Sep 22, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22

OHIO BRICKS


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General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Ohio University believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include the ability to:

  • Build connections between yourself and others through teamwork and intercultural knowledge.
  • Reason quantitatively, critically, and ethically.
  • Integrate learning between knowledge and experience.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speech.
  • Know the materials and methods of inquiry in arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  • Synthesize skills and knowledge across the curriculum.

To help you meet these objectives, Ohio University has instituted a five-category general education requirement known as BRICKS. Courses offer learning opportunities to achieve breadth of knowledge and common goals learning outcomes. All baccalaureate degree students (except those in Honors Tutorial College) must complete Ohio University’s BRICKS requirements.

Foundations Requirements

Foundations ground general education. Foundation courses provide you with opportunities to learn to communicate effectively through writing, to reason quantitatively, and to build global and domestic intercultural knowledge and competence.

Written Communication. Three credit hours of Written Communication coursework is required. Either ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I (3 hours)   or ENG 1610 - Freshman Composition: Writing and Rhetoric (4 hours)  (for non-native English speakers only) will satisfy the Written Communication requirement.

Advanced Writing. Three credit hours of Advanced Writing coursework is required. Below is a complete list of approved Advanced Writing courses. Courses that meet the Advanced Writing requirement are marked in the catalog with the designation Foundation: Advanced Writing under OHIO BRICKS. It may be possible to fulfill this requirement by taking at least three credit hours in your major; you should see your major advisor for information as to whether your discipline offers such a course or courses.

Quantitative Reasoning. You must demonstrate or acquire an acceptable level of quantitative reasoning to satisfy graduation requirements. Three credit hours of Quantitative Reasoning coursework or Placement Level 3 is required. The University uses a combination of your ACT or SAT Math sub-score and your high school GPA to determine an initial math placement or exemption. Students in some majors are required to have a math placement regardless of transfer or advanced placement credit in order to meet the requisite requirements. The choice of the course in which you should enroll, if any, depends on your major, catalog of entry, and math placement, and it should be discussed with your academic advisor. 

Students without high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, advanced placement math credit, or a transferable math course must take a math placement test. To determine if you should take a math placement test and to learn how to do so go to the Math Placement website

Athens Campus and eCampus students should direct questions to the College of Arts & Sciences at cas.undergrad@ohio.edu or 740.593.2846. Regional campus and eCampus students should contact their student services offices for math placement information. 

To enroll in any mathematics (MATH) or other quantitative reasoning course, you must place at the required placement level for that course or satisfy the appropriate requisites. Quantitative reasoning courses are marked in this catalog with the designation Foundation: Quantitative Reasoning under OHIO BRICKS. 

DV (Developmental): Placement at this level indicates the need for further preparation before enrolling in a quantitative reasoning course. You must complete  MATH D004 - Intermediate Algebra with PreAlgebra (5 hours)    or MATH D005 - Intermediate Algebra (4 hours)    before enrolling in a quantitative reasoning course.

PL1 (Placement Level 1): Placement at this level indicates preparation for any of the following courses that will fulfill the quantitative reasoning requirement:  MATH 1060 - Quantitative Reasoning (3 hours)  MATH 1101 - Elementary Topics in Mathematics I (4 hours)  MATH 1200 - College Algebra (4 hours) , MATH 1250 - Introductory Game Theory (3 hours) , MATH 1321 - Elementary Applied Mathematics I (3 hours)  MATH 1500 - Introductory Statistics (3 hours)  PHIL 1200 - Principles of Reasoning (3 hours)  PSY 1110 - Elementary Statistical Reasoning (3 hours) 

Note: Students who need MATH 1350 - Survey of Calculus (4 hours)  should enroll first in MATH 1200   and then take MATH 1350 . Students who need MATH 2301 - Calculus I (4 hours)  should begin with MATH 1200 - College Algebra (4 hours) , then take  MATH 1300 - Pre-Calculus (4 hours) , and then MATH 2301 . Students cannot earn credit for both MATH 1350   and 2301 .  

PL2 (Placement Level 2): Placement at this level indicates preparation for Level 1 courses as well as these additional quantitative reasoning courses:  MATH 1300 - Pre-Calculus (4 hours)  MATH 1322 - Elementary Applied Mathematics II (3 hours)  MATH 1350 - Survey of Calculus (4 hours)  PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4 hours) .

