General Education

The Philosophy of General Education

Undergraduate education offers not only specialized knowledge and professional skills, but also the multiple views and general intellectual abilities developed by the study of liberal arts and sciences. General Education is the component of the undergraduate curriculum devoted to exposing students to multiple areas of knowledge, methods of inquiry, and ideas that the University and scholarly community believe are common to well-educated persons. Ideally, General Education empowers individuals, liberates the mind from ignorance, and cultivates social responsibility.  General Education forms the basis for developing important intellectual capacities and skills. It also provides a strong foundation for future learning, both within a college major and for the rest of one’s life.

Some people believe that General Education simply means courses to “get out of the way”. We could not disagree more. Instead, general education forms the foundation for a life-time of learning and is a critical component of liberal education. According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities (2002) liberal education is “a philosophy of education that empowers individuals, liberates the mind from ignorance, and cultivates social responsibility,” and General Education is “the part of a liberal education shared by all students. It provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines and forms the basis for developing important intellectual and civic capacities.”

General Education Mission

The General Education program at Dixie State University develops citizen-scholars as it:

  • Fosters the development of knowledge across a broad range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines.
  • Provides students with the intellectual tools required to think critically and communicate effectively.
  • Equips students with the information literacy and quantitative reasoning skills that facilitate success in college and in life.
  • Challenges students to explore and appreciate diversity in a globalized world.
  • Encourages students to evaluate the responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Prepares students for life-long learning.

General Education Learning Goals

  1. Broad Knowledge of the Liberal Arts & Sciences
    Students will examine the world and its people from various points of view. They will learn about ideas and beliefs that have guided human beings and shaped civilization for thousands of years. Students will:
    1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the human past, including the historical development of human knowledge in global contexts.
    2. Compare and contrast differing philosophical and cultural perspectives.
    3. Describe and analyze core concepts and theories within the natural sciences and apply the methods of the natural sciences in order to formulate answers to important questions.
    4. Describe and analyze core concepts and theories within the arts and humanities and apply the techniques of the arts and humanities in order to formulate answers to important questions.
    5. Describe and analyze core concepts and theories within the social and behavioral sciences and apply the methods of the social and behavioral sciences in order to formulate answers to important questions.
  2. Critical Thinking
    Students will gain the ability to use knowledge, claims of evidence, and content to reason ethically and reach conclusions, as well as to innovate in imaginative ways. These steps are equally applicable to different kinds of problems such as scientific theory development and testing, ethical problem solving, and innovation. Students will:
    1. Define, analyze, and formulate solutions to problems by synthesizing core concepts within and across disciplines.
    2. Assess the accuracy and validity of findings and conclusions.
    3. Comprehend and examine how one thinks, reasons, and makes value judgments.
    4. Demonstrate sustained intellectual curiosity through exploration of emerging issues.
  3. Effective Communication
    Students will learn to communicate effectively. Communication is a process by which we assign and convey meaning in an attempt to create shared understanding. Human communication facilitates insight, collaboration, the exchange of ideas, and the progress of culture. Students will:
    1. Comprehend and manage basic communicative technologies, tools, and strategies in order to express ideas and facts in written, oral, quantitative, and visual formats.
    2. Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and synthesize the written, oral, quantitative, and visual communication of others.
  4. Information Literacy Skills
    Students will develop their information literacy skills, including an understanding of the nature, organization, and methods of access and evaluation of both electronic and traditional resources. Students will:
    1. Identify the nature, extent, and sources of information needed in order to access information effectively and efficiently.
    2. Critically evaluate information and information sources.
    3. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
    4. Identify and analyze the economic, social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the access and use of information.
    5. Identify and use the following as appropriate: content-specific tools, software, and simulations for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning.
  5. Quantitative Reasoning
    Students will analyze and communicate appropriately with mathematical and symbolic concepts. They will critically evaluate the quantitative and symbolic information used to represent and draw inference regarding problems. Students will:
    1. Gain the ability to visualize abstractions and apply them to a problem.
    2. Model physical and natural phenomena and asses the validity of a model, make predictions from the model, and draw conclusions based on that model.
    3. Understand numbers, analyze uncertainty, comprehend the properties of shapes, and investigate how things change over time.
    4. Identify and apply quantitative principles and methods in the solution of problems and draw and evaluate conclusions in order to check the logic and validity of statements and models.
  6. Diversity and Globalization
    Students will study groups, cultures, and societies as they interact and challenge each other. They will be encouraged to reflect critically and consciously in order to gain insight into how cultural identities and experiences shape individual perspectives of the world and influence interaction with people from different backgrounds. Students will:
    1. Identify cultural differences and examine how these difference influence cross-cultural understanding and conflict.
    2. Recognize and evaluate the implications of various social structures and the ways people are grouped by such characteristics as status, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
    3. Identify and analyze sources of cultural bias and prejudice and develop ways to reduce these and other forms of biases and prejudices.
    4. Describe and analyze the concepts of globalization and transnationalism in order to evaluate the interdependent nature of the world in which we live.
  7. Responsibilities of Citizenship
    Students will critically explore, evaluate, and reflect upon their own lives, careers, and interests in relation to the political process and the general welfare of society as a whole. Students will:
    1. Describe and analyze democratic political ideals and the various understandings of rights and obligations that citizens may be said to have in their own communities.
    2. Describe and analyze one’s own and others’ perceptions regarding responsibility for society’s moral / ethical well-being.

