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Program Overview

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 fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English Composition.

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

Program Contacts:

Dr. Ashley Morrison

Vice President of Instruction

Degree Curriculum

Academic Transition - Select 1 course from the following:

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1

General Education - 15 Credit Hours

English Composition - Select two courses (ENG-111 is required) from the following:

ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
ENG-113 Literature-Based Research 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3

Communication/Humanities/Fine Arts - Select one course from the following:

ART-111 Art Appreciation 3
ART-114 Art History Survey I 3
ART-115 Art History Survey II 3
ART-116 Survey of American Art 3
COM-231 Public Speaking 3
DRA-111 Theatre Appreciation 3
DRA-126 Storytelling 3
ENG-131 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
ENG-241 British Literature I 3
ENG-242 British Literature II 3
ENG-261 World Literature I 3
ENG-262 World Literature II 3
HUM-110 Technology and Society 3
HUM-115 Critical Thinking 3
HUM-120 Cultural Studies 3
HUM-122 Southern Culture 3
HUM-130 Myth in Human Culture 3
HUM-220 Human Values and Meaning 3
MUS-110 Music Appreciation 3
MUS-112 Introduction to Jazz 3
MUS-210 History of Rock Music 3
PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics 3
REL-110 World Religions 3
REL-211 Introduction to Old Testament 3
REL-212 Introduction to New Testament 3
REL-221 Religion in America 3
SPA-111 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA-112 Elementary Spanish II 3
SPA-141 Culture and Civilization 3
SPA-211 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA-212 Intermediate Spanish II 3

Social/Behavioral Science - Select one course from the following:

ANT-210 General Anthropology 3
ECO-151 Survey of Economics 3
ECO-251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO-252 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GEO-111 World Regional Geography 3
HIS-111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3
HIS-132 American History II 3
HIS-262 Middle East History 3
POL-120 American Government 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
PSY-239 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY-281 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC-213 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC-220 Social Problems 3
SOC-230 Race and Ethnic Relations 3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics - Select one course from the following:

BIO-110 Principles of Biology 4
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
BIO-112 General Biology II 4
BIO-120 Introductory Botany 4
BIO-130 Introductory Zoology 4
BIO-140 Environmental Biology 3
BIO-140A Environmental Biology Lab 1
CHM-131 Introduction to Chemistry 3
CHM-131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 1
CHM-132 Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
CHM-152 General Chemistry II 4
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4
MAT-172 Precalculus Trigonometry 4
MAT-263 Brief Calculus 4
MAT-271 Calculus I 4
MAT-272 Calculus II 4
MAT-273 Calculus III 4
PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1
PHY-152 College Physics II 4
PHY-251 General Physics I 4
PHY-252 General Physics II 4

Select 49 additional credit hours from general education courses and/or professional courses numbered 110-199 and/or 210-299.

Courses used to complete the requirements of other associate-level degrees may also be counted toward this degree. However, completion of this degree requires a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours that have not been counted toward any other degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Information Literacy
  • Technology Skills
  • Quantitative Literacy

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Program Facts

Students attending Surry Community College for two years instead of going straight to a four-year college or university typically save


On average students who transfer from a community college outperform students who go straight to a four-year school.

Katelyn Badgett
Surry gave me what I needed before I moved on to a four-year college...I missed the flexibility of SCC when I transferred. If you’re the type of person who wants to go into a specialized field, you can earn a degree in a short time and get your life going.

Katelyn Badgett

SCC Transfer Alumni

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