Idaho State Board of
In an effort to ensure that post-secondary education is consistent and comprehensive at all state colleges and universities, the Idaho State Board of Education has established the following academic expectations for transferring credits and obtaining a baccalaureate degree. The Board also adopted consistent course numbering, effective in 1996, that identifies lower-division courses of similar content by the same course numbers and titles. The lower division general education core requirement must fit within the following credit and course requirements and must have a minimum of thirty six (36) credit hours.
1. English Composition: 1 course (3-6 credits, depending upon initial placement results). In meeting this goal, students must be able to express themselves in clear, logical, and grammatically correct written English. Up to six (6) credits may be exempt by ACT, SAT, Compass, AP, CLEP or other institution accepted testing procedure.
2. Communications: 1 course (2 credits). Coursework in this area enhances studentsí ability to communicate clearly, correctly, logically, and persuasively in spoken English. Disciplines: Speech, Rhetoric, and Debate.
3. Mathematics: 1 course (3 credits). Coursework in this area is intended to develop logical reasoning processes; skills in the use of space, numbers, symbols, and formulas; and the ability to apply mathematical skills to solve problems. Disciplines: College Algebra, Calculus, Finite Mathematics, and Statistics.
4. Humanities, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language: 2 courses (6 credits). Coursework in this area provides instruction in: (1) the creative process; (2) history and aesthetic principles of the fine arts; (3) philosophy and the arts as media for exploring the human condition and examining values; and (4) communication skills in a foreign language. Disciplines: Art, Philosophy, Literature, Music, Drama/Theater, and Foreign Language.
5. Natural Science: 2 courses (7 credits). Coursework in this area: (1) provides an understanding of how the biological and physical sciences explain the natural world and (2) introduces the basic concepts and terminology of the natural sciences. Disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Geology, and Physics. Note: Courses may be distributed over two (2) different disciplines and must have at least one (1) accompanying laboratory experience.
6. Behavioral and Social Science: 2 courses (6 credits). Coursework in this area provides instruction in: (1) the history and culture of civilization; (2) the ways political and/or economic organizations, structures and institutions function and influence thought and behavior; and (3) the scientific method as it applies to social science research. Disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Note: Courses must be distributed over two (2) different disciplines.
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