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General Education Requirements and Institutional Outcomes

General Education Requirements and Institutional Outcomes
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/Communication

  • Must take English 101 – AND
  • English 102 or Communication 100, 101, 102, 215, 225, 235

1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Mathematics

  • Mathematics 122*, 123, 128, 129, 130, 135, 151, 201, 202, 216, 252; Business Administration 216

2 courses (minimum 8 credits) in Natural Sciences (select from two disciplines)

  • Biology 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 120, 204, 205, 206, 210, 212
  • Chemistry 101, 102, 104, 111, 112, 203, 204
  • Physical Science 101, 104, 205
  • Physics 101, 102, 104, 201, 202

2 courses (minimum 6 credits) in Social Sciences (select from two disciplines)

  • Business Administration (Economics) 200, 203, 204
  • Geography 100, 101, 102
  • History 101, 102, 201, 202, 204, 205, 207, 209, 210, 212
  • Political Science 101, 102, 202, 203, 204, 208, 250, 260, 270
  • Psychology 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 230, 231, 250
  • Sociology 101, 102, 202, 204, 205, 210, 215, 250

2 courses (minimum 6 credits) in Humanities/Fine Arts (select from two disciplines)

  • Art 101, 102, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204
  • Communication** 100, 101, 102, 215, 225, 235
  • Drama 201
  • English 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220
  • Humanities 105, 201, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 221, 294
  • Music 109, 184, 187, 213, 214
  • Philosophy 101, 102, 215, 250
  • World Language, any course in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Spanish

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

  • Must take English 101  – AND
  • English 102, 103, or Communication 100, 101, 102, 215, 225, 235

1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Mathematics

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

1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Natural Sciences, in any of the following disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Social Sciences, in any of the following disciplines:

  • Business Administration (200, 203, or 204 only)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Humanities/Fine Arts, in any of the following disciplines:

  • Art
  • Communication**
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English, any 200-level course
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • World Language, any course in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Spanish

*Course not MTA eligible

**Communication classes may be used to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement only if not used to complete the English/Communication requirement

NOTE: the Honors version of a class maybe used to fulfill a requirement.  Honors classes are denoted with an "H" after the course number, for example ENGL 101H

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