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Core Curriculum Requirements for 2001-2002

To receive an associate degree from Lansing Community College, a student must meet the following institutional graduation requirements:

1.  Complete a course of study approved by the College and consisting of a minimum of 60 semester credits with no more than 10 percent of these credits acquired on the pass/fail (P-Z) grading system. (See the Degree and Certificate Programs section of this catalog.)

2.  Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

3.  Earn toward graduation at least 20 semester credits in attendance at Lansing Community College.

4.  Satisfy the College's General Education Core Area Requirements, including demonstrated competency in mathematics.

5.  Satisfy all general and specific requirements of Lansing Community College.

6.  File an application for graduation with the Office of Enrollment Services/ Registrar at least one semester preceding the semester of graduation.

NOTE: Students seeking an associate degree may not follow curricular guides which predate their first semester of enrollment.

Those students who maintain a 3.75 or higher grade point average will be graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors); those who maintain a 3.50-3.74 grade point average will be graduated Magna Cum Laude (with high honors); those with a 3.25-3.49 will be graduated Cum Laude (with honors). Students must complete 40 semester credit hours of work at Lansing Community College to qualify for honors.

General requirements for associate degrees offered by Lansing Community College are presented below. (For specific degree requirements, see the Degree and Certificate Programs for 2001-2002)

Associate in Arts: This is primarily a transfer degree. It is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in such fields as liberal arts, education, humanities, or the social sciences. Requirements: 60-63 credits, including a minimum of 12 LCC General Education Core credits, demonstrated mathematics competency, additional general education requirements, subject matter concentrations (humanities, for example), and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Science: This is primarily a transfer degree. It is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in such fields as mathematics, engineering, or the sciences. Requirements: 60-63 credits, including a minimum of 12 LCC General Education Core credits, demonstrated mathematics competency, additional general education requirements, subject matter concentrations (mathematics, for example), and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Applied Arts: This degree is designed for students who seek education and the acquisition of skills needed to enter the job market or to advance their current careers. This degree includes a concentration of courses in fields such as the visual arts or the performing arts. Requirements: 60-72 credits, including a minimum of 12 LCC General Education Core credits, demonstrated mathematics competency, specific career program requirements, and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Applied Science: This degree is designed for students who seek education and the acquisition of skills needed to enter the job market or to advance in their current careers. This degree includes a concentration of courses in fields such as health care, manufacturing, and construction. Requirements:

60-72 credits, including a minimum of 12 LCC General Education Core credits, demonstrated mathematics competency, specific career program requirements, and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Business: This degree is designed for students who seek business education and the acquisition of business-related skills needed to enter the job market or to advance in their current careers. This degree includes a concentration of courses in areas such as marketing, management, and office administration. Requirements: 60-72 credits, including a minimum of 12 LCC General Education Core credits, demonstrated mathematics competency, specific career program requirements in business-related areas (marketing, for example), and institutional associate degree requirements.

General Associate Degree: This degree is a customized program of study which should be approved by an advisor. It includes one or more areas of concentration of the student's own choosing. Requirements: 60 credits, including a minimum of 12 LCC General Education Core credits, demonstrated mathematics competency, and institutional associate degree requirements.

LCC GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to meet the needs of life-long learners in a constantly changing world, Lansing Community College believes that a common core of skills, knowledge, understanding, and reasoning is indispensable for all students granted an associate degree. This background is essential to every person as a productive worker and citizen and is a foundation upon which an individual can build a life-long pursuit of knowledge and education. In keeping with these beliefs, the College has established General Education Core requirements in the areas of mathematics, global perspectives and diversity, science and technology, speech communication, and writing for students seeking an LCC associate degree. The student outcomes expected for each of the Core areas are presented below. 

1. Mathematics

  • Use the strategies of arithmetic, geometry, and algebra to solve problems which include the concepts of length, area, volume, angle, percent, ratio, and proportion.

  • Use and interpret expressions involving symbols in one and two variables which include parentheses, exponents, and radicals.

  • Use, interpret, and produce graphs in one or two variables.

2. Global Perspectives and Diversity

  • Describe and analyze the ways in which different world societies/civilizations establish social, political, and economic order and the effect of these on individuals and societies/civilizations.

  • Describe and analyze the ways in which different world societies/civilizations view themselves.

