Arts and Sciences Curriculum

Arts and sciences coursework provides the foundational skills necessary for success in all fields; ECPI University places significant emphasis upon the Arts and Sciences core in each program offered. The Arts and Sciences component of the curricula at ECPI University has been designed with the intention of fulfilling the University’s mission to “promote the enhancement of each student’s professional and personal life through education.” In order to prepare students for successful careers, the Arts and Sciences courses provide students with opportunities to demonstrate collegiate-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Additionally, these courses give students a firm foundation for lifelong learning in the sciences and the humanities. The faculty designed the Arts and Sciences curriculum so that it provides a rich context to the students’ program-related studies.

Associate degrees require a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in the Arts and Sciences, while bachelor’s degrees require a minimum of 30 semester hours. The credit hours required in the Arts and Sciences core for all degree programs include at least one course from each of the following areas: mathematics/natural science, humanities, and social/behavioral sciences.

The Arts and Sciences curriculum includes the following program-level outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the arts and sciences requirements, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit effective oral and written communication
  • Support conclusions with quantitative logical reasoning and research
  • Support conclusions with qualitative logical reasoning and research
  • Utilize self-reflection to foster self-awareness
  • Demonstrate awareness of diverse perspectives in the global community

 

DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

The courses required in the Arts and Sciences core for all diploma programs cover topics in mathematics/ natural science, humanities, and social/behavioral sciences. Students pursuing a diploma are required to satisfy the requirements for each category, as designated by his/her degree program:

Culinary Arts

Mathematics MTH120 College Mathematics 3 semester credits

Medical Assisting

Social/Behavioral Sciences PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3 semester credits
Natural Sciences

BIO101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO104 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

6 semester credits

Communication  ENG110 College Composition 3 semester credits
 

Practical Nursing (VA and SC)

Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY108 Normal Life Span

PSY109 Introduction to Psychology

2.5 semester credits
Natural Sciences

BIO112 and BIO112L Human Anatomy & Physiology w/ Terminology I and LAB

BIO117 and BIO117L Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Terminology and LAB

6 semester credits

Communication ENG109 College Composition 1.5 semester credits

Practical Nursing (NC)

Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY106 Normal Life Span

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

2.5 semester credits
Natural Sciences

BIO114 and BIO114L Human Anatomy & Physiology w/ Terminology I and LAB

BIO118 and BIO118L Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Terminology and LAB

6 semester credits

Communication ENG114 College Composition 1.5 semester credits

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE AND ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREES

The table below lists the required courses or course options for the Arts and Sciences core in each Associate degree program area.  Some programs in the health sciences may require additional courses in anatomy and physiology. Some programs in engineering technology may require additional courses in mathematics.

Computer & Information Science

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

One of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

3 semester credits

Mathematics MTH131 College Algebra 3 semester credits
Communication ENG110 College Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication
6 semester credits

Culinary Arts (Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, and Culinary Arts and Applied Nutrition)

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

One of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

3 semester credits

Mathematics

MTH120 College Mathematics OR

MTH131 College Algebra

3 semester credits
Communication ENG110 College Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication
6 semester credits

Electronics Engineering Technology

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

One of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

3 semester credits

Natural Sciences  PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB  4 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

3 semester credits
Communication ENG110 College Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication
6 semester credits

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

One of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

3 semester credits

Natural Sciences PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB 4 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

MTH200 Pre-calculus

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition

ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits

Dental Assisting, Medical Radiography, and Medical Assisting

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3 semester credits

Natural Sciences BIO101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO104 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

6 semester credits


Mathematics

MTH120 College Mathematics OR
MTH131 College Algebra

3 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition

COM115 Principles of Communication

6 semester credits

Emergency Medical Services and Surgical Technology

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3 semester credits

Natural Sciences BIO101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO104 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

6 semester credits

Mathematics

MTH120 College Mathematics OR
MTH131 College Algebra

3 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition

 

 

3 semester credits

(Surgical Technology)

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Associate Degree in Nursing

Humanities

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3 semester credits

Natural Sciences

PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB (Diagnostic Medical Sonography only)

BIO111 and BIO111L Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology and LAB

BIO116 and BIO116L Anatomy & Physiology II w/Terminology and LAB

8 semester credits

(Physical Therapist Assistant and Associate Degree in Nursing)

 

12 semester credits (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)

Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra (Physical Therapist Assistant and Associate Degree in Nursing only)

3 semester credits

(Physical Therapist Assistant and Associate Degree in Nursing only)

Communication

ENG110 College Composition

3 semester credits

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES

The table below lists the required courses or course options for the Arts and Sciences core in each Bachelor of Science degree program area.

