Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Associate of Arts

General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) (37-41 Credit Hours total)

Communications (9 credits):

Students whose first semester of postsecondary education is after Summer 1999 must earn grades of "C" or higher in ENG 101 and 103.

Number Title Credits
* ENG-101 Composition I (3)
* ENG-103 Composition II (3)
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)

* must earn minimum of "C"

Humanities/Fine Arts (9 credits):

Note: To fulfill the IAI GECC Humanities and Fine Arts requirement, students should select a minimum of three courses, selecting at least one from the Humanities and one from the Fine Arts. Interdisciplinary courses encompassing both the Humanities and the Fine Arts may be used for either category.


Humanities:

Number Title Credits
  FRN-204 Continuation of Intermediate French (3)
  GRM-204 Continuation of Intermediate German (3)
  LIT-139 Mythology (3)
  LIT-140 The Bible As Literature (3)
  LIT-142 Introduction to Poetry (3)
  LIT-143 Introduction to Drama (3)
  LIT-144 Introduction to Fiction (3)
  LIT-201 Amer Lit Colonial Days to Civil War (3)
  LIT-202 American Literature Civil War to Present (3)
  LIT-205 British Literature Beginning to 1800 (3)
  LIT-206 British Literature 1800 to Present (3)
  LIT-210 Women's Lit-Early Years to 1800 (3)
  LIT-211 Woman's Literature-1800 to Present (3)
  LIT-241 Shakespeare (3)
  LIT-243 Western Literature to 1800 (3)
  LIT-244 Western Literature Since 1800 (3)
* LIT-251 Non-Western Literature Before 1800 (3)
* LIT-252 Non-Western Literature Since 1800 (3)
* LIT-260 Contemporary African Literature (3)
  LIT-275 Latin American Literature in Translation (3)
  PHL-150 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
* PHL-151 Introduction to Non-Western Philosophy (3)
  PHL-154 Introduction to Religion (3)
* PHL-155 World Religions (3)
  PHL-156 Religion in American Society (3)
  PHL-157 Foundational Religious Texts (3)
  PHL-255 Logic (3)
  PHL-256 Contemporary Moral Issues (3)
  PHL-260 Philosophy of Religion (3)
  SPN-204 Continuation of Intermediate Spanish (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.


Fine Arts:

Number Title Credits
  ART-131 Introduction Visual Art (3)
* ART-141 Introduction to Nonwestern Visual Art (3)
  ART-251 History of Art I (3)
  ART-252 History of Art II (3)
  ART-253 History of Art III (3)
  COM-251 Film History and Appreciation (3)
  COM-252 International History of Film (3)
  HUM-117 Ethnic Traditions in American Theatre (3)
  HUM-210 Cult.Exp. Gender in Visual/Perform. Arts (3)
  LIT-141 Film As Literature (3)
  MUS-102 Introduction to Music Literature (3)
  MUS-104 Introduction to American Music (3)
* MUS-106 Introduction to Non-Western Music (3)
  MUS-251 Music Literature I (3)
  MUS-252 Music Literature II (3)
  MUS-253 Music Literature III (3)
  THE-133 Introduction to the Theater (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

 

Interdisciplinary Humanities & Fine Arts:

Interdisciplinary humanities courses listed below may be used for either Humanities or Fine Arts credit.

Number Title Credits
  HUM-111 Introduction to Humanities I (3)
  HUM-112 Introduction to Humanities II (3)
  HUM-114 Intro Hum III: Contemp Western World (3)
* HUM-120 Latin American Cultural Expression (3)
  HUM-121 U.S. Latino/Latina Cultural Express (3)
  HUM-122 Spanish Cultural Expression (3)
* HUM-125 Introduction to Non-Western Humanities (3)
  HUM-211 War & West Humanities Thru Middle Ages (3)
  HUM-212 War & W. Human - Renaissance to Present (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

Physical & Life Sciences (7-8 credits)

Note: Select at least one Life Science and one Physical Science course. At least one of the two courses must have a lab.

