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General Studies program curriculum

Ranging from topics in the hard and soft sciences to humanities and fine arts, our General Studies program curriculum provides a comprehensive education in a wide range of subjects. Required courses in English composition and college-level mathematics will set up a foundation for further studies in the electives of your choice. That means you can specialize your skill set, build the confidence you need to succeed professionally, and even choose to continue on to a more advanced degree.

Required courses

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

Science course electives

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 course electives

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

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Open up more possibilities

With our Undergraduate Certificate in General Studies, you will graduate with practical skills and a foundation of knowledge across a range of subject matters. We’ll also give you exclusive access to our Career Tools, where you will get guidance on things like how to write a better resume and sell yourself in an interview. Additional professional development resources, such as tips for using social media and technology in your job search, are also available through The Ashworth EDGE.

Get a head start

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

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