Catalog of Entry

The Undergraduate Academic Catalog in effect when a student first enrolls at the university or any one subsequent catalog will be the guide to General Education Requirements.

Grades

Unless otherwise stated in a course description, a student must earn a grade of D or better to receive general education credit for a course. In some cases, programs will require a grade of C or better for general education courses such as when a general education course is also part of the major. In addition, certain general education courses serve as prerequisites for higher-level courses. Those higher-level courses may require a grade of C or better in the prerequisite course general education course. In both cases, a course completed with a D will still count toward a student's general education requirements, but the student will need to retake the course and earn a C or better to meet the program or prerequisite requirements. Students should check with their advisor and the course catalog to determine the requirements.

Goals

The general education program at YSU is designed to help students achieve the following five goals:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak effectively, reason quantitatively, and think critically so they are prepared to perform appropriately in their professions upon graduation. These skills will be applied in the major and culminate in the successful completion of a senior capstone project.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of science. Students will demonstrate the interdependence of science and technology and the influence of science and technology on society.
  •  Students will interpret significant writings and works of art, with a focus on aesthetics, historical responses, and the nature of the human condition.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of the development, diversity, and complexity of human behavior, institutions, and culture.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding in any of the following critical areas of contemporary life:  Domestic Diversity, International Perspectives, Sustainability, and Well-being.

Learning Outcomes

To assist students in achieving the goals above, the courses included in the General Education model incorporate some combination of the learning outcomes.  The outcomes as they relate to the goals for the various types of General Education courses are listed below:

Core Competencies Learning Outcomes:

GOAL: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak effectively, reason quantitatively, and think critically so they are prepared to perform appropriately in their professions upon graduation. 
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak effectively, develop sound arguments, and derive justified conclusions.
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to reason using quantitative data, and students will demonstrate use of mathematical methods and concepts in both abstract and concrete contexts.
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to reason critically and identify credible sources.

Knowledge Domain Learning Outcomes:

Natural Sciences

GOAL: Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of science. Students will demonstrate the interdependence of science and technology and the influence of science and technology on society.
  •  Students will successfully perform an experiment to test a hypothesis including the collection and analysis of data.
  •  Students will demonstrate the knowledge and application of scientific principles.
  •  Students will use and interpret formulas, graphs, and tables.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of the interactions of science, technology and society.

Arts and Humanities

 GOAL: Students will interpret significant writings and works of art, with a focus on aesthetics, historical responses, and the nature of the human condition.
  • Students will analyze and evaluate the elements and the personal and societal impact of multiple types of literary and artistic expressions.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of ethical or cultural values in shaping the human experience.

Social Sciences

GOAL: Students will demonstrate understanding of the development, diversity, and complexity of human behavior, institutions, and culture.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of the contexts and development of human cultures and institutions.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of individual and social behavior.
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of methodologies used in the social sciences.

Social and Personal Awareness

GOAL: Students will demonstrate understanding in any of the following critical areas of contemporary life:  Domestic Diversity, International Perspectives, Sustainability, and Well-being.
  •  Domestic Diversity - Students will demonstrate knowledge of the experiences of different groups within the United States where those groups are defined by class, ethnicity, race, religion, disability, sex, or sexual orientation.
  •  International Perspectives - Students will demonstrate knowledge of the artistic, social, economic, or political life of communities outside the United States.
  •  Environmental Sustainability - Students will demonstrate understanding of contemporary concerns regarding the environmental sustainability of social, economic, public policy and technological systems and practices.
  •  Wellbeing - Students will demonstrate understanding of and appreciation for the relationship between personal behaviors and lifelong health and wellness.

Capstone Learning Outcomes:

GOAL: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak effectively, reason quantitatively, and think critically so they are prepared to perform appropriately in their professions upon graduation. These skills will be applied in the major and culminate in the successful completion of a senior capstone project.
  • Write and speak effectively.
  • Acquire, process and present quantitative and qualitative information using the most appropriate technologies.
  • Reason critically, to distinguish among forms of argumentation, and to derive justified conclusions.

Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements

A. Core Competencies

Writing

To learn the skills of effective writing, students will:

  • Take two courses:
    • ENGL 1550 Writing 1 or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support– the standard introductory writing course
    • ENGL 1551 Writing 2– a course in which students investigate a thematic topic (students with ACT scores at or above 28 will only need to take ENGL 1551 Writing 2)
  • Gather evidence from the library, Internet, or other appropriate sources
  • Write a research paper using a computer

Speaking

To become effective speakers, students will take CMST 1545 Communication Foundations.

