May 25, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2013-2014 Undergraduate Core Curriculum


The distinguishing quality of a university education is the intersection and blend of career preparation and life enrichment. Through the Core Curriculum, ULM joins these two purposes together, and both of these aspects of a good university experience were uppermost in the minds of the faculty and administrators when they established the new Core Curriculum. In fact, several principles have guided the building of ULM’s common core.

One fundamental concern was the desire to provide ULM students with opportunities to explore the interrelationship of knowledge in our increasingly complex, global society. Thus, an emphasis was placed upon offering courses that have an interdisciplinary content or that can be paired with other disciplines in challenging, informative ways to reveal the links that various endeavors of study possess. Students thus will have the freedom to explore different avenues of inquiry and to see how various kinds of knowledge connect.

Another governing principle was to expand our literary and cultural offerings to include the examination of the people, values, and societies of both Eastern and Western civilizations. This step was taken in the knowledge that a global perspective is a necessity for today’s students who will live and work in a world economy and in an ever-changing international environment.

A third key objective was to develop the writing, research, and communication skills of our students and to integrate these skills with a knowledge of the humanities and the sciences, particularly the areas of literature, the social sciences, the fine arts, history and mathematics.

Yet another effect of the Core Curriculum is a commonality of academic experiences at the general education level, which will enable a more seamless transfer of course credits among majors.

Above all, the Core Curriculum has been established to serve the long term educational needs of ULM students. Accordingly, we offer our undergraduate students this broader, stronger educational foundation that was created and adapted from the Louisiana Board of Regents Statewide General Education Requirements. The Board of Regents Statewide General Education Requirements stipulate that a minimum of 39 hours of credit in certain areas of English composition, mathematics, the natural sciences, the humanities, the fine arts, the social/behavioral sciences, and computer literacy must be earned by students pursuing a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), B.S. (Bachelor of Science), or a Bachelor’s (non-designated) degree. (A complete list of the Louisiana Board of Regents Statewide General Education Requirements can be found here ). ULM’s Core Curriculum, which requires that a total of 39 hours of credit be earned in various fields of study, adheres to and meets the stipulations of the Board of Regents requirements. The Core Curriculum ensures that ULM’s students will be intellectually well-equipped to complete their chosen programs of study, as well as to find a meaningful place in today’s rapid-paced, integrated world.

ULM Common Core Curriculum

Foundation Courses

It is imperative that undergraduate students entering ULM are provided with a strong academic foundation upon which to build their future college careers. Ultimately, this structure, which follows many national trends, brings a much needed breadth and commonality to the ULM academic experience and makes it easier for students to transfer between majors.

  1. UNIVERSITY SEMINAR - UNIV 1001  (1 hour)
    ENGL 1001 - Composition I    
    ENGL 1002 - Composition II  
    ENGL 1010 - Honors Composition  *

    *Participants in the ULM Honors Program will take ENGL 1010  in place of ENGL 1002 . These students are not required to enroll in ENGL 1001 .
  1. MATHEMATICS - 6 hours
    MATH 1009 - Applied Algebra for College Students  
    MATH 1011 - College Algebra  
    MATH 1013 - Elementary Functions  
    MATH 1014 - Applied Calculus for the Life Sciences  
    MATH 1016 - Elementary Statistics  
    MATH 1018 - The Nature of Mathematics  
    MATH 1031 - Calculus I  
    MATH 1032 - Calculus II  
    MATH 2002 - Applied Linear Algebra  
  • Students may not receive credit in both MATH 1009  and MATH 1011 .
  • Students may not use both MATH 1011  and MATH 1013  to satisfy the mathematics core requirement.
  • Students may not use both MATH 1012  and MATH 1013  to satisfy the mathematics core requirement.
  • Students may not use both MATH 1014  and MATH 1031  to satisfy the mathematics core requirement.    
    *Six hours must be from an approved sequence of either biological or physical science. Three hours must be from the other area (i.e., both physical and biological sciences must be taken). Acceptable sequences are identified in the list below with an asterisk (*).

