General Education Core Curriculum (GECC), Certificate


Program Overview

The General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Certificate is intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of a bachelor of arts degree. Completing the GECC Certificate enables students to document that they have fulfilled all the lower-division general education course requirements for both the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees.

Kankakee Community College participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide transfer agreement intended to provide easier transfer of credits among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. A key component of the IAI is that participants have agreed to accept the completed GECC as a package in lieu of their own lower-division general education courses. Completing the GECC Certificate signifies that all lower-division general education courses have been completed, and guarantees that all of these courses will transfer as a package.

The GECC Certificate is part of the transferable Associate in Arts degree; it is neither a workforce certificate nor an industry-recognizable credential.

Program Requirements



COMM 1553Introductory Speech

3 Credits

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

ENGL 1623English II

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Social and Behaviorial Science

Social and Behavioral Science Courses

9 Credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Choose three courses from the Social and Behavioral Science category in the IAI course options. Must include courses selected from at least two disciplines.


Humanities Courses

9 Credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Choose three courses from the Humanities category in the IAI course options. Must include at least one Humanities course and at least one Fine Arts course.


Mathematics Elective

3-5 Credits

Total Credit Hours:3-5

Choose one course from the Mathematics category in the IAI course options.

Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

Life Science Course

3-4 Credits

Physical Science Course

3-4 Credits

Total Credit Hours:7-8

Choose from Life Sciences and Physical Sciences category in the IAI course options.

Total Credit Hours: 37

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