Pathways: Course Alternative

Wallace State Community College is a Pathways college. The college offers four General Pathways for students as they begin their college career: Liberal Arts/General Studies, Applied Technology, Health Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Within those broad Pathways are many specific major Pathways.

Each major at WCCS includes a Pathway Map that identifies one path toward that degree. Those Pathway Maps are posted online as part of each program description. Occasionally a Pathway Map includes options for a student to personalize a Pathway with their own course selections. Opportunities to personalize a Pathway are noted on Pathway Maps by an asterisk next to some classes. To personalize a Pathway, examine a course that includes the asterisks indicating a personalization option and then consider other classes within that course’s Area. The Area is also noted on the Pathway Map.

The list below notes classes personalization options within each Area. If you are considering a Pathway Map course personalization, you are advised to schedule a meeting with a Success Advisor to review your plans.

Area I Written Composition: No substitutions.

Area II Humanities and Fine Arts:
Pathways that require Fine Arts-Appreciation courses can include the following:

ART 100 Art Appreciation (A) 3SH
ART 203 Art History I (A) 3SH
ART 204 Art History II (A) 3SH
DNC 101 Dance Appreciation (A) 3SH
MUS 101 Music Appreciation (A) 3SH
THR 120 Theatre Appreciation (A) 3SH
THR 126 Introduction to Theatre (A) 3SH

* A General Studies degree requires at least one appreciation course.

Pathways that require Fine Arts-Literature courses can include the following:

ENG 251 American Literature I 3SH
ENG 252 American Literature II 3SH
ENG 261 English Literature I 3SH
ENG 262 English Literature II 3SH
ENG 271 World Literature I 3SH
ENG 272 World Literature II 3SH

* A General Studies degree requires at least one literature course.

Pathways that require Fine Arts/Humanities classes that are not specifically appreciation or literature requirements can include the following:

ART 100 Art Appreciation (A) 3SH
ART 203 Art History I (A) 3SH
ART 204 Art History II (A) 3SH
DNC 101 Dance Appreciation (A) 3SH
ENG 251 American Literature I 3SH
ENG 252 American Literature II 3SH
ENG 261 English Literature I 3SH
ENG 262 English Literature II 3SH
ENG 271 World Literature I 3SH
ENG 272 World Literature II 3SH
HUM 101 Introduction to Humanities I 3SH
HUM 102 Introduction to Humanities II 3SH
IDS 102 Ethics 3SH
MUS 101 Music Appreciation 3SH
PHL 106 Introduction to Philosophy 3SH
PHL 206 Ethics and Society 3SH
REL 100 World Religions 3SH
REL 151 Survey of the Old Testament 3SH
REL 152 Survey of the New Testament 3SH
THR 120 Theatre Appreciation (A) 3SH
THR 126 Introduction to Theatre (A) 3SH

* When selecting from these options, confirm whether or not an appreciation or literature course is required.

Area III Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Pathways that require Natural Science courses can include the following:

AST 220 Introduction to Astronomy 4SH
BIO 101 Introduction to Biology I 4SH
BIO 102 Introduction to Biology II 4SH
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I 4SH
BIO 104 Principles of Biology II 4SH
CHM 104 Introduction to Chemistry I 4SH
CHM 105 Introduction to Chemistry II 4SH
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4SH
CHM 112 College Chemistry II 4SH
GEO 101 Principles of Physical Geography I 4SH
GEO 102 Principles of Physical Geography II 4SH
GLY 101 Introduction to Geology I 4SH
GLY 102 Introduction to Geology II 4SH
PHS 111 Physical Science I 4SH
PHS 112 Physical Science II 4SH
PHY 120 Introduction to Physics 4SH
PHY 201 General Physics I 4SH
PHY 202 General Physics II 4SH
PHY 213 General Physics with Calculus I 4SH
PHY 214 General Physics with Calculus II 4SH

For Pathways that require a math course, follow these guidelines.

A Pathway Map typically lists the lowest-level math course that fulfills a degree requirement. Eligible students can choose to begin with a higher-level math course and fulfill the degree requirement. Success Advisors can assist with placement into an appropriate math course.

Note: MTH 116 Mathematical Applications will satisfy some Applied Science Degree requirements but does not meet general core requirements for an Associate in Science Degree. It is not a higher-level math course than MTH 110, MTH 112, MTH 113, or MTH 115.

Area IV History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences
Pathways that require History courses can include the following:

HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3SH
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II 3SH
HIS 121 World History I 3SH
HIS 122 World History II 3SH
HIS 201 United States History I 3SH
HIS 202 United States History II 3SH

* A General Studies degree requires at least one history course.

Pathways that require History, Social and/or Behavioral Science courses can include the following:

ECO 231 Principles of Macroeconomics 3SH
ECO 232 Principles of Microeconomics 3SH
GEO 100 World Regional Geography 3SH
GEO 101 Principles of Physical Geography I 3SH
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3SH
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II 3SH
HIS 121 World History I 3SH
HIS 122 World History II 3SH
HIS 201 United States History I 3SH
HIS 202 United States History II 3SH
POL 200 Introduction to Political Science 3SH
POL 211 American National Government 3SH
PSY 200 General Psychology 3SH
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3SH
SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology 3SH
SOC 210 Social Problems 3SH

Area V Electives

Any electives should be selected based on current major and transfer plans. For a more complete list of elective options, consider completing a STARS Transfer Guide and including the transferring university’s Area V page.