Note:  MATH 1300 - Pre-Calculus (4 hours)  is the requisite course for  MATH 2301 - Calculus I (4 hours) . MATH 1300  is not recommended unless you plan on enrolling in MATH 2301 . Students cannot earn credit for both MATH 1350   and 2301 . 

PL3 (Placement Level 3): Placement at this level demonstrates quantitative reasoning competence sufficient to fulfill the quantitative reasoning requirement. If your major requires that you enroll in a quantitative reasoning course, placement at Level 3 indicates preparation for MATH 2301 - Calculus I (4 hours)  and any course in Level 1 or 2. A Level 3 placement does not guarantee a waiver of college or major requirements in mathematics. Contact your college student services office to see if a college waiver is in effect for your major.

Intercultural Explorations. Two credit hours of Intercultural Exploration coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the intercultural explorations requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Foundation: Intercultural Explorations under OHIO BRICKS. 

Pillars Requirements

Pillars support breadth of knowledge. Pillar courses provide you with opportunities to acquire subject-matter knowledge and learn the methods of inquiry associated with the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Through breadth of knowledge, Pillar courses will enable you to explore multiple viewpoints, ideas, and disciplines important for any career. Note: A course cannot apply toward both pillars and arches.

Humanities: Texts and Contexts. Three credit hours of Humanities: Texts and Contexts coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Humanities: Texts and Contexts requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Pillar: Humanities: Texts and Contexts under OHIO BRICKS.

Humanities: Arts. Three credit hours of Humanities: Arts coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Humanities: Arts requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Pillar: Humanities: Arts under OHIO BRICKS. 

Natural Sciences. Three credit hours of Natural Science coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Natural Sciences requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Pillar: Natural Sciences under OHIO BRICKS.

Social or Behavioral Sciences. Three credit hours of Social or Behavioral Science coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Social or Behavioral Sciences requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Pillar: Social or Behavioral Sciences under OHIO BRICKS. 

Arches Requirements

Arches span disciplinary perspectives. Arch courses provide you with opportunities to explore a single topic through multiple liberal arts disciplines. Arch courses also offer opportunities for you to develop your critical thinking and teamwork skills. To complete the requirement, you are required to take at least three credit hours from each of the Connected World, Constructed World, and Natural World courses listed below. Note: A course cannot apply toward both pillars and arches.

Connected World. Three credit hours of Connected World coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Connected World requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Arch: Connected World under OHIO BRICKS.

Constructed World. Three credit hours of Constructed World coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Constructed World requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Arch: Constructed World under OHIO BRICKS. 

Natural World. Three credit hours of Natural World coursework is required. The following courses fulfill the Natural World requirement and are marked in this catalog with the designation Arch: Natural World under OHIO BRICKS.

Arch Topics

You are encouraged (but not required) to take courses from a single Arch topic in order to build your critical thinking and teamwork skills through multiple liberal arts disciplines focused on the same broad topic. Descriptions of the Arch topics are provided below:

The Global Connections Arch explores diverse cultural, economic, social, political, biological, and ecological systems in historical and contemporary contexts, with an emphasis on interconnections that shape our local and global communities. Courses examine the form and movement of people, ideas, resources, technologies, and processes within and across borders. Learn how to communicate across cultures, work in diverse global contexts, and become a successful global citizen in a rapidly changing multicultural world.

The Health and Wellness Arch explores interconnections between minds, bodies, and society that affect our personal and community health and well-being. These interconnections include local, regional, national, and global systems of nourishment, caregiving, healing, support, recovery, and health care, both past and present. Courses in this Arch also examine contributors to illness, disease, injury, and death as well as ways in which social, economic, environmental, and political inequities adversely affect health and wellness. Learn how to optimize quality of life through healthy nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices and how personal well-being is connected to the public policies, social norms, and general welfare of our communities.

The Science, Technology, and Society Arch explores the grand landscape of science, technology, and society, and the interplay among them. Learn how to synthesize the insights from different disciplines and critically evaluate the reciprocal influence of these three areas on one another.