    Atmospheric Sciences
    *ATMS 1001 - Introduction to Weather and Climate I  
    *ATMS 1002 - Introduction to Weather and Climate II  

    *CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry I  
    *CHEM 1002 - Introductory Chemistry II  

    *CHEM 1007 - General Chemistry I  
    *CHEM 1008 - General Chemistry II  
    CHEM 1050 - Integrated Chemistry for Education Majors  

    *GEOL 1001 - Physical Geology  
    *GEOL 1002 - Historical Geology  

     GEOL 1010 - The Age of Dinosaurs    
     GEOL 2006 - Engineering Geology  
    GEOS 1050 - Integrated Geosciences for Education Majors  
    GEOS 2001 - Environmental Science  
    GEOS 2080 - Oceanography  

    Physical Science
    *PSCI 1001 - Physical Science I  
    *PSCI 1002 - Physical Science II  

    PHYS 1050 - Integrated Physics for Education Majors  
    PHYS 2001 - Descriptive Astronomy  

    *PHYS 2003 - General Physics I  
    *PHYS 2004 - General Physics II  

    *PHYS 2007 - University Physics I  
    *PHYS 2008 - University Physics II  

*BIOL 1001 - The Living World  
*BIOL 1010 - Human Biology  

*BIOL 1014 - Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I  
*BIOL 1015 - Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II  

*BIOL 1020 - Principles of Biology I  
*BIOL 1022 - Principles of Biology II  

BIOL 1050 - Integrated Biology for Education Majors  

  1. HUMANITIES - 9 hours
    At least 3 hours must be a Literature course in the discipline of English. Acceptable Literature courses are identified in the list below with an asterisk(*).

*ENGL 2001 - British Literature I  
*ENGL 2002 - British Literature II  
*ENGL 2003 - World Literature I  
*ENGL 2004 - World Literature II  
*ENGL 2005 - American Literature I  
*ENGL 2006 - American Literature II  
*ENGL 2007 - Honors English  
*ENGL 2016 - African-American Literature  
*ENGL 2017 - The African-American Experience in Literature  
*ENGL 2019 - Honors English  
*ENGL 2052 - Special Topic of Gender  
*ENGL 2053 - Special Topic of Nature And Science  
*ENGL 2054 - Special Topic of Native Peoples  
*ENGL 2055 - Special Topic of Immigrants and Emigrants  
*ENGL 2056 - Special Topic of Society and Culture  
*ENGL 2057 - Special Topic of Politics and Economics  
*ENGL 2058 - Special Topic of Child and Adolescent  

ARAB 1001 - Elementary Arabic I  
ARAB 1002 - Elementary Arabic II  
ARAB 1003 - Study Abroad  
ARAB 2001 - Intermediate Arabic I  
ARAB 2002 - Intermediate Arabic II  

CHIN 1001 - Elementary Chinese  
CHIN 1002 - Elementary Chinese  

COMM 1001 - Fundamentals of Communication  
COMM 1002 - Voice and Diction  
COMM 1010 - Honors Communication Studies  
COMM 1018 - Interpersonal Communication  
COMM 2001 - Public Speaking  
COMM 2060 - Small Group Communication  

FRNH 1001 - Elementary French I  
FRNH 1002 - Elementary French II  
FRNH 1003 - French Study Abroad  
FRNH 1005 - Elementary French I and II  
FRNH 2001 - Intermediate French I  
FRNH 2002 - Intermediate French II  

GRMN 1001 - Elementary German I  
GRMN 1002 - Elementary German II  
GRMN 1003 - Elementary Conversation  
GRMN 1005 - Elementary German I and II  
GRMN 2001 - Intermediate German I  
GRMN 2002 - Intermediate German II  
GRMN 2005 - Intermediate German I and II  

HIST 1010 - Honors History  
HIST 1011 - World Civilization I  
HIST 1012 - World Civilization II  
HIST 2001 - United States History I  
HIST 2002 - United States History II  
HIST 2009 - Honors History  
HIST 2019 - Honors History  
HIST 3005 - Louisiana History  

ITAL 1005 - Elementary Conversational Italian  
ITAL 1006 - Elementary Conversational Italian  

JAPN 1001 - Elementary Japanese I  
JAPN 1002 - Elementary Japanese II  

LATN 1001 - Elementary Latin I  
LATN 1002 - Elementary Latin II  
LATN 1005 - Elementary Latin  
LATN 2001 - Intermediate Latin I  
LATN 2002 - Intermediate Latin II  
LATN 2003 - Classical Studies  