Critical Thinking

The critical-thinking learning outcome will be met through each student's major's curriculum.

Mathematics

Students must take at least one approved course that teaches mathematical and statistical skills. A student may satisfy this requirement by passing an approved course or by passing a higher-level mathematics course.

B. Knowledge Domains: Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Social and Personal Awareness

To become more well-rounded members of the community, students are required to take a total of nine courses from the four knowledge domains. The coursework gives students exposure to fields of study outside their majors. Students are required to take:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
Select two courses from each of the four domains:
Arts and Humanities
Natural Science (at least one of the courses must include a laboratory component)
Social Science
Social and Personal Awareness

C. Capstone

All majors require a capstone course. In the capstone course, students are required to demonstrate knowledge in their major as well as their ability to communicate in writing, their oral communication skills, and their ability to reason critically.

Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements Summary

Core Competencies
Writing
2 courses
Speech
1 course
Mathematics
1 course
Knowledge Domains
Arts and Humanities
2 courses
Natural Science
2 courses (1 must include a lab)
Social Science
2 courses
Social and Personal Awareness
2 courses
Capstone 1 course
Total 13 courses

Associate Degree General Education Requirements

The general education requirements vary by degree; the requirements for each associate degree are listed in the appropriate college section. All associate degrees require the completion of a minimum of five courses.

Applied Associate Degrees

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
Mathematics (no more than one course)
Select two courses from two of the three following areas:
Natural Science
Arts and Humanities
Social Science

Students in Applied Associates Degree Programs must take a minimum of five general-education courses, including Writing I and Writing II, one course in mathematics, two courses representing two of the following domains: natural science, arts and humanities,  and social science. To ensure transferability of an Associates Degree within the State of Ohio, students should take only Ohio Transfer 36 (OT36) Approved Courses in arts and humanities and social science. 

Academic Associates Degrees at YSU

Students in the Associates of Arts Program must fulfill the same Gen. Ed. requirements as required for Baccalaureate Programs (with exception of the capstone.) To ensure transferability of an Associates Degree within the State of Ohio, students should only take Ohio Transfer 36 (OT36) Approved Courses. 

General Education and Transfer Students

Transfer students with a bachelor's degree

Students with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an approved international institution (as determined by the International Programs Office) seeking an additional baccalaureate degree do not have to complete the YSU general education requirements. Students will need to take general education courses required for their major.  See the Degree Audit website for an up-to-date list.

Transfer students without a bachelor's degree

All transfer students without a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States must complete the general education requirements. Students should consult with an academic advisor to discuss the coursework they need to complete the YSU general education requirements. See the Transfer Credit section of this catalog for additional information.

Arts and Humanities

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete two of the following:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
AFST 2601Introduction to Africana Studies 2 1, 23
ART 1541Survey of Art History 1 13
ART 1542Survey of Art History 2 1, 23
ART 1543Survey of Art History: Gods and Monsters--Religion, Myth, and the Supernatural3
ART 1544Survey of Art History: Body, Gender, and Self3
ART 1545Survey of Art History: Politics, Cities, and Art for the Public3
ART 2648Experience Art: Social and Behavioral Perspectives3
DNCE 2698Survey of Dance 13
ENGL 1590Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 2610World Literature 1, 23
ENGL 2615Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature3
ENGL 2617Women in Literature 1, 23
ENGL 2618American Literature and Diversity 1, 23
ENGL 2620African Literature3
ENGL 2630LGBTQIA Literature3
ENGL 2631Mythology in Literature 13
ENGL 2665Introduction to Film Study 13
FNLG 2610Foreign Film 23
HIST 2600Introduction to Jewish Studies 23
JOUR 2603Journalism Ethics and Social Responsibilities 13
JOUR 2605Journalism as Literature3
MUHL 2616Survey of Jazz 13
MUHL 2617Film Music 13
MUHL 2618Rock n' Roll to Rock3
MUHL 2619Music of Non-Western Societies3
MUHL 2620Music and the African-American Experience3
MUHL 2621Music Literature and Appreciation 1, 23
MUHL 2622Popular Music in America3
MUHL 2624Survey of Hip Hop3
MUHL 3772Music History and Literature 23
MUHL 3773Music History and Literature 33
MUHL 3774Music History and Literature 43
PHIL 1560Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 1561Technology and Human Values3
PHIL 1565Critical Thinking3
PHIL/REL 2610Global Ethics3
Only one of the following:
Introduction to Professional Ethics 1
Engineering Ethics
Law and Criminal Justice Ethics 1
Business Ethics
PHIL 2635Ethics of War and Peace 13
PHIL 3711General Ethics3
REL 2601Introduction to World Religions3
REL 2605Myth, Symbol, and Ritual 1, 23
REL/PHIL 2610Global Ethics3
REL 2617Introduction to Asian Religions 1, 23
REL 2621Religion and Moral Issues 13
THTR 1512The American Musical 13
THTR 1560Introduction to Theatre 13
THTR 1590History of Motion Pictures 13
THTR 2690The Art of Motion Pictures 13

