GE Requirements for BS Program

Section 14: GE Requirements for BS Program

Transferable General Education Course Descriptions


The BS Program is a new program that Virscend University plans to start in the Fall of 2022. This program is designed for students with an Associate Degree that are looking to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Please read the information below and contact The Admissions Department for further information at (909) 502-6252 or email admission@virscend.com.

 

Students must have earned GE credits in each of the categories before being admitted to the BS Program at Virscend University. The GE course does not count toward meeting the major requirements. Must have a “C” or better to earn credit in GE. 

 

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Category A (15 units, English Language Communications and critical thinking)

  

A1. Written Communications (6 units)

 

1. English Composition I (3 units)

Prerequisites: Virscend University General Education Written Communication Placement Exam.
 

Course Description: A basic course in writing, offering intensive practice in every stage of the writing process from generating ideas to final proofreading, as well as to the development of stronger reading comprehension for specific writing tasks.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

2. Analytical College Writing (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Description: Introduction to college writing focusing on composing as a recursive process for generating meaning and communicating effectively. Emphasizes short analytical essay writing based on reading, media, film and other relevant discourse, including selections that examine issues of diversity. 

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

3. English Composition II (3 units)

Prerequisite: English Composition I

 

Course Description: An advanced course in writing. Expository writing based upon the close reading and study of selected examples from fiction, poetry, and drama. The course emphasizes written analytical interpretations which include recognition of the traditional techniques, forms, and rhetorical devices used by writers of literature. 

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)


A2. Oral Communications (6 units)

 

4. Interpersonal Communications (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Description: Basic characteristics of processes underlying the formation, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships; theoretical and practical implications of these characteristics in various forms of interpersonal communication. Workshop: Planned exercises and activities to develop interpersonal communications skills.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Workshop 1 hour). 

 

5. Public Speaking (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Description: Help students for a variety of academic and other situations in which formal presentations are required. Topics will include cultural conventions and speech, perceptions of others, verbal and nonverbal messages, and techniques of oral presentation and persuasion. Students will learn how to research, outline, and deliver short, informal presentations as well as longer speeches.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Workshop 1 hour).

 

 

6. Communication Skills (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Description: Help students with strategies and practices to develop the written, verbal, non-verbal, and technical communication skills of the middle-level learner. Also examines the culture and dynamics of communication within the classroom and the school. Foci will include: process writing; writing in all areas of the curriculum; communication assessment; communicating with technology; and how to guide the middle-level learner in asking critical questions.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Workshop 1 hour).


A3. Critical Thinking (3 units)

 

7. Critical thinking in Digital Information Age (3 units)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: English Composition I

Course Description: Help students develop critical thinking skills using technical software. Main topics include: identifying engineering issues for investigation, developing planning and problem-solving strategies, locating pertinent information and examples, critically analyzing these sources, forming and testing hypotheses, synthesizing and organizing results for effective communication, and developing transferable problem-solving skills.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour)

 

Category B (21 units, Science, Information Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning)

 

B1. Science (6 units)

 

1. Introductory Nutrition (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Description: Essential nutrients, their physiological functions and human needs during the life cycle; food sources as applied to selection of an adequate diet; problems encountered providing food to meet nutritional needs; food additives and consumer protection.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours) 

 

2. The Global Environment (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Description: An introduction to the Earth’s principal human-environmental relationships and biogeographic processes with a focus on how human actions impact the geography of living things from the local to the global scale.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)


B2. Information Literacy (6 units)
 

3. Computer Literacy (3 units)

Prerequisite: Course design assumes familiarity with computers.


Course Description: Gain practical, hands-on experience in installing hardware and software on a PC. Learn what a computer network is and how it is similar to the telephone network. Learn the parts that make up a computer and a network.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour)

 

4. Introduction to Programing (Python) (3 units)

Prerequisite: Computer Literacy (or equivalent)


Course Description: An introduction to basic concepts of computer science and fundamental techniques for solving problems using the Python programming language. Variables, data types, conditional statements, loops and arrays. Programming style. Applications to numerical and non-numerical problems.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour)

 

B3. Quantitative Reasoning (9 units)

 

5. College Algebra (3 units)

Prerequisite: None

 

Curse Description: Fundamental algebraic concepts and with the necessary skills needed to solve and formulate algebraic problems, apply and make connections of algebraic concepts to real life applications. Topics include laws of exponents, factoring, inequalities, polynomials, roots, linear and quadratic equations, complex numbers, rational functions, systems of equations, exponential, logarithmic functions, and inverse functions. 

