Core Areas

Core Area A1

Communication Skills

Learning Outcomes | 6 hours

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognize and identify appropriate topics for presentation in writing
  • Synthesize and logically arrange written presentations
  • Adapt written communication to specific purposes and audiences

Both Required:

Core Area A1 Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3

Core Area A2

Quantitative Skills

Learning Outcomes | 3 hours

Students must:

  • Demonstrate a strong foundation in college-level mathematical concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply symbolic representations to model and solve real-world problems.

Choose one of the following based on major:*

Core Area A2 Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
MATH 1113Precalculus4**
MATH 1634Calculus I4**

*Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Science Education majors must take MATH 1113 or higher. Nursing majors may take either MATH 1001 or MATH 1111. Engineering majors must take MATH 1634. Business majors are urged to take either MATH 1111 or MATH 1113.

**Since only three hours are required here in Area A, the extra hour earned by taking this course may be used in Area F according to most degree programs, but, for certainty, the student should always check the specifics listed in the description of the degree program

Core Area B

Institutional Options

Learning Outcomes | 4-5 hours

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Adapt written and oral communication to specific rhetorical purposes and audiences.
  • Identify, evaluate, and use information, language, or technology appropriate to a specific purpose.

Students must take one course from category 1, and any combination of courses to meet the total number of hours of 4 for science majors and 5 for non-science majors.

1 - Written and Oral Communication:

Courses in this area must meet both learning outcomes stated above.

One of the following is required of all majors:

Core Area B1 Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANTH 1101Voice of Culture3
ART 2000Oral Communication and the Visual Arts3
COMM 1110Public Speaking3
ENGL 2000American Speech3
ENGL 2050Self-Staging3
THEA 2050Oral Communication in Daily Life3
FREN/GRMN/SPAN1001 or 10023
PHIL 2020Critical Thinking3
XIDS 1004Oral and Technological Communication4

2 - Other Institutional Options:

Courses in this area must meet at least one of the learning outcomes stated above.

Institutional Elective, choose one of the following:

Core Area B2 Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANTH 1100Faces of Culture2
BUSA 1900Surfing the Internet for Success2
CS 1000Practical Computing1
CS 1020Computers and Society2
LIBR 2100Academic Research and the Library2
MUSC 1110Survey of World Music2
XIDS 2001What Do You Really Know About...1
XIDS 2002What Do You Really Know About...3

Core Area C

Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics

Learning Outcomes | 6 hours

Students must:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the foundational concepts of artistic, intellectual, or literary achievement, adapting written communication to specific purposes and audiences.
  • recognize and make informed judgments about the fine, literary, or performing arts from various cultures.

Choose one from each category:

Category 1: Fine Arts

Core Area C: Category 1 Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
XIDS 2100Art and Ideas3*
ART 1201Introduction to Art3
ART 2201History of World Art I3
ART 2202History of World Art II3
ENGL 2060Intro to Creative Writing3
FILM 2080Intro to the Art of Film3
MUSC 1100Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1120Survey of Jazz, Rock, and Popular Music3
THEA 1100Theatre Appreciation3

Category 2: Humanities

Core Area C: Category 2 Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
XIDS 2100Arts and Ideas3*
COMM 1154Introduction to Mass Communications3
ENGL 2001Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 2110World Literature3
ENGL 2120British Literature3
ENGL 2130American Literature3
ENGL 2180Studies in African-American Literature3
ENGL 2190Studies in Literature by Women3
Foreign Language1001, 1002, 2001, 20023
FORL 2200Survey of National Literatures3
FORL 2300Topics in National Literatures3
PHIL 2010Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2030Introduction to Ethics3

*XIDS 2100 is listed in both categories, but it may be counted only once.

Core Area D

Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology

Learning Outcomes | 10-11 hours

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply scientific reasoning and methods, mathematical principles, or appropriate information technologies to explain natural phenomena or situations that arise in the real world.
  • Use appropriate scientific tools and instruments to acquire data, process information, and communicate results, adapting written communication to specific purposes and audiences.

Note: The student should consult the specific requirements listed in the description of the degree program later in this catalog and work closely with an advisor to fulfill this area of the Core.

Option I - Non-Science Majors

1. Science Courses

Take two from the list below, at least one of which must be a lab class:

A course listed 3+1 below may be taken without the lab component to be used as a non-lab option here.

Core Area D: Science Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANTH 1105Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
ASTR 2313Astronomy3+1
BIOL 1010Fundamentals of Biology3+1
BIOL 1016Biology of Human Reproduction3
BIOL 1012Ecology and Environmental Biology3
BIOL 1013Biology of AIDS and Infectious Disease3
BIOL 1014Nutrition3
BIOL 1015The Unseen World of Microorganisms3+1
BIOL 1107Principles of Biology I3+1
BIOL 1108Principles of Biology II3+1
CHEM 1100Introductory Chemistry3+1
CHEM 1151KSurvey of Chemistry I4
CHEM 1152KSurvey of Chemistry II4
CHEM 1211Principles of Chemistry I3+1
CHEM 1212Principles of Chemistry II3+1
CHEM 1230KAccelerated Principles of Chemistry4
GEOG 1111Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOG 1112Weather and Climate3+1
GEOG 1113Landform Geography3+1
GEOG 2202Environmental Science3
GEOG 2553Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences3
GEOL 1121Introductory Geosciences I: Physical Geology3+1
GEOL 1122Introductory Geosciences II: Historical Geology3+1
GEOL 1123Environmental Observations3+1
GEOL 2503Introduction to Oceanography3
GEOL 2553Geology of the National Parks3
PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I3+1
PHYS 1112Introductory Physics II3+1
PHYS 2211Principles of Physics I3+1
PHYS 2212Principles of Physics II3+1
XIDS 2201Science Foundations4
XIDS 2202Environmental Studies3

2. Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Courses:

Take any one from the list below or the list above as long as no more than two of the three courses in Area D are from the same discipline. 

Core Area D: Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
CS 1030Introduction to Computer Concepts3
CS 1300Introduction to Computer Science4
CS 1301Computer Science I4
CS 1302Computer Science II3
MATH 1413Survey of Calculus4
MATH 1634Calculus I4
MATH 1401Introductory Statistics/Elementary Statistics4
MATH 2644Calculus II4

Option II - Science Majors

1. Laboratory Science Courses

Take any two lab courses from the list below:

Core Area D: Laboratory Science Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
BIOL 1107Principles of Biology I3+1
BIOL 1108Principles of Biology II3+1
CHEM 1211Principles of Chemistry I3+1
CHEM 1212Principles of Chemistry II3+1
CHEM 1230KAccelerated Principles of Chemistry4
GEOG 1112Weather and Climate3+1
GEOG 1113Landform Geography3+1
GEOG 2553Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences3
GEOL 1121Introductory Geosciences I: Physical Geology3+1
GEOL 1122Introduction Geosciences II: Historical Geology3+1
PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I3+1
PHYS 1112Introductory Physics II3+1
PHYS-2211Principles of Physics I3+1
PHYS 2212Principles of Physics II3+1

2. Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Courses:

Students may take one from either the list below or from the list above as long as no more than two courses are from the same discipline.

*A course listed 3+1 above may be taken without the lab component to be used as a non-lab option here.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and most Science majors must take MATH 1634. Engineering majors must take MATH 2644.

Core Area D: Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
MATH 1634Calculus I4
MATH 2063 MATH 1401Introductory Statistics / Elementary Statistics3
MATH 2644Calculus II4

Option III - Nursing Majors

1. Laboratory Science Courses

Take one of the two-semester sequences listed below:

Core Area D: Laboratory Science Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
CHEM 1151K and CHEM 1152KSurvey of Chemistry I and Survey of Chemistry II4 and 4
CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1212 (with labs)Principles of Chemistry I and Principles of Chemistry II3 and 3
PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1112 (with labs)Introductory Physics I and Introductory Physics II3 and 3
BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1108 (with labs)Principles of Biology I and Principles of Biology II3 and 3

2. Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Courses:

Core Area D: Mathematics, Science, and Quantitative Technology Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
MATH 2063MATH 1401Introductory Statistics / Elementary Statistics3

Core Area E

Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes | 12 hours

Students will demonstrate:

  • The ability to understand the political, social, economic, or cultural dimensions of world and American history.
  • That they have developed an understanding of the political and legal processes of the U.S. and Georgia, and an understanding of the terminology of political science and U.S. politics adapting written communication to specific purposes and audiences.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of a discipline examining the social world.

1. World History:

One is required from the following course:

Core Area E: World History Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
HIST 1111Survey of World History/Civilization I3
HIST 1112Survey of World History/Civilization II3

2. American/Georgia History:

One is required from the following course:

Core Area E: American/Georgia History Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
HIST 2111*United States History I (to 1865)3
HIST 2112*United States History II (since 1865)3

3. American/Georgia Government:

One is required from the following course:

Core Area E: American/Georgian Government Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
POLS 1101American Government3

4. World History:

One is required from the following course:

Core Area E: World History Course Details
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANTH 1102Introduction to Anthropology3
ECON 2100Economics for Everyone3
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1013World Geography3
GEOG 2503Cultural Geography3
PHIL 2130Intro to World Religions3
POLS 2201State and Local Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology3
SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 1160Introduction to Social Problems3
XIDS 2300Interdisciplinary Studies in the Social Sciences3
XIDS 2301Introduction to Global Studies3

*Students may exempt HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 by examination. If course is exempted, however, an additional 3 hours is to be taken from Part 4 of Area E.

Core Area F

Courses Applicable to Degree and Major 

See Area F of specific major program | 18 hours

Students whose native language is Spanish (both those from foreign countries as well as United States Ethnic Native Speakers of Spanish) who wish to use Spanish to meet degree requirements will be required to take SPAN 3102 if they do not exempt the requirement by taking the Departmental Placement test. In similar cases involving French or German, course substitution may be approved on an individual basis.

Any student who is capable of and authorized to begin studies at a sequentially higher course level than that required for the Core is exempted from the Core requirement by successful completion of the sequentially higher course. The student may or may not be awarded credit hours for the exempted course.