General Education

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

WITH A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

The university has established General Education requirements for all baccalaureate degrees. A general education results in the acquisition of a common body of essential knowledge and skills that together facilitate the development of students as individuals and as members of communities. Students are strongly advised to consult their individual degree plans and academic advisers for any specific requirements for their majors within the General Education curriculum. Students are also advised to consult the online catalog for any additions to the course offerings. Some courses are listed in two areas; a student may count such a course in either area, but not both.

That common body of essential knowledge and skills shall include the following nine foundational component areas equaling 42 semester credit hours:

I.   Communication, (010) : Required: 6 semester credit hours

          Required Courses: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 (Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively.

· Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.


II.   Mathematics (020) :
Required: 3 semester credit hours

Select one course from: MATH 1314, MATH 1316, MATH1324, MATH 1325, MATH1334, MATH 1348, MATH 1350, MATH 1351, MATH 2413*, MATH 2414*, or PHIL 2303.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives:Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, and Empirical and Quantitative Skills

· Courses in this category focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships.

· Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.


III.  Life and Physical Sciences (030) :
Required: 6 semester credit hours

Select two choices from: ANTH 2303; or BIOL 1306, BIOL 1307, BIOL 2375, BIOL 2401*, BIOL 2402*; or CHEM 1311, CHEM 1312, CHEM 1376, CHEM 1405*; or GEOG 1301, GEOG, 1302, GEOG 2472*; or GEOL 1301, GEOL 1302, GEOL 1303, GEOL 1304; or PHYS, 1301, PHYS 1302, PHYS 1303, PHYS 1304, PHYS 1375, PHYS 1471*, PHYS 2325, PHYS 2326.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork

· Courses in this category 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 the physical world and on human experiences.


IV.   Language, Philosophy, and Culture (040)(^Language, Philosophy, and Culture):
Required: 3 semester credit hours

Select one course from: ANTH 2302; or BUAD 2374; or ENGL 2331, ENGL 2342, ENGL 2362; or FINC 2331; or FREN 1311, FREN 1312, FREN 2311, FREN 2312; or HIST 2321, HIST 2322; or PHIL 1301; or SPAN 1313, SPAN 1314, SPAN 1373, SPAN 2301, SPAN 2302, SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312; or SWBS 2301, SWBS 2302.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience.

· Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.


V.    Creative Arts (050) :
Required: 3 semester credit hours

Select one course from: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1311, ARTS 1316, ART, ARTS 2313, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346; or COMM 2304; or MUSI 2306, MUSI 2308, MUSI 2310; THEA 1322, THEA 1341, THEA 2330.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination.

· Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.



VI.   American History (060):
(legislatively mandated) Required: 6 semester credit hours HIST 1301 and HIST 1302.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area.

· Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.



VII.  Government/Political Science (070):
(legislatively mandated) Required: 6 semester credit hours POLS 2301 and POLS 2302.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas.

· Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.



VIII. Social and Behavioral Sciences
(080) : Required: 3 semester credit hours

Select one course from: ANTH 2301; or ECON 2301, ECON 2302; or EDKN 2335; or EVEN 2372; or HSCI 2323; or POLS 2304, POLS 2340; or PSYC 2301; or SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306 or SOCI 2361.(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Social Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on the application of empirical and scientific methods that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human.

· Courses involve the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.



IX.   Component Area Option (090):
Required: 3 semester credit hours

A. Communication: Select one course from: COMM 1307, COMS 1311, COMS 1315, COMS 1336, COMS 2374 or ENGL 2374. (Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility

· Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively.

· Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.


B. Component Area Option : (3 SCH).
As an option for up to three (3) semester credit hours of the Component Area Option, the following course(s) are allowed:

ANTH 2301, ANTH 2302, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1107, BIOL 2401(1 hour)*, BIOL 2402(1 hour)*, BUAD 2374, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1112, CHEM 1405(1 hour)*, CHEM 1407(1 hour)*, EDHL 1254, EDHL 2124, EDKN 1105, EDKN 1111, EDKN 1112, EDKN 1114, EDKN 1117, EDKN 1120, EDKN 1121, EDKN 1123, EDKN 1124, EDKN 1125, EDKN 1126, EDKN 1129, EDKN 1130, EDKN 1135, EDKN 1137, EDKN 1138, EDKN 1142, EDKN 1143, EDKN 1146, EDKN 1147, EDKN 1149, EDKN 1150, EDKN 2128, EDKN 2321, EDKN 2335, ENGL 1171, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2314, GEOG 1303, GEOG 1101, GEOG 1102, GEOL 1101, GEOL 1102, GEOL 1103, GEOL 1104, HIST 2321, HIST 2322, HSCI 2323; ISYS 1301, ISYS 2302, POLS 2340, PHIL 1301, SOCI 2361, MATH 2413(1 hour)*, MATH 2414(1 hour)*, MUSI 1122, MUSI 1123, MUSI 1141, MUSI 3120, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, PHYS 1103, PHYS 1104, PHYS 2125, PHYS 2126, PHYS 1471(1 Hour)*(Click here for course information)

Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, and one of the remaining Core Objectives



· Courses in this component area meet the meet(s) the definition specified for one or more of the foundational component areas above.

* For those degree plans that only allocate three hours to the Mathematics or Science Core Areas, if the courses listed below are used by the student to fulfill the core requirement, the additional hour may be used to fulfill one credit hour of the Component Area Option for each such course taken: BIOL 2401*, BIOL 2402*; or CHEM 1405*, CHEM 1407*; or GEOG 2472; or MATH 2413, MATH 2414*; or PHYS 1471*.