General Education

The General Education Program

The General Education program at Idaho State University prepares students to be life-long, independent learners and active, culturally aware participants in diverse local, national, and global communities.  As the foundation for all further studies, General Education promotes comprehensive literacy - including effective communication, mathematical, and technological skills; reasoning and creativity; and information literacy - and a broad knowledge base in the liberal arts. 

General Skills and Abilities:

Through completing the General Education program, students will be able to

  • Communicate effectively and clearly in standard written and spoken language
  • Use mathematical language and quantitative reasoning effectively
  • Think logically, critically, and creatively
  • Locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly

General Education Requirements: The Nine Objectives

All students must complete a minimum of 36 credits from the nine Core Objective areas as outlined below. All students must meet Objectives 1 through 6, Objective 9 and choose to meet either Objective 7 or 8.

If a student does not meet the minimum credits required (36) once all 9 Core Objective areas have been met, the student must complete additional coursework from any of the outlined Core Objective areas to meet the 36 credit minimum.

Objective 1, Written English:

Minimum of one (1) course.

The goal of this Objective is to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Communicate effectively in standard written English.

Courses that satisfy Objective 1:

ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing 13
HONS 1101Honors Humanities I 13

1

Must obtain a minimum grade of C- or better.


Objective 2, Spoken English:

Minimum of one (1) course.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Communicate effectively in standard spoken English, and
  • Communicate effectively in standard written English.

One course satisfies the objective:

COMM 1101Principles of Speech3

Objective 3, Mathematics:

Minimum of one (1) course.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Explain basic mathematical concepts;
  • Apply basic techniques in solving mathematical problems;
  • Interpret real-world problems in mathematical language; and
  • Use mathematics to formulate appropriate conclusions for real-world problems.

Courses that satisfy Objective 3:

MATH 1123Mathematics in Modern Society3
MATH 1127The Language of Mathematics3
MATH 1130Finite Mathematics3
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 1160Applied Calculus3
MATH 1170Calculus I4
MATH 2256Structure of Arithmetic for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 2257Structure of Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teachers3
MGT 2216Business Statistics3
RCET 1372Calc for Advanced Electronics4

For further information about mathematics prerequisites and placement, see Placement in Mathematics.

Objective 4, Humanities, Fine Arts and Foreign Language:

Minimum of two (2) courses.  Courses must be selected from two different categories:  Humanities, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Demonstrate and apply basic terms and concepts in the Fine Arts and Humanities;
  • Explain foundational influences or theories in the Fine Arts and Humanities; and
  • Apply analytical skills as appropriate to the discipline.

Courses that satisfy Objective 4:

Humanities

EDUC 1110Education and Schooling in the U.S.3
ENGL 1110Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 1115Major Themes in Literature3
ENGL 1126Art of Film I3
ENGL 2257Survey of World Literature I Beginnings through 16th Century3
ENGL 2258Survey of World Literature II 17th Century to Present3
HONS 1102Honors Humanities II3
PHIL 1101Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 1103Introduction to Ethics3
TGE 1257Applied Ethics in Technology3

 Fine Arts

ART 1100Survey of Art3
ART 1101History of Western Art I3
ART 1102History of Western Art II3
ART 2210/CMP 2250History and Appreciation of Photography3
DANC 1105Survey of Dance3
DANC 2205Dance in the Modern Era3
MUSC 1100Introduction to Music3
MUSC 1106American Music3
MUSC 1108The World of Music4
MUSC 1109Survey of Jazz History3
THEA 1101Survey of Theatre3

