General Education

Approved General Education Courses

General education courses teach basic skills and broaden students’ knowledge of a wide range of subjects. Education is much more than the acquisition of facts; it is gaining the strategies and skills to use information in meaningful ways in order to enrich one’s life and students become truly educated through making connections across disciplines. 

For a complete list of approved General Education courses, follow the links to below to the SLCC General Catalog.

Students should also access their individual degree audit to view recommended or required general education courses in their program of study.  For assistance, students should meet with an academic advisor.

Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Arts (AA) degree

Core Skills Requirements (4 courses; 12 credits minimum)

Composition (EN)

Quantitative Literacy (QL)

American Institutions (AI)

Institutional Requirements (2 courses; 4 credits minimum)

Lifelong Wellness (LW)

Student Choice: Intensive (IN) or Depth

Distribution Areas (6 courses; 18 credits minimum)

Fine Arts (FA)

Humanities (HU)

Interdisciplinary (ID)

Life Sciences (LS)

Physical Sciences (PS)

Social Sciences (SS)

NOTE: One of the Distribution courses must also be a Diversity (DV) course

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Core Skills (4 courses; 11 credits minimum)

Composition (EN)

Quantitative Studies (QS)

Communication (CM)

Human Relations (HR)

Distribution Requirements (1-2 courses; 3-6 credits)

Varies according to program

Associate of Pre-Engineering Degree (APE)

The Associate of Pre-Engineering degree is a specialized associate degree that requires reduced general education requirements. Students will be required to satisfy remaining general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at the transfer (receiving) institution or SLCC. Unless specified by program, courses can meet multiple degree requirements. SLCC engineering students should meet with the SLCC Engineering Advisor as well as a transfer advisor from the receiving institution regarding general education requirements specific to Engineering majors.

Certificate of Completion (CER)

Any program of 30 semester credit hours or more must contain communication, computation, and human relations components as outlined by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This requirement may be met in a variety of ways as prescribed by each program. Unless specified by program, courses can meet multiple degree requirements. See individual program descriptions for specific course requirements.