General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

General Education Course Requirements

Students who are completing the General Transfer Studies AA degree or the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree must complete 42-credit hours of general education courses. These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop skills and knowledge that will enhance their lives far beyond graduation. The ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, understand values, and manage information are skills that are important whether the student is pursuing further education, is active in the workforce, or participates in the civic and cultural life of the community. Courses that provide general knowledge in quantitative reasoning, science, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities serve to broaden each student’s perspective in an increasingly complex world.

Missouri Senate Bill 997, signed into law in 2016 for implementation in fall 2018, ensures that all general education courses are fully transferable to all public colleges and universities in Missouri. This statewide framework is called CORE 42, and all courses that are included in this framework are identified in the catalog and in the course schedule with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) number. Students who complete all 42-credit hours will have CORE 42 noted on their transcript.

In addition to the 42-credit hours of general education, students should select additional courses depending upon their intended program at their destination four-year university. Academic advisors are available on each campus to assist students in the selection of the best courses for transferability.

Social and Behavioral Sciences9
9 credit hours minimum, including at least one Civics course
Written and Oral Communications9
6 credit hours minimum from Written, 3 credit hours minimum from Oral
Natural Sciences7
7 credit hours minimum, from at least two disciplines, including one course with a lab component
Mathematical Sciences3-4
Humanities and Fine Arts9
9 credit hours minimum, from at least two disciplines
MOTR Courses to reach 42 credit hours4-5

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the General Education Requirements for the AA and AAT degree?

STLCC, along with all other public colleges and universities in Missouri, has adopted the statewide general education framework that goes into effect for the AA and AAT degrees Fall 2018.   This core transfer curriculum is commonly known as CORE 42.

The statewide general education framework is intended to ensure that all graduates possess a common core of college-level skills and knowledge.  These courses are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) number, which guarantees the one-to-one transfer of these courses among all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

What are the requirements of the CORE 42?

For the General Transfer Studies program, students must complete 42 credit hours of MOTR courses, distributed as follows: ENG 101 and ENG 102, COM 101 or COM 107, 9 credit hours of Social and Behavioral Science courses including at least one Civics course, 7 credit hours of Natural Science courses in at least two disciplines and including at least one laboratory course, one mathematics course (MTH 160, 161, 180, or 185), and 9 credit hours of Humanities and Fine Arts courses in at least two disciplines. Remaining credit hours must be satisfied through MOTR courses of the student’s choosing. 

I started STLCC prior to Fall 2018, are my requirements the same?

Your requirements are determined by your catalog term.  If your catalog term is prior to Fall 2018, then your requirements will be different.  You should discuss your options with an academic advisor. Many students will find it beneficial to switch to CORE 42 because the courses included in this framework are guaranteed to transfer to other public institutions in Missouri.

What is the advantage of CORE 42?

The CORE 42 brings peace of mind to students when they transfer to other public institutions in Missouri, which are obligated to accept credit for these courses by law.

Will there be more courses with MOTR numbers?

Committees of faculty from institutions across the state continue to work to identify courses to include in this framework. STLCC’s Catalog will be updated with any changes.

How will the CORE 42 and/or MOTR numbers appear on my transcript?

The MOTR numbers will be part of the course title on your transcript.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • 9 credit hours minimum, including at least one Civics course
ANT 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (MOTR ANTH 201)3
ECO 140Introduction to Economics (MOTR ECON 100)3
ECO 151Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)3
ECO 152Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)3
GEG 101Regional Geography (MOTR GEOG 101)3
PSC 201International Relations (MOTR POSC 201)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3

Civics Courses

HST 101United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
HST 102United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)3
PSC 101Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3

Written & Oral Communications

  • 6 credit hours minimum from Written Communications
  • 3 credit hours minimum from Oral Communications


ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
ENG 103Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110)3


COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
COM 107Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)3
COM 201Interpersonal Communication (MOTR COMM 120)3

Natural Sciences

  • 7 credit hours minimum, from at least two disciplines, including one course with a lab component

Non-lab Courses

BIO 109Human Biology (MOTR LIFS 100)3
BIO 113Modern Aspects of Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)3
BIO 151Biology of Human Health and Disease (MOTR LIFS 100D)3
BIO 154The Biology of Human Sex (MOTR LIFS 100R)3
GEG 103Physical Geography (MOTR GEOG 100)3
GEO 100Earth Science (MOTR PHYS 110ES)3
GEO 103Environmental Geology (MOTR GEOL 100)3
PSI 101Physical Science (MOTR PHYS 110)3
PSI 111Introduction to Astronomy I (MOTR ASTR 100)3
PSI 123Meteorology (MOTR PHYS 110AS)3

