General Education Approved Courses
Gen Ed requirements

NVCC General Education Requirements

With a few exceptions, all programs at NVCC will contain courses from all Core Competencies. See particular program requirements for program-specific requirements in how these competency areas will be met. Generally any given course can only be used to satisfy one competency area, even if it appears in multiple areas. If the program requirement is an “elective” from the competency, any course listed in that group may be used.

Note: Letter H appears in all NVCC course numbers; it is the code letter for our college in the CT Community College system. Since it is redundant for our college, the H is not reproduced below. The * denotes the Common Course Numbering; courses with the * all have the same number as similar courses at other community colleges in Connecticut, though the other colleges will insert their appropriate code letter.

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Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication

3 credits -Complete one course

  • ART*101 Art History I
  • ART*102 Art History II
  • ART*111 Drawing I
  • ART* 121 Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART* 122 Three-Dimensional Design
  • COM*154 Film Study & Appreciation
  • COM*157 American Film
  • COM*158 International Cinema
  • DAN*101 History & Appreciation of World Dance
  • DAN*102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic
  • DAN*111 Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean/American
  • DAN*113 Modern I: Pioneers of America
  • DAT*102 Introduction to Photography
  • ENG*102 Literature & Composition
  • ENG*211 Short Story
  • ENG*214 Dramatic Literature ENG*215 Children’s Literature
  • ENG*221 American Literature I
  • ENG*222 American Literature II
  • ENG*231 British Literature I
  • ENG*232 British Literature II
  • ENG*241 World Literature I
  • ENG*242 World Literature II
  • ENG*251 African-American Literature
  • ENG*269 Studies in Young Adult Literature
  • ENG*274 Graphic Novel as Literature
  • ENG*277 Science Fiction & Society
  • ENG*278 Contemporary Literature
  • ENG*281 Creative Writing
  • GRA*150 Intro to Graphic Design
  • LAS*201 Latin/Latino American Studies
  • MUS*101 Music History & Appreciation I
  • MUS*103 History of American Music
  • MUS*104 World Music
  • PHL*101 Intro to Philosophy
  • THR*101 Intro to Theatre
  • THR*110 Acting I
  • **ECE*103 Creative Experience for Children
    **meets requirement for ECE program only
  • **HRT *202 Landscape Design I
    **meets requirement for HRT program only

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/ Ethical Dimensions

3 credits -Complete one course

  • CSA*105 Intro to Software Applications
  • CSC*101 Introduction to Computers
  • DAT*101 Intro to Digital Arts
  • ECN*101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN*102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • NUR*101Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • TCN*101 Intro to Engineering Technology
    **meets requirement for ECE program only
  • **ECE*109 Science & Math for Children **meets requirement for ECE program only 
  • **EET*104 & EET*294 taken sequentially
    **meets requirement for EET Program only
  • **EET*110 Electric Circuits I
    **meets Ethical Dimensions requirement for EET Program only

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

See specific degree program for requirements. Met through ENG*101. LAS majors need one more course in this list.

  • COM* 100 Introduction to Communications
  • CSC*101 Introduction to Computers ENG*101 Composition
  • ENG*102 Literature & Composition
  • ENG*200 Advanced Composition
  • ENG*202 Technical Writing
  • ENG* 211 Short Story
  • ENG*214 Dramatic Literature
  • *ENG*215 Children’s Literature
  • ENG*221 American Literature I
  • ENG*222 American Literature II
  • ENG*231 British Literature I
  • ENG*241 World Literature I
  • ENG*242 World Literature II
  • ENG*251 African-American Literature
  • ENG*269 Studies in Young Adult Literature
  • ENG*274 Graphic Novel as Literature
  • ENG*277 Science Fiction & Society
  • ENG*278 Contemporary Literature
  • HRT*222 Greenhouse Management IM
  • PHL*111 Ethics
  • PHL*112 Medical Ethics
  • PSY*201 Lifespan Development
  • PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC*201 Contemporary Social Issues

Historical Knowledge and Understanding

3 credits -Complete one course

  • BBG*231 Business Law I
  • ENG*221 American Literature I
  • ENG*222 American Literature II
  • HIS*101 Western Civilizations I
  • HIS*102 Western Civilizations II
  • HIS*201 U.S. History I
  • HIS*202 U.S. History II
  • LAS*201 Latin/Latino American Studies
  • POL*103 Intro to International Relations
  • POL*111 American Government

Oral Communications

3 credits -Complete one course

  • COM* 100 Introduction to Communications
  • COM* 173 Public Speaking
  • ESL*157 Oral Communication V

Quantitative Reasoning

3 credits -Complete one course

  • MAT*121 +Applications for Business & Other Careers
  • MAT*122 +Statway II
  • MAT*135 +++Topics in Contemporary Mathematics
  • MAT*143 Math for Elementary Ed: Algebra, Number Systems
  • MAT*144 Math for Elementary Ed: Geometry, Data
  • MAT*146 Math for the Liberal Arts
  • MAT*167 Principles of Statistics
  • MAT*172 College Algebra
  • MAT*185 Trigonometric Functions
  • MAT*186 Precalculus
  • MAT*232 Applied Calculus
  • MAT*254 Calculus I
  • MAT*256 Calculus II
  • MAT*268 Calculus III Multivariable
  • MAT*285 Differential Equations
    +Not accepted as part of the CSCU TAP Pathways Agreement
    +++Will not transfer as math credit at CSU’s

