Statute 170.011.1).

Suggested Competencies


Students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Explain social institutions, structures, and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations for individual human behavior within the large-scale historical and social context.
  • Draw on history and the social sciences to evaluate contemporary problems.
  • Describe and analytically compare social, cultural, and historical settings and processes other than one's own.
  • Articulate the interconnections of people and places around the globe.
  • Describe and explain the constitutions of the United States and Missouri.
Written Communication: Objectives

State-level Goal


To prepare students to communicate effectively with writing that exhibits solid construction resulting from satisfactory planning, discourses, and review. Students will understand the importance of proficient writing for success in the classroom and the workforce.

Suggested Competencies


Students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Demonstrate critical and analyatical thinking for reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Compose sound and effective sentences.
  • Compose unified, coherent and developed paragraphs.
  • Understand and use a recursive writing process to develop strategies for generating, revising, editing and proofreading texts.
  • Produce rhetorically effective discourse for subject, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate effective research and information literacy skills.
Oral Communication: Objectives

State-level Goal


To prepare students to communicate effectively with oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate planning and expressive skills. Students will understand the role of public speaking for success in the classroom and society.

Suggested Competencies


Students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Use productive imagination for the discovery and evaluation of appropriate arguments relating to a chosen topic through effective research
  • Will demonstrate they understand the basic process of audience analysis
  • Use, identify, and create speeches for different types of speaking purposes,
  • Demonstrate effective preparation skills in the organization of speeches into three appropriate sections and preparing each section using the appropriate information and transitions between information and sections.
  • Utilize and understand the patterns of organization to structure information for each specific type of speech. Students will use parallel ideas and information on different levels of abstraction in these patterns.
  • Demonstrate effective skill at composing and developing arguments with appropriate support that is unified, coherent and fully developed utilizing the tenets of good writing and research.
  • Understand the complex issue of good delivery and show improved personal confidence and the ability to manage communication apprehension.
  • Demonstrate effective listening skills as it relates to critical understanding of speech topics and critique of that speaking.
  • Demonstrate that they understand and take part in ethical speaking and listening during presentations.
  • Understand communication ethics for both speech preparation and critiquing of peer speeches by utilizing responsible research and citing sources, preparing speeches with integrity when dealing with information and sources, and using emotional and logical appeals responsibly.
  • Demonstrate and understand the role of public speaking in citizenry and how public speaking can contribute to success in the classroom and society.
Natural Sciences: Objectives

State-level Goal


To develop students' understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of the natural sciences (Life and Physical) and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts.

Suggested Competencies


Students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Explain how to use the scientific method and how to develop and test hypotheses in order to draw defensible conclusions.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence and argument.
  • Describe the basic principles of the natural world.
  • Describe concepts of the nature, organization, and evolution of living systems.
  • Explain how human interaction(s) affect living systems and the environment
Mathematical Sciences: Objectives

State-level Goal


To develop students' understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications. Students should develop a level of quantitative literacy that would enable them to make decisions and solve problems and which could serve as a basis for continued learning.

Suggested Competencies


Students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Describe contributions to society from the discipline of mathematics.
  • Recognize and use connections within mathematics and between mathematics and other disciplines.
  • Read, interpret, analyze, and synthesize quantitative data (e.g., graphs, tables, statistics, survey data) and make reasoned estimates.
  • Formulate and use generalizations based upon pattern recognition.
  • Apply and use mathematical models (e.g., algebraic, geometric, statistical) to solve problems.
Humanities & Fine Arts: Objectives

State-level Goal


To develop students' understanding of the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in the humanities and fine arts; to deepen their understanding of how that imaginative process is informed and limited by social, cultural, linguistic, and historical circumstances; and to appreciate the world of the creative imagination as a form of knowledge.

Humanities & Fine Arts: Objectives


Students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Describe the scope and variety of works in the humanities and fine arts (e.g., fine and performing arts, literature, speculative thought).
  • Explain the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the humanities and fine arts.
  • Identify the aesthetic standards used to make critical judgments in various artistic fields.
  • Develop a plausible understanding of the differences and relationships between formal and popular culture.
  • Articulate a response based upon aesthetic standards to observance of works in the humanities and fine arts.
Associate of Applied Science General Education Requirements

The courses in the chart below meet the college's general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree. General education studies at St. Charles Community College guide students into a deeper understanding of themselves and of their responsibilities as citizens and provide the knowledge and skills on which to build a richer appreciation of their world. Some career programs will dictate which general education courses to take.

NOTE: Some academic programs may require a specific course within a discipline. Please see the Degrees and Certificates section for details.

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours, including 15-16 credit hours of general education courses adhering to the minimums listed below.
  • Complete specific program requirements as listed under each program.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete 1-Credit College 101 Course
Discipline Outcomes Credit Hours Courses
COMMUNICATION To develop students' effective use of the English language and quantitative and other symbolic systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically and to write and speak with thoughtfulness, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness. 6 ENG 101
ENG 102, 115
One Course from Group I:
COM 101, 104, 106, 110
SOCIAL SCIENCE To develop students' understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. 3 HIS 101, 102, 103, 104
POL 101, 102
MATHEMATICS To develop students' understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications. Students should develop a level of quantitative literacy that would enable them to make decisions and solve problems and which could serve as a basis for continued learning. 3 MAT 105 or higher
NATURAL SCIENCE To develop students' understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts. 3 CHM 101
BIO 105, BIO 108, BIO110
OTA 115*, OTA 116*
PHE 240
PHY 105, PHY 111, PHY 125, PHY 130
GEO 103 ^
*OTA Students Only
^Preferred for GIS Students
Associate of Arts in Teaching General Education Requirements

General Education studies at St. Charles Community College guide students into a deeper understanding of themselves and of their responsibilities as citizens, and they provide the knowledge and skills on which to build a richer appreciation of their world.

