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Transfer Step 2 - Choosing General Education Courses

What are General Education Requirements?

General Education courses are opportunities to gain skills and insights that will be useful in one's entire life, no matter what the choice of major or career objectives.  General education courses teach competency (skills) in English composition, mathematics, speech communication, health, the arts, humanities, behavioral and social sciences, and natural sciences.  All colleges and universities include general education courses within degree programs.

Montgomery College's General Education Program A full description of the General Education Program

Below are General Education Course Lists with Transfer Advising Notes - you may follow the General Education Program Course List for the year you first enrolled at Montgomery College OR choose the current academic year:


 Current Catalog Year 2016 - 2017

There are Two General Education Programs this year, depending on major / program of study.  Students who started at MC prior to the Fall of 2016 may follow last year's 2015-2016 Program.  See the list of majors under each program to determine which one applies to you.

General Education Program 1  2016 - 2017

General Education Program 2 2016-17  Updated 2-7-17


Catalog Year 2015-2016  For students starting MC Fall 2015 through Summer II 2016  

Catalog Year 2014 - 2015 For students starting MC Fall 2014 and after 
Catalog Year 2013 - 2014  For students starting MC Fall 2013 and after 
Current Year 2012 - 2013  For students starting MC Fall 2012 and after 
Catalog Year 2011 - 2012  For students starting MC Fall 2011 and after 
Catalog Year 2010 - 2011 For students who started at MC Fall 2010 

Maryland State Transfer Policy for General Education Courses (MHEC) 


For Maryland public colleges and universities:  Montgomery College students may follow Montgomery College's General Education Program (list above)  OR the specific General Education requirements of individual Maryland public colleges and universities.  

To find the General Education Requirements programs of private Maryland colleges & universities, click on the red AREA lines on ARTSYS Recommended Transfer Programs pages for a list of MC courses that fulfill requirements.

The MC General Education Program does NOT fulfill the general education requirements of private schools or out-of-state public institutions. For private or out-of-state institutions not included in the ARTSYS database, look for a "General Education Requirements" or "Core Curriculum" section in each school's catalog.  With an MC adviser, discuss which MC courses sound like reasonable equivalents.  Refer to the MC General Education Page with Transfer Advising Notes above for details.

Refer to the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) Guide to Student Transfer to view transfer policies regarding courses taken at Maryland public colleges.  The "Frequently Asked Questions" section answers many concerns, including:

  1. How can I know if the courses I am considering will transfer to the four-year campus I want to attend? 
  2. What courses should I take to major in my chosen field? 
  3. May I earn the associate degree at a community college while taking courses needed for transfer for a recommended transfer program at a specific four-year college?
  4. Is it better to get the associate degree or to transfer early?
  5. How many credits will transfer?
  6. Will grades of "D" be accepted in transfer?     


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