May 13, 2021
Level II Requirements:
Courses approved to satisfy the Level II requirement are distributed among four categories. The categories, together with the minimum number of semester hours a student must accumulate to satisfy this requirement, are given below. One hour deviations in the General Studies Level II categories may be allowed, provided the student’s completed General Studies program contains at least 33 credit hours.
Level II Categories:
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Rules: Level II Requirement:
Prerequisites: Level II General Studies courses have at least the following prerequisites or corequisites, and some courses have additional prerequisites (see the Course Descriptions section in this Catalog).
A one-hour deviation in each of the requirement listed below may be allowed, provided the student has completed at least 33 semester hours of General Studies courses.
- Students may not use courses having the same prefix as their major discipline or crosslisted with their major discipline to satisfy the Level II requirements.
- Students may use courses having the same prefix as their minor discipline or crosslisted with their minor discipline to satisfy General Studies requirements. However, a minimum of 18 credits must be used only in the minor and not for General Studies. Deviations from the Catalog requirements require approval of the minor department, and some departments require that more than 18 credits be used only in the minor. Please contact the minor department for additional information.
- Students may use either prefix for a crosslisted course, i.e., one designated XXX (YYY). They must select the prefix they wish to use at registration; the selection may not be changed later.
- History majors must take three extra semester hours at Level II in the Social Science, Arts and Letters, or Natural Sciences categories in lieu of the three hours in the historical category.
- History majors may not use courses that are crosslisted with history courses for General Studies.
Historical and Arts and Letters:
- Courses numbered 1000 to 1990: minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing preassessment placement tests
- Courses numbered 2000 to 2990: satisfaction of ENG 1010 and the Level I communication requirement
- Courses numbered 3000 and above: satisfaction of all Level I General Studies course requirements
Natural Science and Social Sciences:
- Courses numbered 1000 to 1990: minimum performance standards scores on the reading, writing and mathematics preassessment placement tests.
- Courses numbered 2000 to 2990: satisfaction of the Level I mathematics course requirement and either ENG 1010 or the Level I communication course requirement.
- Courses numbered 3000 and above: satisfaction of all Level I course requirements.
Historical (minimum 3 semester hours)*:
History majors must take three extra semester hours at Level II in the Social Sciences, Arts & Letters, or Natural Science categories in lieu of the three hours in the Historical category. History majors may not use courses that are crosslisted with history courses for General Studies.
Arts & Letters (minimum 6 semester hours)*:
Arts & Letters courses impart a broad knowledge of important works and major schools of thought from at least two centuries. They also provide a foundation for critical evaluation within the discipline.
Social Sciences (minimum 6 semester hours)*:
Social Sciences courses aim to explore the formation, behavior and interaction of various social, cultural, political or economic groups and institutions.
Natural Science (minimum 6 semester hours)*:
Natural Science courses provide an opportunity for students to experience the systematic formulation and testing of hypotheses and to learn the importance of accurate observation and measurement. Students will differentiate among fact, speculation, evidence, inference, belief, theory, law and generalization.
In order to receive General Studies credit, both BIO 1080 and 1090 or Bio 1081 and 1091, must be successfully completed. This is true also for State Guaranteed General Education credit.
CHE 1100 and CHE 1150 must be successfully completed to receive General Studies credit.
Successful completion of CHE 1810 and CHE 1850 will result in 6 hours Natural Science General Studies credit. Successful completion of CHE 1800, CHE 1810, and CHE 1850 will result in 10 hours Natural Science General Studies credit. No Natural Science General Studies credit will be awarded for completion of CHE 1800 as a stand alone class. CHE 1800 is a prerequisite for CHE 1850. CHE 1850 has a corequisite of CHE 1810.
*A one-hour deviation in the General Studies requirement in each the above categories may be allowed, provided the student has completed at least 33 semester hours of General Studies courses.
Additional Graduation Requirements:
Multicultural and Senior Experience Course Requirements:
In addition to completing the General Studies requirements, a student must complete a three-hour Multicultural course and a three-hour Senior Experience course, or selection of courses, to be awarded a bachelor’s degree from Metro State. The Multicultural course does not require three hours as a separate category and can be taken in the major, minor or as an elective. The rules pertaining to those requirements and the courses that will satisfy those requirements are described below.
Multicultural Graduation Requirements (minimum 3 semester hours):
Multicultural course required content and course materials are designed to increase students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in the United States. Multicultural education coursework examines the interactions of values, beliefs, traditions, identities, and contributions of one or more of the following four groups of color in the United States: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, which may include the characteristics of gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability within these groups.
At the conclusion of a multicultural course, students will be able to:
- Define factors that lead to the formation and continuation of one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Present the customs, behavioral patterns, and identities of one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Delineate the effects of bias, prejudices, and discrimination on one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Describe the cultural similarities, commonalities, and differences within or among one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Communicate how the acceptance and inclusion of all groups of color enriches lives and increases the creativity and performance of everyone in United States society.
Transferability of Multicultural Credits:
Transfer credits to meet the multicultural requirement will be accepted under the following guidelines:
- Transferable courses taken at an accredited institution to meet a multicultural or similar diversity requirement will satisfy the Metro State multicultural requirement.
- Transferable courses equivalent to an existing multicultural course will satisfy the Metro State multicultural requirement. Equivalency will be determined by the department offering the course. Once a course has been approved by a department, it will be given the status of an approved transferable multicultural course.
- If a transferable course is interdisciplinary, Metro State transfer evaluators will consult with the department(s) where the majority of the course content resides.
- A one-hour deviation in the multicultural requirement will be allowed for courses judged to be similar in content to an existing Metro State multicultural course. Equivalency will be determined by the department offering the multicultural course.
- Full credit or a one-hour deviation in the multicultural requirement will be allowed when the transferable course meets Metro State’s multicultural definition and course criteria, although a similar course is not taught at Metro State.
- If transferable courses do not clearly meet Metro State’s multicultural definition, transfer evaluators may request an opinion from the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee and/or the Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee.
Senior Year Assessment Examinations and Other Activities:
In their senior year, students may be required to participate in an assessment of their education. The faculty has determined educational goals or outcomes that it wants graduates to achieve. A copy of those goals and the methods by which their achievements are measured can be obtained from the department offices.
Senior Experience Graduation Requirements (Minimum 3 Semester Hours):
The Senior Experience course provides a culmination of the undergraduate experience, allowing students to synthesize their learning, using critical analysis and logical thinking. Students may use the course to satisfy major or minor requirements if the course is approved for that use. Students should consult with their advisor and check prerequisites. Students must complete a Senior Experience course at the end of the undergraduate program and must take the course or courses at Metro State. Senior Experience courses include “senior standing” as a prerequisite in addition to other prerequisites designated by the department. In some cases students may need to take two courses to satisfy the requirement.