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Kilgore College Core Curriculum

If you plan to transfer to a 4-year university in Texas, the "Core Curriculum" is your passport to transfer success. Here's why: All students who earn a bachelor's degree from a Texas university must complete a group of classes that make up the "Core Curriculum." From A&M to SFA to UT, everyone has a core. And state rules guarantee that core classes completed at Kilgore will be accepted at any state university. (With an acceptable GPA, of course).

You can complete the core at KC at a fraction of the cost of a university, and know that every course will contribute to your bachelor's degree.

Here is some more good news:

Once you complete the core with a literature course for the Humanities component of arts, all you need is 16 more hours and you can earn an associate's degree. Why settle for only a bachelor's degree when you can also be earning an associate's degree at the same time.

Some restrictions apply:

Each degree program has its own Core Curriculum requirements. We recommend you see one of our KC advisors before beginning any degree program.

Kilgore College Core Curriculum*

Core Curriculum (printable PDF)

A core curriculum is defined by the state of Texas as curriculum "in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, political, social, and cultural history, that all graduates of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving a baccalaureate degree.”  KC's core curriculum consists of 46 semester credit hours that will transfer as the core at any state college or university.  After completing the core, a student may need only 16 additional semester credit hours to receive the associate of arts or the associate of science degree. 

COMPONENT AREA

REQUIRED COURSES

SEMESTER HOURS
Communication 6 hours to be selected from
ENGL 1301 and 1302 or 2311
3 hours to be selected from
SPCH 1315, 1318, 1321

9

Mathematics 3 hours to be selected from
MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325,
*1333, 1342, 2412, 2413, 2414, 2415, 2320
*Math 1333 will not fulfill Math requirement for AS degree

3

Natural Sciences 8 hours to be selected from
BIOL 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 2401, 24022406, CHEM 1405, 1406, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425
GEOL 1403, 1404, 1405, 2407
PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 2425, 2426

8

Visual and Performing Arts 3 hours to be selected from
ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, DANCE 2303
DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366
MUSI 1306, 1308, 1309, 1310

3

Humanities 3 hours to be selected from
ENGL 2322, 2323, 2326, 2332, 2333*
HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322
PHIL 1301, 1304 SPAN 2311, 2312, 2315
*ENGL Literature course required for AA degree

3

Social and Behavioral
Sciences/History/Government
6 hours to be selected from
HIST 1301, 1302, 2301
6 hours from GOVT 2305 and 2306
3 hours to be selected from*
ANTH 2301, 2351, COMM 1307, CRIJ 1301,
ECON 1301, 2301, 2302, GEOG 1303, PSYC 2301,
2314, SOCI 1301, 1306, TECA 1354 (Child Growth and Development)
*Business majors select ECON 2301 or ECON 2302

15

Institutional Option 3 hours to be selected from
BCIS 1305, COSC 1336, 1337
2 hours to be selected from
KINE 1218, 1230, 1238, 1245, 1247, 1248, 1250, 2247, 2248
Or (2) 1-hour activity courses

5

Total Minimum Requirements   46 including both institutional options


The Kilgore College Core Curriculum

The core curriculum addresses the question, “What should educated people be able to do and know?” At a minimum, they should be able to effectively read, write, speak, listen, think critically and be computer literate. Those are referred to in the core curriculum as Basic Intellectual Competencies. On a higher level, the core curriculum should help students look at the world in a different way—being able to relate certain information to the world around them by understanding it and appreciating it more fully. In the core curriculum these values are encapsulated in what are known as Perspectives that help students to:
  1. Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he or she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world;
  2. Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society;
  3. Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness;
  4. Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives;
  5. Develop personal values for ethical behavior;
  6. Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments;
  7. Use logical reasoning in problem solving; and
  8. Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Finally, each component area of the core curriculum has a list of Exemplary Educational Objectives that students should achieve. They are by component area:
Communication
Purpose Statement
The purpose of a communication component of the core curriculum is to enable the student to communicate clearly and effectively in a style appropriate to the subject, the occasion, the audience and the methods of communication, whether written or oral.

Exemplary Educational Objectives:
  1. To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  2. To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices.
  3. To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e., descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  4. To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  5. To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  6. To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.
Mathematics
Purpose Statement
The purpose of the mathematics component of the core curriculum of Kilgore College is to provide students with critical thinking, quantitative and problem-solving skills to enable them to become productive members of the workforce and society.


Exemplary Educational Objectives
  1. to apply arithmetic, algebraic, geometric higher-order thinking and statistical methods to modeling and solving real-world problems;
  2. to represent and evaluate basic mathematical information verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically;
  3. to expand mathematical reasoning skills and formal logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments;
  4. to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding and to solve mathematical problems and judge the reasonableness of the results;
  5. to interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences from them;
  6. to recognize the limitations of mathematical and statistical models;
  7. to develop the view that mathematics is an evolving discipline, interrelated with human culture and to understand its connections to other disciplines.
Natural Sciences
Purpose Statement
The purpose of the natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to equip students with an understanding of how the natural world functions. Through study, students will recognize the relationships among the various disciplines within the natural sciences. The ultimate goal of such a curriculum is to provide students with a solid foundation of scientific knowledge on which to build as they move to transferring institutions.

