Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)

General Education Learning Outcomes

  • Goal A1 (Written Communications)
    • Students will write effective expository and argumentative essays which consider purpose and audience.
  • Goal A2 (Quantitative)
    • Students will apply mathematical knowledge to interpret quantitative information using verbal, numerical, graphical, and symbolic forms.
  • Goal B (Institutional Foundations)
    • Students will effectively evaluate arguments, considering opposing points of view when appropriate.  
    • Students will construct effective inductive and valid deductive arguments and determine to what extent such arguments justify their conclusions.
  • Goal C (Humanities or Fine Arts)
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate critically on cultural concepts, artifacts or expressions in either English or a foreign language.
  • Goal D (Natural Sciences, Mathematics or Technology)
    • Students will apply scientific reasoning or mathematical methods to demonstrate scientific knowledge or to solve problems.  
  • Goal E (Social Sciences)
    • Students will examine and apply concepts of social identity and individual differences, such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, class, ability or sexual orientation.

Guidelines for the Core Curriculum (Areas A – E) are established by the University System of Georgia in order to ensure a solid general education foundation for all graduates. Courses taken within the Core are guaranteed to transfer within the University System in accordance with guidelines. To a great extent, Areas A-E of the Core are “major free,” meaning that they will apply regardless of major; however, certain majors do have specific mathematics, science, and other requirements in Areas A-E. All baccalaureate degree graduates and all A.A. and A.S. degree graduates must complete Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum, as specified below. Students should check with their degree program requirements for information on the minimum passing grade necessary. The areas of the Core and courses that can satisfy area requirements are as follows:

Area A. Essential Skills9
A1. Two Composition Courses
English Composition I
English Composition II
A2. Non-Science/Math Majors
Choose one Mathematics Course from the following:
Intro to Mathematical Modeling
College Algebra
Trigonometry & Analytic Geom 1
Pre-Calculus
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
A2. Science/Math Majors
Choose one Mathematics Course from the following:
Trigonometry & Analytic Geom 1
Pre-Calculus
Calculus I
Area B. Critical Thinking and Communication 24-5
B1. One Critical Thinking Course
Critical Thinking
B2. One or Two Foreign Language or Communication Courses from Among
Presentational Speaking
Presentation Applications
Public Speaking
Elementary French II
Elementary Spanish II
Area C. Humanities6
C1. One Literature, Philosophy, or Foreign Language Course from Among
World Literature I -Pre-Modern
World Literature II - Modern
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics/History/Cntmpry Persp
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
C2. One Fine Arts or Intermediate Foreign Language Course from Among
Art Appreciation
Art of the Pre-Modern World
Art of the Modern World
Introduction to Film
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Perspective, Arts & Humanities
Music Appreciation
Introduction to World Music
Intro to Aesthetics
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre
Area D. Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technology10-11
D1. Science (Non-Science Majors)
Non-Science majors must satisfactorily complete two courses and one laboratory in Area D1 from the following:
Solar System Astronomy
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
and Astronomy Laboratory 3
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology Lab I 4
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Lab II 4
Introduction to Biology I
and Intro to Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Biology II 3
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry Lab I
Survey of Chemistry II 3
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab I 4
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Lab II 3,4
Environmental Science
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics Lab I
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics Lab II 3
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Lab I 4
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Lab II 3,4
D1. Science (Health Professions Majors)
Health Professions majors must satisfactorily complete a two-semester science course and laboratory sequence from the following:
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology Lab I
and Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Lab II
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry Lab I
and Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry Lab II
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab I
and Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Lab II
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics Lab I
and Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics Lab II
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Lab I
and Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Lab II
D1. Science (Science Majors)
Science majors must satisfactorily complete a two three-hour science courses and their accompanying one-hour laboratory courses from the following:
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology Lab I
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Lab II
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab I
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Lab II 3
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Lab I 5
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Lab II 3,5
D2. Science, Math or Technology (Non-science Majors)
All students must complete an additional three hours in Area D2 from the following:
Computational Thinking& Coding
Computer Science I
Introductory Geosciences
and Introductory Geosciences Lab
Environmental Science
Trigonometry & Analytic Geom 6
Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Survey of Calculus
Pre-Calculus
Calculus I 7
Calculus II 7
Selected Topics in Science
D2. Science, Math or Technology (Science majors)
All students must complete an additional three hours in Area D2 from the following courses:
Computer Science I
Elementary Statistics
Calculus I 7
Calculus II 7
Area E. Social Sciences12
E1. One American Government Course
American Government
E2. One World History Course from Among
Survey-PreModern World History
Survey of Modern World History
Critical Trends and Issues
Intro to Global Issues
E3. One American History Course from Among
Survey of US History to 1877
US HIST Since Reconstruction
E4. One Behavioral Sciences Course from Among
Intro-African American Studies
Survey of Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Intro to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Intro to Women's Studies
Total Credit Hours42