One-page General Education Checklist (PDF) 


Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy (for students without a previous college degree)

Computer Literacy

Course List
Complete one of the following: 0-6
Computer Literacy (3 credits) 1  
Computer Literacy Exam (0 credits)  
Fundamentals of Programming
and Object Oriented Programming (6 credits) 2
 
Total Hours 0-6
1

 Credit and no-credit test out options are available for CIS 1200. For details see www.dixie.edu/cit/cis

2

 Exempt: previously earned AA, AS, AAS, BA, BS

General Education Core Requirements

English

Complete one 1010 (3-4 credits) or ACT score ≥ 28; complete one 2010 (3 credits):3-7
Introduction to Writing
Introduction to Writing
Interm Writing Selected Topics:
Total Hours3-7


Information Literacy

Complete LIB 1000 (0 credit) or LIB 1010 (1 credit):0-1
Information Literacy Exam
Information Literacy
Total Hours0-1


Mathematics

Complete one of the following: (Prerequisite: Math placement score or MATH prerequisite course (Grade C or higher) earned within 2 years previous to enrolling):3-5
Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (4 credits)
Trigonometry (3 credits)
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (5 credits)
Business Calculus (3 credits)
Calculus I (4 credits)
Calculus II (4 credits)
Multivariable Calculus (4 credits)
Total Hours3-5


American Institutions

Complete one of the following (Prerequisite: Reading placement score):3-6
Economic History of the U.S (3 credits)
American Civilization (3 credits)
U.S. History to 1877
and U.S. History Since 1877 (6 credits)
American Government (3 credits)
Total Hours3-6

General Education Breadth & Depth Requirements

Life Sciences

Complete one of the following:3-10
General Biology (3 credits)
General Biology
and General Biology Lab (4 credits) 5
General Botany
and General Botany Lab (4 credits) 5
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab (5 credits) 5
Plant Kingdom
and Plant Kingdom Lab (4 credits) 5
Evolution & Ecology
and Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab (10 credits) 5
Sci Foundations of Nutrition (3 credits)
Total Hours3-10


Physical Sciences 

Complete one of the following:3-5
Intro to Chemistry (3 credits)
Intro to Chemistry
and Intro to Chemistry Lab (4 credits) 5
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Preparation for Gen Chemistry (3 credits)
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Intro to Environmental Science (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Geology (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Lab (4 credits) 5
Life of the Past (3 credits)
Life of the Past
and Life of the Past Laboratory (4 credits) 5
Introduction to Dinosaurs (3 credits)
Introduction to Dinosaurs
and Intro to Dinosaurs Laboratory (4 credits) 5
Geology of the National Parks
and Geology National Parks Lab (4 credits) 5
Intro to Environmental Geology (3 credits)
Introduction to Oceanography (3 credits) 5
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab (4 credits)
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (4 credits) 5
Physical Geography (3 credits) 1
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab (4 credits) 1,5
Introduction to Weather (3 credits)
Introduction to Weather
and Introduction to Weather Lab (4 credits) 5
Elementary Physics (3 credits) 3
Elementary Physics
and Elementary Physics Lab (4 credits) 3,5
Elementary Astronomy
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (4 credits) 3,5
Principles of Physical Science
and Principles of Physical Science Lab (4 credits) 3,5
College Physics I
and College Physics I Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Physics/Scientists Engineers I
and Physics/Scientists Engineers Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Total Hours3-5


