Academic 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 HCC. 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 Harford Community College General Education requirements are automatically noted on the HCC 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

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. See the General Education Approved Course List for designated general education courses at Harford Community College. 

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 Harford Community College. 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 Community College, 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

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, 28-36 credits must fulfill the College's General Education core requirements. The approved General Education courses appear on the following pages. The distribution of the 28-36 General Education credits must meet the following specifications and may be further prescribed within particular degree programs:

GHArts/Humanities
Students must complete two courses in Arts/Humanities.6
GBBehavioral/Social Science
Students must complete two courses in Behavioral/Social Science.6
GL & GSBiological/Physical Laboratory Science
Students must complete one of the following: 7-8
one 4-credit science laboratory course (GL) and one 3-credit science course (GS).
two 4-credit science lab courses (GL) that meet the additional requirements specified by their particular program of study.
GEEnglish Composition
Students must complete this within the first 24 credit hours of study with a final grade of C- or better.3
GMMathematics
Students must complete one 3-4 credit mathematics course that meets the additional requirements specified by their particular program of study.3-4
General Education Electives
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.3-9
Total Credits28-36

General Education AAS Degree Requirements

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 18 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 18+ 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.

GHArts/Humanities
Students must complete one 3-credit course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.3
GBBehavioral/Social Science
Students must complete 3 credits according to the specific requirements of their program of study.3
GLBiological/Physical Laboratory Science
Students must complete one 4-credit course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.4
GEEnglish Composition
This requirement must be completed by all students within the first 24 credit hours of study.3
GMMathematics
Students must complete one 3-4 credit course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.3-4
General Education Electives
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.2
Total Credits18-19

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.

Arts/Humanities Electives (GH)

Note: For AA, AS, and AAT degrees students must choose two courses.

ART 121Introduction to Drawing-Non-Majors (GH)3
ART 122Color: Art, Science & Culture (GH)3
ART 201History of Art-Ancient and Medieval (GH) (D)3
ART 202History of Art-Renaissance to Modern (GH) (D)3
ART 203Art and Architecture in the United States (GH)3
ART 239Asian Art and Culture (GH)3
ART 240Modern Art and Culture (GH)3
CMST 210Group Communication and Leadership (GH)3
DRAM 203Survey of World Drama (GH) (D)3
DRAM 204Survey of Modern Drama (GH) (D)3
ENG 201World Literature: 800 B.C. to 1600 A.D. (GH) (D)3
ENG 202World Literature: 1600 A.D. to the Present (GH) (D)3
ENG 203English Literature: Survey of English Literature I (GH)3
ENG 204English Literature: Survey of English Literature II (GH)3
ENG 205American Literature: Colonial Through the Civil War (GH) (D)3
ENG 206American Literature: Late 19th and 20th Centuries (GH) (D)3
ENG 207Perspectives in Humanities (GH) (D)3
ENG 208Contemporary Humanities (GH) (D)3
ENG 210Literature for Children and Adolescents (GH)(D)3
ENG 214Great Writers: Lives and Works (GH)3
ENG 215Multicultural Literature: The 20th Century (GH) (D)3
ENG 219American Women Writers (GH) (D)3
ENG 233African-American Literature (GH) (D)3
ENG 234Ethnic American Literature (GH) (D)3
ENG 237Literature to Film (GH)3
MC 105Introduction to Journalism (GH)3
MC 206History of Film (GH)3
MC 208Multimedia Journalism I (GH)3
MUS 201The Art of Listening I (H) (D)3
MUS 202The Art of Listening II (GH) (D)3
MUS 216World Music (GH) (D)3
MUS 222Popular Music of the United States (GH) (D)3
MUS 223Listening to Jazz (GH) (D)3
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy (GH)3
PHIL 200Principles of Logic (GH)3
PHIL 205Ethics (GH)3
PHIL 220Bioethics (GH)3
PHIL 221Business Ethics (GH)3
PHIL 250Philosophy of Religion (GH)3
PHOT 209The History of Photography (GH)3
RELG 207Literature and Religious Thought of the Old Testament (GH)3
RELG 208Literature and Religious Thought of the New Testament (GH)3
RELG 210Comparative Religion (GH) (D)3
SPAN 203Survey of Spanish Literature I (GH)3
THEA 101Introduction to Theatre (GH)3
THEA 106Script Analysis: From Page to Stage (GH)3
VPA 201Visual and Performing Arts Survey (GH) (D)3

Behavioral/Social Science Electives (GB)

Note: For AA, AS, and AAT degrees students must choose two courses.

