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College Catalog: General: General Education

Program: General Education

Award: Certificate

Plan Code: 695

Length: 33 credits, 2 semesters.
The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Length may vary.
Lead Faculty: Heather Eckman, Ronette Jacobs, Wendy Miller-Edwards, Nancy Warren

Purpose: The Certificate in General Education is designed for students who are preparing to transfer 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.

Transfer Options: This program is designed for students planning to complete a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year institution

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

  • Communication: Students will be able to interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
  • Critical Thinking: Student will be able to evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
  • Information Literacy: Students will be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cultural and Social Understanding: Student will possess an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.
  • Personal Development: Students will be able to strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.

Admission Requirements: General Admission to the College is required. Students must complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take appropriate developmental courses. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Requirements: This program consists of a minimum of 33 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 program. 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. Additional program requirements are listed in the curriculum below.

General Education (695)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
First Semester
SDV 100 College Success Skills1 1
ENG 111 College Composition I1 3
MTH 154 OR 155/161 Quantitative Reasoning or Statistical Reasoning, or Pre-calculus I1,2 3
HIS 101/111/121 Western Civilization I, World Civilization I, or U. S. History I1,2,4 3
Humanities ___ ART, ENG, HUM, MUS, REL, SPA, or CST2,4 3
Science ___ BIO, CHM, GOL, NAS, or PHY1,2,3 4
Total Semester Credits 17
Second Semester
Humanities ___ ART, ENG, HUM, MUS, REL, SPA, or CST2,4 3
CST 100 Introduction to Public Speaking1 3
HIS 102/112/122 Western Civilization II, World Civilization II, or U. S. History II1,2,4 3
Social Science ___ ECO, PLS, PSY, or SOC 3
Lab Science ___ BIO, CHM, GOL, NAS, or PHY1,2,3 4
Total Semester Credits 16
Total Credits 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 different sciences may be substituted.

4. Students planning to transfer into Tidewater Community College’s Studio Arts program are required to complete specific courses. Consult with an academic adviser or counselor for approved courses.