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 Sciences||9|
9 credit hours minimum, including at least one Civics course
|Written and Oral Communications||9|
6 credit hours minimum from Written, 3 credit hours minimum from Oral
7 credit hours minimum, including one course with a lab component
|Humanities and Fine Arts||9|
9 credit hours minimum, from at least two disciplines
|MOTR Courses to reach 42 credit hours||4-5|
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?
Students must complete 42 credit hours of MOTR courses, distributed as follows: ENG 101 and ENG102, 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 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 the your transcript.
Social & Behavioral Sciences
- 9 credit hours minimum, including at least one Civics course
|ANT 102||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (MOTR ANTH 201)||3|
|ECO 140||Introduction to Economics (MOTR ECON 100)||3|
|ECO 151||Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)||3|
|ECO 152||Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)||3|
|GEG 101||Regional Geography (MOTR GEOG 101)||3|
|PSC 201||International Relations (MOTR POSC 201)||3|
|PSY 200||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)||3|
|PSY 205||Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)||3|
|HST 101||United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)||3|
|HST 102||United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)||3|
|PSC 101||Introduction 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 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3|
|ENG 102||College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)||3|
|ENG 103||Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110)||3|
|COM 101||Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)||3|
|COM 107||Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)||3|
|COM 201||Interpersonal Communication (MOTR COMM 120)||3|
- 7 credit hours minimum, including one course with a lab component
|BIO 109||Human Biology (MOTR LIFS 100)||3|
|BIO 113||Modern Aspects of Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)||3|
|BIO 151||Biology of Human Health and Disease (MOTR LIFS 100)||3|
|BIO 154||The Biology of Human Sex (MOTR LIFS 100)||3|
|GEG 103||Physical Geography (MOTR GEOG 100)||3|
|GEO 100||Earth Science (MOTR PHYS 110)||3|
|GEO 103||Environmental Geology (MOTR GEOL 100)||3|
|PSI 101||Physical Science (MOTR PHYS 110)||3|
|PSI 111||Introduction to Astronomy I (MOTR ASTR 100)||3|
|PSI 123||Meteorology (MOTR PHYS 110)||3|
|BIO 106||Human Heredity (MOTR LIFS 100L)||4|
|BIO 110||General Zoology (MOTR BIOL 100L)||4|
|BIO 111||Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)||4|
|BIO 124||General Botany I (MOTR BIOL 100L)||4|
|BIO 140||Principles of Biology I (MOTR BIOL 150L)||5|
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)||4|
|CHM 101||Fundamentals of Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 100L)||5|
|CHM 105||General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)||5|
|CHM 109||Chemistry and the Environment (MOTR CHEM 100L)||4|
|GEO 101||Earth Science Laboratory (MOTR PHYS 110L)||2|
|GEO 111||Physical Geology (MOTR GEOL 100L)||5|
|PHY 111||College Physics I (MOTR PHYS 150L)||4|
|PHY 122||Engineering Physics I (MOTR PHYS 200L)||5|
|PSI 115||Observational Astronomy (MOTR ASTR 100L)||1|
|PSI 125||Introduction to Atmospheric Science (MOTR PHYS 110L)||4|
- 3 credit hours minimum
|MTH 160||Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)||4|
|MTH 161||Quantitative Reasoning (MOTR MATH 120)||4|
|MTH 165||Structures of Mathematical Systems I||3|
|MTH 166||Structures of Mathematical Systems II||3|
|MTH 170||Precalculus Trigonometry||3|
|MTH 177||Finite Mathematics||4|
|MTH 180||Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110)||4|
|MTH 185||Precalculus (MOTR MATH 150)||5|
|MTH 186||Survey of Calculus||4|
|MTH 210||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|MTH 212||Discrete Mathematics||3|
|MTH 215||Linear Algebra||3|
|MTH 220||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II||5|
|MTH 230||Analytic Geometry and Calculus III||5|
|MTH 240||Differential Equations||3|
**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 101||Modern Arabic I (MOTR LANG 105)||4|
|ART 100||Art Appreciation (MOTR ARTS 100)||3|
|ART 101||Art History I (MOTR ARTS 101)||3|
|ART 102||Art History II (MOTR ARTS 102)||3|
|CHI 101||Elementary Chinese I (MOTR LANG 105)||4|
|CHI 102||Elementary Chinese II (MOTR LANG 106)||4|
|DCS 104||American Sign Language I (MOTR LANG 105)||5|
|DCS 105||American Sign Language II (MOTR LANG 106)||5|
|ENG 201||Introduction to Fiction (MOTR LITR 100)||3|
|ENG 202||Introduction to Poetry and Plays (MOTR LITR 100)||3|
|ENG 204||American Literature Before 1865 (MOTR LITR 101)||3|
|ENG 205||American Literature Between 1865 and 1945 (MOTR LITR 101)||3|
|ENG 211||British Literature After 1800 (MOTR LITR 102)||3|
|ENG 216||Women in Literature (MOTR LITR 106)||3|
|ENG 217||Major Black Writers (MOTR LITR 105)||3|
|ENG 231||World Literature (MOTR LITR 200)||3|
|FRE 101||Elementary French I (MOTR LANG 101)||4|
|FRE 102||Elementary French II (MOTR LANG 102)||4|
|GER 101||Elementary German I (MOTR LANG 105)||4|
|GER 102||Elementary German II (MOTR LANG 106)||4|
|HST 115||Ancient and Medieval History to 1500 (MOTR WCIV 101)||3|
|HST 128||Western Civilization from 1500 to the Present (MOTR WCIV 102)||3|
|HUM 109||Arts and Ideas in the Ancient World (MOTR WCIV 101)||3|
|HUM 110||The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (MOTR WCIV 101)||3|
|ITL 103||Elementary Italian I (MOTR LANG 105)||4|
|ITL 104||Elementary Italian II (MOTR LANG 106)||4|
|JPN 101||Modern Japanese I (MOTR LANG 105)||4|
|JPN 102||Modern Japanese II (MOTR LANG 106)||4|
|MUS 103||Basic Music (MOTR MUSC 101)||3|
|MUS 113||History of Jazz (MOTR MUSC 100J)||3|
|MUS 114||Music Appreciation (MOTR MUSC 100)||3|
|MUS 128||History of Rock and Roll (MOTR MUSC 100RP)||3|
|MUS 211||Music History I (MOTR MUSC 103)||3|
|MUS 212||Music History II (MOTR MUSC 104)||3|
|PHL 101||Introduction to Philosophy (MOTR PHIL 100)||3|
|PHL 102||Introduction to Logic (MOTR PHIL 101)||3|
|PHL 103||World Religions (MOTR RELG 100)||3|
|PHL 104||Ethics (MOTR PHIL 102)||3|
|SPA 101||Elementary Spanish I (MOTR LANG 103)||4|
|SPA 102||Elementary Spanish II (MOTR LANG 104)||4|
|THT 101||Introduction to Theatre (MOTR THEA 100A)||3|
|ART 109||Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)||3|
|MUS 131||Chorus (MOTR PERF 102C)||1|
|MUS 132||Orchestra (MOTR PERF 102O)||1|
|MUS 134||Symphonic Band (MOTR PERF 102B)||1|