Laboratory Science

Complete one of the following:
One Life Sciences or Physical Sciences laboratory science class is required. Life Sciences and Physical Sciences courses marked with footnote "5" above fulfill the Laboratory Science requirement. You may also fulfill this requirement by completing one of the following courses:0-1
Field Exp: Environmental Sci (1 credit)
Applied Geologic Investigation of Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks (1 credit)
Natural History of Zion National Park (1 credit)
Total Hours0-1


Fine Arts 

Complete one of the following:3
Intro to Art (3 credits) 1
Design for Non-Majors (3 credits)
Art History I (3 credits) 1
Art History II (3 credits) 1
Dance in Culture (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Music (3 credits)
Popular Music in America (3 credits)
Introduction to World Music (3 credits)
Survey of Jazz History (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
Diversity in Film (3 credits) 1
Total Hours3


Literature/Humanities 

Complete one of the following:3
Introduction to Science Fiction and Futurism (3 credits)
Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
Literature and the Land (3 credits)
Introduction to Mythology (3 credits)
World Literature Before 1650 (3 credits) 1
World Literature After 1650 (3 credits) 1
Children's Literature (3 credits)
Multi-Cultural Child/Young Adult Literature (3 credits) 1
American Lit Before 1865 (3 credits)
American Lit After 1865 (3 credits)
British Literature Before 1800 (3 credits)
British Literature After 1800 (3 credits)
Critical Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
Humanities Through the Arts (3 credits) 1
Non-Western Humanities through the Arts (3 credits) 1
Intro to Philosophy (3 credits)
Social Ethics (3 credits)
Reasoning and Rational Decision-Making (3 credits)
Understanding Film (3 credits)
Total Hours3

Social & Behavioral Sciences 

Complete one of the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Communication Theory (3 credits)
Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
Economics of Social Issues (3 credits)
Micro Economics (3 credits)
Macro Economics (3 credits)
Personal Finance: Financial Citizenship in Social and Economic Systems
Human Development Lifespan
Family Relationships
Western Civilization: From Pre-History to 1715 (3 credits)
Western Civilization: From 1715 to Present (3 credits)
World History to 1500 (3 credits) 1
World History Since 1500 (3 credits) 1
U.S. History to 1877 (3 credits) 2
U.S. History Since 1877 (3 credits) 2
Media & Society (3 credits)
General Psychology (3 credits)
Human Development Through Lifespan (3 credits) 1
Human Sexuality in a Diverse Society (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Sociology (3 credits) 1
Social Problems (3 credits) 1
Sociology of the Family (3 credits)
Total Hours3


Exploration

Complete at least one additional 3 – 5 credit General Education Breadth & Depth course which must have a prefix not used to fulfill a General Education Core or Breadth & Depth Requirement.3-5
Total Hours3-5

General Education Global & Cultural Perspectives Requirement

Global & Cultural Perspectives

Complete two with different prefixes: 60-6
Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) 4
Intro to Art (3 credits) 4
Art History I (3 credits) 4
Art History II (3 credits) 4
Intercultural Communication (3 credits) 3
Dance in Culture (3 credits) 4
Foundations Multicultural/ESL (3 credits)
World Literature Before 1650 (3 credits) 4
World Literature After 1650 (3 credits) 4
Multi-Cultural Child/Young Adult Literature (3 credits) 4
Multi-Ethnic American Lit (3 credits) 3
Major World Authors: Postcolonial (3 credits) 3
World Literature (3 credits) 3
Intro to Environmental Science (3 credits) 4
Human Development Lifespan
Family Relationships
Introduction to Geology (3 credits) 4
Physical Geography (3 credits) 4
World History to 1500 (3 credits) 4
World History Since 1500 (3 credits) 4
Humanities Through the Arts (3 credits) 4
Non-Western Humanities through the Arts (3 credits) 4
Introduction to World Music (3 credits)
Survey of Jazz History (3 credits) 4
Transcultural Nursing (3 credits) 3
World Religions: Topics (3 credits) 4
Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
Intro to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
Human Development Through Lifespan (3 credits) 4
Human Sexuality in a Diverse Society (3 credits) 4
Introduction to Sociology (3 credits) 4
Social Problems (3 credits) 4
Gender in Contemporary Society (3 credits) 4
Sociology of Racial & Ethnic Relations (3 credits) 4
Diversity in Film (3 credits) 3,4
Total Hours0-6
Footnotes
1

