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The General Education Mobile (GEM) program was designed to
help US Air Force members fulfill their general education requirements in a
mobile, nontraditional classroom format. Completing the GEM program is a key
step toward earning your associate's degree through the Community College of
the Air Force.
GEM can be completed with 5 online courses at Kaplan
University. If you already have some college experience, the number of courses
required may be reduced.
Why is GEM so important?
General education courses are the foundation of your
college studies. These courses prepare you for the degree- specific and higher-level
courses you will need to earn your degree. The GEM program allows you to build
that foundation, even if you can't attend classes in a traditional school
After completing GEM, you can focus on earning credits
within your specific discipline through additional college courses, training
you have taken with CLEP and DANTES exams, and credits earned through your
When enrolling in a course, please be sure to complete your tuition assistance form within the GEM search plan.
Other Courses to Support your CCAF Associate's Degree
We offer additional courses beyond the GEM program which may help you complete other elements of your CCAF associate degree. Please check with your Air Force CCAF representative to determine if you need any of the courses offered. You can view the Non-GEM courses offered in the curriculum table below.
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 0
This course provides students with practical
advice and essential skills for public speaking in a variety of
professional settings. Students will learn how to create
presentations that are organized, well researched and persuasive.
In addition to learning how to be effective oral communicators,
students will explore how to address diverse audiences and
analyze the impact of their communication in terms of
persuasiveness, ethical considerations, and intended purpose.
They will create and deliver presentations on diverse topics to
an array of audiences and critique examples from professional
speeches to understand what constitutes effective
Any College Composition I
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
Total Program Credits: 0
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
Any college composition course
Total Program Credits: 0
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.
Social Science Courses
Total Program Credits: 0
Americans use the term “Founding Fathers” all the time: not only are the Founders a popular subject in history, but they are also cited in modern political debates—almost as if they were still living authorities on contemporary issues. Students will explore the culture of early America, the context that molded the Founders ideologies, and the issues that were central to their time. This course aims to unlock the mystery of the Founding Fathers and to provide students with an accurate, thorough assessment of their historical significance and enduring legacy.
This course is a comprehensive examination of visual images that have had a profound impact upon human society. In examining such images, this course explores the way that photographs, logos, symbols, paintings, sculpture, film, and other visual media influence personal and cultural identity, shape knowledge, and transmit notions of beauty. Within this study, we will cover topics of politics, gender, athletics, marketing, war, and several other key areas.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course explores the problems that
transcend individual solutions, such as inequality, poverty,
racial and gender discrimination, and environmental pollution,
and how social problems affect us in our homes, in our
communities, and in the workforce. Analysis of topics includes
local, national, and global perspectives.
Macroeconomics involves the theory, principles, and practices of economics that affect the national economy as a whole. Topics covered in this course include national income determination, economic growth, aggregate demand, aggregate supply, unemployment, inflation, the Federal Reserve system, monetary policy, and fiscal policy.
Total Program Credits: 0
As an introduction to economic principles that influence decisions of individual consumers and business managers, students will examine how the law of supply and demand is reflected in pricing and quantity decisions in a variety of market situations, how a firm's cost structure affects such decisions, and how an individual's concept of cost versus benefit enters into the decision process, as well as the role of governmental influence in attempts to modify market outcomes.
This course provides an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios. Implications for managing change within the context of a global economy and other dynamic environmental forces are also examined.
In this course, students will examine the processes involved in human resources from a managerial perspective. Students will examine the functions of human resource management, including job analysis, staffing, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, labor relations, and legal requirements.
This course explores human behavior in organizations. You will examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also examines the theories, concepts, and application of motivation as well as the importance of stress management, professional ethics, and organizational culture. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. You will also gain a set of organizational design tools.
General Education Courses
Total Program Credits: 0
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is provided in the course and extensive use of that software is required. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
This course offers students a chance to apply
basic scientific principles to an exploration of the environment
and the role of humans within it. The course addresses the
interrelationships between natural systems and the increasingly
industrial, technological societies humans create. Students will
examine a variety of ethical and cultural perspectives on nature
and the environment, with an eye toward giving students the
skills to think critically about global challenges such as
energy, food, population, and climate change. As part of this
ongoing analysis, students will examine how they might be able to
apply sustainable living concepts to their personal lives and
reduce their own carbon footprint.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
This interdisciplinary course explores the importance of gender in human social interactions in a modern society. You will learn about how gender as a concept is shaped by history, culture, and globalization. The roles of men and women and the perceptions of self are examined through male-female expectations and social behaviors. This course is essential for understanding the impact and importance of gender in personal lives, social groups, and modern work environments.
This course is an introduction to relational
database management systems. Students will use a relational
database management system to create and maintain a database.
Students will create filters, sorts, queries, forms, and reports.
Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to meet user
Information Technology Courses
Total Program Credits: 0
This course teaches students to use the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.
Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Software Applications, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.
Sample Projects: www.screencast.com/t/H6Ha18Ml
After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.
Students will explore the basic concepts of information technology including hardware, software, and networks. The student will gain a practical understanding of how computer hardware and operating systems work. Topics include personal computer configuration and maintenance, along with the fundamentals of system software installation and administration.
Having a foundational understanding of computers and computer concepts is imperative to today's information technology (IT) professional. Whether you have chosen to pursue a career in programming, health informatics, web design, networking, etc., understanding how a computer works both inside and out will prepare you for a successful career in IT.
In this course, you will learn some of the fundamentals of computers. Possible topics include:
Computer literacy is a required skill for competing in today's work force. It provides a foundation for any computer related career from accounting to networking. Having the fundamental skills required to use computers is just the first step in developing a successful future.
This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include fundamental network design components, such as topologies and access methods, basic administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.
In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.
* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.
How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)
The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.†
† Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships.
Social Science Courses
Total Program Credits: 0
This course explores the historical origins of
psychological study and the influences that have shaped
contemporary views of the field. Students will learn about the
origins of the study of the mind, the social and cultural factors
that shaped the scientific approach to psychology, and modern-day
applications of psychology. Students will also be introduced to
the major theories and theorists in this
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We offer additional courses beyond the GEM program which may help you complete other elements of your CCAF associate's degree. Please check with your Air Force CCAF representative to determine if you need any of the courses offered. You can view course options in the tab below.
Introduction to Management
Human Resource Management
College Composition I
College Composition II
Humanities and Culture
Survey of Mathematics
General Biology I Human Perspectives
Making History–the Founding Fathers
Decoding the Visual Word
People, Power, and Politics–an Introduction to American Government
The Technological Revolution–a Social Scientific Approach
Gender and Society
Foundations in Information Technology
Introduction to Psychology
Social and BehavioralSciences
History of Psychology
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