Lab Courses

BIO 106Human Heredity (MOTR LIFS 100LG)4
BIO 110General Zoology (MOTR BIOL 100LZ)4
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
BIO 124General Botany I (MOTR BIOL 100LB)4
BIO 140Principles of Biology I (MOTR BIOL 150L)5
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4
CHM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 100L)5
CHM 105General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)5
CHM 109Chemistry and the Environment (MOTR CHEM 100L)4
GEO 101Earth Science Laboratory (MOTR PHYS 110LES)1
GEO 111Physical Geology (MOTR GEOL 100L)5
PHY 111College Physics I (MOTR PHYS 150L)4
PHY 122Engineering Physics I (MOTR PHYS 200L)5
PSI 115Observational Astronomy (MOTR ASTR 100L)1
PSI 125Introduction to Atmospheric Science (MOTR PHYS 110LAS)4

Mathematical Sciences

  • 3 credit hours minimum
MTH 160Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)4
MTH 161Quantitative Reasoning (MOTR MATH 120)4
MTH 165Structures of Mathematical Systems I3
MTH 166Structures of Mathematical Systems II3
MTH 170Precalculus Trigonometry3
MTH 177Finite Mathematics4
MTH 180Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110)4
MTH 185Precalculus (MOTR MATH 150)5
MTH 186Survey of Calculus4
MTH 210Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MTH 212Discrete Mathematics3
MTH 215Linear Algebra3
MTH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
MTH 230Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
MTH 240Differential Equations3

**Courses that use one of the pathway courses as a prerequisite will meet the general education credit for math. For example, Calculus meets the General Education math requirement since Pre-Calculus Algebra is a prerequisite.

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • 9 credit hours minimum, from at least two disciplines
  • There is a limit of three (3) credit hours of Performance courses that can be applied to the Humanities and Fine Arts Knowledge Area and to the total CORE 42
ARA 101Modern Arabic I (MOTR LANG 105)4
ART 100Art Appreciation (MOTR ARTS 100)3
ART 101Art History I (MOTR ARTS 101)3
ART 102Art History II (MOTR ARTS 102)3
CHI 101Elementary Chinese I (MOTR LANG 105)4
CHI 102Elementary Chinese II (MOTR LANG 106)4
DCS 104American Sign Language I (MOTR LANG 105)5
DCS 105American Sign Language II (MOTR LANG 106)5
ENG 201Introduction to Fiction (MOTR LITR 100F)3
ENG 202Introduction to Poetry and Plays (MOTR LITR 100)3
ENG 204American Literature I (MOTR LITR 101A)3
ENG 205American Literature II (MOTR LITR 101B)3
ENG 211British Literature II (MOTR LITR 102B)3
ENG 216Women in Literature (MOTR LITR 106)3
ENG 217Major Black Writers (MOTR LITR 105AA)3
ENG 231World Literature (MOTR LITR 200)3
FRE 101Elementary French I (MOTR LANG 101)4
FRE 102Elementary French II (MOTR LANG 102)4
GER 101Elementary German I (MOTR LANG 105)4
GER 102Elementary German II (MOTR LANG 106)4
HST 115Ancient and Medieval History to 1500 (MOTR WCIV 101)3
HST 128Western Civilization from 1500 to the Present (MOTR WCIV 102)3
HUM 109Arts and Ideas in the Ancient World (MOTR WCIV 101)3
HUM 110The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (MOTR WCIV 101)3
ITL 103Elementary Italian I (MOTR LANG 105)4
ITL 104Elementary Italian II (MOTR LANG 106)4
JPN 101Modern Japanese I (MOTR LANG 105)4
JPN 102Modern Japanese II (MOTR LANG 106)4
MUS 103Basic Music (MOTR MUSC 101)3
MUS 113History of Jazz (MOTR MUSC 100J)3
MUS 114Music Appreciation (MOTR MUSC 100)3
MUS 128History of Rock and Roll (MOTR MUSC 100RP)3
MUS 211Music History I3
MUS 212Music History II (MOTR MUSC 104)3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy (MOTR PHIL 100)3
PHL 102Introduction to Logic (MOTR PHIL 101)3
PHL 103World Religions (MOTR RELG 100)3
PHL 104Ethics (MOTR PHIL 102)3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I (MOTR LANG 103)4
SPA 102Elementary Spanish II (MOTR LANG 104)4
THT 101Introduction to Theatre (MOTR THEA 100A)3

Performance Options

ART 109Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3
MUS 131Chorus (MOTR PERF 102C)1
MUS 132Orchestra (MOTR PERF 102O)1
MUS 134Symphonic Band (MOTR PERF 102B)1
MUS 135Choir (MOTR PERF 102C)1