ANTH 101Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (GB) (D)3
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (GB) (D)3
ECON 101Macroeconomics (GB)3
ECON 102Microeconomics (GB)3
GEOG 101Physical Geography (GB)3
GEOG 102Human Geography (GB) (D)3
GEOG 103World Regional Geography (GB) (D)3
HIST 101History of Western Civilization I (GB) (D)3
HIST 102History of Western Civilization II (GB) (D)3
HIST 103History of the United States I (GB) (D)3
HIST 104History of the United States II (GB) (D)3
HIST 109World History I (GB) (D)3
HIST 110World History II (GB) (D)3
HIST 202The Twentieth Century World (GB) (D)3
HIST 207African-American History (GB) (D)3
HLTH 203The U.S. Health Care System (GB)3
PL 101Introduction to Law (Same course as PS 106) (GB)3
PS 101American National Government (GB)3
PS 102State and Local Government (GB)3
PS 106Introduction to Law (Same course as PL 101) (GB)3
PS 201Introduction to International Relations (GB)3
PS 204Urban Government and Politics (GB) (D)3
PSY 101General Psychology (GB)3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (GB) (D)3
SOC 102Social Problems (GB) (D)3
SOC 201Marriage and the Family (GB) (D)3
SOC 212Race, Class & Gender in the United States3

Biological/Physical Laboratory Science Electives (GL)

ASTR 152Sky and Telescope Laboratory (GL)1
BIO 100Fundamentals of Biology (GL)4
BIO 110Introduction to Plant Sciences (GL)4
BIO 116Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory (GL)1
BIO 119Biology for Health Professionals (GL)4
BIO 120General Biology I (GL)4
BIO 121General Biology II (GL)4
BIO 203Anatomy and Physiology I (GL)4
BIO 204Anatomy and Physiology II (GL)4
BIO 205Microbiology (GL)4
CHEM 100Chemistry for Changing Times (GL)4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GL)4
CHEM 112General Chemistry II A (GL)4
CHEM 114General Chemistry IIB (GL)4
ENV 112Environmental Science Laboratory (GL)1
ES 106Earth Science Laboratory (GL)1
ES 108General Meteorology (GL)4
FS 101Basic Forensic Science Laboratory (GL)1
PHYS 101Introductory Physics I (GL)4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics II (GL)4
PHYS 200General Physics I Lab (GL)1
PHYS 204General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (GL)4
SCI 106Physical Science Course Observations and Investigations: Matter (GL)1

English Electives (GE)

ENG 101English Composition (GE)3

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Electives (GI)

ART 108Digital Media Culture (GI)3
BA 101Introduction to Business (GI)3
BA 140Introduction to Leadership (GI)3
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences (GI)3
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals (GI)3
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication (GI) (D)3
HLTH 101Contemporary Health Issues (GI)3
HLTH 103Wellness Theory and Applications (GI)3
HLTH 104Environmental Health (GI)3
HLTH 106Nutrition for Personal Wellness (GI)3
ISS 105Intro to Cybersecurity (GI)3
MC 210Introduction to Social Media (GI)3

Mathematics Electives (GM)

MATH 101College Algebra (GM)3
MATH 102Contemporary Mathematics (GM)3
MATH 103Trigonometry (GM)3
MATH 109Precalculus Mathematics (GM)4
MATH 111Introduction to Finite Mathematics (GM)3
MATH 203Calculus I (GM)4
MATH 204Calculus II (GM)4
MATH 211Elements of Geometry (GM)4
MATH 212Calculus with Applications (GM)3
MATH 216Introduction to Statistics (GM)4

Biological/Physical Science Elective (GS)

ASTR 151Introduction to Astronomy (GS)3
BIO 108Human Body in Health and Disease (GS)3
BIO 109Human Genetics (GS)3
BIO 210Nutrition (GS)3
ENV 111Introduction to Environmental Science (GS)3
ES 105Earth Science (GS)3
FS 100Basic Forensic Science (GS)3
PHYS 203General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics (GS)3
SCI 105Physical Science I (GS)3
SCI 109Introduction to Energy & Sustainability (GS)3

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