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General Studies Certificate


Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) as both a sending and receiving institution. This agreement eases the transfer of general education credits between Michigan institutions. Students can complete the General Studies certificate either as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package, requiring at least 30 general education credits.
Students who earn the MTA will have completed a minimum 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, the MTA does not exempt students from specific program prerequisites or higher-level general education requirements. It’s important to consult with a KBOCC advisor to understand how the MTA affects their degree plans. Those eligible for reverse transfer and meeting MTA guidelines can request the MTA satisfaction notation from their previous institution.


1. Evaluate information from diverse sources to make informed decisions and solve problems effectively by analyzing data, interpreting results, and assessing the validity of evidence.
2. Compose and present well-structured ideas, arguments, and information through written and oral formats to diverse audiences, demonstrating proficiency in communication techniques and tools.
3. Integrate and apply key concepts and methodologies from the humanities, social sciences, lab sciences, and Anishinaabe studies to analyze and address complex problems, demonstrating a broad and interdisciplinary understanding.
4. Analyze and articulate the significance of Anishinaabe culture, language, and traditions, demonstrating respect and appreciation for Indigenous perspectives and contributions through informed discussions and cultural engagement activities.
5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for successful entry into the workforce or seamless transfer to a university by completing relevant coursework, developing professional skills, and engaging in career planning activities.


Karen Colbert
General Education Department Chair

(906) 524-8307
Wabanung Campus – Rm 307


English Composition or Communication Requirement (6-7 credits)
EN102 College Composition I – 3 credits
EN106 Sharing Information & Stories Orally – 4 credits
EN202 College Composition II – 3 credits

Natural Sciences Requirement (8 credits)
Natural Science with Lab*, taken from at least two subject area – 8 credits

Mathematics Requirement (4 credits)
MA103 Quantitative Reasoning, MA105 College Algebra or MA201 Probability & Statistics – 4 credits

Anishinaabe Culture/Humanities Requirement (5-8 credits)
AS102 Anishinaabe Values and Philosophy or OS110 Ojibwa Language and Culture I – 4 credits
Any one designated Humanities course, taken from different subject area than the Anishinaabe requirement – 1-4 credits

Social Science Requirement (2-8 credits)
Any two designated Social Science courses, taken from at least two subject areas – 2-8 credits

Total Minimum Credits Required – 30 credits

Note: The same course cannot be counted twice in two areas of the MTA agreement.
Student must successfully complete at least 30 credits with a grade of a 2.0 (or C) or higher in each course.