Associate in General Education (A10300)
The Associate in General Education degree shall be granted for planned programs of study consisting of a minimum of 64 and a maximum of 65 semester hours of approved courses.
Within the degree program, the college shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communications, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.
The Associate in General Education is a non-transfer degree.
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Associate of General Education Degree
Gaston College graduates receiving an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Fine Arts degree will be able to:
Competency 1: Use computers and other educational technologies to achieve academic and work-related goals.
- Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems
- Students should be able to integrate the use of a calculator or Excel to construct, analyze, solve and graph solutions to problems.
Competency 2: Communicate effectively through writing, reading, and speaking.
Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, and execute the college level expository essay.
Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver an oral presentation.
Competency 3: Analyze problems and make logical decisions.
- Students should be able to synthesize mathematical criteria to determine an appropriate solution to satisfy the given conditions of a problem.
- Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the empirical nature of science and the scientific method and use this knowledge to analyze problems and make rational decisions.
- Students should be able to identify and analyze arguments.
- Students should be able to develop a logically structured expository essay for an academic audience.
- Students should be able to synthesize given information and use this knowledge to make rational decisions.
Competency 4: Examine the arts/humanities and social behavioral sciences from cultural and historic perspectives.
- Students should be able to evaluate and explain patterns in human political, cultural, and economic life and their impact on human societies.
- Students should be able to differentiate and discuss how cultural groups express themselves through the humanities/arts.
- Students should be able to explain patterns of human development throughout the lifespan and discuss contextual factors that may influence the developmental patterns.
- Students should be able to evaluate and explain patterns in various human social groups and their interrelatedness.
Competency 5: Analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data.
- Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to perform fundamental algebraic concepts and skills to analyze and interpret quantitative data.
- Given relevant information and practicing math skills necessary for the sciences, students should be able to analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data.
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