  • Describe and analyze how different world societies/civilizations have searched for truth, justice, and an understanding of what it means to be human.

  • Describe and analyze how the major concepts within world societies/civilizations have resulted in peaceful and/or violent solutions to conflicts.

  • Describe and analyze how major ideas, issues, values, and institutions in world societies/civilizations have shaped cultures and the effect these have on individuals.

  • Describe and analyze how the United States includes and/or excludes diverse perspectives of different gender and ethnic groups.

  • Describe and analyze how the arts reflect the major social, political, and individual concerns of world societies/civilizations.

3. Science and Technology

  • Exhibit basic knowledge of the nature, scope, purposes, and limitations of science and technology as well as the connections between them.

  • Demonstrate ability to gather, analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from scientific and/or technical information.

  • Understand and apply methods of science and technology by demonstrating appropriate experimental, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in a scientific and/or technological context.

  • Understand the historical role, contemporary importance, and social and ethical implications of science and technology.

  • Evaluate the impact of scientific and/or technological change on, for example, occupations; world, national and regional economies; business, industry, and social institutions.

4. Speech Communication

  • Define and explain the nature and components of the communication process.

  • Use language and nonverbal behavior to express ideas and feelings clearly and responsibly in interpersonal encounters.

  • Participate constructively in group discussions as a leader or member.

  • Research, prepare, and deliver public speeches effectively.

  • Listen, with both literal and critical comprehension, to spoken messages in a variety of communication situations.

5. Writing

  • Understand, analyze, and synthesize abstract concepts and concrete principles and information.

  • Properly locate, incorporate, and attribute sources of information.

  • Conform to conventions of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and diction, as appropriate to the purpose of the writing.

  • Produce effective writings, including summaries, reports, and analyses.

HOW STUDENTS CAN SATISFY LCC GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS

All students must fulfill LCC General Education Core requirements in order to be awarded an associate degree. The ways in which students can satisfy these requirements are presented below. Because these may be revised each academic year, students should consult an academic advisor or the most recent edition of the College Catalog to stay informed of current options for satisfying Core requirements. Students should also be aware that not all courses that satisfy the LCC Core transfer to all institutions. Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any course.

How to Satisfy the General Education Core Requirements for Mathematics

To satisfy the General Education Core requirements for mathematics, a student must demonstrate mathematics competency. This can be done the ways listed below. Students should be aware that placement test scores, evidence of an earned associate degree, waiver of a specific Core course, and combinations and/or portions of courses do NOT satisfy or waive the LCC Core requirement for mathematics.

1.  Passing the MATH 112 Proficiency Examination with the equivalent of a 2.0 grade or higher. (This exam is administered free of charge in the Assessment Center, Room 200, Gannon Building. It may be taken up to two times for purposes of satisfying the Mathematics Core.)

2.  Achieving a grade of 2.0 or better in one of the following approved Mathematics Core courses:

MATH 112     Intermediate Algebra            (4)

MATH 115     Technical Math II        (4)

MATH 117     Math for Business     (4)

(Students must meet prerequisites prior to enrolling in these courses. See the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.)

3. Achieving a grade of 2.0 or better in any of the following non-Core mathematics courses:

MATH 121     College Algebra I      (4)

MATH 122     College Algebra II and Trigonometry          (3)

MATH 126     College Algebra and Trigonometry (5)

MATH 130     Finite Mathematics   (3)

MATH 141     Calculus with Applications   (3)

MATH 151     Calculus I        (4)

MATH 152     Calculus II       (4)

MATH 201     Math for Liberal Arts I           (3)

MATH 253     Calculus III      (4)

MATH 254     Introduction to Differential Equations          (3)

MATH 260     Linear Algebra          (3)

 (Note: Achieving a grade of 2.0 or higher in one of these courses implicitly demonstrates competency. Descriptions of these courses can be found in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.)

4. Establishing credit for an approved Mathematics Core course listed in #2 above or a non-Core mathematics course listed in #3 above through the Experiential Learning Process. (See section entitled Credit for Previously Acquired Knowledge and Learning Experience in this catalog.)

5. Transferring comparable course credit general credit does not apply for an approved Mathematics Core course listed in #2 above or a non-Core mathematics course listed in #3 above from an accredited institution. (See section entitled Acceptance and Evaluation of Transfer Credits from Other Institutions of Higher Education in this catalog.)

