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Colonnade Requirements

We've indicated the Colonnade/Gen. Ed. category that each course fulfills, but please feel free to view the full list of Colonnade requirements.

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Online Courses

Most courses are three credit-hours. Exceptions are noted in the course descriptions below. 

**Students must have a high school GPA of 2.5 to participate in WKU's Dual Credit Program. New students must submit transcripts after applying. Any other course requirements are listed in the course description. 

Fall 2022 semester will begin August 22nd, deadline to sign up is August 15th. 

Fall 2022 tuition is $91 per credit hour (this does NOT include any materials required for your course)  


Register Here for Fall 2022



3 Credit Hours

Art Appreciation - Arts & Humanities Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introductory study of the visual arts.

BIOL 113 - 

3 Credit Hours

Biology - Natural & Physical Sciences Lab Colonnade/Gen. Ed 

An introductory course in biology for the non-science major, which emphasizes the diversity and organization of life integrated with major principles and new discoveries.

BIOL 114 - 

1 Credit Hour/LAB

Biology - Natural & Physical Sciences Lab Colonnade/Gen. Ed

A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 113 for non-science majors emphasizing the scientific process, biological concepts and biological organization.

CHEM 101 - 

3 Credit Hours

Intro to Chemistry - Natural & Physical Sciences Lab Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

A one semester terminal course covering applied chemistry and environmental considerations which can be used for general education requirements in the science field for non-science majors and mi

nors. In-class laboratory constitutes 20 percent of class. 

CHEM 109 - 

3 Credit Hours


Intro to College Chemistry - Natural & Physical Sciences Lab Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

A one-semester course for students desiring a general survey of chemistry with a mathematical emphasis. An introductory course for College Chemistry students whose ACT score in mathematics would indicate marginal success in CHEM 120. Does not count toward a major/minor in chemistry nor does it satisfy the requirements for certain consumer and family science or agriculture majors. CHEM 106 laboratory is optional.

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 116 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 117 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 118 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 119 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 122 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 126 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 136 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 132 (may be taken concurrently) or MA 116C (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 116E (may be taken concurrently))


CHIN 101 -

3 Credit Hours


Elementary Chinese -

Conversational Mandarin with basic grammar and basic functional vocabulary of the Chinese language. Includes aspects of contemporary Chinese culture.                            

101 courses are for “true beginners” who have no previous knowledge of the language. This is the first course in a curriculum leading to the option to major/minor in the language. 

COMM 145 -

3 Credit Hours


Fundamentals of Public SpeakingHuman Communications Colonnade/Gen Ed.

Focuses on the preparation and delivery of public speeches (informative and persuasive), with skills development in listening, teamwork, and interpersonal communication contexts.

CRIM 101 -

3 Credit Hours

Intro to Criminal JusticeSocial & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

Survey of criminal justice systems, including police, courts and corrections.

ECON 150 - 

3 Credit Hours

Intro EconomicsSocial & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

A general introduction to economic concepts, ideas, institutions and methods of analysis with emphasis on the description of economic processes and the functioning of institutions in a market economy.

ENV 120 -

3 Credit Hours


Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

An introduction to the principles of occupational safety and health. A survey course covering the basic principles and techniques of accident investigation and prevention. 

ENV 280 -

3 Credit Hours

Introduction to Environmental ScienceNatural & Physical Sciences Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introductory course devoted to the study of environmental issues. A general understanding of the application of science to solve contemporary environmental challenges. 

FIN 161 -

3 Credit Hours

Personal FinanceSocial & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

Designed to serve the personal finance needs of students regardless of their major fields. Practical applications in personal and family financial planning, including credit, buying, borrowing, banking, insurance, investments, taxation, estate planning and home ownership.

HCA 120

3 Credit Hours


Health Literacy for Consumers - Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SB

Provides an introduction to health literacy from a consumer's perspective. Students will examine the current state of affairs in healthcare, identify medical challenges, and learn how consumers can heighten awareness and better prepare to be their own best advocate.

HIM 100 - 

4 Credit Hours

Health Data Content and Structure

Emphasis on the health information profession, interdisciplinary relationships, health care data management, documentation standards, methods of access and retention of image-based information and maintenance of health information in acute and non-acute care facilities. Procedures for maintaining vital statistics and specialized registries will be included.

HIM 225 -2 Credit Hours

Legal Issues in Health Information Management

Advanced course relating concepts and principles of law,    the health record as a legal document, confidential communication, consents and authorization, release of information and current trends in health legislation.

HIM 290 - 

2 Credit Hours

Medical Terminology

A course designed to acquaint the student with the specialized language of medicine and to develop communication skills in areas where use of medical terms is necessary and appropriate.

HIST 102 - 

3 Credits Hours

World History - World History Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

A comparative historical survey of the major political, religious, and cultural developments in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from 1500 to present.

LEAD 200 - 

3 Credit Hours

Introduction to Leadership StudiesSocial & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introduction to the basics of effective leadership including an investigation of leadership theories and assessment of leadership styles.

PS 110 - 

3 Credit Hours

American National Government - Social & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

The essentials of the political system and processes, particularly at the national level, in the United States.

PSY 100 -

3 Credit Hours

Intro Psychology - Social & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introductory course dealing with principles of behavior, scientific methods of psychology, measurement, learning, perception, motivation, development, personality, abnormal behavior, social behavior, intelligence, and other topics.

PSYS 160 -

3 Credit Hours


Intro Biopsychology -Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS 

An introductory class emphasizing the contributions of molecular, cellular, physiological, and evolutionary biology to the scientific understanding of psychological processes. Topics include the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, hormones and behavior, and the interaction of genes and environment.

PSYS 220 -

3 Credit Hours


Intro Developmental Psyschology Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS 

A general course in developmental psychology covering the entire life span. Included are a description of growth stages, theories of development, and research methods of development

RELS 100 -

3 Credit Hours

The New TestamentArts & Humanities Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introduction to the historical, literary, and cultural approaches to the New Testament with a view toward understanding and interpretation.

RELS 101 -

3 Credit Hours

The Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures - Arts & Humanities Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introduction to the historical, literary, and cultural approaches to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) with a view toward understanding and interpretation.

RELS 102 -

3 Credit Hours

World Religions - Arts & Humanities Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

An introduction to the study of religion from Western and non-Western cultures. The course surveys and critiques definitions of religion and examines topics such as the historical, social, psychological, and ethical implications of a number of religious traditions.

SOCL 100 -

3 Credit Hours

Intro Sociology - Social & Behavioral Studies Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

Introduction to the basic concepts of society and culture, group behavior, population, class, minorities, community, social institutions and social changes.


Is the course you want full? Email Brittney Sholar at brittney.sholar@wku.edu with any questions.



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