General Education

The purpose of General Education at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is to provide high quality educational courses in humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, natural science/ mathematics, and language arts/ communication through both distance and traditional delivery methods to help students develop individual skills and abilities that will enable them to 1) think critically; 2) communicate clearly and effectively in written form; and 3) apply the use of mathematics to solve common problems. SRTC students with associate degrees and diplomas are required to demonstrate to what extent he/she has mastered appropriate General Education competencies.


Learning Support

Courses numbered 0090 are classified as learning support. All courses are offered every term. They include:

MATH 0090 Learning Support Mathematics 1 credit/contact hour
ENGL 0090 Learning Support English 1 credit/contact hour
READ 0090 Learning Support Reading 3 credit/contact hour
Minimum admissions requirements are implemented for each standard degree, diploma, or certificate program. Students who do not meet all requirements for regular admission into a selected program are granted provisional admission status. For provisionally admitted students learning support is provided through a co-requisite model. Students will register for the required ENGLISH and/or MATH courses paired with an additional 1 hour Learning Support class in which they will receive re-teaching, pre-teaching, homework/essay writing assistance. Pairing the English or Math course with a LS course will help the student find success in the ENGLISH and MATH courses required for their program of study.

Special Exception: Any student who is deficient in both English and Readng will enroll in the READ 0090 course. After successfully completing this course, they may move on to the co-requisite model for English with the gateway course.

Learning Support Level Student Learning Outcomes:

MATH 0090

  • Students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers. (Assessed in MATH 1012)
  • Students will solve quadratic equations. (Assessed in MATH 1101 and MATH 1111)

ENGL 0090

  • Students will write an organized and grammatically correct document. (Assessed in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1101)

READ 0090

  • Students will write a basic paragraph after reading, comprehending, and analyzing the structure of a variety of paragraphs. (Assessed in READ 0090)

Diploma programs offered through the College also include a required component of 8 semester hours of Basic Skills courses providing background in one Language Arts/Communication course, one Social/Behavioral Sciences course, and one Natural Science/Mathematics course.

Diploma Level

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will think critically. (Assessed in EMPL 1000 and PSYC 1010)
  • Students will write an organized and grammatically correct document. (Assessed in ENGL 1010)
  • Students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers. (Assessed in MATH 1012)
  • Students will solve linear equations using the addition principle, the multiplication principle, and both principles together. (Assessed in MATH 1013)

Courses offered within the Basic Skills area for Diploma programs are:

  1. Language Arts/Communication
  • ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
  1. Social/Behavioral Sciences Course
  • EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
  • PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology
  1. Natural Science/Mathematics
  • MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics

The College offers a variety of General Education courses as enrollment warrants. Students should contact their academic advisor to inquire about course availability.

The College requires a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of General Education core courses for the associate degree. These semester hours are to be selected as follows:

A minimum of at least one course each from Area I (Language Arts/Communication), Area II (Social/Behavioral Sciences), Area III (Natural Science/Mathematics), and Area IV (Humanities/Fine Arts).


Degree Level

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will think critically. (Assessed in PSYC 1101 and SOCI 1101)
  • Students will write an organized and grammatically correct document. (Assessed in ENGL 1101)
  • Students will solve quadratic equations. (Assessed in MATH 1101 and MATH 1111)

Natural Science Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will match cellular features to appropriate functions. (Assessed in BIOL 1111)
  • Students will apply mathematics to solve quantitative chemistry problems. (Assessed in CHEM 1151)

Courses offered for Degree programs are:

Area I: Language Arts/Communication

  • ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 1102 Literature and Composition
  • SPCH 1101 Public Speaking

Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences

  • ECON 2105 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1101 Principles of Economics
  • ECON 2106 Microeconomics
  • HIST 1111 World History I
  • HIST 1112 World History II
  • HIST 2111 U.S. History I
  • HIST 2112 U.S. History II
  • POLS 1101 American Government
  • PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 2103 Human Development
  • PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics Natural Science Courses

  • BIOL 1111 Biology I
  • BIOL 1111L Biology Lab I
  • BIOL 1112 Biology II
  • BIOL 1112L Biology Lab II
  • CHEM 1151 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 1151L Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 1152 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • CHEM 1152L Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab 1
  • PHYC 1110 Conceptual Physics
  • PHYC 1110L Conceptual Physics Lab I
  • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics Lab I
  • PHYS 1112 Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS 1112L Introductory Physics Lab II
  • Mathematics Courses
  • MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling
  • MATH 1103 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
  • MATH 1111 College Algebra
  • MATH 1112 College Trigonometry
  • MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 1127 Intro to Statistics
  • MATH 1131 Calculus I

Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts

  • ARTS 1101 Art Appreciation
  • ENGL 2110 World Literature
  • ENGL 2130 American Literature
  • HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
  • MUSC 1101 Music Appreciation

The College offers a variety of General Education courses as enrollment warrants. Students should contact their academic advisor to inquire about course availability.