Liberal Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

An integral part of all University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) degree programs, liberal education is the set of common understanding and skills essential to successful living in a modern society and to functioning as a whole person integrated into that society. Specifically, there are three core component areas of liberal education (communication, critical thinking, and working with others) that are integrated throughout the curriculum for every degree. Bachelor of science degree programs require a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education; the bachelor's degree in an applied field has separately established liberal education requirements. UMC's 40 credit liberal education requirement for all bachelor of science degrees also meets the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a collaborative effort among two- and four-year public colleges and universities in Minnesota to help students transfer their work in liberal education. The faculty of UMC recognize the courses below as meeting the student competencies of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Because courses may be added or deleted from the list, check with an academic adviser for the most current updates.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and Liberal Education Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degrees

UMC bachelor of science degree programs require a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education. This requirement also meets the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Goal Area 1: Written and Oral Communication-9 credits minimum

*Comp 1011 - Composition I

*Comp 1013 - Composition II

*Spch 1101 - Public Speaking

*required for bachelor of science degrees

Goal Area 2: Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is taught throughout the liberal education curriculum at UMC. Upon completion of the other 9 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas, students will have met the critical thinking goal.

Goal Area 3: Biological and Physical Sciences (with labs)-3 credits each area minimum

+Biol 1009 - General Biology (also Goal Area 10)

++Chem 1001 - Introductory Chemistry

++Chem 1061 - Chemical Principles I (also Goal Area 10)

++Chem 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (also Goal Area 10)

++Chem 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry (also Goal Area 10)

++Geol 1001 - Introductory Geology (also Goal Area 10)

+HSci 1123 - Fundamentals of Nutrition

+NatR 1226 - Environmental Science and Sustainability (also Goal Area 10)

+NatR 3374 - Ecology

++Phys 1003 - Introduction to Astronomy (also Goal Area 10)

++Phys 1012 - Introductory Physics (also Goal Area 10)

++Phys 1101 - Introductory College Physics I

++Phys 1102 - Introductory College Physics II

+biological sciences course

++physical sciences course

Goal Area 4: Mathematical Thinking-3 credits minimum

Math 1031 - College Algebra

Math 1142 - Survey of Calculus

Math 1150 - Elementary Statistics

Math 1250 - Precalculus

Math 1271 - Calculus I

Goal Area 5: History and the Behavioral and Social Sciences-6 credits minimum

CrJs 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (also Goal Area 9)

ECE 2100 - Child Development and Learning

Econ 2101 - Microeconomics

Econ 2102 - Macroeconomics

Geog 1104 - World Regional Geography (also Goal Area 8)

Hist 1301 - American History I

Hist 1302 - American History II

Psy 1001 - General Psychology

Psy 1093 - Lifespan Development

Soc 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (also Goal Area 7)

Soc 1102 - Cultural Anthropology (also Goal Area 8)

Goal Area 6: The Humanities (the arts, literature, and philosophy)-6 credits minimum

Art 1152 - Drawing and Design

Art 1252 - Color and Design

Art 1352 - Art Design and Techniques

Art 2000 - Elementary Art

Engl 1005 - Introduction to Literature (also Goal Area 8)

Engl 1016 - American Literature (also Goal Area 7)

Engl 3001 - World Literature (also Goal Area 8)

Hum 1301 - Introduction to Humanities

Hum 3310 - Culture and Technology (also Goal Area 8)

Mus 1011 - University Singers (R)

Mus 1021 - Introduction to Music (also Goal Area 7)

Mus 1041 - Private Music Instruction (R)

Mus 1042 - Private Instruction: Class Piano (R)

Mus 1051 - Student - Community Band (R)

Mus 1071 - Musical Theatre (R)

Mus 1111 - Elementary Music Theory

Mus 3011 - University Singers (choir) (R)

Mus 3041 - Private Music Instruction (R)

Phil 1001 - Introduction to Philosophy (also Goal Area 9)

Phil 2002 - Introduction to Ethics (also Goal Area 9)

Th 1121 - Theater Production (R)

Th 2434 - Oral Interpretation and Performance Technique

(R) repeatable to 3 credits toward meeting Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and liberal education goal

Goal Area 7: Human Diversity-one course minimum

Comm 3001 - Human Relationships and Leadership

Engl 1016 - American Literature (also Goal Area 6)

Mus 1021 - Introduction to Music (also Goal Area 6)

Soc 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (also Goal Area 5)

Goal Area 8: Global Perspective-one course minimum

Econ 1010 - Global Trade Economics

Engl 1005 - Introduction to Literature (also Goal Area 6)

Engl 3001 - World Literature (also Goal Area 6)

Geog 1104 - World Regional Geography (also Goal Area 5)

GnEd 3000 - Global Seminar

Hist 1021 - World Civilization I

Hist 1022 - World Civilization II

Hum 3310 - Culture and Technology (also Goal Area 6)

Soc 1102 - Cultural Anthropology (also Goal Area 5)

Goal Area 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility-one course minimum

CrJs 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (also Goal Area 5)

Econ 1111 - Personal Finance

Phil 1001 - Introduction to Philosophy (also Goal Area 6)

Phil 2002 - Introduction to Ethics (also Goal Area 6)

Pol 1001 - American Government

Goal Area 10: People and the Environment-one course minimum

Biol 1009 - General Biology (also Goal Area 3)

Chem 1061 - Chemical Principles I (also Goal Area 3)

Chem 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (also Goal Area 3)

Chem 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry (also Goal Area 3)

Geol 1001 - Introductory Geology (also Goal Area 3)

NatR 1226 - Environmental Science and Sustainability (also Goal Area 3)

Phys 1003 - Introduction to Astronomy (also Goal Area 3)

Phys 1012 - Introductory Physics (also Goal Area 3)

 

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