Social Sciences

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete two of the following:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
AFST 2600Introduction to Africana Studies 1 23
ANTH 1500Introduction to Anthropology 13
ANTH 1503The Rise and Fall of Civilizations3
CMST 2600Communication Theory3
CRJS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Only one of the following:
Economics in Action 1
Principles 1: Microeconomics 1
ECON 1503Rich and Poor: Diversity and Disparity in the United States Workplace 1, 23
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics 13
ENGL 2651Introduction to Language 23
FNLG 2660Women in the Ancient World3
GEOG 2611Geospatial Foundations3
GEOG 2626World Geography 1, 23
GEOG 2640Human Geography 1, 23
GERO 1501Introduction to Gerontology3
GERO 3703Aging and Society 23
HIST 1500Discovering World History 1, 23
HIST 1501American Dreams: Introduction to United States History 13
HIST 1511World Civilization to 1500 13
HIST 1512World Civilization from 1500 1, 23
HIST 2605Turning Points in United States History 1 13
HIST 2606Turning Points in United States History 2 1, 23
PHLT 1531Fundamentals of Public Health 23
POL 1550Introduction to Political Science 1, 23
POL 1560American Government 13
POL 2640Contemporary World Governments 1, 23
POL 2660International Relations 23
PSYC 1560General Psychology 13
PSYC 3700Social Psychology3
PSYC 3755Child Development3
PSYC 3758Lifespan Development 23
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology 13
SOC 2601Social Problems 13
SOC 2650Human Trafficking3
SOC 3703Aging and Society 23
TCOM 1595Media Literacy and Culture 13
WMST 2601Introduction to Women's Studies 1, 23

Natural Sciences

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete two of the following (one must include a lab):

Natural Science Courses without a lab

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ASTR 1504Descriptive Astronomy 13
BIOL 1505Biology and the Modern World 13
BIOL 1551Anatomy and Physiology 1 1, 43
CHEM 1500Chemistry in Modern Living 13
CHEM 1520Allied Health Chemistry for Online Programs3
ENST 1500Introduction to Environmental Science 1, 23
GEOG 1503Physical Geography 13
GEOG 2630Weather 13
GEOL 1504The Dynamic Earth3
GEOL 2602Introduction to Oceanography 13
PHYS 1500Conceptual Physics 13
PHYS 1501Fundamentals of Physics 1 1, 44
PHYS 1502Fundamentals of Physics 2 1, 43
PHYS 2607Physical Science for Middle and Secondary Education 44
PHYS 2608Sound3
PHYS 2610General Physics 1 1, 44
PHYS 2611General Physics 2 1, 44

Natural Science Courses with a lab

Labs must be taken with the associated course in order to count for Natural Science Lab credit.

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ASTR 1504
1504L
Descriptive Astronomy
and Astronomy Laboratory 1
4
BIOL 1505
1505L
Biology and the Modern World
and Biology and the Modern World Laboratory 3
4
BIOL 1545
1545L
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 3, 4
5
BIOL 1551
1551L
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy and Physiology 1 Laboratory 3, 4
4
BIOL 1552
1552L
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory 3, 4
4
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology 1: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology I: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 3, 4
4
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology 2: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory 3, 4
4
BIOL 2602H
BIOL 2602L

and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory 4
4
CHEM 1500
1500L
Chemistry in Modern Living
and Chemistry in Modern Living Laboratory 3
4
CHEM 1510
1510L
Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences
and Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory
4
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 3, 4
4
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory 3, 4
4
ENST 1500
1500L
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Lab 2, 3
4
GEOG 1503
1503L
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Laboratory 1
4
GEOG 2630
2630L
Weather
and Weather Lab 1
4
GEOL 1500Environmental Geology 24
GEOL 1503Rock Studio: Understanding Geology Through Lapidary Experiences4
GEOL 1505
1505L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory 3
4
GEOL 2611Geology for Engineers 3, 43
PHYS 1500
1500L
Conceptual Physics
and Conceptual Physics Laboratory 1
4
PHYS 1501
1501L
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1 3, 4
5
PHYS 1502
1502L
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2 1, 4
4
PHYS 2610
2610L
General Physics 1
and General Physics Laboratory 1 1, 4
5
PHYS 2611
2611L
General Physics 2
and General Physics laboratory 2 1, 4
5

