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    Volunteer State Community College
   
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 VSCC Catalog

General Education


CHOOSE A LINK BELOW FOR THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

General Education Goals
The general education requirements at VSCC consist of designated courses which provide students with a foundation for undertaking specialized studies in either a transfer or a career program.  The purpose of the general education courses is to involve students in the inquiry into cultural traditions, values, and assumptions and to assist students in developing and refining the fundamental skills needed to think critically and communicate effectively in contemporary society.

Instruction in the general education core subjects can build students’ abilities to function effectively in a variety of roles; the general education curriculum promotes the development of skills necessary for students to succeed in their major fields of academic study.  These core subjects will provide students with knowledge to:

  • Use problem-solving as an application of critical thought
  • Understand and apply knowledge of the foundations and practice in the scientific method of inquiry and in relevant mathematical skills
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills  
  • Identify and analyze both national and global societal challenges
  • Analyze and respond to the arts
  • Demonstrate computer technology skills to support academic and professional achievement and general knowledge of the larger impact of computers on society

Career/Technical Goals
In addition to the general education goals required by each program, the career/technical degree programs at Volunteer State Community College, although diverse in intent, share a set of career/technical goals with expected outcomes.

As these goals are achieved in the individual career/technical degree curricula, the degree of student success is measured against a set of expected outcomes.  Successful completion of a two-year degree in a career education program will provide opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic foundations and theories directly or indirectly related to functions of the career
  • Master the terminology within the career
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rules and regulations of applicable boards and agencies
  • Apply the ethical and professional standards of conduct expected in the career
  • Identify and make informed decisions about career options within a program of study
  • Demonstrate the use of skills and knowledge of technology necessary to perform the duties within the career
  • Develop and apply problem-solving and decision-making skills

Associate of Applied Science General Education Core Curriculum
The general education core of courses included in the curriculum provides the student with a foundation of general education on which to base specialized career-oriented course work. Courses are also designed to assist the student in attaining the knowledge and outcomes represented by the seven General Education goals of the College.

Associate of Applied Science Degree
English Composition (ENGL 1010) 3 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credit hours
Natural Science/Mathematics 3-4 credit hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
One additional course 3-4 credit hours from the categories of:
Communication
Humanities/Fine Arts
Social/Behavioral Sciences
or Natural Science/Mathematics
Total General Education Core 15-17 credit hours
Total Degree Requirements 60-75 credit hours

University Parallel and TTP General Education Core Curriculum
The general education core curriculum is designed to assist the student in attaining the knowledge and outcomes represented by the General Education Goals of the College. The program of study listed below leads to the Associate of Science Degree, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Fine Arts Degree and the Associate of Science in Teaching Degree. Students who desire to earn the Associate of Arts Degree must also complete a minimum of two semesters of the same college-level foreign language. Foreign language taken at the high school level will not count toward the language requirement for the Associate of Arts.  The ♦ symbol denotes courses that fulfill general education requirements for university parallel degrees.

Total Degree Requirements 60 credit hours

Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the State University and Community College System of Tennessee (the Tennessee Board of Regents System) will share a common lower-division general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester hours for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Science in Teaching degree. Lower-division means freshman and sophomore courses. The courses comprising the general education curriculum are contained within the following subject categories:

Associate of Arts*, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Teaching
Communication 9 hours**
Humanities and/or Fine Arts 9 hours (At least one course must be in literature)
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 hours
History 6 hours ***
Natural Sciences 8 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Total 41 hours
Total Degree Requirements 60 credit hours

Associate of Fine Arts Degree
Communication 9 hours**
Humanities and/or Fine Arts (MUS 1030 - Music Appreciation) 3 hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 hours
History 6 hours
Natural Sciences 8 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Total 35 hours
Total Degree Requirement 60 credit hours

*Foreign language courses are an additional requirement for the Associate of Arts (A.A.).  The A.A. degree requires proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to a minimum completion of one year of college-level work.

**Six hours of English Composition and three hours in English oral presentational communication are required.

***Students who plan to transfer to Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities should take six hours of United States History (three hours of Tennessee History may substitute). Students who plan to transfer to University of Tennessee System universities or to out-of-state or private universities should check requirements and take the appropriate courses.

Although the courses designated by TBR institutions to fulfill the requirements of the general education subject categories vary, transfer of the courses is assured through the following means:

  • Upon completion of an A.A., A.S,  and A.S.T. degree, the requirements of the lower-division general education core will be complete and accepted by a TBR university in the transfer process.
  • If an A.A. A.S., A.S.T., and A.F.A is not obtained, transfer of general education courses will be based upon fulfillment of complete subject categories. (Example: If all eight hours in the category of Natural Sciences are complete, then this “block” of the general education core is complete.) When a subject category is incomplete, course-by-course evaluation will be conducted. The provision of block fulfillment pertains also to students who transfer among TBR universities.
  • Institutional/departmental requirements of the grade of “C” will be honored. Even if credit is granted for a course, any specific requirements for the grade of “C” by the receiving institution will be enforced.
  • In certain majors, specific courses must be taken also in general education. It is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must be fulfilled under lower-division general education.
  • Computer technology skills to support academic and professional achievement and general knowledge of the larger impact of computers on society will be demonstrated.

Courses Designated to Fulfill General Education Requirements
Courses designated to fulfill general education requirements by Volunteer State Community College are following. Although the courses fulfilling the common lower-division general education core curriculum may vary in actual design among institutions, many contain similar content. The actual courses designated by each institution to fulfill the common lower-division general core, including courses that may not be a part of the common course prefix and numbering patterns, are denoted in the catalogs by the ♦ symbol. A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for all system institutions is available on the TBR website (www.tbr.edu).

 Communications Credits: (9)


Humanities and/or Fine Arts Credits: (9)


At least one course must be in Literature

             *(except for Art, AFA and AST Degrees)

 History Credits: (6)


Choose 2 of the following courses:

 

 Or both of the following:

 Mathematics Credits: (3)


If a 4-hour math course is used to satisfy this requirement, the extra credit hour will count as elective credit toward graduation. Students should consult their advisor and the catalog of the institution to which they wish to transfer to determine the level of general education mathematics required.

 

Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both courses in any of the following pairs:

 Natural Sciences Credits: (8)


A sequence specified in the curriculum guide or from the catalog of the institution to which the student wishes to transfer.

 

   OR two non-sequential survey courses

 

Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both courses in any of the following pairs unless specifically required by a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) or an agreement with another Higher Education institution.

 Social/Behavioral Sciences Credits: (6)


  Choose 2 of the following: