Northwest Core - Academics Requirements

The Northwest Core - Academics courses are required for the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music Education, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Science in Education­, and the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Required courses for the Bachelor of Technology may be chosen from The Northwest Core requirements. See Bachelor of Technology for specific information on this degree.

A course taken to fulfill The Northwest Core - Academics Requirements may be used to satisfy other degree or program requirements as long as such application is not restricted in this catalog.  Such multiple applications will not reduce the total hours needed to earn a degree, nor the total required hours necessary for any comprehensive majors, regular majors, minor, certificates, or other programs.

It is recommended that students carefully sequence courses from The Northwest Core Requirements during their freshman and sophomore years.

The Northwest Core Substitutions

In general, Northwest Missouri State University does not allow substitution of courses in The Northwest Core.  The integrity and coherency of this program demands that it be completed as designed.

Transfer and dual-credit students, or students in other extraordinary circumstances, may seek to have courses taken at other institutions deemed equivalent to a Northwest Core course through established protocols.  Those protocols include determination by the Registrar's Office and the chair/director of the department/school that houses the course for which the equivalency is to be established.  Courses deemed equivalent must be adjudicated to be of the same academic level and content as the Northwest required course.

All petitions to substitute a non-equivalent course for a Northwest Core course must meet the approval of the Curriculum and Degree Requirements Committee of the Faculty Senate.  Such petitions must include serious reasons that justify the substitution.

Foundations

University Seminar

See INCO course descriptions.

INCO 77101University Seminar

1

Oral Communication (choose 1 course)

See COM and CORE course descriptions.

COM 29102Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

CORE 90201Interdisciplinary Engagement: Oral Communication

3 to 4

Mathematical Reasoning (choose 1 course)

Advisement necessary for correct selection.

See MATH and CORE course descriptions.

MATH 17110Finite Mathematics

4

MATH 17114General Statistics

3

MATH 17115Concepts of Mathematics

3

MATH 17117Precalculus

4

MATH 17118College Algebra

3

MATH 17120Calculus I

4

MATH 17171Fundamentals of Mathematics

3

CORE 90204Interdisciplinary Engagement: Mathematical Reasoning

3 to 4

Note: See course descriptions for meeting prerequisites/co-requisites requirements.

Digital Literacy choose 1 course

See CSIS, EDCI, EDUC, HUM, GEOL, PHSC, and CORE course descriptions.

CSIS 44101Foundations of Computing

3

CSIS 44130Computers and Information Technology

3

EDCI 62130Educational Computing and Technology

3

EDUC 61145Information and Educational Technology

3

HUM 26105Information Technology and Culture

3

GEOL 27130Information Technology and Science

3

PHSC 40106Computational Methods in Science

3

CORE 90205Interdisciplinary Engagement: Digital Literacy

3 to 4

Written Communication (6 credits)

See ENGL and CORE course descriptions.

Any student with ACT English score of 18 or above


ENGL 10111Composition I: Academic Literacies

3

ENGL 10112Composition II: Writing as Engagement

3

CORE 90202Interdisciplinary Engagement: Written Communication A

3 to 4

Any student with ACT English score of 27 or above


ENGL 10115Accelerated Composition

3

CORE 90203Interdisciplinary Engagement: Written Communication B

3 to 4

Students who have an ACT English score of 27 or above may elect to take ENGL 10111 and ENGL 10112.  Students with credit for ENGL 10111 and an ACT English score of 27 may elect to take ENGL 10115 rather than ENGL 10112.  

Note: See course descriptions for meeting prerequisites and placement requirements.

Contexts

Global Experiences (choose 1 course)

See COM, EDUC, ENGL, GEOG, HUM, LANG, MMED, MUS, PHSC, REC, POLS, and CORE course descriptions.

ENGL 10224Multiethnic Literature of the United States

3

ENGL 10226Modern and Contemporary World Literature

3

LANG 14131French: Communication and Culture I

3

LANG 14132French: Communication and Culture II

3

LANG 14141Spanish: Communication and Culture I

3

LANG 14142Spanish: Communication and Culture II

3

LANG 14151Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

3

LANG 14161Russian: Communication and Culture I

3

LANG 14162Russian: Communication and Culture II

3

MUS 19280World Music

3

MMED 20221Ethnographic Film Study

3

HUM 26104The Eastern World

3

HUM 26162Comparative Religions

3

COM 29225Intercultural Communication

3

GEOG 32102People and Cultures of the World

3

POLS 34105The African World

3

REC 45211Leisure and Society

3

EDUC 61252Pluralism in a Multicultural Society

3

CORE 90206Interdisciplinary Engagement: Global Experiences

3 to 4

Western Experiences (choose 1 course)

See HUM, COM, PHIL, and CORE course descriptions.

