General Transfer Studies, Associate in Arts Degree

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec, Wildwood and Online

St. Louis Community College’s Associate in Arts degree program provides students with the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree with a major in almost any area at a four-year college or university. Students completing the Associate in Arts degree requirements will have completed the 42 credit hours of general education requirements for all public colleges and universities in Missouri. These courses from various general areas become the foundation for advanced study in a number of disciplines. 

The 42 credit hours of general education courses provide an opportunity for students to develop skills and knowledge that will enhance their lives far beyond graduation. Students who complete the 42-credit hour block of general education courses will have “CORE 42” noted on their transcripts. Students who complete this block will have satisfied all general education at any Missouri public college or university to which they may transfer. Many private institutions also accept the 42-credit hour block to satisfy their general education requirements. Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor for specific requirements. 

In addition to the 42 credit hours of CORE 42 general education, students will select 18 credit hours to complete the 60-credit hour Associate in Arts degree. Students should work closely with an advisor to select courses that are transferable to a degree program at a four-year institution. For students who have clear academic goals, these courses may be in a specified academic field, while other students may use these credits to sample a variety of courses to help them determine future academic plans.

Students should become familiar with the requirements at the institution to which they plan to transfer and select their transfer courses carefully. Many bachelor's degree programs have very specific requirements for the freshman and sophomore years, and it is the transferring student’s responsibility to ensure that courses will apply to the bachelor’s degree. Students are encouraged to talk to an advisor to assist in planning a program of study or if they are considering a change in academic plans. Information about the requirements of many transfer institutions is available at 

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.


Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. explore and integrate ideas and concepts from diverse fields of academic study to further academic, personal, and professional inquiry.
  2. use quantitative, qualitative, and communication skills to define problems and propose solutions.
  3. identify and apply contributions from a range of academic disciplines to conceptualize and explain enduring and contemporary issues.
  4. analyze the ethical implications of choices that reflect diversity of cultural, religious, economic, or historic perspectives or experiences.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website:  

Program of Study

General Education 1
Written Communications6
Oral Communications3
MathematicsStudents must complete one (1) of the four (4) courses in the Mathematics pathway (MTH 160, MTH 161, MTH 180, or MTH 185), or a course that requires one of the Mathematics pathways courses as a prerequisite.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesStudents must complete nine (9) credit hours from at least two (2) different disciplines. One course must be an approved Civics course.9
Humanities and Fine ArtsStudents must complete nine (9) credit hours from at least two (2) different 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 42.9
Natural SciencesStudents must complete seven (7) credit hours from at least two (2) different disciplines. One course must contain a laboratory component.7
CORE 42 ElectiveAny course designated with a MOTR number can be used to reach 42 credit hours with the exception of a limit of three (3) credit hours of Performance courses. No more than three (3) credit hours of Performance courses can be applied to the entire 42-credit hour CORE 42 general education block.5
Elective credits within the Associate in Arts degree allow the student to begin working toward an academic major by selecting courses within a discipline or to explore various subjects at an introductory level. Students should consult their transfer institution and/or work with an advisor for best course options.18
Total Credit Hours60

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website:  

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2021, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

General Education Courses 

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Written Communications Requirement 3 Discuss academic plan and elective choices with an academic advisor
Mathematical Sciences Requirement3  
Oral Communications Requirement3  
Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement3  
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3 Meet with an academic advisor to review your academic progress by end of semester
Written Communications Requirement3  
Natural Sciences Requirement (lab course)4  
Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement3  
CORE 42 Elective3  
Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement3 Discuss academic progress with an advisor by the end of semester
Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement3  
Natural Sciences Requirement3  
CORE 42 Elective2  
Credit Hours14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement3 Apply for graduation
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours60

*Click on the hyperlinked course number to view additional information about the course.

**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor. 

Business Administration

Students are encouraged to take ECO 151 and ECO 152 to partially satisfy their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements. Students are encouraged to work closely with their transfer institution to determine which courses are most appropriate for their desired major.

ACC 110Financial Accounting I4
ACC 114Managerial Accounting3
BUS 104Introduction to Business Administration3
BLW 101Business Law I3
or BLW 201 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 201Elementary Statistics3
IB 100International Business3
IS 116Computer Literacy3
MGT 204Business Organization and Management3
MKT 203Principles of Marketing3


COM 104Persuasion3
COM 107Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)3
COM 110Organizational Communication in a Global Age3
COM 114Oral Interpretation of Literature3
COM 200Communication Between Cultures (MOTR SBSC 101)3
COM 201Interpersonal Communication (MOTR COMM 120)3

Film Studies

MCM 101Introduction to Mass Communications (MOTR SBSC 100)3
MCM 130Film Appreciation (MOTR FILM 100)3
MCM 115Acting for the Camera3
MCM 125Scriptwriting for Television and Film3
MCM 131History of Film (MOTR FILM 103)3
MCM 132Major Themes in Film3
MCM 134Filmmaking3
MCM 209Black Cinema3
MCM 215Major Film Directors3
MCM 218Advanced Filmmaking3
MCM 219Multimedia Applications1-3

Life Sciences

BIO 140Principles of Biology I (MOTR BIOL 150L)5
BIO 141Principles of Biology II4
CHM 206Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHM 207Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHM 211Organic Chemistry Lab II2
PHY 111College Physics I (MOTR PHYS 150L)4
PHY 112College Physics II4


ESC 101Scientific Computer Programming3
MTH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
MTH 230Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
MTH 240Differential Equations3
MTH 215Linear Algebra3
Students are encouraged to select from the following courses to fulfill requirements for Life and Physical Sciences general education: 1
General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Lecture I
Organic Chemistry Lecture II
Organic Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry Lab II
Engineering Physics I (MOTR PHYS 200L)
Engineering Physics II

Media Communications

MCM 101Introduction to Mass Communications (MOTR SBSC 100)3
MCM 120Introduction to Broadcasting3
MCM 110Journalism I: Writing and Reporting3
MCM 102Media Literacy3
MCM 112Feature Writing3
MCM 113Applied Journalism3
MCM 121Television Production3
MCM 122Applied Broadcasting3
MCM 123Broadcast Journalism3
MCM 124Radio Production3
MCM 125Scriptwriting for Television and Film3
MCM 201Workplace Learning I: Media3


MUS 101Music Theory I4
MUS 102Music Theory II4
MUS 121Class Piano I2
MUS 122Class Piano II2
MUS 201Music Theory III4
MUS 202Music Theory IV4
MUS 221Class Piano III2
MUS 222Class Piano IV2
MUS xxxBand, orchestra, choir, or jazz ensembles4

Public Relations/Advertising

MCM 101Introduction to Mass Communications (MOTR SBSC 100)3
MCM 102Media Literacy3
MCM 140Introduction to Advertising3
MCM 141Public Relations3
MCM 142Applied Advertising3
MCM 201Workplace Learning I: Media3
MCM 211Applied Public Relations3
COM 104Persuasion3


THT 101Introduction to Theatre (MOTR THEA 100A)3
THT 102Stagecraft (MOTR PERF 106)3
THT 106Theatre Practicum3
THT 108Acting I (MOTR PERF 100)3
THT 109Acting II3
THT 110History of Theatre3
THT 115Acting for the Camera3
THT 201Directing3
COM 114Oral Interpretation of Literature3