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Introduction This section of the Catalog is devoted to describing the op- tions available to the Lee College students who (1) plan to earn a certificate or associate degree from Lee College, (2) plan to transfer the credits they earn at Lee College to an- other institution, or (3) both graduate and transfer. Coordinating Board approved certificates require from 15 to 59 semester credit hours; associate degrees require 60 to 66 credits. For students considering a career in a technical field, an investment of one to four semesters of study is very rea- sonable. For students planning to earn certificates or bac- calaureate degrees, should realize that over 70% of all jobs require some college. Some students, however, may wish to transfer to other insti- tutions without earning a degree at Lee College. Students who plan to transfer to other institutions – with or without a Lee College degree – should obtain a catalog from the insti- tution to which they plan to transfer and work with a Lee College counselor in the selection of their courses. Course options and degree requirements at universities vary from institution to institution and, in many cases, from college to college within institutions. Plan to complete core at Lee Col- lege. Core Curriculum Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a founda- tion of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natu- ral world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practi- cal skills that are essential for all learning. Core Objectives • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, in- novation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthe- sis of information • Communication Skills - to include effective develop- ment, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the ma- nipulation and analysis of numerical data or observ- able facts resulting in informed conclusions • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to con- nect choices, actions and consequences to ethical de- cision-making • Social Responsibility: to include intercultural compe- tence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities Foundational Component Areas Communication focuses on developing ideas and express- ing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fos- tering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively. • Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual skills that enable people to exchange messages ap- propriate to the subject, occasion, and audience. • The core objectives of critical thinking, communication skills, teamwork, and personal responsibility are ad- dressed by each course in this component area. Mathematics focuses on quantitative literacy in logic, pat- terns, and relationships. • Courses involve the understanding of key mathemati- cal concepts and the application of appropriate math- ematical tools to the everyday experience. • The core objectives of critical thinking, communication skills, and empirical and quantitative skills are ad- dressed by each course in this component area. Life and Physical Sciences focus on describing, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method. • Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on human experiences. • The core objectives of critical thinking, communication skills, empirical and quantitative analysis, and team- work are addressed by each course in this component area. Language, Philosophy, and Culture focuses on how ideas, values, beliefs and other aspects of culture express and af- fect human experience. • Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to under- stand the human condition across cultures. • The core objectives of critical thinking, communication skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility are addressed by each course in this component area. 55

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