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    Florida State College
  May 28, 2023
2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] 
2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] [Archived Catalog]

A.A. General Education Requirements

Required General Education Courses and Categories
Major Prerequisites
Foreign Language
Gordon Rule


The general education program at Florida State College is designed to prepare students to be thoughtful, effective, global citizens. Through exploring broad areas of knowledge — the global and historical; the cultural and aesthetic; the human; and the mathematical, scientific and technological — students will acquire the knowledge bases, develop the intellectual competencies, and be exposed to the values requisite for participating responsibly in a complex and diverse world.

Knowledge Bases, Intellectual Competencies and Values

  1. Knowledge. A generally educated person possesses knowledge in the following areas:
    1. Global and Historical Knowledge and Understanding
      • Comprehends a general knowledge of the nature, origins and contributions of major civilizations
      • Comprehends the workings and interrelations of personal, business and government economies
      • Comprehends political, social and economic systems and their effects upon society
    2. Cultural and Aesthetic Knowledge and Understanding
      • Comprehends the contributions of the arts and humanities to the human experience on a personal, national or global level
      • Comprehends the historical development of the arts and sciences
      • Comprehends religious and cultural systems and their effects upon society
    3. Human Awareness and Understanding
      • Comprehends the dynamics of human behavior and the process of increasing self–awareness, growth and development
      • Comprehends the stages of human development and the dynamics of human relationships in diverse cultures
      • Comprehends the factors that promote physical, mental and social well–being
    4. Mathematics, Science and Technology
      • Comprehends the basic concepts and investigative processes of the natural sciences
      • Comprehends the breadth, significance and development of the mathematical sciences
      • Comprehends the ways science and technology have shaped and continue to reshape human cultures and the environment
  2. Intellectual Competencies. A generally educated person develops the following intellectual competencies:
    • Can read, write, speak and listen effectively
    • Can acquire, evaluate, analyze, present and communicate information
    • Can employ quantitative and qualitative analysis to solve problems
    • Can use information technology in communication, research and problem solving
    • Can organize concepts into orderly systems
    • Can work collaboratively within complex systems and diverse groups
    • Can apply ethical judgment to everyday life
    • Can apply the scientific method of inquiry
  3. Values. A generally educated person exhibits the following values:
    • Intellectual honesty
    • Curiosity and openness to new ideas
    • Recognition of one’s own creative potential
    • Acceptance of and respect for differences among people and cultures
    • Civic engagement
    • Lifelong learning

Required General Education Courses and Categories

The general education core for the associate in arts degree consists of 36 semester hours of coursework in these broad discipline areas:

I. Communication

9 semester hours — 3 semester hours from each category.

II. Humanities

6 semester hours — students have two options:

Option A: 3 semester hours from Category A and 3 semester hours from Category B, or
Option B: 6 semester hours from Category A.

IV. Natural Sciences

Minimum of 6-8 semester hours from one of the following options.

Option A

Choose one 3 or 4 credit course from the biological sciences and one 3 or 4 credit course from the physical sciences. One of the courses must have a laboratory credit associated with it (these courses are designated with a “C” or an “L” following the course).

*ISC 1075 - Principles of Science and Investigation may fulfill requirement for Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences but not both.

Option B

Choose one of the following pairs of courses.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Principles of Biology

Biology and Human Biology

Botany and Zoology

Physics With Calculus

General Physics

V. Social and Behavioral Sciences

9 semester hours — 3 semester hours from each category.

Effective Fall Term 2007, all Social and Behavioral Sciences courses will require the prerequisite of satisfactory score on reading and writing placement tests (placement into ENC 1101 - English Composition I).

Major Prerequisites

Associate in Arts Degree Electives Requirement and Intended Transfer Major Prerequisites

The additional semester hours (maximum of 24) required (beyond the General Education Requirements for the associate in arts degree) may be selected from courses listed in the College catalog identified in the course descriptions with program designation for transfer (A.A. must be listed at the end of the course description). These courses should be part of a program designed for transfer to a major at an upper–level college/university. Refer to your intended transfer institution’s prerequisites for your intended transfer major. Certain prerequisite courses may be required before you can transfer into a major at the junior level. Some major prerequisites may be used to meet the Florida State College A.A. Electives and General Education Requirements. Students are advised to see an advisor or counselor for guidance in the selection of these courses.

In addition to addressing the field of study of an intended major at the upper–level university, students are encouraged to include in these courses from the general areas noted below.

Foreign Language

Students who plan to transfer to a Florida public university should complete a minimum of eight semester hours in a foreign language at Florida State College or have completed two high school credits. Many majors at the state university system require eight semester hours of college credit in a foreign language, even if you have completed two years of foreign language in high school. Please contact an advisor or counselor to discuss your intended transfer major, and determine if you are required to complete the foreign language requirement at the college level.

Courses are offered in Chinese (CHI 1121  and CHI 1120 ), French (FRE 1121  and FRE 1120 ), Spanish (SPN 1121  and SPN 1120 ), and German (GER 1121  and GER 1120 ) that fulfill this eight semester hours requirement. You may use Sign Language I and II (ASL 1140  and ASL 1150 ) to satisfy foreign language requirements, however, these courses may not count toward the requirements of the university.

Total for major prerequisites: 24 semester hours
Total for the associate in arts degree: 60 semester hours

Gordon Rule

6A–10.030 Other Assessment Procedures for College–Level Communication and Computation Skills

  1. In addition to assessments that may be adopted by the State Board of Education or Board of Governors to measure student achievement in college–level communication and computation skills, other assessment requirements shall be met by successful completion of coursework in English and mathematics. For the purposes of this rule, a grade of “C” or higher shall be considered successful completion.
  2. Prior to receipt of an associate in arts degree from a public community college or university or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university or college, a student shall complete successfully the following:
  1. Six (6) semester hours of English coursework and six (6) semester hours of additional coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college–level writing skills through multiple assignments. Each institution shall designate the courses that fulfill the writing requirements of this section. These course designations shall be submitted to the Statewide Course Numbering System. An institution to which a student transfers shall accept courses so designated by the sending institution as meeting the writing requirements outlined in this section.
  2. Six (6) semester hours of mathematics coursework at the level of college algebra or higher. For the purposes of this rule, applied logic, statistics and other such computation coursework which may not be placed within a mathematics department may be used to fulfill three (3) hours of the six (6) hours required by this section.
  3. Students awarded college credit in English based on their demonstration of writing skills through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction pursuant to Rule 6A–10.024, F.A.C., and students awarded college credit based on their demonstration of mathematics skills at the level of college algebra or higher through one (1) or more of the acceleration mechanisms in Rule 6A–10.024, F.A.C., shall be considered to have satisfied the requirements in subsection 6A–10.030(2), F.A.C., to the extent of the college credit awarded.
  1. Exemptions and Waivers. Any public community college or university desiring to exempt its students from the requirements of subsection 6A–10.030(2), F.A.C., shall submit an alternative plan to the Department of Education. Upon approval of the plan by the Department, the plan shall be submitted to the State Board of Education or the Board of Governors as appropriate. Upon approval by the State Board of Education or the Board of Governors, said plan shall be deemed effective in lieu of the requirements of subsection 6A–10.030(2), F.A.C.

Specific Authority 1001.02(1) and (2)(n) FS. Law Implemented 1001.02 FS., Section 15, Chapter 87–212, Laws of Florida. History – New 1–11–82, Formerly 6A–10.30, Amended 6–8–88, 12–18–2005.