Associate of Applied Science Degrees General Education Requirements

The college recommends that all students create an educational plan with an academic advisor in the Student Success Center prior to registering. Students with previous academic, career, and life experiences are encouraged to explore the proficiency credit options to substitute their acquired knowledge for prerequisite, course and/or degree requirements.

The college recommends using the Academic Planning, Registration, and My Progress tool l on accessECC to track your progress toward completion.

These degrees are not intended for transfer. For information about courses in the curricula that will transfer or about a transfer-oriented program, see an ECC academic advisor.

Curriculum Requirements

The student must satisfactorily complete all courses specified in the curriculum of their choice. For details, see all AAS degrees and course descriptions on the pages that follow in this catalog.

General Education Requirements

Course Title Credits
IAI Courses are guaranteed to transfer to participating insitutions. Non-IAI courses may transfer; however, it is dependent on your transfer institution. Take two of the following courses:
IAI Courses:
English Composition I
English Composition II
Fundamentals of Speech
Non-IAI Courses
Business Communications I
Business Communications II
Social or Behavioral Sciences
IAI Courses are guaranteed to transfer to participating institutions. Non-IAI courses may transfer; however, it is dependent on your transfer institution. Take 3 credit hours from:
IAI Courses:
Introduction to Anthropology
General Prehistoric Archeology
Cultural Anthropology
Human Evolution
Fundamentals of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Human Geography
Geography of the Developing World
History of Western Civilization I
History of Western Civilization II
History of World Civilizations I
History of World Civilizations II
History & Politics of Gender
History of Latin America I
History of Latin America II
History of Asia: Ancient to 1500
History of Asia: 1500 to Present
U S History to 1870
U S History Since 1865
History of U.S. Latinas and Latinos
History of Mexico
African American History I
African American History II
Amer Government - National
Amer Govt State Local
Principles of Political Science
Comparative Political Systems
International Relations
Intro to Psychology
Child Psychology
Psychology of Adolescence
Adulthood and Aging
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Principles of Sociology
Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Marriage and Family
Social Psychology
Gender Roles and Social Change
Non-IAI Courses:
ATR 230Field Archeology1-3
ATR 240Topics in Anthropology3
HIS 100Topics in History1-3
HIS 170History of Illinois3
HIS 201Modern European History3
HIS 297Independent Study in History1-3
INS 100Topics in International Studies1-3
INS 107Global Persp. on World Civilizatn3
INS 297Indep. Study in Internat. Studies1-3
POS 141Topics in Government1-3
POS 297Independent Study in Government1-3
PSY 201Experimental Psychology3
PSY 210Personality3
PSY 211Educational Psychology3
PSY 220Special Topics in Psychology1-3
PSY 225Human Sexuality3
SOC 101Introduction to Family Violence3
SOC 225Human Sexuality3
SOC 230Criminology3
Math or Science
IAI Courses are guaranteed to transfer to participating insitutions. Non-IAI courses may transfer; however, it is dependent on your transfer institution Take 3 credits from the following courses:
IAI Courses:
APS 101Earth Science4
APS 111Applied Physical Science4
ATY 100Astronomy3.5
ATY 101Elementary Astronomy3
BIO 105Survey of Environmental Biology3
BIO 108Biology for Contemporary Society4
BIO 110Principles of Biology4
BIO 113Molecular & Cellular Biology4
BIO 114Organismal Bio, Evolution, Ecology4
BIO 115Environmental Biology4
BIO 245Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
CHM 101Preparatory Chemistry5
CHM 112Elements of Chemistry: General5
CHM 142General Chemistry I5
CHM 234Organic Chemistry I5
CHM 235Organic Chemistry II5
GEO 115Intro to Physical Geography3
GLY 105Environmental Geology3
MTH 102General Education Statistics3
MTH 104General Education Mathematics3
MTH 110Math for Elementary Teaching I3
MTH 113Math for Elementary Teaching II3
MTH 120Statistics I4
MTH 123Computer Science for Engineers4
MTH 125Finite Math for Business & Managmt3
MTH 126Calculus for Business/Social Science4
PHY 101General Physics I5
PHY 102General Physics II5
PHY 211Engineering Physics I5
Non-IAI Courses
BIO 101Nutrition for Contemporary Society3
BIO 104Biotechnology and Society4
BIO 234Special Topics in Biology1
BIO 235Special Topics in Biology2
BIO 236Special Topics in Biology3
BIO 240Human Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 246Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 265Microbiology4
BUS 120Business Mathematics3
CHM 170Elementary Organic Chemistry5
CHM 290Special Topics in Chemistry1-4
GLY 101Survey of Geology3
GLY 112Physical Geology4
MTH 107Technical Math I4
MTH 109Technical Math II4
MTH 112College Algebra4
MTH 114Trigonometry3
Humanities and Fine Arts
IAI Courses are guaranteed to transfer to participating insitutions. Non-IAI courses may transfer; however, it is dependent on your transfer institution Take 3 credit hours from the following courses:
IAI Courses:
Art Appreciation
Art of Film
History of Art, Prehistory to 1300
History of Art, 1300 to the Present
Survey of Non-Western Art
History of Photography
Intermediate French II
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
Latin American Civilization
American Civilization
Ancient & Medieval Western Humanities
Modern Western Humanities
Intro to Non-Western Humanities
Introduction to Philosophy
Ancient & Medieval Western Philosophy
Modern Western Philosophy
Critical Reasoning
Introduction to Religious Studies
Comparative Religions
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Mythology
Introduction to Literature:Fiction
Introduction to Literature:Drama
Introduction to Literature:Poetry
Introduction to Shakespeare
Multicultural American Literature
Intro to Literature by Women
LGBTQ Literature
International Literature
Children's Literature
Novel and Film
Masterpieces of World Lit
Bible as Literature
Great Books Seminar I
Great Books Seminar II
Great Books Seminar III
Great Books Seminar IV
Great Books Seminar V
Musics of the World
Music Appreciation
Music Literature From 1400 to 1750
Music Liter. From 1750 to Present
Introduction to Film Appreciation
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Theatre Appreciation
Intro-Theatre History & Literature
American Drama
Non-IAI Courses
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Conversational French I
Elementary German I
Conversational German I
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Basic Spanish: Medical Personnel I
Basic Spanish: Medical Personnel II
Intermediate Spanish I
Conversational Spanish I
Conversational Spanish II
Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
Spanish Conversation Composition
Advanced Spanish Composition Conv
Topics in Spanish
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese II
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Italian II
Topics in Humanities
Social & Political Philosophy
Honors Seminar in Humanities
Independent Study in Humanities
Non-Traditional Language I
Non-Traditional Language II
Topics in Literature

 Some curricula require CMS 101 Fundamentals of Speech in addition to the 6 hours of written communications.


Except GEO 115 Intro to Physical Geography


Please note: Although it does not have a MTH or science prefix, BUS 120 Business Mathematics fulfills this requirement.


GEO 115 Intro to Physical Geography only

College Requirements

  1. A total of 60 hours or more must be completed in courses numbered 100 and above as specified in the curriculum. This total cannot include any courses with ABE, ASE, AMT, ARW, ECO, or ESL prefixes.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all courses that are applied to the degree.
  3. Meet the college’s Academic Residency Requirement for Associate of Applied Science degrees: A minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework that are degree requirements, six of which must also be discipline-specific, in courses numbered 100 and above and must have been achieved at ECC, excluding AP, CLEP, and proficiency credits.
  4. Students may apply up to six hours of Independent Study credit toward any associate degree.