Semester Catalog - General Education

General Education Semester Catalog

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Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a means for exploring human experience and is dedicated to the growth and support of the educated student.

It provides a core curriculum that promotes effective communication skills, critical
thinking, teamwork, information literacy, professionalism, ethical decision-making,
and negotiation skills. Through study in these courses, students gain historical,
cultural, social and global awareness, thereby challenging the intellect and instilling
a basis for lifelong learning.


The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum provides 12 to 15 credits of courses
for each technical program. All Humanities and Social Science courses require
students to write, read, research, and to participate in discussions, group projects,
and presentations. All of these skills are necessary ingredients for the successful student
in any technical program, higher education, or in the workforce.
Two standard three-credit English courses, EN130 College Composition I, and EN140
College Composition II, are required for all students in the first two semesters.
The goal of these writing courses is to develop cognitive, as well as effective written
and oral communication skills, which are supported and advanced by the technical
programs. Students are expected to become independent writers, thinkers, and
researchers by evaluating and assessing their own approaches and processes.
The department also offers many elective courses to satisfy the remaining 6 to 9 credits
required. The remaining electives must include at least one course in Social Sciences.
While the electives are designed to promote lifelong learning, these courses also build
on the critical thinking, reading, and writing practiced in College Composition I and
II. Throughout all courses, the department aims to instill a sense of professionalism,
as well as socio-cultural and ethical awareness.

Mathematics and Physics

Mathematics and Physics are the foundation for any technical discipline. Being
successful in technology requires understanding mathematical theory and the ability
to apply the concepts to familiar situations and newly encountered problems.
Physics introduces the fundamental laws and principles that govern virtually everything
around us. Studying math and physics promotes critical reasoning, creative thinking,
and logical analysis, which are central skills in the classroom and in life. The Math and
Physics Department at BFIT places an emphasis on problem solving, using practical
everyday problems related to the Industrial and Engineering Technologies. A variety
of strategies are used to present the material effectively to a highly diverse body of


The mathematics curriculum at BFIT is designed to provide a solid foundation in
mathematics through a range of course offerings relevant to the technical degree
programs. Each degree program at BFIT requires at least two semesters of college math
that emphasize the fundamentals. Additional math courses are designed to be relevant
to the chosen field of study. Engineering technology students planning on transferring
after two years to obtain a bachelor’s degree from a four-year school are required to
complete the math sequence through Calculus II. Students planning to obtain an
engineering technology associate degree take math courses designed for the requirements
of their field of study. Different entry points into the math sequence are available
depending on the student’s skill level. Refer to the section dedicated to the degree
program of interest for specific degree requirements.

The Physics curriculum at BFIT is designed to provide an additional technical
foundation in the student’s major as well as practical applications for mathematics.
A physics lab with hands-on instruction is provided to reinforce topics covered in the
lecture classroom and to demonstrate that the governing laws of physics exist beyond
the pages of the text. The physics requirement varies with each major; however, most
students will take at least one semester of physics. Refer to the section dedicated to the
degree program of interest for specific degree requirements.

Department of Academic Development

Students enter the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology with varying levels of
academic preparation. We feel it is important for all students to begin their major
studies at BFIT on the same academic level so that everyone has an equal opportunity
to make the most of their education. The Department of Academic Development
offers a range of courses for students needing additional preparation for the rigorous
academics required in the pursuit of a college degree at BFIT. Courses focus on
the specific academic skills and content required for each individual’s success in the
engineering and industrial technologies.

Depending on placement and performance, a student may need one or more
additional semesters of course work in order to complete the requirements for an
Associate degree. In order to continue the student’s major course of study, the
following criteria must be met: passing grades in all courses, grades of C or better in
all mathematics and language courses, satisfactory completion of course requirements,
and instructor recommendations. In addition, a student may also be required to
complete courses during the summer session.

Each student’s course of study will be customized to address the individual’s strengths
and needs.


Academic Development courses are designed to build the skills necessary for more
advanced study in mathematics, technology, the humanities and social sciences.
Since the assimilation of basic math skills is central to success in technology studies,
students needing to develop their math skills will begin their technical studies upon
successful completion of MA090. Students needing extensive work on their language
skills will successfully complete EN085, EN090 and/or EN091. Students learn how
to employ effective communication skills by taking either EN110 or EN112.