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General Education

General education at Columbia College is an essential part of every studentˇs program of study. General education explores and promotes understanding of the interrelationship among the liberal arts and sciences including the arts, history, humanities, mathematics, and the natural, social and behavioral, and computer sciences. General education provides a foundation for the student to pursue lifelong learning and involved citizenship in the human community.

These studies broaden and deepen understanding of the world through free and critical inquiry. A general education encourages creativity and the discovery, acquisition, and application of knowledge in the pursuit of excellence.

Arts

The study of the arts examines the ways in which individuals have expressed themselves creatively. Critical appreciation for content and form enriches how one perceives and articulates experience.

History

The study of history provides knowledge about the past and enriches cultural understanding. Understanding people, places and events through time informs a sense of continuity and change.

Humanities

Through the humanities, students develop rigorous thinking about, understanding of and appreciation for significant forms of human communication and expression. English, foreign language, communication, music, philosophy, and religious studies expands studentsˇ awareness of the world around them, past and present. The humanities offer students a basis for understanding the human condition and human experience of values, beliefs and intellectual endeavors.

Mathematics

The study of mathematics develops facility for critical thought, introduces a universal language that is the foundation for multiple disciplines and encourages clarity and succinctness of expression.

Natural Sciences

Natural sciences link experiment and observation with the practices of mathematics for the interpretation of natural phenomena. Through general introductions and laboratory experiences in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and physics, the achievements of these disciplines foster an awareness and understanding of the world and universe in which the individual lives.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

The study of the social and behavioral sciences includes the fields of economics, geography, political science, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. These disciplines present contemporary methodological and conceptual models for assessing, constructing, maintaining and altering individual and social processes.

Computer Science

The study of computer science exposes students to technology that is increasingly part of the human experience. The interconnectedness of the world necessitates informed consideration of computer use and an understanding of its capabilities and limitations.

At Columbia College teaching and learning come together to create diverse educational experiences, opportunities for responsible reflection, intellectual growth, intensive writing, critical thinking and cultural awareness. Taken together these attributes help define a Columbia College student.

Basic Studies

Basic studies courses serve the student by supplying critical-thinking skills, knowledge and techniques that enhance and enrich subsequent coursework. They provide necessary preparation for success in whatever area of study the student chooses. Students must:

  1. complete all basic studies courses in the first 60 hours; and
  2. be continuously enrolled in an English composition or math course until ENGL 112 and MATH 150 or higher level math course have been successfully completed.
CISS 170 Intro. to Computer Info. Systems
COMM 110 Introduction to Speech
ENGL 112 English Composition II
MATH College Algebra, MATH 150 or higher level math course
12 hrs

Introductory Studies

Introductory studies provide the student a varied and rich learning experience that is the essence of a liberal arts and sciences education. These courses provide a foundation for advanced studies regardless of major. Students who begin their studies at Columbia College or who transfer to Columbia College with 36 or fewer hours from other institutions will complete the preferred program of study. Students who transfer to Columbia College with more than 36 hours at the time of initial transfer may elect to pursue either the preferred program of study or the optional program of study. Students who complete the preferred program will have that accomplishment noted on their transcripts, ŔIn partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, this student completed a classical program of general education study.”

Classical Program of Study

Students must select two courses, with a minimum of six hours, from each of the following areas.
History
    HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 121 American History to 1877
HIST 122 American History since 1877
Arts and Humanities
ARTS 105 Art Appreciation
ARTS 111 Art and Ideas I
ARTS 112 Art and Ideas II
COMM 203 Understanding Human Communication
COMM 213 Arts and Cultures of Our World
ENGL 123 Introduction to Mythology and Folklore
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
MUSI 122 Music Appreciation
PHIL 201 Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHIL 202 Introduction to Eastern Philosophies and Religions
PHIL 210 Logic
RELI 101 Religion and Human Experience
RELI 202 Introduction to Eastern Philosophies and Religions
SPAN 101 Beginning Conver. Spanish I (5)
SPAN 102 Beginning Conver. Spanish II (5) or other approved foreign language
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Students may elect to take two science courses or one science and one math course to satisfy the Natural Sciences and Mathematics portion of the requirement.
ASTR 108 Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 110 Principles of Biology
BIOL 110L Biology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 115 Intro. to Environmental Science
BIOL 115L Intro. to Environmental Science Laboratory (2)
CHEM 108 Physical Science Survey
CHEM 108L Physical Science Survey Lab (2)
CHEM 110 Chemistry I
CHEM 110L Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
ENVS 115 Intro. to Environmental Science
ENVS 115L Intro. to Environmental Science Laboratory (2)
GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology (5)
MATH 201 Calculus & Analytical Geometry (5)
MATH 250 Statistics I
PHYS 108 Physical Science Survey
PHYS 108L Physical Science Survey Lab (2)
PHYS 111 College Physics I
PHYS 111L Physics I Laboratory (2)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECON 293 Macroeconomics
ECON 294 Microeconomics
GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
POSC 111 American National Government
PSYC 101 General Psychology
SOCI 111 General Sociology
SOCI 112 General Anthropology

