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General Education

Mid-State Technical College offers a full breadth of general education courses. These courses satisfy associate degree requirements and can be transferred to four-year colleges.

Benefits of General Studies at Mid-State

General studies at Mid-State are a required component of just about every hands-on degree we offer. Even so, students choose Mid-State just for general studies, and here’s why:

Transfer Value

Students looking to transfer classes in pursuit of a four-year degree will find great value in Mid-State’s general education offerings. Enjoy a cost per credit that’s significantly lower than four-year public institutions. Four-years typically cost two to three times more, and private colleges up to seven times higher. 

You can transfer a wide variety of individual courses. Or check out our University Transfer degrees for guaranteed transfer to many four-year colleges and universities.

In-Demand Skills

In today’s complex, diverse, and globally connected world employers increasingly seek the skills developed in a general studies curriculum. General education courses enhance awareness of the community around us. They also teach students to use their critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills to respond effectively and solve real-world problems. Learn more about the outcomes of general studies at Mid-State.


General education develops knowledge and skills in the areas of communication, math, science, and social science. Once learned, the benefits go beyond academic and professional success, as students explore interests and experience self-discovery.


The way you experience a class matters and should fit your life. At Mid-State choose from small in-person classes, online classes, and innovative technology class options. Learn more about our class delivery options

Courses by Discipline

Explore the courses available below.

Ready to take a class or two? Visit our Register Today page to view class lists for upcoming semesters and register now.

Want to enroll in a University Transfer program? Apply now.

Have a question or need advice? Contact Dean, School of General Education Dr. Brigitta Altmann-Austin at 715.295.1294

20801233* Children’s Literature
20801247* Contemporary World Literature
20801227* Creative Writing
10801136 English Composition 1
20801223* English 2
20801204* Introduction to Literature
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
10801198 Speech
10801197 Technical Reporting
Health/Wellness/Physical Education
20807202* Nutrition for Life
20807204* Physical Fitness for Life
20807203* Stress Management: Fitness for Life
20809226* Environmental Ethics
10809122 Intro to American Government
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory and Application
20809260* Introduction to Philosophy
20809223* Introduction to World Religions
20805201* Music Appreciation
20803211* U.S. History to 1877
20803212* U.S. History 1877 to Present
20803258* World History to 1500
20803259* World History since 1500
20804236* Calculus I or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
10804195 College Algebra with Applications
10804107 College Mathematics
20804227* Elementary Math Education 1
20804237* Elementary Math Education 2
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
10804189 Introductory Statistics
10804135 Quantitative Reasoning
10804196 Trigonometry with Applications
Natural Science 
10806179 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
10806311 Applied Microbiology
31806351 Applied Science
10806189 Basic Anatomy
10806143 College Physics 1
20806215* Environmental Science
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology
10806114 General Biology
10806134 General Chemistry
10806154 General Physics 1
10806197 Microbiology
10806112 Principles of Sustainability
Social and Behavioral Science 
20809237* Abnormal Psychology
20809283* Cultural Anthropology & Diversity
10809188 Developmental Psychology
10809195 Economics
20809254* Educational Psychology
10809122 Intro to American Government
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
10809198 Intro to Psychology
10809196 Intro to Sociology
20809204* Marriage and Family
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively
20809287* Principles of Macroeconomics
20809291* Principles of Microeconomics
20809217* Race, Class, Gender
World Language
20802211* Spanish I
20802212* Spanish II

* This course is only applicable to the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science programs.



The General Education program at Mid-State Technical College offers a curriculum that promotes critical thinking and much more. You'll also learn scientific and quantitative reasoning skills, effective communication, and civic responsibility associated with a socially, politically, and economically diverse world.

  • Intellectual Acquisition of Knowledge: Demonstrate critical and ethical reasoning.
  • Communication: Demonstrate effective communication in diverse contexts using appropriate methods.
  • Problem Solving: Use mathematical and scientific problem-solving processes.
  • Personal and Social Awareness: Demonstrate knowledge of life skills required of an effective member of a diverse and global community.
  • Environmental Awareness: Demonstrate a heightened awareness of our physical, chemical, and biological environment.