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Core Curriculum

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Each institution in the University System of Georgia follows a core curriculum established by the Board of Regents. All core curriculum requirements must be completed as part of the associate of arts, associate of science, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs. Students must meet the core requirements (also known as Areas A-E) of the institutions from which they receive their degrees. The benefit of the Core Curriculum is that completing the Core (or any part thereof) at Gordon State College guarantees that it will transfer to a sister institution in the System. The Core Curriculum at Gordon State College consists of 42 hours divided into five parts:

Core Curriculum

  • Core Area A: Essential Skills
    • Area A1: Communication Outcomes
    • Area A2: Quantitative Outcomes
  • Core Area B: Critical Thinking (Institutional Options)
  • Core Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Core Area D: Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Core Area E: Social Science

Students completing Associate degrees must also complete additional requirements outside of the core (Areas F and G).

  • Core Area F: Courses related to the major
  • Core Area G: Health and Physical Education

Each of these areas is described in detail in the pages that follow.

Notes:

  1. Please see page 203 for the core curriculum requirements of the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.
  2. Equivalent courses with an honors (H) designate will also be accepted to fulfill Area A – F requirements.

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Area A - Essential Skills

Area A(1) Required Courses: 6 hours
ENGL 1101 (3-0-3)
ENGL 1102 (3-0-3)
Area A(2) Choose one of the following courses: 3 - 4 hours
MATH 1001 (3-0-3)
MATH 1111 (3-0-3)
MATH 1113 (4-0-4)
MATH 1501 (4-0-4)
Hours Applied to Area A 9 HOURS4

Notes:
1 Any one of the courses, MATH 1001, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, or 1501, will satisfy the Area A(2) mathematics requirement with the following exceptions:
• Students who are science majors (as defined on page 137) must take MATH 1113 or MATH 1501 in Area A(2).
• Students who are middle grades education majors with a focus in mathematics must take MATH 1113 or MATH 1501 in Area A(2).

2 Advising Notes:
• In addition to science majors who must take MATH 1111 in preparation for taking MATH 1113, MATH 1111 is the course that is recommended for business majors. MATH 1111 is also a good course for students who are undeclared majors but are considering majoring in a quantitative area or students who wish to build on their high school algebra to enhance their abilities in mathematics.
• MATH 1001, Quantitative Skills and Reasoning is less dependent on previous knowledge of algebra than MATH 1111 and is often the choice of students who desire a broad knowledge of mathematics rather than the specific knowledge of algebra and students with weaker algebra backgrounds.
3 As observed in Note (1) students who have chosen the pathway to a baccalaureate degaree in Middle Grades Education with a focus on science must take MATH 1113 (or MATH 1501) in Area A(2). If the student is required to take MATH 1111 to qualify for MATH 1113, MATH 1111 serves as an elective course in their program.
4 A course taken to satisfy Area A requirements cannot also be used to satisfy a course requirement in another Area, but if a student accumulates more than 9 semester hours taking courses that satisfy Area A requirements, the student can use 1 excess semester hour in Area B.
5 Students are required to complete Area A early in their college studies.
• If a student has completed 30 semester hours and has not yet completed Area A(1), the student must enroll in a course that makes progress toward completing A(1) in order to take other college courses. In other words, after 30 semester hours, the student must be enrolled in one of the following courses: ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102 (or ENGL 0989 or ENGL 0999 if they still have learning support requirements).
• If a student has completed 30 semester hours and has not yet completed Area A(2), the student must enroll in a course that makes progress toward completing A(2) in order to take any other college courses. In other words, after 30 semester hours, the student must be enrolled in one of the following courses: MATH 1001, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, or MATH 1501 (or MATH 0987, MATH 0989, MATH 0997, or MATH 0999 if the student still has a mathematics learning support requirement).

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Area B - Institutional Options

Core Area B: Critical Thinking (Institutional Options)
Choose one of:
COLQ 2991 Humanities Colloquium (3-0-3)
COLQ 2992 Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium (3-0-3)
COLQ 2993 Social Science Colloquium (3-0-3)
COLQ 2994H Honors Colloquium (3-0-3)
COLQ 2995 Global Perspectives Colloquium1 (3-0-3)
One additional semester hour from excess hours from courses in
Areas A-E.
Hours Applied to Area B .............................................. 4 HOURS

Notes:
1 In general, students cannot use a course taken to satisfy requirements in one area to satisfy a requirement in a second area.

