gem-logoGeneral Education Mobile (GEM) is a partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and Georgia State University to offer freshman/sophomore general education courses.

These courses are offered via distance learning format and meet the CCAF Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree requirements.

The GEM program enables CCAF students to complete the 15-hour General Education Course requirement through Perimeter College at Georgia State University’s online program.

As an institution that consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation for military and veteran students, Georgia State University is proud to partner with CCAF to deliver quality teaching online and one-on-one guidance and support.

Getting Started in the GEM Program

Step 1: Log into the Air Force Portal to View GEM schools and Approved Courses

  • Log into the Air Force Portal and select Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC).
  • Select “GEM Program” and search for approved GEM schools.
  • Find “Georgia State University” and view the list of pre-approved online courses available for you.
  • Click on course titles to view course information.

Step 2: Decision to Attend Georgia State University 

  • You’ve decided to make Georgia State your GEM institution!  Your next step is to get admitted to the University as a transient student. Click here to APPLY to Georgia State University as a transient student. For the transient application, you should choose “no” under “Are you seeking an associate or bachelor degree from Georgia State University,” choose your campus, select “Transient” as the Application Option, and click “Yes” to “Are you currently in college, seeking to attend Georgia State University or Perimeter College to earn credits for your home institution?” After this, you will be able to click “Yes” for the CCAF program.
  • You will also need to provide a Transient Student Form from the Air Force.

Step 3: Create your CCAF Goal and Apply for and Submit Tuition Assistance (TA) Authorization

  • The next step is to create your CCAF Goal. Access AFVEC and click on “Education Goals” to create your “CCAF Goal”. If you need assistance, see the instructions in the “AFVEC Resources” section or visit your local Base Education Office.
  • Once your CCAF Goal has been created, you can apply for Air Force Tuition Assistance in the AFVEC portal. When asked for Georgia State’s OPEID, enter 001574. Please keep in mind that TA Authorization can be submitted 45 days before the first day of class but must be submitted no later than 7 days prior to the first day of class.
  • Once your TA is approved, email a copy to the Georgia State University Student Accounts office at

Step 4: Register for classes

  • Log in to PAWS with your CampusID and password. You can look up your CampusID or change your password at
  • Go to the Enrollment tab for access to all of your records. Scroll down to the Registration block and select Add/Drop/Withdraw Courses.
  • Select the appropriate registration term.
  • Read the agreement carefully and select “I Agree” or “I Do Not Agree.”
  • Enter the specific course(s) you have been approved to take as a CCAF/Georgia State Transient Student.
  • Choose the course you would like to add and click “Register.”
  • Review your status to make sure the course is registered correctly.
  • Select “Concise Student Schedule” under the Registration tab to review your current registration schedule.

Cost of Georgia State GEM courses = $135 per credit hour

All fees for active duty, Guard and Reserve students are waived.

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List of Approved GEM Courses

  • Through the GEM program, you will choose one course from each of the five categories listed below to complete your CCAF Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • These courses are designed to help you gain practical knowledge and high-demand skills to advance your education or career path. For full Georgia State course information, please see our online Course Catalog and Schedule.
SCOM 1500 – Public Speaking. Preparation and delivery of speeches to inform and to persuade. Special emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of organization, structure, and content of speeches. The student will analyze great American speeches, both historical and contemporary.
3.000 Credit hours
ENGL 1101 – English Composition I. A composition course designed to increase the student's ability to construct written prose of various kinds. Focuses on methods of organization, analysis, research skills, and the production of short argumentative and expository essays; readings consider issues of contemporary social and cultural concern. Passing grade is C.
3.000 Credit hours

ENGL 1102 – English Composition II. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 with a grade of C or higher. A composition course designed to develop writing skills beyond the levels of proficiency required by English 1101. Stresses critical reading and writing and incorporates a variety of more advanced research methods; readings will be drawn from a wide variety of texts. Passing grade is C.
3.000 Credit hours

MATH 1001 – Quantitative Skill & Reasoning. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: Placement based on the mathematics placement policy This course emphasizes quantitative reasoning skills needed for informed citizens to understand the world around them. Topics include logic, basic probability, data analysis and modeling from data. NOTE: This course is an alternative in Area A of the Core Curriculum and is not intended to supply sufficient algebraic background for students who intend to take Precalculus or the Calculus sequences for mathematics and science majors.
3.000 Credit hours

