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GEM is a partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and civilian academic institutions. The goal is to offer general education courses to meet CCAF Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree requirements. GEM allows an Airman to complete all general education requirements at one institution via online distance coursework for faster degree completion.

Black Hills State University has partnered with CCAF to offer the following general education courses to fulfill the general education requirements for the AAS. Choose one course from each requirement area below.


Dana Richey
Enrollment Specialist
Black Hills State University
Phone: 605.718.4257



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Approved Courses

Oral Communication CMST 101 - Fundamentals of Speech
Written Communication ENGL 101 Composition I
ENGL 201 Composition II
Mathematics MATH 101 Intermediate Algebra
MATH 103 Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 114 College Algebra
MATH 120 Trigonometry
MATH 123 Calculus I
MATH 125 Calculus II
MATH 225 Calculus III
MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
Social Sciences AIS 257 Early American Indian History and Culture
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 210 World Regional Geography
HIST 151 U.S. History I
HIST 152 U.S. History II
POLS 100 American Government
PSYC 101 General Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 150 Social Problems
Humanities ARTH 100 Art Appreciation
ENGL 210 Introduction to Literature
MUS 100 Music Appreciation
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy

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COST AND Financial aid for military students

At BHSU, we are committed to supporting those who have served our country. If you are a member of the military community, you may be eligible for tuition assistance for active military tuition reduction. When you apply to Black Hills State University, you WILL NOT be charged an admissions fee, as you will be considered a non-degree seeking student since you will just be taking general education courses.

Discounted Active Military Tuition Rate

Active military members can apply for a reduced military rate for undergraduate classes. This will lower your tuition to $250 per credit hour. If you apply for the reduced tuition rate and Air Force TA (see below) you would cover the cost of your tuition. To apply for this discounted rate, please complete this form, and return it to Mike Isaacson (Room #2401--Rushmore Center on Ellsworth AFB). You can email it to him at Michael.Isaacson@BHSU.edu. Include your most recent LES with the application.

Air Force Tuition Assistance

You will need to contact your education service officer to determine your eligibility. You will also need to get authorization from your command before you can apply. Once you are deemed eligible, you can then register for classes. To learn more information about Air Force TA, click here. For detailed step-by-step instructions, click here. Before you can access the online TA request process, you must create a user name and password on the AFVEC. This can be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil

GI Bill®

The GI Bill® is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Armed Forces offer airmen several tuition assistance programs for college courses taken during off-duty hours. Apply for Benefits


Contact Info

Phone: 605.642.6415

Veterans Affairs
Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9518
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9518