General Education Requirements

General Education courses provide college graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to communicate well, use technology, understand scientific developments, and function effectively as members of an educated society.

All degree programs at Sussex require the student to complete a certain number of general education courses in addition to specific courses that comprise the student’s major program of study. 

In New Jersey, all community colleges require students to complete a variety of general education courses in the categories listed below. Each degree program at Sussex is designed to include the appropriate number and type of general education courses, and it is important for the student and the advisor to adhere closely to the curriculum so that all of the general education requirements are met by the time of graduation. Specific courses that can be used to meet general education requirements in each category are listed below.

For questions about general education requirements, you should speak to your academic advisor.

General Education Information


 Goal Category

Course Criteria


Written and Oral Communication

Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.


Quantitative Knowledge 
and Skills

Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.


Scientific Knowledge 
and Reasoning

Students will use the scientific method of inquiry, through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.


Technological Competency/Information Literacy

Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals.


Society and Human 

Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.


Humanistic Perspective

Students will analyze works in the fields of art, history, music, or theater; literature; philosophy and/or religious studies; and/or will gain competence in the use of a foreign language.


Historical Perspective

Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western or American societies and assess their subsequent significance.


Global and Cultural 

Students will understand the importance of a global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.


Underlined courses have prerequisites based on College. 

Print this list of General Education Courses offered at Sussex.

*AAS degrees only     ** Most associate degrees require a two-course sequence


  • ENGL101        English Composition I
  • ENGL102        English Composition II
  • ENGL125        Technical Writing & Communication I*
  • ENGL201        Effective Speaking


  • BIOS101         General Biology
  • BIOS102         Intro to Human Biology
  • BIOS103         Anatomy and Physiology I         
  • BIOS104         Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOS108          Intro to Environmental Sustainability
  • BIOS110         Biology I
  • BIOS112         Biology II
  • BIOS122         Intro to Environmental Science
  • BIOS124         Ecology
  • BIOS130         Introduction to Botany
  • BIOS210         Microbiology
  • CHEM100       Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM107       Intro to Forensic Science
  • CHEM110       College Chemistry I
  • CHEM112       College Chemistry II
  • CHEM210       Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM212       Organic Chemistry II
  • GEOL101        Physical Geology
  • GEOL110        Historical Geology
  • PHYS100        Concepts of Physics
  • PHYS105        Introductory Astronomy
  • PHYS107        Introductory Meteorology
  • PHYS108        Physics & Technology of Clean Energy
  • PHYS110        Physics I
  • PHYS112        Physics II
  • PHYS120        Physics I with Calculus
  • PHYS121        Physics II with Calculus


  • COMS110      Computer Concepts & Applications
  • COMS113      Intro to Information Systems
  • COMS114      Intro to Computer Science
  • COMS120      Computer Software Applications

MATHEMATICS – must meet placement test criterion

  • MATH104      Contemporary Math
  • MATH105      Technical Mathematics *
  • MATH106      Mathematical Concepts
  • MATH108      Statistics
  • MATH110      Pre-Calculus I
  • MATH111      Business Calculus
  • MATH112      Pre-Calculus II
  • MATH113      Calculus I
  • MATH114      Calculus II
  • MATH213      Calculus III
  • MATH220      Differential Equations
  • MATH222/     Statistics & Research Methods in Psyc


Aesthetic Appreciation

  • ARTA103          Art History I
  • ARTA104          Art History II
  • ARTA106          Art Appreciation
  • ARTA107          History of Contemporary Art
  • COMM230       Critical Analysis/Survey of Cinema
  • MUSC101         Music Appreciation
  • THEA208/        Theater History I
  • THEA209/        Theater History II
  • PHOT120         History of Photography

Foreign Languages

  • AMSL101        American Sign Language I
  • AMSL102        American Sign Language II
  • AMSL201        American Sign Language III
  • FREN101        Elementary French I
  • FREN102        Elementary French II
  • FREN201        Intermediate French I
  • FREN202        Intermediate French II
  • GRMN101       Elementary German I
  • GRMN102       Elementary German II
  • GRMN201       Intermediate German I
  • GRMN202       Intermediate German II
  • ITAL101          Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL102          Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL201          Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL202          Intermediate Italian II
  • RUSS101        Elementary Russian I
  • RUSS102        Elementary Russian II
  • SPAN101        Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN102        Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN201        Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN202        Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN220        Spanish Conversation and Composition


  • HIST101           History of Western Civilization I
  • HIST102           History of Western Civilization II
  • HIST105           U.S. History I
  • HIST106           U.S. History II
  • HIST201           20th Century Asia **

Interdisciplinary Humanities

  • HUMN101       Survey of World Culture I
  • HUMN102       Survey of World Culture II


  • ENGL203          American Literature I
  • ENGL204          American Literature II
  • ENGL205          Contemporary Literature
  • ENGL207/         Literature By Women
  • ENGL208/        Theater History I
  • ENGL209 /       Theater History II
  • ENGL210          Modern Short Novel
  • ENGL211          The Short Story
  • ENGL213          Literary Masterpieces Western World I
  • ENGL214          Literary Masterpieces Western World II
  • ENGL221          Modern Poetry
  • ENGL230          British Literature I
  • ENGL231          British Literature II


  • PHIL110           Philosophy + The Meaning of Life
  • PHIL201           Comparative Religions
  • PHIL203           History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL205           Contemporary Ethical Issues


  • HIST101          History of Western Civilization I
  • HIST102          History of Western Civilization II
  • HIST105          U.S. History I
  • HIST106          U.S. History II
  • HIST201          20th century Asia **



  • ANTH101       Intro to Anthropology
  • ANTH110       Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH115       Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH120       Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH131       Principles of Archaeology


  • ECON101       Macroeconomics
  • ECON102       Microeconomics


  • GEOG105       Cultural Geography
  • GEOG110       World Geography

Political Science

  • POLS101         Intro to Political Science
  • POLS105         American Government
  • POLS106         State and Local Government
  • POLS109         Modern Political Ideologies
  • POLS110         International Relations


  • PSYC101         Intro to Psychology (formerly General Psychology)
  • PSYC109         Psychology of the Human Lifespan
  • PSYC111         Child Psychology
  • PSYC210         Social Psychology
  • PSYC212         Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC215         Psychology of Adult Development & Aging


  • SOCA101        Intro to Sociology
  • SOCA150        Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOCA207        Sociology of Religion


  • ANTH101       Intro to Anthropology
  • ANTH110       Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH115       Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH120       Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH150       Magic, Myth, and Religion
  • ARTA103        Art History I
  • ARTA104        Art History II
  • GEOG105       Cultural Geography
  • HIST201         20th Century Asia
  • HUMN101       Survey of World Culture I
  • HUMN102       Survey of World Culture II
  • HUMS203       Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Diversity
  • PHIL201         Comparative Religions
  • POLS109        Modern Political Ideology
  • PSYC237        Multicultural Psychology
  • SOCA101       Intro to Sociology
  • SOCA207       Sociology of Religion
  • SOCA215       Perspectives on Race, Gender, Class & Culture
  • WMST101      Women in Contemporary Society
  • WMST207/     Literature By Women