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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, 4/2/14
Revision Date(s):   5/7/10, 4/2/14
Schedule for Review & Update:  Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:   Office of the Provost
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  Office of the Provost
Regulation Title & No.:  General Education, RG-3117/A
Board Policy Title & No.:  General Education, BP-3117
Legal Reference: 
Cross Reference:  RG-3106/A

I.  Requirements

There are three categories of degrees and certificates, each with their own block of general education requirements: 

  • occupational (Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of General Studies) and workforce degrees
  • occupational certificates of 30 credits or more
  • 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.  Details of the requirements for each general education block are found in the College Catalog.

II.      Process and Approvals

The General Education Committee:

1.  recommends the general education requirements for transfer degrees (the Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts, and Associate of Science) within statewide guidelines, and recommends requirements for occupational and general studies degrees and certificates to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor;

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

3.  recommends to the Vice Provost and the Provost for approval courses that fulfill general education categories well as course deletions from those categories.

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 intranet.

Composition:  The General Education Committee 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 each Curriculum Discipline Area Committee (CDAC)
  • Director of Curriculum and Articulation Services

Ex Officio Members:

  • District Office Curriculum Coordinators
III.    Waiving of General Education

A student who provides transcripts documenting an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution will, upon request, have the general education requirements waived for a certificate or for an associate’s degree as long as the student has a minimum of 60 credits applicable toward the degree, and has met all other graduation requirements.  Any degree requirements which would apply toward both the prerequisite, major or support course requirements as well as general education requirements would still need to be met.   If the student is pursuing a transfer degree, the degree would be awarded and the general education requirements would be waived, but the Arizona General Education Requirement (AGEC) certification would not be awarded.