 Courses are also GE: GLOCUP

2

 If not used to fulfill GE: American Institutions requirement

3

Requires prerequisite

4

Fulfills another GE requirement

5

 Fulfills Life Sciences or Physical Sciences lab requirement

Additional Foreign Language Requirement for Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts

Check program requirements for program restrictions on foreign languages

Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16
1

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Associate of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-8
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits numbered 1000 or above in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 1020 or higher foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 8 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000
- Receive 8 transfer credits GEFL 1000 (grade C or higher) in a language not currently taught at DSU
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
1

 General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

General Education Foreign Language Requirement

(for Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts only)

Foreign Language Placement

  • Students may not enroll in a language course if that language was the primary language of instruction for the student at the high school level (as determined by the chair of the Humanities Department).
  • Placement in all foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair. Students whose abilities and experience in a language are above the course level may be placed in a higher level class and may earn “vertical credit” for lower level courses.

Definitions

Vertical Credit: Once a student completes a 1020, 2010, 2020, or 3060 foreign language class with a grade of C or higher, s/he may request credit for language classes in the same language below that level. Posting fee required.

FLATS: Based on score of BYU Foreign Language Assessment Test (available at DSU). Maximum 12 credits, cannot duplicate already earned credit, posting fee required,

Nonnative Speaker: For the purposes of earning credit in DSU foreign language classes and/or fulfilling any DSU foreign language requirement, a native speaker’s primary language of instruction at the high school level (as determined by the chair of the Humanities Department) is his/her native language.

ESL Test Scores: Test scores required for unconditional DSU admission in 2013-2014: TOEFL 61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT; or 70 Michigan; or equivalent USU-IELI test score.

Vertical Credit

Once a student completes a DSU 1020, 2010, 2020, or 3060 foreign language class with a grade of C or higher, s/he may request credit for language classes in the same language below that level. Posting fee required.

  • Receiving a grade of C or higher in a foreign language 1020 course enables a student to request “vertical credit” for the 1010 course in the same language (4 additional credits graded “P”).
  • Receiving a grade of C or higher in a foreign language 2010 course enables a student to request “vertical credit” for the 1010 and 1020 courses in the same language (8 additional credits graded “P”)
  • Receiving a grade of C or higher in a foreign language 2020 course enables a student to request “vertical credit” for the 1010, 1020, and 2010 courses in the same language (12 additional credits graded “P”).
  • Receiving a grade of B or higher in ESL 2750 enables a student to request “vertical credit” for ESL 1550 (4 additional credits graded “P”).
  • Receiving a grade of B or higher in ESL 2760 enables a student to request “vertical credit” for ESL 1560 (4 additional credits graded “P”).
  • Receiving a grade of C or higher in a foreign language 3060 course enables a student to request “vertical credit” for the 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 courses in the same language (16 additional credits graded “P”) unless the 3060 course is the same language as the primary language of secondary instruction

Procedure for Vertical Credit

  1. Vertical Credit Request form is completed and signed by the instructor who taught the advanced class and the department chair.
  2. Form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office and the posting fee is assessed on the student’s account.
  3. The posting fee must be paid at the cashier’s office and the receipt submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. After the above steps are completed foreign language credit \ graded “P” will be awarded for the preparatory foreign language course(s).

Program Restrictions

Some programs have restrictions on which languages can be used to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement. Check the Degree Worksheet for specific programs to verify which languages are accepted. In 2013-2014, progams in the Fine Arts Division (Art, Music, and Theatre) do not accept ASL.

