General Studies, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in General Studies (ASGS) provides students the opportunity to gain broad, as well as deep, academic knowledge of the college's institutional outcomes. This degree is available both on-ground and online.

The ASGS program has an emphasis in psychology, English, the sciences, and the humanities. General Studies students gain a strong, in-depth, academic education that will help develop the skills essential for today’s educated individual: the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, and interact in a multicultural environment, as well as be adept in reading comprehension, reasoning, and research. General Studies students can select electives from existing programs of study, such as health sciences, child studies, criminal justice, homeland security, business, management, and human services.

This program provides students with the skills needed for entry-level positions in today's business, industry, and health-related fields seeking self-motivated individuals with excellent oral and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and analytical skills. Upon completion of this degree, students will be prepared to enter professional, academic, or career paths with confidence in their ability to pursue future goals which may include a four-year degree, a career path, or a vocational path.

Due to the great flexibility in course selection, students are advised to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that all of the curriculum requirements are met.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Express themselves clearly in written, oral, and electronic modes of communication using standard English; read and comprehend information; organize ideas and demonstrate competency in research modes, including use of information technology;
  2. Understand mathematical and scientific principles; apply the scientific method of inquiry in problem solving; demonstrate logical inductive and deductive thinking, as well as qualitative and quantitative reasoning;
  3. Analyze and synthesize ideas; apply critical thinking skills in professional and personal problem solving; understand and respect a multicultural society;
  4. Understand the impact of cultural, economic, political and social events on global civilization; have appreciation for diversity and the impact of multiculturalism in the U.S. and around the world;
  5. Understand and employ opportunities for personal enrichment through their knowledge and appreciation of the humanities, literary, fine and performing arts;
  6. Experience a variety of elective courses and academic disciplines that contribute to a greater understanding of opportunities that will lead to future education or careers.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. 


Associate in General Studies

General Education Core Requirements – 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXEnglish Elective


CAP 110*Computer Applications


MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)


Science (BIO, CHEM, SCI)


Social Science (PSY or SOC)


Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)


*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Programmatic General Education Requirements - 18 Credits

COM 101Public Speaking



COM 105Interpersonal Communications



General Education Electives**


Humanities Electives (1XX) 6


HIS 1XXHistory Elective


General Education Electives - 6 Credits

General Education Electives (200 level)


Open Electives - 15 Credits

OPEN Electives (1XX)


OPEN Elective (2XX)


Total Credit Hours: 61