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Students who entered USI as new freshmen in the 1995 fall semester or later, and students who entered USI as a transfer students in the 1997 fall semester or later, are required to follow the University Core Curriculum. Freshmen entering USI in the summer of 1995 or before, and transfer students entering USI in the summer of 1997 or before, may choose to satisfy the General Education program described in the USI Bulletin in effect at the time of their matriculation. NOTE: Students completing a change of major will be required to satisfy the program requirements in effect at the time of the change, including the University Core Curriculum. Students who discontinue enrollment for more than one calendar year must re-enroll under the program requirements in effect at the time of the readmission, including the University Core Curriculum.
Advising checksheets reflecting the UCC are printed in each semester's Class Schedule. Students and advisors may use them to record their progress. Also, the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) developed by the Registrar's Office allows instant access to transcripts that indicate UCC courses completed and those requirements yet to be fulfilled.
First, there is flexibility within almost every category—a variety of courses, often cutting across several disciplines, from which students may choose to satisfy each objective. On the other hand, some restrictions are necessary to insure that each UCC objective is highlighted in at least one course taken by each student.
The mathematics objective may be met by a variety of mathematics courses, including a general education course entitled Survey of Mathematics (Math 108). It also may be met by a proficiency exam administered by the Math department. Students wishing to inquire about the exam should contact the College of Science and Engineering. NOTE: students passing the proficiency exam will be exempted from the math requirement but will not earn academic credit hours. To achieve the minimum 50 hours required for the UCC, they may choose additional courses from any UCC category.
Students are required to take 8 to 9 hours of science. One of these courses must be a laboratory course. Since science courses typically carry either 3 or 4 credit hours, students may satisfy this requirement most efficiently by taking two 4-credit courses or three 3-credit courses (at least one of which is lab). Combining one 4-credit course with one 3-credit course will result in a one-hour shortage and will require the student to take an additional science course, bringing the total to at least 10 hours.
6. To satisfy the Synthesis objective (D), must all students take a professional course in their major?
The answer depends on your major. If your major requires a professional Synthesis course approved for UCC credit, you must take this course and it will fulfill Category D. For example, nursing majors should take NURS 467: Nurs & Hlth Care Issues. If your major does not require a specific course, you may enroll in any Category D course for which you meet the prerequisites. An especially appropriate option may be LIBA 497: Capstone Studies, which consists of a variety of sections each focusing on an interdisciplinary topic identified in the Class Schedule. These sections will be available to seniors in any major in any school.
The list of approved courses will be studied and revised regularly to keep it current with student interests and needs. Updated lists will be published in each semester's Class Schedule.
The program as described in this booklet applies to all four-year degree-seeking students. Students pursuing associate degrees will be required to complete approximately half of the program's 50 hours. Specific requirements will be determined in conjunction with the departments offering the degrees. Should they continue on for a bachelor's degree, associate degree students will complete their remaining hours of University Core work at that time.
9. Can upper level UCC courses count toward the upper division hour requirement for all baccalaureate degree students?
All students who began seeking a degree in the 1996 fall semester or after must complete a minimum of 39 semester hours at the 300 level and above in order to complete a baccalaureate degree. UCC courses at the 300 or 400 level do count toward this minimum.
Students seeking UCC credit for courses from institutions that do not have articulation agreements with USI are responsible for the following:
Providing the University Core Curriculum Office with a course description and course syllabus for the course;
Providing the registrar’s office with a transcript that shows the grade you received in the course.
You may be able to get preapproval for a course you intend to take if you allow at least four weeks for the course to be reviewed by the related USI department.
Approval may be contingent on the grade you receive in the course.
Have Additional Questions?
Contact: Mark Krahling, University Core Director
Phone: (812) 464-1712
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