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    Armstrong State University
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

General Education Outcomes and Core Curriculum


 

General education outcomes define the intellectual experience that Armstrong State University students complete prior to graduation, regardless of their specific degrees or their career choices. These outcomes emphasize the central body of knowledge and skills that define a “college-educated” person and are grounded in the arts, humanities, mathematics, social and natural sciences. They foster a knowledgeable, curious, critical, and reflective frame of mind in every graduate. The Armstrong State University general education outcomes encourage the broad enhancement of each person’s capabilities and promote the development of skills in communication, problem solving, and lifelong learning needed for individual growth and social improvement. All students must take an exit examination covering those general education outcomes prior to graduation.

The follow student learning outcomes and learning goals are expected of students who complete the university core curriculum:

Goal A1 (Communications)

Students will produce organized communication that develops analytical arguments and meets conventional standards of composition.

Goal A2 (Quantitative)

Students will demonstrate the ability to use mathematical information and concepts in verbal, numeric, graphical, or symbolic forms to solve problems.

Goal B (Institutional Options; Ethics and Values, Global Perspectives)

Students will critically evaluate the relationship between ethical theories and culture, and, students will analyze global multicultural issues among diverse realms of societies.

Goal C (Humanities/Fine Arts)

Students will critically analyze the meanings of texts or works of art or music.

Goal D (Natural Sciences)

Students will demonstrate a collegiate-level understanding of the method by which scientific study is conducted, and, students will accurately evaluate data in scientific reasoning problems.

Goal E (Social Sciences)

Students will analyze the complexity of human behavior, considering how historical, economic, political, or social relationships develop, persist, or change.

The semester core curriculum at Armstrong State University is required of all baccalaureate students. The core recognizes three broad categories of students: non-science majors, science majors, and clinical health majors. Major-specific courses are in Area F  of the core and are different for each major. The majors in each classification are as follows:

 

Non-Science Majors

 
Art French Music
Business Economics Gender Studies Political Science
Criminal Justice Health Science Psychology (B.A.)
Early Childhood Education Health and Physical Education Secondary History Teacher Education
Economics History Spanish
English Information Technology Special Education
English Teacher Education Law and Society Theater
Fine Arts Liberal Studies  

 

 

Science Majors

 
Applied Physics Computer Science Psychology (B.S.)
Biochemistry Mathematics RETP (pre-engineering)
Biology Mathematics Teacher Education Rehabilitation Sciences
Chemistry Secondary General Science Teacher Education  

 

 

Clinical Health Majors

 
Communication Sciences and Disorders Nursing Respiratory Therapy
Medical Laboratory Science Radiologic Sciences  

Core Curriculum Notes

  • Pre-calculus is required for majors in applied physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, radiologic sciences (radiation therapy track), and rehabilitation sciences.
  • Calculus is required for engineering studies students.
  • For non-science majors, the two science courses do not have to be in sequence, and one of the science courses may be a non-lab course.
  • Science majors must take a lab science sequence and a specified math course; statistics is required for biology, business economics (Bachelor of Science), psychology (Bachelor of Science), and rehabilitation sciences majors; calculus I is required for majors in applied physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics; calculus II is required for engineering majors.
  • Clinical health majors must take a biology, chemistry, or physics sequence; the third course must be statistics. (See Core Area D , Option IIB).
  • If a student who has not yet declared a major is contemplating a science or clinical health major, it is recommended that he or she take the area D  for that science or clinical health major.
  • The legislative history/constitution requirement can be met by a single course - HIST 2001 /POLS 2001 .
  • A course may be used only once to satisfy a degree requirement in core areas A , B , C , D , and E .
  • Students who do not complete Core Area A  requirements within 30 earned credit hours will be required to enroll in the appropriate course(s) to complete Area A  their subsequent term of enrollment.


Core Area A


Essential Skills: 9 hours


Communication Skills: 6 hours


Quantitative Skills: 3 hours


One course selected from:



Core Area B


Institutional Options: 4-5 hours




Core Area C


Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics: 6 hours




Core Area D


Core Area DI: Non-Science Majors


Math, Science & Technology: 10-11 hours

2. One science course selected from: (3-4 hours)


3. One course in mathematics, science, or technology chosen from: (3 hours)


Core Area DIIA: Science Majors


Math, Science & Technology: 10-11 hours

2. One course in mathematics, science, or technology selected from: (3 hours)




Core Area E


Social Sciences: 12 hours


World Civilization: 3 hours


One course selected from:



Core Area F


Courses Suitable to the Major: 18 hours

Refer to the program of study for your major.

Additional Required Courses

Physical Education: 3 hours

First-Year Seminar: 1 hour

 

State Requirement in History and Constitution

By state law, every student who receives a diploma from a school supported by the state of Georgia must demonstrate proficiency in United States history and constitution and in Georgia history and constitution. Students at Armstrong State University may demonstrate such proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • successfully complete HIST 2001 /POLS 2001  at Armstrong;
  • successfully complete a course that equates to HIST 2001 /POLS 2001  at another University System of Georgia (USG) institution;
  • successfully complete a course (or combination of courses) in American government and history which meets the state requirement at another USG institution;
  • successfully complete a course (or combination of courses) in American government and history at a non-USG institution and pass a local test on the Georgia constitution;
  • by earning an acceptable score on an institutional or standardized test as follows:
    • U.S./Georgia Constitution: AP - Government and Politics or CLEP - American Government to satisfy U.S. Constitution requirement, and pass the Georgia Government Exam to satisfy the Georgia constitution requirement.

    • U.S./Georgia history: AP - U.S. History or CLEP - History of the U.S. I or History of the U.S. II.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees

Requirements for major programs leading to baccalaureate degrees are described in the departmental listings. For baccalaureate degrees, a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of the required physical education course(s) and first-year seminar, is required for graduation. Exit exams in the major and in general education are also required. All students in baccalaureate programs must complete the 60-hour core curriculum requirement (as listed under University Core Curriculum), along with the 3-hour physical education requirement and 1-hour first-year seminar.

Requirements for Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees

For associate degrees, a minimum of 60 semester hours at the 1000 or 2000 level, exclusive of the required physical education course(s) and first-year seminar, is required for graduation. A university exam in general education is also required. All students in an associate degree program must complete the 60-hour core curriculum requirement (as listed under University Core Curriculum), along with a 2-hour physical education requirement and 1-hour first-year seminar.