General Education Requirements (GEM)

To qualify for an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree, a candidate must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 semester credits of 100- and 200-level courses with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or better in all work attempted: and,
  2. Satisfy distribution requirements listed below with a grade of C- or better in each course.

GEM 1 - Written Communication
Complete these two courses: (6 credits)
____ ENGL 101 English Composition 3
____ ENGL 102 English Composition 3

GEM 2 - Oral Communication
Complete this course: (3 credits)
____ COMM 101 Intro to Speech Communication 3

GEM 3 - Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Complete one of the following: (3-5 credits)
____ MATH 123 Contemporary Mathematics 3
____ MATH 130 Finite Mathematics 4
____ MATH 143 College Algebra 3
____ MATH 147 Pre-Calculus 5
____ MATH 160 Survey of Calculus 4
____ MATH 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 4
____ MATH 253 Principles of Applied Statistics 3

GEM 4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing
Complete at least 8 credits, including courses from two different disciplines:
____ BIOL 100 Fundamentals of Biology 4
____ BIOL 115 Introduction to Life Sciences 4
____ BIOL 175 Human Biology 4
____ BIOL 202 General Zoology 4
____ BIOL 203 General Botany 4
____ BIOL 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/cadaver 4
____ BIOL 241 Systematic Botany 4
____ BIOL 250 General Microbiology 4
____ CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry I 4
____ CHEM 101 Intro. to Essentials of Gen. Chemistry I 4
____ CHEM 111 Principles of Gen. College Chemistry I 5
____ CHEM 112 Principles of Gen. College Chemistry II 5
____ ENSI 119 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
____ GEOG 100 Physical Geography 4
____ GEOL 101 Physical Geology 4
____ GEOL 102 Historical Geology 4
____ GEOL 123 Geology of Idaho and the Pacific NW 4
____ PHYS 101 Fundamentals of Physical Science 4
____ PHYS 103 Elementary Astronomy 4
____ PHYS 111 General Physics I 4

GEM 5 - Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
Complete at least 6 credits including courses from two different disciplines:
____ AIST 285 American Indian Literature 3
____ ART 100 Survey of Art 3
____ ART 101 History of Western Art I 3
____ ART 102 History of Western Art II 3
____ CINA 126 Film and International Culture 3
____ COMM 220 Intro to Intercultural Communication 3
____ ENGL 175 Introduction to Literature 3
____ ENGL 257 Literature of Western Civilization 3
____ ENGL 258 Literature of Western Civilization 3
____ ENGL 267 Survey of English Literature 3
____ ENGL 268 Survey of English Literature 3
____ ENGL 271 Introduction to Shakespeare 3
____ ENGL 277 Survey of American Literature 3
____ ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature 3
____ ENGL 285 American Indian Literature 3
____ FLAN 207 Contemporary World Culture 3
____ HUMS 101 Montage: Intro to the Humanities 3
____ HUMS 126 Film and International Culture 3
____ HUMS 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
____ INTR 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
____ MUSH 101 Survey of Music 3
____ MUSH 127 Survey of American Popular Music 3
____ MUSH 163 Survey of World Music 3
____ PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
____ PHIL 103 Ethics 3
____ PHIL 111 World Religions 3
____ PHIL 201 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
____ PHIL 205 Political and Social Philosophy 3
____ PHIL 220 Asian Philosophy 3
____ THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre 3

Completion of one or more Modern Language course from the list below counts as only one Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing discipline.
____ ASL 101 Elementary American Sign Language I 5
____ ASL 102 Elementary American Sign Language II 5
____ FREN 101 Elementary French I 5
____ FREN 102 Elementary French II 5
____ GERM 101 Elementary German I 5
____ GERM 102 Elementary German II 5
____ ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I 5
____ ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II 5
____ SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I 5
____ SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II 5

GEM 6 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Complete at least 6 credits, including courses from two different disciplines:
____ AIST 101 Intro to American Indian Studies 3
____ ANTH 100 Intro to Anthropology 3
____ CHD 134 Infancy through Middle Childhood 3
____ COMJ 140 Mass Media in a Free Society 3
____ COMM 233 Interpersonal Communication 3
____ ECON 201 Macroeconomics 3
____ ECON 202 Microeconomics 3
____ HIST 101 History of Civilization to 1500 3
____ HIST 102 History of Civilization since 1500 3
____ HIST 103 History of Civilization 20th Century 3
____ HIST 111 U.S. History: Discovery-Reconstruction 3
____ HIST 112 U.S. History: Gilded Age-The Present 3
____ HIST 211 History of the Americas I 3
____ HIST 212 History of the Americas II 3
____ POLS 101 American National Government 3
____ POLS 237 International Politics and Problems 3
____ PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
____ SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
____ SOC 102 Social Problems 3

GEM 7 - Institutionally Designated
Complete this Integrative course: (3 credits)
____ INTR 250 Integrative Inquiry 3

Complete one Wellness course from the following: (1-3 credits)
____ MUSA 114 Individual Instruction 2
____ MUSA 130 Introduction to Piano 1
____ MUSA 145 Piano Class I 1
____ MUSP 103 Cardinal Chorale 1
____ MUSP 104 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1
____ MUSP 106 North Idaho College Wind Symphony 1
____ MUSP 107 Cardinal Pep Band 1
____ MUSP 110 Vocal Ensemble 1
____ MUSP 111 Instrumental Ensemble 1
____ MUSP 113 North Idaho Jazz Ensemble 1
____ PE 110E Beginning Yoga 1
____ PE 110F Cardiovascular Training 1
____ PE 110J Jogging/Powerwalking 1
____ PE 110PP Cross-Country Skiing 1
____ PE 110R Strength Training 1
____ PE 222 Wellness Lifestyles 3
____ PE 288 Advanced First Aid 3