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Foundational Courses

Foundational courses are the 100-200 level courses that fulfill K-State 8/general education requirements, as well as various college requirements. Not sure which course to take? Check out the list below to learn more about these courses, which requirements they fulfill, and why you should take them here at K-State! 

AMETH 160 – Intro to American Ethnic Studies  

AMETH 160 prepares students to function productively in our multicultural society. It provides a deep interdisciplinary understanding of America's race relations and of how race and ethnic understandings have been shaped across history. We explore Native American, African American, Mexican/Latina/o American, Asian American, and White American historical dynamics and understandings.

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Human Diversity within the US
Historical Perspectives 

Arts and Sciences:
US Multicultural Overlay

Why take this class at K-State?

K-State is the only Kansas university (and one of the few in the nation) with highly experienced professors who hold doctoral degrees in American Ethnic Studies. Our department offers this Introduction course with an extremely high level of relevant knowledge.

BIOCH 110 - Biochemistry and Society

The impact that Life Sciences have had on society cannot be overstated. Everything from diet to disease to crime detection to environmental effects and others have been directly affected by biological and biochemical research and discoveries. BIOCH 110 was designed to introduce the non-scientist to current bioscience concepts and issues that have personal, social and ethical significance and consequences. This course will change the way you view your magnificent body.

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning
Natural and Physical Sciences

Arts and Sciences:
Life Science with a Lab (if taken with BIOCH 111)

Why take this class at K-State?

Biochemistry and Society is taught by the faculty members with active cutting-edge research programs. The class is interactive and includes student presentations and discussions. The course textbook is available as an eBook and is frequently updated to reflect the latest changes in the subject matter.

Biology 198 – Principles of Biology

Have you ever wondered – How do nerves work? How do cells become cancerous? Why is the rainforest so diverse? How do bacteria become antibiotic resistant? How do plants make sugars? How do plants transport water without a heart? Principles of Biology is an introductory course designed for science majors and covers a broad range of topics in the field of Biology (Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Metabolism, and Plant Biology) that answers the above questions. In addition, students explore how basic biological principles are important to their career interests and how Biology is connected to their everyday lives.

 

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning
Natural and Physical Sciences

Arts and Sciences:
Life Science with a Lab

Why take this class at K-State?

Principles of Biology is taught in studio format where lecture and laboratory exercises are combined into one session. Class size is relatively small 78 students with 2 instructors, 2 GTAs and a practicum which makes the student/teacher ratio about 16:1. The classroom is not a passive learning environment, students are actively engaged in the process of learning and learn more effectively. Students who are successful in this course are successful throughout their college career. Additional information can be found here https://www.k-state.edu/biology/pob/.

  

Chemistry 210 - Chemistry I

Are you curious about the world around you? If so, Chemistry I is the course for you!  You will learn how to speak the language of chemistry, understand the nature of the chemical bond, and explore why all the elements behave the way they do.  You will begin to examine how the world works when viewed through the window of chemistry.

 

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning
Natural and Physical Sciences

Why take this class at K-State?

Chemistry has been taught at K-State since 1885, and we have the experience, the expertise, and the dedication to deliver high-quality instruction.  Our laboratories are modern and up-to-date, and we have state-of-the-art facilities.  Students receive hands-on experience with instruments that they will encounter in their future careers.  All our instructors have doctoral degrees, and many have received prestigious teaching awards.  We provide trained tutors, chemistry help room services, and exam review sessions free of charge.  Invaluable resources that will enable all students to do well such as free online textbooks, guided lecture-notes, problem-solving class activities, in-class activities, problem-solving worksheets, clicker quizzes, and practice exams are offered at no extra cost.  Highly trained and experienced teaching assistants deliver pre-lab lectures, and create a safe and inspirational laboratory experience.  A full time safety officer and a lab director are always available during scheduled lab times. 

Chemistry 230 - Chemistry II

Do you want to know how atoms and molecules connect to and control the real world? If so, Chemistry II is the course for you!  You will learn how to slow down or speed up a chemical reaction, you will gain an appreciation for how chemical equilibria influence many biological systems as well as being able to predict whether a particular chemical reaction will work, or not.

 

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning
Natural and Physical Sciences

Why take this class at K-State?

Chemistry has been taught at K-State since 1885, and we have the experience, the expertise, and the dedication to deliver high-quality instruction.  Our laboratories are modern and up-to-date, and we have state-of-the-art facilities.  Students receive hands-on experience with instruments that they will encounter in their future careers.  All our instructors have doctoral degrees, and many have received prestigious teaching awards.  We provide trained tutors, chemistry help room services, and exam review sessions free of charge.  Invaluable resources that will enable all students to do well such as free online textbooks, guided lecture-notes, problem-solving class activities, in-class activities, problem-solving worksheets, clicker quizzes, and practice exams are offered at no extra cost.  Highly trained and experienced teaching assistants deliver pre-lab lectures, and create a safe and inspirational laboratory experience.  A full time safety officer and a lab director are always available during scheduled lab times.

Comm 105/106 – Public Speaking

More than just “speech,” COMM 105/106 gives you the chance to build communication skills needed for success in your career, community life, and family life. You’ll improve your speaking and writing skills, your ability to inform others, your skills in persuading people, and your ability to work in teams. This is the foundational course that prepares you for success in college and beyond.

