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Pima County Community College District Standard Practice Guide

PG Title:  General Education
SPG Number:  SPG-3117/AA
Effective Date:  10/6/98
Approval Date:  10/6/98
Review Date(s):  5/7/10
Revision Date(s):   5/7/10
Schedule for Review & Update:  Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:   Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services
Regulation Title & No.:  General Education, RG-3117/A
Board Policy Title & No.:  General Education, BP-3117
Legal Reference: 
Cross Reference:  RG-3106/A, BP-3107

I.  Requirements

There are three general education blocks:  one for occupational (Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of General Studies) and workforce degrees, one for occupational certificates of 30 credits or more, and one for transfer degrees (Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts or Associate of Science).  All courses used to meet general education requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  To succeed in general education courses, students should have attained college-level preparedness in reading, writing and mathematics.

A.      Occupational (Direct Employment) Programs

The occupational associate degrees must include a minimum of eighteen (18) credits of general education and the Computer and Information Literacy requirement, in the following categories:

Subject Area                                                        Credit Hours
Communication                                                             6
Analysis and Critical Thinking                                         6
(Must include mathematics competency)
Humanities; Social Science; Leadership and Ethics           6
Subtotal                                                                     18

Computer and Information Literacy Requirement           0-3
(Depending on individual program curriculum, fulfilling the Computer
and Information Literacy requirement may add 1-3 credits.)

Total General Education Requirement Hours                18-21

Certificates with thirty (30) or more credits require six (6) credits of general education Communication and Analysis and Critical Thinking categories, including the math competency  Workforce certificates of more than thirty credits may, upon request from the contracting agency and approval by the Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services, be exempted from including general education requirements.

B.      Transfer Degrees

Pima Community College’s transfer associate degrees require the thirty-five (35) credit general education block that fulfills the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) statewide general education model

There are three (3) AGEC models: the AGEC-A for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Fine Arts, the AGEC-B for the Associate of Business Administration, and the AGEC-S for the Associate of Science degrees. 

The Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) categories are:

Subject Area
                                                        Credit Hours
English Composition                                                         6
Humanities and Fine Arts                                                  6
(One course from the Art list and one course from the
Humanities/Historical Perspective list)
Biological and Physical Sciences*                                      8
Mathematics*                                                                  3
Social and Behavioral Sciences                                         6
(From two prefixes)
Other Requirements*                                                       6
a.  Oral Communication
b.  Computer Science, Critical Thinking, Logic, Mathematics or Science
c.  Second Language
d.  International and Multi-cultural Studies
e.  Humanities and Fine Arts (up to 3 credits)
f.   Social and Behavioral Sciences (up to 3 credits)
Total General Education Requirement Hours                      35

In addition, one or more of the courses used to fulfill the categories above must fulfill each of the following AGEC special requirements:

1.       Intensive writing and critical inquiry (I);
2.       Cultural diversity emphasizing ethnic, race, and/or gender awareness (C); or
3.       Global awareness (G).

*Specific requirements vary between the AGEC-A, AGEC-B and AGEC-S to fulfill the Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Other Requirements subject areas.  Refer to the College catalog for current requirements.

II.      Process and Approvals

The General Education subcommittee of the College Curriculum Council (CCC) recommends to the CCC and reports to the Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services.  The General Education Sub-committee:

1.  Recommends the general education requirements for transfer degrees (the associate of arts and the associate of science) within statewide guidelines, and recommends requirements for the occupational and general studies degrees to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor;

2.  Evaluates and recommends general education criteria established for each category; and

3.  Recommends courses that fulfill general education categories to the CCC as well as deletions and modifications.  The College Curriculum Council recommends the additions, deletions, and modifications to the general education course lists to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for approval.

The criteria established for the general education categories and the guidelines for faculty to submit courses for general education values are defined on the Curriculum Services page of the College website.

Composition:  The General Education Sub-committee of the CCC is composed of members who represent a variety of faculty constituents concerned with the quality, effectiveness, and integrity of the general education curriculum.


  • Vice Provost and AVC of Academic Services, who serves as the Administrative Co-chair

  • Faculty Member Co-chair 

  • Volunteer faculty representatives from the CCC

  • Volunteer faculty representatives from each Curriculum Discipline Area Committee (CDAC)

Advisory Members:

  • Director of Curriculum and Articulation Services

  • Curriculum Coordinators