General Education

Becker College provides a strong liberal arts foundation in a supportive, hands-on learning environment.  Regardless of your chosen field of study, Becker College students graduate as well-rounded global citizens, prepared to take on the challenges that lie ahead in their chosen professions.

Becker College believes that an educated person should possess an understanding of the humanities, social sciences and sciences including mathematics. Consequently, each academic program at the College contains courses in these primary domains of human knowledge; they are referred to as general education courses.

General education courses help assure that students gain a competency in oral and written communications, demonstrate analytical abilities, appreciate artistic endeavor within our culture, display a sensitivity to current ethical and moral issues in our society, and have a commitment to the value of learning throughout their lives.

Students should refer to the particular academic program requirements, as in some cases specific courses may be required. Wherever possible, students are given the opportunity to select from a variety of general education courses for each category.

General Education Faculty

» Written and oral communication
» Mathematics
» Natural Sciences
» Global Awareness and Diversity
» Humanities and Social Sciences
» Technology and Society
» Health Education

Written and oral communication

Required for bachelor’s degree: 9 credits ENGL1001, ENGL1003, and a communications elective

Required for associate’s degree: 6 credits ENGL1001, ENGL1003

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate ethical writing in all forms of written communication.

Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a variety of writing projects and oral presentations using effective principles of organization and acceptable grammar, integrating multiple sources and citing them appropriately, and varying elements depending on audience/reader characteristics and the purposes of the communication.

Mathematics

Required for bachelor’s degree: 6 credits

Required for associate’s degree: 3 credits

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.

Students will demonstrate the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.

Students will demonstrate the ability to employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems.

Students will demonstrate the ability to estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.

Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology to obtain, analyze, understand, and share information.

Students will be able to apply math knowledge in areas other than math.

Students will be able to read, write, and communicate about mathematics.

Students will demonstrate ability to use standard mathematical concept they have learned in non-standard situations (problems) – ability to think critically.

Natural Sciences

Required for bachelor’s degree: 7 credits, must include on lab science

Required for associate’s degree: 6 credits, may include Technology and Society (see below)

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate knowledge/application of critical thinking skills, within the realm of science, utilizing where appropriate: instruments of science technology, mathematical applications, and/or data-based decision making.

Students will demonstrate written/oral communication skills appropriate for scientific disciplines.

Students will demonstrate scientific literacy required for personal decision-making as related to social, cultural, political, and ethical scientific issues.

Global Awareness and Diversity

Required for bachelor’s degree: 3 credits

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate awareness of human histories and the perspectives they create and how they affect the world.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interconnectedness of all peoples throughout the world.

Students will demonstrate an awareness of the existence of stereotypes and a commitment to the reductions of prejudice rooted in stereotypes.

Students will demonstrate an awareness of the need to build an inclusive academic community.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Required for bachelor's degree: 15 credits distributed as follows:

  • 3 credits of history
  • 3 credits of humanities elective
  • 6 credits of social science (must be from two different disciplines)
  • 3 credits of humanities/social science elective

Required for Associates degree: 6 credits

Learning Outcomes for Humanities and History:

Students will demonstrate the capability to think historically and chronologically, identifying the “domino effect” of historical events from various historical periods through the present.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections between the history of an era and other disciplines of the same era: literature, economics, philosophy, war, politics, science, and popular culture.

Students will demonstrate an awareness of the interconnectedness of the past, present, and future.

Students will demonstrate an awareness of different perspectives, political, religious, and social agendas that willfully distort history.

Students will demonstrate a willingness to overcome prejudices and stereotypes in search of truth.

Learning Outcomes for Social Science:

Students will demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to apply, appropriate theory from at least two of the disciplines of social science to a contemporary problem in order to develop and weigh competing hypotheses.

Students will demonstrate application of critical thinking to separate factual information from inferences and identify inappropriate conclusions.

Technology and Society:

Required for bachelor’s degree: 3 credits

Embedded in science requirement for associate’s degree

Learning Outcomes:

Students will improve basic computer literacy related to computer hardware, software, operating systems, security, and networking.

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of why computers and the Internet are essential components in today’s global society through written or oral assignments.

Students will research, analyze, and discuss the ethical, social and legal issues of technology and the impact on society through individual and collaborative inquiry.

Health Education:

Required for bachelor’s degree: 3 credits

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and discuss the lifestyle behaviors that support optimal health across one or more of the following dimensions of wellness:  physical, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and environmental/occupational.

Students will demonstrate an ability to apply critical thinking skills when describing choices related to personal wellness, including identification and evaluation of available resources.

Students will demonstrate an ability to discuss the current scientific thinking on important health topics, including the impact among people of different ages, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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