MATH 1070 – Elementary Statistics. Descriptive statistics, basic probability, and distribution of random variables, estimation and hypothesis tests for means and proportions, regression and correlation, analysis of count data.
3.000 Credit hours

MATH 1111 – College Algebra. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the math placement test, or concurrent registration in Math 0999. This course provides an in-depth study of the properties of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions as needed for calculus. Emphasis is on using algebraic and graphical techniques for solving problems involving linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
3.000 Credit hours

ANTH 1102 – Introduction to Anthropology. This course is designed as an introduction to the discipline of anthropology through a survey of the five subfields: cultural, biological, archaeological, linguistics, and applied anthropology. The course will use a holistic and comparative approach to study the human condition with emphasis on human cultural, behavioral, and biological variation across place and time.
3.000 Credit hours

GEOG 1101 – Introduction to Human Geography. This course explores global patterns of population dynamics, economic systems, cultural groups, geopolitics, urbanization, and resource distribution, and provides a conceptual framework for understanding the complexities and unevenness of these patterns.
3.000 Credit hours

HIST 2110 – Survey of United States History. A thematic survey of U.S. history to the present.
3.000 Credit hours

POLS 1101 – Introduction to American Government. A survey of the American system of government, with some attention given to state government, including the State of Georgia, covering the institutions and ideals basic to the American experience and the process by which the public participates in and is governed by these institutions and ideals
3.000 Credit hours

POLS 2401 – Global Issues. An introduction to global affairs focusing on contemporary issues in world politics such as conflict and cooperation, business and trade, population, environment, and human rights.
3.000 Credit hours

PSYC 1101 – Introduction to General Psychology. A broad survey of the major topics in psychology including, but not limited to, research methodology, biological and social factors influencing abnormal behavior, development, learning, memory, and personality.
3.000 Credit hours

SOCI 1101 – Introduction to Sociology. A survey of the discipline of sociology. Topics will include sociological theory, methods, and selected substantive areas.
3.000 Credit hours

AH 1700 – Survey of Art I: Western Art from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Art of the Western world from prehistory through the Middle Ages.
3.000 Credit hours

ART 1301 – Art, Society, and Culture. This course is a survey of world art from prehistory to the present. It explores the relationship of art and artist to past cultures as well as the relevance of the visual arts in our time.
3.000 Credit hours

FLME 2700 – History of the Motion Pictures. Historical and critical survey of the evolution of motion pictures as an art form and as a distinctive medium of communication. Lectures, screenings, and discussions.
3.000 Credit hours

HUMN 1000 – Introduction to the Humanities. Introduction to humanistic inquiry and expression and its pivotal role in understanding human cultures. Students explore the contributions of a variety of humanistic disciplines and the methods of human expression they study. Works of central importance from diverse cultural traditions are examined.
3.000 Credit hours

MUA 1500 – Jazz: Its Origins, Styles, and Influence. Study of the development of jazz from its origins to current trends, including stylistic periods such as New Orleans, swing, bop, cool, avant-garde, and fusion. Emphasis on evolution of form, improvisational style, and influential artists.
3.000 Credit hours

MUA 1930 – Music, Society, and Culture. The role of music, including its basic elements, forms, styles, and media, in major compositions of representative composers of each major period. Interactive lectures, performance demonstrations, concerts, listening, and participation. No prior musical experience required.
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy. We will explore some fascinating questions about human existence and discuss various answers offered by philosophers, such as: Does God exist? How should I live my life? What is justice? What is human nature? Do we have free will? What is the meaning of life?
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 2030 – Introduction to Ethics. Are there universal moral truths or is morality relative? What makes actions right or wrong, people good or bad, societies just or unjust? Students will discuss ethical theories that address these questions and will debate moral issues, such as abortion, genetic engineering, animal rights, feminism, and social justice.
3.000 Credit hours

RELS 2001 – Introduction to World Religions. Introduction to the academic study of the world's major religious traditions, including their beliefs, practices, sacred texts, and moral codes. Religions to be examined may include Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Native American traditions, and African religions.
3.000 Credit hours

THEA 2040 – Introduction to the Theatre. Lectures, videos, and live theatre events to introduce the non-theatre major to the basic elements of theatrical production, dramatic writing, and the historical context of the art. Studio and/or shop work required.
3.000 Credit hours

For more information on the GEM program and related topics, please contact any of our Military Student Advocates. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.