Associate of General Studies (AGS)

The purpose of the degree in general studies is to provide the student an opportunity to pursue a broad general education at a community college. It is intended as a flexible program for the student who is not preparing for a specific major in the lower division transfer or career-technical area. Students must exercise caution in using the AGS option, as the degree itself does not guarantee transferability of courses. Educational planning for the Associate of General Studies should be done with the help of an adviser.

Degree Requirements

Mathematics 4-6
Communications6-8
Health and Physical Education 3
Human Relations3-4
Arts and Letters 12
Social Science 12
Science / Mathematics / Computer Science 9
Electives41
Total Credits90-95

Mathematics

One course:

MTH058Quantitative Reasoning I6
MTH065Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online)4
MTH095Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry (Course offered online)5
MTH105Mathematics in Society5
MTH111Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions (Course offered online)5
MTH112Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry / Geometry5
MTH211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH243Statistics I (Course offered online)4
MTH244Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I: Differential Calculus5
MTH252Calculus II: Integral Calculus5
MTH253Calculus III4
MTH254Calculus IV: Vector Calculus5
MTH256Differential Equations5
MTH261Linear Algebra4

Note: In order to use MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I for this degree requirement, it must be 6 credits. MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry (Course offered online) and below will not transfer to a university.

Communications

One course from:

WR121English Composition (Course offered online)4
WR122English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)4
WR227Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)4
WR101Workplace Communications I (Course offered online)3

Plus one additional course from: 

BA205Business Communications (Course offered online)4
COMM100Basic Speech Communication (Course offered online)3
COMM111Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Course offered online)4
COMM114Argument and Critical Discourse3
COMM115Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
COMM218Interpersonal Communication (Course offered online)4
COMM219Small Group Communication3
RD117Critical Reading (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
WR121English Composition (Course offered online)4
WR122English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)4
WR227Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)4
WR101Workplace Communications I (Course offered online)3

Human Relations

One course:

ANTH103Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Cultural Literacy course)4
BA285Leadership and Human Relations3
EC115Introduction to Economics (Course offered online)3
GEOG106Introduction to World Regional Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG107Introduction to Cultural Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
HST110Ancient World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST111Medieval World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST112Modern World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HUM202Ethics in the Workplace (Course offered online)3
MUS268Music History: Baroque to Romantic (Cultural Literacy course)4
PHL202Fundamental Ethics (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PS200Introduction to Political Science (Course offered online)4
PSY101Psychology of Human Relations (Course offered online)3
PSY201General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY202General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY235Human Development I: Prenatal - Late Childhood3
PSY237Human Development (Course offered online)4
R210World Religions (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC204General Sociology: Principles of Sociology (Course offered online)3
SOC213Race Relations in the United States (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC215Gender and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC216Sociology of the Family (Course offered online)3
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3

Health and Physical Education (HPE)

3 credits in Physical Education (PE) and/or in Health Education (HE/HPE): 

HE151Drug Education: Stimulants and Performance Enhancing Drugs3
HE152Drug Education: Opioids, Cannabis, Depressants and Hallucinogens3
HE202Adult Development and Aging1
HE204Nutrition for Health3
HE205Diet Appraisal (Course offered online)1
HE207Stress Control Through Activity Intervention1
HE208HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections1
HE250Personal Health (Course offered online)3
HE251Wilderness First Aid2
HE252First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
HE255Alcohol and the Family3
HE261CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
HE265Women's Health Issues (Course offered online)2
PE185 - activity course1
HPE170Structure and Function of the Human Body3
HPE172Exercise Science3
HPE174Fitness Assessment and Programming3
HPE270Introduction to Sport Psychology3
HPE285OLWilderness Survival3
HPE291Lifeguard Training2
HPE295Health and Fitness for Life (Course offered online) (requirement at OSU and WOU)3

3 credit hours of PE185 may be granted toward an Associate degree at MHCC for completion of military basic training. A copy of the DD214 form or a Joint Services Transcript is required.