PORT 1001 - Elementary Portuguese I  
PORT 1002 - Elementary Portuguese II  

SPAN 1001 - Elementary Spanish I  
SPAN 1002 - Elementary Spanish II  
SPAN 1003 - Study Abroad  
SPAN 1004 - Spanish for Professions  
SPAN 1005 - Elementary Spanish I and II  
SPAN 2001 - Intermediate Spanish I  
SPAN 2002 - Intermediate Spanish II  
SPAN 2005 - Intermediate Spanish I and II  

  1. FINE ARTS - 3 hours
    Students must take one 3 hour fine arts course to fulfill this requirement.

    ART 1001 - Basic Design  
    ART 1003 - Drawing  
    ART 1009 - Art Appreciation  
    ART 2000 - Analytical Perspective  
    ART 2001 - Survey of Art I  
    ART 2002 - Survey of Art II  
    ART 2003 - Handbuilding Ceramics  
    ART 2004 - Wheel Throwing Ceramics  
    ART 2041 - General Crafts  
    ART 2042 - Arts and Crafts  

    ARTS 1010 - Honors Arts  

    DANC 3001 - Theory and Application of Dance  

    MUSC 1001 - Fundamentals of Music Theory  
    MUSC 1091 - Enjoyment of Music  
    MUSC 1092 - Enjoyment of Jazz  

    THEA 1091 - Enjoying Theatre  
    THEA 2021 - Beginning Acting  
    Students must take at least three hours of social/behavioral sciences at the 2000 level or above. These courses are indicated with an asterisk(*) in the list below.

    ANTG 1011 - Human Origins and Evolution  
    ANTG 1020 - Prehistoric Archeology of the Bible  
    *ANTG 2001 - Introduction to Archeology  
    *ANTS 2007 - Cultural Anthropology  
    *ANTS 2033 - Forensics  

    ECON 1003 - Contemporary Economic Issues  *ECON 2001 - Macroeconomic Principles  
    *ECON 2002 - Microeconomic Principles  

    GEOG 1001 - Regional Geography  
    GEOG 1002 - Regional Geography  
    GEOG 1003 - Systematic Geography  
    GEOG 1011 - Human Origins and Evolution  
    *GEOG 2001 - Introduction to Archeology  
    *GEOG 2003 - Louisiana  
    *GEOG 2013 - Physical Geography  
    *GEOG 2015 - Cartography  

    *GERO 2026 - Perspectives on Aging  

    Political Science
    *POLS 1001 - Introduction to Political Science  
    *POLS 2001 - American National Government  
    *POLS 2002 - State and Local Government  
    *POLS 2003 - American Government  
    *POLS 2010 - Honors Political Science  

    *PSYC 2001 - Introduction to Psychology  
    *PSYC 2003 - Child Psychology  
    *PSYC 2005 - Adolescent Psychology  
    *PSYC 2078 - Developmental Psychology  

    SOCL 1001 - Introduction to Sociology  
    SOCL 1002 - Introduction to Sociology: International Perspective  
    *SOCL 2003 - Social Problems  
    *SOCL 2026 - Perspectives on Aging  
    *SOCL 2033 - Forensics  

The course pairings below are cross-listed courses and cannot be used together.

ANTG 1011  and GEOG 1011 
ANTG 2001  and GEOG 2001 
ANTS 2033  and SOCL 2033 
GERO 2026  and SOCL 2026 


Core Curriculum Guidelines

  1. The student’s work in a major or minor may count toward meeting the University Core.
  2. Transfer students can apply equivalent hours earned at other universities to meet ULM core requirements (equivalency to be determined by the appropriate department head and the Board of Regents’ Statewide Student Transfer Guide and General Education Articulation Matrix).
  3. All freshman students are required to take the University Seminar for one credit hour (the course will not count toward any degree program and will be nontransferable).
  4. In the absence of a compelling reason, degree programs should refrain from defining or limiting student choices within the menu of prescribed general education courses.

Core Curriculum Abbreviations Used in Degree Plans or Programs of Study

Some degree plans specified that certain courses must be taken from within a menu of the sets of courses in the core curriculum. For those that did so, first the specific course will be listed in the degree plan, followed by the appropriate abbreviation which indicates which requirement is being fulfilled by the specified required core curriculum course. For example, if MATH 1013  and MATH 1031  must be taken by Computer Science majors, then the requirement will be listed as “MATH 1013 cm, MATH 1031 cm”. The core curriculum abbreviations which have been used are as follows:

  ce Core English Composition
  ch Core Humanities
  cf Core Fine Arts
  cm Core Mathematics
  cnp Core Natural/Physical Science
  cs Core Social Science