HUM 26102Western Civilization I: The Ancient World to 1500

3

HUM 26103Western Civilization II: 1500 to the Present

3

COM 29235Introduction to Classical Rhetoric

3

PHIL 39171Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 39274Historical Ethics

3

PHIL 39275Professional Ethics

3

PHIL 39276Bio-Medical Ethics

3

CORE 90207Interdisciplinary Engagement: Western Experiences

3 to 4

American Experiences (choose 1 History and 1 Political Science)

See HIST, POLS, and CORE course descriptions.

History

HIST 33155The United States to 1877

3

OR

HIST 33156The United States Since 1877

3

 

CORE 90208Interdisciplinary Engagement: American Experiences-History

3 to 4

Political Science

POLS 34102Introduction to American Government and Politics

3

CORE 90209Interdisciplinary Engagement: American Experiences-Political Science

3 to 4

Connections

Literature (choose 1 course)

See ENGL and CORE course descriptions.

ENGL 10220Introduction to Literature

3

CORE 90210Interdisciplinary Engagement: Literature

3 to 4

Fine Arts (choose 1 course)

See ART, MUS, THEA, and CORE course descriptions.

ART 13102Art Appreciation

3

ART 13109Survey of Art I: Prehistory through Medieval Art

3

ART 13111Survey of Art II: Renaissance to the Present

3

MUS 19201The Enjoyment of Music

3

MUS 19202Jazz Appreciation

3

MUS 19222American Popular Music

3

THEA 43101Theatre Appreciation

3

CORE 90211Interdisciplinary Engagement: Fine Arts

3 to 4

Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose 2 courses - one from each of two different groups)

See AGRI, PSYC, GEOG, SOC, ECON, and CORE course descriptions.

Economics

AGRI 03102Introductory Agricultural Economics

3

ECON 52130Survey of Economics

3

ECON 52150Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Psychology

PSYC 08103General Psychology

3

PSYC 08299Educational Psychology

3

Geography

GEOG 32101Introduction to Geography

3

Sociology

SOC 35101General Sociology

3

Anthropology

SOC 35108General Anthropology

3

Interdisciplinary

CORE 90212Interdisciplinary Engagement: Social/Behavioral Sciences

3 to 4

Life Sciences (choose 1 course with corresponding laboratory)

See AGRI, BIOL, and CORE course descriptions.

AGRI 03130Plant Science

4

BIOL 04102General Biology

3

BIOL 04103General Biology Laboratory

1

BIOL 04106Principles of Biology

3

BIOL 04107Principles of Biology Laboratory

1

CORE 90213Interdisciplinary Engagement: Life Sciences

3 to 4

Note: AGRI 03130 and CORE 90213 have the lab included.

Physical Sciences (choose 1 course with corresponding laboratory)

See CHEM, PHYS, GEOL, PHSC, and CORE course descriptions.

CHEM 24112General Chemistry

3

CHEM 24113General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 24114General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 24115General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

PHYS 25110General Physics I

3

PHYS 25111General Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 25112General Physics II

3

PHYS 25113General Physics II Laboratory

1

PHYS 25120Fundamentals of Classical Physics I

4

PHYS 25121Fundamentals of Classical Physics I Laboratory

1

GEOL 27110General Geology

3

GEOL 27111General Geology Laboratory

1

GEOL 27114General Earth Science

3

GEOL 27115General Earth Science Laboratory

1

PHSC 40102The Physical Sciences

3

PHSC 40103Physical Science Laboratory

1

PHSC 40122Descriptive Astronomy

3

PHSC 40123Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory

1

CORE 90214Interdisciplinary Engagement: Physical Sciences

3 to 4

Note: CORE 90214 has lab included.

Total Credit Hours: 48-52

Interdisciplinary Engagement courses are special offerings which are cross-disciplinary.  Availability of these courses and their disciplinary pairings will be posted online.  Check with your advisor concerning details.  Students cannot take more than three Interdisciplinary Engagement courses to fulfill the requirements of The Northwest Core.

Note: Students who hold an associate of arts degree from a regionally-accredited institution will have satisfied The Northwest Core with the exception of Digital Literacy and Global Experiences groups, and courses required by their specific academic program(s) and the government requirement stated in the Graduation Policies and Requirements section of this catalog.

Students who have completed the 42-hour block at a Missouri college/university will have satisfied The Northwest Core with the exception of the Digital Literacy and Global Experiences groups, and courses required by their specific academic program(s).