Curriculum Overview

The Associate of Science in General Studies will be awarded to students who successfully complete 60 semester credit hours of coursework. This program provides students with a basic understanding of the biological sciences and an opportunity to integrate liberal arts with healthcare education. The healthcare programs at Carolinas College have a competitive admission process.

Students who are not accepted upon their first application to the program have the opportunity to take college-level coursework while enrolled in the associate of science general studies program. This enables them to complete courses which would later transfer with a change of track.

Students entering the AS program may modify their course sequence to best prepare them for a particular program in anticipation of a change of track. 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.

Master Curriculum

A sample course sequence is provided below.  Recommended sequence of courses will vary based upon starting semester and offering of courses.  The actual sequence will be determined during advising.

First Term Credits
BIO 101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (including lab) 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 101 College Math 3
Major Area Elective  1-4
Totals 11-14
Second Term Credits
BIO 102 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (including lab) 4
ENG 231 Early American Literature 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
Major Area Elective  1-4
Totals 11-13
Third Term Credits
COM 101 Communication 3
MAT 201 Statistics 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Major Area Elective  1-4 
Totals 10-14
Fourth Term Credits
PHI 201 Ethics 3
Major Area Elective  1-4 

Major Area Elective  1-4 
Major Area Elective  1-4
Totals 6-15
Fifth Term Credits
Any Remaining Major Area Electives
Totals 1-15
Degree Requirements Credits
General Studies Courses 58
Special Topics Courses 2
Totals 60

Effective Fall 2017

Major Area Electives (28 Credits)

At least 28 and no more than 30 additional credit hours from Communications, Humanities/Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and/or Quantitative Reasoning. Elective courses include but are not limited to BIO 200, CHM 104, ENG 240, GEN 102, HEA 109, HLC 102, HLC 200, PSY 102 (comparable transfer credits will be considered to meet the Major Area Elective requirements).

Degree Requirements (Total Credits)

General Studies Core Courses (32)
Major Area Electives (28)

Total Semester Hours (60)