General Studies
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Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.

If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.


All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores

These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.


FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.

To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.


All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes

Learn more and start the ROAR process here.


Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.


Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).


For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.


Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

General Studies A.A. Degree The A.A. in General Studies allows students to explore their academic and occupational interests by introducing them to a variety of fields. Some students choose this program as they explore career degree options, others choose it because they plan to transfer to a four-year college or university but are not yet sure what major they will declare. This program may also be a good fit for those planning to transfer into a field in which FCC does not offer a degree. 

The General Studies degree can be completed online, face-to-face, or in a combination of the two formats. Students take a full sequence of General Education and elective courses. The program can be completed in two years when students take an average of fifteen credits a semester, however, many students successfully complete the program part-time.

Students who are broadly interested in the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics should not choose the General Studies program, but should meet with an advisor to select a program aligned with their interests.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3/4 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement Elective* (ACCE 130 - Career Assessment & Planning or HONR 201 - Honors Applied Leadership & Research recommended)   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list)   4 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (in a different discipline from the first)   3 Credits
13 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3/4 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits
15 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits
18 PHED/ HLTH/ NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement Elective*   3 Credits
20 Departmental Requirement Elective* (credits may vary to fulfill 60 credits for degree)   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

*Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives.

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Undecided or unsure about which program of study is right for you?
Frederick Community College gladly supports students’ exploration and decision-making about majors and careers.  Take advantage of our resources by visiting the Career Services Office, taking an online career assessment, and registering for a popular course like ACCE 107: Choosing a Major or Career or ACCE 130: Career Assessment and Planning.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC summer/fall classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. FCC summer and fall 2020 classes will be offered using the learning formats found here.

General Education Core Course List

For related non-credit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) programs, see Personal Enrichment. Please note that these courses are not affiliated with FCC credit or certificate programs. While CEWD courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible, and rewarding programs. Select CEWD courses offer industry-recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.  
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