General Education Requirements

Background and Description

Having a solid foundation is important to future academic success. At Erie County Community College (EC3), that foundation is created by selecting courses within the general education requirements embedded in all of our 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 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

Course Number Course Title Credits
FYE 101 First Year Experience 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3

Required Courses (Choose one of the following)

 Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ENG 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3

Social & Behavioral Sciences (Choose one of the following)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECO 101 Macroeconomics or ECO 102 Microeconomics 3
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 3
ANT 201 Survey of Anthropology 3
POL 203 Survey of American Politics 3

Artistic Expression (Choose one of the following)

Course Number Course Title Credits
MUS 101 Intro to Music 3
ART 101 Art Appreciation 3
ENG 207 Survey of Literature 3
ENG 201 Poetry 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
PHL 101 Intro to Philosophy 3

Cultural Awareness (Choose one of the following)

Course Number Course Title Credits
HIS 122 Modern History 3
HIS 201 U.S. History to 1865 3
PHL 111 Reglions of the World 3
SOC 211 Racial and Ethnic Minorities 3
POL 112 Intro to International Relations 3
MUS 114 World Music 3

Mathematics (Choose one of the following)

Course Number Course Title Credits
MAT 102 Mathematical Concepts 3
MAT 111 College Algebra 3
MAT 202 Intro to Statistics 3

Natural Science (Choose one of the following)

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 101 General Biology with Lab 4
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 210 Microbiology with Lab 4
CHM 110 Introductory Chemistry I with Lab 4
EAS 101 Earth Science: Meteorology with Lab 4
GLG 220 Environmental Geology with Lab 4
PHY 111 Conceptual Physics with Lab 4

Technology Skills

Course Number Course Title Credits
CIS 100 Computer Applications and Concepts 3

This information is for planning purposes only. EC3 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.