Core Curriculum

 

 


 

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Core Area A1

Communication Skills
Learning Outcomes

6 hours

Demonstrate the ability to:

·         Recognize and identify appropriate topics for presentation in writing

·         Synthesize and logically arrange written presentations

·         Adapt written communication to specific purposes and audiences.

Both Required:

ENGL 1101

English Composition I

3

ENGL 1102

English Composition II

3

 

 

 

Core Area A2

 

Quantitative Skills
Learning Outcomes

3 hours

·         Students demonstrate a strong foundation in college-level mathematical concepts and principles.

·         Students demonstrate the ability to apply symbolic representations to model and solve real-world problems.

Choose one of the following based on major:*

MATH 1001

Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

3

MATH 1111

College Algebra

3

MATH 1113

Precalculus

4**

MATH 1634

Calculus I

4**

*Science, computer science, mathematics, mathematics education, and science education majors must take MATH 1113 or higher. Nursing majors may take either MATH 1101 or MATH 1111. Engineering majors must take MATH 1634. Business majors are urged to take either MATH 1111 or MATH 1113.

**Since only three hours are required here in Area A, the extra hour earned by taking this course may be used in Area F according to most degree programs, but, for certainty, the student should always check the specifics listed in the description of the degree program

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Core Area B

Institutional Options
Learning Outcomes

4-5 hours

Demonstrate the ability to:

·         Identify, evaluate, and use information, language, or technology appropriate to a specific purpose.

·         Prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation on an appropriate and meaningful topic.

Students may take any combination of courses as long as one is from category 1 and the total number of hours is 4 for science majors and 5 for non-science majors.

1 - Oral Communication:
One of the following is required of all majors:

ART 2000

Oral Communication and the Visual Arts

3

COMM 1110

Public Speaking

3

ENGL 2000

American Speech

3

ENGL 2050/

Self-Staging:

3

THEA 2050

Oral Communication in Daily Life

Foreign Language

1001 or 1002

3

PHIL 2020

Critical Thinking

3

XIDS 1004

Oral and Technological Communication

4

2 - Other Institutional Options:
Institutional Elective, choose one of the following:

ANTH 1100

Faces of Culture

2

BUSA 1900

Surfing the Internet for Success

2

CS 1000

Practical Computing

1

CS 1020

Computers and Society

2

LIBR 1101

Academic Research and the Library

2

MUSC 1110

Survey of World Music

2

XIDS 2001

What Do You Really Know About (Selected Topic)

1

XIDS 2002

What Do You Really Know About (Selected Topic)?

2

 

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Core Area C

Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Learning Outcomes

6 hours

·         Students will demonstrate knowledge of the foundational concepts of artistic, intellectual, or literary achievement.

·         Students will recognize and make informed judgments about the fine, literary, or performing arts from various cultures.

Choose one from each category.
Category 1: Fine Arts

XIDS 2100

Art and Ideas

3*

ART 1201

Introduction to Art

3

ART 2201

History of World Art I

3

ART 2202

History of World Art II

3

ENGL 2060

Intro to Creative Writing

3

FILM 2080

Intro to the Art of Film

3

MUSC 1100

Music Appreciation

3

MUSC 1120

Survey of Jazz, Rock, and Popular Music

3

THEA 1100

Theatre Appreciation

3

Category 2: Humanities

XIDS 2100

Arts and Ideas

3*

COMM 1154

Introduction to Mass Communications

3

ENGL 2110

World Literature

3

ENGL 2120

British Literature

3

ENGL 2130

American Literature

3

ENGL 2180

Studies in African-American Literature

3

ENGL 2190

Studies in Literature by Women

3

Foreign Language

1001, 1002, 2001, 2002

3

FORL 2200

Survey of National Literatures

3

FORL 2300

Topics in National Literatures

3

PHIL 2010

Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 2030

Introduction to Ethics

3

*XIDS 2100 is listed in both categories, but it may be counted only once.

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Core Area D

Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Learning Outcomes

10-11 hours

Demonstrate the ability to:

·         Apply scientific reasoning and methods, mathematical principles, or appropriate information technologies to explain natural phenomena or situations that arise in the real world.

·         Use appropriate scientific tools and instruments to acquire data, process information, and communicate results.

The student should consult the specific requirements listed in the description of the degree program later in this catalog and work closely with an advisor to fulfill this area of the Core.

Option I—Non-Science Majors

1. Science Courses:

Take two from the list below, at least one of which must be a lab class:

*A course listed 3+1 below may be taken without the lab component to be used as a non-lab option here.

ASTR 2313

Astronomy

3+1

BIOL 1010

Fundamentals of Biology

3+1

BIOL 1011

Biology of Human Reproduction

3

BIOL 1012

Ecology and Environmental Biology

3

BIOL 1013

Biology of AIDS and Infectious Disease

3

BIOL 1014

Nutrition

3

BIOL 1015

The Unseen World of Microorganisms

3+1

BIOL 1107

Principles of Biology I

3+1

BIOL 1108

Principles of Biology II

3+1

CHEM 1100

Introductory Chemistry

3+1

CHEM 1151K

Survey of Chemistry I

4

CHEM 1152K

Survey of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 1211K

Principles of Chemistry I

4

CHEM 1212K

Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 1230K

Accelerated Principles of Chemistry

4

GEOG 1111

Introduction to Physical Geography

3

GEOG 1112

Weather and Climate

3+1

GEOG 1113

Landform Geography

3+1

GEOG 2553

Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences

3

GEOL 1121

Introductory Geosciences I: Physical Geology

3+1

GEOL 1122

Introductory Geosciences II Historical Geology

3+1

GEOL 1123

Environmental Observations

3+1

GEOL 2503

Introduction to Oceanography

3

GEOL 2553

Geology of the National Parks

3

PHYS 1111

Introductory Physics I

3+1

PHYS 1112

Introductory Physics II

3+1

PHYS 2211

Principles of Physics I

3+1

PHYS 2212

Principles of Physics II

3+1

XIDS 2201

Science Foundations

4

XIDS 2202

Environmental Studies

3

2. Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Courses:

Take any one from the list below or the list above as long as no more than two of the three courses in Area D are from the same discipline.