Social and Personal Awareness

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete two of the following:

Domestic Diversity

COURSE TITLE S.H.
AFST 2600Introduction to Africana Studies 1 1, 23
AFST 2601Introduction to Africana Studies 2 1, 23
ART 1544Survey of Art History: Body, Gender, and Self3
ART 1591Idea Development and Creativity in Cultural Context3
CMST 2610Intercultural Communication3
ECON 1503Rich and Poor: Diversity and Disparity in the United States Workplace 1, 23
ENGL 2617Women in Literature 1, 23
ENGL 2618American Literature and Diversity 1, 23
ENGL 2630LGBTQIA Literature3
HIST 2600Introduction to Jewish Studies3
ENGL 2651Introduction to Language 23
HIST 2606Turning Points in United States History 2 1, 23
SOC 2690Identities and Differences3
WMST 2601Introduction to Women's Studies 1, 23
WMST/TCED 2650LGBTQ Issues in History and Popular Culture3

Environmental Sustainability

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ENST 1500Introduction to Environmental Science 23
GEOL 1500Environmental Geology 24
PHLT 1513Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety3
PHIL 2631Environmental Ethics3

International Perspectives

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ART 1542Survey of Art History 2 1, 23
ART 1543Survey of Art History: Gods and Monsters--Religion, Myth, and the Supernatural3
ART 1545Survey of Art History: Politics, Cities, and Art for the Public3
ENGL 2610World Literature 1, 23
FNLG 2610Foreign Film 23
GEOG 2626World Geography 1, 23
GEOG 2640Human Geography 1, 23
HIST 1500Discovering World History 1, 23
HIST 1512World Civilization from 1500 1, 23
MUHL 2619Music of Non-Western Societies3
MUHL 2621Music Literature and Appreciation 1, 23
MUHL 3771Music History and Literature 13
POL 1550Introduction to Political Science 1, 23
POL 2640Contemporary World Governments 1, 23
POL 2660International Relations 23
REL 2601Introduction to World Religions 1, 23
REL 2617Introduction to Asian Religions 1, 23

Well-Being

COURSE TITLE S.H.
COUN 1587Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society3
ECON 1505Introduction to Personal Financial Literacy3
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
GERO/SOC 3703Aging and Society 23
GERO/SOC 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare 23
KSS 1500Physical Activity Core Concepts (Must be taken with two credit hours of activity courses.)1
PHLT 1531Fundamentals of Public Health 23
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
PSYC 2692Human Sexuality3
PSYC 3707Psychology of Intimate Relationships3
PSYC 3758Lifespan Development 23
SOC/GERO 3703Aging and Society 23
SOC/GERO 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
Physical Activity Courses to be used with KSS 1500 Physical Activity Core Concepts
COURSE TITLE S.H.
KSS 1502Volleyball1
KSS 1508Group Cycling1
KSS 1509Meditation1
KSS 1512Bowling1
KSS 1514Fencing 11
KSS 1516Boxing for Beginners2
KSS 1519Racquetball1
KSS 1520Golf 11
KSS 1522Tennis 11
KSS 1526Marksmanship1
KSS 1529Recreational Games1
KSS 1530Learn to Swim1
KSS 1534Fitness Swimming1
KSS 1547Flexibility and Core Training1
KSS 1548Aerobic Dance1
KSS 1549Varsity Competition1
KSS 1550Pilates1
KSS 1552Yoga1
KSS 1553Yoga 21
KSS 1554Fitness Walking1
KSS 1555Jogging1
KSS 1557Weight Training1
KSS 1563Rock Climbing1
KSS 1565Self Defense1
KSS 1568Taekwondo/Karate1
MUEN 0004University Chorus1
MUEN 0006Marching Band1

Core Competencies

Writing

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete the following two courses:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ENGL 1549Writing 1 with Support4
ENGL 1550Writing 1 13
or ENGL 1550H Honors Writing 1
ENGL 1551Writing 2 (Students with ACT scores at or above 28 will only need to take ENGL 1551) 13
or ENGL 1551H Honors Writing 2