Life Sciences:

Number Title Credits
  BIO-100 Introductory Human Biology (3)
  BIO-103 Introductory Life Science (3)
  BIO-104 Introductory Life Science Laboratory (1)
  BIO-106 Environmental Science (3)
  BIO-107 Environmental Science Laboratory (1)
  BIO-113 Plants and Society (4)
  BIO-140 Introduction to Evolution (3)
  BIO-150 Microbes and Society (3)
  BIO-162 Human Heredity (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

 

Physical Sciences:

Number Title Credits
  AST-202 Introduction to Astronomy (4)
  ATS-105 Introduction to Atmospheric Science (4)
  CHM-105 Foundations Chemistry-NonScience Majors (4)
  CHM-110 General Organic & Biochemistry I (4)
  CHM-120 General Chemistry I (4)
  GEL-101 Introduction to Geology (4)
  GEL-103 Fossils and Earth History (4)
  GEL-107 Geology of the Solar System (3)
  GEL-206 Environmental Geology (3)
  PGE-100 Physical Geography (3)
  PGE-102 Physical Geography With Lab (4)
  PGE-240 Global Climate Change (3)
  PHY-201 Mechanics and Heat (5)
  PHY-215 Mechanics, Wave Motion, Thermodynamics (5)

Mathematics (3-6 credits)

Note: For students seeking state certification as elementary teachers, both MTH 216 and 217 must be satisfactorily completed to fulfill the three-hour mathematics requirement.

Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)

Note: Select courses from at least two areas.

Anthropology:

Number Title Credits
  ANP-102 Intro to Physical Anthro & Archaelogy (3)
* ANP-103 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

 

Economics:

Number Title Credits
  ECO-101 Introduction to Economics (3)
  ECO-110 Principles of Economics: Macro (3)
  ECO-111 Principles of Economics: Micro (3)

 

Geography:

Number Title Credits
* GEO-130 World Regional Geography (3)

 

History:

Number Title Credits
  HST-140 History of Western Civilization I (3)
  HST-141 History of Western Civilization II (3)
  HST-142 History of the U.S. to 1865 (3)
  HST-143 History of the United States Since 1865 (3)
* HST-151 African History Survey to 1600 (3)
* HST-152 African History Survey Since 1600 (3)
* HST-162 History of Latin America I (3)
* HST-163 History of Latin America II (3)
* HST-172 History of the Middle East to 1453 (3)
* HST-173 History of the Middle East Since 1453 (3)
* HST-182 History of Eastern Civilization to 1500 (3)
* HST-183 History of Eastern Civ Since 1500 (3)
* HST-192 History of the World Until 1750 (3)
* HST-193 History of the World Since 1750 (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

 

Political Science:

Number Title Credits
  PSC-160 American National Government (3)
  PSC-161 State and Local Government (3)
* PSC-269 International Relations (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

 

Psychology:

Number Title Credits
  PSY-170 General Psychology (3)
  PSY-225 Child Development (3)
  PSY-270 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (3)
  PSY-275 Social Psychology (3)

 

Sociology:

Number Title Credits
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  SOC-290 Social Problems (3)
* SOC-295 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
  SOC-298 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
  SOC-299 Marriage and Family (3)

* Non-Western Culture course. One 3-credit Non-Western Culture course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree.

Additional College requirements to be completed

For the Associate of Arts Degree, students need to complete the following:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 3 credits (additional for a total of 12)
Select from: Any course listed as an IAI approved humanities or fine art course and/or ART 246; FRN, GRM, SPN; PHL; LIT; HUM 115, or 250.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 credits (additional for a total of 12)
Select from: Any course listed as an IAI approved social and behavioral science course and/or ECO, EDU 224, GEO, HST,PSY, or SOC.
  • Non-Western Culture – one 3-credit course
Select from: Any course listed as an IAI approved Non-Western Culture (as footnoted under course listings above); or SPH 202.
  • STU-100- Planning for Success- one credit
  • Electives – 16-20 additional credits

Note: Electives for A.A. Degree completion

The electives taken at RVC may serve as prerequisites for majors at baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with an academic advisor to verify course selection based on major and transfer institution. Students should also check with the college or university they plan to transfer to and confirm course selection. Students are responsible for knowing the specific requirements of the institution they are considering for transfer and should consult with those institutions directly.

Please see further information about the IAI at: www.itransfer.org.

Disclaimer: This information is only a tool that will be updated periodically. Please check with Academic & Transfer Advising Office for updates.