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Academic Information



Academic Information

General Education


The general education (G.E.) courses taken by all

students are designed to be the foundation for

a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education

aims to expose students to a wide variety of values,

ideas, and assumptions which will help them better

appreciate the responsibilities and benefits of a free

society. It is also designed to give them a common

core of knowledge that will aid their understanding

of society and culture.

The College has developed a G.E. program designed

to form the minimum core of each student’s liberal

arts education. Each candidate for a bachelor’s degree

must complete a minimum of 61 semester units of

G.E. requirements.

Some courses may satisfy a G.E. requirement in

several possible areas. In these cases, the student must

declare which G.E. requirement a course is intended

to satisfy. One course can be used to satisfy ONLY

ONE requirement.

G.E. requirements may be completed through

courses accepted by the Office of the Registrar upon



All undergraduate students initially entering the Col-

lege in Fall 2015 and forward (full-time, part-time,

online, etc.) are under the new G.E. requirements*.

All undergraduate students enrolled prior to Fall

2015 as either “full-time traditional” students (en-

rolled in at least 12 units per semester on the TMC

campus) or DCP students, are under the G.E. re-

quirements outlined in the edition of the catalog

published for their initial semester of full-time en-


All other undergraduate students who completed

any type of TMC class prior to Fall 2015 are under

the new G.E. requirements.


All Bachelor of Music students complete uniquely

specified G.E. requirements. Please see page 32 for

a complete listing.


Depending on the student’s declared major, certain

G.E. requirements allow for presecribed substitu-

tions. Please see catalog page 33 for a complete list-


Biblical Studies

– Transfer students should con-

sider getting a head start on the TMC Biblical Stud-

ies requirements (21 units total) via TMC Online.

All students, regardless of major or transfer status,

must complete all 21 units of G.E. Biblical Stud-

ies courses prior to graduation (either online or in


Spoken Communication

– Incoming Business

majors should not take a Spoken Communication

equivalent course prior to enrolling at TMC. These

students will take Business Communication at TMC

in fulfillment of this requirement (3 units).

Cross Cultural Studies

– As of Fall 2015, the

TMC Cross Cultural Studies G.E. requirement (6

units) has been removed. Nevertheless, courses

listed on articulation agreements for Cross Cultural

Studies credit will typically still transfer to TMC as

elective units.

Intro to Music and Art

– Music and Biblical Stud-

ies majors may select alternate courses at TMC to

fulfill this G.E. requirement.


– Liberal Studies (Teacher Educa-

tion), Business, Computer & Information Sciences,

and Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy majors are

either exempt from this G.E. requirement or are re-

quired to take a substitute course at TMC. Incoming

Mathematics majors should consult the Math De-

partment about possible transfer credit for major-

specific math requirements.


– Transfer students should not take a sci-

ence lecture course (e.g. Biology, Physics, Chemis-

try, etc.) prior to enrolling at TMC. The new G.E.

Essentials of Biology course (3 units) is unique and

nontransferable, although the 1 unit lab require-

ment is transferable. Incoming Biology and Kinesi-

ology/Pre-Physical Therapy majors should consult

their respective academic departments about pos-

sible transfer credit for major-specific science re-