Speaking

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete the following course:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
CMST 1545Communication Foundations 13

Mathematics

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete one of the following courses:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
MATH 1510College Algebra 14
MATH 1510CCollege Algebra with Co-requisite Support6
MATH 1511Trigonometry3
MATH 1511CTrigonometry with Co-requisite Support4
MATH 1513Algebra and Transcendental Function 15
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management 14
MATH 1570Applied Calculus 1 14
MATH 1571Calculus 1 14
MATH 1572Calculus 2 14
MATH 1581HHonors Biomathematics 24
MATH 1585HHonors Accelerated Calculus 15
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
MATH 2623CQuantitative Reasoning with Co-Requisite Support5
MATH 2661Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 14
MATH 2661CMathematics for Elementary Teachers I with Co-Requisite Support6
MATH 2662Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 24
MATH 2665Foundations of Middle School Mathematics 24
MATH 2670Applied Calculus 25
MATH 2686HHonors Accelerated Calculus 25
STAT 2601Introductory Statistics 13
STAT 2625Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning 14
STAT 2625CStatistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning with Co-Requisite Support6
PHIL 2619Introduction to Logic3

Capstone

Bachelor's degree seeking students must complete one of the following courses within their major:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
ANTH 4860Senior Thesis 23
ART 4803Senior Seminar3
ASTR 4815Undergraduate Astronomy Research3
CEEN 4863Integrated Design Project3
BIOL 4861Senior Biology Capstone Experience2
CHEN 4888Process and Plant Design 23
CHEM 4850Chemistry Research1
CMST 4899Senior Project3
CRJS 4800Senior Seminar3
CSCI 4890Computer Projects2-4
DHYG 4840Directed Dental Hygiene Research3
ECE 4841Supervised Student Teaching: Early Childhood1-10
ECEN 4899Senior Design Project4
ECON 4880Analysis of Economic Problems3
ENGL 4890Senior Seminar3
ENGL 4899Public and Professional Writing Senior Project3
ENST 5830Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
FNUT 4895DPD Capstone3
FSCI 5814Practice and Ethics in Forensic Science3
GEOL 4830Senior Thesis4
GEOG 4890Geography Capstone3
GEOL 48xxF Field Camp Course
GEOL 5802Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GERO 4851Capstone in Gerontology3
HIST 4870Senior Research Seminar3
HMEC 4876Undergraduate Research2
INFO 4880Information Technology Analysis and Design3
ISEN 4821
ISEN 4822
Capstone Design 1: Manufacturing and Service Systems
and Capstone Design 2: Logistics Systems
6
JOUR 4893Journalism Senior Project3
LASS 4880General Studies Capstone3
ITAL 4880Italian Conversation and Composition Capstone4
MATH 4896Senior Undergraduate Research Project2
MCMP 4804Composition3
MECH 4808
4808L
MECH 4809
Mechanical Systems Design 1
and Mechanical Systems Design Laboratory
and Mechanical Systems Design 2
6
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
MRCH 4880Merchandising Management3
Music 4802, 4804, or 4806 Applied Studio Instruction
NURS 4852Senior Capstone Seminar3
PHIL 4820Seminar in Philosophy3
PHIL 4861Senior Capstone Project3
PHLT 4899Public Health Senior Seminar3
POL 4801Senior Research Seminar3
PHYS 4805Undergraduate Physics Research3
PRL 4899Global Public Relations3
PSYC 4890Senior Thesis1
PSYC 4891HHonors Thesis1
PSYC 4895Senior Psychology Capstone Experience2
REL 4871Senior Capstone Project3
SCWK 4827Integrated Capstone Seminar3
SED 4842Supervised Student Teaching: High School1-10
SED 4827Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12)1-10
SED 4843Supervised Student Teaching: Art (K-12)1-10
SED 4844Supervised Student Teaching: Music (K-12)1-10
SED 4845Supervised Student Teaching: Health (K-12)1-10
SPAN 5885Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film3
SPAN 5890Topics in Spanish Literature: Spanish-America3
SPED 4849Supervised Student Teaching: Mild Moderate/Disabilities1-10
STAT 4896Statistical Project2
TCED 4830Undergraduate Capstone Course for Education Majors3
TCOM 4899Capstone2
TEMC 4802Student Teaching: Middle Childhood5-10
THTR 4898Senior Project3