Computer & Information Science and Organizational Leadership

Humanities HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

Two of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY220 Positive Psychology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

 

6 semester credits

Natural Sciences

PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB

OR

BIO122 and BIO122L Environmental Biology and LAB

 

4 semester credits

Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra AND

One of the following:

MTH140 Statistics (required for BS CIS)

MTH200 Pre-calculus

 

6 semester credits

Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits

Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Electronics Engineering Technology 

Humanities HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

Two of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY220 Positive Psychology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

6 semester credits
Natural Sciences

PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB

4 semester credits
Mathematics MTH131 College Algebra
MTH200 Pre-calculus
6 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Humanities HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

Two of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY220 Positive Psychology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

6 semester credits
Natural Sciences

PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB

4 semester credits
Mathematics MTH131 College Algebra
MTH200 Pre-calculus
MTH220 Applied Calculus I
MTH320 Applied Calculus II
12 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Criminal Justice

Humanities HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 semester credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences

 

Two of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY220 Positive Psychology
ECO201 Macroeconomics
ECO202 Microeconomics

6 semester credits
Natural Sciences

PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB

OR

BIO122 and BIO122L Environmental Biology and LAB

4 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

MTH140 Statistics 

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Business Administration

Humanities HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

Two of the following:

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY220 Positive Psychology

6 semester credits
Natural Sciences

PHY120 and PHY120L Physics and LAB

OR

BIO122 and BIO122L Environmental Biology and LAB

4 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra AND

One of the following:

 

MTH140 Statistics

MTH200 Pre-calculus

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Radiologic Sciences*

Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY300 Human Growth & Development

3 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

MTH140 Statistics

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG120 Advanced Composition

3 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

*The BS in Radiologic Sciences is a degree completion program. The program requires an additional 21 semester credits of Arts and Sciences prerequisite courses. 

Healthcare Administration

Humanities

HUM115 Reasoning & Analysis

HUM205 Culture and Diversity

6 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
ECO201 Macroeconomics

ECO202 Microeconomics

12 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

MTH140 Statistics

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Nursing, Bachelor of Science (Traditional Track)

Humanities HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 semester credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology
PSY300 Human Growth & Development

6 semester credits
Natural Sciences

BIO111 and BIO111L Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology and LAB

BIO116 and BIO116L Anatomy & Physiology II w/Terminology and LAB

8 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

MTH140 Statistics

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG110 College Composition
ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

9 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

Nursing, RN to BSN*

Social/Behavioral Sciences

SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY300 Human Growth & Development

6 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH140 Statistics

3 semester credits
Communication

ENG120 Advanced Composition
COM115 Principles of Communication

6 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

*The RN to BSN is a degree completion program. The program requires an additional 20 semester credits of Arts and Sciences prerequisite courses. 

Food Service Management*

Social/Behavioral Sciences

ECO201 Macroeconomics

3 semester credits
Mathematics

MTH131 College Algebra

MTH140 Statistics

6 semester credits
Communication

ENG120 Advanced Composition

3 semester credits
Capstone CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 semester credits

*The BS Food Service Management is a degree completion program. The program requires an additional 15 semester credits of Arts and Sciences courses. 

 

Self-Integration courses

In addition to the listed courses, students enroll in additional courses designed to help them learn valuable research skills, become more technically literate, and initiate successful career searches.

Most programs require an orientation course to assist students in becoming familiar with the learning resources available to them at ECPI. They may also take other computer science courses to help them become proficient at using the technologies available to them at school and at work. Near the end of their academic careers, students take a Career Orientation course, in which they learn a variety of professional skills, including how to complete an interview process successfully and how to prepare effective resumes.