NOTE: The courses below meet the general education requirements* for SCC and the state of Missouri. This sequence of courses is for the students who wish to transfer to a 4-year institution and have met their general education requirements. To obtain the Associate of Arts degree from SCC, students must also meet the Institutional Requirements outlined below.

* Some academic programs may require a specific course within a discipline. Please see the Degrees and Certificates section for details. Check with academic advising for transfer institution-specific requirements.

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 which includes all courses transferred to SCC as well as courses taken at SCC (Transfer institutions may require a higher GPA).
  • A “C” or better is required in any EDU course. Cumulative Education GPA has to be 3.00.
  • Students must achieve a passing score on each section of the MOGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment.
  • EDU 211, 220, 240, 285, and 290 are required to earn an AAT degree.
  • Students must complete a mid-preparation portfolio, which will be done in EDU 290.
  • Students enrolled in many EDU classes will be required on the first day of class to request a background check. Students who have been convicted of a felony will not be allowed to observe/participate in P-12 schools and must appeal to the Missouri State Board of Education before completing a Teacher Education program. For more details view the Education Department info.
Discipline Outcomes Credit Hours Courses
SOCIAL SCIENCES To develop students' understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. 9 PSY 101
EDU 247
HIS 102* or HIS 146
POL 101* or POL 210
* Students must take either HIS 102 or POL 101 to meet state requirements.
HUMANITIES To develop students' understanding of the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in the humanities and fine arts; to deepen their understanding of how that imaginative process is informed and limited by social, cultural, linguistic, and historical circumstances; and to appreciate the world of the creative imagination as a form of knowledge. 6 LIT 271
LIT 210 or
LIT 220
MULTICULTURAL/VALUING To develop students' abilities to understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and to understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments about the way things ought to be. Students should be able to make informed decisions through identifying personal values and the values of others and through understanding how such values develop. They should be able to analyze the ethical implications of choices made on the basis of these values. 3 GEO 100 or
ANT 102
EDU 247
MATHEMATICS To develop students' understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications. Students should develop a level of quantitative literacy that would enable them to make decisions and solve problems and which could serve as a basis for continued learning. 4 MAT 156 or
MAT 162 (for secondary math or science major)
NATURAL SCIENCE To develop students' understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts. 11 Choose one option:
Option 1:
BIO 105
CHM 115
PHY 111

Option 2 (must take two lab courses):
BIO 105/106
CHM 101/103
PHY 111/113
CAPSTONE To assess acquisition of knowledge and skills. Students must pass all areas of MOGEA exam. Passing Scores:

English/Language Arts – 186

Writing – 193

Science – 183

Social Science – 183

Math – 183
Higher-Order Thinking. To develop students' ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; and to solve problems by applying evaluative standards.
Managing Information. To develop students' abilities to locate, organize, store, retrieve, evaluate, synthesize, and annotate information from print, electronic and other sources in preparation for solving problems and making informed or GLS.
Associates of Fine Art General Education Requirements

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours, including 24-26 credit hour of general education courses adhering to the minimums listed below
  • Complete specific program requirements as listed under each program.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete 1-credit College 101 course
Discipline Outcomes Credit Hours Courses
COMMUNICATION

Written Communication
Students will be able to…
• Express critical and analytical thought through rhetorically effective writing.
• Exhibit fundamental research and information literacy skills.

Oral Communication
Students will be able to…
• Identify communication perspectives, principles, and concepts.
• Recognize the role and importance of communication given various purposes, audiences, relationships, groups and contexts.
• Create and adapt messages relevant and appropriate at various purposes, audiences, relationships, groups, and contexts.
• Present messages effectively.
• Critically reflect on their own communication and the communication of others.

6 ENG 101 or 102 & Any COM MOTR Course (minus 200-level courses)
SOCIAL SCIENCE Students will be able to explain and describe social institutions, structures, and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures, including the constitutions of the United States and Missouri. 3 POL 101, HIS 101, 102, 103, 104
MATHEMATICS Students will be able to…
• Read, interpret, analyze, and synthesize quantitative data (e.g., graphs, tables, statistics, survey data) and make reasoned estimates.
• Formulate and use generalizations based upon pattern recognition.
• Apply and use mathematical models (e.g., algebraic, geometric, statistical) to solve problems.
3 MAT 155 or higher (except AFA in Art Education, which requires MAT 156)
HUMANITIES • Describe the scope and variety of works in the humanities and fine arts (e.g., fine and performing arts, literature, speculative thought).
• Explain the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the humanities and fine arts.
• Identify the aesthetic standards used to make critical judgments in various artistic fields. Develop a plausible understanding of the differences and relationships between formal and popular culture.
• Articulate a response based upon aesthetic standards to observance of works in the humanities and fine arts
• Produce creative and/or performative work within the contemporary or historic traditions of one or more various arts, including but not limited to writing, music, theatre, and visual art.
7-9 Credits • AFA in Studio Arts: ART-1500, 1505, 1200
• AFA in Music- MUS-231, MUS-232 and one level 1 ensemble
• AFA in Theatre- THE-122, THE-120, and THE 128
• AFA in Creative Writing: ENG 201, LIT 205 and any 3 credit 200-English level course
• AFA in Art Ed and Music Ed- EDU 247, EDU 225 and any other 3 credit art or music gen ed course
NATURAL SCIENCE Students will demonstrate the ability to:
• Explain how to use the scientific method and how to develop and test hypotheses in order to draw defensible conclusions.
• Interpret scientific evidence and arguments.
• Describe selected basic principles of the natural world.
• Explain how human interaction(s) affect living systems and the world around them.
3 Any 3-credit Core 42 biology, chemistry or physics.
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