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    Feb 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements


General Education Program Requirements

Baker College Mission

The mission of Baker College is to provide an inclusive, innovative and transformative educational experience which allows students to positively impact their lives and the world around them.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

To achieve the Baker College Mission, general education and program coursework provide students an opportunity to demonstrate:

1.  Academic knowledge and skills in Oral and Written Communication, Quantitative Literacy, Information and Technological Literacy, Scientific Practice, and the concepts and methods within disciplines and career paths.

Which allow graduates to: Express ideas, information, and arguments using the most appropriate methods, resources, reasoning, evidence, and technology. Incorporate a variety of perspectives and contextual knowledge.

2. Awareness of self, others, and community in the areas of Intercultural Competence, Inclusion and Equity, Teamwork, Professional and Ethical Behavior, Community Responsibility and Engagement, Civic Knowledge, and Global and Cultural Perspectives.

Which allow graduates to: Participate as responsible members of their professional, civic, and personal groups to address the needs of institutions and communities. Integrate a culturally diverse and globally interdependent frame of reference.

3.  Application and integration of knowledge through Critical and Creative Thinking, Inquiry and Analysis, Reflection, Synthesis, and Transfer of Learning within and across disciplines and professions.

Which allow graduates to: Cultivate the habit of mind required to ask probing questions, evaluate a wide variety of information, seek information contradictory to current understanding, solve complex problems, present original solutions to address real-world issues, and engage in learning throughout life.

General Education Goals

General education courses, offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Social Science and the College of Health Science, stimulate curiosity, promote intellectual inquiry and encourage lifelong learning through an integrated approach to learning. Through the study of real-world issues and problems, students will develop competencies in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Scientific Practice, Quantitative Literacy, Digital Information Literacy, Intercultural Competence - Inclusion/Equity, Teamwork/Professional & Ethical Behavior, Civic Knowledge/Global Cultural Perspectives/Community Responsibility, Critical and Creative Thinking, Inquiry/Analysis, Synthesis, Transfer of Learning and Reflection. These courses provide foundational knowledge and competencies essential for success in any career path. 

General education requirements must be met for all for associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Prerequisites must be met, as required, for each General Education course.

Associate Program Requirements

General Education Course Requirements for Associate Degrees: 15 Semester Hours  
 - COM 1010  - Composition and Critical Thinking I 03
 COM 1020  - Composition and Critical Thinking II 03
 MTH 1010  - Quantitative Literacy 03
 PSY 2050  - Self and Society 03
 - General Education Elective: some programs may require a particular General Education course 03

Bachelor Program Requirements

General Education Course Requirements for Bachelor Degrees: 30 Semester Hours  
 - COM 1010  - Composition and Critical Thinking I 03
 COM 1020  - Composition and Critical Thinking II 03
 - HUM 3910  - Integrated Seminar 03
 MTH 1010  - Quantitative Literacy 03
 PSY 2050  - Self and Society 03
 SOC 3050  - Personal, Civic, and Global Perspectives 03
 - One higher-level mathematics course (i.e. MTH 1070, 1120, 2750 or higher)  
 - One Scientific Inquiry course  
 - Two General Education Electives: some programs may require particular General Education courses  
All graduates must meet the General Education competency requirements prior to graduation.  
NOTE: While there are no specific General Education requirements for certificate programs, General Education courses may be required as part of a certificate as determined by the individual program.

General Education Electives

BIO 1210/1211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab*   03/01
BIO 1220/1221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab*   03/01
BIO 2410/2411 Microbiology and Lab*   03/01
CHM 2310 Biochemistry*   03
CHM 2460 General Chemistry and Lab*   04/0
COM 2050 Public Speaking   03
COM 2110 Group Dynamics   03
COM 2150 Advanced Professional Communications   03
ECN 2010 Principles of Macroeconomics   03
ECN 2110 Principles of Microeconomics   03
ENG 2050 Mass Media and Society   03
ENG 2410 Creative Writing   03
GEO 1010 Human Geography   03
GEO 1110 Physical Geography   03
HIS 1010 Introduction to History   03
HUM 3610 Art Appreciation   03
HUM 3650 Music Appreciation   03
LIT 2010 Introduction to Literature   03
LIT 2050 Introduction to Literature: World Masterpieces and Critical Approaches 03
LIT 3310 American Literature   03
MTH 1070 Quantitative Reasoning   03
MTH 1110 College Algebra I   03
MTH 1120 College Algebra II   03
MTH 1210 Trigonometry   03
MTH 1310 Pre-Calculus   05
MTH 1510 Calculus I   04
MTH 2410 Discrete Mathematics   03
MTH 2510 Calculus II   04
MTH 2750 Statistical Methods   03
MTH 3510 Multivariable Calculus   04
MTH 3550 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 04
PHY 2150 Integrated Physics*   03
PHY 2510/L General Physics I and Lab*   04/0
PHY 2520/L General Physics II and Lab*   04/0
PHY 3210 Principles of Astronomy*   03
POL 1010 Introduction to Political Science   03
PSY 1110 General Psychology   03
PSY 2110 Psychology of Death and Dying   03
PSY 2210 Developmental Psychology   03
PSY 2310 Industrial Organizational Psychology   03
PSY 3110 Abnormal Psychology   03
PSY 3210 Psychology of Disability   03
PSY 3350 Human Sexuality   03
PSY 3410 Child Psychology   04
PSY 3510 Adolescent Psychology   03
PSY 4010 Social Psychology   03
PSY 4150 Gerontology   03
SCI 2710 Environmental Science*   03
SOC 2010 Sociology   03
SOC 2210 Cultural Diversity   03
SPN 1010 Spanish I   03
SPN 1020 Spanish II   03

