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 Requisites (KEY)
State-mandated General Education Communications Course 
ENC 1101 Composition I 3 Scores of: STI1 of 440 or TFL4 of 550 or TFIT of 079 or EAC1 of 17 or EAC3 of 18
Additional USFSM General Education Communications Course
ENC 1102 Composition II 3 PR: ENC 1101 (or the equivalent, i.e. passing the CLEP exam)

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

Requisites (KEY)

State-mandated General Education Mathematics Courses*
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3 PR: C (2.00) or better in MAT 1033, or 490 or better SAT Math score, or 21 or better ACT Math score, or 90 or better Elementary Algebra CPT score, or 40 or better College-Level Math CPT score.  No credit for students with prior credit for MAC 1140 or MAC 1147.
MAC 2311 Calculus I 4 PR: C (2.0) or better in MAC 1114 and C (2.0) or better in MAC 1140, or C (2.0) or better in MAC 1147, or 650 or better SAT Math score, or 29 or better ACT Math score, or 90 or better College-Level Math CPT score
MGF 1106 Finite Mathematics 3 PR: C (2.00) or better in MAT 1033, or 440 or better SAT Math score, or 19 or better ACT Math Score, or 72 or better Elementary Algebra CPT score.
STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I 3 PR: C (2.00) or better in High School Algebra or Elementary Algebra CPT score of 72 or better.
Additional USFSM General Education Mathematics Courses
MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry 4 PR: C (2.00) or better in MAC 1105, or 550 or better SAT Math score, or 24 or better ACT Math score, or 60 or better College-Level Math CPT score.
No credit for students with credit for either MAC 1140 or MAC 1114.
MAC 2233 Business Calculus 3 PR: C (2.00) or better in MAC 1105, or C (2.0) or better in MAC 1140, or C (2.0) or better in MAC 1147, or 590 or better SAT Math score, or 26 or better ACT Math score, or 78 or better College-Level Math CPT score.
MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I 3 PR: C (2.00) or better in MAC 1114, or C (2.0) or better in MAC 1147, or 650 or better SAT Math score, or 29 or better ACT Math score, or 90 or better College-Level Math CPT score.

  * Transfer credits will be accepted for the following state-mandated Mathematics courses not currently offered at USFSM: MGF 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

Requisites (KEY)

State-mandated General Education Natural Sciences Courses*
AST 2002 Descriptive Astronomy 3 None
BSC 1005 Biological Principles for Non Majors 3 None
BSC 2010 Cellular Processes 3 CR: BSC 2010L
CHM 2020 Chemistry for Liberal Studies I 3 None
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3 550 SAT Quantitative score or completion of MAC 1105 College Algebra with a C or better AND one year of high school chemistry or completion of CHM 2023 with a grade of C or better.
CHM 2414C Science of Cooking 3 An active, experiential-learning environment of interdisciplinary explorations of science as a process, information, and techniques underlying contextually interesting topics pertaining to delicious substances.
EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 None
PHY 2020 Conceptual Physics 3 None
PHY 2048 General Physics I – Calculus Based 3 PR: MAC 2281 or MAC 2311; CR: PHY 2048L
PHY 2053 General Physics I 3 PR:  MAC 1140 and MAC 1114, or MAC 1147; CR: PHY 2053L; May not receive credit for both the PHY 2053 and PHY 2048 courses.
Additional USFSM General Education Natural Sciences Courses
BSC 2011 Biodiversity 3 CR: BSC 2011L
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3 PR: CHS 2440 or CHM 2045 with a C or better or Chemistry with a minimum score of 4
CHM 2414C Science of Cooking 3 None
OCE 2001 Introduction to Oceanography 3 None
PHY 2054 General Physics II 3 PR: PHY 2053, PHY 2053L; CR: PHY 2054L; May not receive credit for both the PHY 2054 and PHY 2049 courses.

* Transfer credits will be accepted for the following state-mandated Natural Sciences course not currently offered at USFSM:  ESC X000. 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

Requisites (KEY)

State-mandated General Education Social Sciences Courses
AMH 2020 American History II 3  None
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology 3  None
ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macroeconomics) 3  None
POS 2041 American National Government 3  None
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science 3  None
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3  None
Additional USFSM General Education Social Sciences Courses
AMH 2010 American History I 3  None
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology 3  None
DEP 2004 The Life Cycle 3  None
ECO 2023 Economic Principles (Microeconomics) 3  None
EUH 2012 Ancient History II 3  None
FIN 2100 Personal Finance 3  None
GEB 2011 Introduction to Business 3  None
GEY 2000 Introduction to Aging Sciences 3  None
INR 1015 World Perspective 3  None
POS 2080 The American Political Tradition 3  None
REL 2300 Introduction to World Religions 3  None

 

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

Requisites (KEY)

State-mandated General Education Humanities Courses*
ARH 2000 Art and Culture 3 None
HUM 1020 Introduction to Humanities 3 None
LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature 3 None
MUL 2010 Music and Culture 3 None
THE 2000 Theater and Culture 3 None
Additional USFSM General Education Humanities Courses
FIL 2000 Film and Culture 3 None
LIT 2030 Introduction to Poetry 3 None

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

 

Electives (SMEL) (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 Requisites (KEY)
Electives
ENC 2210 Technical Writing 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
LAH 2020 Latin American Civilization 3 None
MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics 3 None
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None