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General Education Courses

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.

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

Below are General Education Course Lists with Transfer Advising Notes - All Students should follow the Current General Education Program list, not the List from the year that you entered MC.


 CURRENT Catalog Year 2017 - 2018  Applies to new students entering Montgomery College in Fall 2017 and after

General Education Program with Transfer Advising Notes, Catalog 2017-18

Catalog Year 2016 - 2017  
There were 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  with Transfer Notes 2016 - 2017
General Education Program 2  with Transfer Notes 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
Catalog Year 2009 - 2010 For students who started MC prior to Fall 2010 

 GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM LIST for Gen Ed Review - New Course Applications


General Education Requirements at Maryland State Colleges & Universities


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 do I do if 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.


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:

  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?


General Education Programs at Maryland Four-Year Public Institutions (2012)
General Education Programs at MD Community Colleges 2012 


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