General Studies Prep Certificate Program (NB)

Degree offered

Non-degree in General Studies Prep

Credits required n/a

Program contact

Sarah Morrell, Dean of Developmental Education

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students the opportunity to develop college-level skills in math, reading, and writing. Students whose native language is not English should choose the English as a Second Language concentration.

After the Program

After successful completion of the program, including developmental courses, students transfer to a degree or certificate program. In some cases this may be as easy as completing a change of program form; in other cases, students must complete an internal transfer application. See individual degree programs or your advisor for details on how to apply.

Students who have successfully completed this program have been accepted into nearly every BCC degree or certificate program and transferred to UMass Dartmouth and other four-year institutions.

Recommended Course Sequence

Contact your program director or your advisor for course sequencing recommendations.

Program Information

General Studies Prep students receive individualized interpretation of their placement test score and academic advisement at the time of testing. This program helps students build a solid foundation for success at BCC.

Students interested in pre-career options should refer to General Studies Prep-Career Prep.

Students in this program receive priority acceptance into the QUEST for Success program.

Entering the Program

Students may apply directly to this program or may be admitted to this program following a review of their educational background. Some students in this program have been out of school for several years; some did not complete high school; others did not take college preparatory courses in high school.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:1

Developmental Courses

ENG 090Basic Writing Skills

3 credits

MTH 011Foundations of Mathematics

3 credits

MTH 021Foundations of Algebra I

3 credits

MTH 031Foundations of Intermediate Algebra

3 credits

MTH 151College Algebra

3 credits

RDG 080Fundamentals of Reading Development

3 credits

RDG 090College Reading and Learning Strategies

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:21

General Education and Career Elective Courses

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Some of these degree credit courses have prerequisites. Ask an advisor for recommendations based on BCC degree program desired. Pre-career option students need 6-8 career credits. Choose required MTH course in desired program.

Career Prep Option Elective or Introductory Course for Desired Program


3-4 credits


3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Choose one of the following

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

COM 113Interpersonal Speech

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Academic Support Courses

CSS 103Career Exploration and Development Seminar

1 credit

CSS 105Technology Tools for College Success

3 credits

RDG 070Study Skills: Learning How to Learn

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:5
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