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College Catalog

General Education

Pellissippi State has identified a core of college-level competencies expected of all graduates. The school measures those competencies to determine the degree to which graduates have achieved them. Pellissippi State graduates should be able to

  • Write clearly. 
  • Read proficiently. 
  • Communicate orally. 
  • Analyze and use quantitative information. 
  • Solve problems. 
  • Use technology effectively.

As a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, Pellissippi State also must evaluate the competency of students in the following general education subject categories:

  • Communication. Enhance the effective use of the English language essential to success in school and in the world by way of learning to read and listen critically and to write and speak thoughtfully. 
  • History. Develop an understanding of the present that is informed by an awareness of the past, including the complex and interdependent relationships between cultures and societies. 
  • Humanities/Fine Arts. Enhance the understanding of students, who as citizens and educated members of their communities need to know and appreciate their own human cultural heritage and its development in a historical and global context. 
  • Mathematics. Expand understanding of mathematics beyond the entry level requirements for college, and extend knowledge through relevant mathematical modeling with applications, problem solving, critical thinking skills, and use of appropriate technologies. 
  • Natural Sciences. Enhance abilities to define and solve problems, reason with an open mind, think critically and creatively, suspend judgment, and make decisions that may have local or global significance. 
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences. Develop an understanding of self and the world by examining the content and processes used by social and behavioral sciences to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems; enhance knowledge of social and cultural institutions and the values of this society and other societies and cultures in the world; and understand the interdependent nature of the individual, family, and society in shaping human behavior and determining quality of life.

Courses designated to fulfill general education at Pellissippi State Community College are listed here. See the Transfer/University Parallel Programs section and the Career Programs section of this Catalog for the number of credit hours required for each category.


Course Prefix/Number Course Title
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
SPCH 2100 Public Speaking



Course Prefix/Number Course Title
HIST 1010 Western Civilization I
HIST 1020 Western Civilization II
HIST 1110 World Civilization I
HIST 1120 World Civilization II
HIST 2010 U.S. History I
HIST 2020 U.S. History II


Humanities/Fine Arts

Course Prefix/Number Course Title
ARTH 2010 Survey of Art History I
ARTH 2020 Survey of Art History II
ENGL 2110 Early American Literature
ENGL 2120 Modern American Literature
ENGL 2210 British Literature: 650-1784
ENGL 2220 British Literature: 1785-Present
ENGL 2310 World Literature: 2500 BCE-1650
ENGL 2320 World Literature: 1650-Present
ENGL 2331 African-American Literature
ENGL 2510 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 2520 Introduction to Drama
ENGL 2530 Introduction to Fiction
HUM 2810 Introduction to Film Studies
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1500 Philosophy & Film
PHIL 2010 Survey of World Religions
PHIL 2400 Introduction to Ethics
PHO 1200 History of Photography
THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre



Course Prefix/Number Course Title
MATH 1010 Survey of Mathematics
MATH 1130 College Algebra
MATH 1530 Elementary Probability & Statistics
MATH 1630 Finite Mathematics
MATH 1710 Precalculus Algebra
MATH 1720 Precalculus Trigonometry
MATH 1730 Precalculus
MATH 1830 Basic Calculus & Modeling
MATH 1910 Calculus


Natural Sciences

Course Prefix/Number Course Title
BIOL 1110 General Biology I
BIOL 1120 General Biology II
BIOL 1310 Concepts of Biology
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BOT 1010 Fundamentals of Botany I
BOT 1020 Fundamentals of Botany II
CHEM 1010 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 1020 Basic Organic & Biochemistry
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1310 Concepts of Chemistry
GEOL 1040 Physical Geology
GEOL 1050 Historical Geology
GEOL 1300 The Environment W/ Lab
GEOL 1310 Concepts of Earth Science
PHYS 1300 Concepts of Physics
PHYS 2010 Non-calculus Based Physics I
PHYS 2020 Non-calculus Based Physics II
PHYS 2110 Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 2120 Calculus-Based Physics II


Social/Behavioral Sciences

Course Prefix/Number Course Title
ANT 1300 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 2010 Macroeconomics
ECON 2020 Microeconomics
GEOG 1000 Introduction to Geography
HIST 2040 African-American Studies
PHED 1100 Concepts of Health & Wellness
POLS 1020 Introduction to Political Science
POLS 1030 American Government
PSYC 1030 General Psychology
PSYC 2100 Psychology of Human Development
PSYC 2130 Lifespan Psychology
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1020 Social Problems
WMN 2200 Women in Society


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