Aug 13, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

KSU’s General Education Core Curriculum Program


Kennesaw State University’s General Education Core Curriculum program offers a comprehensive series of interrelated courses in the liberal arts and sciences for all KSU students. Whereas the major program contributes depth within a chosen specialization, the General Education Core Curriculum Areas A-E provide a breadth of understanding within a variety of disciplines. Together, the General Education Core Curriculum and the major degree program offer students the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become informed and engaged citizens living in a diverse and global community.

KSU participates in eCore, a cooperative agreement among SACSCOC-accredited institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) to offer online general education courses. To learn more about eCore courses click here for more information.  

General Education Core Requirements at KSU

Throughout the University System, the core curriculum consists of 42 credit hours through five areas A, B, C, D, and E


Area A: Communication and Quantitative Learning (9-10 Credit Hours)

Area A1: Communication (6 Credit Hours) 

Learning Outcomes: 1) Students will write and communicate at a college level in various modes, media, and/or rhetorical contexts. 2) Students will demonstrate an ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret texts in various modes, genres, media and/or contexts. 

Complete both of the following courses:

Area A2: Quantitative Learning (3-4 Credit Hours)

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate the ability to explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables) and/or convert information into mathematical forms at a level appropriate for the complexity of programs in a college-level course. 

Select one course from the following: 

Science Majors:   Students must take MATH 1113

Engineering Majors:   Students must take MATH 1190 

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Area B: Institutional Options (5 Credit Hours)

Area B: Critical Thinking (5 Credit Hours)

Learning Outcome: Students will evaluate and synthesize information to support ideas and perspectives. 

B1: Critical Thinking (2 Credit Hours) 

Complete the following course: 

B2: Critical Thinking (3 Credit Hours)

Select one course from the following: 

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Area C: Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics (6 Credit Hours) 

Area C1: Humanities

Learning Outcome: Students will include multicultural, social, or historical contexts in their interpretation of literary work. 

C1: Humanities (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following: 

Area C2 : Fine Arts 

Learning Outcome: Students will analyze creative works from multiple international cultures in relation to the historical, political, economic, sociocultural, aesthetic, or personal contexts in which those works emerged. 

C2: Fine Arts (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following:

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Area D: Science, Mathematics, and Technology (10-12 Credit Hours)

Area D1: Applied Math

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively apply symbolic representations to model and solve problems. 

D1 : Applied Math (3- 4 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following:

Science Majors:  Students must take MATH 1190 or higher

Engineering Majors:   Student must take MATH 2202 

Area D2: Natural Sciences 

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of college-level scientific principles, theories, laws, and apply them to solve problems and explore natural phenomena. 

D2: Natural Sciences (7-8 Credit Hours) 

Science Majors  and Engineering Majors : Select two course pairs from the following (8 Credit Hours) 

Please note: Students cannot take both PHYS 1111/L and PHYS 2211/L nor PHYS 1112/L and PHYS 2212/L. 

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Health Majors : Select a two-semester laboratory sequence of courses from the following (8 Credit Hours) 

  • CHEM 1151 : Survey of Chemistry I with CHEM 1151L : Survey of Chemistry Laboratory I
    • and CHEM 1152 : Survey of Chemistry II with CHEM 1152L : Survey of Chemistry Laboratory II 
  • CHEM 1211 : Principles of Chemistry I with CHEM 1211L : Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
    • and CHEM 1212 : Principles of Chemistry II with CHEM 1212L : Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 
  • PHYS 1111 : Introductory Physics I with PHYS 1111L : Introductory Physics Laboratory I
    • and PHYS 1112 : Introductory Physics II with PHYS 1112L : Introductory Physics Laboratory II 
  • BIOL 1107 : Principles of Biology I with BIOL 1107L : Principles of Biology I Laboratory
    • and BIOL 1108 : Biological Principles II with BIOL 1108L : Biological Principles II Laboratory 

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All other majors: Select one course or course pair from the following (4 Credit Hours) 

And select one additional course or course paired with a laboratory course from the following (3-4 Credit Hours) 

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Area E: Social Sciences (12 Credit Hours)

Area E1: U.S. Government 

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate a broad understanding of history, political systems or culture of the U.S. 

E1: U.S. Government (3 Credit Hours) 

Complete the following course: 

Area E2: U.S. History 

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate a broad understanding of history, political systems of culture of the U.S. 

E2: U.S. History (3 Credit Hours)

Select one course from the following: 

Area E3: World History 

Learning Outcome: Students analyze the complexity of how historical, economic, or political relationships develop, persist, or change. 

E3: World History (3 Credit Hours)

Select one course from the following: 

Area E4: Social Sciences 

Learning Outcome: Students analyze the complexity of how historical, economic, or political relationships develop, persist, or change. 

E4: Social Sciences (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one from the following: 

  • CRJU 1101 : Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • GEOG 1101 : Introduction to Human Geography
  • PSYC 1101 : Introduction to General Psychology
  • SOCI 1101 : Introduction to Sociology
  • STS 1101 : Science, Technology, and Society 
  • ANTH 1102 : Introduction to Anthropology 
  • ECON 2106 : Principles of Microeconomics 

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