Academic Foundations

Academic Foundations (previously referred to as General Education) provide students the opportunity to study across many disciplines. All students are required to complete the Academic Foundations program as an essential component of the associate degree.

A minimum of 20 electives credits, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor, provide students with the opportunity to study areas of personal interest consistent with their own academic goals. Typically, the A.A. degree is the best choice for students majoring in humanities, liberal arts or the social sciences, while the A.S. degree is the best choice for students majoring in math, science, engineering or business areas.

Students will complete 40 semester credits of required courses with either traditional courses or discipline-specific courses within each of the following categories.

Communication Arts

The ability to read, write, and assess sources of information are fundamental and necessary skills for effective oral and written communication.

Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, listen, and speak effectively, and evaluate research materials and incorporate them into informative writing and oral presentations.

Students are required to take two writing courses and one oral communication course. CA 151 is required. The second written communication course must be one of the following: CA 251, BU 250, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. CA 165 is required for oral communication.

  1. Written Communication (6 cr)
    • CA 151 Composition I (3 cr)
    • CA 251 Composition II (3 cr)
    • BU 250 Business Communication (3 cr)
    • B. Oral Communication (3 cr)
    • CA 165 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr)

Computer Science

The ability to utilize computers to obtain, analyze, and present information.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use computers in today’s technological environment.

  1. Computer Science (3 cr)
    • CS 150 Introduction to Computers (3 cr)

Humanities/Fine Arts

The ability to explore and experience qualitative relationships wherein judgments are made but change with time and circumstances.

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human cultural traditions as expressed in art, theater, language, literature, philosophy, and Native American studies.

Students are required to take one course from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts.

  1. Humanities (3 cr)
    • AC 150 Foundations of Art (3 cr)
    • CH 161 Cheyenne Language I (3 cr)
    • CH 162 Cheyenne Language II (3 cr)
    • CH 181 Foundations in Cheyenne Oral Traditions I (3 cr)
    • CH 182 Foundations in Cheyenne Oral Traditions II (3 cr)
    • CH 261 Cheyenne Language III (3 cr)
    • CH 262 Cheyenne Language IV (3 cr)
    • LI 151 Introduction to Literature (3 cr)
    • NS 160 Introduction to American Indian Art (3 cr)
    • NS 252 Introduction to Native American Literature (3 cr)
    • PH 150 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr)
  2. Fine Arts (3 cr)
    • AC 154 Introduction to Photography (3 cr)
    • AC 165 Introduction to Drawing (3 cr)
    • CA 252 Fundamentals of Creative Writing (3 cr)
    • CA 253 Introduction to Acting (3 cr)
    • CH 131 Cheyenne Beadwork I (3 cr)
    • CH 132 Cheyenne Beadwork II (3 cr)


The ability to demonstrate quantitative and logical reasoning abilities and apply mathematical principles to problem solving.

Students will read and evaluate problems and quantitatively solve those problems with mathematical reasoning.

  1. Mathematics (3 cr)
    • MA 151 College Algebra (4 cr)
    • MA 156 Mathematics for Liberal Arts (3 cr)
    • MA 171 Finite Mathematics (3 cr)
    • MA 172 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3 cr)
    • MA 252 Pre-Calculus I (3 cr)
    • MA 255 Statistical Methods (4 cr)


The ability to use scientific methods to investigate and draw conclusions about the natural world.

Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of scientific principles, methodology, terminology, questioning, and reasoning.

Students are required to take one Biological Science and one Physical Science course. At least one of the courses must include a corresponding lab.

  1. Biological Science (3 or 4 cr)
    • SC 156 Introductory Plant Biology/Lab (4 cr)
    • SC 158 Discover Biology/Lab (4 cr)
    • SC 161 Biology of Cells/Lab (4 cr)
    • SC 162 Biology of Organisms/Lab (4 cr)
  2. Physical Science (3 or 4 cr)
    • SC 152 Introductory Ecology (3 cr)
    • SC 153 Astronomy (3 cr)
    • SC 154 Geology (3 cr)
    • SC 157 Environmental Science (3 cr)
    • SC 171 Introduction to General Chemistry/Lab (4 cr)

History/Political Science

The ability to be aware of and understand human experiences over time.

Students will understand social, cultural, and political changes over time and identify key historical events and perspectives within a chronological and historical context.

  1. History/Political Science (3 cr)
    • HS 151 Western Civilization I (3 cr)
    • HS 152 Western Civilization II (3 cr)
    • HS 251 U.S. History I (3 cr)
    • HS 252 U.S. History II (3 cr)
    • NS 270 History of the Cheyenne People (3 cr)
    • PS 160 American Political Systems (3 cr)

Social Science/Human Behavior

The ability to understand, interpret, and analyze human behaviors within the context of social sciences.
Students will identify theories of human behavior and the participation of individuals in psychological and social processes.

  1. Social Science/Human Behavior (3 cr)
    • BU 251 Microeconomics (3 cr)
    • BU 252 Macroeconomics (3 cr)
    • CA 161 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3 cr)
    • NS 150 Introduction to Native American Studies (3 cr)
    • PY 150 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr)
    • SS 151 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
    • SS 152 Social Problems (3 cr)
    • SS 255 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3 cr)

Cheyenne Studies

Knowledge and understanding of Northern Cheyenne history, culture and language in sustaining the tribe’s identity.

Students will develop an awareness of and appreciation for Northern Cheyenne culture, history and language.

Students are required to take one Cheyenne Language course.

  1. Cheyenne Studies – 6 credits
    • CH 161 Cheyenne Language I (3 cr)
    • CH 162 Cheyenne Language II (3 cr)
    • CH 181 Cheyenne Oral Traditions I (3 cr)
    • CH 182 Cheyenne Oral Traditions II (3 cr)
    • CH 250 Ethnobotany (3 cr)
    • CH 261 Cheyenne Language III (3 cr)
    • CH 262 Cheyenne Language IV (3 cr)