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General Studies

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in a wide range of jobs and careers that involve strong critical thinking, analytical skills, and clear communication abilities. 
  • For students interested in pursuing a bachelors in
       biology, chemistry, communication, geology, languages, mathematics, philosophy, or physics,

      the requirements for NVCC's General Education allows students to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete a bachelor's degree in these programs without loss of credit or time. Many CSCU Pathway Transfer Degrees are available for the above areas as study as well. Click on the program name to learn more about the area of study.

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General Education Information for Faculty and Staff

GEACC Membership

NVCC's General Education requirements are reviewed and assessed by the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC). This committee is composed of one library representative, one student representative, and 10 faculty as well as non-voting members from the Registrar, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Dean of Academic Affairs. The committee must have at least one member with expertise in each competency area, and each academic division must have at least one, and no more than 3, members. In order to ensure representation across the college community and to provide continuity for assessment, Committee members are elected by each academic division and serve a minimum 2-year term. 

The duties of the committee include identifying and approving college courses used to fulfill competency requirements. The committee is also responsible for researching, scheduling and assisting in the implementation of assessment methods to determine if students are achieving competency outcomes.

Committee members for the 2016-2017 academic year are listed below alongside the competency areas they oversee:

Competency Member Title
Written Communication Beth-Ann Scott Professor of English
Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind
Burton Tedesco

Vice Chair of GEACC; Instructor of Theater

Oral Communication
Amy Lenoce

Professor of Communications

Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind
Lisa M. Anderson Assistant Professor of Nursing
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy
Jaime Hammond
Director of Library Services
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking
Sandra Eddy
Assistant Professor of CIS
Historical Knowledge and Understanding
Karla Ekquist-Lechner Associate Professor of History/Geography
Quantitative Reasoning
Jason Seabury
Chair of GEACC; Assistant Professor
of Mathematics
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding
Alexander Zozulin
Professor of Chemistry
Scientific Reasoning
Peter Benzi
Associate Professor of Physics
Social Phenomena Knowledge and Understanding
Larry Venuk Professor of Psychology

Quick Facts

General Studies Quick Facts

Customize Your Program

A degree in General Studies allows student to choose courses from Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences, Business, Allied Health, Nursing & Physical Education, Engineering Technologies, and Mathematics/Science.


The General Studies Program encourages students to explore, examine, and analyze a wide range of human knowledge.


A degree in General Studies sets the foundation for lifelong learning.

Additional Details

Explore Your Own Educational and Professional Pathways

General Studies offers students the opportunity to explore their own educational and professional pathways and discover the benefits of lifelong learning. Choose from a wide range of electives and your associate degree program to meet your needs. Each semester, you'll meet with program advisors who will assist you in course selection and keep you on track for graduation.


Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

General Studies Areas of Study

Areas of Study You Can Further Pursue with an Associate Degree in General Studies

Whether you desire a rigorous background for a degree in the sciences, a foundation for healthcare careers or an excellent liberal arts education, our biology courses provide you with opportunities to learn in a student-centered environment.

You'll get hands-on laboratory and field experiences using investigation methods and experimental techniques that reflect the current state of biological science.

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in Biology is available.

The field of chemistry is a central discipline in the understanding of natural phenomena and the creation of products useful to humanity. Chemists are at the forefront of exciting research in medicine and environmental technologies, such as fuel cells. It is because of this key role in emerging research that the employment prospects for chemists in the coming years are good. Students interested in immersing themselves in challenging problems at the forefront of science should consider majoring in chemistry.

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in chemistry is available.

Communication as an academic field relates to all the ways we communicate.

"The field of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication." (Natcom)

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in Communications is available

Geology is the study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. It includes the study of organisms that have inhabited our planet. An important part of geology is the study of how Earth’s materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time.

Geologists work to understand the history of our planet. The better they can understand Earth’s history the better they can foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future.

An Environmental Science degree may be an area of interest for you as well.

You may be required as part of your degree program to study a modern language and if so, you're in luck!

Learning a language is fun and can provide a shared interest when you meet people from different cultures. Plus, learning a second language can increase your chances of finding a new job or getting a promotion.

If you're interested in pursuing a language during your bachelor's degree, you'll find a variety of languages to start with here at NVCC.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degrees in French, Italian, and Spanish are available.

Do you have a knack for math? Maybe you love the victorious feeling of cracking a word problem or the challenge of solving quadratic functions and parametric equations. Whatever your arithmetic pleasure, there are a variety of courses at NVCC that can take you as far as you're ready to go.

Even if you only have to take math as part of your general requirements, you'll find that small class sizes, knowledgeable professors and variety of classes offered will help prepare you for your next career or educational step.

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in mathematics is available.

The study of philosophy is concerned with the fundamental questions of being human.

    What is the nature of our relationship as human beings to the world and to one another?
    What is the nature of the physical universe?
    What is beauty? What is truth? Are human beings free to act? What is a moral decision? What is reality?

The study of philosophy nurtures intellectual curiosity through philosophical inquiry and encourages students to become thoughtful and reflective thinkers. The study of philosophy asks that students raise questions about truth, reality, and values—personal, cultural, and societal.

To think philosophically and analytically, students must learn to use basic, logical reasoning skills. The philosophy department at NVCC emphasizes the philosophical archetypes from the Pre-Socratics to the present in order to encourage the development of logical-reasoning and critical-thinking skills. The study of philosophy develops the ability to analyze various modes of discourse. Students develop the ability to identify and construct arguments. In addition, students are encouraged to develop personal philosophies in order to determine their own sense of truth and reality.

It is also an excellent background if you want to continue on to a four-year school or eventually earn a degree in law or public administration. Interested in the subject but not sure if you want to earn a degree? NVCC offers a number of philosophy courses to help you test the waters while earning flexible credit towards a bachelor's degree.

Briefly defined, physics is the science that tries to understand the laws of nature and the relationship between energy and matter.

It might be more appropriate, however, to define physics as a way of thinking rather than as a profession. The field of physics trains students to take a logical, problem-solving approach in whatever situations they might find themselves. Physics students explore concepts and methods of science that can be applied in many different professional areas and research topics.

Some of the better-known careers for physics majors include academic and industrial research, electronics, alternative energy development, communications or the vital area of medical physics. Physicists are in demand for their analytical skills in many financial, fund management and research roles, in law, as weather forecasters, computer programmers, and as physics and science teachers.

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in physics is available.

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