What are General Education Requirements?
General Education courses provide 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.
Choose General Education Courses for Transfer to Other Institutions
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:
Note: there have been no changes to the General Education List since 2011, so students may use the new Fall 2014 list to see new/old course numbers starting Fall 2014.
General Education Requirements at Maryland State Colleges & Universities
SPECIAL NOTES REGARDING GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
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.
To find the General Education Requirements programs of individual 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 appear to be reasonable equivalents. Refer to the MC Gen Ed Lists with Advising Notes above for details.
What should I do I my courses do not transfer as I expected?
A student who believes that a receiving institution has denied appropriate transfer credit should contact the receiving institution's transfer coordinator within 20 working days of receiving the denial of credit to submit an appeal for reconsideration. If the appeal is denied, the student may request that the transfer coordinator of the sending institution intercede. A complete explanation of the appeal process and student's rights is found in the Student Transfer Policy in the appendix of the catalog.
Refer to the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) Guide to Student Transfer to view transfer policies regarding courses taken at Maryland public colleges.
PRINCIPLES OF STUDENT TRANSFER IN MARYLAND
In Maryland, a student may be able to progress from one segment of the public higher education system to another without loss of time or duplication of courses. To help accomplish this, Maryland’s public colleges and universities follow certain statewide policies. Several of the key policies are:
- Maryland community college students who have completed the associate degree or students who have completed 56 semester hours of credit with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 shall not be denied direct transfer to a Maryland public four-year institution.
- Courses taken at a Maryland community college as part of a recommended transfer program will ordinarily be applicable to related programs at a Maryland public institution granting the baccalaureate degree.
- The General Education Program a student takes at one public college or university will transfer without further review to another public institution without the need for a course-to-course match. That is, courses that are designated as general education by a sending institution will transfer as general education even if the receiving institution does not offer that specific course or has not designated that course as general education.
- Courses designated as meeting the general education requirements at any Maryland public college shall be applicable to the general education requirements at any other Maryland public college or university.
MHEC's Guide to Transfer also includes a "Frequently Asked Questions" section:
- How can I know if the courses I am considering will transfer to the four-year campus I want to attend?
- What courses should I take to major in my chosen field?
- 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?
- Is it better to get the associate degree or to transfer early?
- How many credits will transfer?
- Will grades of "D" be accepted in transfer?