General Education

General Education Requirements

General Education (also known as Core) classes are an essential part of study in any area at Lewis-Clark State College.  These courses provide universal skills and knowledge contributing to success in the major programs and in employment after graduation.  They also provide means for discovery of new interests and perspectives.  While the students’ majors provide in-depth understanding in one area, the General Education courses provide a broad understanding of the world in which students will live and work after graduation. General Education Core program goals assert that Core completers will be able to do the following:

  • EXPAND knowledge and understanding of subjects and theories in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences through coursework, inquiry, and independent and collaborative research.
  • EVALUATE evidence and perspectives through the application of information literacy and critical reasoning skills developed in General Education coursework.
  • SYNTHESIZE knowledge from multiple sources, perspectives, and disciplines as a way to understand real world issues, make informed decisions, and solve problems.
  • APPLY ethical and critical reasoning skills to issues in students’ major disciplines, to creatively and critically solve problems, and to approach new subjects and situations with an open mind.
  • COMMUNICATE effectively through listening, speaking and writing; use those skills to share, receive, and shape knowledge; and demonstrate respect for and understanding of cultural and personal differences. 

LCSC’s General Education (Core) courses conform to the Idaho State Board of Education’s credit and course requirements.  There are eight competency areas.  The first six are Idaho State Board of Education General Education Matriculation (GEM) requirements.  The last two are specific to Lewis-Clark State College.  The areas are:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Mathematical Ways of Knowing
  • Scientific Ways of Knowing
  • Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
  • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
  • Diversity
  • Integrative Seminar (Interdisciplinary Capstone)

General Education Core Requirements 2019-2020

For more detail about the Idaho State Board of Education competency areas, please see the Governing Policies and Procedures, Section III.N ‘Statewide General Education.’

General Education Core Requirements 2019-2020

Written Communication - GEM 1

English - 6 credits required
ENGL-101WRITING AND RHETORIC I3.00
ENGL-102WRITING AND RHETORIC II3.00
ENGL-109COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH6.00

Oral Communication - GEM 2

Communication - 3 credits required
COMM-101FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-202INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-203SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-204PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00

Mathematical Ways of Knowing - GEM 3

Math - 3-5 credits required
MATH-123MATH IN MODERN SOCIETY3.00
MATH-130FINITE MATHEMATICS4.00
MATH-143COLLEGE ALGEBRA3.00
MATH-147COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY5.00
MATH-153STATISTICAL REASONING3.00
MATH-170CALCULUS I4.00
MATH-253STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES3.00
MATH-257MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II4.00
MTHPT-130FINITE MATHEMATICS4.00
MTHPT-137MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY4.00
MTHPT-153STATISTICAL REASONING3.00

 Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing - GEM 4

Select one course from two categories - 6-8 credits required
English Literature
ENGL-175LITERATURE AND IDEAS3.00
ENGL-257WORLD CLASSICS3.00
ENGL-258INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE3.00
ENGL-261MYTHOLOGIES3.00
Arts
ART-100INTRODUCTION TO ART3.00
HUM-101THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE3.00
HUM-150INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS3.00
MUS-101SURVEY OF MUSIC3.00
MUS-102MUSIC IN AMERICA3.00
MUS-150WORLD MUSIC3.00
MUS-151HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER3.00
THEA-101SURVEY OF THE THEATER3.00
Language
NP-101ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I4.00
NP-102ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II4.00
SPAN-101ELEMENTARY SPANISH I4.00
SPAN-102ELEMENTARY SPANISH II4.00