Arts and Letters

12 credits from at least two disciplines:

Art / Art History
ART115Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional4
ART116Basic Design II: Color Theory4
ART117Basic Design III: Three- Dimensional4
ART204History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine (Course offered online)4
ART205History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance (Course offered online)4
ART206History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern (Course offered online)4
ART211Survey of Visual Arts (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ART215PSurvey in Visual Arts: Photography3
ART219ACalligraphy - Bookhand2
ART219BCalligraphy - Italics2
ART219CCalligraphy - Historical and Decorative Styles2
ART225Adobe Illustrator: Digital Art4
ART226Adobe Photoshop: Digital Art4
ART231Drawing I4
ART232Drawing II4
ART233Drawing III4
ART234Life Drawing I4
ART235Life Drawing II (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART236Life Drawing III (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART240Drawing: Cartooning I4
ART241Drawing: Cartooning II4
ART254Ceramics I4
ART255Ceramics II4
ART256Ceramics III4
ART257Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing I4
ART258Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing II4
ART259Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing III4
ART260Digital Photography and Imaging4
ART261Photography I3
ART262Photography II3
ART271Printmaking I: Silkscreen and Woodcut4
ART272Printmaking II: Silkscreen, Woodcut, and Intaglio4
ART273Printmaking III4
ART281Painting I4
ART282Painting II (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART283Painting III (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART291Sculpture I4
ART292Sculpture II4
ART293Sculpture III4
ART294Watercolor I4
ART296Watercolor II4
ART297Watercolor III (if taken in 2019 or later)4
Communication / Speech
COMM100Basic Speech Communication (Course offered online)3
COMM111Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Course offered online)4
COMM114Argument and Critical Discourse3
COMM115Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
COMM218Interpersonal Communication (Course offered online)4
COMM219Small Group Communication3
Creative Writing
WR240Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
WR241Creative Writing: Fiction I4
WR242Creative Writing: Poetry I (Course offered online)4
WR244Creative Writing: Poetry II4
WR245Creative Writing: Fiction II4
WR291AThe Literary Publication I1
WR291BThe Literary Publication I2
WR292AThe Literary Publication II1
WR292BThe Literary Publication II2
WR293AThe Literary Publication III1
WR293BThe Literary Publication III2
English / Literature
ENG104Introduction to Literature: Fiction (Course offered online)4
ENG105Introduction to Literature: Drama (Course offered online)4
ENG106Introduction to Literature: Poetry4
ENG201Shakespeare4
ENG204British Literature I: Old English to Renaissance (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG205British Literature II: Age of Enlightenment to Present (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG218Arthurian Legends4
ENG222Women's Literature (Cultural Literacy course)3
ENG250Introduction to Mythology4
ENG253Survey of American Literature I (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG254Survey of American Literature II (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG261Literature of Science Fiction (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG271World Literature: The Classical World (Seventh Century B.C. to 1200 A.D.) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG272World Literature: The Renaissance to the Age of Reason 1200 A.D.- 1800 A.D. (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG273World Literature: The Romanticism to Contemporary Writings 1800 - Present (Cultural Literacy course)4
Ethics in the Workplace
HUM202Ethics in the Workplace (Course offered online)3
Film Studies
FA257Films and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
FA258Understanding the Film (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
FA266The Great Film Directors (Cultural Literacy course)4
Intensive English for College and Careers (IECC)
IECC201RIntensive English: Advanced Reading5
IECC201WIntensive English: Advanced Writing5
Modern Languages
ASL101First-year American Sign Language I4
ASL102First-year American Sign Language II4
ASL103First-year American Sign Language III4
ASL201Second-year American Sign Language I (Cultural Literacy course)4
ASL202Second-year American Sign Language II (Cultural Literacy course)4
ASL203Second-year American Sign Language III (Cultural Literacy course)4
FR101First-year French I5
FR102First-year French II5
FR103First-year French III5
GER101First-year German I5
GER102First-year German II5
GER103First-year German III5
JPN101First-year Japanese I5
JPN102First-year Japanese II5
JPN103First-year Japanese III5
JPN201Second-year Japanese I (Cultural Literacy course)5
JPN202Second-year Japanese II (Cultural Literacy course)5
JPN203Second-year Japanese III (Cultural Literacy course)5
SPAN101First-year Spanish I5
SPAN102First-year Spanish II5
SPAN103First-year Spanish III5
SPAN201Second-year Spanish I (Cultural Literacy course)4
SPAN202Second-year Spanish II (Cultural Literacy course)4
SPAN203Second-year Spanish III (Cultural Literacy course)4
SPAN211Intermediate Spanish Conversation I1
SPAN212Intermediate Spanish Conversation II1
SPAN213Intermediate Spanish Conversation III1
Music
MUS101Music Fundamentals3
MUS105Music Appreciation/Music for the Listener3
MUS111Music Theory I3
MUS112Music Theory II3
MUS113Music Theory III3
MUS211Music Theory IV (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS212Music Theory V (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS213Music Theory VI (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS268Music History: Baroque to Romantic (Cultural Literacy course)4
Music Performance/Lessons
MUP101/201Symphonic Band: First Year1
MUP105/205Jazz Ensemble1
MUP114/214Chamber Ensemble/Jazz Combo: First Year1
MUP115/215Chamber Choir: First Year1
MUP121/221Symphonic Choir: First Year1
MUP146/246Orchestra: First Year1
MUP171-192
MUP271-292
MUS131Group Piano I2
MUS132Group Piano II2
MUS133Group Piano III2
MUS161Jazz Improvisation2
MUS221Aural Skills IV: Modulation1
MUS222Aural Skills V: Polyphony1
MUS223Aural Skills VI: Chromaticism1
MUS231Keyboard Harmony I2
MUS232Keyboard Harmony II2
Philosophy
PHL191Language and the Layout of Argument4
PHL201Introduction to Philosophy (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PHL202Fundamental Ethics (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
Reading
RD117Critical Reading (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
Religion
R210World Religions (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R211History of the Old Testament (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R212History of the New Testament (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
Theatre Arts
TA101Appreciating Theatre3
TA106Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA107Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA141Acting Fundamentals I3
TA142Acting Fundamentals II3
TA143Acting Fundamentals III3