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Area C - Humanities/ Fine Arts

Choose one of the following courses: 3 hours
  • ARTS 1100 (3-0-3)
  • ARTS 11011 (3-0-3)
  • ARTS 11021 (3-0-3)
  • COMM 1100 (3-0-3)
  • COMM 1110 (3-0-3)
  • COMM 1500 (3-0-3)
  • FREN 1001 (3-0-3)
  • FREN 1002 (3-0-3)
  • HUMN 15011 (3-0-3)
  • HUMN 15021 (3-0-3)
  • MUSC 1100 (3-0-3)
  • SPAN 1001 (3-0-3)
  • SPAN 1002 (3-0-3)
  • SPAN 1060 (6-0-6)
  • THEA 1000 (3-0-3)
  • THEA 11001 (3-0-3)
Choose one of the following courses: 3 hours
  • ENGL 21111 (3-0-3)
  • ENGL 21121 (3-0-3)
  • ENGL 2121 (3-0-3)
  • ENGL 2122 (3-0-3)
  • ENGL 2131 (3-0-3)
  • ENGL 2132 (3-0-3)
  • PHIL 2010 (3-0-3)
  • PHIL 2020 (3-0-3)
Hours Applied to Area C ..............................................6 HOURS

Notes:
1 In general, students cannot use a course taken to satisfy requirements in one area to satisfy a requirement in a second area.

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Area D - Science, Mathematics, and Technology

For the purpose of determining course requirements in Area D, the following programs of study are considered science majors:

Associate of Science (general)*
Associate of Science in Chemistry
Associate of Science in Computer Science
Associate of Science in Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biology with Secondary Teacher Certification
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Secondary Teacher Certification

*Associate of Science (general) Pathways include: Astronomy, Biological Sciences and Biology, Mathematics, Pharmacy – Transfer, and Physics.

Area D Non Science Majors

Choose one of the following courses: 4 hours
  • ASTR 1010K      (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11072        (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11112        (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1151K    (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1211K    (3-3-4)
  • GEOL 1121K    (3-2-4)
  • GEOL 1122K    (3-2-4)
  • ISCI 1121K       (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 1111K    (3-3-4)
Choose one of the following courses: 4 hours
  • ASTR 1010K      (3-2-4)
  • ASTR 1020K      (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11072        (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11083        (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11112         (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11122         (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1151K     (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1152K     (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1211K     (3-3-4)
  • CHEM 1212K     (3-3-4)
  • GEOL 1121K     (3-2-4)
  • GEOL 1122K     (3-2-4)
  • ISCI 1121K        (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 1111K     (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 1112K     (3-3-4)
Choose one of the following courses: 3 - 4 hours
  • ASTR 1010K      (3-2-4)
  • ASTR 1020K      (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 1011         (3-0-3)
  • BIOL 1050        (3-0-3)
  • BIOL 11072       (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11083       (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11112       (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11123       (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1151K    (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1152K    (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1211K    (3-3-4)
  • CHEM 1212K    (3-3-4)
  • CHEM 2200      (3-0-3)
  • CSCI 1101        (3-0-3)
  • CSCI 2102        (3-0-3)
  • GEOL 1121K    (3-2-4)
  • GEOL 1122K    (3-2-4)
  • ISCI 1121K       (3-3-4)
  • MATH 1113       (4-0-4)
  • MATH 1401      (3-0-3)
  • MATH 1501      (4-0-4)
  • MATH 1502      (4-0-4)
  • MATH 2101      (3-0-3)
  • PHSC 1011      (3-0-3)
  • PHYS 1111K    (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 1112K    (3-3-4)
Hours Applied to Area D for Non-Science Majors .....11 HOURS1

Notes:
1 If students accumulate more than 11 semester hours taking courses that satisfy Area D requirements, they can use one excess semester hour in Area B and one or more in Area F.
2 If a student takes both BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1107, only one of these will count toward the Area D science requirement. One semester hour of credit from the other course can be applied to Area B.
3 If a student takes both BIOL 1112 and BIOL 1108, only one of these will count toward the Area D science requirement. One semester hour of credit from the other course can be applied to Area B.

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Area D - Science Majors

Required courses: 12 hours
  • CHEM 1211K       (3-3-4)
  • CHEM 1212K       (3-3-4)
  • MATH 15012,3,4    (4-0-4)
Hours Applied to Area D for Science Majors ........... 12 HOURS1

Notes:
1 If science majors accumulate more than 11 semester hours taking courses that satisfy Science Area D requirements, they can use one excess hour in Area B and one or more in Area F.
2 Any MATH course for which MATH 1501 is a prerequisite may be substituted.
3 Biological Sciences, and Biology majors may substitute MATH 2101 (3-0-3) for MATH 1501 in Area D.


