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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

University Core Curriculum


University core curriculum requirements apply to all baccalaureate degrees and are intended to provide students with the basis for establishing broad and multiple perspectives of the individual in relation to the larger society and world in which he or she lives. The core curriculum is predicated on the belief that basic intellectual competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking is essential to the learning process in any discipline. The West Texas A&M University core curriculum has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and aligns with the description of at least one Foundational Component Area (FCA) and Core Objectives.

Students transferring to WTAMU from another state-supported university or community college in Texas shall receive core-curriculum credit for the component areas successfully completed in the core curriculum of the sending institution. Following receipt of credit for these courses, a student will be required to satisfy the remaining course requirements in WTAMU's core. A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution of higher education is considered core complete. For a second degree, the entire 42-hour core from the sending institution must substitute completely for the receiving institution's core curriculum.

NOTE: Students should be aware that some majors specify particular courses to meet core-curriculum requirements when options are available. See special information in the academic department section of this catalog in which the major is offered. Students should consult their academic adviser often, at least once a semester. Ideally, these courses should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

West Texas A&M University Core Curriculum

Component Area Code WTAMU Core Curriculum Hours
Communication 10 ENGL 1301 ; (3)
COMM 1315 , or COMM 1318 , or COMM 1321  (3)
6
Mathematics 20

MATH 1314 ; MATH 1316 ; MATH 1324 ; MATH 1325 ; MATH 1332 ; MATH 1350  ; MATH 2412 ; MATH 2413  

(extra hour of MATH course moves to Code 90)

3

 

Life and Physical Sciences

 

30

 

 ;   BIOL 1406  1or BIOL 1408 1; BIOL 1407  2or BIOL 1409 2; BIOL 1411 ; BIOL 1413 ; CHEM 1405 3 or CHEM 1411 3CHEM 1412 ; ENVR 1407 ; GEOL 1401  4or GEOL 1403 4; GEOL 1402 ; GEOL 1404 ; PHYS 1401 ; PHYS 1402 ; PHYS 1411 ; PHYS 1412 ; PHYS 2425 ; PHYS 2426 ;  ;    

(extra lab hours move to Code 90)

 

6

Language, Philosophy and Culture

40

 ; ENGL 2321 ; ENGL 2326 ; ENGL 2331 ; ENGL 2341 ; ENGL 2343 ; HIST 2311 ; HIST 2323 ; HIST 2372 ; PHIL 1301 ; PHIL 2374 ;  ; SPAN 2312  [or an equivalent course (second year or intermediate level) in a foreign language];  ;  ; SPAN 2371  

3
Creative Arts

50

ARTS 1303 ; ARTS 1304 ; DANC 2303 MUSI 1306 ; MUSI 1307 ; MUSI 1310 ; THRE 1310  

 
3

American History

 

Government/Political Science

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

60

 

70

 

 

80

HIST 1301 ; HIST 1302 ; HIST 2301 ; HIST 2381   

 

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6
 

6

 

 

3

 

Component Area Option

 

90

 ; BIOL lab hours (from Code 30);  ; CHEM lab hours (from Code 30); CIDM 1105 CIDM 1301  or CIDM 1315 5; CS 1301 ; ENVR lab hour (from Code 30); ENGL 1101 ;  ;  ; ENVR lab hour (from Code 30);  ; GEOL lab hours (from Code 30); IDS 1071  (1-3 hours); PHIL 2303 ; PHYS lab hours (from Code 30); Extra MATH hours (from Code 20)

 

 

6

    Total Core Curriculum Requirements 42

 NOTE: Core curriculum must total exactly 42 hours; excess hours must be moved to the major as an elective or part of major requirements and stay within the 120-hour requirement or approved total submitted to the Coordinating Board for degree requirements.

1Cannot receive credit for both BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1408.

2Cannot receive credit for both BIOL 1407 and BIOL 1409.

3Cannot use both CHEM 1405 and CHEM 1411 to satisfy University core requirements.

4Cannot receive credit for both GEOL 1401 and GEOL 1403.

5CIDM 1301 or CIDM 1315: Only one of these courses may be counted toward Code 90.