General Studies Certificate Program Curriculum

The online General Studies Certificate program includes a combination of fundamental courses and career-focused electives. Each college-level course is developed with the input of professionals to ensure you learn practical skills to help you succeed in the real world.

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Required Course

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3


SC140 - Elements of Chemistry  

This course is designed for non-chemistry majors who have little or no chemistry background. The course presents the origins and basic tenets of chemistry as they relate to the environment. Issues such as global warming, energy conservation, and acid rain are also discussed. The course also explores energy sources, organic chemicals, drug designing, composition of foods, and genetic engineering.
Credit Hours: 3

SC160 - Basic Biology  

This course provides an introduction to biology through the study of basic chemical reactions, cell structure and function, biochemical pathways, the physiological processes of the human body, and the basic principles of evolution and ecology.
Credit Hours: 3

SC260 - Introduction to Ecology  

This course explores the natural history of ecology, population ecology, the fundamental principles of ecosystem processes, community and ecosystem development, species adaptation, and global ecology. Emphasis is placed on ecological concepts and the tools of science in applying these concepts.
Credit Hours: 3

Behavioral/Social Science
C04 - Introduction to Psychology  

This is a survey of the field of psychology, including the development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, personality and mental health.
Credit Hours: 3

C08 - American Government  

This course provides an overview of the structure and operations of the federal government, including constitutional principles, rights and liberties, the political process and the relationships among the three branches of the federal government.
Credit Hours: 3

C11 - Macroeconomics  

This is an introduction to macroeconomic analysis and policy. Examination of the foundation and nature of economic principles as they apply to national output, money and banking, and monetary and fiscal policy is included. The course also focuses on employment, inflation, and economic growth.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: C13

C13 - Microeconomics  

This is an introduction to microeconomics, with emphasis on the functioning of individual markets and their effectiveness for resource allocation. Topics include price and production theory, competition, labor, the distribution of income, and the theory of household behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite for C11, BU310

SO115 - Essentials of Sociology  

This course provides an overview of the terminology, theories, methodologies, and questions used by sociologists to study how groups, cultures, institutions, norms, and values all work to shape both society as a whole and a single individual's perception of the world.
Credit Hours: 3

Humanities and Fine Arts
HS150 - World Civilizations I  

This course provides a broad survey of world history from pre-historic times to 1800 C.E., examining political, economic, and social structures as well as outstanding cultural expressions of each civilization in art, architecture, literature, and religion.
Credit Hours: 3

HS250 - World Civilizations II  

This course outlines the transitions towards modernization in the 19th and 20th centuries with adoption of industrialization and nationalization in world cultures. The era of the two world wars and the post war trends towards a global civilization are discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

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Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Certificate programs provide students the opportunity to earn college credits in a specific discipline without enrolling in a degree program. Students complete 5 courses of 3 credit hours each in both required and elective subjects. Graduates may apply credit toward a corresponding associate at Ashworth College.

The Ashworth College online General Studies Certificate program includes self-paced lessons, instructor guidance and online exams that make learning enjoyable. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online.