Exemplary Educational Objectives:
  1. to demonstrate awareness of critical issues facing the scientific community which raise questions about human values and ethics and affect the development of public policies.
  2. to demonstrate a knowledge of various scientific hypotheses and theories and the principles upon which they are developed and tested.
  3. to demonstrate a knowledge of the importance of the role of science and technology in the development of modern culture.
  4. to use and demonstrate competency in both qualitative and quantitative scientific investigation, using current technology and stressing oral and written communication of results and interpretation of data.
Humanities/Arts
Purpose Statement
Courses in humanities and visual and performing arts are included in the core curriculum to expose students to a broad range of human ideas, values and behaviors as expressed in creative works of human imagination in various times and places. Through study in the arts and humanities, the student can learn to recognize that which is universal in human experience and that which is unique to a particular culture. Academic analysis of these works engages the student in critical thinking, aesthetic judgments, and an awareness of the diversity of human expression. Students should have experiences in both the arts and humanities.

Exemplary Educational Objectives:

  1. to demonstrate awareness of the range and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  2. to demonstrate a knowledge of those works as expressions and human values within an historical and social context.
  3. to identify the social roles served by practitioners in the arts and humanities.
  4. to identify and describe the aesthetic and structural principles which guide and govern the humanities and arts.
  5. to recognize and describe the connections between the arts, literature, and philosophy as products of common time and place.
  6. to master sand use methods for responsible, informed criticism in the arts and humanities.
  7. to identify significant time periods and locations of civilization and the related social, political, economic, and religious philosophies.
  8. to recognize and use appropriate terminology in discussing works in the arts and humanities.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Purpose Statement
The objectives of the Social and Behavioral sciences component of the core curriculum is to increase students’ knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. This knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.

Exemplary Educational Objectives:

History: The student must be able to:

  1. identify and evaluate significant individuals, events, and eras in the history of the United States of America or Texas;
  2. recognize and analyze political, social. And economic changes in the United States or Texas history;
  3. identify and evaluate causes and effects of domestic and international issues and events in United States or Texas history; and
  4. apply relative chronology through the sequencing of significant individuals, events and tie periods in United States or Texas history.
Government: The student must be able to:
  1. describe and analyze the environment and background of the political systems of Texas and the United States;
  2. demonstrate a general knowledge of the structure and history of the constitutions of Texas and the United States;
  3. distinguish the powers and responsibilities of the various branches of government within Texas and the United States; and
  4. outline and discuss the political process with emphasis on the principles of good citizenship and the impact on daily lives.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: The student must be able to:
  1. employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition;
  2. examine institutions and processes across a range of structures and cultures within the area of study;
  3. analyze the effects of social, economic, psychological and cultural forces on the area of study; and
  4. develop explanations or creative solutions for contemporary social, economic, psychological and cultural problems for the area of study.
Computer Science
Purpose Statement
The objective of the computer science component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand the impact and influence of the computer on all aspects of modern day life and to be able to use the computer and various application software to become more productive and creative in the areas of education, employment, leisure and family life.

Exemplary Educational Objectives:
  1. to recognize the fundamental concepts of computer hardware. This includes processors, input devices, output devices, storage devices, and date communication equipment.
  2. to demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer system software. This covers operating systems, operating environment and platform essentials.
  3. to demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer application software. This comprises classifying, identifying, and describing the different categories of application software.
  4. to demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer files. This encompasses the creation, modification, renaming, moving and deleting of files. Also included is the concept of directories and folders.
  5. to use a computer to create, edit and format documents. This involves both textual and graphical output.
  6. to demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer data communications. This includes hardware, software, bulletin boards, the Internet, on-line business and commerce and information retrieval.
Kinesiology
Purpose Statement
The purpose of the kinesiology component of the core curriculum is to encourage students to take control of their own personal health and lifestyle habits so that they can make a constant and deliberate effort to stay healthy and achieve the highest potential for well being.

Exemplary Educational Objectives:
  1. to identify the components of physical fitness.
  2. to demonstrate the benefits and significance of participating in a lifetime fitness program.
  3. to develop skills and knowledge to make an intentional choice of a lifestyle characterized by personal responsibility, balance, and health,
  4. to identify activities that will improve the level of physical fitness and to encourage participation in one or more of these on a regular basis.
  5. to identify risk factors, motivation, counseling, and behavior modification techniques to emphasize current and valid health information and promote lifestyle changes.
Kilgore College employs multiple assessment tools to measure students’ mastery of exemplary educational objectives, intellectual competencies, and attainment of perspectives within the core curriculum and uses the results of assessment to improve student learning.

2-18-2014

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