General Education Requirements

Bunker Hill Community College is committed to the belief that all graduates should possess the skills and breadth of knowledge necessary to live full and productive lives. The General Education portion of associate degree programs assists students in acquiring knowledge and skills that enhance their major areas of concentration. Students who receive A.A. or A.S. degrees must take a total of 22 credits of General Education.

Those credits must include:

    1. ENG111 and ENG112 (six credits) to fulfill General Education Requirement 1 and
    2. Sixteen additional credits to fulfill General Education Requirements 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Students may fulfill their General Education requirement by completing one course from each of the six General Education menu areas listed below. Instructors teaching General Education menu courses will outline in each course syllabus the General Education outcomes and requirements specific to their courses.

Students should consult their individual program grids in the following pages for General Education course requirements specific to their major. Some General Education requirements are met by concentration courses. Such instances are noted in the program grids.

Requirement 1

This requirement area emphasizes the two core competencies: critical thinking and writing. Upon completing this requirement, a student will approach writing as a process, from planning and drafting through revising and editing. A student will write coherent, well-developed essays, research papers, argumentative essays and critical analysis, while summarizing and using sources responsibly. Students will use computers to write and revise their work and to conduct research.

Area 1:
ENG111 College Writing I ENG112 College Writing II

Requirement 2

This requirement area involves an examination of one of the fundamental issues we all face in our development and in our lives: the interrelationship of the individual and the community. The interaction of the individual with the family, the school or college, the workplace, the voluntary associations we form, and/or the state are studied. Emphasis is placed on how individuals shape and are shaped by institutions, belief systems, and conduct.

Area 2:
GOV101 Gov. & Politics in US PSY131 Psychology of Popular Culture
GOV103 State & Local Politics SOC101 Principles of Sociology
PSY101 Principles of Psychology SOC109 Cultural Anthropology
PSY107 Group Dynamics  

Requirement 3

This requirement area involves a study of social, cultural, economic, ethical and political issues from a historical and global perspective. The modern global system is examined in the context of the significant forces, places and events which have, over time, determined the course and development of modern civilization. Students will learn to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives in order to critically evaluate potential resolutions to conflicts in our multi-cultural world.

Area 3:
ECO201 Macroeconomics HIS112 World Civilization from 1500
ECO202 Microeconomics HIS151 US History: Colonization through Civil War
GEO101 World Regional Geography HIS152 US History: Reconstruction to the Present
HIS101 Western Civilization to the Renaissance VMA111 Introduction to Mass Media
HIS102 Western Civilization from the Renaissance PHL111 World Religions
HIS111 World Civilization to 1500  

Requirement 4

In this requirement area, students will apply computational methods, generate problem-solving strategies, and construct mathematical models necessary in a technologically sophisticated society. The student will also organize, analyze, and interpret data, evaluate quantitative evidence and arguments, and draw valid conclusions from information presented.

Area 4:
MAT171 Finite Math MAT194 College Algebra for STEM*
(This course is required only for specific majors in the STEM and Business fields.)
MAT172 Contemporary Math I MAT181 Statistics I
MAT173 Contemporary Math II MAT183 Statistics and Lab

Requirement 5

In this requirement area, students will use scientific methods of inquiry to investigate the ideas, laws, and theories used to explain the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena. Students will study the interrelationships between science and technology and how advances in science and technology have impacted the global community, the environment, and the quality of life.

Area 5:
AST102 Astronomy/Lab BIO195 General Biology I/Lab
BIO105 Introduction to Biology/Lab ENV105 Environmental Science I/Lab
BIO108 Human Biology/Lab ENV110 Sustainability and Resource Conservation
BIO115 Nutrition Science/Lab ENV111 Survey of Renewable Energy/Lab
BIO120 Intro to Biotechnology ENV120 Tropical Field Studies

Requirement 6

In this requirement area, the student will explore the dimensions of the human intellect and imagination and develop an informed appreciation of the diverse modes of creative expression. Students will learn how people have come to understand and express artistic, esthetic, moral, spiritual and philosophical dimensions of the human condition

Area 6:
FLM101 Film as Art VMA104 Drawing I
FLM102 American Cinema VMA112 Art History I
HON200 Honors Seminar VMA113 Art History II
INT110 American Culture VMA122 Painting I
LIT All Literature Courses VMA123 Watercolor I 
MUS118 Music Appreciation I VMA124 Printmaking I 
MUS119 Music Appreciation II  VMA161 Intro to Digital Photography
MUS129 Rock & Roll History All 102 Level Language Courses
THE107 Acting I PHL101 Introduction to Philosophy

General Education Outcomes for All Programs

  • Students are able to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information from multiple sources in a logical and coherent manner.
  • Students are able to approach writing as a process and to write coherent, well developed, effectively proofread essays, research papers, arguments, and critical analyses while using sources responsibly.
  • Students are able to explain the sociological and psychological concepts and theories that describe the nature of human societies and can relate these concepts and theories to their own life situations. [Requirement 2]
  • Students are able to apply their understanding of diverse world perspectives and past historical events in order to critically evaluate potential resolutions to conflicts in our multicultural world. [Requirement 3]
  • Students are able to apply computational methods, generate problem-solving strategies, and construct mathematical models necessary in a technologically sophisticated society. [Requirement 4]
  • Students are able to use scientific methods of inquiry to investigate the ideas, laws, and theories used to explain the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena. [Requirement 5]
  • Students are able to explore the dimensions of the human intellect and imagination and develop an informed appreciation of the diverse modes of creative expression. [Requirement 6]