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CORE CURRICULUM
Georgia College & State University, in cooperation with other institutions of the University System of Georgia, has adopted a core curriculum to allow the transfer of credit from one institution to another without penalty to the student. Each institution establishes the courses required to meet its core requirements but will accept the completed core requirements of another System institution. Listed below are the areas of distribution for the core curriculum with Georgia College & State University’s approved courses for Areas A, B, C, D and E. Courses not listed here are not approved for these areas. Georgia College & State University will approve and accept courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels that are offered at a higher level in the same discipline of a core course to encourage superior students to advance in their degree.
The purpose of the core curriculum at Georgia College & State University is to cultivate in our students those habits of mind that will prepare them for the responsibilities of citizenship in our republic and to be able to function with sensitivity and alertness as global citizens and leaders. We seek to provide our students with a liberal education that enables and critically assess their own cultural inheritance as well as to impart a deeper appreciation of the histories and cultures of races, nations, and societies throughout the world. The GCSU student should emerge from the core with the ability to reason critically and rigorously; with a heightened appreciation for the great literature of the world; with a deepened aesthetic sensibility; with the ability to write and speak with grace and clarity; with the skills to use and master modern technology; with a firm grasp of the methodology and theoretical postulates of modern science and mathematics; and with the ability to see the interrelationships among the various areas of knowledge.
Area A. Essential Skills 
9 semester hours 
English Composition (6 hours)
English Composition I 
3 semester hours 

English Composition II 
3 semester hours 
Mathematics (3 hours). Choose one from the following list:
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling 
3 semester hours 

Precalculus 
4 semester hours 

Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry 
3 semester hours 

Integrated Calculus IA 
4 semester hours 

Calculus I 
4 semester hours 
Students electing MATH 1113 Precalculus, MATH 1115 Integrated Calculus IA,or MATH 1261 Calculus I will count three hours in Area A and one hour in Area F or in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.
The majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics require MATH 1113 or higher in Area A.
Area B. Institutional Options 
4 semester hours 
Understanding Society (2 hours). Choose one from the following list:
Global Issues and Society 
2 semester hours 

Ethics and Society 
2 semester hours 

Communications In Society 
2 semester hours 
Understanding the Arts (2 hours). Choose one from the following list:
Understanding Visual Culture 
2 semester hours 

Music and Civilization 
2 semester hours 

Theatrical Heritage 
2 semester hours 

Area C. Humanities/Fine Arts 
6 semester hours 
Literature (3 hours). Choose one from the following list:
World Literature 
3 semester hours 

Topics in Humanities and Fine Arts 
3 semester hours 
The Arts in Society (3 hours). Choose one from the following list:
Introduction to African Studies 
3 semester hours 

Introduction to Black Studies 
3 semester hours 

Introduction to Folklore 
3 semester hours 

The Fine and Applied Arts In Civilization 
3 semester hours 

America's Diverse Cultural Heritage 
3 semester hours 

Survey of Philosophy 
3 semester hours 

Area D.I. Science & Mathematics for NonScience Majors 
11 semester hours 
Science (8 hours). Choose two (plus labs) from the following list. Courses need not be a sequence, but students cannot receive credit for both a Principles course in the core and a course with a lower number in the same discipline:
Introduction to the Universe 
3 semester hours 

Introduction to the Universe Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Biological Process 
3 semester hours 

Biological Processes Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Biology 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Biology Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Biodiversity 
3 semester hours 

Biodiversity Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Survey of Chemistry I 
3 semester hours 

Survey of Chemistry Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Survey of Chemistry II 
3 semester hours 

Survey of Chemistry Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Chemistry I 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Chemistry II 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 

Introduction to Environmental Science 
3 semester hours 

Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Physical Geology 
3 semester hours 

Physical Geology Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Historical Geology 
3 semester hours 

Historical Geology Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Necessities of Life 
3 semester hours 

Necessities of Life Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Introductory Physics I 
3 semester hours 

Introductory Physics Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Introductory Physics II 
3 semester hours 

Introductory Physics Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Physics I 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Physics Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Physics II 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Physics Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 
Mathematics (3 hours). Choose one from the following list, if not used in Area A:
Precalculus 
4 semester hours 

Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry 
3 semester hours 

Integrated Calculus IA 
4 semester hours 

Integrated Calculus IB 
4 semester hours 

Survey of Calculus 
3 semester hours 

Calculus I 
4 semester hours 

Calculus II 
4 semester hours 

Probability and Statistics 
3 semester hours 
Students electing MATH 1113 Precalculus, MATH 1115 Integrated Calculus IA, MATH 1116 Integrated Calculus IB, MATH 1261 Calculus I, or MATH 1262 Calculus II, will count three hours in Area D and one hour in Area F or in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.
Area D. II.a. Science & Mathematics for Science Majors 
11 semester hours 
Science (8 hours). Choose two plus labs from the following list. Courses need not be a sequence.
Principles of Biology 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Biology Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Chemistry I 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Chemistry II 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 

Introduction to Environmental Science 
3 semester hours 

Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Physics I 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Physics Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Physics II 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Physics Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 
Mathematics (3 hours). Choose one from the following list, if not used in Area A:
Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry 
3 semester hours 

Integrated Calculus IB 
4 semester hours 

Survey of Calculus 
3 semester hours 

Calculus I 
4 semester hours 

Calculus II 
4 semester hours 

Probability and Statistics 
3 semester hours 
Students electing MATH 1116 Integrated Calculus IB, MATH 1261 Calculus I, or MATH 1262 Calculus II will count three hours in Area D and one hour in Area F or in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.
The major in Biology requires MATH 1261 Calculus I or MATH 2600 Probability and Statistics in Area D.
The majors in Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics require a higher mathematics course in Area D than is taken in Area A.
Area D.II.b. Science and Mathematics for Health Professions Majors 
11 semester hours 
Science (8 hours). A twosemester laboratory sequence selected from the following:
Biological Processes 
3 semester hours 

Biological Processes Lab 
1 semester hour 

Biodiversity 
3 semester hours 

Biodiversity Lab 
1 semester hour 

or 


Survey of Chemistry I 
3 semester hours 

Survey of Chemistry Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Survey of Chemistry II 
3 semester hours 

Survey of Chemistry Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 

or 


Introductory Physics I 
3 semester hours 

Introductory Physics Laboratory I 
1 semester hours 

Introductory Physics II 
3 semester hours 

Introductory Physics Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 

or 


Principles of Physics I 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Physics Laboratory I 
1 semester hour 

Principles of Physics II 
3 semester hours 

Principles of Physics Laboratory II 
1 semester hour 
Mathematics (3 hours). Choose one from the following list, if not used in Area A:
Precalculus 
4 semester hours 

Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry 
3 semester hours 

Integrated Calculus IA 
4 semester hours 

Integrated Calculus IB 
4 semester hours 

Survey of Calculus 
3 semester hours 

Calculus I 
4 semester hours 

Calculus II 
4 semester hours 

Probability and Statistics 
3 semester hours 
Students electing MATH 1113 Precalculus, MATH 1115 Integrated Calculus IA, MATH 1116 Integrated Calculus IB, MATH 1261 Calculus I, or MATH 1262 Calculus II, will count three hours in Area D and one hour in Area F or in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.
Area E. Social Sciences 
12 semester hours 
Economic and Political Perspectives of Society (6 hours)
Politics and Society 
3 semester hours 

Economics and Society 
3 semester hours 
Historical Perspectives of Society (3 hours). Choose one from the following list:
World Civilization and Society I 
3 semester hours 

World Civilization and Society II 
3 semester hours 
Social Science Perspectives of Society (3 hours) Choose one from the following list:
Introduction to Anthropology 
3 semester hours 

Introduction to Human Geography 
3 semester hours 

World Regional Geography 
3 semester hours 

World Civilization and Society I 
3 semester hours 

World Civilization and Society II 
3 semester hours 

The United States to 1877 
3 semester hours 

The United States Since 1877 
3 semester hours 

Interpersonal Relations in Society 
3 semester hours 

Intro to General Psychology 
3 semester hours 

Sociological Perspectives 
3 semester hours 

Area F. Courses appropriate to the major field of the student 
18 semester hours 
Area F courses are listed under each department as additional requirements.
Since Area F is specific to each major, native or transfer students who change majors will be required to complete the Area F of the new major,
regardless of credits shown in Area F for an earlier major.
Total Core Curriculum Requirements for All Bachelor’s Degrees 
60 semester hours 