Jul 19, 2024  
2024 - 2025 General Catalog and Student Handbook 
2024 - 2025 General Catalog and Student Handbook

Academic Programs

CA = Carver
MN = Downtown
SW = Southwest

Associate in Science (AS)/Associate in Arts (AA)

English Composition (Area I) 6
Humanities (Area II) 12
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Area III) 11
Social, Behavioral, and History Sciences (Area IV) 12
Electives (Area V) 19 - 23
(Students should refer to individual course descriptions to determine if a course is Area V eligible.)
Total Credit Hours                                                                 60 - 64                                                                         

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Program Credits 31 - 61                                     
General Education Requirements 15 - 29
(See program descriptions for specific requirements.)
Total Credit Hours      60 - 76

Certificate (CER)

Program Credits                                                                                                                        11 - 54                                                                                                                       
General Education Requirements 6 - 19
(See program descriptions for specific requirements)
Total Credit Hours 30 - 60

Short Certificate (STC)

Program Credits 9 - 29                                      
General Education Requirements 0 - 6
Total Credits in Program 9 - 29


General Education Core Competencies

After completing courses in the General Education Core, all students will be able to do the following:

  1. Communicate ideas effectively using standard written English;
  2. Express ideas orally using standard English;
  3. Read critically and analytically to demonstrate comprehension of college-level textbooks, literature, and other sources of printed information;
  4. Explain and apply fundamental mathematical processes, critically evaluate quantitative information, and identify misleading or erroneous information;
  5. Utilize computer technology to record, retrieve, present, and apply information; and
  6. Apply appropriate research methodology to summarize, paraphrase, interpret, and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources.

Students will be assessed on their knowledge related to the General Education Core Competencies after completing all of the General Education Core Courses required by their specific degree plans.

General Education Core Courses

The work completed in the General Education Core Courses assists students in achieving Bishop State’s General Education Core Competencies. 


Associate in Applied Science

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science


Short-Term Certificate