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General Education Requirements

General Education helps students to gain an understanding of themselves; history and culture; and the principles and impact of mathematics, science, technology, and effective communication.

General Education develops the following thinking skills: comparing; interpreting; summarizing; suggesting and testing hypotheses; imagining and creating; criticizing and evaluating; designing projects and investigations; gathering and organizing data; reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. 

Which general education courses are required?

General education requirements vary by degree and certificate. The overall requirements are listed below for certificates, direct employment degrees and transfer degrees (AGEC).

Specific degrees may require core or support courses that already fulfill some or all of these requirements. 

Always use your specific degree or certificate web page (see Credit Programs and Degrees) to learn which courses and how many credits are needed to earn your degree or certificate.

  • CTE General Education Requirements
    Find CTE (Career and Technical Education) general education requirements.  These requirements apply to Associate of Applied Science and Associate of General Studies.

  • AGEC Transfer General Education Requirements 
    Find transfer programs general education requirements as linked from the AGEC-A, AGEC-B and AGEC-S certificates.  These requirements apply to PCC's transfer degrees and certificates such as the Associate of Arts, Associate of Business Administration, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, AGEC certificates and Honors certificate.