Welcome to the 2012 - 2014 Course Catalog for Essex County College. The online version of the Course Catalog provides detailed descriptions of Degree & Certificate Programs including general education requirements (shown below), the recommended sequence of courses, the Honors Program and even information on continuing education. It is designed to assist students in tracking their progress through the courses leading to the successful completion of their academic program of study. As always, it is important to meet regularly with an academic advisor to stay on track for graduation.

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General Education Requirements

General Education Statement – Adopted by the Faculty on 4/24/14 As part of Essex County College mission, the College seeks to transform lives so that students can achieve a better future through education. Essex students are thus empowered to become agents of change in their own lives, in their communities and in the world. Mastery of the general education courses prepares students with critical thinking, writing, problem solving, research and analytical skills that lay the foundation for academic excellence. Essex’s comprehensive core of general education courses is affirmed by the State of New Jersey. These courses ensure that no matter the degree chosen, all Essex students will graduate with a comprehensive academic perspective, as well as the more specialized knowledge of the major course requirements.

Essex County College firmly believes that broad-based knowledge best prepares students for further education at four-year institutions, as well as for the demands of a competitive marketplace and the global economy. Therefore, depending on the degree and major chosen, students may take a number of courses in the following categories:


  1. Written and Oral Communication: Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
  2. Quantitative Knowledge & Skills: Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.
  3. Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning: Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
  4. Technological Competency: Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals.
  5. Society & Human Behavior: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.
  6. Humanistic Perspective: Students will analyze works in the field of art, music or theater; literature; and philosophy and/or religious studies; and will gain competence in the use of a foreign language.
  7. Historical Perspective: Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance.
  8. Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity: Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.
  9. Ethical Reasoning & Action: Students will understand ethical issues and situations.
  10. Information Literacy: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.



General Education Requirements vary depending on the type of academic program and comply with guidelines set forth by the statewide Transfer Agreement/Lampitt Bill (see

Students should consult the curriculum guide of their intended program of study to determine the exact general education courses required for their degree or academic certificate. A summary of the total minimum number of credits required in general education for each type of academic program at ECC is given in the table below. Note that the Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy general education goals are ‘incorporated course goals,’ which means that they are not addressed by stand-alone courses but, rather, are incorporated into general education courses that address one or more of the other general education goals listed above. In addition, while Certificates of Completion, which are different from Academic Certificates, have no required general education component, general education courses are often included in the curriculum of these programs.


MTH 222ENG 237HST 122

(NJCCC Goal Categories)
(Written & Oral Communication)
(Quantitative Knowledge & Skills)
(Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning)
(Technological Competency)
Social Science
(Society & Human Behavior)
(Human Perspectives)
(Historical Perspective)
Diversity Courses
(Global & Cultural Awareness)
ENG 101 (A.A.) MTH 100 BIO 101 CIS 104 SOC 101 ART 100 HST 101 ANT 101
ENG 102 (A.A.) MTH 101 BIO 102 CIS 107 SOC 108 ART 101 HST 102 ANT 105
ENG 109 (A.A.) MTH 102 BIO 103 CIS 131 SOC 219 ART 102 HST 111 ART 101
MTH 103 BIO 104 ILS 101 ANT 101 ART 200 HST 112 ART 102
ENG 101 (A.S.) MTH 109 BIO 121 CSC 100 ANT 105 MUS 100 HST 122 ART 200
ENG 102 (A.S.) MTH 113 BIO 122 ECO 101 MUS 108 HST 131 CIN 103
MTH 114 CHM 101 ECO 102 MUS 109 HST 132 ENG 205
ENG 101 (A.A.S.) MTH 119 CHM 102 POL 101 ARB 101 HST 134 ENG 215
ENG 102 or MTH 120 CHM 103 POL 104 ARB 102 HST 135 ENG 232
ENG 105 (A.A.S.) MTH 121 CHM 104 PSY 101 CIN 101 HST 136 ENG 237
MTH 122 PHY 101 PSY 102 ENG 205 HST 137 ENG 238
MTH 127 PHY 102 PSY 219 ENG 208 HST 161 ENG 242
MTH 136 PHY 103 ENG 215 HST 162 ENG 263
MTH 141 PHY 104 ENG 221 ENG 264
MTH 213 PHY 113 ENG 222 HST 121
MTH 221 PHY 114 ENG 232 HST 137
MTH 239 ENG 238 MUS 117
ENG 242 PSY 232
ENG 250 REL 105
ENG 263 SOC 108
ENG 264 SOC 205
FRN 101 SOC 207
FRN 102
ITL 101
ITL 102
PHI 101
REL 105
SPN 101
SPN 102
SPN 201
SPN 202
*Notes: (1) College Success Seminar (CSS) 101 – has technology components embedded in the curriculum of the course. (2) Students have the option of testing out of the Technological Competency component.



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