 

Requirements fulfilled:

COMM 105/106 fulfills the oral communication competency requirement from the Kansas Board of Regents.

 

Why take this class at K-State?

- People invested in your success will be working with you to help you along the way.

- The course uses a textbook that’s over 50% cheaper than similar texts used in a lot of other places

- The course is designed and overseen by a nationally-recognized expert in speech

- You can be sure that the course meets Board of Regents requirements, which other courses may not.

 

Econ 110 – Principles of Macroeconomics

After taking this class, students should have a better understanding of why ‘The Great Recession” occurred and why the U.S. economy has recovered from that.  Fiscal policies, monetary policies, the value of money and trade policies are discussed in depth.  Students better understand issues such as budget deficits, tariffs and “Trade Wars” as well as understand the size of the economy and concerns about inflation and unemployment.  Many unintended consequences of government programs are investigated in this course. Study of these topics should help you better evaluate decisions made by businesses, consumers and government in everyday life and make you a better-informed voter. 

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Global issues and Perspectives
Social Sciences

Why take this course at K-State?

At Kansas State University in this course, students are taught by award winning faculty, many ECON 110 lectures include examples from “The Economics of The Office (TV Show)” website or other relevant examples (Broadway shows, “Shark Tank”, or “Big Bang Theory” just to name a few examples) and students frequently compete in a Federal Reserve “Econ Fantasy Forecasting” game which helps students bring economic data to life.  Interactive opportunities to discuss and understand topical economic issues abound in this class.  Students may be asked to participate in the Econ Club’s annual “Student Price Index” data collection and press release.

Econ 120 – Principles of Microeconomics

After taking this class, students should have a better understanding of their everyday life and decisions facing firms.  Why did I spend my time or money the way I did?  Why can’t I find a place to park on campus easily?  Why is there such a long line to get into certain clubs or restaurants?  How do firms make pricing decisions?  What are the pros and cons of a higher minimum wage?  What are unintended consequences of rent controls or “anti-price gouging” legislation?

Requirements Fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Social Science

Why take this course at K-State?

At Kansas State University, many sections of principles of microeconomics are taught by content experts who have published in the most prestigious journals in the economics discipline.  Many courses, feature discussions of current events, including timely and topical guest speakers.  Actual policies which affect all of our lives are frequently discussed.  Students gain a better understanding of how to measure opportunity costs after taking this class and hopefully are able to ignore “sunk costs.”

Geography 100 – World Geography and Globalization

The process of globalization is fundamentally changing the way all of us operate in this world. This course helps you understand that process and how it impacts world cultures, places, and current events.  World Geography and Globalization brings the beauty, complexity, and wonder of world cultures and places to you.  A must if you dream about traveling and exploring the world in which you live, or simply aspire to make a living in an increasingly connected and complex world.  

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Global Issues and Perspectives
Historical Perspectives

Why take this class at K-State?
Helps students: 1) become familiar with the people and places around them, 2) understand how past and current events have shaped and continue to shape the world in which we live, 3) appreciate different cultural norms and behaviors, 4) cultivate the understanding and appreciation that is critical for succeeding in international business, 5) grasp and anticipate various opportunities in an increasingly globalized world.     

 

Geology 100 -  Earth in Action

Are you interested in the Earth’s energy, mineral, and water resources? Do you want to learn more about climate change, environmental problems, the Earth’s pre-human history, and the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions? GEOL 100 will help you learn more about these topics and more. This class is a 3-credit hour introductory geology lecture that covers a variety of topics about the Earth’s physical and chemical processes, including how rocks and minerals form and are used to interpret the Earth’s history. Various techniques of active learning and student engagement such as virtual reality field trips (and real field trips for the First Year Seminar section) are used to help reinforce lecture discussions and help students learn to think like a scientist.

GEOL 103 (Geology Laboratory) may be taken with this lecture course to make it an elective with a laboratory section. It is also offered online through Global Campus. 

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Historical Perspectives
Natural and Physical Sciences

Why take this class at K-State?

At K-State you will learn about planet Earth from scientists who have explored and studied some of the most remote and extreme environments on Earth. Geology faculty offer the best of their knowledge and experience in an engaging and interactive format.  Because geology plays such an important role in our economy (energy, water, mineral resources), relevant and up-to-date discoveries in geosciences are a fundamental focus for the course.  You will gain insights into this dynamic planet we call home—learning how the Earth works from its core to the atmosphere—which covering topics as diverse as water resources and the High Plains aquifer, energy production and induced earthquakes, plate tectonics, and the environment. 

Psychology 110 – General Psychology

Ever wonder what makes humans tick?  Although there are many commonalities due to how the brain works from recognizing objects to what improves memory, people also vary in study habits, preferences, personality, leadership styles, and dysfunction.  This course will help you gain insight on the forces that drive our similarities and our differences.

 

Requirements fulfilled:

K-State 8:
Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning
Social Sciences

Arts and Sciences
Social Sciences core requirement

This course also serves as a prerequisite for courses across the Colleges and fulfilling core requirements in some majors in the College of Health and Human Services

 

Why take this class at K-State?

You’re able to learn from those who are producing the cutting-edge research in psychology, not simply reading it.  Classes are commonly taught by professors with national reputations in their area of expertise thus helping you build broad professional connections beyond the walls of the institution.