Foreign Language Requirement for Bachelor of Arts Degree

Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16
1

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Foreign Language Requirement for Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-8
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits numbered 1000 or above in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 1020 or higher foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 8 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000
- Receive 8 transfer credits GEFL 1000 (grade C or higher) in a language not currently taught at DSU
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
1

 General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

General Education Foreign Language Classes
ASL 1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
ASL 1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
ASL 2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
ASL 2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
CHIN 1010Beginning Mandarin Chinese I4
CHIN 1020Beginning Mandarin Chinese II4
CHIN 2010Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I4
CHIN 2020Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II4
ESL 1550Interm Academic Writing4
ESL 1560Intermediate English Grammar4
ESL 2750Advanced Academic Writing4
ESL 2760Adv English Grammar4
FLAT 1000 (Language (FLATS) (1010, 1020)) 14-8
FLAT 2000 (Language (FLATS) (2010)) 14
FREN 1010Beginning French I4
FREN 1020Beginning French II4
FREN 2010Intermediate French I4
FREN 2020Intermediate French II4
GEFL 1000 (Language (1010, 1020)) 14-8
GEFL 2000 (Language (2010, 2020)) 14-8
GERM 1010Beginning German I4
GERM 1020Beginning German II4
GERM 2010Intermediate German I4
GERM 2020Intermediate German II4
JAPN 1010Beginning Japanese I4
JAPN 1020Beginning Japanese II4
JAPN 2010Intermediate Japanese I4
JAPN 2020Intermediate Japanese II4
SPAN 1010Beginning Spanish I4
SPAN 1020Beginning Spanish II4
SPAN 2010Intermediate Spanish I4
SPAN 2020Intermediate Spanish II4
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
1
  1. FLAT prefix is used for FLATS credit in languages not taught at DSU
  2. GEFL prefix is used for transfer credit in languages not taught at DSU

Interstate Passport

Dixie State University is a member of the Interstate Passport Network, which provides a framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes in nine areas:

  • Foundational Skills: oral communication, written communication, quantitative literacy
  • Knowledge of Concepts: natural sciences, human cultures, creative expression, human society and the individual
  • Crosscutting Skills: critical thinking and teamwork/value systems.

Each Network member institution has its own Passport Block—a menu of lower-division general education courses and learning experiences by which a student can earn the Passport. Students who complete our institution’s Passport Block with a minimum grade of “C” or its equivalent in each course or learning experience will be awarded the Passport by our institution. Those students who later transfer with a Passport to another Network-member institution will have their learning recognized; they will not have to repeat or take additional courses to satisfy lower-division general education requirements in the Passport’s nine areas.

For students the Passport offers:

  • An early milestone on the way to a credential.
  • Advance knowledge that lower-division general education learning in the Passport’s nine areas will be recognized upon transfer to another Network member institution.
  • The potential for faster time to degree, lower cost, less debt, and lower foregone earnings from unduplicated learning.
  • A streamlined transfer process and a greater likelihood of successful transfer and completion.

For more information about the Interstate Passport, including a list of Network member institutions, see www.wiche.edu/passport.
 

Interstate Passport Foundational Skills

Oral Communication

DSU Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Laboratory Science Requirement

Dixie State General Education program requires students to complete one Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Laboratory Science course. Oral presentations of scientific models to elucidate the logical implications of theory and then express those consequences in ways that permit testing of theoretical ideas constitute one quarter of all laboratory classes. These courses are:

Complete one of the following:3-10
General Biology
and General Biology Lab (4 credits)
General Botany
and General Botany Lab (4 credits)
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab (5 credits)
Plant Kingdom
and Plant Kingdom Lab (4 credits)
Evolution & Ecology
and Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab (10 credits)
Intro to Chemistry
and Intro to Chemistry Lab (4 credits)
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (5 credits)
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (5 credits)
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Lab (4 credits)
Life of the Past
and Life of the Past Laboratory (4 credits)
Introduction to Dinosaurs
and Intro to Dinosaurs Laboratory (4 credits)
Geology of the National Parks
and Geology National Parks Lab (4 credits)
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab (4 credits)
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (4 credits)
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab (4 credits)
Introduction to Weather
and Introduction to Weather Lab (4 credits)
Elementary Physics
and Elementary Physics Lab (4 credits)
Elementary Astronomy
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (4 credits)
Field Exp: Environmental Sci (1 credit)
Applied Geologic Investigation of Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks (1 credit)
Natural History of Zion National Park (1 credit)
Total Hours3-10

