Harford Community College

2016 - 2017 Credit Catalog


General Education


GENERAL EDUCATION

The mission of Harford Community College's General Education program is to foster the students' development of the core competencies, attitudes, and values necessary to pursue lifelong learning.  This foundation is integrated into all the degree programs and academic support areas at Harford Community College.  Upon completion of the General Education core requirements, students will possess the skills to acquire and apply knowledge across broad areas of study. In addition, they will be able to demonstrate the skills basic to acquiring knowledge in the behavioral/social sciences, English composition, arts/humanities, mathematics, biological/physical sciences, and interdisciplinary and emerging issues.

Upon completion of the general education core requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Read with comprehension and communicate analytically, critically and/or creatively in speech and writing.
  2. Apply technology across a variety of disciplines.
  3. Interpret data, gathered in a variety of methods, by applying the scientific method to organize and express observations and results clearly and concisely.
  4. Apply reasoning, creativity, estimation, and/or computational skills to solve complex problems.
  5. Define information needs, access information efficiently and effectively, evaluate information critically and use information ethically.
  6. Establish goals, develop objectives and implement plans independently.
  7. Analyze ethical issues, relevant principles, and arguments in order to make informed, well-reasoned judgments.
  8. Apply knowledge and skills necessary to be informed global citizens in a diverse and changing intercultural world.

General Education Transcript Notations

Courses meeting HCC General Education requirements are automatically noted on the Harford Community College student transcript. The notation, "General Education Program Met" is automatically placed on associate degree graduates' transcripts. Students who have completed the General Education program requirements but have not graduated can request this notation be placed on their transcript by completing a General Education Program Completion Form in the Registration and Records Office.

General Education Course Codes
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The following codes are used to identify courses that satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:

GB  Behavioral/Social Science
GE  English Composition
GH  Arts/Humanities
GI  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues
GL  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
GM  Mathematics
GS  Biological/Physical Science

Only courses identified by the General Education course codes will satisfy the General Education requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements Completed at Other Institutions

The College recognizes General Education discipline requirements completed at other institutions as equivalent to comparable General Education discipline requirements at HCC. Courses that fulfill English, arts/ humanities, mathematics, science (including laboratory science), behavioral and social science, and interdisciplinary and emerging issues core requirements at the sending institution may be used to satisfy General Education requirements at Harford, the receiving institution, so that there is no loss of credit in transfer.

In this catalog, see the Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Transfer Policies for the procedure to complete general education requirements at other institutions after enrolling at Harford Community College.

General Education AA, AS, and AAT Degree Requirements
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All students must meet specific General Education requirements within their Associate degree programs. To be eligible for the Associate of Arts (AA) degree, the Associate of Science (AS) degree, or the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits of college-level work. Of the 60 credits, 30-36 credits must fulfill the College's General Education core requirements. The approved General Education courses appear on the following pages. The distribution of the 30-36 General Education credits must meet the following specifications and may be further prescribed within particular degree programs:

Code Description Credits
Req'd
GB Behavioral/Social Science 6
  Students must complete two courses in two different subjects as defined by the course alpha prefix, e.g., SOC, PSY, HIST, etc.  
GE English Composition 3
  Students must complete this within the first 24 credit hours of study.  
GH Arts/Humanities 6
  Students must complete two courses in two different subjects as defined by the course alpha prefix, e.g. ART, ENG, PHIL, etc.  
GLGS
Biological/Physical Laboratory Science 7-8
  Students must complete:
  • one 4-credit science laboratory course GL and one 3-credit science course GS
  • or
  • two 4-credit science lab courses GL that meet the additional requirements specified by their particular program of study.
 
GM Mathematics 3-4
  Students must complete one 3-4 credit mathematics course that meets the additional requirements specified by their particular program of study.  
  General Education Electives 5-9
  Students may choose, according to the requirements specified by their particular program of study, any course(s) from GB, GH, GI, GM or GS on the approved General Education course list to meet this requirement. A maximum of 8 credits from GI Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues may be used to fulfill General Education Elective credit.  
  Total 30 - 36 credits   

General Education AAS Degree Requirements
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To be eligible for the Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits of college-level work. Of the 60 credits, a minimum of 20 credits must fulfill the College's General Education core requirements. The approved General Education courses appear on the following pages of this catalog. The distribution of the 20+ General Education core credits must include at least one course from each of the following categories: GB GE GH GL and GM. The remainder of the required General Education core credits may be selected from any of the approved General Education courses, except where specified by the student's particular program requirements.

Code Description Credits
Req'd
GB Behavioral/Social Science 3
  Students must complete 3 credits according to the specific requirements of their program of study.  
GE English Composition 3
  This requirement must be completed by all students within the first 24 credit hours of study.  
GH Arts/Humanities 3
  Students must complete one 3-credit course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.  
GL Biological/Physical Laboratory Science 4
  Students must complete one 4-credit course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.  
GM Mathematics 3-4
  Students must complete one 3-4 credit course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.  
  General Education Electives 4-20
  Students may choose, according to the requirements specified by their particular program of study, any courses from GB, GH, GI, GL, GM, or GS on the approved General Education course list to meet this requirement. A maximum of 8 credits from GI Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues may be used to fulfill General Education Elective credit.  
  Total 20 - 37 credits

General Education Approved Course List

The following courses can be used to fulfill the General Education requirement for the AA, AS, AAT, and AAS degree.

  Behavioral/Social Science Electives

Note: Courses must be chosen from two different disciplines for the AA, AS, and AAT degrees.
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  English Electives

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  Arts/Humanities Electives

Note: Courses must be chosen from two different disciplines for the AA, and AS degrees.
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  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Electives

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  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science Electives

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  Mathematics Electives

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  Science Electives

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For information on Non-General Education Course Options and Requirements, please see listings on the Academic Policies and Information page of the catalog

  HCC 2016-2017 Catalog
  http://ww2.harford.edu/Catalog/general_education.asp

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