Social Phenomena

3 credits -Complete one course

  • ANT*101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT*121 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT*205 Cultural Anthropology
  • COM*101 Mass Communications
  • COM*172 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM*202 Intercultural Communication
  • ECN*101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN*102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • GEO*102 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEO*111 World Regional Geography
  • LAS*201 Latin/Latino American Studies
  • PSY*111 General Psychology I
  • PSY*201 Lifespan Development
  • PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY*260 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • SOC*101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC*210 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC*211 Sociology of Gender


Scientific Knowledge and Understanding

3 or 4 credits -Complete one course
  • AST*101 Principles of Astronomy
  • AST*111 Introduction to Astronomy
  • BIO*105 Intro to Biology
  • BIO*110 Principles of the Human Body
  • BIO*111 Introduction to Nutrition
  • BIO*115 Human Biology & Lab
  • BIO*121 General Biology I-Cellular Biology
  • BIO*122 General Biology II-Organismal Biology
  • BIO*126 Biotechnology
  • BIO*155 General Botany
  • BIO*171 Field Biology
  • BIO*180 Principles of Environmental Science
  • BIO*181 Environmental Science & Lab
  • BIO*211 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO*235 Microbiology
  • CHE*111 Concepts of Chemistry
  • CHE*121 General Chemistry I
  • CHE*122 General Chemistry II
  • GLG*121 Intro to Physical Geology
  • HRT*102 Woody Plants
  • PHY*110 Introduction to Physics
  • PHY*122 General Physics II
  • PHY*221 Calculus-Based Physics I
  • PHY*222 Calculus-Based Physics II

  • Scientific Reasoning

    3 or 4 credits -Complete one course

    • BIO*105 Intro to Biology
    • BIO*115 Human Biology & Lab
    • BIO*121 General Biology I-Cellular Biology
    • BIO*122 General Biology II-Organismal Biology
    • BIO*155 General Botany
    • BIO*171
    • BIO*181Environmental Science & Lab
    • BIO*212 Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIO*235 Microbiology
    • CHE*111 Concepts of Chemistry
    • CHE*121 General Chemistry I
    • CHE*122 General Chemistry II
    • CSC*250 Systems Analysis and Design
    • CSC*252 Information Systems Project Management
    • DAN*175 Kinesiology for Dancers
    • DAR*158 Biology of Addiction
    • GLG*121 Intro to Physical Geology
    • HRT*222 Greenhouse Management I
    • HRT*224 Plant Propagation & Hybridization
    • PHY*110 Introduction to Physics
    • PHY*121 General Physics I
    • PHY*122 General Physics II
    • PHY*221 Calculus-Based Physics I
    • PHY*222 Calculus-Based Physics II
    • PSY* 258 Behavior Modification

    Written Communication

    6 credits -Complete two courses

    • ENG*101 Composition
    • ENG*102 Literature & Composition
    • ENG*200 Advanced Composition
    • ENG*202 Technical Writing
    • ENG* 211 Short Story
    • ENG*214 Dramatic Literature ENG*215 Children’s Literature
    • ENG*221 American Literature I
    • ENG*222 American Literature II
    • ENG*231 British Literature I
    • ENG*232 British Literature II
    • ENG*241 World Literature I
    • ENG*242 World Literature I
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    • ENG*251 African-American Literature
    • ENG*269 Studies in Young Adult Literature
    • ENG*274 Graphic Novel as Literature
    • ENG*277 Science Fiction & Society
    • ENG*278 Contemporary Literature

    TAP-specific Gen Ed Competency Areas: Creativity and Global Knowledge

    (only required for certain TAP pathways: please see requirements for specific program)

    Creativity

    3 credits -Complete one course

    • DAN*102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic
    • DAN*111 Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean/American
    • DAN*113 Modern I: Pioneers of America
    • DAN*221 Repertory/Ensemble I
    • DAN*222 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble I

    Pending:

    • ART*111 Drawing I
    • THR*110 Acting I
    • THR*226 Musical Theater Production
    Global Knowledge

    3 credits -Complete one course

    • SOC*101 Principles of Sociology/li>
    • SOC*210 Sociology of the Family
    • SOC*211 Sociology of Gender
    Course Approval Process

    Course Approval Process

    Faculty seeking approval for a new General Education course must follow this process:

    Approval Process for New General Education Courses

    1. New courses must first apply to GEACC in order to be assigned to a comptency area.  You will need to download and complete application(s) for the competency/ies designated for your course.
    2. If you are applying for approval under designated competencies, ensure that your course has learning outcomes that match all outcomes listed for each competency.  Please note that all courses approved for Aesthetic Dimensions must also be approved for at least one Written Communication outcome.  Likewise, all courses approved for Continuing Learning/Information Literacy must also be approved for all Ethical Dimensions outcomes.
    3. Submit completed applications to Jason Seabury, GEACC chair.
    4. Once assigned to a competency or competencies, most new courses must seek approval from the Curriculum and Educational Affairs Committee (CEAC).* Note that clicking on this link will require you to log in with your Net ID and Password. 
    5. The CEAC chair will convey the names and numbers of all new Gen Ed courses that are approved.
    6. GEACC will add the new course to the list of on the GEACC website and in the college catalog.

    Please note: Student performance on Competency Outcomes will be periodically assessed within all courses approved for General Education.


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