Adult Degree Programs: A.S. in General Studies

Program Description

The General Studies program is designed specifically for working adults who have little or no college experience. This program prepares students to advance towards a bachelor’s degree while providing them with the core courses needed for general education.


Program Requirements                     

All students must be responsible for being able to access the Internet, email, and be comfortable with Microsoft Word documents (create, format, and attach).

Degree Format               

  • The General Studies associate degree consists of three sections: General Education, General Electives, and Related Studies.                               
  • Each section requires a number of courses for completion. To fulfill these requirements, courses can either be taken at University of Mount Olive, transferred from another institution, or earned through CLEP/DANTES exams. Some courses have prerequisites that must be completed prior to enrolling in the course.       

Application Process

(Applicants must be 21 years or older)

  • Complete an MOC Admissions Application and submit all official high school, college and/or military transcripts. Note: High school transcripts are not required if the applicant has completed at least 24 semester hours of transferable college credit.
  • Attend an Information Meeting with Admissions and Financial Aid Representatives to review the program and financial aid opportunities.
  • Pay a non-refundable $50 confirmation fee.
  • Meet with Advising and Student Accounts Representatives for an orientation and to register for classes.

Course Format

  • Students enroll in fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Semesters are divided into three, five-week sessions.
  • Seated courses meet one night a week from 6-10 p.m. for five weeks. Online courses are also available.
  • Students may take one or more courses each session in either seated, online or a combination of both formats if they choose.

The General Studies Associate Degree

I. General Education (43-44 semester hours)
Must be taken in sequence prior to enrolling in any other courses in the program:
Session A - ADV 100 Advisement English (counted under Related Studies, see below)

Session B - ENG 111 Expository Writing

Session C - ENG 112 Writing about Literature

May be taken any time after the above three courses:                   

  • 3 semester hours in Fine Arts (Art, Music or Drama)
  • 3 semester hours in Math (College Algebra or higher)
  • 3 semester hours of Literature
  • 3 semester hours of Religion      
  • 3 semester hours of Health/Wellness (Focus on Health — HLH 110)
  • 6 semester hours of History   
  • 3 semester hours of Humanities (Lit, Rel, Phil or Fine Arts)
  • 7-8 semester hours of Science (at least one with a lab)
  • 3 semester hours of Social Science (Psy, Cj, Eco, Geo, His, PLS or Soc)
  • 3 semester hours of Perspective (Ant, Foreign Lang, Rls, Psy, Soc, Geo, Eco or Cj)

II. General Electives (17-18 semester hours)
Any college credit course. May be taken at any time.
III. Related Studies (3-6 semester hours)    

ADV 100 Advisement English (referenced above)    
CIS 110 or 201    

Total hours required = 64    

General Studies Course Descriptions         

Note: A total of 64 semester hours are needed to complete an AS in General Studies at University of Mount Olive. 18 of the 64 sh must be taken at MOC. Courses taken toward a bachelor degree program, CLEP/DANTES exams, and transferrable credit to MOC may be applied.

Required Courses      

ADV 100 Advisement/English (3 sh)
This course is an orientation to college that includes an introduction to the skills necessary to be successful in University of Mount Olive Modular programs.
ENG 111 Expository Writing (3 sh)
This course is a study of major modes of essay development, advanced library skills, and introduction to academic research. Successful completion of a competency test is required to qualify for enrollment in ENG 112.
ENG 112 Writing About Literature (3 sh)
This course is a continuation of the study of the essay form, an introduction to literacy research and the interpretation and analysis of major literary genres. Prerequisite: ENG 111

Other Courses Available in a 5-Week Format

(Most are offered in a seated or online format)
HLH 110 Focus on Health (3 sh)
This course is an introduction to the association between fitness and mortality, the relevance of initiating and adhering to a lifetime fitness program, and the effects of a healthy lifestyle on quality of life and longevity.
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 sh)
This course is a study of the field of psychology that examines, from a scientific viewpoint, the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions of behavior.
SCI 102 Interdisciplinary Science (3 sh)
This course is an examination of the natural sciences and scientific method in comparison to the behavioral and social sciences, the humanities and the applied fields of study.
MAT 121 Contemporary Math (3 sh)
This is an activity-based course focusing on quantitative literacy and problem-solving with emphasis on realistic applications from set theory, elementary combination, probability, elementary statistics, geometry, trigonometry and measurement. TI-83 or TI-83 Plus graphing calculator required.
HIS 221 American History I (3 sh)
This course is a survey of the history of the United States from the age of exploration and discovery until 1865.
HIS 222 American History II (3 sh)
This course is a survey of the history of the United States from 1865 to the present.
ENG 234 World Literature (3 sh)
This course is a survey of both Western and non-Western literatures in terms of representative authors and texts. Students will examine works in poetry, drama, and fiction and discuss genres, poetics, and themes as examples of cross-cultural dialogue. Prerequisite: ENG 112.
REL 111 Old Testament (3 sh)
This course is an examination of the writings of the Old Testament, using a historical and interpretive approach to these writings.
REL 112 New Testament (3 sh)
This course is an examination of the writings of the New Testament as interpreted against the background of the early Christian community.
ENG 241 Public Speaking (3 sh)
This is a basic course in public speaking providing opportunities for students to develop the poise and confidence necessary to think and speak effectively before an audience. Prerequisite: ENG 112.
BIO 120 Principles of Biology
This course is designed to provide science majors and non-majors with a proper foundation in essential biological concepts including: the chemistry and physiology of biological molecules, cellular structure and function, energy and metabolism, genetics, and biotechnology. The course focuses on biological organization from the molecular to the cellular levels.
BIO 120L Principles of Biology I Lab (1 sh)
This laboratory will focus on scientific discovery via experimental learning. Topics to be covered include: scientific method, diffusion/ osmosis, cell membranes, fermentation, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, genetics, and an introduction to biotechnology.
EES 110 Environmental Science (3 sh)
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the interactions of humans with their environment.
SCI 101 General Science Laboratory (1 sh)
This is a stand-alone, interdisciplinary laboratory encompassing biology, chemistry, earth science and physics designed to provide students with hands-on experience. The lab requires students to acquire reproducible data through experimentation, and draw conclusion based upon that body of data. Students should be able to perform these experiments with limited lab facilities using nontoxic substances.
HIS 200 Contemporary World History (3 sh)
This course examines historical factors that led to contemporary world events.
SPA 116 Everyday Spanish (3 sh)
This is a conversational Spanish course intended for students who have little or no knowledge of Spanish, which will provide students with commonly used terminology and language and enable students to communicate in everyday Spanish-speaking situations.
BUS 110 Introduction to Business (3 sh)
This course is an introduction to the various aspects of business such as organization, ownership, finance, management, insurance, selling, labor, marketing, advertising, transportation, communication, law, ethics, and government.
ART 110 Art Appreciation (3 sh)
This is an introductory course designed to increase understanding of the visual arts.
MUS 250 Music Appreciation (3 sh)
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of music and the use of these elements in the understanding and enjoyment of music including a study of musical forms, styles, and historical periods with an emphasis on listening.