2021-2022 College Catalog

Associate of General Studies


Associate of General Studies

Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies is designed for students wishing to acquire a broad education, rather than pursuing a specific college major or career and technical program. College work may include courses selected from a variety of career and technical education and college transfer courses. Because of the flexibility of this degree, it may not fulfill requirements for transfer to four year institutions. Students are responsible for checking with the college of their choice if transferability is desired.

Unless otherwise noted, the following apply;

  • Complete all courses with a minimum grade of "D" or "Pass" or better. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the AGS is awarded.
  • General Education courses must include;
    • Writing (8CR): WR 121 and either WR 122 or WR 227
    • Oral Communication (3CR+): COMM 111
    • Math (4CR+): MTH 105 or higher
    • Health/Wellness/Fitness: maximum of 6 credits
    • Information Literacy: embedded within WR courses
    • Arts & Letters/Humanities: 6 credits (e.g. ART, COMM, ENG, MUS, REL, PHL or Foreign Language)
    • Social Science: 6 credits (e.g. PSY, SOC, PS, HST, or ECON)
    • Science/Math/Computer Science: 6 credits (e.g. MTH, CS, BI, G, GS, GEO, CHEM, PHY)
    • A Maximum of 9 credits can be from courses labeled 199/299
    • A Maximum of 24 credits can be ESOL
    • A Maximum of 24 credits can be "P" grades
    • A Maximum of 21 credits can be from Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
  • Electives must be used to bring the program of study up to a minimum of 90 credits, and a maximum of 108
  • 30 credits are required to meet residency at TBCC, 24 of which must apply to the degree for which the student is being awarded.

Program Learning Outcomes

Meets General Education Requirements

In addition to Institutional Learning Outcomes, standards have been established for Student Learning Outcomes in General Education Courses in the following categories: Arts and Letters, Cultural Literacy, Mathematics, Science or Computer Science, Social Science, Speech and Oral Communication, Writing, and Information Literacy. Coursework in each of these areas supports student achievement of these outcomes. TBCC evaluates student achievement of course learning outcomes on a regular basis, and this information is used for continuous improvement in instruction and student services.

Arts & Letters


As a result of taking General Education Arts & Letters* courses, a student should be able to:

  • Interpret and engage in the Arts & Letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and

  • Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

  • *“Arts & Letters” refers to works of art, whether written, crafted, designed, or performed and documents of historical or cultural significance.

Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy outcomes will be included in courses that meet the outcomes and criteria of an AAOT Discipline Studies requirement.


As a result of taking a designated Cultural Literacy course, a student should be able to:

  • Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.



As a result of taking General Education Mathematics courses, a student should be able to:

  • Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems: Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

  • Use logical reasoning to make connections between various mathematical concepts and representations.

Science or Computer Science


As a result of taking General Education Science or Computer Science courses, a student should be able to:

  • Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models, and solutions and generate further questions;

  • Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science


As a result of taking General Education Social Science courses, a student should be able to:

  • Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and

  • Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication


As a result of taking General Education Speech/Oral Communication courses, a student should be able to:

  • Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;

  • Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and

  • Build and manage relationships.



As a result of completing the General Education Writing sequence, a student should be able to:

  • Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capable for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;

  • Locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize information to communicate effectively; and

  • Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy outcomes and criteria will be embedded in the Writing Foundational Requirements courses.


As a result of taking General Education Writing courses infused with Information Literacy, a student who successfully completes should be able to:

  • Formulate a problem statement;

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information needed to address the problem;

  • Access relevant information effectively and efficiently;

  • Evaluate information and its source critically; and

  • Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information

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