2016-2017 Semester Catalog

General Education Courses and Requirements

Each degree and diploma program of study at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) consists of general education core courses and occupational curriculum. In addition to providing job skills necessary to perform occupational tasks, the general education courses will make up a substantial component of each associate degree and diploma. The listings below show courses that are offered by Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges in either in-class or online settings. All courses may not be offered at GNTC. Most courses are available online through Georgia Virtual Technical Connections (GVTC). GVTC is the central point of reference for all online courses and programs offered through TCSG. For more information visit GVTC’s website at www.gvtc.org.

Associate Degree General Education Requirements

The purpose of the general education core at GNTC is to provide students with a common, broad-based, well-rounded, collegiate level educational experience that ensures breadth of knowledge and adheres to a coherent rationale.

The competencies for GNTC’s general education core curriculum include:
1. Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
2. Demonstrate effective computational skills.
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between creative expression and human experience.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.

The college requirement for general core curriculum for an associate degree is a minimum of 15 semester hours using the curriculum structure in the table below.  This structure follows the approved state standardized structure while adhering to the GNTC purpose of the general education core.  The general education core consists of four areas that include the following: Area I- Language Arts/Communication, Area II- Social/Behavioral Sciences, Area III- Natural Sciences/Mathematics, and Area IV- Humanities/Fine Arts.

Area I
Language Arts/Communication Minimum 3 semester hours
Successful completion of ENGL 1101 is required.
Courses may be taken from the following academic fields:
English Composition
Communication/Speech
Foreign Languages
Area II
Social/Behavioral Sciences Minimum 3 semester hours
Successful completion of a Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences course is required.
Courses may be taken from the following academic fields:
Economics
Ethnology/Ethnic Studies
History
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Area III
Natural Sciences/Mathematics Minimum 3 semester hours
Successful completion of MATH 1100 or MATH 1101 or MATH 1103 or MATH 1111 is required.
Courses may be taken from the following academic fields:
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Geography
Mathematics
Physics
Area IV
Humanities/Fine Arts Minimum 3 semester hours
Successful completion of a Humanities/Fine Arts course is required.
Courses may be taken from the following Academic Fields:
Art Appreciation
American Literature
English Literature
Film Studies and Criticism
Literature and Cultural Studies
Music Appreciation
Philosophy
Theatre Appreciation
Humanities
World literature
**To meet the minimum required 15 semester hours, the additional 3 semester hours may be selected from Areas I, II, III, or IV.

Degree Seeking Students General Education/General Core Courses 

Area I - Language Arts/Communication

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

ENGL 1102Literature and Composition

3

SPCH 1101Public Speaking

3

COMM 1109Human Communication

3

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences

ECON 1101Principles of Economics

3

ECON 2105Macroeconomics

3

ECON 2106Microeconomics

3

HIST 1111World History I

3

HIST 1112World History II

3

HIST 2111U.S. History I

3

HIST 2112U.S. History II

3

POLS 1101American Government

3

POLS 2401Global Issues

3

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology

3

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics

BIOL 1111Biology I

3

BIOL 1111LBiology Lab I

1

BIOL 1112Biology II

3

BIOL 1112LBiology Lab II

1

CHEM 1151Survey of Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 1151LSurvey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 1152Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

3

CHEM 1152Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

3

CHEM 1211Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1211LChemistry Lab I

1

CHEM 1212Chemistry II

3

CHEM 1212LChemistry Lab II

1

MATH 1100Quantitative Skills & Reasoning

3

MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling

3

MATH 1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

MATH 1112College Trigonometry

3

MATH 1113Precalculus

3

MATH 1127Introduction to Statistics

3

MATH 1131Calculus I

4

PHSC 1111Physical Science

3

PHYS 1110Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 1110LConceptual Physics Lab

1

PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I

3

PHYS 1111LIntroductory Physics Lab I

1

PHYS 1112Introductory Physics II

3

PHYS 1112LIntroductory Physics Lab II

1

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 2110World Literature

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

ENGL 2310English Literature-Begin/1700

3

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

MUSC 1101Music Appreciation

3

RELG 1101World Religions

3

THEA 1101Theater Appreciation

3

Students who have a special interest in, or a need for, a different general core course than the one that is suggested in the specific core curriculum should discuss other possibilities with their advisor or with general education faculty.

Diploma Basic Skills Requirements

The college requirement for diploma basic skills courses is a minimum of 8 semester hours. Each diploma category has specific distribution requirements.

Diploma Basic Skills Courses

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development

2

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

ENGL 1012Fundamentals of English II

3

MATH 1011Business Math

3

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

MATH 1013Algebraic Concepts

3

MATH 1015Geometry and Trigonometry

3

MATH 1017Trigonometry

3

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3