The Society and Justice Arch examines the interdependency of social norms and law, and how this relationship in turn shapes conceptions of justice. In this Arch, students will learn how individuals and groups use socio-political, scientific, and legal tools to mobilize for justice and the kinds of barriers they encounter along the way. Learn how your voice and actions can play a role in positive social change.

The Sustainability Arch encompasses the three pillars of environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality, with the goal of creating thriving, healthy, diverse, and resilient communities for this generation and generations to come. The Sustainability Arch places emphasis on critical thinking and teamwork directed at sustainability issues, problems, and solutions. Achieving sustainability will require an understanding of human and environmental systems and the complex interactions between them, from local to global levels. The Arch invites you to envision a meaningful future, to explore your own personal values, and to think critically about economic, social, political, cultural, and scientific assumptions about humans’ relationships to the environment.

Bridges Requirements

Bridges connect common goals to disciplines. Bridge courses provide you with opportunities to develop specific abilities frequently sought by employers and important to an educated society.

Speaking & Listening. One credit hour of Speaking & Listening coursework is required. This catalog contains a complete list of Speaking and Listening courses marked with the designation Bridge: Speaking and Listening under OHIO BRICKS. To identify Speaking and Listening courses, place “Speaking and Listening” in the keyword or phrase search from the Course Descriptions page.

Ethics & Reasoning. One credit hour of Ethics & Reasoning coursework is required. This catalog contains a complete list of Ethics and Reasoning courses marked with the designation Bridge: Ethics and Reasoning under OHIO BRICKS. To identify Ethics and Reasoning courses, place “Ethics and Reasoning” in the keyword or phrase search from the Course Descriptions page.

Diversity & Practice. One credit hour of Diversity & Practice coursework is required. This catalog contains a complete list of Diversity and Practice courses marked with the designation Bridge: Diversity and Practice under OHIO BRICKS. To identify Diversity and Practice courses, place “Diversity and Practice” in the keyword or phrase search from the Course Descriptions page.

Learning & Doing. One credit hour of Learning & Doing coursework is required. This catalog contains a complete list of Learning and Doing courses marked with the designation Bridge: Learning and Doing under OHIO BRICKS. To identify Learning and Doing courses, place “Learning and Doing” in the keyword or phrase search from the Course Descriptions page.

Capstones Requirement

Capstones complete general education. Capstone courses provide you with opportunities to integrate and apply what you have learned throughout your learning journey.

Two credit hours of Capstone coursework is required. This catalog contains a complete list of Capstone courses marked with the designation Capstone under OHIO BRICKS. To identify Capstone courses, place “Capstone” in the keyword or phrase search from the Course Descriptions page. It may be possible to fulfill this requirement by taking at least two credit hours in your major; you should see your major advisor for information as to whether your discipline offers such a course or courses.

General Education Requirements for Applied Associate Degrees

Students completing Ohio University’s applied associate degrees are required to complete 15 credit hours of Ohio Transfer 36-approved coursework including:

To complete the minimum 15 credit hours of Ohio Transfer 36-approved coursework, students may also complete OHIO’s Ohio Transfer 36-approved Second Writing course,  ENG 2800 - Expository Writing and the Research Paper (3 hours)  or OHIO’s Ohio Transfer 36-approved Oral Communication course,  COMS 1030 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 hours) .

General Education Requirements for Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees

Students completing Ohio University’s Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are required to complete 36 hours of Ohio Transfer 36-approved coursework with a minimum of 24 semester hours from the following:

  • Written Communication (3 hours). Either ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I (3 hours)  or ENG 1610 - Freshman Composition: Writing and Rhetoric (4 hours)  (for non-native English speakers only) will satisfy the written communication requirement.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 hours). Courses that fulfill Quantitative Reasoning requirement are listed above.
  • Humanities: Arts (3 hours). Courses that fulfill the Humanities: Arts requirement are listed above.
  • Humanities: Texts and Contexts (3 hours). Courses that fulfill the Humanities: Texts and Contexts requirement are listed above.
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences or Connected World (6 hours). Courses that fulfill the Social or Behavioral Sciences requirement are listed above. Courses that fulfill the Connected World requirement are listed above.
  • Natural Sciences or Natural World (6 hours). Courses that fulfill the Natural Sciences requirement are listed above. Courses that fulfill the Natural World requirement are listed above.