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Status Report for the Adoption and Implementation
of Missouri's General Education Credit Transfer Policy

   

General Education Reporting Matrix -- Life & Physical Science

 State-Level Goals
Skill Areas

Institutional Competencies

Courses and Credit Hours

Non-Course
Experiences

Associated
Assessments

To develop students' understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts.

Students will demonstrate the ability to...

explain how to use the scientific method and how to develop and test hypotheses in order to draw defensible conclusions.


evaluate scientific evidences and argument.






describe the basic principles of the physical universe.



describe concepts of the nature, organization, and evolution of living systems.


explain how human choices affect the earth and living systems.

8-10 credit hours, Two (2) courses, one from each discipline, including at least one (1) with its associated laboratory component.


Any life science class, BIO115 or higher, OR any physical science class, PHS103 or higher. These classes are generally 3 or 5 credit hour classes.

Any life science class OR any physical science class that contains a laboratory component. These are generally 5 credit hour classes.

Any physical science class, PHS103 or higher. These are generally 3 or 5 credit hour classes.

Any life science class, BIO115 or higher. These are generally 3 or 5 credit hour classes.

Any life science class, BIO115 or higher, OR any physical science class, PHS103 or higher. These are generally 3 or 5 credit hour classes.




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1. All degree-seeking students at Mineral Area College are given placement tests prior to or at the time of enrollment. They take either the ACT Examination or the COMPASS Test Battery. The ACT is designed to measure student academic skills in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The COMPASS Test Battery is designed to measure student academic skills in English, Mathematics, and Reading.

2. All students who receive a degree from Mineral Area College are required to take the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficieny (CAAP) test battery. This is designed to measure the graduate's academic skills in the areas of Writing Skills, Mathematics, Reading, Critical Thinking, and Science Reasoning.

3. The results of these tests are available in Universe, our Student Information System. Customized reports are also available from the Director of Assessment. Data can be provided for individual students, classes, programs departments and/or divisions.

4. Each semester, periodic department-level meetings review courses and student performance.

5. A faculty General Education Committee reviews the program annually.

6. Faculty members, The Dean of Arts and Sciences, The Director of Assessment, and The Dean of Students meet monthly on an assessment committee.