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    Flathead Valley Community College
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

General Education Requirements


 



General Education Core Curriculum


Montana University System General Education Core criteria, in addition to departmental review, were used as a guideline in determining the core requirements listed below. Please note in some cases an individual course may transfer to one school, but not another, as an individual general education core course.

An FVCC student having completed ALL the FVCC General Education Core requirements can transfer to any Montana University System school and be guaranteed the lower division general education core requirements of that school have been met.

Writing (W): 3 credits


Writing courses focus on the writing process, rhetorical knowledge, conventions, critical thinking, reading, and research. Writing courses are foundational to success in college-level writing assignments.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

Communications (C): 3 credits


Communication courses will help students with the diverse applied writing and listening, speaking, and presenting opportunities they will encounter in their lives.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

Mathematics (M): 3 credits


Mathematics courses focus on comprehension of elementary quantitative concepts, development of quantitative reasoning skills, and the ability to reasonably ascertain the implications of quantitative information.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

Humanities (H)/Fine Arts (F): 6 credits


The Humanities reveal what it means to be human. Humanities courses explore societies, cultures, ideas and art, as well as examine the forces that shape and connect them.

Fine Arts courses explore how people reveal and express feelings, emotions and beliefs, as well as how different cultures value the arts. Through the Fine Arts, students explore the creative process as they study and construct expressions of their own creativity, talent, and passion.

Complete six semester credits in Humanities/Fine Arts selected from the list below. Students may choose to take six credits in Humanities or three credits in Humanities and three credits in Fine Arts.

Humanities (H)


Fine Arts (F)


Social Sciences (A, B): 6 credits


Social Sciences courses explore people, movements, institutions, and forces which play a major role in human history and development.

Complete six (6) semester credits selected from the following. At least one (1) course must be selected from each of Group A and Group B.

Natural Science (NL, N): 6 credits


Natural Science courses explore the principles that rule the physical universe by asking and answering questions about processes that can be observed and measured. 

Complete two or more courses selected from the following (at least one course must be a conventional laboratory experience selected from Group NL):

Group NL (Laboratory Courses):


Note:

PHSX 210 and 212 are no longer offered, but can still be counted as fulfilling the NL requirement for students who have already completed the course(s).

Global Issues (G): 3 credits


Global Issues courses explore differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability status, language, national origin, and/or religion within and across peoples and nations.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

 

FVCC Criteria for General Education Courses

Writing

Writing courses focus on the writing process, rhetorical knowledge, conventions, critical thinking, reading, and research. Writing courses are foundational to success in college-level writing assignments. These courses will provide instruction and practice in the following: 

  • multiple, flexible strategies for the writing process;
  • writing as a means to engage in critical inquiry;
  • conventions of language and forms of discourse;
  • research as a process;
  • formulating and supporting assertions with appropriate evidence
  • how to use appropriate documentation; and
  • use of a variety of technologies to facilitate academic research.

Communications

Communication courses will help students with the diverse applied writing and listening, speaking, and presenting opportunities they will encounter in their lives. These courses will provide instruction and practice in four or more of the following:

  • speaking with clarity, accuracy, and fluency in a variety of contexts;
  • use of the conventions of language and forms of discourse;
  • research as a process;
  • listening actively in a variety of situations;
  • adapting content and mode of presentation to fit a given audience and medium;
  • conventions for the discipline including format and media presentation; and
  • practical writing skills in the workplace.

Mathematics

Mathematics courses focus on comprehension of elementary quantitative concepts, development of quantitative reasoning skills, and the ability to reasonably ascertain the implications of quantitative information. These courses will provide instruction and practice in the following:

  • methods employed in the mathematical sciences;
  • application of mathematical or statistical models to complex problems;
  • quantitatively-based problems of importance to contemporary society; and
  • practical applications for consumers of quantitative information.

Humanities

The humanities reveal what it means to be human. Humanities courses explore societies, cultures, ideas, and art as well as examine the forces that shape and connect them. These courses will provide instruction and practice in the following:

  • critical analysis of how others perceive and express the human condition;
  • the human search for meaning and value in one or more time period(s) and cultures;
  • understanding how others make and express meaning in their lives;
  • respectful inquiry to understand global concepts, values, and beliefs; and
  • personal reflection and values identification.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences courses explore people, movements, institutions, and forces which play a major role in human history and development. These courses will provide instruction and practice in two or more of the following:

Social Sciences A course criteria

  • diversity of purpose, focus, and methodology among social sciences;
  • the role and impact of major social institutions on the daily existence of individuals, and on social and cultural groups;
  • analysis of human behavior, ideas, and social institutions for historical and cultural meaning and significance; and
  • historical construction of differences and similarities among peoples within and across groups, regions, and nations.

