General Education Mobile Community College Air ForceIf you are an Air Force servicemember pursuing your associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force, sign up for your general education requirements at UMUC with the General Education Mobile, also known as GEM, program. Through this program, you can earn 15 of the 64 credits you need for a CCAF associate's degree. At UMUC, you can take the general education courses you need and use them to earn your CCAF associate's degree.

If you choose to pursue further education, you can transfer your CCAF associate's degree credits toward a bachelor's degree at UMUC.

Getting Started in the GEM Program

Search and register for classes by following the steps outlined below.  

  1. Go to the Air Force Virtual Education Center and view UMUC GEM courses
  2. Apply for admission to UMUC
  3. Register for courses through MyUMUC
  4. Pay for your classes via MyUMUC

Your application fee can be waived if you apply as a non-degree seeking student and select Community College of the Air Force when asked if you are pursuing an associate's degree at an alliance community college. If you later choose to apply for another degree or certificate program at UMUC, you will be required to pay the application fee.

Note: When enrolling in a course, please be sure to complete your tuition assistance form within the Air Force Virtual Education Center.

List of Approved Courses

Our courses are designed to help you gain practical knowledge and high-demand skills to help you advance in your education or career path. For full UMUC course information, please see our online course schedule and catalogs.

Through the GEM program, you will choose one course from each of the five categories listed below to complete your CCAF associate's degree.

Oral Communication

GEM Requirements: This is a speech requirement. These courses prepare students to organize oral presentations to persuade, debate, argue, or inform in a clear, concise, and logical manner. Emphasis must be on content and delivery. Group and interpersonal communication courses are not acceptable.

Eligible UMUC Courses:

  • SPCH 100
Written Communication

GEM Requirements: This is an English composition requirement. Applicable communication courses must satisfy the delivering institution's writing and composition requirement for graduation. Business communication and technical writing courses are not acceptable. Higher-level writing and composition courses may be applied as a program elective.

Eligible UMUC Courses:

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 101S
  • WRTG 291

GEM Requirements: This is an intermediate algebra or a college-level mathematics course that satisfies the delivering institution's mathematics requirement for graduation. Courses such as accounting, business mathematics, computer mathematics, statistics (taught outside the mathematics department), history of mathematics, and mathematics for elementary and secondary teachers are not applicable. Three semester hours of mathematics are required for graduation. However, if an acceptable mathematics course is applied as a technical or program elective, a natural science course may be substituted for mathematics.

Eligible UMUC Courses:

  • MATH 106
  • MATH 107
  • MATH 115
Social Science

GEM Requirements: Courses from the following disciplines are acceptable: anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, government, history, political science, psychology, and sociology designed to impart knowledge, develop skills, and identify goals concerning elements and institutions of human society.

Eligible UMUC Courses:

  • ANTH 102
  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • GVPT 100
  • GVPT 170
  • HIST 157
  • PSYC 100
  • PSYC 101
  • SOCY 100

GEM Requirements: Courses in fine arts (criticism, appreciation, or historical significance), foreign language, literature, philosophy, and religion are acceptable.

Eligible UMUC Courses:

  • ARTT 205
  • ENGL 205
  • ENGL 240
  • GERM 111
  • JAPN 111
  • MUSC 210
  • PHIL 100
  • PHIL 110
  • PHIL 140
  • SPAN 111

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