General Education, General College, Associate of Arts and Science

Education Director: Valerie Crespín-Trujillo

General Education

General education in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) provides a core of knowledge that imparts the common skills, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that every educated person should possess. General Education courses come from the instructional areas of Communication, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. These courses help promote educational breadth while supporting occupational programming in the WTCS.

WTCS Systemwide General Education Course List – updated January 2021. This link opens a PDF including a table with information about the systemwide general education courses as of January 2021, highlighting courses included in the UCTA with the UW System.

WTCS and University of Wisconsin System Universal Credit Transfer Agreement – updated September 2021. This link opens a PDF with the most recent version of the signed Universal Credit Transfer Agreement effective AY2022 and the related course list and course equivalencies.

General College

General College courses are systemwide courses designed to provide specific “brush-up” academic content to prepare students for success in targeted General Education courses. General College courses are Aid Code 10 credit courses and financially aidable, but do not count as credits toward an Associate degree in the WTCS.

WTCS Systemwide General College Courses. This link opens a PDF with a list of approved General College courses with associated course credits and instructional areas. For course descriptions, summaries, and WIDS course files, please see the General College section at the WTCS Repository, https://wtcsystem.wids.org.

Associate of Arts and Science

Six of the Wisconsin Technical College System Districts award the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree: Chippewa Valley Technical College (AS), Madison College (AA/AS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (AA/AS), Nicolet Area Technical College (AA/AS), Northwood Technical College (AA/AS), and Western Technical College (AS).

These degrees are designed to provide the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate college education. The AA degree emphasizes courses in the humanities, history, and the social and behavioral sciences. The AS degree emphasizes courses in the math and sciences areas.

WTCS Associate Of Arts Associate Of Science Degree Requirements – updated February 2021. This link opens a PDF including a table with information about the minimum number of credits and course subject requirements for the WTCS AA and AS degrees.