23-32 hrs

Ethics
Every student who graduates from Columbia College must complete an ethics course, either PHIL 330, Ethics, or an approved Departmental ethics course in the student's major.
PHIL 330 Ethics or approved Departmental ethics course
3 hrs
38-47 hrs

Optional Program of Study for Qualifying Transfer Students

Qualifying students are those who transfer more than 36 hours when they first enroll at Columbia College.
History
   The student must complete 6 hours, including at least one Western Civilization course.
HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 121 American History to 1877
HIST 122 American History since 1877
Arts and Humanities
The student must complete 6 hours in at least two of the following areas: ARTS, COMM, ENGL, MUSI, PHIL, RELI or approved foreign language.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Students may elect to take two science courses or one science and one math course to satisfy the Natural Sciences and Mathematics portion of the requirement.
ASTR 108 Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 110 Principles of Biology
BIOL 110L Biology Laboratory (2)
CHEM 108 Physical Science Survey
CHEM 108L Physical Science Survey Lab (2)
CHEM 110 Chemistry I
CHEM 110L Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
ENVS 115 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS 115L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (2)
GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology (5)
MATH 201 Calculus & Analytical Geometry (5)
MATH 250 Statistics I
PHYS 108 Physical Science Survey
PHYS 108L Physical Science Survey Lab (2)
PHYS 111 College Physics I
PHYS 111L Physics I Laboratory (2)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
The student must complete 6 hours in at least two of the following areas: ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI.

23-32 hrs

Ethics
Every student who graduates from Columbia College must complete an ethics course, either PHIL 330, Ethics, or an approved Departmental ethics course in the student's major.
PHIL 330 Ethics or approved Departmental ethics course
3 hrs
26-35 hrs

Ethics Course Requirement

All students may take PHIL 330 Ethics to satisfy the ethics course general education requirement. The courses listed below are additional courses that satisfy requirement for specialized majors.

Business Administration Majors:
MGMT 368 Business Ethics
Criminal Justice Administration Majors:
CJAD 345 Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice
Education Majors:
EDUC 200 Law, Ethics and Education
Forensic Science Majors:
CJAD 345 Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice

General Education Courses By Discipline

Following is the list of courses that meet associate and baccalaureate degree general education requirements, by discipline. Some courses have prerequisites.
Art (ARTS)
   ARTS 105 Art Appreciation
ARTS 111 Art and Ideas I
ARTS 112 Art and Ideas II
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
Chemistry (CHEM)
CHEM 108 Physical Science Survey
CHEM 108L Physical Science Survey Laboratory
CHEM 110 Chemistry I
CHEM 110L Chemistry I Laboratory
Communication (COMM)
COMM 110 Introduction to Speech
COMM 203 Understanding Human Communication
COMM 213 Arts and Cultures of Our World
Computer Information Systems (CISS)
CISS 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Economics (ECON)
ECON 293 Macroeconomics
ECON 294 Microeconomics
English (ENGL)
ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 123 Introduction to Mythology and Folklore
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 331 Ethical Issues in Literature
Environmental Studies (ENVS)
ENVS 115 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS 115L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (when taken prior/with ENVS 115)
Geography (GEOG)
GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
Geology (GEOL)
GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology: Physical and Historical Geology
History (HIST)
HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 121 American History to 1877
HIST 122 American History since 1877
Mathematics (MATH)
MATH 150 College Algebra
MATH 170 Finite Mathematics
MATH 180 Precalculus
MATH 201 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 250 Statistics I
Music (MUSI)
MUSI 122 Music Appreciation
Philosophy (PHIL)
PHIL 201 Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHIL 202 Intro. to Eastern Philosophies & Religions
PHIL 210 Logic
PHIL 330 Ethics
Physics (PHYS)
PHYS 108 Physical Science Survey
PHYS 108L Physical Science Survey Laboratory
PHYS 111 College Physics I
PHYS 111L Physics I Laboratory
Political Science (POSC)
POSC 111 American National Government
Psychology (PSYC)
PSYC 101 General Psychology
Religious Studies (RELI)
RELI 101 Religion and Human Experience
RELI 202 Intro. to Eastern Philosophies & Religions
Sociology (SOCI)
SOCI 111 General Sociology
SOCI 112 General Anthropology
Spanish (SPAN)
SPAN 101 Beginning Conversational Spanish I
SPAN 102 Beginning Conversational Spanish II

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 Mathematical Sciences 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 Mathematical Sciences 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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