Social Science

12 credits:

Anthropology
ANTH101Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Course offered online)4
ANTH102Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ANTH103Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Cultural Literacy course)4
ANTH180Language and Culture (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
Economics
EC115Introduction to Economics (Course offered online)3
EC201Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics (Course offered online)4
EC202Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics (Course offered online)4
Geography
GEOG105Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOG106Introduction to World Regional Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG107Introduction to Cultural Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG202The Geography of Europe (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG206Geography of Oregon (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG209Geography of the Middle East and North Africa (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG214Geography of Mexico and Central America (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG290Environmental Problems and Restoration3
History
HST101Western Civilization: Ancient and Classical Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST102Western Civilization: Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST103Western Civilization: Modern Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST110Ancient World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST111Medieval World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST112Modern World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST195History of the Vietnam War (Cultural Literacy course)3
HST201U.S. History: Pre-Colonial-1840 (Course offered online)4
HST202U.S. History: 1840 - 1917 (Course offered online)4
HST203U.S. History: 1910 - Present (Course offered online)4
HST204Women in U.S. History (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST225Women in World History (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST237America in the 1960s3
International Studies
INTL101Introduction to International Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
Journalism
J211Introduction to Mass Communications3
Political Science
PS200Introduction to Political Science (Course offered online)4
PS201American Government (Course offered online)4
PS203State and Local Governments4
PS204Introduction to Comparative Politics4
PS205International Relations (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PS209Problems in American Politics4
PS215Global Issues4
PS217Introduction to Public Land Management: The Politics of Recreation3
PS225Political Ideology: Ideas About Government4
PS241Introduction to Political Terrorism (Course offered online)4
Psychology
PSY101Psychology of Human Relations (Course offered online)3
PSY151Introduction to the Social Sciences3
PSY201General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY202General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY214Introduction to Personality (Cultural Literacy course)4
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY232Sexuality and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
PSY237Human Development (Course offered online)4
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Course offered online)4
Sociology
SOC204General Sociology: Principles of Sociology (Course offered online)3
SOC205General Sociology: Social Institutions (Course offered online)3
SOC206General Sociology: Social Problems (Course offered online)3
SOC213Race Relations in the United States (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC215Gender and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC216Sociology of the Family (Course offered online)3
SOC223Sociology of Aging (Course offered online)3
Women's Studies
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3

Science / Mathematics / Computer Science

9 credits:

