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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Uniform Certificate of General Studies (695)

Purpose: The Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS) is a one-year college program in which all courses are transferable and satisfy lower-division general education requirements at any Virginia public institution of higher education. The Passport is a component of the UCGS and is therefore a subset of courses in the UCGS. The UCGS consists of seven course blocks. To satisfy the UCGS students are required to complete the appropriate number of courses in each block as described below. Student course selection should be carefully considered since the UCGS program is not designed to capture the complexities of individual programs of study at the four-year institutions. Students should be advised to take the UCGS course that best suits their intended program of study at the four-year institution. 

The UCGS Course Roster for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is below. 

Students enter the UCGS program by meeting the usual general admission requirements established by the College. After entering, students must next take any recommended developmental courses. Finally, to earn the Certificate, students must complete  approved college-level courses with a grade point average of at least 2.0 or better, all courses must be completed after May 2020. 

Educational or Occupational Objectives: As the objective of this Certificate is to document the completion of a core of general education courses, this Certificate does not lead to a specific job or career. However, it helps affirm to potential employers that a student has a solid, valuable foundation in the skills of basic math as well as in spoken and written English. 

Note: State Council policy requires that UCGS and Passport courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.


This program is fully accessible and can be completed through eCampus (web-based learning) or students can learn in a traditional classroom environment.

Semester Total Credits 17-18

Semester Total Credits 15-16

Total Minimum Credits 32-34

In selecting transfer courses, students should consult the catalog of their intended transfer institution and major.

Program Information (ABHS)

For additional information about this program visit the Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences web page, stop by room 725 Hampton III, phone 757-825-2799, or email abhs@vpcc.edu.