Core IMPACTS

Core IMPACTS Requirements

The USG core curriculum, referred to as Core IMPACTS, aims to ensure students acquire fundamental knowledge in key academic areas and develop career-ready competencies. Core IMPACTS consists of seven distinct areas, each representing a crucial aspect of the core curriculum. The acronym IMPACTS serves as a mnemonic to help students grasp the significance of these areas.


The Core IMPACTS framework establishes standardized Learning Outcomes and Career-Ready Competencies for each area, ensuring courses completed in a specific area at one institution or through eCore are transferable to the same area at any other USG institution. It's important to note that students do not need to fulfill all requirements for a Core IMPACTS area to transfer credit within that area. In instances where a student transfers from a sending institution with a surplus of credit in a core area compared to the receiving institution, the excess credit is still recognized and applied to another core area.  As presented in the table below, IMPACTS is a mnemonic for students to appreciate the impact of the overall core curriculum. (Policy Manual, Section 3.3.1) Review the Core IMPACTS FAQs.

 

Summary of the Changes

  • Using meaningful (as opposed to alphabetical [A-E]) names for Core IMPACTS areas.
  • Establishing systemwide Learning Outcomes for each Core IMPACTS area.
  • Establishing systemwide Career-Ready Competencies for each Core IMPACTS area.
  • Courses designed to satisfy the U.S./Georgia history and constitutions requirements (Georgia Legislative Requirements) are now separated into the Citizenship area (shorthand name) within “P” for Political Science and U.S. History.

What These Changes Mean for Instructors Teaching Courses in the Core Curriculum

For the Spring 2024 semester and beyond, all syllabi for courses in the core curriculum are required to include a Core IMPACTS curriculum statement, created from the provided templates, that identifies the following as stated by the USG:

  • the Core IMPACTS area;
  • the provided two-sentence description of the meaning and purpose of Core IMPACTS;
  • the broad orienting question for the course’s area in Core IMPACTs;
  • the learning outcome for the course’s area in Core IMPACTs; and
  • the three career-ready competencies for the course’s area in Core IMPACTs.

Instructors have the option to attach career-ready competencies in their Core IMPACTS course to individual assignments in iCollege.

  • For additional information, make an appointment with a learning technologist.

 

Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve problems related to academic priorities at their institution. 

•    AGED 2821 - Youth Leadership Development Credit Hours: 1
•    COMM 1110 - Public Speaking Credit Hours: 3 *
•    FCSC 2200 - Effective Living Credit Hours: 2
•    SOCI 2008 - Cultural Diversity Credit Hours: 2

Total: 4-5 Hours
*Required
 

Students will apply mathematical and computational knowledge to interpret, evaluate, and communicate quantitative information using verbal, numerical, graphical, or symbolic forms. 

Choose three or four hours from the following:
•    MATH 1101 - Mathematical Modeling Credit Hours: 3
•    MATH 1111 - College Algebra Credit Hours: 3
•    MATH 1113 - PreCalculus Credit Hours: 4
•    MATH 1154 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4

Total: 9 Hours
 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of the United States, the history of Georgia, and the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia.

Citizenship consists of 18 hours of core-level courses in the major and related areas. It is different for each major. The Citizenship requirements are included in the Program of Study for each degree program. The total semester hour requirement for the Core Curriculum is 60.

Students will effectively analyze and interpret the meaning, cultural significance, and ethical implications of literary/philosophical texts or of works in the visual/performing arts.

•    ENGL 2111 - World Literature I Credit Hours: 3 *
•    ENGL 2112 - World Literature II Credit Hours: 3

Total: 6 Hours
*Required

Choose three hours from the following:
•    ARTH 1000 - Art Appreciation Credit Hours: 3
•    FREN 1001 - Elementary French I Credit Hours: 3
•    FREN 1002 - Elementary French II Credit Hours: 3
•    FREN 2001 - Intermediate French I Credit Hours: 3
•    FREN 2002 - Intermediate French II Credit Hours: 3
•    HUMN 2004 - Introduction to Fine Arts Credit Hours: 3
•    MUSC 1000 - Music Appreciation Credit Hours: 3
•    PHIL 2000 - Introduction to Philosophy Credit Hours: 3
•    PHIL 2002 - Ethics Credit Hours: 3
•    SPAN 1001 - Elementary Spanish I Credit Hours: 3
•    SPAN 1002 - Elementary Spanish II Credit Hours: 3
•    SPAN 2001 - Intermediate Spanish I Credit Hours: 3
•    SPAN 2002 - Intermediate Spanish II Credit Hours: 3

Students will communicate effectively in writing, demonstrating clear organization and structure, using appropriate grammar and writing conventions. Students will appropriately acknowledge the use of materials from original sources.

