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General Education Requirements for Specific Bachelor & Associate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

A student must have 15 hours in Arts and Humanities with at least 3 of those hours selected from the area of Art, Music, or Theatre and the remaining credit hours from at least two other disciplines. The student must have 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The credit hours must include courses from at least two disciplines other than Mathematics. The student must have 15 hours in Social Sciences. No more than 6 hours may be counted for General Education credit from any one discipline except in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics where up to 8 hours may be counted if earned in two separate General Education courses.

The student must also complete the 102 level course, or the equivalent, in one of the languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages. Students must earn a D or better grade, or CR/P credit, in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Course work taken to fulfill this requirement may not be applied toward general education requirements for the BA degree. Equivalents of the course work are defined as follows:

  • Successful completion of a similar course of study in a foreign language taken at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Successfully challenging the departmentally administered 102 level examinations or a score of “4” or higher on the AP or CLEP foreign language examinations. Note: Native speakers of a language other than English may not receive credit for any 100 level courses in that language.
  • Acceptance into a regular credit-bearing academic program of study by students whose native language is not English.

Bachelor of Integrated Studies, Bachelor of Public Administration

A student must have 15 hours in Arts and Humanities with at least 3 of those hours selected from the area of Art, Music, or Theatre and the remaining credit hours from at least two other disciplines. The student must also have 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The credit hours must include courses from at least two disciplines other than Mathematics. The student must also have 15 hours in Social Sciences. No more than 6 hours may be counted for General Education credit from any one discipline except in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics where up to 8 hours may be counted if earned in two separate General Education courses.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree cannot use courses identified as satisfying the Individualized Study Program (ISP) or the Multi-disciplinary Study Program (MDSP) to fulfill their General Education distribution requirement.

Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Legal Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music with a major in Education or Performance, or Bachelor of Musical Arts

A student must have 9 hours in each of the three distribution groups with courses selected from at least two disciplines in each group, to include 3 hours in Art, Music, or Theatre within the 9 hours of Arts and Humanities. No more than 6 hours may be counted for General Education credit from any one discipline except in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics where up to 8 hours may be counted if earned in two separate General Education courses.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree cannot use Economics courses to fulfill the General Education social science requirement. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing has additional specified course requirements that fall within the distribution groups.

Note: Bachelor of Science Degree Requirement - A thirty hour concentration chosen from the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division in departments other than the major, and with at least 20 of these hours in one department. All coursework taken to meet the concentration in Natural Sciences must be a grade of “C” or better.

Bachelor of Education (majors in elementary education, physical education, biology, and mathematics)

A student should consult with the appropriate department for departmental and general education course requirements.

Bachelor of Social Work

A student must have 12 hours in the Arts and Humanities, 3 hours of which must be in Art, Music, or Theatre, and 9 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics with some specified courses. Twelve hours are required in Social Sciences with specific course requirements. No more than 6 hours may be counted from any one discipline except in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics where up to 8 hours may be counted if earned in two separate General Education courses. Please read the Social Work section of this catalog for further information.

Associate of Arts, Associate of Liberal Studies

A student must complete 6 hours from the Arts and Humanities, 6 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 6 hours in the Social Sciences, with courses selected from at least two disciplines in each distribution group.

Associate of Science

A student must complete a minimum of 3 hours from Arts and Humanities, minimum of 6 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (which includes the university math requirement), and a minimum of 3 hours in the Social Sciences. Distribution of the remaining hours will be determined by the department/program. A student must have a total of 18 hours of general education from the distribution groups for the associate of science degree. Where an associate degree specifies two or more courses in a distribution grouping, at least two of those courses must be taken in different disciplines within the groupings.