2022-2023 Course Catalog 
    Jun 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Course Catalog

Uniform Certificate of General Studies, (CERT)

Program Info

Minimum credits: 33
Length: 2 semesters (If suggested full-time course sequence is followed.)

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business
Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462
Award: Certificate
Plan Code: 695 CIP Code: 24.0199

Transfer opportunities:

Admission requirements vary by college. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the school to which they intend to transfer and plan course selections with their DCC advisor. To learn more, visit danville.edu/transfer

This program is designed for students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution after one year of study at DCC. It may also be attractive to students who intend to transition into one of DCC’s transfer degrees.

Program Description

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 in the link 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 are advised to take the UCGS course that best suits their intended program of study at the four-year institution. All courses must be completed with a C or better. All courses shall be transferable and satisfy the lower-division general education requirement at any public institution of higher education in Virginia. Courses may satisfy the general education requirement without having a specific course equivalent at the receiving institution.This program is not eligible for federal or state financial aid thus  students should also enrol in a transfer degree.Use the UCGS link below to see the course options in the various blocks.

If a course is not currently offered by DCC in a given semester, students should communicate with an advisor to see if the course could be offered through Shared Service Distance Learning (SSDL)
from another VCCS college. The SSDL course will show as a DCC course on the student transcript.




Program Outcomes: Graduates of this program will demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate effectively by means of writing, speaking, listening & reading.
  • Proficiency in conducting experiments & recording & interpreting data.
  • The role of ethics, cultures & society.
  • The critical thinking skills of synthesizing & analyzing complex ideas; and
  • The role of arts & humanities in society.