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General Education Requirements

Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree are required to complete 38-41 semester hours of general education requirements:

  • 12-14 hours of Basic Studies
  • 23-26 hours of Introductory Studies, and
  • 3 hours of Ethics studies.


Basic Studies


Basic Studies 12 hrs
CISS 170 View Syllabus Introduction to Computer Information Systems or
CISS 176 Introduction to Computer Science
3 hrs
COMM 110 View Syllabus Introduction to Speech 3 hrs
ENGL 112 View Syllabus English Composition II 3 hrs
MATH 150 View Syllabus College Algebra or
MATH 170 Finite Mathematicsor
MATH 180 Precalculus or
MATH 201 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or
MATH 215 Differential Calculus
3 hrs

Introductory Studies

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 classical program of study below.

Students who transfer to Columbia College with more than 36 hours at the time of initial transfer may elect to pursue either a classical program of study (below) or the optional program of study. For more information about the optional program of study, see the Academic Programs section of the Academic Catalog.

Classical Program of Study

Students must select two courses, with a minimum of six hours, from each of the following areas, except for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics area.
 
History       6 hrs
HIST 101 View Syllabus Western Civilization I or
HIST 111 World History to 1500
HIST 102 View Syllabus Western Civilization II or
HIST 112 World History Since 1500
HIST 121 View Syllabus American History to 1877
HIST 122 View Syllabus American History Since 1877
 
Arts and Humanities 6 hrs
ARTS 105 View Syllabus Art Appreciation
ARTS 111 View Syllabus Art and Ideas I
ARTS 112 View Syllabus Art and Ideas II
COMM 203 View Syllabus Understanding Human Communication
COMM 224 View Syllabus Film History and Analysis
ENGL 123 View Syllabus Introduction to Mythology and Folklore
ENGL 210 View Syllabus Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 211 View Syllabus Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 212 View Syllabus Introduction to Drama
ENGL 231 View Syllabus English Literature I
ENGL 232 View Syllabus English Literature II
ENGL 241 View Syllabus American Literature I
ENGL 242 View Syllabus American Literature II
ENGL 263 View Syllabus World Literature I
ENGL 264 View Syllabus World Literature II
MUSI 122 View Syllabus Music Appreciation
PHIL 201 View Syllabus Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHIL 202 View Syllabus Introduction to Eastern Philosophies and Religions
PHIL 210 View Syllabus Logic and Critical Thinking
RELI 101 View Syllabus Religion and Human Experience
RELI 202 View Syllabus Introduction to Eastern Philosophies and Religions
 
Natural Sciences and Mathematics 5-6 hrs
Students may elect to take two science lecture courses, or a mathematics course and a science lecture course, or a science lecture and associated lab course totalling not less than five hours, to satisfy the Natural Sciences and Mathematics portion of the requirement.
ASTR 108 View Syllabus Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 108 View Syllabus Human Biology
BIOL 108L View Syllabus Human Biology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 110 View Syllabus Principles of Biology I
BIOL 110L View Syllabus Principles of Biology I Laboratory (2)
BIOL 115 View Syllabus Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 115L View Syllabus Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (2)
CHEM 108 View Syllabus Physical Science Survey
CHEM 108L View Syllabus Physical Science Survey Laboratory
CHEM 109 View Syllabus Chemistry for Biological and Health Related Sciences
CHEM 110 View Syllabus Chemistry I
CHEM 110L View Syllabus Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
ENVS 115 View Syllabus Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS 115L View Syllabus Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (2)
GEOL 110 View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Geology
GEOL 110L View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory (2)
MATH 201 View Syllabus Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (5) or
MATH 215 Differential Calculus (cannot meet both a Basic Studies requirement and a Natural Sciences and Mathematics G.E. requirement)
MATH 250 View Syllabus Statistics I
PHYS 108 View Syllabus Physical Science Survey
PHYS 108L View Syllabus Physical Science Survey Laboratory (2)
PHYS 111 View Syllabus College Physics I
PHYS 111L View Syllabus Physics I Laboratory (2)
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 hrs
ANTH 101 View Syllabus Introduction to Geography
ANTH 112 View Syllabus General Anthropology
ANTH 270 View Syllabus Minority Cultures and Relations
ECON 293 View Syllabus Macroeconomics
ECON 294 View Syllabus Microeconomics
GEOG 101 View Syllabus Introduction to Geography
POSC 111 View Syllabus American National Government
POSC 292 View Syllabus International Relations
PSYC 101 View Syllabus General Psychology
SOCI 111 View Syllabus General Sociology
SOCI 112 View Syllabus General Anthropology
SOCI 210 View Syllabus The Sociology of Gender
SOCI 270 View Syllabus Minority Cultures and Relations
WMST 210 View Syllabus The Sociology of Gender

Total Introductory Studies 23-26 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.
 
Ethics 3 hrs
PHIL 330     View Syllabus Ethics or
approved Departmental ethics course.


TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 38-41 hrs

Educators and policy-makers may view our General Education Matrix to learn how Columbia College general education goals and methods of assessment.