 Written Communication

DSU English Requirement

Complete one 1010 (3-4 credits) or ACT score ≥ 28; complete one 2010 (3 credits):3-7
Introduction to Writing
Introduction to Writing
Interm Writing Selected Topics:
Total Hours3-7

Quantitative Literacy

DSU Mathematics Requirement

Complete one of the following: (Prerequisite: Math placement score or MATH prerequisite course (Grade C or higher) earned within 2 years previous to enrolling):3-5
Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (4 credits)
Trigonometry (3 credits)
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (5 credits)
Business Calculus (3 credits)
Calculus I (4 credits)
Calculus II (4 credits)
Multivariable Calculus (4 credits)
Total Hours3-5


Interstate Passport Knowledge Areas

Natural Sciences

DSU Physical and Life Sciences Requirement

Natural Sciences

Complete one of the following:3-10
General Biology (3 credits)
General Biology
and General Biology Lab (4 credits) 5
General Botany
and General Botany Lab (4 credits) 5
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab (5 credits) 5
Plant Kingdom
and Plant Kingdom Lab (4 credits) 5
Evolution & Ecology
and Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab (10 credits) 5
Sci Foundations of Nutrition (3 credits)
Total Hours3-10

Physical Sciences

Complete one of the following:3-5
Intro to Chemistry (3 credits)
Intro to Chemistry
and Intro to Chemistry Lab (4 credits) 5
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Preparation for Gen Chemistry (3 credits)
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Intro to Environmental Science (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Geology (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Lab (4 credits) 5
Life of the Past (3 credits)
Life of the Past
and Life of the Past Laboratory (4 credits) 5
Introduction to Dinosaurs (3 credits)
Introduction to Dinosaurs
and Intro to Dinosaurs Laboratory (4 credits) 5
Geology of the National Parks
and Geology National Parks Lab (4 credits) 5
Intro to Environmental Geology (3 credits)
Introduction to Oceanography (3 credits) 5
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab (4 credits)
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (4 credits) 5
Physical Geography (3 credits) 1
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab (4 credits) 1,5
Introduction to Weather (3 credits)
Introduction to Weather
and Introduction to Weather Lab (4 credits) 5
Elementary Physics (3 credits) 3
Elementary Physics
and Elementary Physics Lab (4 credits) 3,5
Elementary Astronomy
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (4 credits) 3,5
Principles of Physical Science
and Principles of Physical Science Lab (4 credits) 3,5
College Physics I
and College Physics I Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Physics/Scientists Engineers I
and Physics/Scientists Engineers Lab (5 credits) 3,5
Total Hours3-5


Human Cultures

DSU General Education Global & Cultural Perspectives Requirement

Complete two with different prefixes: 60-6
Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) 4
Intro to Art (3 credits) 4
Art History I (3 credits) 4
Art History II (3 credits) 4
Intercultural Communication (3 credits) 3
Dance in Culture (3 credits) 4
Foundations Multicultural/ESL (3 credits)
World Literature Before 1650 (3 credits) 4
World Literature After 1650 (3 credits) 4
Multi-Cultural Child/Young Adult Literature (3 credits) 4
Multi-Ethnic American Lit (3 credits) 3
Major World Authors: Postcolonial (3 credits) 3
World Literature (3 credits) 3
Intro to Environmental Science (3 credits) 4
Human Development Lifespan
Family Relationships
Introduction to Geology (3 credits) 4
Physical Geography (3 credits) 4
World History to 1500 (3 credits) 4
World History Since 1500 (3 credits) 4
Humanities Through the Arts (3 credits) 4
Non-Western Humanities through the Arts (3 credits) 4
Introduction to World Music (3 credits)
Survey of Jazz History (3 credits) 4
Transcultural Nursing (3 credits) 3
World Religions: Topics (3 credits) 4
Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
Intro to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
Human Development Through Lifespan (3 credits) 4
Human Sexuality in a Diverse Society (3 credits) 4
Introduction to Sociology (3 credits) 4
Social Problems (3 credits) 4
Gender in Contemporary Society (3 credits) 4
Sociology of Racial & Ethnic Relations (3 credits) 4
Diversity in Film (3 credits) 3,4
Total Hours0-6


