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    Flathead Valley Community College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

General Education and Related Instruction 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.

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.

Upon successful completion of the Communications requirement, students should be able to evaluate purpose and audience to create a well-developed, supported, and stylistically fluent response.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

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.

Upon successful completion of the Global Issues requirement, students should be able to demonstrate awareness of self as a member of a multicultural global community.

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. Upon successful completion of the Humanities requirement, students should be able to examine the nature of human experience and/or artistic expression. 

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. Upon successful completion of the Fine Arts requirement, students should be able to examine the role of the Arts as a reflection of culture.

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)


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.

Upon completion of the Mathematics requirement, students should be able to use mathematical techniques to problem solve.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

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. 

Upon successful completion of the Natural Science requirement, students should be able to apply scientific concepts and methods of inquiry.

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):


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.

Upon successful completion of the Social Sciences requirement, students should be able to evaluate the legitimacy of multiple perspectives to reach an informed conclusion.

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

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.

Upon successful completion of the Writing requirement, students should be able to demonstrate organization, coherence, and clarity in writing.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

 

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 https://ccn.mus.edu/search/

  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      
Total Credits = 30 semester credits

 

Rules for the Alternate Transfer Option

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.

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.