*Course satisfies Scientific Inquiry requirement.

Baker College Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) is designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements. Students can view a list of participating institutions at

The MTA requirements should fulfill all or the majority of the student’s lower-level general education credits, dependent on the requirements of the student’s major. A transfer student must be admissible to a receiving institution in order to benefit from the MTA. Students may meet requirements of the MTA as a stand-alone package.

To fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students must successfully complete at least 30 semester hours (or 46 quarter credit hours) with at least a 2.0 GPA in each course. These credits, which will be certified by a Michigan college, should be met according to the following distribution.

If these courses do not add up to 30 semester hours the student must take an additional course from one of the groups to equal 30 total hours.

Semester Credit Requirements:

  • One course in English Composition
  • One course in English Composition or Communication
  • One course in Mathematics from one of three pathways: College Algebra, Statistics or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Two courses, from different disciplines, in Social Science 
  • Two courses, from different disciplines, in Humanities and Fine Arts, excluding studio and performance classes
  • Two courses, from different disciplines, in Natural Science, including one with laboratory experience
MTA Course Requirements  
  Following are the Baker College courses that meet the Michigan Transfer Agreement:
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required English Composition course  
COM 1010  - Composition and Critical Thinking 03  
Select either the English Composition course or the Communication course from the following:
COM 1020  - Composition and Critical Thinking II 03  
COM 2050  - Public Speakiing 03  
Select one Mathematics course from the following:  
MTH 1070  - Quantitative Reasoning 03  
MTH 1120  - College Algebra II 03  
MTH 1310  - Pre-Calculus 05  
MTH 1510  - Calculus I 04  
MTH 2510  - Calculus II 04  
MTH 2750  - Statistical Methods 03  
Select two courses, from different disciplines, from the following:  
ECN 2010  - Principles of Macroeconomics 03  
ECN 2110  - Principles of Microeconomics 03  
HUS 1110   - Poverty and Culture 03  
POL 1010  - Introduction to Political Science  03  
PSY 1110  - General Psychology 03  
PSY 2050  - Self and Society 03  
PSY 2110  - Psychology of Death and Dying 03  
PSY 3110  - Abnormal Psychology 03  
SOC 2010  - Sociology 03  
SOC 2210  - Cultural Diversity 03  
SOC 3050  - Personal, Civic, and Global Perspectives 03  
Select two courses, from different disciplines, from the following:  
COM 2110  - Group Dynamics 03  
ENG 2410  - Creative Writing 03  
HUM 3610  - Art Appreciation  03  
HUM 3650  - Music Appreciation 03  
LIT 2050  - Introduction to Literature: World Masterpieces and Critical Approaches   03  
SPN 1010   - Spanish I 03  
Select two courses, from different disciplines, from the following. One must be taken with an accompanying Lab:
BIO 1210  - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  03  
BIO 1211  - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 01  
BIO 1220  - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 03  
BIO 1221  - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 01  
BIO 2410  - Microbiology  03  
BIO 2411  - Microbiology Lab 01  
CHM 2460  - General Chemistry 04  
CHM 2460L  - General Chemistry Lab 00  
PHY 2150  - Integrated Physics  03  
PHY 2510  - General Physics I 04  
PHY 2510L  - General Physics I Lab  00  
PHY 2520  - General Physics II 04  
PHY 2520L  - General Physics II Lab 00  
PHY 3210  - Principles of Astronomy 03  
SCI 2710  - Environmental Science  03