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour)


6. Calculus for Business (3 units)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: College Algebra

Course Description: Functions, derivatives, optimization problems, graphs, partial derivatives. Applications to business and economics. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour)

 

7. Introduction to Business Statistics (3 units)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Calculus for Business

Course Description: Sampling methods, data collection, organizing and visualizing, descriptive statistics, random variables, probability distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, contingency tables, applications in business, finance, econometrics, and marketing research.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

Category C (12 units, Arts and Humanities)

 

1. Foundation Art History (3 units)

Prerequisites: English Composition I &  Interpersonal  Communications

 

Course Description: Students learn from guest artists and arts scholars about their work, and how they have established and sustained a practice and career. Invited from across the spectrum of visual arts, each guest represents a case study in presentation and professionalism.


(Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

2. World literature (3 units)

Prerequisites: English Composition I &  Interpersonal  Communications

 

Course Description: Readings in translation from world literature. Emphasis on how literature engages unique cultural elements around the world as well as cross-cultural comparisons.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)


3. Digital Arts (3 units)

Prerequisites: English Composition I &  Interpersonal  Communications

 

Course Description: Techniques and concepts involved in the production of visual effects, computer animation, and interactive media. Through screenings, field trips and hands-on production, students explore art and science of digital graphics, 2D-compositing, and 3D-animation. Culminates in the development of digital elements for student production.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours) 

 

4. Business Ethics (3 units)

Prerequisites: English Composition I &  Interpersonal  Communications

 

Course Description: Various types of ethical dilemmas that take place in business organizations and acquire concepts and tools needed to manage these complex value conflicts for the well-being of individuals, organizations, and society.
 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

5. Music and Film (3 units)

Prerequisites: English Composition I &  Interpersonal  Communications


Course Description: Study of interrelationships of dramatic, visual, and musical arts in film, with special emphasis on the role of music.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

Category D-upper division (12 units, Social Sciences and Citizenship)

 

1. Civil Rights and Law (3 units)

Prerequisite: Category A GE courses


Course Description: Designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the interaction between the American legal system and civil rights of African Americans, other minorities, women and the general citizenry.

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

2. Modernization in Global Perspective (3 units)

Prerequisites: Category A GE courses
 

Course Description: Exploration of psychological and material problems in modern society (both western and Third World) due to accelerating change beginning with the advance of technology, rise of capitalism, abandonment of “old values,” increasing complexity of bureaucracy, and lowering of social barriers.
 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

3. Business Etiquette (3 units)

Prerequisites: Category A GE courses


Course Description: Basic concepts for understanding/practice of communication in world of business for managers and professionals. Language/conversations in business and role in coordinating actions. International, technical, and linguistic developments in business communication.

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

4. Culture and Communications (3 units) 

Prerequisites: Category A GE courses
 

Course Description: Culture and its influence on the communication process; practical application to intercultural and multicultural situations; cultural patterns in America and abroad and their effect on verbal and nonverbal communicative behavior; cultural dimensions of ethnocentrism, stereotypes, and prejudices and their effect on communication; multicultural approaches to human interaction.

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)


5. International Economics (3 units)

Prerequisites: Category A GE courses
 

Course Description: Covers selected issues concerning the international economy from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include: International trade theory, globalization production, political economy of trade policy, international economic institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral trade negotiations, and foreign exchange markets.

 

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

6. Cyberspace Citizenship (3 units)

Prerequisites: Category A GE courses
 

Course Description: The role of internet in politics, society, and economy. Development of cyberspace, virtual communities, online commerce, Web free speech fora. Evolving governmental institutions for managing property rights, Internet expansion and resolving cyberspace conflicts. Multiple dimensions of participatory citizenship in cyberspace.

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

 

7. Social Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisites: Category A GE courses
 

Course Description: Examines the origins and development of the self through the socialization process. Emphasis is on the social influence of small groups (family, peers, reference groups and subcultures) and societal organization and institutions on identity, role behavior and attitudes.

 

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

 

Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)