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For the Love of Science

General Studies, Pre-Nursing and Pre-Radiologic Technology courses are taught with an emphasis on healthcare and are designed to give students a broader understanding of the world. The courses teach students to communicate effectively, think critically and understand fundamental concepts of the natural and life sciences.

Program Highlights

General Studies includes liberal arts and science courses which count toward program curriculum requirements, may qualify for transfer to other colleges, or may be taken individually for personal enrichment. Both the Pre-Nursing and Pre-Radiologic Technology programs allow students who meet certain requirements to earn guaranteed admission into those respective programs.

There are three program options within General Studies:

  • Provides you with a basic understanding of the biological sciences and an opportunity to integrate liberal arts with healthcare education.
  • Extremely competitive admission – if not selected to your program of choice, you can complete college-level courses that will later transfer to a specific program.
  • This program can also help students prepare for transfer into advanced programs at four-year institutions leading to degrees such as pre-medicine or pre-veterinary.
  • Students who are admitted into the Pre-Nursing pathway will receive a conditional acceptance into the Nursing program. The conditions consist of earning a GPA of 3.21 in the below four courses that are completed within two consecutive terms of starting the program at Carolinas College. Students who earn the 3.21 GPA must complete all nursing pre-enrollment requirements and the Chemistry pre-requisite prior to starting the nursing curriculum. 
  • Coursework includes BIO 168 and BIO 169 - Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and two General Studies courses
  • Opportunity to earn guaranteed admission into the Carolinas College Radiologic Technology program. Must complete coursework at Carolinas College within three consecutive terms of starting the program and earn at least a 3.23 GPA in these courses.
  • 13-credit hour block of classes
  • Students who do not earn guaranteed admission may change to the General Studies track to complete the associate degree.
  • While Pre-Radiologic Technology students are completing the required coursework, you must also complete shadowing requirements. 

Tuition & Fees

$368 per credit hour

Term Deadlines Decision Notification
Fall 2020 July 15, 2020 Within 4-6 weeks of submitting a completed application
Spring 2021 December 1, 2020 Within 4-6 weeks of submitting a completed application
Summer 2021 April 15, 2021 Within 4-6 weeks of submitting a completed application
Term Deadlines Decision Notification
Fall 2021 December 1, 2020 March 20, 2021
Term Deadlines Decision Notification
Fall 2021 February 1, 2021 Within 2 weeks of submitting a completed application

Application Requirements

  1. Application –Submit your completed application by the deadline.
  2. High School Transcripts – A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for Pre-Radiologic Technology and Pre-Nursing, 2.0 for General Studies.
  3. College Transcripts (if applicable) - minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA required
  4. SAT or ACT Test Scores – A minimum 900 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT is required. The college utilizes only the critical reading and math portions when calculating the SAT score. SAT/ACT requirements waived with a bachelor's degree.
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Not interested in the degree program? Just looking to take a class or two?

All of the requirements may be waived for those entering as undecided or non-degree seeking. Transcripts may be required for proof of pre-requisite coursework.


The General Studies curriculum is unique in many ways, but one distinction is that General Studies courses at Carolinas College are taught with an emphasis on healthcare while remaining consistent with the discipline. For curriculum details:

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