Communications (SMCO) (2 courses, 6 credits)

This requirement consists of a minimum of six (6) semester credits of approved course work in Communications, at least three (3) credits of which must come from the State-mandated General Education Course list (see below). USFSM students are required to take both English Composition I (ENC 1101) and English Composition II (ENC 1102). 

Students awarded college credit in English Composition through dual enrollment, advanced placement or international baccalaureate shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.

All USFSM Communications courses assess the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Communication: Students will communicate effectively by means of written and/or oral modalities.
    • USFSM Core “Communication” Learning Outcome
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Communications Learning Outcome #1
  2. Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to be proficient critical thinkers.
    • USFSM Core “Critical Thinking” Learning Outcome
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Communications Learning Outcome #2
Course Number Title Credits
State-mandated General Education Communications Course 
ENC 1101 Composition I 3
Additional USFSM General Education Communications Course
ENC 1102 Composition II 3

Mathematics (SMMA) (2 courses, 6 credits)

This requirement consists of a minimum of six (6) semester credits of approved course work in mathematics. At least three credits must come from the State-mandated General Education Mathematics Course list (see below).  At least one course must have either an MAC or an MGF prefix.  Students should consult with their advisor about the best course options for their degree and career aspirations.

Students awarded college credit in approved mathematics courses through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.

All USFSM Mathematics courses assess the following student learning outcomes:

  1.  Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to be proficient critical thinkers.
    • USFSM Core “Critical Thinking” Learning Outcome
  2. Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving, and demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts.
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Mathematics Learning Outcome #1
  3. Students will apply appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving.
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Mathematics Learning Outcome #2

Course Number

Title

Credits

State-mandated General Education Mathematics Courses*
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
MGF 1106 Finite Mathematics 3
STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I 3
Additional USFSM General Education Mathematics Courses
MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry 4
MAC 2233 Business Calculus 3
MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I 3

  * Transfer credits will be accepted for the following state-mandated Mathematics courses not currently offered at USFSM: MAC X311 & MAC X107. Any student who successfully completes a mathematics course for which one of the general education core course options in mathematics is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics core.

 

Natural Sciences (SMNS) (2 courses, 6 credits)

Courses in the natural sciences deal with the content, theories, history, presuppositions, and methods involved in study of natural phenomena.  They include demonstrations and address problems, ambiguities, and different perspectives in the natural sciences. They also provide students with an appreciation of how the discipline fits within the natural sciences and relates to their own lives as well as the broader human experience.  Students pursuing degrees or career aspirations involving science should opt to take courses with lab components.

This requirement consists of a minimum of six (6) semester credits of approved course work in the natural sciences. At least three credits must come from the State-mandated General Education Natural Sciences Course list (see below).  Students should consult with their advisor about the best course options for their degree and career aspirations.

Students awarded college credit in an approved natural science course through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.  However, science majors and science minors may not exempt lower-level requirements of their programs through testing.

All USFSM Natural Science courses assess the following student learning outcomes:

  1.   Students will apply ethical perspectives and concepts to situations and justify the implications of their applications.
    • USFSM Core “Ethics” Learning Outcome
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, or model construction, and the use of scientific method to explain the natural world.

    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Natural Sciences Learning Outcome #1
  3. Students will successfully recognize and comprehend fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world.
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Natural Sciences Learning Outcome #2

Course Number

Title

Credits

State-mandated General Education Natural Sciences Courses*
AST 2002 Descriptive Astronomy 3
BSC 1005 Principles of Biology For Non-Majors 3
BSC 2010 Biology I – Cellular Processes 3
CHM 2020 Chemistry of Liberal Arts 3
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3
EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
PHY 2020 Conceptual Physics 3
PHY 2053 General Physics I 3
Additional USFSM General Education Natural Sciences Courses
BSC 2011 Biodiversity 3
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3
OCE 2001 Introduction to Oceanography 3
PHY 2054 General Physics II 3

  * Transfer credits will be accepted for the following state-mandated Natural Sciences courses not currently offered at USFSM: AST X002, ESC X000, & PHY X048. Any student who successfully completes a natural science course for which one of the general education core course options in natural science is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the natural science core.

