General Education Requirements

Background and Description

Having a solid foundation is important to future academic success. At EC3PA that foundation is created by selecting courses within the general education requirements embedded in all EC3PA associate degree plans. Completion of the general education requirements within the degree plan will put you in a good position to meet the 30-credit transfer framework identified by participating PA TRAC colleges allowing easy transferability of courses to any other participating PA TRAC college. For more information on PA TRAC and the 30-credit Transfer Framework and to view participating PA institutions, visit  

General Education Coursework

To be meet the general education requirements, select the number of courses below that correspond to each of the categories. Some program plans require specific course selections to meet degree requirements. Be sure to check your specific degree pathway for the most accurate course choices.

Required Courses
FYE 101: First Year Experience
ENG 101: English Composition I
CIS 100: Computer Application and Concepts
PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

Communication: Select One (1)
ENG 102: English Composition II
ENG 110: Oral Communication

Social & Behavioral Sciences: Select one (1)
ECO 101: Macroeconomics
ECO 102: Microeconomics
PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
ANT 201: Survey of Anthropology
POL 203: Survey of American Politics

Artistic Expression: Select one (1)
MUS 101: Introduction to Music
ART 101: Art Appreciation
ENG 207: Survey of Literature
ENG 201: Poetry

Cultural Awareness: Select one (1)
HIS 122: Modern History
HIS 201: U.S. History to 1865
PHL 111: Religions of the World
SOC 211: Racial and Ethnic Minorities
POL 112: Introduction to International Relations
MUS 114: World Music

Mathematics: Select one (1)
MAT 111: College Algebra
MAT 102: Mathematical Concepts 
MAT 202: Introduction to Statistics

Natural Science: Select one (1)
BIO 101: General Biology with Lab
GLG 220: Environmental Geology with Lab

This information is for planning purposes only. EC3PA will make every effort to offer the most updated curriculum information above but reserves the right to change, add, and cancel course offerings. Please check with your assigned advisor for the most updated class information.