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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 
General Education Course Lists with Transfer Notes - you may follow the General Education Program Course List for the year you started OR choose the current year:

- Current Catalog Year 2014 - 2015  General Education Course List for students starting MC in Fall 2014 and after
Note:  there have been no changes to the General Education List since 2011, so students may use the Fall 2014 list to see new/old course numbers starting Fall 2014.

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)  (32-34 credits) OR the specific General Education requirements of individual Maryland public colleges and universities.  Students planning to transfer to UMCP should take a 3-credit Health course to fulfill MC Gen Ed requirements.

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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