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Area D - Nursing, Health Information Management

Choose one of the following sequences: 8 hours
  • BIOL 1111 and 11122                (3-2-4) each
  • BIOL 1107 and 11083               (3-2-4) each
  • CHEM 1l51K and 1152K           (3-2-4) each
  • CHEM 1211K and 1212K          (3-3-4) each
  • PHYS 1111K and 1112K           (3-3-4) each
  • PHYS 2211K and 2212K          (3-3-4) each
Choose one of the following sequences: 3 - 4 hours1
  • ASTR 1010K    (3-2-4)
  • ASTR 1020K    (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 1011        (3-0-3)
  • BIOL 1050       (3-0-3)
  • BIOL 11072      (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11083      (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11112       (3-2-4)
  • BIOL 11123      (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1151K   (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1152K   (3-2-4)
  • CHEM 1211K   (3-3-4)
  • CHEM 1212K   (3-3-4)
  • CSCI 1101       (3-0-3)
  • CSCI 2102       (3-0-3)
  • ISCI 1121K       (3-3-4)
  • MATH 1113       (4-0-4)
  • MATH 1401      (3-0-3)
  • MATH 1501      (4-0-4)
  • MATH 1502      (4-0-4)
  • MATH 2101      (3-0-3)
  • PHSC 1011      (3-0-3)
  • PHYS 1111K    (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 1112K    (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 2211K    (3-3-4)
  • PHYS 2212K    (3-3-4)
Hours Applied to Area D for Health Professions Majors -11 HOURS

Notes:
1 If Health Professions majors accumulate more than 11 semester hours taking courses that satisfy Area D requirements, they can use one excess hour in Area B and one or more in Area F.
2 If a student takes both BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1107, only one of these will count toward the Area D science requirement. One semester hour of credit from the other course can be applied to Area B.
3 If a student takes both BIOL 1112 and BIOL 1108, only one of these will count toward the Area D science requirement. One semester hour of credit from the other course can be applied to Area B.

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Area E - Social Sciences

Choose one of the following courses: 3 hours
  • HIST 11212   (3-0-3)
  • HIST 11222  (3-0-3)
Choose one of the following courses: 3 hours
  • HIST 21111, 2   (3-0-3)
  • HIST 21121, 2   (3-0-3)
Choose two of the following courses: 6 hours
  • ANTH 1102      (3-0-3)
  • ECON 2105   (3-0-3)
  • ECON 2106     (3-0-3)
  • HIST 1121      (3-0-3)
  • HIST 1122      (3-0-3)
  • HIST 2111        (3-0-3)
  • HIST 2112        (3-0-3)
  • POLS 1101      (3-0-3)
  • POLS 2201      (3-0-3)
  • POLS 2301    (3-0-3)
  • POLS 2401    (3-0-3)
  • PSYC 1101      (3-0-3)
  • SOCI 1101       (3-0-3)
Hours Applied to Area E .............................................12 HOURS

1 Constitution and history requirement: The State of Georgia requires that any person receiving a degree from a state-supported college must demonstrate knowledge of the history and Constitution of the United States and of Georgia. The history and Constitution requirement may be met by successfully completing HIST 2111 or HIST 2112. Students transferring from out-of-state or private institutions to Gordon State who have had American history must pass a special examination on the history and Constitution of Georgia.
2 In general, students cannot use a course taken to satisfy requirements in one area to satisfy a requirement in a second area.

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Area F - Courses Related to the Program of Study

A student has completed an associate (two-year) degree from Gordon State College when he or she has completed Core Areas A-E and Area G together with an Area F defined by the pathway to the baccalaureate degree that the student is seeking. Should the student desire to complete a baccalaureate (four-year) degree at Gordon State College or elsewhere in the University System of Georgia, the student is required to complete the Area F for the specific major the student seeks. Complete descriptions of Area F pathways offered at Gordon State College are found beginning on page 217.

Hours Applied to Area F ...................................... 18 HOURS

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Area G - Institutional Requirements Outside the Core

In addition to Areas A - F, any student completing at least one semester of full-time enrollment must complete three credit hours from Group I. Students who complete four or more semesters of full-time enrollment must also complete one hour from Group II.

Group I:1 Choose one of the following lecture courses: 3 hours
  • PHED 1001   (3-0-3)
  • PHED 1010   (2-1-3)
Group II:2 Choose from the following: 0 - 1 hour
  • Any PHED class except PHED 1001, PHED 1010, and PHED 1040.
Requirement...........................................................0 - 4 HOURS

A course may not be used to satisfy requirements in more than one Area.

Notes:
1 A maximum of one credit hour of physical education may be waived for military experience documented by a DD214 form. PHED 1001 or PHED 1010 will be required for students who complete at least one semester of full-time enrollment at Gordon State College. Courses that can be waived, or that are not required for graduation, will not be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for education benefits.
2 Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree will satisfy Area G requirements by completing PHED 1010 or any PHED activity course (PHED 1101 – 1551). PHED 1001 and PHED 1040 do not satisfy Area G for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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