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    Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Augusta University Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Augusta University Catalog

General Education/Core IMPACTS




From the origins of intellectual study to the present, general education has been a key to a fulfilling life of self-knowledge, self-reflection, critical awareness, and lifelong learning. General education has traditionally focused on oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning and mathematics, studies in culture and society, scientific reasoning, and aesthetic appreciation. Today, general education also assists students in their understanding of technology, information literacy, diversity, and global awareness. In meeting all these needs, general education provides college students with their best opportunity to experience the breadth of human knowledge and the ways that knowledge in various disciplines is interrelated. In the University System of Georgia, the general education program is known as the Core Curriculum.

The USG Core Curriculum, Core IMPACTS, is designed to ensure that students acquire essential knowledge in foundational academic areas and develop career-ready competencies. The attainment of Core IMPACTS learning outcomes prepares responsible, reflective citizens who adapt constructively to change. The Core IMPACTS requirements impart knowledge, values, skills, and behaviors related to critical thinking, logical problem-solving, teamwork, time management, informational literacy, inquiry and analysis, intercultural competence, persuasion, and ethical reasoning. Core IMPACTS includes opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and experiences that increase intellectual curiosity, providing the basis for advanced study in the variety of fields offered by today’s colleges and universities.

As an institution of the University System of Georgia, Augusta University’s faculty have carefully designed undergraduate programs which incorporate 60 hours of general education requirements approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Core Curriculum provides some flexibility in which courses the student takes based on their individual interests; therefore, substitutions of courses from outside core curriculum or from other areas of the core curriculum are generally not permitted except under extraordinary circumstances.

Students should confer with their academic advisor to select the courses best suited for their intended major.

Core IMPACTS

There are seven Core IMPACTS areas: Institutional Priority; Mathematics and Quantitative Skills; Political Science and US History; Arts, Humanities, and Ethics; Communicating in Writing; Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences; and Social Sciences.

Institutional Priority (Institution): 4 Hours


Mathematics and Quantitative Skills (Mathematics): 3 Hours


Students must enroll in a Mathematical and Quantitative Skills course, depending on placement, in their first semester at Augusta University unless they have received equivalent credit for a course via transfer or credit for prior learning. Students must continue to register for Mathematical and Quantitative Skills courses each successive semester until they have completed an appropriate course with a successful grade depending on degree requirements. Mathematical and Quantitative Skills courses should be completed within the first 30 hours of a student’s undergraduate degree program.

Option I - Non-Science Majors:


Select one of the following:

Option II - Science Majors:


Applies to Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics majors.

Select one of the following: 

Option III - Health Science Majors:


Select one of the following:

Political Science and U.S. History (Citizenship): 6 Hours


Arts, Humanities, and Ethics (Humanities): 6 Hours


Select two of the following courses from two different disciplines (determined by the course prefix) to satisfy the Arts, Humanities, and Ethics area. For example, a student may take FILM 1100 (Film Appreciation) and ENGL 2130 (American Literature) to satisfy this area; however, if the student takes ENGL 2121 (British Literature I) and ENGL 2122 (British Literature II), only one course would count toward this area’s requirements.

Communicating in Writing (Writing): 6 Hours


A grade of C or better is required in all Communicating in Writing area courses. 

Students must enroll in ENGL 1101 in their first semester at Augusta University, unless they have received equivalent credit for the course via transfer or credit for prior learning. Students must continue to register for ENGL 1101 each successive semester until they have completed the course with a grade of C or better.

Students who complete ENGL 1101 must then enroll in ENGL 1102 no later than the first semester in which they enroll following completion of ENGL 1101. Students must continue to register for ENGL 1102 each successive semester until they have completed the course with a grade of C or better.

Both ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 should be completed within the first 30 hours of a student’s undergraduate degree program.

Technology, Mathematics and Sciences (STEM): 11 Hours


Option I - Non-Science Majors:


Laboratory Course Sequences: 8 Hours


Select two of the following:

Option II - Science Majors:


Option III - Health Science Majors:


For all health science majors, with the exception of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration , which follows Option I.

Laboratory Course Sequence: 8 Hours


Select one of the following laboratory course sequences:

Social Sciences (Social Sciences): 6 Hours


Field of Study: 18 Hours


See specific undergraduate degree programs  for details. 

Total Hours: 60 Hours