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Degree, Certificate and General Education Information

 

Cecil College offers programs of study that lead to associate degrees and program certificates. Students may enter a program designed for transfer to a four-year institution; one that prepares them for immediate entry into the workforce; or a program that helps them upgrade skills in their current career.

Degree Programs

There are five associate’s degrees:

  • The associate of arts (A.A.) degree recognizes mastery in the liberal arts (humanities, social sciences and similar subjects) and in the fine arts. The associate of arts degree transfers to appropriate baccalaureate programs and provides for career exploration and skills upgrading.
  • The associate of science (A.S.) degree recognizes a curricular focus in science, mathematics, or technology. The associate of science degree transfers to appropriate baccalaureate programs and also provides for career exploration and skills upgrading.
  • The associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree recognizes a curricular focus in a specific occupational area. The associate of applied science degree is designed primarily for immediate employment or career mobility and is identified with a specialty designation, e.g., computer technology, law enforcement, etc.
  • The associate of arts in teaching (A.A.T.) degree is designed for transfer to a Maryland four-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification.
  • The associate of fine arts (A.F.A.) degree is designated for transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree.

Associate degree programs consist of general education courses, program specific courses, and electives. To qualify for an associate’s degree, students must complete the minimum number of credit hours required in their programs and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (A.A.T. requirements) or better in college-level courses, meet other graduation requirements and general education requirements.

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Certificate Programs

The College offers certificate programs for those who wish to gain a credential for acquired knowledge, skills and abilities focused in specific discipline areas. Most certificate programs are designed to assist students with goals for upgrading skills for immediate application in employment. Many certificate programs are designed as units within associate degree programs and can be acquired in the process of seeking an associate’s degree. Certificate programs require the completion of 12 credits or more. Students must complete 50 percent of their course work at Cecil College and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in college-level courses, and meet all other graduation requirements.

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Programs to Meet Diverse Educational Needs

To meet the educational needs of the community, Cecil College offers programs in general education, college or university transfer, career education, continuing education, and student development services.

  1. The general education program provides all students with writing, speaking, reading, critical thinking and computing skills and knowledge to function as educated citizens in a complex world.
  2. College transfer programs prepare students for further learning by providing courses in specific disciplines and general education that parallel the first two years at a four-year institution.
  3. The career education program prepares students for immediate employment in technical and business fields and allows students to continue studies at four-year institutions.
  4. The non-credit division of the College provides non-credit courses and skills which allow individuals to upgrade their abilities, prepare for state licensure, re-train for new occupations, enrich cultural backgrounds, and develop specialized interests. It also provides contract training for business and industry.
  5. Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness provides students with a variety of resources, including academic advising and support, multicultural affairs, job placement and career management services, financial aid services, student development activities, and intercollegiate athletics.

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General Education - Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning across the curriculum is measured by the expected student learning outcomes for General Education. Through the General Education core requirements, all curricula are designed so that students demonstrate college-level competency in:

  1. critical and creative thinking skills and problem-solving strategies;
  2. writing;
  3. oral communications;
  4. quantitative analysis;
  5. computer literacy and in the ability to work productively with information technology; and
  6. awareness of ethics, cultural diversity, artistic expression, health and wellness issues, and the physical and social environment; and
  7. information literacy including finding, evaluating and using information effectively.

The state of Maryland mandates that every associate degree program contain general education requirements designed to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and values that are essential to the study of academic disciplines. To assure that associate degree students meet the general education requirements defined by the state of Maryland, each degree program includes a distribution of general education credits. Courses which meet general education requirements must be approved by the College’s Academic Affairs Committee.

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General Education and Institutional Requirements

The College defines general education as the portion of the curriculum devoted to the development of the skills, knowledge and abilities essential to all students, regardless of chosen majors. The course distribution is intended to ensure that students have mastered and demonstrated a familiarity with core knowledge basic to all college-level work.

General Education Requirements and Institutional Requirements and Institutional Requirements for Associate of Arts (A.A.) Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees (minimum of 30 general education credits)

Arts and Humanities

  • 6 semester credit hours in the arts and humanities general education courses
  • Courses must be from two different disciplines and have different course prefixes

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • 7-8 semester credit hours in biological and physical sciences general education courses
  • One of the courses must be a laboratory science course

English Composition

  • 3 credits in Freshman Composition (EGL 101)

Mathematics

  • 3 semester credit hours in a mathematics general education course

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • 6 semester credit hours in social and behavioral sciences general education courses
  • Courses must be from two different disciplines and have different course prefixes

General Education Electives

  • Additional general education courses to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours

Institutional Requirement

  • 3 additional credits in Composition and Literature (EGL 102) or Technical Writing (EGL 211)

General Education Requirements and Institutional Requirements for Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) and Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) Degrees (minimum of 20 general education credits)

Arts and Humanities

  • 3 semester credit hours in the arts and humanities general education course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • 4 semester credit hours in biological and physical sciences general education course
  • Course must be a laboratory science course

English Composition

  • 3 credits in Freshman Composition (EGL101)

Mathematics

  • 3 semester credit hours in a mathematics general education course

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • 3 semester credit hours in social and behavioral sciences general education course

General Education Electives

  • Additional general education courses to complete a minimum of 20 semester hours

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Definition of General Education Competencies for Cecil College

1. Written and Oral Communication
Cecil College defines college-level writing competency according to the Standards for a “C” Paper as approved on March 3, 1998, by the Maryland Statewide English Composition Committee and on April 21, 1998 by the Inter-segmental Chief Academic Officers of Maryland’s two- and four-year institutions of higher education.

