2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Foundational Content

A minimum of 38 credits are necessary to complete the Minot State University GER.  These credits must be distributed throughout the curriculum in a prescribed manner.

Courses designated with an “H” may be taken as part of the Minot State University Honors Program. Courses may have additional requirements. See honors program section of this catalog for more details.

Completing the Requirements

There are several ways in which students may complete the General Education Requirements (GER):

  1. Successfully complete the 38-credit GER.
  2. Successfully pass AP/CLEP (inquire at the Registrar’s Office for the current list) or department exams (inquire at the department) for some of the courses in the above inventory.
  3. Successfully complete approved, letter-graded, or online courses offered through the Center for Extended Learning.
  4. Successfully complete the GER of another institution under the terms of the North Dakota University System General Education Transfer Agreement (see below).

North Dakota University System (NDUS) General Education Transfer Agreement

The NDUS Transfer Agreement was developed to assist students who transfer within the eleven NDUS campuses and tribal colleges in North Dakota. Students who have completed the lower division General Education Requirement at one campus are deemed to have completed them at another. Students who have not completed GER prior to transfer will find that their General Education coursework taken at one campus will be acceptable as General Education course work at another, although some redistribution of courses may result.

Students transferring into Minot State University should contact the Registrar at the former campus to have verification of GER completion forwarded to the Registrar’s Office at Minot State University. Students transferring out of Minot State University should either complete the Minot State University GER or take courses in the Minot State University General Education inventory that are marked for transfer (e.g. ND:ENGL, ND:HUM, ND:LABSC). Please direct questions about the Transfer Agreement to the Registrar’s Office.

Under the terms of the NDUS Transfer Agreement, the Minot State GER contains the following five components. Credits taken elsewhere and coded as indicated will help to complete the Minot State GER:

  1. Communication (9 credits: 6 credits of English and 3 of Speech). Any NDUS course marked ND:ENGL may apply to the 6-credit English requirement, and any marked ND:SPEECH may apply to the Speech requirement.
  2. History & Social Science  (9 credits). 3 credits of History and 6 credits of Social Science). Any NDUS course marked ND:HIST and ND: SS
  3. Humanities  (6 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:HUM. 
  4. Science with a lab (8 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND: LABSC
  5. Mathematics (4 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:MATH which is at the level of college algebra or above.

For students who have not completed the general education requirements in transfer, the MSU Registrar’s Office will determine those credits which may be applied to the University’s General Education Requirements and issue a transcript summary to the student.

Foundational Content - Humanities (6 credits)
ARB 101Beginning Arabic I *4
ARB 102Beginning Arabic II *4
ARB 201Intermediate Arabic I *4
ARB 202Intermediate Arabic II *4
ART 110Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 210Art History I3
ART 211Art History II3
ENGL 220Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 225Introduction to Film3
ENGL 231Bible as Literature 13
or ENGL 231H Bible As Literature
ENGL 232World Mythology3
ENGL 240World Literature3
ENGL 251Foundations in Brit Lit I3
ENGL 252Foundations in Brit Lit II3
ENGL 261Foundations in Am Lit I3
ENGL 262Foundations in Am Lit II3
ENGL 355Age of Shakespeare3
FREN 101Beginning French I4
FREN 102Beginning French II4
FREN 201Intermediate French I4
FREN 202Intermediate French II4
GERM 101Beginning German I4
GERM 102Beginning German II4
GERM 201Intermediate German I4
GERM 202Intermediate German II4
HON 351HIntegrity & The Examined Life3
HUM 251Humanities3
HUM 252Humanities3
HUM 253Humanities3
HUM 254Non-Western Humanities3
LANG 105Writing Systems3
LAT 101Beginning Latin I4
LAT 102Beginning Latin II4
LAT 201Intermediate Latin I4
LAT 202Intermediate Latin II4
MUSC 100Music Appreciation3
MUSC 201World Music3
MUSC 205History of US Through Music3
MUSC 207History of Pop and Rock Music3
MUSC 260Introduction to Music History3
PHIL 100Critical Thinking3
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 102Philosophy of Human Nature3
SCE 102Environments and Humanities3
SPAN 101Beginning Spanish I4
SPAN 102Beginning Spanish II4
SPAN 120Basic Spanish for Travel and Business3
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II4
SPED 113American Sign Language I3
SPED 115American Sign Language II3
THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
Courses marked with * and courses with "H" are not part of GERTA however; will count as General Education requirements at MSU.
Foundational Content - Lab Science (8 credits)
BIOL 111Concepts of Biology4
or BIOL 111H Honors Concepts of Biology
BIOL 127Enviromental Biology4
BIOL 142General Microbiology4
BIOL 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
or BIOL 150H Honors General Biology I
BIOL 151Introduction to Zoology4
or BIOL 151H Honors General Biology II
BIOL 154Introduction To Botany4
or BIOL 154H Honors Introduction to Botany
CHEM 110Survey of Chemistry4
or CHEM 110H Honors Survey of Chemistry
CHEM 115Introductory Chemistry4
or CHEM 115H Honors Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 121General Chemistry I5
or CHEM 121H Honors General Chemistry I
CHEM 122General Chemistry II5
or CHEM 122H Honors General Chemistry II
CHEM 127Chemistry of the Environment4
GEOL 101Environmental Geology with Lab4
or GEOL 101H Honors Enviroment Geology W/Lab
GEOL 105Physical Geology with lab4
GEOL 127Environmental Earth Systems4
PHYS 110Astronomy4
or PHYS 110H Honors Astronomy
PHYS 203Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 204Introduction to Physics II4
PHYS 221General Physics I5
or PHYS 221H Honors General Physics I
PHYS 222General Physics II5
or PHYS 222H Honors General Physics II
SCE 103Environments and Sciences *4
Courses marked with * and courses with "H" are not part of GERTA however; will count as General Education requirements at MSU.
Foundational Content - History (3 credits)
HIST 101Western Civilization I3
HIST 102Western Civilization II3
HIST 103US History to 18773
HIST 104US History from 18773
HIST 211World Civilizations to 15003
HIST 212World Civilizations Since 15003
HIST 215HModern World Origins *3
Foundational Content - Social Science (6 credits)
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG 110Introduction to Geography3
GEOG 161World Regional Geography3
POLS 115American Government3
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
SCE 101Environments and Societies3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 200HIdea of Society *3
SOC 210Introduction to Anthropology3
SWK 256Development of Social Welfare3
Courses marked with * and courses with "H" are not part of GERTA however; will count as General Education requirements at MSU.