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General Education

General Education Mission
Learning Outcomes
GE Identifications
GE Transfer Credit


The total number of credits required to complete General Education (GE) is 34. General Education completion is required for the Associate of Arts (AA); Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Science Business (ASB).

Only courses numbered 1000 or above are counted toward graduation. A 2.00 (C) cumulative grade point average or better must be earned on work completed at Snow College.

At least 21 semester credits must be resident credit earned at Snow College. AP, CLEP, and Credit By Exam are not considered resident credit.

The following General Education Worksheets should be studied carefully as students prepare semester schedules. In addition students should check their individual majors’ departments for recommended classes and prerequisites. With careful planning, many courses can do double duty by filling both a general education requirement and a departmental prerequisite.

General Education Mission

“A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

The mission of general education at Snow College is to stretch students’ minds and enlarge the foundation of their intellectual and practical skills in order to create in them a lifelong love of learning.

The general education curriculum is designed to accomplish several goals: to provide students with a broad exposure to different academic disciplines in order to assist them in selecting their course of study; to introduce a variety of ways of making knowledge so that students understand the complexity of information and knowledge; to facilitate the development of a passion for a specific area of study and a love of learning in general; to provide connections between disciplines by providing interdisciplinary, integrated learning opportunities; to prepare students to participate fully in human culture, ask probing and thoughtful questions, and engage as responsible citizens.

As many of the world's great thinkers have observed before, a general education is more than a bunch of facts and numbers: it is that part of the self that remains when the details have been forgotten. At Snow College, first and foremost, general education is who we are.

Specific courses are selected for inclusion in the general education curriculum only when the GE Committee has evidence that the course advances the GE mission, fulfills General Education learning outcomes, fulfills core or knowledge area outcomes, and articulates a coherent assessment plan. Courses approved for GE credit will participate in the General Education assessment for the knowledge area and report assessment results to the GE committee.

Learning Outcomes

 A student who completes the GE curriculum:

  1. has a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on:
    • American institutions;
    • the social and behavioral sciences;
    • the physical and life sciences;
    • the humanities;
    • the fine arts; and
    • personal wellness;
  2. can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media;
  3. can speak and write effectively and respectfully as a member of the global community, and work effectively as a member of a team;
  4. can reason quantitatively in a variety of contexts;
  5. can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience;
  6. can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy;
  7. can address complex problems by integrating the knowledge and methodologies of multiple disciplines.

In addition, a student who graduates from Snow College with an AA degree can speak, read, and write a foreign language with basic proficiency.

GE Requirements

The General Education curriculum is made up of courses that formulate a GE core (which is mandated by the state of Utah) and a selection of course options that fall into several knowledge areas:

Fine Arts

Courses to be designated as a Fine Arts (FA) General Education experience are expected to provide students with an understanding of the basic conceptual frameworks, historical and cultural contexts of artistic works, and be instilled with a sensibility of the creative process. Assessment will occur through the student’s ability to critically evaluate creative works using the language and methodology appropriate to the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and/or the visual arts.

Outcomes. Students who complete a course designated to fulfill the Fine Arts (FA) General Education requirement at Snow College should be able to:

Oral Communication

The ability to effectively communicate orally is frequently considered a top skill that employers are looking for in prospective employees. The ability to give effective presentations is an essential building block that students need in order to be successful as they continue their education and as they transition into the workforce. In other words, oral communication is a fundamental skill students need so that they have the opportunity to compete in contemporary society or in virtually every field of communication.

The National Communication Association puts forward that oral communication involves organizing thoughts logically, tailoring the message to the audience, speaking for maximum impact, and adapting to listener feedback. It involves expressing and sharing ideas and information as well as influencing others through verbal and nonverbal communication.

Outcomes. Oral communication is a disciplined, self-directed, systematic framework for thinking, speaking, listening, responding, and problem solving appropriate to the communication context. It includes the ability to organize thoughts logically, tailor the message to the audience, speak for maximum impact, and adapt to listener feedback. Oral communication involves expressing emotions, sharing ideas/information as well as influencing others through ethical verbal and nonverbal communication. Students who satisfy this requirement will demonstrate that they are able to do the following:


The Humanities are a group of academic disciplines that study the many ways by which humans have attempted to understand themselves and their world. At Snow College, the Humanities focus on cultural traditions that are expressed largely through text or which have a strong textual component: languages, literature, and philosophy. The methods by which the Humanities study culture are at once analytical and interpretive, objective and subjective, historical and aesthetic.

Outcomes. General education courses in this area enable students to:

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will develop understanding of the world around them through study of content and the processes used by social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and/or predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, from a social scientist’s perspective, and methodologies, and come to an informed sense of self and others.

Outcomes. A student who earns General Education in the Social and Behavioral Sciences will be able to: 

Natural Science (Life and Physical Science)

For the natural sciences, science is the systematic inquiry into natural phenomena organizing and condensing those observations into testable models and hypotheses, theories or laws. The success and credibility of science is anchored in the willingness of scientists to: 1) expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by other scientists which requires the complete and open exchange of data, procedures, and materials; 2) abandon or modify accepted conclusions when confronted with more complete or reliable experimental evidence. Adherence to these principles provides a mechanism for self-correction that is the foundation of the credibility of science (Adapted from a statement by the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society which was endorsed by the Executive Board of the American Associations of Physics Teachers in 1999).

Broad categories of the Natural Science disciplines include Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, and Biology. At Snow College, the first five are considered physical sciences and biology the life science. While properties of matter and energy in the physical sciences are common to life science, the emergent properties resulting from the complexities of life require additional study to amplify and clarify the scientific mechanisms of nature.

