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Why earn your AS in General Studies at Parker?

The General Studies degree program focuses on real-world skills while helping students develop a basic set of transferable skills. The program is offered both online and on campus, and includes courses in a variety of fundamental areas. The program allows you to also choose between four areas of specialization: Information Technology, Business Management, Health Care, and Anatomy. Tracks in each of these specializations are a pathway to a Parker University offered Bachelor Degree Program.

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Admissions Requirements

Students may apply for the associate of science degree once all required courses for the degree have been completed.

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the time of admission
  • Complete an online or printed application and submit application fee of $50
  • Complete the transcript authorization form
  • Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf
  • Submit completed documents to the Office of Enrollment and Registrar’s Office
  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED or an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Registrar’s office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting degree compliance and/or deficiencies
  • Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required

Parker’s General Studies Program Consists of:

  • A new enrollment period each month
  • Fully online or on campus classes
  • A total of 60 credit hours
  • 42 credit hours of general education courses
  • 18 credit hours of electives or concentration courses

Course ID Credits Course Title
COMMUNICATION                                                                                         Complete (12) Semester Credit Hours
COSC 1301 3 Introduction to Computing
ENGL 1301 3 English Composition I
ENGL 1302 3 English Composition II
SPCH 1311 3 Introduction to Speech Communications
Communication* 12 *Or choose other equivalent courses in Communications
MATHEMATICS                                                                                             Complete one (3) Semester Credit Hours
MATH 1314 3 College Algebra
MATH 1316 3 Trigonometry
MATH 1324 3 Math for Business and Social Sciences (Finite Mathematics)
MATH 1342 3 Elementary Statistical Methods I
Mathematics* 3 *Or choose other equivalent course in Mathematics
NATURAL & LIFE SCIENCES                                                                     Complete two (6-8) Semester Credit Hours
BIOL 1308 3 Biology for Non-Science Majors I
BIOL 1309 3 Biology for Non-Science Majors II
BIOL 2401 4 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 4 Anatomy & Physiology II
Natural & Life Sciences* 6 *Or choose other equivalent courses in Natural & Life Sciences
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES                                      Complete (15) Semester Credit Hours
PSYC 2301 3 Introduction to Psychology
GOVT 2305 3 Federal Government
GOVT 2306 3 Texas Government
HIST 1301 3 United States History I
HIST 1302 3 United States History II
Social & Behavioral Sciences* 15 *Or choose other equivalent courses in Social & Behavioral Sciences
HUMANITIES                                                                                                    Complete (6) Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 2326 3 American Literature
MUSI 1306 3 Music Appreciation
Humanities* 6 *Or choose other equivalent courses in Humanities
ELECTIVES                                                                                               Choose (18) additional Semester Credit Hours
Choose from 1000 or above level courses not used in General Education Core or choose a specialization area in Anatomy, Business, Health Care, or Information Technology.
Information Technology Concentration                       18 Credits                        Course Title
BCIS 1302 3 Programming Logic and Design
BCIS 2306 3 Fundamentals of Network Systems
BCIS 2307 3 Operating Systems
BCIS 2308 3 Data and Information Management
BCIS 2309 3 Ethical, Social, and Legal Dimensions of Computer
BCIS 2322 3 Client-Side Scripting (HTML)
Health Care Concentration                                           18 Credits                         Course Title
SOCI 1343 3 Introduction to Public Health
HITT 1311 3 Electronic Medical Records Systems (EMRS)
KINE 1304 3 Personal/Community Health
ANTH 2351 3 Social & Cultural Anthropology
BIOL 1322 3 Nutrition & Diet Therapy
PSYC 2314 3 Human Growth & Development
Business Concentration                                                18 Credits                           Course Title
BMGT 1301 3 Introduction to Management
BCIS 1305 3 Business Computer Applications
ECON 2301 3 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 3 Principles of Microeconomics
ACCT 2301 3 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACCT 2302 3 Principles of Managerial Accounting
Anatomy Concentration                                                 18 Credits                            Course Title

Choose from: Finite Math, Statistics, Trigonometry, or other if not used in gen. ed.

BIOL 12 Choose from: Biology I, Biology II, Gen Chemistry I, Gen Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Physics I, or Physics II, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, or Exercise Physiology if not used in gen. ed.
PSYC 2314 3 Human Growth & Development
Where Do General Studies Degreed Professionals Work?

With any degree program, it is a smart idea to take a look at the projected occupational growth of your desired career to get an idea of what to expect after graduation. When it comes to the broad scope of jobs associated with the General Studies degree program, utilizing resources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a great starting point in researching different careers. According to the BLS, jobs in Media and Communication are expected to grow 4% between 2014 and 2024, which will result in over 27,000 new jobs. Additionally, Business and Financial occupations are projected to have an 8% increase in the same time frame. This is great news for graduates of a General Studies program and useful information that can be used to create a degree program that has the potential for a long-term, well-paying career.

Career Outlets for Parker General Studies Salary
Computer Network Support Specialists $55,000 to $74,999
Health technologists, technicians, community health workers and healthcare practitioners and technical workers $35,000 to $54,999
Food Service, Real Estate, and Hotel Managers $50,820 to $57,040
Law Enforcement workers, and Police and detectives $37,040 to $61,600
 Psychiatric Technicians, and Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder Counselors $26,720 to $42,150

Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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jrodriguezAssociate of Science with a major in General Studies