College-level oral communication is defined as improved oral expression, listening, critical thinking, and message analysis, and enhanced appreciation and understanding of various forms of expression/communication.

2. Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning
Cecil College defines college-level competency in scientific reasoning as students’ ability to articulate the elements of the scientific method, and the application of such elements to the analysis and the practice of science. Students should be able to collect, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and present data.

College-level quantitative reasoning is defined by the following approved statewide attributes:

  1. interpret mathematical models given verbally, or by formulas, graphs, tables, or schematics, and draw inferences from them,
  2. represent mathematical concepts verbally, and where appropriate, symbolically, visually, and numerically,
  3. use arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, technological, or statistical methods to solve problems,
  4. use mathematical reasoning with appropriate technology to solve problems, test conjectures, judge the validity of arguments, formulate valid arguments, and communicate the reasoning and the results,
  5. estimate and check answers to mathematical problems in order to determine reasonableness
  6. recognize and use connections within mathematics and between mathematics and other disciplines

3. Critical Analysis and Reasoning
Cecil College defines college-level proficiency in critical analysis and reasoning to include, but not limited to, the following: application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, problem solving, and decision making, as well as creative thinking, meta-cognition, and productive habits of the mind.

4. Technological Competency
Cecil College defines college-level technological competency as the students’ ability to engage in technology collaboration; use and create structured digital documents; perform technology-enhanced presentations; use technology tools for research and evaluation; use databases to manage information; use technology tools for analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; use graphical and multimedia representational technologies; demonstrate familiarity with major legal, ethical, privacy and security issues; demonstrate a working knowledge of hardware and software applications; and create an HTML web page.

5. Information Literacy
Cecil College defines college-level information literacy as the students’ ability to recognize the need for information; identify what information is needed; find that information; evaluate information critically for relevance and credibility; use information to solve problems or answer questions; and use information legally and ethically.

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General Education Course Codes

The following codes are used in the course descriptions to identify courses that satisfy the General Education Core Requirements:

E English Composition
H Arts and Humanities
I Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues
M Mathematics
SL Science with Lab
S Science
SS Behavioral and Social Sciences

Computer Literacy Across the Curriculum
Computer Literacy Across the Curriculum is an approach to academic instruction that exercises skills which students will need to be computer literate in the future and to effectively use computer terminology, software, and hardware.

Students pursuing a degree program at Cecil College must fulfill a computer literacy requirement for graduation.

The associate degree programs at Cecil College include the general education credit hours required by the state of Maryland. If a degree program directs students to choose general education courses from specific categories, those courses must be selected from the approved courses listed below.

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Approved General Education Courses by Category

The associate degree programs at Cecil College include the general education credit hours required by the state of Maryland. If a degree program directs students to choose general education courses from specific categories, those courses must be selected from the approved courses listed below.

Transfer Students: It is extremely important for transfer students to consult with an academic advisor when choosing general education courses from the approved list since each transfer institution has slightly different requirements.

