General Ed Requirements

All associate degree graduates of Bay College will possess those qualities, abilities, skills, and knowledge which give them new insights, challenge them to consider new possibilities, create community, and sensitize them to other perspectives.

By graduation, all associate degree students need to meet the General Education outcomes that stem from the categories of Communication, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social & Behavioral Science, and Humanities. Students are required to take approved courses from the following General Education Course list. For information regarding a specific program, students are encouraged to examine the program's requirements as listed in the
college catalog and to consult with their advisor.


The Five General Education Categories:

  1. Communication - Demonstrate proficiency in communicating effectively by writing in standard English. Additional studies may include demonstrating proficiency in communication through written, oral, or non-verbal messages and an understanding of the theoretical principles and practices of communication.
  2. Mathematics - Develop problem solving techniques by using mathematical formulas and critical thinking skills.
  3. Natural Science - Demonstrate broad contemporary knowledge about a natural field, the process of science, and the ability to apply scientific reasoning
  4. Social & Behavioral Science - Develop social awareness and responsibility through understanding national and global issues.
  5. Humanities - Develop social awareness of how society and culture interplay in artistic expression and enrichment.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Associate in Arts (AA) students will take two Communication courses (ENGL-101 required), one Mathematics course, two Natural Science courses (one with a lab), two Social & Behavioral Science courses, and two Humanities courses.  Completing the General Education requirements will satisfy MTA provided you follow the MTA requirements listed in the catalog when choosing courses within each category.
 
A minimum of 30 general education credits will be taken.  If more than the nine courses shown below are taken to achieve the 30 credit minimum, the additional courses may be taken from any of the five general education categories.
General Education Category Courses
Communication 2 (ENGL 101 required)
Mathematics 1
Natural Science 2 (One with a lab)
Social & Behavioral Science 2
Humanities 2
TOTAL CREDITS: Minimum 30



Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Associate in Science (AS) students will take two Communication courses (ENGL-101 required), one Mathematics course, two Natural Science courses with a lab, two Social & Behavioral Science courses, and two Humanities courses. Completing the General Education requirements will satisfy MTA provided you follow the MTA requirements listed in the catalog when choosing courses within each category.
 
A minimum of 30 general education credits will be taken.  If more than the nine courses shown below are taken to achieve the 30 credit minimum, the additional courses may be taken from any of the five general education categories.

 
General Education Category Courses
Communication 2 (ENGL 101 required)
Mathematics 1
Natural Science 2 (One with a lab)
Social & Behavioral Science 2
Humanities 2
TOTAL CREDITS: Minimum 30



Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) students will take one Communication course (ENGL 101 required), one Mathematics or Natural Science course, and one Social & Behavioral Science or Humanities course.  Two additional courses will be taken.  These additional courses may be from any of the five General Education categories.
 
A minimum of 15 general education credits will be taken.  If more than the five courses shown below are taken to achieve the 15 credit minimum, the additional courses may be taken from any of the five general education categories.

 
General Education Category Courses
Mathematics 1 (ENGL 101 required)
Mathematics/Natural Science 1
Social & Behavioral Science/Humanities 1
Additional 2 additional courses
TOTAL CREDITS: Minimum 15
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