The General Education Certificate is central to all transfer degrees offered at NIC, as it encompasses the 36-credit GEM 1-7 competencies that were collaboratively developed and adopted by all public higher education institutions in Idaho. The established General Education Matriculation or GEM requirements are found in State Board of Education policy III. N.
The General Education Certificate represents an intentionally designed foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve the diverse needs of students interested in a variety of fields of study and careers. Completion of the certificate is a valuable indication of student achievement. The certificate is awarded at completion and no application is required.
Office of Instruction
Molstead Library, Room 252
Phone: (208) 769-3400
|General Education Requirements|
|GEM 1 - Written Communication||6|
|GEM 2 - Oral Communication||3|
|GEM 3 - Mathematical Ways of Knowing||3-5|
|GEM 4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing||8|
|GEM 5 - Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing||6|
|GEM 6 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing||6|
|GEM 7 - Institutionally Designated||4-6|
- WICHE Passport
- AAS Institutionally Designated
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Express themselves effectively, in both written and oral forms, to varied audiences to serve diverse purposes.
- Use appropriate mathematical principles and practices to interpret mathematical concepts, execute and explain appropriate strategies, and draw conclusions.
- Apply scientific reasoning to various discipline-related questions and use laboratory practices appropriately for study, analysis, and replication of key principles.
- Use social science reasoning to inquire, collect relevant information, and develop insights on individual, social, community, regional, national, and/or global issues.
- Describe and interpret how a variety of humanistic and artistic forms, reflect, shape, and influence the human condition.
- Demonstrate self-awareness, apply integrative learning, and develop commitment toward educational and life goals.