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College Catalog: General: General Studies

Program: General Studies (General)
Award: Associate of Arts and Sciences
Plan Code: 697
Length: 61 credits
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


  • General Specialization (697): Illustrate an understanding of a specific area of interest or transfer requirements to a specific institution
  • Computer Science Specialization (697-02): Demonstrate an understanding of computing math concepts and hierarchical structure of computer architecture

Purpose: This University Parallel Program leads to the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree (AA&S). It is the first two years of a four-year college or university degree, usually the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The Computer Science specialization starts the student on the study of Computer Science as a discipline.

Transfer Options: The Computer Science Specialization is specifically designed to provide the student with preparation necessary to transfer to a university program in Computer Science. Students seeking immediate employment in the computing field will probably be better served by choosing one of the IST specializations in the management program. However, those students who desire to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science can get the foundation necessary to transfer. Courses are taught with the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) guidelines and will parallel university instruction. In addition, students are encouraged to select Mathematics courses based on where they plan to transfer. Students should understand that most university computer science programs require engineering calculus.

Because certain majors have specialized requirements, students should become familiar with their particular requirements of the major at the four-year school to which they intend to transfer and then discuss these requirements with their advisors in order to select the correct courses at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Student Learning Outcomes: In addition to the VCCS general education outcomes and core competencies, students will be able to:

  • Communication: Interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
  • Information Literacy: Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 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: 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: 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: Strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.
  • Computer Science: Demonstrate an understanding of computing math concepts and demonstrate an understanding of hierarchical structure of computer architecture.

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 an admissions and advising specialist or counselor, and returning students their advisor for more information.

General Studies – General (697)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
First Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIS 111/121 History of World Civilizations I or US History I 3
MTH 154 OR 155/161 Quantitative Reasoning or Statistical Reasoning or Pre-Calculus I2 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Apps & Concepts 3
HLT/PED xxx Health/Physical Education Elective 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total Semester Credits 14
Second Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
HIS 112/122 History of World Civilizations II or US History II 3
MTH 154 OR 155/162/245 Quantitative Reasoning or Statistical Reasoning, Pre-Calculus II, or Statistics 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
HLT/PED ___ Health/Physical Education 1
Transfer ___3 Transfer elective 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
Science xxx BIO 101, CHM 111, GOL 111, NAS or PHY elective 4
Social Science ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
Humanities ___ Humanities elective1 3
Transfer ___3 Transfer elective 3
Transfer ___3 Transfer elective 3
  Total Semester Credits 16
Fourth Semester
Science ___ BIO 102, CHM 112, GOL 112, NAS or PHY elective 4
Social Science ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
Humanities ___ Humanities elective 3
Transfer ___3 Transfer elective 3
Transfer ___3 Transfer elective 2
Total Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 61
1. Some university programs require literature in the second year.
2. Students and their advisors should choose the mathematics sequence required by the institution where the student plans to transfer. Certain programs at four-year colleges require only three credits of mathematics; in such cases three of the six mathematics credits in the General Studies curriculum become a transfer elective.
3. Transfer Electives must be courses that transfer to four-year institutions. Students should consult with their faculty advisor or counselor and the college or university where they plan to transfer, to ensure the transferability of the course.