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General Education Requirements and Institutional Outcomes

Institutional Outcomes

A core component of Lake Michigan College’s strong academic program are the General Education Outcomes. All associate degree graduates of Lake Michigan College must meet outcomes in seven general categories. These outcomes are embedded in coursework across all curricula and are measured within specific courses. A well-educated student, upon completion of an associate degree program from Lake Michigan College, will be able to do the following: 

  1. Quantitative Literacy 
    Demonstrate the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems in a wide array of contexts; to understand and create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence; and to clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate)
  2. Scientific Literacy 
    Demonstrate how basic principles of science apply to life and an understanding of our universe.  A key component of scientific literacy is the application of the methods of scientific inquiry and research to problem-solving.  
  3. Communication Competence
    Demonstrate the ability to express ideas both orally and in writing. Demonstrate the ability to understand written, visual, and spoken communications; and convey purpose, meaning and main ideas effectively to individuals and groups.
  4. Culture and Society
    Demonstrate an awareness of factors and systems that shape human behaviors across time and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability.
  5. Arts and Humanities 
    Demonstrate an awareness of the breadth, diversity, and creativity of the human experience as expressed through the arts and humanities.
  6. Critical Thinking
    Demonstrate the ability to make decisions on the basis of evidence and logical argument.
  7. Professional and Life Skills
    Demonstrate an understanding of those skills and activities that enhance both civic and social engagement such as wellness, lifelong learning, ethical and professional values, and teamwork.

General Education Requirements for Graduates of LMC

The General Education requirements* for graduates of Lake Michigan College are as follows:

AA, AS, and ABA Degrees
2 courses (6 credits) in English/Communications

  • Must take English 101 or Honors 250 – AND
  • English 102 or Honors 251 – OR – Communication 101

1 course (at least 3 credits) in Mathematics

  • Mathematics 123, 128, 129, 130, 135, 151, 201, 202, 216, 252; Business Administration 216

2 courses (at least 8 credits) in Natural Sciences (from at least two academic disciplines)

  • Agriculture 110
  • Biology 101, 108, 110, 111, 112, 120, 204, 205, 206, 210, 212; Honors 101, 111, 112
  • Chemistry 101, 102, 104, 111, 112, 203, 204
  • Physical Science 101, 104, 205
  • Physics 101, 102, 104, 201, 202

2 courses (at least 6 credits) in Social Sciences (from at least two academic disciplines)

  • Must take Political Science 101 or 102 – OR – History 201 or 202
  • 2nd course must be from a different discipline chosen from the following:
    • Business Administration (Economics) 200, 203, 204
    • Geography 100, 101, 102
    • History 101, 102, 201, 202, 204, 205, 207, 209, 210; Honors 214, 215
    • Political Science 101, 102, 202, 203, 204, 250, 260; Honors 141, 143
    • Psychology 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 230, 231, 250; Honors 121, 203, 231
    • Sociology 101, 201, 202, 204, 205, 210, 250; Honors 130, 209

2 courses (at least 6 credits) in Humanities/Fine Arts (from at least two academic disciplines)

  • Art 101, 102, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204
  • English 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220; Honors 204, 208, 256, 258
  • Foreign Language 101-202 (excluding FORL 123, 124), 211, 212, 221, 222, 251; Honors 122, 195, 196
  • Humanities 105, 201, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 221,294
  • Music 109, 187, 213, 214
  • Philosophy 101, 102, 215, 250; Honors 171, 175
  • Drama 201

1 course (at least 1 credit) in Physical Education & Wellness

  • Must take Physical Education 200 or 212 or 214

AAS and AGS Degrees
2 courses (6 credits) in English/Communications

  • Must take English 101 (or Honors 250) – AND
  • English 102 (or Honors 251) or English 103 or Communication 101

1 course (at least 3 credits) in Mathematics

  • Any 100-level course or higher in the Mathematics discipline (including Business Administration 216)

1 course (at least 3 credits) in Natural Sciences

  • Any 100-level course or higher in one of the following disciplines:

    • Agriculture (AGRI 110 only)
    • Biology (or Honors 101, 111, 112)
    • Chemistry
    • Physical Science
    • Physics

1 course (at least 3 credits) in Social Sciences

  • Must take Political Science 101 or 102 (or Honors 141, 143) – OR – History 201 or 202 (or Honors 214, 215)

1 course (at least 3 credits) in Humanities/Fine Arts

  • Any 100-level course or higher in one of the following disciplines:

    • Art
    • Any 200-level English course (or Honors 204, 208, 256, 258)
    • Foreign Language (or Honors 122, 195, 196)
    • Humanities
    • Music
    • Philosophy (or Honors 171, 175)
    • Drama