 Foreign Languages

ANTH/SHOS 1101Elementary Shoshoni I4
ANTH/SHOS 1102Elementary Shoshoni II4
ARBC 1101Elementary Arabic I4
ARBC 1102Elementary Arabic II4
CHNS 1101Elementary Chinese I4
CHNS 1102Elementary Chinese II4
CSD 1151American Sign Language I3
CSD 1152American Sign Language II3
FREN 1101Elementary French I4
FREN 1102Elementary French II4
GERM 1101Elementary German I4
GERM 1102Elementary German II4
JAPN 1101Elementary Japanese I4
JAPN 1102Elementary Japanese II4
LATN 1101Elementary Latin I4
LATN 1102Elementary Latin II4
RUSS 1101Elementary Russian I4
RUSS 1102Elementary Russian II4
SPAN 1101Elementary Spanish I4
SPAN 1102Elementary Spanish II4

Objective 5, Natural Science:

Minimum of two (2) lecture courses and one (1) laboratory. Courses must be selected from two different course prefixes. One course must be from a Natural Science.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Demonstrate and apply basic terms and concepts in the Natural, Applied or Health Sciences;
  • Explain foundational influences or theories in the Natural, Applied or Health Sciences; and
  • Apply analytical skills as appropriate to the Natural, Applied or Health Sciences.

Courses that satisfy Objective 5:

BIOL 1100
  & 1100L
Concepts Biology Human Concerns
   and Concepts Biology Human Concerns Lab (designed for non-science, non-health related majors) N/L
4
BIOL 1101
  & 1101L
Biology I
   and Biology I Lab (designed for students preparing for majors in science, pre-medical fields, and health related professions) N/L
4
CHEM 1100Architecture of Matter N,L4
CHEM 1101Introduction to General Chemistry N3
CHEM 1102
  & CHEM 1103
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
   and Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory N/L
4
CHEM 1111
  & 1111L
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry I Lab N/L
5
CHEM 1112
  & 1112L
General Chemistry II
   and General Chemistry II Lab N/L
4
GEOL 1100
  & 1100L
The Dynamic Earth
   and The Dynamic Earth Lab (this is the lab for students in Geoscience majors) N/L
4
GEOL 1101
  & 1101L
Physical Geology
   and Physical Geology Lab N/L
4
GEOL 1110Physical Geology for Scientists Laboratory L1
NTD 2239Nutrition H3
PHYS 1100Essentials of Physics N/L4
PHYS 1101
  & 1101L
Elements of Physics
   and Elements of Physics Laboratory N/L
4
PHYS 1111General Physics N3
PHYS 1112General Physics II N3
PHYS 1113General Physics I Laboratory L1
PHYS 1114General Physics II Laboratory L1
PHYS 1152Descriptive Astronomy N3
PHYS 1153Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory L1
PHYS 2211Engineering Physics I N4
PHYS 2212Engineering Physics II N4
PHYS 2213Engineering Physics I Laboratory L1
PHYS 2214Engineering Physics II Laboratory L1

 

H

Courses with an H notation will apply to Objective 5 as a Health or Applied Science Lecture Course

L

Courses with an L notation will apply to Objective 5 as a Laboratory Experience

N

Courses with an N notation will apply to Objective 5 as a Natural Science Lecture Course

GEOL 1115 and 1115L (N/L) taken prior to Fall 2013 may also be used toward Objective 5.

Objective 6, Behavioral and Social Science:

Minimum of two (2) courses.  Courses must be selected from two different course prefixes.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Demonstrate and apply basic terms and concepts in the Behavioral and Social Sciences;
  • Explain foundational influences or theories in the Behavioral and Social Sciences; and
  • Apply analytical skills as appropriate to the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Courses satisfying Objective 6:

ANTH 1100General Anthropology3
ECON 1100Economic Issues3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
HIST 1101Foundations of Europe3
HIST 1102Modern Europe3
HIST 1111US History I to 18653
HIST 1112US History II 1865 to present3
IS 2203Introduction to International Organizations3
POLS 1101Introduction to United States Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 1102Social Problems3
TGE 1135Work Place Relations3

Objective 7, Critical Thinking

Minimum of one (1) course from either Objective 7 or Objective 8.

Critical thinking is defined as the ability to think analytically, critically, creatively, and reflectively to make informed and logical judgements, draw reasoned and meaningful conclusions, and apply ideas to new contexts. Courses satisfying this Objective must include active learning.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Formulate/frame problems and analyze how others do so;
  • Recognize and apply appropriate practices for analyzing ambiguous problems;
  • Identify and apply relevant information for problem solving;
  • Create, analyze, and evaluate/interpret diverse perspectives and solutions;
  • Establish a reasoned framework for drawing conclusions and/or recommending solutions; and
  • Effectively articulate the results of a thinking process.

Courses satisfying Objective 7:

ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107Nature of Language3
CS 1181Computer Science and Programming I3
HIST 1118US History and Culture3
HIST 1120Global History Since 15003
PHIL 2201Introduction to Logic3
POLS 2202Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis3
SOC 2248Critical Analysis of Social Diversity3
THEA 1118Oral Interpretation of Literature3
THEA 2251Fundamentals of Acting3

 Objective 8, Information Literacy

Minimum of one (1) course from either Objective 7 or Objective 8.

Information literacy is defined as the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. Courses satisfying this Objective must involve hands-on practice for students rather than merely the presentation of theoretical principles.

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information/data needed to accomplish a specific purpose;
  • Identify sources and gather information/data effectively and efficiently;
  • Evaluate credibility of sources and information/data;
  • Understand the economics, ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the creation, collection, and use of information/data; and
  • Use information/data effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Courses satisfying Objective 8:

FIN 1115Personal Finance3
GEOL 1108Exploring Data and Information3
HIST 2291The Historian's Craft3
INFO 1101Digital Information Literacy3
LLIB 1115Introduction to Information Research3

Objective 9, Cultural Diversity:

Minimum of one (1) course.*

The goals of this Objective are to provide students the opportunity to learn to:

  • Identify the defining characteristics of culturally diverse communities in regional, national, or global contexts;
  • Describe the influence of cultural attributes such as ability, age, class, epistemology, ethnicity, gender, language, nationality, politics, or religion inherent in different cultures or communities; and
  • Apply knowledge of diverse cultures to address contemporary or historical issues.

Courses satisfying Objective 9:

ANTH/SHOS 2201Intermediate Shoshoni I4
ANTH/SHOS 2202Intermediate Shoshoni II4
ANTH/ENGL 2212Introduction to Folklore and Oral Tradition3
ANTH 2237Peoples and Cultures of the Old World3
ANTH 2238Peoples and Cultures of the New World3
ANTH 2239Latino Peoples and Cultures3
ARBC 2201Intermediate Arabic I4
ARBC 2202Intermediate Arabic II4
CHNS 2201Intermediate Chinese I4
CHNS 2202Intermediate Chinese II4
CMLT 2207Contemporary European Culture3
CMLT 2208Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World3
CMLT 2209Cultures of East Asia3
CSD 2256Deaf Culture and Community3
EDUC 2204Families Community Culture3
ENGL 2210American Cultural Studies3
FREN 2201Intermediate French I4
FREN 2202Intermediate French II4
GERM 2201Intermediate German I4
GERM 2202Intermediate German II4
HIST 2249World Regional Geography3
HIST 2251Latin America3
HIST 2252East Asian History3
HIST 2254Middle Eastern Civilization3
HIST 2255African History and Culture3
IS 2202The World Today:Introduction to Global Issues3
JAPN 2201Intermediate Japanese I4
JAPN 2202Intermediate Japanese II4
LATN 2201Intermediate Latin I4
LATN 2202Intermediate Latin II4
PHIL 2210Introduction to Asian Philosophies3
RUSS 2201Intermediate Russian I4
RUSS 2202Intermediate Russian II4
SPAN 2201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPAN 2202Intermediate Spanish II4
WS 2201Introduction to Womens Studies3


*Credit by CLEP exam does not fulfill Objective 9, the Cultural Diversity Objective.