General Studies Prep Certificate

Degree offered

Non-degree in General Studies Prep

Credits required n/a

Program contact

Sarah Morrell, Dean of the Division of Access and Transition

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 the description.
  • 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 080Fundamental 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:3-6

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

Total Credit Hours:4
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