General Studies

Associate in Science

General Studies

Designed for students who are undecided about a career and who wish to explore different fields, this program can lead to various baccalaureate degrees. Nearly three-quarters of the required courses are traditional liberal arts and easily transfer to four-year institutions. The remaining courses can be in any subject area, but students should be aware that courses in specific career areas may not easily transfer.

It is important that students meet with an advisor to choose their courses, based on their career plans. It is recommended that they take the elective courses in their first two semesters in order to best explore various career possibilities. Students take basic General Education courses, which they can use to transfer to a four-year institution. Should they decide on a specific career area, they may apply them to an Associate in Applied Science degree.

For information, contact area coordinator, Gwen McIntyre, at (609)343-4837 or gmcintyr@atlantic.edu.

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Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Practice effective written and oral communication skills as well as problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • Apply scientific and mathematical concepts and models;
  • Demonstrate ethical awareness, including fostering increased understanding of human behavior and social institutions;
  • Evaluate and think critically about information sources and their relevance.
program requirements
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 30 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    General Education Mathematics course
4
    General Education Science course
4
    General Education Mathematics, Science or Technology course
4
Social Science (3 credits)  
    Choose: PSYC101 or SOCL101
3
Humanities (6 credits)  
    Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110
3
    PHIL110-Introduction to Ethics
3
General Education Elective (3 credits)  
    General Education course
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
30

PROGRAM COURSES - 12 credits

 
    Choose:  COMM110-Interpersonal Communication or COMM120-Public Speaking
3
    Choose: 200-level PSYC or SOCL course
3
    History (HIST) course
3
    Literature (ENGL) course
3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
12

FREE ELECTIVES - 18 credits

(Recommended) Select one of the following Foreign Language Sequences (2 courses):

  • SPAN111 and SPAN112
  • FREN111 and FREN112
  • ITAL111 and ITAL112
18
*Technological Competency: 0-4 Credits 
(Is fulfilled with CISM125 or CISM132, which may be taking as a Free Elective, General Education Elective, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.)
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
60
(GEST) EFFECTIVE Fall 2020  

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

recommended sequence of courses
Course Code Course Name Course Credits
First Semester (16 credits)
ENGL101 Composition I 3
Gen Ed Mathematics course 4
Choose PSYC101 or SOCL101 3
Free Elective Choose any college-level course 3
Free Elective Choose any college-level course 3
Second Semester (16 credits)
ENGL102 Composition II 3
Choose COMM110 or COMM120 3
Gen Ed Science course 4
Free elective Choose any college-level course 3
Choose General Education elective course (Recommended: PSYC101 or SOCL101, course not taken as Gen. Ed. Social Science) 3
Third Semester (16 credits)
Gen Ed Math, Science or Technology course 3-4
Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110 3
Gen Ed History (HIST) course 3
Free Elective Choose any college-level course 3
Gen Ed 200-level Social Science course 3
Fourth Semester (12 credits)
Gen Ed Humanities course 3
Choose 200-level Literature course 3
Free Elective Choose any college-level course 3
Free Elective Choose any college-level course 3