General Education

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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 and 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 Bay College catalog and to consult with their advisor.

The Five General Education Categories

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.

Course No. Course Name Credits
COMM 103 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 104 Public Speaking 3
COMM 120 Small Group Process 3
ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Composition* 3
ENGL 102 Research Writing 3
ENGL 145 Technical and Report Writing 3
*Required for all degrees

Develop problem solving techniques by using mathematical formulas and critical thinking skills.

Course No. Course Name Credits
BUSN 177 Mathematics of Business **+ 3
MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra **+ 4
MATH 106 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry **+ 4
MATH 107 Liberal Arts Mathematics *** 4
MATH 110 College Algebra 4
MATH 111 Trigonometry 3
MATH 130 Math for Elementary Teachers I ***, + 4
MATH 141 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 5
MATH 142 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II 5
MATH 210 Introduction to Statistics 4
MATH 243 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III 5
MATH 244 Differential Equations 3
MATH 250 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
**AAS degrees only
***AA or AAS degrees only
+Does not count for MTA

Demonstrate broad contemporary knowledge about a natural field, the process of science, and the ability to apply scientific reasoning.

Course No. Course Name Credits
BIOL 103 Essential Biology 4
BIOL 104 Human Biology 4
BIOL 107 Environmental Science* 3
BIOL 107/108 Environmental Science and Lab 4
BIOL 110 Evolution and Diversity 4
BIOL 112 Cells and Molecules 4
BIOL 202 Plants and Animals 4
BIOL 213 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 214 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 226 Microbiology 4
BIOL-255/256 Genetics and Lab 4
BIOL-270/271 Ecology and Lab 4
CHEM 103 Essential Chemistry 4
CHEM 107 Human Chemistry 4
CHEM 108 Technical Chemistry 5
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 4
GEOG-110 Physical Geography 4
PHYS 103 Conceptual Physical Science 4
PHYS 104 Introduction to Astronomy* 4
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I 4
PHYS 202 Elements of Physics II 4
PHYS 205 Engineering Physics I 5
PHYS 206 Engineering Physics II 5
*Non Laboratory Courses

Develop social awareness and responsibility through understanding national and global issues.

Course No. Course Name Credits
ANTH 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 120 Personal Finance 3
ECON 131 Macroeconomics 3
ECON 132 Microeconomics 3
EDUC 202 Educational Psychology 3
GEOG 102 Introduction to Geography 3
GEOG 121 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 125 World Regional Geography –Developed World 3
GEOG 126 World Regional Geography –Developed World 3
HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1600 3
HIST 102 Western Civilization 1600 to Present 3
HIST 211 U.S. History to 1865 3
HIST 212 U.S. History 1865 to Present 3
HIST 220 Michigan History 3
HIST 224 Native American History 3
HIST 228 American Women’s History 3
HIST 232 History of Technology in America 3
LEAD 200 Introduction to Leadership 3
PHIL 230 Introduction to World Religions 3
POLI 110 Comparative Government and Politics 3
POLI 111 American Government 3
POLI 201 International Relations 3
POLI 262 State and Local Government 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 206 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 210 Psychology of Learning 3
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 280 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCY 103 Cultural Diversity 3
SOCY 151 Sociology 3
SOCY 205 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
SOCY 206 Sociology of Death and Dying 3
SOCY 207 Social Problems 3
SOCY 208  Marriage and the Family 3
WGST 200  Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies 3

Develop social awareness of how society and culture interplay in artistic expression and enrichment.

Course No. Course Name Credits
ANTH 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ARTS 163 Theater Appreciation 3
ARTS 204 Art History I 3
ARTS 207 Art History II 3
COMM 201 Mass Communication and Popular Culture 3
COMM 225 Intro to Film: History and Interpretation 3
ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 200 American Literature 3
ENGL 203 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 205 World Literature 3
ENGL 208 Writing Poetry and Short Fiction 3
ENGL 209 Writing Creative Non-Fiction 3
ENGL 210 British Literature 3
ENGL 211 Women’s Literature 3
ENGL 280/281/282 Special Topics in Literature  3
FREN 111 French I  3
FREN 112 French II 3
GRMN 101 German Language and Culture I 3
GRMN 102 German Language and Culture II 3
HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1600 3
HIST 102 Western Civilization 1600 to Present 3
HSER 150 Ethics in Human Services 3
MUSC 153 Music Appreciation 3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Western Philosophy 3
PHIL 202 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3
PHIL 203 Introduction to Biomedical Ethics  
PHIL 204 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHIL 230 Introduction to World Religions 3
SPAN 101 Spanish I 3
SPAN 102 Spanish II 3
SPAN 220 Spanish III 3
WGST 200 Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies 3

Degrees

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 Data 2
Mathematics 1
Natural Science 2 (One with a lab)
Social and 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 and 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 and Behavioral Science/Humanities 1
 Additional 2 additional courses
TOTAL CREDITS: Minimum 15
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