Outcomes. A student who has earned Snow College General Education Life Science Learning Outcomes will be able to:

Outcomes. A student who has earned Snow College General Education Physical Science Learning Outcomes will be able to:

Science Inquiry

Science Inquiry is designed to give students an additional experience with the scientific method. The category includes courses from Social and Behavioral Science, Life Science, and Physical Science.

Outcomes. General education courses in this area allow students to be able to:

Physical Education

Physical Education is a discipline that emphasizes healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally by developing an understanding of how living a sustained healthy lifestyle will increase quality of life in the short and long term.

Outcomes. A student who earns General Education credit in Physical Education will be able to:

Associate of Applied Science Education Outcomes

A student who graduates from Snow College with an AAS degree:

  1. can describe the scope and principal features of his/her field of study, citing its core theories and practices, and use the current terminology of the field;
  2. can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media;
  3. can speak and write effectively and respectfully as a member of the global community, and work effectively as a member of a team;
  4. can reason quantitatively in a variety of contexts;
  5. can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about his/her field of study;
  6. can address complex problems by integrating the knowledge and methodologies of multiple disciplines;
  7. can generate products, recreate products, or provide services respective to his/her field;
  8. has acquired entry-level skills specific to and appropriate for employment in his/her field of study;
  9. is aware of industry specific certifications and has developed skills sufficient to acquire the same;

A student who graduates from Snow College with an AAS degree with career specific hazards can demonstrate safe practices and awareness of potential hazards in his/her field of expertise;

Natural Science Lab Requirement

For a student earning the Associate of Arts degree, three credits of Life Science and three credits of Physical Science are required. One credit of lab is required. The lab may be Life Science or Physical Science. Most labs must be taken concurrently with the lecture. Both the class and the co-requisite lab must be completed with passing grades in order to satisfy the GE requirements.

For a student earning the Associate of Science degree, three credits of Life Science, three credits of Physical Science, and three credits from the Inquiry Science category are required. One to two credits of lab are required depending on the Science Inquiry option you choose. The credits may be from Life Science or Physical Science, or one from each. Most labs must be taken concurrently with the lecture. Both the class and the co-requisite lab must be completed with passing grades in order to satisfy the GE requirements.  

Math Transfer Requirement

To qualify for graduation from Snow College, each student must earn a minimum grade of C- in a GE level math course (Math 1030, Math 1040, Math 1050, etc.). Please note that some schools that require these math courses as part of their program will only count the course as meeting the prerequisite if the student has earned at least a C. Please check with your transfer institution to verify minimum grade requirements for your program.  

Honors Program

The Snow College Honors Program is an exciting educational opportunity available to any student entering the college with a 3.5 high school GPA or a composite ACT score of 26 (or any current Snow College student with a Snow cumulative GPA of 3.5). The Honors Program attempts to provide a deeper, more engaging experience in general education and not only welcomes students planning to complete the honors program, but also those who wish to take one or two honors classes simply for the honors experience. 

Snow College is known for the personal attention given to its students, and this is especially true in the Honors Program. Honors students work closely with their professors and even pursue individual research projects with faculty mentors. Also, honors classes are interactive, allowing students to read about, discuss, and explore significant human questions. A Snow College honors student may major in any of a number of fields, but he or she should enjoy engaged learning and have a curiosity about the world and how knowledge in different fields connects.

The Honors Program offers students a variety of benefits. Each semester, honors students are given opportunities to participate in out-of-classroom learning experiences as well as cultural and social events. Honors students also take classes with each other and form a social support system while receiving strong preparation to succeed in upper division classes at four-year schools. Finally, a limited number of honors program scholarships are available for students.

To complete the program and have a permanent honors designation on the student’s transcript, a student must do the following:

  1. Complete the online application for the Snow College Honors Program available at ( and be accepted into the program.
  2. Complete 12 credits of honors classes from the list below.
  3. As part of that 12 hours, complete English 2014, the honors thesis class (in place of English 2010), and complete English 2150 or 2160.

For a complete list of honors courses & their availability, consult the honors webpage:

Civic Engagement & Service Learning Program

Snow’s Civic Engagement & Service Learning Program (CE&SL) is designed to help students develop their critical thinking and leadership skills through intellectual, moral, and civic learning to create a rigorous and rewarding academic experience. CE&SL enables students to take what they’re learning in the classroom and apply it through meaningful, hands-on projects that connect them with the community and help them prepare for professional and civic life beyond college.

Service learning (SL) – designated courses are available across most majors at Snow, and there are various other CE&SL opportunities available on and off campus, from Snow Service and other related clubs, to Alternative Spring Break trips, to other co-curricular service learning activities. These opportunities give students a chance to collaborate and connect with fellow students, and to work with community partners on projects that address real needs and problems in the local community and wider world.

Students who have participated in the program in the past have found that CE&SL has helped them network to potential job opportunities, enhance their resumes with significant experiences, and interact network to potential job opportunities, enhance their resumes with significant experiences, and interact with their community and world through satisfying, meaningful work. One way students can structure their CE&SL experience at Snow is by pursuing the Service Scholars Recognition Award.

Service Scholars Recognition Award

The Service Scholars Recognition Award is designed for students interested in enhancing their educational experience through community service. Through the program, students address real community issues by providing service to and learning from people in Central Utah and beyond. Students will enhance their academic experience with the knowledge and awareness they gain through increased civic engagement. At the same time, they will be helping others and building personal character, becoming better members of society. Service Scholar Graduates must complete the following:

Graduates from the program are recognized each year with the following:

For additional information or for a list of qualified service learning courses, please go to  

GE Identifications

General education courses are identified with the following:

GE Transfer Credit

For information on transferring credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education, please see the Transfer Articulation section of this catalog.