2. Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours; one three-hour course in mathematics, one three-hour course in statistics)
The purpose of this category is to develop the ability to use abstract and deductive reasoning, to think logically and creatively about mathematical and statistical problems, and to be able to interpret, develop, and use some mathematical or statistical models of real world and abstract phenomena. Courses in this category emphasize the use of mathematics as a powerful language in many disciplines and its significant role in human development. All students must complete the mathematics requirement within the first 60 attempted hours of college work.
MA - Approved Mathematics Courses: (NB: All courses in this category have Mathematics Placement Level 20 or equivalent as a prerequisite) Mathematics: 123, 131, 136, 144, 145, 151/152, 214.
ST - Approved Statistics Courses: Biology 216; Business Management 211; Economics 201; Engineering 222; Exercise Science 401; Human Services 205; Mathematics 210, 307, 408; Psychology 201/204; Sociology 250
3. Natural Sciences (7 or 8 hours; two courses in the natural sciences, with at least one four-hour course that includes a laboratory component)
The purpose of studying the natural sciences is to participate in the systematic ways in which human beings analyze the physical universe, to appreciate the achievements of the human mind in comprehending the universe, and to understand the significant role of the natural sciences in human development. Courses in this category emphasize empirical studies of matter, energy, living systems, natural processes, and related phenomena, and examine science in the context of human culture.
SL - Approved Natural Sciences Lab Courses: Astronomy 101/181, 102/182; Biology 119, 121, 122, 210; Chemistry 119, 121/123, 122/124; 125, 168/170; Environmental Science 150, 151; General Science 111/181; Geology 111/181, 112/182; Physics 103/183, 104/184, 119, 230/280, 231/281.
NS - Approved Natural Sciences Non-Lab Courses: Astronomy 101; Biology 110; Chemistry 111; Engineering 211; Environmental Science 110; General Science 115; Geology 116, 225; University Honors 120.
4. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours, with at least 3 hours in the fine arts)
Humanities courses are designed to acquaint students with historical, literary, philosophical, religious, and political experience and traditions, with special attention to the methods and techniques of the humanities disciplines. Fine arts courses are designed to heighten perception, appreciation, and enjoyment of music, theatre, and the visual arts, and may include studio experience in addition to historical studies.
HU - Approved Courses in the Humanities: Classics 310, 396; Computer Science 385; English 131, 133, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219, 257, 307, 331, 335; History 203, 204, 310; Human Ecology 325; Humanities 219, 257, 335; Philosophy 201, 221, 425; Religion 103, 110, 213, 221, 222, 236; University Honors 214
FA - Approved Courses in the Fine Arts: Art 111, 214, 215, 301; Music 111, 317; Theatre and Speech 111, 113, 115, 280; University Honors 103, 104, 105, 106
5. Cultures and Civilizations (9 hours, to be fulfilled by completing either Option A or Option B)
Option A: two courses in western humanities and one course in non-western cultures and civilizations.
Western Humanities I and II (6 hours)
An historical approach to the great ideas, events, modes of thinking, and creations of the western world. The first course in this sequence will focus on developments from Antiquity through c. 1600; the second, from c. 1600 to the present. Both courses are designed to deepen historical perspective and offer opportunities to experience the power of literature and wrestle with issues of the human spirit. A set of primary texts common to all sections will serve as the focus for each course.
WH - Approved Western Humanities Courses: For Western Humanities I: Classics 113; English 113, 203; Philosophy 101, 113; University Honors 101; for Western Humanities II: English 115, 204; Philosophy 102, 115; University Honors 102.
Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations (3 hours)
The study of the development or characteristics of nonwestern cultures and civilizations, examining western cultures and civilizations only for the purpose of contrast and comparison, and thoroughly relating aspects of a culture to its context.
NW - Approved Non-Western Courses: Anthropology 208, 311, 333; English 316; Geography 103; Human Ecology 333; Humanities 311; Music 311; Political Science 104; Religion 211; University Honors 216, 217, 218, 219.
Option B: (One course in each of the three world civilization periods.
WC: World Civilizations I, II and III (9 hours)
An historical approach to significant or characteristic events, practices, and creations from world cultures and civilizations. The first course (I) focuses on the ancient world through c. 1000; the second (II) from c. 1000 to c. 1800; the third (III) from c. 1800 to the present. All three courses include important aspects of both Western and nonwestern history and civilization, and integrate the study of the humanities and fine arts.
These courses are designed to deepen historical perspective and increase cross-cultural understanding.