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Core Curriculum. October 29, 2007. Purpose of the Core Curriculum. Provide the content knowledge required to prepare students for success in any major. Provide students the fundamental basis for a “college” education. USG Core Curriculum.

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core curriculum

Core Curriculum

October 29, 2007

purpose of the core curriculum
Purpose of the Core Curriculum
  • Provide the content knowledge required to prepare students for success in any major.
  • Provide students the fundamental basis for a “college” education.
usg core curriculum
USG Core Curriculum
  • Areas A-E common to all 35 USG colleges and universities
  • Area F varies with major
  • Variations in Areas A, B, and D dependent upon major.
transfer credit
Transfer Credit
  • Transfer of credit between USG institutions:
    • All completed core areas transfer.
    • Prerequisite courses in some Core areas may be required depending on choice of major.
    • Bachelors degrees equal complete Core regardless of transfer institution except for prerequisite courses.
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Transfer Credit
  • Transfer of credit from a non-USG institution:
    • Transfer equivalency evaluation is made by Registrar’s Office.
    • Transfer is course-by-course (unless the student has a bachelor’s degree).
    • Non-equivalent courses
      • Appear as 1000A, 2000B, etc.
      • Course substitution may be possible.
      • TF^ notation
common core areas
Common Core Areas
  • A: Essential Skills
  • B: Institutional Options
    • At CSU: Critical Thinking and Communication
  • C: Humanities
  • D: Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technology
  • E: Social Sciences
area a essential skills
Area A – Essential Skills
  • A1 : 6 hours
    • ENGL 1101 – English Composition I
    • ENGL 1102 – English Composition II
  • A2: 3 hours
    • MATH 1xxx
      • Course depends upon math placement and major requirements of degree program
area a2 mathematics
Area A2 - Mathematics
  • Allowed courses in Area A2:
    • MATH 1101 – Mathematical Modeling
    • MATH 1111 – College Algebra
    • MATH 1113 – Pre-Calculus
    • MATH 1241 – Survey of Calculus
    • MATH 1501 - Calculus
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Area A2 - Mathematics
  • Math issues
    • MATH 1101 (Math Modeling) and MATH 1111 (College Algebra) – either is acceptable, but some majors prefer MATH 1111.
    • Math placement
      • Testing
      • Prior courses
    • MATH 1231 (Statistics) does not count in Area A2
      • Caution: hardcopy Academic Catalog error; okay in on-line version.
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Area A2 - Mathematics
  • Some majors require a math course higher than MATH 1101 or MATH 1111:
    • Biology and Mathematics: MATH 1113 (Pre-Calculus)
    • Pre- Engineering: MATH 1501 (Calculus I)
  • Prerequisites for these higher-level math courses must be met, but they do not count toward graduation:
    • MATH 1113 requires MATH 1111 and MATH 1112 (Trigonometry).
    • MATH 1501 requires MATH 1111, MATH 1112 and MATH 1113.
    • MATH 1111 and MATH 1112 may be taken simultaneously.
area b critical thinking and communication
Area B – Critical Thinking and Communication
  • B1: 3 hours
    • CRIT 1101 – Critical Thinking
  • B2: 1 or 2 hours depending on major
    • Communications courses
    • Foreign language courses (2nd courses: SPAN 1002 or FREN 1002)
area b2 communications
Area B2 - Communications
  • Acceptable courses in Area B2:
    • COMM 1001 Presentational Speaking (1 hr)
    • COMM 1002 Presentation Applications (1 hr)
    • COMM 1110 Spoken Communication (3 hrs)
    • FREN 1002 Elementary French II (3 hrs)
    • SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II (3 hrs)
area c humanities
Area C - Humanities
  • C1: 3 hours
    • Choice of English Literature, Philosophy, or Foreign Language (3rd or 4th course).
  • C2: 3 hours
    • Choice of Art History, Film, Music Appreciation, World Music, Aesthetics, Theater Appreciation, or Foreign Language (3rd or 4th course).
area c1 literature philosophy or intermediate foreign language
Area C1 - Literature, Philosophy, or Intermediate Foreign Language
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • ENGL 2111 World Literature I—Pre-Modern
    • ENGL 2112 World Literature II—Modern World
    • ENGL 2121 British Literature I
    • ENGL 2122 British Literature II
    • ENGL 2131 American Literature I
    • ENGL 2132 American Literature II
    • FREN 2001 Intermediate French I
    • FREN 2002 Intermediate French II
    • PHIL 2201 Introduction to World Philosophy
    • SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II
area c2 fine arts or intermediate foreign language
Area C2 - Fine Arts or Intermediate Foreign Language
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • ART 2301 Art of the Pre-Modern World
    • ART 2302 Art of the Modern World
    • CMS 2100 Introduction to Film
    • FREN 2001 Intermediate French I
    • FREN 2002 Intermediate French II
    • MUSC 2101 Music Appreciation
    • MUSC 2301 Introduction to World Music
    • PHIL 2401 Introduction to Aesthetics
    • SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II
    • THEA 1100 Theater Appreciation
area d natural sciences mathematics and technology
Area D – Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technology
  • D1: 7 or 8 hours depending on major
    • A science sequence consisting of two courses and one or two labs in the same discipline.
    • Choice of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • D2: 3 hours
    • Choice of math, computing, computer science or science courses.
    • Course may be specified by major in some cases.
d1 science sequence
D1 – Science Sequence