Social Sciences B course criteria

  • nature, structure, and historical development of human organization and the extent to which individuals (in contrast to physical or social forces) are able to influence events;
  • historical, economic, and/or political analysis of interrelations among humans;
  • analysis of interactions between humans and their environments, on local, national, and international scales;
  • uses and limitations of historical, economic, and/or political comparison as an analytical tool; and
  • distinctions between primary and secondary sources.

Natural Science

Natural Science courses explore the principles that rule the physical universe by asking and answering questions about processes that can be observed and measured. These courses will provide instruction and/or practice in the following:

  • the experimental basis of science and how scientists accumulate new knowledge;
  • methods scientists use to gather, validate, and interpret data within the broad area of the specific discipline being studied;
  • scientific facts and how those facts help us understand our observations and the laws that govern the natural world;
  • goals and limitations of science; and
  • the role of science in the development of modern technological civilization.

Global Issues

Global Issues courses explore differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability status, language, national origin, and/or religion within and across peoples and nations. These courses will provide instruction and practice in the following:

  • impact of historical events, geography, institutionalized differences in power, and long-standing customs on cultural diversity;
  • discrimination within and across specific institutions and groups and the attitudes that create barriers for some and opportunities for others; and
  • effect of cultural diversity on the ways in which individuals and peoples perceive, understand, and live in the world.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts courses explore how people reveal and express feelings, emotions and beliefs, as well as how different cultures value the arts. Through the Fine Arts, students explore the creative process as they study and construct expressions of their own creativity, talent, and passion. These courses will provide instruction and practice in three or more the following:

  • examination of aesthetic expressions from a historical/cultural perspective;
  • personal responses to various aesthetic expressions;
  • expressions of creativity and talent;
  • influence of the arts on individuals and society; and
  • the place of arts in cultural and intellectual history.

Alternate Transfer Option (MUS Core)

For students who cannot complete the AA or AS degree at FVCC:

Students transferring to a Montana University System school have the option to complete the Montana University System Transferable Core (MUS Core) in lieu of the FVCC General Education Core. This option may be advantageous for students who transfer prior to completing an AA or AS degree.

Montana University System Transferable Core (MUS Core)

See the MUS Core course lists at http://mus.edu/Transfer/MUSCoreByCampus.asp

  MUS Core Minimum Credits Courses Completed Grade Credits
  Communication:
Written and Oral
6      
  Mathematics 3      
  Humanities/
Fine Arts
6      
  Social Sciences/
History
6      
  Natural Science
(at least one
laboratory class)
6      
  Cultural Diversity 3      
  One course must include significant content related to the cultural heritage of American Indians (may be from above categories).
Total Credits = 30 semester credits

Montana University System Board Policy:

  1. Policy:
    1. The Montana University System is committed to facilitating the ease of undergraduate student transfer to its campuses, particularly in the area of general education. Therefore, all campuses of the Montana University System will recognize the integrity of general education  programs and courses offered by units of the Montana University System, Montana’s three publicly supported community colleges, the seven tribal colleges and regionally accredited independent colleges in the State of Montana. All campuses in the Montana University System shall also recognize the integrity and transferability of the Montana University System Transferable Core. http://mus.edu/borpol/default.asp.
  2. Procedures:
    1. Campus General Education Programs: An undergraduate student who has completed the lower division coursework in an approved general education program at one of the institutions noted above, and who transfers to another of those institutions, cannot be required to take additional general education coursework at the lower division level. The student may be required to take additional coursework at the upper division level that is part of an approved general education program at the new campus. The approved general education program at each of the campuses can be found at this link: http://mus.edu/transfer/genedbycampus.asp.

Rules for the Alternate Transfer Option

  1. The Montana University System Transferable Core: An undergraduate student who has completed courses identified as part of the Montana University System Transferable Core, hereafter referred to as the MUS Core, will be governed by the following rules:
    1. If the student has completed the entire 30 credit MUS Core, following the operating rules approved by the Montana Board of Regents, and transfers to another unit in the Montana University System, that student cannot be required to take additional general education courses at the lower division level.
    2. If that student has completed fewer than 20 MUS Core credits, that student will be required to complete the approved general education program at the campus to which he/she transfers. All general education transfer credits that are part of the MUS Core will be reviewed for possible application in the approved general education program at the campus.
    3. If that student has completed 20 or more MUS Core credits, that student may choose to complete either the MUS Core or the approved general education program at the campus to which he/she transfers. The student should make that decision in consultation with a faculty advisor.
    4. The student may be required to take additional coursework at the upper division level that is part of an approved general education program at the new campus.