School of Professional Studies

Contact Information

Dean for Professional Studies:  Dr. Fredrick Chilson, PhD
E-mail: psdean@lcsc.edu
Office: SGC 211C
Phone: 208-792-2421
FAX: 208-792-2822
Web: http://www.lcsc.edu/school-of-professional-studies/

The School of Professional Studies includes the Office of the Dean, the Library, and the Divisions of Business, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Teacher Education. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean, the Director of the Library, and the Division Chairs work collaboratively, in partnership with faculty, to offer a wide range of high-quality professional programs to a diverse student body. Students who graduate with a degree from one of the divisions listed above will have completed a cohesive program of study that integrates General Education Core courses, major/ minor program requirements, and/or elective credits. Whether a student completes an individualized General Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies degree, or a degree in a professional program, each graduate will have had opportunities to participate in on-campus and on-line classes, in seminars, research symposia, practica/ internships or service learning, second language study, clubs and activities, and other experiences designed to enrich his or her academic career.

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)

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 2018-2019

Written Communication

English - 6 credits required
ENGL-101COLLEGE WRITING3.00
ENGL-102RESEARCH WRITING3.00
ENGL-109COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH6.00

Oral Communication

Communication - 3 credits required
COMM-101PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH3.00
COMM-202INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-203SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-204PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00

Mathematical Ways of Knowing

Math - 3-5 credits required
MATH-123MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART3.00
MATH-147PRECALCULUS5.00
MATH-147APRECALCULUS ALGEBRA3.00
MATH-147BPRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY2.00
MATH-153STATISTICAL REASONING3.00
MATH-170CALCULUS I4.00
MATH-253STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES3.00
MATH-257FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II3.00
MTHPT-130MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS4.00
MTHPT-137MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY4.00
MTHPT-153STATISTICAL REASONING3.00

 Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing

English Literature - 3 credits required
ENGL-150INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE3.00
ENGL-257WORLD CLASSICS3.00
ENGL-258INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE3.00
Art/Humanities/Music/Theater - 3 credits required
ART-100SURVEY OF 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

Scientific Ways of Knowing

Select one course from two disciplines. One must be a lab. 7-8 credits required
BIOF-100INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS3.00
BIOL-102SCIENCE FOR LIFE4.00
BIOL-120PLANTS AND PEOPLE4.00
BIOL-123BIOLOGY IN FILM3.00
BIOL-175HUMAN BIOLOGY4.00
BIOL-252HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I4.00
CHEM-102THE CHEMISTRY OF DAILY LIFE4.00
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-100ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE4.00
GEOL-120INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS4.00
GIS-271GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS4.00
NS-150INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES3.00
NS-174NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR4.00
PHYS-111GENERAL PHYSICS I4.00
PHYS-171PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS4.00
PHYS-205DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY4.00
PHYS-211ENGINEERING PHYSICS I4.00

Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing

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 AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS3.00
ECON-202PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS3.00
GEOG-102INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY3.00
HIST-101HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3.00
HIST-102HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3.00
HIST-111UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 18653.00
HIST-112UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 18653.00
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 PSYCHOLOGY3.00
PSYC-205DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
SOC-101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3.00
SOC-102CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS3.00
SS-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
SS-185HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00

Diversity

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-101HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3.00
HIST-102HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3.00
HIST-111UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 18653.00
HIST-112UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 18653.00
HRPT-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
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
SS-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
SPAN-101BEGINNING SPANISH I4.00
SPAN-102BEGINNING SPANISH II4.00
SPAN-201INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I4.00
SPAN-202INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II4.00

Integrative Seminar: Ethics/Values

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-301AHELLS CANYON INSTITUTE3.00
 
 

Prior Learning Assessment

Students may earn college credit for specific college-level learning that they have achieved through life and work experiences.  Prior Learning Assessment opportunities range from standardized exams such as CLEP or DSST, credit recommendations from programs such as ACE, Challenge Exams, or Portfolio. For information about Challenge Exams, contact Sarah Willmore in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at (208)792-2209, or skwillmore@lcsc.edu. For information about PLA credit through Portfolio, contact the Dean for Liberal Arts & Sciences at (208)792-2325 or lasdean@lcsc.edu.  For information about Prior Learning Assessment opportunities other than Challenge Exams, contact the LCSC Registrar’s office at (208) 792-2223, or registrar@lcsc.edu.

Independent Study in Idaho

Independent Study in Idaho (ISI) delivers affordable, online, college courses. Begin any time, work from anywhere at your own pace, and take up to one calendar year from the date of registration to complete.

  • Admission to cooperating institutions is not required 
  • Same in-state and out-of-state registration fees
  • Idaho residency is not required 
  • See ISI website  for a list of courses, syllabi, and policies

ISI was created in 1973 by the Idaho State Board of Education as a cooperative of four accredited Idaho institutions: Lewis-Clark State College, Idaho State University, Boise State University, and the University of Idaho. Students should contact the institution to which they hope to transfer ISI courses regarding the transferability of their ISI courses prior to enrolling.