The Core Curriculum of the University System of Georgia was established for the purpose of facilitating the educational progress of students as they pursue baccalaureate degrees within and among the units of the University System.
     The Core Curriculum of the University System of Georgia establishes our philosophy that “General Education” is the foundation of all degree programs and, as such, the Core is composed of courses providing a foundation of knowledge and intellectual skills reflecting the university’s judgment of what is essential to being an educated person.
 
State University of West Georgia
Core Curriculum
 

Area A
Essential Skills
Both Required: 9 hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
Choose one of the following based on major:* 3
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
MATH 1113 Precalculus 4**
MATH 1634 Calculus I 4**
*Science majors (including computer science 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 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 to be certain the student should always check the specifics listed in the description of the degree program.

Area B
Institutional Priorities 4-5 hours
(Students may take any combination of courses
as long as one is from category 1 and the total is
4 for science majors and 5 for non-science majors.)
One of the following required of all majors:
1. Oral Communication:
ART 2000 Oral Communication and the 3
 Visual Arts
COMM 1110 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 2000 American Speech 3
ENGL 2050 Self-Staging: 3
      Oral Communication in Daily Life
PHIL 2110 Critical Thinking 3
XIDS 1004 Oral and Technological Comm              4
 

2. Other Institutional Priorities:
Choose one of the following
Institutional Elective:  Choose one of the following:
ANTH 1100 Faces of Culture 2
       BUSA 1900 Surfing the Internet for Success     2
 COMM 1111 Issues in Argumentation 2
 CS 1000 Practical Computing 1
 CS 1020 Computers & Society 1
 LIBR 1101 Academic Research &  2
   the Library
 MUSC 1110 Survey of World Music 2
 XIDS 2001 What Do You  1
    Really Know About (Selected Topic)?
 XIDS 2002 What Do You  2
    Really Know About (Selected Topic)?
 

Area C
Humanities and Fine Arts 6 hours
(Choose one from each category.)
1. Required of all students:
 XIDS 2100 Arts & Ideas 3
2. Choose one from the following:
 ART 1201 Introduction to Art 3
 ART 2201 History of World Art I 3
 ART 2202 History of World Art II 3
 COMM 1110 Public Speaking 3
 COMM 1154 Introduction to Mass 3
  Communications
 ENGL 2110 World Literature 3
 ENGL 2120 British Literature 3
 ENGL 2130 American Literature 3
 ENGL 2160 Philosophy and Literature 3
 ENGL 2180 Studies in African-American 3
 Literature
 ENGL 2190 Studies in Literature by Women 3
 Foreign Language  3
  1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
 FORL 2200  Survey of National Literatures   3
 FORL 2300  Topics in National Literatures 3
 MUSC 1100 Music Appreciation 3
 MUSC 1120 Survey of Jazz, Rock, and 3
  Popular Music
 PHIL 2100 Introduction to Philosophy 3
 PHIL 2160 Philosophy and Literature 3
 THEA 1100 Theatre Appreciation 3
 
 
 

Area D
Science, Mathematics, & Technology 10-11 hours
The student should consult the specific requirements listed in the description of the degree program later in this catalogue and work closely with an advisor fulfilling this area of the Core; however, there are basically two options for satisfying the requirement.

Option I--Non-Science Majors

1. Laboratory Science Courses:
Take at least one of the following:

 BIOL 1010 Fundamentals of Biology 4
 BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I 4
 BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II 4
 CHEM 1100 Introductory Chemistry     3+1*
 CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I  3+1
 CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II 3+1
 CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I 3+1
 CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II 3+1
 CHEM 1230K Accelerated General Chemistry  4
 GEOL 1121 Introductory Geosciences I: 3+1
  Physical Geology 3+1
 GEOL 1122 Introductory Geosciences II 3+1
  Historical Geology
 PHYS  1111 Introductory Physics I 4
 PHYS  1112 Introductory Physics II 4
 PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I 4
 PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II 4
 PHYS 2313 Astronomy  3+1
 XIDS 2201 Science Foundations  4

2. Mathematics, Science & Quantitative Technology Courses:
Take any two from the list below and/or above as long as one is a science course (not CS and not MATH) and no more than two of the three courses in Area D 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.

 BIOL 1011 Biology of Human Reproduction 3
 BIOL 1012 Ecology & Environmental Biology 3
 BIOL 1013 Biology of AIDS & 3
  Infectious Disease
 CS 1030 Introduction to Computer Concepts 3
 CS 1301 Computer Science I 4
 CS 1302 Computer Science II 4
 CS 2000 Applied Computing for Sciences 3
 GEOG 1111 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
 GEOL 2503 Introduction to Oceanography 3
 GEOL 2553 Geology of the National Parks 3
 MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
 MATH 1112 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry 3
 MATH 1113 Precalculus 4
 MATH 1413 Survey of Calculus 3
 MATH 1634 Calculus I 4
 MATH 2063 Applied Statistics 3
 MATH 2644 Calculus II 4
 MATH 2703 Foundations of Mathematics I 3
 XIDS 2202 Environmental Studies 3

 Option II--Science Majors

1. Laboratory Science Courses:
Take any two from the list below*
*Science majors must take two lab sciences.
Nursing majors must take either CHEM 1151 and 1152 (and labs) or CHEM 1211 and 1212 (and labs) or PHYS 1111 and 1112.

 BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I 4
 BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II 4
 CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I 3+1
 CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II 3+1
 CHEM 1230K Accelerated General Chemistry  4
 GEOL 1121 Introductory Geosciences I: 3+1
  Physical Geology 3+1
 GEOL 1122 Introductory Geosciences II 3+1
  Historical Geology
 PHYS  1111 Introductory Physics I 4
 PHYS  1112 Introductory Physics II 4
 PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I 4
 PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II 4
 
2. Mathematics, Science & 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.
** Nursing majors must take MATH 2063.
     Mathematics,  computer science, and most science majors must take     MATH 1634.
     Engineering majors must take MATH 2644.
 MATH 1634 Calculus I 4
 MATH 2063 Applied Statistics 3
 MATH 2644 Calculus II 4
 
 
 
Area E
Social Sciences 12 hours
1. One required from the following two:
World History
 HIST* 1111 Survey of World History/Civ I 3
 HIST* 1112 Survey of World History/Civ II 3
2.  One required from the following two:
American/Georgia History
 HIST* 2111 United States History I (to 1865) 3
 HIST* 2112 United States History II (since 1865) 3
3.  The following is required:
American/Georgia Government
 POLS 1101 American Government 3
4.  One required from the following:
Social Science Elective Courses
 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
 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 3
  Social Sciences
 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 A
 

Area F
Courses applicable to the degree and major 18 hours
(See Area F of specific major program)