Galesburg High School pathway options


Sandburg collaborates with Galesburg High School by providing students the opportunity to complete college courses that connect with career paths. Whether the student is interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or certificates in career or technical areas, there is a pathway for everyone. 

Students at GHS can enroll in classes towards completion of a Associate in Arts degree. This degree requires completion of 61 credit hours and focuses on completing general education courses that are necessary for bachelor’s degrees. Students who are interested in completing an Associate in Science degree should speak with a Sandburg advisor to develop an individual plan.

Associate in Arts degree includes:

  • English 101 and 102 (6 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
  • Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • Math (3 credit hours)
  • Human Relations (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (21 credit hours)

To complete an AA degree, students must successfully complete the required 61 credits hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Pathway to AA degree

Students taking dual credit courses must meet Sandburg admissions standards and complete the steps to enroll.

Beginning the spring 2020 semester, GHS students can enroll in BIO.101 - General Biology at the high school.

Other courses may be taken online. Please speak with your high school counselor during registration about dual credit opportunities.

How do these classes transfer?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement which facilitates transfer among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) includes the following categories:

Please see specific courses below.

  • Communication: 3 courses or 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses total, 1 course must be a Humanities course, 1 course must be a Fine Arts course. The additional course is the student’s choice or as directed by the advisor.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses or 9 credits total. Courses must be from 3 different subject areas.
  • Mathematics: 1 course (3-5 credit hours)
  • Physical Science and Life Sciences: 2 courses total, 1 course form each area (7-8 credit hours). One of the courses must have a lab.
  • Human Relations: 1 course or 3 credit hours.

ENG.101 – Freshman Composition 1  IAI Course No. C1 900
ENG.102 – Freshman Composition 2  IAI Course No. C1 901
SPE.120 – Introduction to Public Speaking  IAI Course No. C2 900

Fine Arts
ART.111 – Art Appreciation  IAI Course No. F2 900
MSU.100 - Music in the Western World  IAI Course No. F1 900

PHL.102 – Ethics  IAI Course No. H4 904

Social Sciences
HIS.105 – American History to 1877   IAI Course No. S2 900
PSY.101 – Introduction to Psychology  IAI Course No. S6 900
SOC.101 – Introduction to Sociology  IAI Course No. S7 900

BIO.101 – General Biology – Life Science with lab  IAI Course No. L1 900L
PHY.130 – The Physical Universe – Physical Science  IAI Course No. P1 906

MAT.109 – Concepts of Math  IAI Course No. M1 904

Human Relations
SOC.203 – Introduction to Diversity  IAI Course No. S7 903D

Electives - Suggested
BUS.100 – Introduction to Business 
CRM.101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 
ECO.101 – Introduction to Economics   IAI Course No. S3 900
HIS.106 – American History from 1877  IAI Course No. S2 901
HTH.120 – Health
POS 122 – American Government & Politics  IAI Course No. S5 900
PSY.107 – Positive Psychology

Students who are interested in career paths can take classes towards an Associate in Applied Sciences or certificates while in high school through the GAVC program. Depending on the availability of qualified faculty, these career degrees or certificates may be offered at GHS, online, or on Sandburg's campus. Students may also complete some of the courses at GHS, graduate from GHS, and then finish the AAS degree or certificate at Sandburg.

These degrees, offered in the career, technical, and health areas, prepare the student for the workforce. They are not intended to transfer to a four-year college or university. For some of our AAS degrees in health care, students must complete a separate application and meet the established requirements for admission.

Computers - Information and Communication Technology Pathway

GHS students can take online courses in Information and Communication Technology. The certificates listed below must be taken in sequence.

Computer Support Associate

Computer Technician

Network Security Associate

CISCO Network Associate

Cyber Security Associate


Computer Numeric Control Certificate

GHS students can take courses towards the CNC certificate. The courses listed below are offered through the GAVC program. Students will need to complete at Sandburg the two additional courses listed below to earn the certificate.

Courses taken through GAVC

  • MFG.130 Industrial Safety
  • MTL.130 CNC Machining Technology
  • MTL.103 Manufacturing Processes
  • MTL.135 Fundamentals of CNC Machine Applications

Additional courses needed to complete the CNC certificate. These courses must be taken at Sandburg.

  • MFG.125 Industrial Blueprints
  • MTL.295 Operator Internship 1


American Welding Society - Level 1

GHS students can take courses towards the American Welding Society - Level 1 certificate. The courses listed below are offered through the GAVC program. Students will need to complete at Sandburg the additional courses listed below to earn the certificate.

Courses taken through GAVC

  • MFG.100 Introduction to Welding
  • WEL.160 Oxyacetylene Welding & Metal Preparation
  • WEL.125 Welding Blueprints
  • WEL.162 Arc Welding Basics

Additional courses needed to complete the American Welding Society - Level 1 certificate. These courses must be taken at Sandburg.

  • MAT.101 Technical Math
  • WEL.164 Arc Welding Advanced
  • WEL.166 Gas Shielded Arc Tig
  • WEL.168 Gas Shielded Arc Mig
  • WEL.170 Applications of GMAW & FCAW
  • WEL.126 Weld Test Evaluation
  • WEL.172 Welding Applications


Applying for Financial Aid

Please visit our dual credit financial aid page for information on how to apply for the FAFSA.

Paying your tuition

Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term. If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment. Students may pay with credit card, check or cash, through either campus, Carthage or Galesburg. Deferred payment plans are available, please contact our Business Office for further information on payment plans at 309.341.5281. Students may view their balance by logging in to mySandburg, then self-service. 

Dual credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.

Regular Tuition for 2 classes in 2019-20 ($170 per credit hour)          

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

Registration fee: 25.00                  

Tuition & fees total:$1045.00    

Sandburg discount: -$535.00

Total tuition for Dual Credit: $535.00  



Contact Us

For more information regarding the Galesburg HS dual credit program, please contact:

Megan Jones
Coordinator of Recruiting and Dual Credit