Lab-Sciences

Recommended for Non-Science/Engineering Majors
Anatomy
BI121Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Course offered online)4
BI122Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Course offered online)4
BI231Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Course offered online)4
BI232Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Course offered online)4
BI233Human Anatomy and Physiology III (Course offered online)4
Astronomy
PH104Descriptive Astronomy4
Biology
BI101AGeneral Biology: Survey of Cellular Biology (Course offered online)4
BI101CGeneral Biology: Fermentation Science4
BI102AGeneral Biology: Survey of Molecular Biology and Genetics (Course offered online)4
BI103AGeneral Biology: Survey of Ecology and Evolution4
BI103BGeneral Biology: Animal Behavior (Course offered online)4
BI103DGeneral Biology: Northwest Forest Ecology4
Chemistry
CH104General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I5
CH105General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II5
CH106General, Organic and Biological Chemistry III5
General Science
GS104Physical Science - Physics4
GS105Physical Science: Chemistry of the Environment4
GS105APhysical Science: Chemistry for the Consumer4
GS105BChemistry of Food and Cooking4
GS106Physical Science: Geology4
Geology
G165Regional Field Geology3
Recommended for Science, Engineering or Other STEM-Focused Majors
Biology
BI112Biology for Health Professions (if taken in 2019 or later)5
BI211Principles of Biology I5
BI212Principles of Biology II5
BI213Principles of Biology III5
BI234Microbiology4
Chemistry
CH151Basic Chemistry4
CH170Environmental Chemistry4
CH221General Chemistry I5
CH222General Chemistry II5
CH223General Chemistry III5
CH241Organic Chemistry I5
CH242Organic Chemistry II5
CH243Organic Chemistry III5
Natural Resources Ecology
F240Natural Resources Ecology4
Fish & Wildlife
FW252Mammals: Biology and Techniques4
FW253Field Ornithology4
FW254Aquatic Wildlife: Biology and Techniques4
Geology
G201Principles of Physical Geology4
G202Principles of Physical Geology4
G203Principles of Historical Geology4
Physics
PH201General Physics I5
PH202General Physics II5
PH203General Physics III5
PH211General Physics with Calculus I5
PH212General Physics with Calculus II5
PH213General Physics with Calculus III5

Non-Lab Science/Math/Computer Sciences

Recommended for Non-Science/Engineering Majors
Astronomy
PH121General Astronomy3
PH122General Astronomy3
PH123General Astronomy3
Geology
G148CVolcanoes and Their Activity3
Nutrition
FN225Nutrition (Course offered online)4
Recommended for Science, Engineering or Other STEM-Focused Majors
Computer Science
CS160Computer Science Orientation (Course offered online)4
CS161Computer Science I4
CS162Computer Science II4
CS260Data Structures4
Engineering
ENGR201Electrical Fundamentals I5
ENGR211Statics4
ENGR212Dynamics4
ENGR213Strength of Materials4
GE101Engineering Orientation4
GE102Engineering Computations3
GE115Engineering Graphics3
Fish & Wildlife
FW251Principles of Wildlife Conservation3
Mathematics
MTH058Quantitative Reasoning I6
MTH060Beginning Algebra I (Course offered online)4
MTH065Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online)4
MTH095Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry (Course offered online)5
MTH098Quantitative Reasoning II4
MTH105Mathematics in Society5
MTH111Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions (Course offered online)5
MTH112Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry / Geometry5
MTH211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH243Statistics I (Course offered online)4
MTH244Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I: Differential Calculus5
MTH252Calculus II: Integral Calculus5
MTH253Calculus III4
MTH254Calculus IV: Vector Calculus5
MTH256Differential Equations5
MTH261Linear Algebra4

Electives

Complete electives to reach a total of 90 degree credits. Elective courses for the AGS may be any course numbered 10 or above, not including developmental education courses. No more than 25 credits of one discipline may apply as elective. A maximum of 6 credits of PE185, 25 credit hours of IECC courses numbered 100 or higher, and 12 credits of Cooperative Education Internship may be applied to the AGS degree as elective credit.

To be awarded an AGS degree, students must:

  • Complete all requirements to total 90 applicable degree credits.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses applied to the degree and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the degree is awarded.
  • Satisfactorily earn 12 credit hours at MHCC. Non-traditional credit (College Level Examination Program, Experience-Based Credit, Challenge, etc.) does not satisfy this requirement.

Please note: Courses may not be repeated for credit unless specified in the course description. IECC201 courses count as General Education for the AGS degree only. Refer to the Course Numbering System and Developmental Education list for courses that are not applicable toward an MHCC degree or certificate.

To check your official progress toward graduation, log on to MyMHCC and click “View My Degree Audit.”

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course