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    Apr 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

General Education Requirements



General Education Goals

General education courses, offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, stimulate curiosity, promote intellectual inquiry and encourage lifelong learning through an integrated approach to learning. Through the study of real-world issues and problems, students will develop competencies in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Scientific Practice, Quantitative Literacy, Digital Information Literacy, Intercultural Competence - Inclusion/Equity, Teamwork/Professional & Ethical Behavior, Civic Knowledge/Global Cultural Perspectives/Community Responsibility, Critical and Creative Thinking, Inquiry/Analysis, Synthesis, Transfer of Learning and Reflection. These courses provide foundational knowledge and competencies essential for success in any career path. 

General education requirements must be met for all associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Prerequisites must be met, as required, for each General Education course.

Associate Program Requirements

General Education Course Requirements for Associate Degrees: 15 Semester Hours  
4 REQUIRED CORE COURSES - 12 HOURS  
 - COM 1010  - Composition and Critical Thinking I 03
 COM 1020  - Composition and Critical Thinking II 03
 MTH 1010  - Quantitative Literacy 03
 PSY 2050  - Self and Society 03
1 ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE - 3 HOURS  
 - General Education Elective: some programs may require a particular General Education course 03

Bachelor Program Requirements

General Education Course Requirements for Bachelor Degrees: 30 Semester Hours  
6 REQUIRED CORE COURSES - 18 HOURS  
 - COM 1010  - Composition and Critical Thinking I 03
 COM 1020  - Composition and Critical Thinking II 03
 - HUM 3910  - Integrated Seminar 03
 MTH 1010  - Quantitative Literacy 03
 PSY 2050  - Self and Society 03
 SOC 3050  - Personal, Civic, and Global Perspectives 03
4 ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES - 12 HOURS 12
 - One higher-level mathematics course (i.e. MTH 1070, 1120, 2750 or higher)  
 - One Scientific Inquiry course  
 - Two General Education Electives: some programs may require particular General Education courses  
   
All graduates must meet the General Education requirements prior to graduation.  
NOTE: While there are no specific General Education requirements for certificate programs, General Education courses may be required as part of a certificate as determined by the individual program.

General Education Electives  

*Course satisfies Scientific Inquiry requirement.

*BIO 1210/1211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 03/01
*BIO 1220/1221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 03/01
*BIO 2150 Pathophysiology 03
*BIO 2210 Nutrition 03
*BIO 2410/2411 Microbiology and Lab 03/01
*CHM 1410 Chemistry of Life 03
COM 2010 Interpersonal Communication 03
COM 2050 Public Speaking 03
COM 3150 Advanced Business Communications 03
COM 4010 Communication Studies 03
COM 4050 International Communications 03
ECN 2010 Principles of Macroeconomics 03
ECN 2110 Principles of Microeconomics 03
ENG 2050 Mass Media and Society 03
ENG 2410 Creative Writing 03
GEO 1050 Introduction to Geography 03
HIS 1110 Introduction to American History: 1865 to Present 03
HUM 3610 Art Appreciation 03
HUM 3650 Music Appreciation 03
LIT 2010 Introduction to Literature 03
MTH 1070 Quantitative Reasoning 03
MTH 1110 College Algebra I 03
MTH 1120 College Algebra II 03
MTH 1210 Trigonometry 03
MTH 1310 Pre-Calculus 05
MTH 1510 Calculus I 04
MTH 2310 Linear Algebra 03
MTH 2410 Discrete Mathematics 03
MTH 2750 Statistical Methods 03
*PHY 2150 Integrated Physics 03
*PHY 3210 Principles of Astronomy 03
POL 1010 Introduction to Political Science 03
PSY 1110 General Psychology 03
PSY 2050 Self and Society 03
PSY 2210 Developmental Psychology 03
PSY 2310 Industrial Organizational Psychology 03
PSY 2350 Psychology of Sexuality and Gender 03
PSY 2450 Sports Psychology 03
PSY 3110 Abnormal Psychology 03
PSY 3210 Psychology of Disability 03
PSY 3650 Psychology of Aging 03
PSY 3410 Child Psychology 04
PSY 3510 Adolescent Psychology 03
PSY 4010 Social Psychology 03
*SCI 2710 Environmental Science 03
SOC 2010 Sociology 03
SOC 3150 Social Welfare 03
SPN 1010 Spanish I 03
SPN 1020 Spanish II 03
TWR 2010 Copy Editing and Proofreading 03
TWR 4010 Technical Writing and Documentation I 03
TWR 4050 Technical Writing and Documentation II 03
WRI 3010 Report Writing 03

Baker College Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) is designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. Students can view a list of participating institutions at macrao.org.