English Requirements

•    ENGL 1101 - Composition I Credit Hours: 3 *
•    ENGL 1102 - Composition II Credit Hours: 3 *

Total: 6 Hours

Students will use the scientific method and laboratory procedures or mathematical and computational methods to analyze data, solve problems, and explain natural phenomena.

Option 1: Non-Science Majors

Science
Select two courses from the following (one must be a laboratory science course):
•    BIOL 1104K - Biological Science Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    BIOL 1105 - Environmental Science Credit Hours: 3 (3-0)
•    BIOL 1107K - Principles of Biology I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    BIOL 1108K - Principles of Biology II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    BOTN 2001K - General Botany Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1101K - Introductory Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1102K - Introductory Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1151K - Survey of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1152K - Survey of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1211K - Principles of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1212K - Principles of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    GEOL 1121 - An Introduction To Physical Geology Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    GEOL 1122 - Earth History Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    GEOG 1230 - Introduction to Physical Geography Credit Hours: 3 (3-0)
•    PHSC 1101 - Introductory Physical Science I Credit Hours: 3 (3-0)
•    PHSC 1102 - Introductory Physical Science II Credit Hours: 3 (3-0)
•    PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 2211K - Principles of Physics Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 2212K - Principles of Physics II Credit Hours: 4

Total: 8 hours

Mathematics and Technology
Choose one of the following:

•    CSCI 1153 - Introduction to Computers Credit Hours: 3 (1-4)
•    MATH 1112 - Trigonometry Credit Hours: 3
•    MATH 1154 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4
•    MATH 2113 - Elementary Statistics Credit Hours: 3
•    MATH 2203 - Introduction to Linear Algebra Credit Hours: 3

Total: 3 Hours

Option 2: Science Majors

Science
•    BIOL 1107K - Principles of Biology I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    BIOL 1108K - Principles of Biology II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    BOTN 2001K - General Botany Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1211K - Principles of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    CHEM 1212K - Principles of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    GEOL 1121 - An Introduction To Physical Geology Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 2211K - Principles of Physics Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)
•    PHYS 2212K - Principles of Physics II Credit Hours: 4 (3-2)

Total: 8 hours

Mathematics and Technology
Choose one of the following:

•    CSCI 1153 - Introduction to Computers Credit Hours: 3 (1-4)
•    MATH 1112 - Trigonometry Credit Hours: 3
•    MATH 1154 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4
•    MATH 1401 - Elementary Statistics Credit Hours: 3
•    MATH 2203 - Introduction to Linear Algebra Credit Hours: 3

Total: 3 hours
Total: 10-11 hours

 

Students will effectively analyze the complexity of human behavior, and how historical, economic, political, social, or geographic relationships develop, persist, or change.

•    HIST 1111 - A Survey of World Civilization to Early Modern Times Credit Hours: 3 *
or
•    HIST 1112 - A Survey of World Civilization from Early Modern Times Credit Hours: 3
•    HIST 2111 - A Survey of U.S. History to the Post Civil War Period Credit Hours: 3 *
or
•    HIST 2112 - A Survey of U.S. History from the Post Civil War Period to the Present Credit Hours: 3
•    POLS 1101 - American Government Credit Hours: 3 *
•    GEOG 1231 - Introduction to World Regional Geography Credit Hours: 3
•    PSYC 1101 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3
•    SOCI 1101 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3
•    ECON 2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credit Hours: 3
•    ECON 2106 - Principles of Microeconomics Credit Hours: 3

Total: 12 Hours
*Required

 


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In addition to fulfilling the Core IMPACTS requirements, students must satisfy additional institutional requirements to meet graduation criteria. These requirements are as follows:

Complete two hours of 1000 level Physical Education (PEDW) activity courses.


Alternatively, complete a two-course Military Science (MILS) sequence of MILS 1110-MILS 1120 or MILS 2110-MILS 2220. Each military science course taken will be credited as one hour toward the Institutional Physical Education Requirement, with a maximum of two credit hours.


*Students with evidence of at least one year of active duty or completion of basic military training in any branch of the United States armed forces will be awarded 2 hours of institutional credit for health and physical education, waiving the two-hour requirement. Service members can request copies of their Joint Services Transcripts (JST) at jst.doded.mil.

Mandatory for all students, except those who transfer from another institution with 30 or more earned hours towards their degree program, non-traditional students (25 years or older), or married students.

The orientation covers:

  • History, policies, and services of the University.
  • College survival skills, fostering excellent study habits, and facilitating positive social adjustment at the University.
  • Techniques and skills for making realistic career choices.


*Withdrawal or dropping from FVSU 0100 is not permitted.