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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 2021 semester will begin Monday, August 23rd. Fall 2021 tuition will be set and posted at a later date. 


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3 Credit Hours

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

An introductory study of the visual arts.


3 Credit Hours

General Biology - Natural & Physical Sciences 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

General Biology Lab - 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 minors. In-class laboratory constitutes 20 percent of class. 


4 Credit Hours

Chemistry/Health SciencesNatural & Physical Sciences

A course designed to emphasize the practical aspects on inorganic, organic and biochemistry as related to human health. The course is offered specifically for students in the allied health programs, but is also recommended for students in physical education, recreation, health and safety and other disciplines dealing with human health. 

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.


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.

CS 170

3 Credit Hours

Problem Solving & Programming

The fundamentals of problem solving, program design, and program development techniques. A high-level programming language is used and lab experiences are included. The course may not be counted toward a computer science major or minor. 

ACT Math [Test Score: 22] or KYOTE College Algebra [Test Score: 14]

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.

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 290

3 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.

IDFM 132

3 Credits Hours

Perspectives of Dress 

An introduction to the fashion industry and the motivational factors influencing clothing choices. Dress is considered from psychological, socioeconomic, and design perspectives.

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.

MATH 109

3 Credit Hours

General Mathematics - Quantitative Reasoning Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

Terminal course for non-science majors suggested for the student who has satisfactorily completed minimum high school mathematics requirements and needs no further work in algebra. Topics include sets, introduction to probability and statistics, geometry, and consumer mathematics.

Prerequisite(s): (ACT Math with a score of 19 or SAT Mathematics Score with a score of 510)

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

Introduction to Biopsychology - Natural & Physical Sciences Colonnade/Gen. Ed.

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.

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 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.


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