English Composition (E)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition 3 cr.
Arts and Humanities (H)
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design 3 cr.
ART 110 Color 3 cr.
ART 130 Drawing I 3 cr.
ART 140 Painting I 3 cr.
ART 141 Survey of Art History 3 cr.
ART 150 Art Appreciation and Museum Studies 3 cr.
ART 152 Sculpture 3 cr.
ART 160 Beginning Ceramics 3 cr.
ART 180 Basic Photography 3 cr.
ART 181 Introduction to Movie Making 3 cr.
ART 194 Wheel Thrown Ceramics 3 cr.
ART 201 Three-Dimensional Design 3 cr.
ART 230 Drawing II 3 cr.
ART 240 Painting II 3 cr.
ART 242 Survey of Modern Art History 3 cr.
ART 260 Intermediate Ceramics 3 cr.
DAN 102 Introduction to Dance 3 cr.
EGL 102 Composition and Literature 3 cr.
EGL 203 British Lit. to 18th c. 3 cr.
EGL 204 British Lit. 18th c. to Present 3 cr.
EGL 205 American Lit. to 1865 3 cr.
EGL 206 American Lit. 1865 to Present 3 cr.
EGL 209 Introduction to African American Literature 3 cr.
EGL 213 Introduction to Film 3 cr.
EGL 215 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 cr.
EGL 260 Children's Literature 3 cr.
HST 101 Western Civilization I 3 cr.
HST 102 Western Civilization II 3 cr.
HST 110 World History I 3 cr.
HST 111 World History II 3 cr.
HST 201 History of the United States (to reconstruction) 3 cr.
HST 202 History of the United States II (reconstruction to present) 3 cr.
MUC 104 Guitar Class 3 cr.
MUC 122 Music Appreciation 3 cr.
MUC 135 History of Rock 3 cr.
MUC 136 Survey of World Music 3 cr.
MUC 143 Music Fundamentals 3 cr.
​MUC 151 ​Film Music ​3 cr.
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.
PHI 201 Ethics - Contemporary Moral Problems 3 cr.
PHI 202 Clear Thinking: Inductive Logic 3 cr.
PHI 203 History of Ideas I 3 cr.
PHI 204 History of Ideas: Modern 3 cr.
PHI 205 Philosophy of Religion 3 cr.
RUS 101 Russian I 3 cr.
SPH 121 Interpersonal Communications 3 cr.
SPH 141 Public Speaking 3 cr.
SPH 101 Beginning Spanish I 3 cr.
SPH 102 Spanish II 3 cr.
THE 161 Introduction to Theatre 3 cr.
THE 184 Introduction to Acting for Screen and Stage 3 cr.
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (I)
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts 3 cr.
CSC 104 Computer Science Fundamentals 3 cr.
CSC 110 Ethics in Information Technology 3 cr.
CSC 202 Creative Design 3 cr.
EGL 210 Topics in World Literature 3 cr.
ENV 106 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 cr.
​ENV 150 ​Introduction to Energy and Sustainability ​4 cr.
GIS 101 Geographic Information Systems 3 cr.
HEA 130 Healthful Living 3 cr.
HEA 173 Human Sexuality 3 cr.
HST 135 History of Rock 3 cr.
HST 141 Survey of Art History 3 cr.
MUC 151 Film Music 3 cr.
MUC 128 Introduction to Audio Technology 3 cr.
Mathematics (M)
MAT 121 Precalculus 4 cr.
MAT 123 Finite Math 3 cr.
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics 4 cr.
MAT 128 Introduction to Statistics II 4 cr.
MAT 201 Calculus I w/ Analytical Geometry 4 cr.
MAT 202 Calculus II w/ Analytic Geometry 4 cr.
MAT 203 Multivariable Calculus 4 cr.
MUC 236 Discrete Structures 3 cr.
MAT 240 Introduction to Linear Algebra 4 cr.
MAT 246 Introduction to Differential Equations 3 cr.
Physical and Biological Sciences (S and SL)
AST 103 Principles of Astronomy 4 cr.
BIO 101 General Biology 3 cr.
BIO 103 Introduction to Zoology 3 cr.
BIO 104 Botany: Introduction to Horticulture* 3 cr.
BIO 123 Foundations of Nutrition* (no lab) 3 cr.
BIO 130 Principles of Biology I* 3 cr.
BIO 132 Principles of Biology II* 3 cr.
BIO 200 Microbiology* 3 cr.
BIO 201 Fundamentals of Ecology 4 cr.
BIO 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology I* 3 cr.
BIO 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology II* 3 cr.
CHM 103 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 104 General Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHM 109 Chemistry and Art 4 cr.
ENV 106 Introduction to Environmental Science* 3 cr.
​ENV 150 ​Introduction to Energy Sustainability ​4 cr.
PHY 103 Physics Today 4 cr.
PHY 120 Light Science 4 cr.
PHY 181 Introductory College Physics I w/ Lab 4 cr.
PHY 182 Introductory College Physics II w/ Lab 4 cr.
PHY 207 General Physics I w/ Lab 5 cr.
PHY 208 General Physics II w/ Lab 5 cr.
PHY 209 General Physics II w/Lab 5 cr.
PSC 105 General Physical Science w/ Lab 4 cr.
PSC 120 Physical Geology 4 cr.
PSC 125 Essentials of Weather 4 cr.
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Science w/Lab 4 cr.
PSC 140 Introduction to Ocean Studies w/ Lab 4 cr.
​PSC 150 ​Introduction to Energy and Sustainability ​4 cr.
PSC 220 Meteorology 4 cr.

*must be combined with a lab course to meet the lab science requirement

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS)
ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology 3 cr.
COU 102 Dynamics of Human Interaction 3 cr.
ECO 221 Economics – Micro 3 cr.
ECO 222 Economics – Macro 3 cr.
GEO 101 Physical Geography 3 cr.
GEO 102 Cultural Geography 3 cr.
POS 101 Introduction to Political Science 3 cr.
POS 201 American Government 3 cr.
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 201 Human Growth and Development 3 cr.
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3 cr.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr.
SOC 102 Social Problems 3 cr.
SOC 103 Marriage and the Family 3 cr.
SOC 105 Perspective in Human Diversity 3 cr.

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