 

Social Sciences (SMSS) (2 courses, 6 credits)

Courses in the social sciences deal theoretically and empirically with individuals and their relationships to each other and to society. Courses introduce the content, theories, history, presuppositions, and methods of the discipline. They also address problems, ambiguities, and different perspectives in the discipline. These courses provide students with an appreciation of how the discipline fits within the social sciences and relates to their own lives and the broader human experience.

This requirement consists of a minimum of six (6) semester credits of approved course work in the social sciences.  At least three credits must come from the State-mandated General Education Social Sciences Course list (see below).  Students should consult with their academic advisors about the best course options for their degree and career aspirations.

Students awarded college credit in an approved social science course through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.

 

All USFSM Social Science courses assess the following student learning outcomes:

  1.  Students will demonstrate and integrate an understanding of the complexity of elements important to various cultures, groups, beliefs, and/or practices.
    • USFSM Core “Diversity” Learning Outcome
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to examine behavioral, social, and/or cultural issues from a variety of points of view.

    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Social Sciences Learning Outcome #1
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social and/or behavioral science concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavioral, social, and/or cultural issues – past and/or present, local and/or global.
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Social Sciences Learning Outcome #2

Course Number

Title

Credits

State-mandated General Education Social Sciences Courses
AMH 2020 American History II (since 1877) 3
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology 3
ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macroeconomics) 3
POS 2041 American National Government 3
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science 3
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
Additional USFSM General Education Social Sciences Courses
AMH 2010 American History I
3
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology 3
DEP 2004 The Life Cycle 3
ECO 2023 Economic Principles (Microeconomics) 3
EUH 2012 Ancient History II 3
GEY 2000 Introduction to Gerontology 3
INR 1015 World Perspective 3
POS 2080 The American Political Tradition 3
REL 2300 Introduction to World Religions 3

 

Humanities (SMHU) (2 courses, 6 credits)

Courses in the humanities deal theoretically and experimentally with the aesthetic dimensions of culture, contemporary and historical.  Approaching the interaction between artist and public through analysis, critique, and speculation, humanities courses explore the problems, ambiguities, and different perspectives in human creative response to lived experience.

This requirement consists of a minimum of six (6) semester credits of approved course work in the humanities.  At least three credits must come from the State-mandated General Education Humanities Course list (see below).  Students should consult with their advisors about the best course options for their degree and career aspirations.

Students awarded college credit in an approved humanities course through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.

 

All USFSM Humanities courses assess the following student learning outcomes:

  1.  Students will communicate effectively by means of written and/or oral modalities.
    • USFSM Core “Communication” Outcome 
  2. Through demonstrating interpretive ability and cultural literacy, the student will confirm the ability to think critically.

    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Humanities Learning Outcome #1
  3. The student will acquire competence in reflecting critically upon the human condition.
    • Florida DOE Statewide General Education Humanities Learning Outcome #2

Course Number

Title

Credits

State-mandated General Education Humanities Courses*
ARH 2000 Art and Culture 3
HUM 1020 Introduction to Humanities 3
LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature 3
MUL 2010 Music and Culture 3
THE 2000 Theater and Culture 3
Additional USFSM General Education Humanities Courses
LIT 2030 Introduction to Poetry 3
FIL 2000 Film and Culture 3

* Transfer credits will be accepted for the following state-mandated Humanities courses not currently offered at USFSM: PHI X010

 

Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)

To complete the required 12 courses (36 credits) in General Education coursework students select two additional lower-level courses (6 credits).  Any course listed in the five (5) categories above can be taken as an elective.  The courses below may also be counted as General Education electives. Students should consult with their academic advisor to select courses that may be helpful to their major.

Course Number Title Credits
Electives
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3
ENC 2210 Technical Writing 3
LAH 2020 Latin American Civilization 3
MAD 2104 Discrete Math 3