CS 1030

Introduction to Computer Concepts

3

CS 1300

Introduction to Computer Science

4

CS 1301

Computer Science I

4

CS 1302

Computer Science II

3

MATH 1413

Survey of Calculus

3

MATH 1634

Calculus I

4

MATH 2063

Introductory Statistics

3

MATH 2644

Calculus II

4

Option II—Science Majors

1. Laboratory Science Courses:

Take any two lab courses from the list below:

BIOL 1107

Principles of Biology I

3+1

BIOL 1108

Principles of Biology II

3+1

CHEM 1211K

Principles of Chemistry I

4

CHEM 1212K

Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 1230K

Accelerated Principles of Chemistry

4

GEOG 1112

Weather and Climate

3+1

GEOG 1113

Landform Geography

3+1

GEOG 2553

Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences

3

GEOL 1121

Introductory Geosciences I: Physical Geology

3+1

GEOL 1122

Introductory Geosciences II: Historical Geology

3+1

PHYS 1111

Introductory Physics I

3+1

PHYS 1112

Introductory Physics II

3+1

PHYS 2211

Principles of Physics I

3+1

PHYS 2212

Principles of Physics II

3+1

2. Mathematics, Science and Quantitative Technology Courses:

Students may take one from either the list below or from the list above as long as no more than two courses are from the same discipline.

 

*A course listed 3+1 above may be taken without the lab component to be used as a non-lab option here.

 

Mathematics, computer science, and most science majors must take MATH 1634. Engineering majors must take MATH 2644.

 

MATH 1634

Calculus I

4

MATH 2063

Introductory Statistics

3

MATH 2644

Introductory Statistics

4

Option III - Nursing

1. Laboratory Science Courses:

Take one of the two-semester sequences listed below:

CHEM 1151K and 1152K

CHEM 1211K and 1212K

PHYS 1111 and 1112 (and labs)

BIOL 1107 and 1108 (with labs)

 

2. Mathematics Science and Quantitative Technology Courses:

MATH 2063

 

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Core Area E

Social Sciences
Learning Outcomes

12 hours

·         Students will demonstrate the ability to understand the political, social, economic, or cultural dimensions of world and American history.

·         Students will demonstrate that they have developed an understanding of the political and legal processes of the U.S. and Georgia, and an understanding of the terminology of political science and U.S. politics.

·         Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of a discipline examining the social world.

1. World History

One required from the following two:

HIST 1111

Survey of World History/ Civilization I

3

HIST 1112

Survey of World History/ Civilization II

3

2. American/Georgia History

One required from the following two:

HIST* 2111

United States History I (to 1865)

3

HIST* 2112

United States History II (since 1865)

3

3. American/Georgia Government

The following is required:

POLS 1101

American Government

3

4. Social Science Elective Courses

One required from the following:

ANTH 1102

Introduction to Anthropology

3

ECON 2100

Economics for Everyone

3

ECON 2105

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 2106

Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 1013

World Geography

3

GEOG 2503

Cultural Geography

3

PHIL 2130

Intro to World Religions

3

POLS 2201

State and Local Government

3

PSYC 1101

Introduction to General Psychology

3

SOCI 1101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI 1160

Introduction to Social Problems

3

XIDS 2300

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Social sciences

3

XIDS 2301

Introduction to Global Studies

3

 

*Students may exempt HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 by examination. If the course is exempted, however, an additional 3 hours is to be taken from Part 4 of Area E.

 

Overlay Requirements

US, GL, and CT Learning Goals

Effective Fall 2012, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Policy 3.3.1 requires students new to the system to complete overlay requirements as part of the core curriculum experience. The University of West Georgia provides the following options for students to meet these requirements.

US Perspectives Requirement

Learning Outcome: Students demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, or political development of the people and institutions of the United States.

Courses that meet this requirement: ECON 2105, ENGL 2000, ENGL 2130, ENGL 2180, HIST 2111, HIST 2112, and MUSC 1120

 

Global Perspectives Requirement

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the commonalities and differences among two or more societies, nations, or cultures outside of the United States in regard to any of the following: language, literature, aesthetics, politics, economics, or social and cultural practices.

Courses that meet this requirement: ANTH 1100, ANTH 1102, ENGL 2110, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, MUSC 1110, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2030, PSYC 1101, XIDS 2301

 

Critical Thinking Requirement

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret, analyze, evaluate, and explain various kinds of evidence, statements and arguments.

Courses that meet this requirement: ANTH 1100, ANTH 1102, ECON, 2106, ENGL 1102, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2020, PHIL 2030, THEA 2050, XIDS 2100, XIDS 2300

 

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Core Area F

Courses applicable to the degree and major

(See Area F of specific major program)

18 hours

Students whose native language is Spanish (both those from foreign countries as well as United States Ethnic Native Speakers of Spanish) who wish to use Spanish to meet degree requirements will be required to take SPAN 3102 if they do not exempt the requirement by taking the Departmental Placement test. In similar cases involving French or German, course substitution may be approved on an individual basis.

 

Any student who is capable of and authorized to begin studies at a sequentially higher course level than that required for the Core is exempted from the Core requirement by successful completion of the sequentially higher course. The student may or may not be awarded credit hours for the exempted course.

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