General Education (695)

Award: Certificate

Length: A full-time student may complete this program in one year.

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Justin Oliver

Purpose: The Certificate in General Education is designed for students who are preparing to transfer to a four-year institution after one year of study at PDCCC. The program may also be attractive to students who intend to transition into one of PDCCC’s transfer degrees. Course selection should be made in consultation with an academic advisor to ensure that students complete courses required by their transfer institution.

Program Description: This program consists of a minimum of 32 credit hours of instruction distributed into general education and elective course areas. Only courses which are transfer level college courses may be counted in this degree. This curriculum is roughly equivalent to the first year of study in a PDCCC transfer degree and it may be tailored to meet the requirements of most transfer degree programs at four-year institutions.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this curriculum may be obtained by meeting the admission requirements established by the College. You must take development coursework as required by placement testing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the General Education Certificate Program, students will be able to:

  1. Communication: Students will be able to interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
  2. Critical Thinking: Student will be able to evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
  3. Information Literacy: Students will be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues.
  5. Scientific Reasoning: Students will be able to adhere to a self-correcting system of inquire (the scientific method) and rely on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena.
  6. Cultural and Social Understanding: Student will possess an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the inter connectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.
  7. Personal Development: Students will be able to strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

Fall Term
SDV 100 College Success Skills1 1
ENG 111 College Composition I1 3
MTH Precalculus I or Math for Liberal Arts I1,2 3
HIS U. S. History I1,2 3
Humanities ART, ENG, HUM, MUS, REL, SPA, or CST2 3
Lab Science BIO, CHM, PHY1,2,3 4
Total 17

Spring Term
Humanities ART, ENG, HUM, MUS, REL, SPA, or CST2 3
CST 100 Introduction to Public Speaking1 3
HIS U. S. History II1,2 3
PSY Introdution to Psychology1,2 3
Lab Science BIO, CHM, PHY, NAS, GOL1,2,3 4
Total 16

Total Minimum Credit 33

1 Meets VCCS Core Competency Requirements in the following areas:
Communication (oral and written), (CST 100 & ENG 111); Critical Thinking, (ENG
111, CST 100, Lab Science); Cultural and Social Understanding, (HIS, PSY);
Information Literacy, (ENG 111, CST 100, Lab Science); Personal
Development, (SDV 100, HLT/PED); Quantitative Reasoning, (MTH);
Scientific Reasoning, (Lab Science).
2 Meets SACS General Education Requirements of 15 credit hours, at least one
course in each of the three following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral
Sciences, Math/Natural Sciences
3 A two-semester sequence of a lab science is recommended; Depending on the
requirement of the four-year institutions, two one-semester courses in diff erent
sciences may be substituted.