General Education or Core Curriculum Courses 2013-2014

A description of the General Education Program 2013-2014

 Western’s thirty-five credit General Education Program contains two components: Essential Skills (9 credits) and the Liberal Arts (26 credits).

 

 I.  Essential Skills (9 Credits)

 The purpose of the Essential Skills requirements is to provide students with the tools needed to reason, write, speak, read, quantify, and use information and technology in new ways of thinking and doing. The acquisition, application, and integration of the Essential Skills are practiced through the General Education curriculum and within courses in the disciplines during the students’ college careers.

 Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in the following courses to fulfill the Essential Skills requirement:

 First Writing Course (3 credits). Complete one of the following:

ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1)*    3 cr

Enrollment in English 102 Academic Writing requires reading and writing abilities consistent with the university entry-level expectations defined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Consult with an advisor for English course prerequisites.

 Second Writing Course (3 credits). Complete one of the following:

COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry   3 cr
 

Mathematics Course (3 credits). The mathematics requirement varies by program of study (major, emphasis, minor). Many programs have specific requirements beyond the minimum. In all cases, these specific requirements satisfy the University Mathematics Course requirement. To select the appropriate courses, see the Academic Programs section of this Catalog.

 If there is no specific mathematics requirement within a program of study, the minimum Mathematics Course requirement of the University may be satisfied by passing, with a minimum grade of “C-,”any university-level mathematics course numbered 100 or above.

Mathematics essential skills courses include the following:

MATH 105 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (GT-MA1)*    3 cr
MATH 131 Mathematics for the Social Sciences (GT-MA1)*     3 cr
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1)*    3 cr
MATH 141 Pre-Calculus    4 cr
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1)*    4 cr
MATH 209 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I   3 cr
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics (GT-MA1)*   3 cr

*Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course

 Enrollment in university-level mathematics courses (numbered 100 or above) requires mathematics abilities consistent with the college entry-level expectations defined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students should consult with their advisors about which mathematics course is appropriate.

  II.  Liberal Arts & Sciences (26 Credits)

Each of the courses included in the Liberal Arts program extends the development of Essential Skills while examining the social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts and humanities. Courses in the Liberal Arts program may also satisfy major and/or minor requirements.

 Area I: Social Sciences (9 credits) Courses in Area I focus on the following goals:

      • Students use social science methods and reasoning.
      • Students demonstrate knowledge of how historical, political, economic cultural or social context shape the human environment.
      • Students demonstrate knowledge of how individuals relate to the social world, past and present.

 Nine credits are required from the courses listed below. Students must choose from three disciplines.

ANTH 107 Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)*    3 cr
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)*     3 cr
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability   3 cr
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)*    3 cr
GEOG 120 Introduction to Human Geography (GT-SS2)*    3 cr
GEOG 250 Geography of North America (GT-SS2)*    3 cr
HIST 101 World History to 1500 (GT-HI1)*    3 cr
HIST 102 World History Since 1500 (GT-HI1)*    3 cr
HIST 126 U.S. History to 1865 (GT-HI1)*    3 cr
HIST 127 U.S. History Since 1865 (GT-HI1)*    3 cr
HIST 250 History of the Middle East (GT-HI1)*    3 cr
HIST 254 A History of Africa (GT-HI1)*     3 cr
HIST 260 Introduction to Latin American History     3 cr
POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1)*     3 cr
POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics (GT-SS1)*   3 cr
POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics (GT-SS1)*  3 cr
POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics (GT-SS1)*  3 cr
PSY 100 General Psychology (GT-SS3)*    3 cr
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology    3 cr
SOC 168 Social Problem 3 cr

 

AREA II: The Natural Sciences: (8 credits) Courses in Area II focus on the following goals:

      • Students demonstrate knowledge of scientific viewpoints.
      • Students use the scientific method.
      • Students evaluate the impacts of science and technology on society.
      • Students demonstrate scientific literacy.

*Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course

Eight credits are required from the courses listed below:

BIOL 120 Studies in Biology (GT-SC2)*    3 cr
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)*     3 cr
BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)*    1 cr
BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*    4 cr
BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)    4 cr
BIOL 200 Environmental and Public Health (GT-SC2)*     3 cr
CHEM 100 Contemporary Chemistry (GT-SC2)*    3 cr
CHEM 101 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (GT-SC2)*     3 cr
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)*      3 cr
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I (GT-SC1)*     1 cr
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II     3 cr
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II     1 cr
GEOL 101 Physical Geology (GT-SC2)*     3 cr
GEOL 105 Physical Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)*     1 cr
PHYS 110 Solar System Astronomy (GT-SC2)*     3 cr
PHYS 120 Meteorology (GT-SC2)*     3 cr
PHYS 125 Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)*   3 cr
PHYS 140 Introductory Physics (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*    4 cr
PHYS 170 Principles of Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*       4 cr
PHYS 171 Principles of Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*    4 cr
PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*    4 cr
PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory)     4 cr
SCI 110 Habitable Planet (with laboratory)      4 cr
SCI 120 Living Planet (with laboratory)    4 cr
SCI 210 Dynamic Planet (with laboratory)     4 cr

 

 AREA III: Arts and Humanities (9 credits).

 Courses in Area III focus on the following goals:

      • Students enhance their appreciation of the modes of creative expression.
      • Students ask fundamental questions of value and meaning.
      • Students survey a variety of ways humans have perceived their world.
      • Students explore the ways in which the human environment is shaped by social, cultural, linguistic, religious, philosophical, and historical circumstances.
      • Students gain increased awareness of the moral and ethical dimensions of the human condition.

 Nine credits are required from the courses listed below. Students must choose from three disciplines. English, French, and Spanish are counted as one discipline for General Education purposes.

ART 105 Introduction to Art (GT-AH1)*     3 cr
ART 106 Studio Art for the Non-Artist    3 cr
COM 119 Introduction to Film    3 cr
COM 121 Introduction to Theatre   3 cr
COM 151 Introduction to Mass Media     3 cr
COM 216 Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis     3 cr
ENG 150 Introduction to Literature     3 cr
ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing     3 cr
ENG 230 Environmental Literature (GT-AH2)*    3 cr
ENG 237 Women and Literature    3 cr
ENG 238 Literary Culture of the American West    3 cr
ENG 248 Film Arts: Film as Literature/Literature as Film    3 cr
ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature     3 cr
ENG 254 Formula Fiction 3 cr
ENG 255 Ancient World Literature (GT-AH2)*    3 cr
ENG 270 Folklore    3 cr
FREN 256 French Literature in Translation    3 cr 
MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music (GT-AH1)*   3 cr
MUS 140 Introduction to Music (GT-AH1)*     3 cr
MUS 240 Perspectives in Music    3 cr
MUS 245 History of Rock and Roll   3 cr
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3)*   3 cr

Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Courses (gtPathways)

Western State Colorado University students who transfer to another Colorado public college or university may facilitate the transferring of general education credits by completing courses designated as State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Courses. Upon acceptance to another Colorado public college or university, students may have up to 31 credits of successfully completed (C- or better) State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Courses meet specific general education requirements of the receiving institution. Courses must incorporate specific content and competency areas as defined by the State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Curriculum. For more information regarding State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Courses and the 31-credit State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Curriculum, please consult the Colorado Department of Higher Education website: http://highered.colorado.gov. Credits earned in general education courses not designated as State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Courses routinely transfer to other colleges and universities as determined by the receiving institution. A student transferring credits to another college or university should consult with the receiving institution to determine how transferred credits may meet particular general education requirements.
*Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course.

GT-CO1: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Introduction to Writing
GT-MA1: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Mathematics
GT-SS1: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Economics of Political Systems
GT-SS2: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Geography
GT-SS3: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Human Behavior, Culture,
            or Social Frameworks
GT-HI1: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, History
GT-SC1: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Natural Sciences with Laboratory
GT-SC2: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Natural Sciences without Laboratory
GT-AH1: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Arts and Expression
GT-AH2: Colorado Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course, Literature and Humanities

*General Education gtPathways Curriculum

gtPathways is a set of general education courses that the state guarantees to transfer. For information regarding State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Courses and the 31-credit State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Curriculum, please consult the Colorado Department of Higher Education web site.

 Articulation Agreements for approved majors: http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html