Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog

General Studies AA: Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Area of Concentration (STEM Core): 611B

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: 611B

General Studies focuses on developing knowledge and skills across traditional disciplinary boundaries resulting in an interdisciplinary cornerstone for academic and career pursuits. A General Studies major allows you to develop a path for transfer into a variety of majors or that will enhance your career competitiveness and further your academic and personal goals. General Studies has flexible program requirements within core areas that encourage you to synthesize knowledge and approaches on inquiry from various disciplines allowing you to bring creative, multi-disciplinary problem-solving, and critical thinking approaches to a range of modern problems.

The General Studies degree is a flexible curriculum that fosters intentional exploration of academic and career goals through academic coursework and supportive advising. Using interdisciplinary application of practical and intellectual skills through General Education courses and your selected core area of focus, the General Studies program creates a flexible, integrated framework for you to engage in complex problems related your chosen focus of study while promoting specific disciplinary content and skills. The General Studies program promotes personal responsibility and civic engagement by providing an academic framework in which you will explore contemporary and enduring questions, integrate learning across disciplines, and develop knowledge, skills, and motivation to frame issues and questions presented in the academic experience in the context of a broader community. This program can be completed either on campus or online.

In the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics area, you will select courses and build a degree that will allow you to explore across traditional areas in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This area of study is ideal for students planning to transfer into four-year programs in the Health Sciences, planning to apply for Montgomery College’s Health Science programs, or desiring to explore a variety of areas before selecting a focused degree path.  Additionally, the area allows you to develop communication, quantitative and qualitive reasoning, the scientific method and interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills -all highly valued proficiencies in academic fields and the workforce.

In this core, students will develop an intentional academic plan that reflects personal, academic, and career goals emphasizing the following discipline areas or individual courses:

  • Astronomy (ASTR)
  • Biology (BIOL)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Data Science (DATA)
  • Computer Science (CMSC)
  • Electrical Engineering (ENEE)
  • Engineering Science (ENES)
  • Geology (GEOL)
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Meteorology (AOSC)
  • Networking (NWIT)
  • Nutrition (NUTR)
  • Physical Science (PSCI)
  • Physics (PHYS)

Students may elect to take any of the following individual courses as part of their STEM core requirements to enhance their selected academic focus; however, transferability of these courses should be carefully reviewed:

  • Architecture Technology (ARCH 101 )
  • Biotechnology (BIOT 110 )
  • Computer Application (CMAP 120 )
  • Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agribusiness (HORT 100 )

NOTE: This core may not be appropriate for students intending to transfer to another institution for a life sciences, engineering, or mathematics degree program; students should meet with an advisor before selecting this core.

General Degree Requirements

In order to complete this degree, students must

 1.   complete a minimum of 60 credit hours including:

  • 3 credits for ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or select an elective.
  • 31 credit hours of General Education program requirements
    • Two General Education institutional requirement (GEIR) courses are required from the following General Education courses: COMM, HLTH, or one ARTD or HUMD. Students may only take one course from ARTD or HUMD to fulfill General Education institutional requirements (GEIR).
    • One global and cultural perspectives designated course as part of their General Education program.
  • 15 credits in STEM core courses with a minimum of 3 credit hours at the 200-level.
  • up to 11 elective credit hours as needed to complete 60 credit hours.

 2.   complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 200-level with at least 3 credits at the 200-level from the STEM core.

 3.   have a 2.0 GPA or higher:

Suggested Course Sequence

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

  • STEM Core Course 3 3 semester hours
  • STEM Core Course 4 3 semester hours
  • STEM Core Course 5 3 semester hours
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡‡‡
  • Elective 2 semester hours ‡‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 011  if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or select an elective.

**  Behavioral and social sciences distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

 ‡ Students should attempt ENGL and MATH foundation requirements within completion of the first 24 credits of college-level work or at the completion of any prerequisite or required non-credit coursework.

‡‡ Consult a counselor or program advisor for NSND/science course selection. Students potentially interested in science, health or engineering transfer programs should consider a 4-credit lab science course.

‡‡‡​ Any credit hours beyond the minimum General Education credit hours (31) or core courses are counted toward elective credit hours.

NOTE: Exact semester credit counts may vary based on specific course selections.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Construct graphic and analytical models.
  • Express conclusions and implications from scientific experiments using a variety of methods and appropriate scientific language.
  • Analyze and resolve real-world and abstract quantitative situations.
  • Communicate, interpret, and justify results with clarity and coherence, demonstrating effective digital, written, oral and graphic communication skills.
  • Utilize and apply multi-disciplinary methods of inquiry from the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics in response to a problem, task, or experience.
  • Reflect on and assess their own learning as it applies to themselves as scholars and engaged citizens rooted in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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