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General Education

General education at Columbia College consists of the study of the knowledge and intellectual concepts that educated people should possess. It is a required part of every student's course of study, including courses in basic skills, the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. The intent of general education is to provide a foundation for the student to pursue lifelong learning and involved citizenship. To receive a baccalaureate degree from Columbia College students must complete at least 44 hours of general education courses distributed as follows:

BASIC SKILLS     9 semester hours
ENGL 111 and 112: English Composition I and II (6) (Each with a grade of C or better)
CISS 170: Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3)
HUMANITIES PERSPECTIVE     18 semester hours
HIST 101 and 102: Western Civilization I & II (6)
12 semester hours in at least three of the following disciplines: art appreciation, communication, history, language, literature, music appreciation, philosophy, religious studies
MATH/SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE     8 semester hours
At least one course in each area. The math course must be at or above the level of MATH 150 College Algebra. Science laboratory courses may be used in meeting general education requirements only when they are taken concurrently or prior to a comple- mentary lecture course.
SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE     9 semester hours
Nine semester hours in three of the following disciplines: economics (or FINC 298), geography, political science, psychology, sociology
44 semester hours

Following is the list of courses that meet associate and baccalaureate degree general education requirements, by area. Some courses have prerequisites.


Art (ARTS)

ARTS 105 Art Appreciation
ARTS 111 Art and Ideas I
ARTS 112 Art and Ideas II
ARTS 306 Ancient Art History
ARTS 308 Medieval Art History
ARTS 310 Renaissance Art History
ARTS 312 17th and 18th-Century Art History
ARTS 314 Nineteenth-Century Art History
ARTS 403 Twentieth-Century Art History
ARTS 406 American Art History

Astronomy (ASTR)

ASTR 108 Introduction to Astronomy

Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 110 Principles of Biology
BIOL 110L Biology Laboratory (when taken prior to or with BIOL 110)
BIOL 115 Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 115L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (when taken prior to or with BIOL 115)
BIOL 211 Zoology
BIOL 212 Botany

Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 108 Physical Science Survey
CHEM 108L Physical Science Survey Laboratory (when taken prior to or with CHEM 108)
CHEM 110 Chemistry I
CHEM 110L Chemistry I Laboratory (when taken prior to or with CHEM 110)
CHEM 112 Chemistry II
CHEM 112L Chemistry II Laboratory (when taken prior to or with CHEM 112)
CHEM 203 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 303L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (when taken with CHEM 303)

Communication (COMM)

COMM 110 Introduction to Speech
COMM 203 Understanding Human Communication
COMM 213 Arts and Cultures of Our World
COMM 303 Intercultural Communication
COMM 360 Oral interpretation and Literature
COMM 393 Organizational Communication

Computer Information Systems (CISS)

Ciss 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems

Economics (ECON)

ECON 293 Macroeconomics
ECON 294 Microeconomics

English (ENGL)

ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 123 Introduction to Mythology and Folklore
ENGL 124 The Bible as Literature
ENGL 132 Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 190 The short Story
ENGL 193 Best Sellers and Literature
ENGL 210 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 211 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 212 Introduction to Drama
ENGL 231 English Literature I
ENGL 232 English Literature II
ENGL 241 American Literature I
ENGL 242 American Literature II
ENGL 263 World Literature I
ENGL 264 World Literature II
ENGL 280 Film and Literature
ENGL 311 The English Language I
ENGL 312 The English Language II
ENGL 323 The Hero in Mythology
ENGL 346 Environmental Issues in Native American Literature
ENGL 350 Major Literary Figures
ENGL 351 Readings in Shakespeare
ENGL 360 Readings in the Novel
ENGL 361 Readings in Poetry
ENGL 362 Readings in Drama
ENGL 370 Major Literary Periods
ENGL 397 Science Fiction and Fantasy
ENGL 450 Minority and Ethnic Literature of the United States
ENGL 490 Approaches to Interpreting Literature

Environmental Studies (ENVS)

ENVS 115 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS 115L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (when taken prior to/with ENVS 115)
ENVS 220 Introduction to Our Atmosphere
ENVS 346 Environmental Issues in Native American Literature

Finance (FINC)

FINC 298 Personal Financial Planning (if used to meet the economics option for social perspective)

Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
GEOG 210 United States and Canada
GEOG 302 Urban Geography

Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology: Physical and Historical Geology
GEOL 202 Geology of the National Parks
GEOL 301 Historical Geology

History (HIST)

HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 121 American History to 1877
HIST 122 American History 1877 to Present
HIST 231 Imperial Russia
HIST 232 History of Russia 1825 to Present
HIST 233 Topics
HIST 303 History and Philosophy of Modern Science
HIST 312 Twentieth Century American Diplomatic History
HIST 314 Modern China
HIST 316 Modern Japan
HIST 321 History of the Modern U.S.
HIST 330 Revolution in the Modern World
HIST 331 Contemporary Europe
HIST 340 Philosophy of Revolution
HIST 342 History of the Civil War
HIST 350 American Revolution
HIST 351 American Intellectual History
HIST 362 History of the American West
HIST 363 The History of Science I
HIST 364 The History of Science II
HIST 371 History of American Business
HIST 372 History of Ethnic America
HIST 381 HIstory of Christianity, The Early Church
HIST 382 Christianity in the Modern World
HIST 490 Historiography

Management (MGMT)

MGMT 371 History of American Business

Mathematics (Math)

MATH 150 College Algebra
MATH 170 Finite Mathematics
MATH 180 Precalculus
MATH 201 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
MATH 250 Statistics I

Music (MUSI)

MUSI 122 Music Appreciation
MUSI 322 Masterpieces of Music
MUSI 323 Music of the United States
MUSI 325 Music and Art in the Western World

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 201 Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHIL 202 Intro. to Eastern Philosophies & Religions
PHIL 210 Logic
PHIL 303 History and Philosophy of Modern Science
PHIL 330 Ethics
PHIL 340 Philosophy of Revolution
PHIL 350 Philosophy of Religion

Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 108 Physical Science Survey
PHYS 108L Physical Science Survey Laboratory (when taken prior to or with PHYS 108)
PHYS 111 College Physics I
PHYS 111L Physics I Laboratory (when taken with PHYS 111)
PHYS 112 College Physics II
PHYS 112L Physics II Laboratory (when taken with PHYS 112)
PHYS 211 Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 212 Calculus-Based Physics II
PHYS 220 Introduction to Our Atmosphere

Political Science (POSC)

POSC 111 American National Government
POSC 115 State and Local Government

Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 101 General Psychology
PSYC 260 Psychology of Adjustment

Religious Studies (RELI)

RELI 101 Religion and Human Experience
RELI 201 Comparative Religion
RELI 202 Intro. to Eastern Philosophies & Religions
RELI 350 Philosophy of Religion

Social Work (SOWK)

SOWK 370 Minority Cultures and Relations

Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 111 General Sociology
SOCI 112 General Anthropology
SOCI 214 Family
SOCI 216 American Social Problems
SOCI 370 Minority Cultures and Relations

Spanish (SPAN)

SPAN 101 Beginning Conversational Spanish I
SPAN 102 Beginning Conversational Spanish II
SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 305 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition


English Composition Requirement

Students must fulfill requirements for ENGL 111 and ENGL 112 by the time they have completed 60 semester hours of course work with Columbia College. Full-time day students must enroll in the appropriate English course (ENGL 107, 111, or 112) each semester until they have completed the requirement with grades of C or better. Withdrawal of full-time students from any English composition course may be initiated only by the instructor. (Note: Withdrawal policy does not apply to evening students.)

Entering full-time students with no transfer credit in English composition write a diagnostic essay that is scored by the English faculty to determine placement in ENGL 107 Developmental English Composition; ENGL 111 English Composition I; or ENGL 112 English Composition II. Students placed in ENGL 112 who successfully complete the course on their first attempt with a grade of C or higher receive six hours of English composition credit.

If students enroll at Columbia College with more than 30 semester hours of approved transfer credit but have not yet earned credit for ENGL 111 or ENGL 112, they must fulfill requirements and receive credit for these two courses during the next 24 semester hours of course work.

If full-time students fail to meet the English composition requirement, they will not be permitted to enroll in any other Columbia College course unless, at the same time, they are enrolled in or complete credit for ENGL 111 or ENGL 112, as appropriate.

The chair of the Humanities Department may recommend that the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs issue waivers or grant other relief from this policy when students are judged unable to meet the English composition requirements due to extenuating circumstances.

CISS 170 Test Out

The Computer and Information Science Department offers an exam for those students who believe that prior experience or education has provided them with a body of knowledge equivalent to that obtained from CISS 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems. The exam consists of three parts:

1. General Computer Knowledge
2. Demonstration of Basic Word Processing Skills
3. Demonstration of Basic Spreadsheet Skills

The exam requires students to be familiar with and use Windows 2000 and Microsoft Office 2000.
The two hour exam requires that time be scheduled on a computer and must be proctored. Students wishing to take the test should, after making appropriate application, contact the Chair of the Computer and Information Science Department to schedule a time and date for testing. A $300 fee will be assessed. Students passing the exam receive 3 semester hours of credit for CISS 170.

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