Creative Expression

DSU Fine Arts Requirement

Complete one of the following:3
Intro to Art (3 credits) 1
Design for Non-Majors (3 credits)
Art History I (3 credits) 1
Art History II (3 credits) 1
Dance in Culture (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Music (3 credits)
Popular Music in America (3 credits)
Introduction to World Music (3 credits)
Survey of Jazz History (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
Diversity in Film (3 credits) 1
Total Hours3


Human Society and the Individual

DSU Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement

Complete one of the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Communication Theory (3 credits)
Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
Economics of Social Issues (3 credits)
Micro Economics (3 credits)
Macro Economics (3 credits)
Personal Finance: Financial Citizenship in Social and Economic Systems
Human Development Lifespan
Family Relationships
Western Civilization: From Pre-History to 1715 (3 credits)
Western Civilization: From 1715 to Present (3 credits)
World History to 1500 (3 credits) 1
World History Since 1500 (3 credits) 1
U.S. History to 1877 (3 credits) 2
U.S. History Since 1877 (3 credits) 2
Media & Society (3 credits)
General Psychology (3 credits)
Human Development Through Lifespan (3 credits) 1
Human Sexuality in a Diverse Society (3 credits) 1
Introduction to Sociology (3 credits) 1
Social Problems (3 credits) 1
Sociology of the Family (3 credits)
Total Hours3


Interstate Passport Cross-Cutting Skills

Critical Thinking

DSU Literature/Humanities Requirement

Complete one of the following:3
Introduction to Science Fiction and Futurism (3 credits)
Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
Literature and the Land (3 credits)
Introduction to Mythology (3 credits)
World Literature Before 1650 (3 credits) 1
World Literature After 1650 (3 credits) 1
Children's Literature (3 credits)
Multi-Cultural Child/Young Adult Literature (3 credits) 1
American Lit Before 1865 (3 credits)
American Lit After 1865 (3 credits)
British Literature Before 1800 (3 credits)
British Literature After 1800 (3 credits)
Critical Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
Humanities Through the Arts (3 credits) 1
Non-Western Humanities through the Arts (3 credits) 1
Intro to Philosophy (3 credits)
Social Ethics (3 credits)
Reasoning and Rational Decision-Making (3 credits)
Understanding Film (3 credits)
Total Hours3


Teamwork and Value Systems

DSU Laboratory Science Requirement

Complete one of the following:3-10
General Biology
and General Biology Lab (4 credits)
General Botany
and General Botany Lab (4 credits)
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab (5 credits)
Plant Kingdom
and Plant Kingdom Lab (4 credits)
Evolution & Ecology
and Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab (10 credits)
Intro to Chemistry
and Intro to Chemistry Lab (4 credits)
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (5 credits)
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (5 credits)
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Lab (4 credits)
Life of the Past
and Life of the Past Laboratory (4 credits)
Introduction to Dinosaurs
and Intro to Dinosaurs Laboratory (4 credits)
Geology of the National Parks
and Geology National Parks Lab (4 credits)
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab (4 credits)
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (4 credits)
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab (4 credits)
Introduction to Weather
and Introduction to Weather Lab (4 credits)
Elementary Physics
and Elementary Physics Lab (4 credits)
Elementary Astronomy
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (4 credits)
Field Exp: Environmental Sci (1 credit)
Applied Geologic Investigation of Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks (1 credit)
Natural History of Zion National Park (1 credit)
Total Hours3-10


 

1

 Courses are also GE: GLOCUP

2

If not used to fulfill DSU GE: American Institutions requirement

3

 Requires prerequisite

4

 Fulfills another DSU GE requirement

5

 Fulfills Life Sciences or Physical Sciences lab requirement