General Education Mobile (GEM) Program

    GEM Courses are Taking Flight at Kaplan University

    CCAF Gem ProgramThe General Education Mobile (GEM) program was designed to help U.S. 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.

      Please note—if you would like to enroll in the GEM program at Kaplan University, you must first speak to an Admissions Advisor at 877.757.8188.

      GEM can be completed with five online courses at Kaplan University. If you already have some college experience, the number of courses required may be reduced. 

      • Each course corresponds to a general education area requirement for a degree.
      • GEM courses are taught 100% online.
      • Each term lasts 10 weeks.
      • You may take more than one course per term and complete the GEM program in less than 7 months.

      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 setting.

      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 military work.

      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's 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. 

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      Curriculum: GEM Courses

      Desired Track
      GEM Courses
      • GEM Courses
      • Non-GEM Courses
      • Communications Courses

        Total Communications Courses Credits: 15

        Total Program Credits: 0

        • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          None

        • CM 214: PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR THE PROFESSIONAL Change

          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 speaking.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any College Composition I course

        • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          None

      • Mathematics Courses

        Total Mathematics Courses Credits: 10

        Total Program Credits: 0

        • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          None

        • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          None

      • Humanities Courses

        Total Humanities Courses Credits: 10

        Total Program Credits: 0

        • HU 245: ETHICS Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any college composition course

        • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

          In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any college composition course

      • Social Science Courses

        Total Social Science Courses Credits: 20

        Total Program Credits: 0

        • SS 144: SOCIOLOGY Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any college composition course

        • SS 230: MAKING HISTORY—THE FOUNDING FATHERS Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any college composition course

        • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

          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. 

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any college composition course

        • SS 270: SOCIAL PROBLEMS Change

          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.

          Credits:

          5

          Prerequisites Required:

          Any college composition course

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