Scientific Ways of Knowing - GEM 5

Select one course from two disciplines. One must be a lab. 7-8 credits required
BIOF-100INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS3.00
BIOL-100CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY4.00
BIOL-120PLANTS AND PEOPLE4.00
BIOL-123BIOLOGY IN FILM3.00
BIOL-175HUMAN BIOLOGY4.00
BIOL-227HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I4.00
CHEM-100CONCEPTS OF CHEMISTRY4.00
CHEM-105GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY4.00
CHEM-111PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I4.00
CS-108INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE4.00
FSCI-101INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE4.00
GEOL-101PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4.00
GEOL-120INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS4.00
GIS-271GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS4.00
ID-240INTEGRATED SCIENCE II4.00
NS-140INTEGRATED SCIENCE I4.00
NS-150INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES3.00
NS-174NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR4.00
PHYS-111GENERAL PHYSICS I4.00
or PHYS-112 GENERAL PHYSICS II
PHYS-171PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS4.00
PHYS-205DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY4.00
PHYS-211ENGINEERING PHYSICS I5.00

Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing - GEM 6

Select one course from two disciplines. 6 credits required
ANTH-102CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3.00
ANTH-120WORLD PREHISTORY3.00
ANTH-170INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES3.00
ECON-201PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS3.00
ECON-202PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS3.00
GEOG-102INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY3.00
HIST-101WORLD HISTORY I3.00
HIST-102WORLD HISTORY II3.00
HIST-111UNITED STATES HISTORY I3.00
HIST-112UNITED STATES HISTORY II3.00
HRPT-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
HRPT-185HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
POLS-101AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3.00
POLS-237INTERNATIONAL POLITICS3.00
POLS-285COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT3.00
PSYC-101INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
PSYC-205LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
SOC-101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3.00
SOC-102SOCIAL PROBLEMS3.00
SS-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
SS-185HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00

Diversity - GEM 7

Select one course. Some courses may be listed in other core areas, but may only count once. 3 credits required
ANTH-102CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3.00
ANTH-120WORLD PREHISTORY3.00
ANTH-170INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES3.00
ANTH-360RACE AND ETHNICITY3.00
COMM-345COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY3.00
ENGL-258INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE3.00
ENGL-474NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE3.00
GEOG-102INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY3.00
HIST-101WORLD HISTORY I3.00
HIST-102WORLD HISTORY II3.00
HIST-111UNITED STATES HISTORY I3.00
HIST-112UNITED STATES HISTORY II3.00
HRPT-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
ID-300CETHICS AND IDENTITY3.00
KIN-220SOCIAL-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS3.00
NP-101ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I4.00
NP-102ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II4.00
POLS-285COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT3.00
SOC-101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3.00
SPAN-101ELEMENTARY SPANISH I4.00
SPAN-102ELEMENTARY SPANISH II4.00
SPAN-201INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I4.00
SPAN-202INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II4.00
SS-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00

Integrative Seminar: Ethics/Values - GEM 8

Select one course. 3 credits required
ID-300AANIMALS AND SOCIETY3.00
ID-300BART AND CENSORSHIP3.00
ID-300CETHICS AND IDENTITY3.00
ID-300DETHICS AND ECOLOGY3.00
ID-300EETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY3.00
ID-300FGENDER AND CULTURE3.00
ID-300GHEALTH INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR3.00
ID-300HLAW AND SOCIETY3.00
ID-300JTERRORISM CONTEMPORARY ERA3.00
ID-300KVALUES AND SPORTS3.00
ID-300LVIETNAM3.00
ID-300MVULNERABLE POPULATIONS3.00
ID-300NWILDERNESS3.00
ID-300PDISEASES AND SOCIETY3.00
ID-300QECONOMICS OF GOOD AND EVIL3.00
ID-300RLEADERSHIP AND ETHICS3.00
ID-300SNORTHWEST CULTURE/HISTORY/LITERATURE3.00
ID-300TPROPAGANDA3.00
ID-300UWOMEN IN THE 20TH CENTURY3.00
ID-300VGANDHIAN ETHICS AND VALUES3.00
ID-300WETHICS OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE3.00
ID-300XETHICS: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS3.00
ID-301AHELLS CANYON INSTITUTE3.00