The MTA requirements should fulfill all or the majority of the student’s lower-level general education credits, dependent on the requirements of the student’s major. A transfer student must be admissible to a receiving institution in order to benefit from the MTA. Students may meet requirements of the MTA as a stand-alone package.

To fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students must successfully complete at least 30 semester hours with at least a 2.0 GPA in each course. These credits, which will be certified by a Michigan college, should be met according to the following distribution.

Semester Credit Requirements:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or one course in Communications
  • One course in Mathematics from one of three pathways: College Algebra, Statistics, or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Two courses, from different disciplines, in Social Sciences 
  • Two courses, from different disciplines, in Humanities or Fine Arts, excluding studio and performance classes
  • Two courses, from different disciplines, in Natural Sciences, including one with laboratory experience
MTA Course Requirements  
Following are the Baker College courses that meet the Michigan Transfer Agreement:  
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
ENGLISH COMPOSITION  
Required English Composition course  
COM 1010  - Composition and Critical Thinking 03  
ENGLISH COMPOSITION or COMMUNICATION    
Select one course from the following:
COM 1020  - Composition and Critical Thinking II 03  
COM 2010  - Interpersonal Communication 03  
COM 2050  - Public Speaking 03  
COM 3150  - Advanced Business Communication 03  
COM 4010  - Communication Studies 03  
TWR 4010  - Technical Writing and Documentation I 03  
TWR 4050  - Technical Writing and Documentation II 03  
WRI 3010  - Report Writing 03  
     
MATHEMATICS    
Select one Mathematics course from the following:  
MTH 1070  - Quantitative Reasoning 03  
MTH 1120  - College Algebra II 03  
MTH 1310  - Pre-Calculus 05  
MTH 1510  - Calculus I 04  
MTH 2310  - Linear Algebra 03  
MTH 2410  - Discrete Mathematics 03  
MTH 2750  - Statistical Methods 03  
SOCIAL SCIENCE  
Select two courses, from different disciplines, from the following:  
ECN 2010  - Principles of Macroeconomics 03  
ECN 2110  - Principles of Microeconomics 03  
GEO 1050  - Introduction to Geography 03  
HUS 1110  - Poverty and Culture 03  
POL 1010  - Introduction to Political Science  03  
PSY 1110  - General Psychology 03  
PSY 2050  - Self and Society 03  
PSY 2210  - Developmental Psychology  03  
PSY 2350  - Psychology of Sexuality and Gender 03  
PSY 2450  - Sports Psychology 03  
PSY 3110  - Abnormal Psychology 03  
PSY 3650  - Psychology of Aging 03  
SOC 2010  - Sociology 03  
SOC 3050  - Personal, Civic, and Global Perspectives 03  
SOC 3150  - Social Welfare 03  
HUMANITIES  
Select two courses, from different disciplines, from the following:  
COM 4050  - International Communications  03  
ENG 2050  - Mass Media and Communication 03  
ENG 2410  - Creative Writing 03  
HIS 1110  - Introduction to American History: 1865 to Present 03  
HUM 3610  - Art Appreciation  03  
HUM 3650  - Music Appreciation 03  
HUM 3910  - Integrative Seminar 03  
LIT 2010  - Introduction to Literature 03  
SPN 1010  - Spanish I 03  
SPN 1020  - Spanish II 03  
NATURAL SCIENCE  
Select two courses, from different disciplines, from the following. One must be taken with an accompanying Lab:
BIO 1210  - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  03  
BIO 1211  - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 01  
BIO 1220  - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 03  
BIO 1221  - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 01  
BIO 1250  - Introduction to Disease 03  
BIO 2150  - Pathophysiology 03  
BIO 2210  - Nutrition 03  
BIO 2410  - Microbiology  03  
BIO 2411  - Microbiology Lab 01  
CHM 1410  - Chemistry of Life 03  
PHY 2150  - Integrated Physics  03  
PHY 3210  - Principles of Astronomy 03  
SCI 2710  - Environmental Science  03  

If these courses do not add up to 30 semester hours the student must take an additional course from one of the groups to equal 30 total hours.