6.  Establishing course credit for an approved Mathematics Core course listed in #2 above or a non-Core mathematics course listed in #3 above through the Advanced Placement Examination (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or others as recognized by Lansing Community College.

7.  Presenting evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. This would fulfill all General Education Core requirements. 

How to Satisfy the General Education Core Requirements for Global Perspectives and Diversity, Science and Technology,  Speech Communication, and Writing

Students can satisfy the General Education Core requirements for the areas of global perspectives and diversity, science and technology, speech communication, and writing in any of the following ways (a minimum of three credits is required for each of the areas): 

1.  Achieving a grade of 2.0 or higher in an approved Core course (credits in parentheses):

a.  Global Perspectives and Diversity

ENGL 211      World Literature I       (4)

ENGL 212      World Literature II      (4)

HUMS 211     History of Art I            (4)

HUMS 212     History of Art II           (4)

HUMS 213     World Civilizations I  (4)

HUMS 214     World Civilizations II  (4)

MGMT 234     Diversity in the Workplace   (3)

OADM 275    Cultural Differences in Business     (3)

PHIL 211        World Philosophies I (4)

PHIL 212        World Philosophies II            (4)

POLS 260      Comparative Political Systems       (3)

SOCL 120     Introduction to Sociology      (4) 

b.         Science and Technology

ASTR 201      Introductory Astronomy         (4)

BIOL 210        Natural Resource Conservation      (4)

CHEM 135     Chemistry In Society (4)

CHEM 151/161         General Chemistry Lecture I and Laboratory I        (4/1)

CISB 200       Information Systems Technology and Problem Solving            (3)

ISCI 121         Integrated Science for Education I  (4)

ISCI 131         Integrated Science ? Physical         (4)

METR 220     Introduction to Meteorology  (4)

PHGY 202      Human Physiology    (4)

PHYS 215/225          Physics I: Mechanics and Laboratory         (5/1) 

c.         Speech Communication

SPCH 110     Oral Communication in the Workplace       (3)

SPCH 120     Dynamics of Communication          (3) 

d.         Writing

ENGL 122      Writing about Literature and Ideas  (4)

ENGL 132      Honors Writing about Literature and Ideas            (4)

WRIT 121       Composition I            (4)

WRIT 122       Composition II           (4)

WRIT 124       Technical Writing      (3)

WRIT 127       Business Writing       (3)

WRIT 131       Honors Composition I           (4)

WRIT 132       Honors Composition II          (4) 

Descriptions for each of the above courses can be found in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

2.  Passing a Comprehensive Examination for an approved Core area course listed in #1 above in cases where such exams are available. Upon successfully completing the exam, a student would receive LCC credit for the course. The student is also required to pay tuition for the course prior to taking the exam. (See the section entitled Credit by Examination in this catalog.)

3.  Establishing credit for an approved Core course listed in #1 above through the Experiential Learning Process. (See section entitled Credit  for Previously Acquired Knowledge and Learning Experience in this catalog.)

4.  Transferring comparable course credit general credit does not apply for an approved Core course listed in #1 above from an accredited institution. (See section entitled Acceptance and Evaluation of Transfer Credits from Other Institutions of Higher Education in this catalog.)

5.  Establishing Core course credit for courses listed in #1 above through the Advanced Placement Examination (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or others as recognized by Lansing Community College.

6.  For global perspectives and diversity, writing, and science and technology, presenting evidence of satisfying MACRAO requirements at an accredited college or university other than LCC, provided the student has earned a 2.0 or higher for each course. (Note: This does not satisfy the speech communication requirement.)

7.   Presenting evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. This would fulfill all General Education Core requirements. 

If a student has successfully completed an approved General Education Core course in any LCC curriculum, the student will have met that Core area requirement even if he or she changes to another curriculum. However, in the newly chosen curriculum, the student may need to take a required course that satisfies a Core area requirement that he or she has already fulfilled.

The following do NOT satisfy or waive LCC General Education requirements: evidence of an earned associate degree or certificate, placement test scores, a waiver of a specific Core course, completion of higher-level courses that are not approved Core courses (with the exception of mathematics), combinations and/or portions of courses.

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