Associate in Science in General Studies

The Associate in Science in General Studies (ASGS) provides students the opportunity to gain broad, as well as deep, academic knowledge of the competencies expected of an educated person. This degree is available both on-ground and on-line.

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. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirement:

  1. Complete the Community Service Requirements.

Curriculum - Associate in General Studies

General Education Core Requirements – 25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition



Writing Competency (WR)



Communications Competency (COM)



Computer Literacy Competency (CL)



Math Competency (MATH)



Science Competency (SCI) with lab



Social Science Competency (SS)



Cultural Competency (CU)


Programmatic General Education Requirements - 15 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR



General Education Elective



Multicultural Competency (MC)



Ethics/Philosophy Competency (E/P)



Global Studies Competency (G/US & G/W)


General Education Electives - 6 Credits


General Education Elective (200 level)


Open Electives - 15 Credits


Open Electives



Open Elective (200 level)


Total Credits in the Program