  • Non-science majors (7 hours)
  • Two courses and one lab in same sequence
    • BIOL 1111, 1111L and 1112 – Introductory Biology
    • CHEM 1151, 1151L and 1152 – Survey of Chemistry
    • PHYS 1111, 1111L and 1112 – Introductory Physics
  • Non-science majors may take the science majors’ sequences, but must take two labs if they do so.
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D1 – Science Sequence
  • Health-science majors (8 hours)
    • Two courses and two labs in same sequence
  • Biology, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Engineering majors (8 hours)
    • CHEM 1211, 1211L, 1212, and 1212L – Principles of Chemistry
  • Mathematics majors (8 hours) – any “Principles” sequence
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D1 – Science Sequence
  • BIOL 1151, 1151L, 1152 and 1152L – Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence can never be used in Area D1 (BOR regulation).
  • SCI 1111, 1111L and 1112 – Integrated Science sequence is no longer offered at CSU (see Natural Sciences department head if a student has taken only the first course in this sequence at CSU).
d2 science mathematics or technology
D2 – Science, Mathematics or Technology
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • MATH 1221 Finite Mathematics
    • MATH 1231 Introductory Statistics
    • MATH 1241 Survey of Calculus
    • MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
    • MATH 1501 Calculus I
    • MATH 2502 Calculus II
    • CPTG 1111 Introduction to Computing and CPTG 1010 Computing with Spreadsheets
    • CSCI 1301 Computer Science I
    • SCI 1901 Selected Topics in Science
area e social sciences
Area E – Social Sciences
  • E1: 3 hours
    • POLS 1101 American Government
  • E2: 3 hours
    • HIST 1111 Survey of Pre-Modern World History
    • HIST 1112 Survey of Modern World History
    • SOSC 2501 Survey of Social Science and Contemporary Issues
area e social sciences cont d
Area E – Social Sciences (cont’d)
  • E3: 3 hours, choose one of the following:
    • HIST 2111 Survey of U.S. History to 1877
    • HIST 2112 Survey of U.S. History Since Reconstruction
  • E4: 3 hours, choose one of the following:
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
advisement process
Advisement Process
  • Advisement is conducted by:
    • General Academic Advisors and Faculty Advisors
    • Advising venues:
      • New student orientations
      • Continuing students
    • “Orientation” and “Must See Advisor” holds in some Colleges/Schools
  • Hand-off between General Academic Advisors and Faculty Advisors
advisement tools
Advisement Tools
  • Academic Catalog
  • Schedule of Courses
    • Course listings
  • Advisement Webs
  • The DUCK
legislative requirements
Legislative Requirements
  • Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree demonstrate a knowledge of the history and constitution on the United States and Georgia.
  • These requirements may be met by receiving a passing grade in certain courses, or by passing the appropriate examination:
    • HIST 2111/2112 satisfies the Georgia and US history.
    • POLS 1101 satisfies the Georgia and US Constitution.
    • HIST 3110 satisfies Georgia history and the Georgia Constitution.
    • CITZ 1001 satisfies Georgia and US history, and Georgia and US Constitution. CITZ 1001 satisfies the legislative requirement only. This course may not be applied towards any other degree requirement, including free electives.
  • Transfer credit - students with transfer credit (HIST 2111, HIST 2112 or POLS 1101) from outside the University System of Georgia will need to contact the Testing Center regarding the legislative exams.
regents test
Regents’ Test
  • USG requirement to certify basic college-level competency in reading and writing
  • All students must pass or exempt the Regents’ Test to earn a degree at CSU.
  • Exemptions:
    • Reading Portion: 510 SAT-I Verbal or 23 ACT Reading
    • Essay Portion: 3 on AP English, 4 on IB English, 650 on SAT II writing, or combination high SAT I V & ENGL 1101 grade of A or B
    • SAT and ACT scores must be from a national administration.
    • Bachelor’s degree
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Regents’ Test
  • Students should take test during their first semester of enrollment
  • If > 45 hours without taking or passing test, must take RGTE 0199 and RGTR 0198.
  • Must continue to take skills courses until they are passed.
  • Cannot take other courses unless enrolled in skills courses.
  • Cannot withdraw from skills courses without withdrawing from other courses.
core course substitutions
Core Course Substitutions
  • The department head for the core course for which the substitution is requested is the approving authority.
  • The Registrar has already ruled that the courses is NOT equivalent.
  • Provide a course description or course syllabus.
some commonly accepted substitutions
Some Commonly Accepted Substitutions
  • Area C: HUMN 1000A
  • Area D1: A student who starts as a science major and then changes to a non-science major can complete a sequence with the non-science major course.
    • Example: BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L and BIOL 1112.
  • Area D2: Just about any science course will be accepted.
some examples from the duck
Some Examples from the DUCK
  • Current Learning Support
  • Learning Support completed
  • Transfer student
  • Legislative Requirement
  • CPC Requirement
future of the core curriculum
Future of the Core Curriculum
  • BOR Strategic Goal 1: Renewing Excellence in Undergraduate Education to Meet Student’s 21st Century Needs
    • Includes restructuring of the core curriculum to focus on a common System set of competencies that reflect the knowledge and skills expected of an educated person in the 21st century.