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    Welcome to the General Studies Program Page

    The purpose of this page is to provide information to incoming and current General Studies students.

    Program Overview

    The general education courses that comprise the associate of science in general studies program are offered to enhance the undergraduate learning experience and help students develop competencies in communication, critical thinking and problem solving, and content application, which provide a foundation of knowledge and academic skills that will prepare a student for further study or careers in the life sciences or healthcare professions.

    Several curriculum tracks are offered once a student is enrolled in the associate of science in general studies program, provided students meet the basic admission requirements for their selected track. Students have until the completion of their first semester in the program to select their specific track, unless they remain enrolled as a non-degree seeking student.

    Student Outcomes

    The general education courses at Carolinas College are unique in many ways, but one commonality is that all emphasize particular goals, objectives and outcomes. Specific courses articulate individual objectives, but all general education courses emphasize at least one of the learning goals below. After completing the general education courses at Carolinas College, students will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Communicate effectively.

    • Understand the fundamental concepts and applications of the natural and life sciences.

    • Analyze and understand the influence of different environmental, social and cultural contexts in shaping human thought and behavior.

    • Think critically, apply abstract concepts, and draw conclusions from course concepts.

    Curriculum Tracks

    Three curriculum tracks are offered: Pre-Nursing, Pre-Radiologic Technology, and General Studies.

    Pre-Nursing

    The pre-nursing track is a 12-13 semester credit hour block of classes. Students enrolled in this track have the opportunity to earn guaranteed admission into the Carolinas College School of Nursing. To be eligible for guaranteed admission, students must complete the coursework at Carolinas College within three consecutive terms of starting the program and earn a minimum 3.25 GPA for these courses. Only the grades earned on the first attempt at these courses will be considered in calculating the GPA eligibility for guaranteed admission. Those who earn guaranteed admission will be conditionally admitted to the nursing program as space becomes available. The coursework includes:

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 101)

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 102)

    • Medical Terminology (HLC 102 or NUR 100)

    • College Math (MAT 101)

    Those who do not earn guaranteed admission may change to the general studies track to complete the associate degree.

    Pre-Radiologic Technology

    The pre-radiologic technology track is a 13-semester credit hour block of classes. To be eligible for guaranteed admission in the Carolinas College Radiologic Technology program, students must complete the coursework at Carolinas College within three consecutive terms of starting the program and earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on the required coursework at Carolinas College. Only the grades earned on the first attempt at these courses will be considered in calculating the GPA eligibility for guaranteed admission. Those who earn guaranteed admission will be conditionally admitted to the radiologic technology program as space becomes available.

    The coursework includes:

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 101)

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 102)

    • Medical Terminology (HLC 102)

    • College Math (MAT 101)

    General Studies

    The associate of science in general studies degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete 63 semester credit hours of prescribed coursework. This program provides students with a basic understanding of the biological sciences and an opportunity to integrate liberal arts with health care education. The healthcare programs at Carolinas College have a competitive admission process. Students who are not accepted upon their first application to the program of choice have the opportunity to take college-level coursework while enrolled in the associate of science general studies program, enabling them to complete courses that could later transfer with a change of track. Students entering the AS program may modify their course sequence to best prepare them for a particular program in anticipation of a change of track. This track can also help students prepare for transfer into advanced programs at four-year institutions leading to degrees such as pre-medicine or pre-veterinary.