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General Education

Certificate

PURPOSE: The General Education Certificate is designed to serve as an intermediate step toward the associate of arts or associate of science degree for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. The curriculum provides students with a foundation in the general education core competency areas of communication, critical thinking, information literacy, cultural and social understanding, personal development, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning.

First-time job seekers who come to their employers with basic writing, analytical reasoning, and computing skills find they can be more competitive in the job market and more valuable in the workplace. Counter and retail clerks, administrative support, social and human service assistants, and customer service positions, as well as a variety of other fields, require individuals to apply their entry-level knowledge and skills while exploring the world of work and relevant career opportunities. For those employees who wish to pursue their education, the general education certificate provides foundational courses that allow students to progress toward the associate degree or to transfer to a senior institution.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: This certificate is approximately equivalent to the first year of study in any one of Reynolds’ associate of arts or associate of science transfer degree programs. The associate degree is the gateway for transfer to a four-year college or university through one of many articulation and guaranteed admission agreements currently available to Reynolds students.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

___ ___1,2

Approved Transfer Mathematics

3

0

3

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

__ ___1

Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

16

3

17

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

CST 110
or 
ENG 112

Introduction to Speech Communication or College Composition II

3

0

3

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Electives

6

0

6

___ ___1

Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for General Education Certificate 33

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. Courses on that list footnoted as “typically does not transfer” do not meet the electives requirements for this program.

2 Students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about which math course to take. Mathematics courses that will fulfill this requirement include MTH 163, MTH 166, MTH 170, MTH 151, and  MTH 173.

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

SDV 100 College Success Skills (and Career Education) 2 cr.

Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and college resources available to students. Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choices. Strongly recommended for beginning students who have not selected a major. This course will fulfill the SDV 100 requirement, which is a graduation requirement for degrees and full certificate programs.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 cr.

Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education 3 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education. Covers topics such as services at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education. Explores the existence of the Deaf people, who as a community share history, literature, customs, and culture.Lecture 3 hours per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to College Mathematics 2 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to the mastery skills needed for precalculus (MTH 163). Covers topics such as services at the college, including the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas applicable to precalculus. Topics in mathematics may include, but are not limited to, factoring polynomials, arithmetic operations on polynomials, synthetic and long division of polynomials, using the rules of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions, and graphing calculator usage. Emphasizes study skills and strategies specific to students in math courses. Meets SDV requirements for graduation.Prerequisites: A placement recommendation for MTH 163 and completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or equivalent.Co-requisite: Enrollment in college-designated section of MTH 163.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to Culinary and Pastry Arts 2 cr.

Assists students in transition to college and the culinary and pastry arts programs. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Assists students with learning basic culinary and pastry arts concepts, introductory skillsets, and current trends. Students needing to complete developmental studies courses in English or mathematics may take those courses concurrently with SDV 101 if approved by the program head.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to Health Technology 1 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to health technology disciplines. Covers topics such as the following: services and resources at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to health technology disciplines.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines 1 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to STEM disciplines (science, technology/computer science, engineering, and mathematics). Covers topics such as the following: services and resources at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to the STEM disciplines.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to Teacher Preparation 2 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to teacher preparation. Covers topics such as the following: services and resources at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to teacher preparation. Provides students an opportunity to conduct classroom observations.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1 cr.

Provides experience in resume writing, preparation of applications, letters of application, and successfully preparing for and completing the job interview. Assists students in identifying their marketable skills and aptitudes. Develops strategies for successful employment search. Assists students in understanding effective human relations techniques and communication skills in job search.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 107 Career Education 1 cr.

Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choices. This course will not fulfill the SDV 100 requirement.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 108 College Survival Skills 2 cr.

Provides an orientation to the college. Introduces study skills and career and life planning. Offers an opportunity to engage in activities aimed at self-discovery. Emphasizes development of "coping skills," such as listening, interpersonal relations, competence, and improved self-concept. Provides an overview of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits. Recommended for students enrolled in developmental courses.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 109 Student Leadership Development 1 cr.

Introduces students to leadership theories and skills. Develops students' personal leadership styles. Assists students to promote leadership skills in others. Examines the outlook, skills, and behavior essential to successful leadership.Lecture 1 hour per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Enrollment Services General Education C advising@reynolds.edu 804/523-6464
Enrollment Services General Education C advising@reynolds.edu 804/523-6464
Enrollment Services General Education C advising@reynolds.edu 804/523-6464