An undergraduate student whose enrollment in a curriculum occurs after May 15, 2005, must fulfill the general education requirements in effect at that time. If a student withdraws from the University and subsequently returns or does not remain continuously enrolled (summers excluded), the requirements in effect at the time of return will normally prevail. Any variation in curricular or general education requirements shall be considered under the curriculum year change or the substitution procedure.
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the intellectual and ethical development of students, and the general well-being of society. Undergraduate students must be broadly educated and technically skilled to be informed and productive citizens. As citizens, they need to be able to think critically about significant issues. Students also need to be prepared to complete undergraduate work and a major course of study.
The mission requires a high level of knowledge about and competence in the following areas:
General Education Competencies
- Arts and Humanities
Demonstrate an ability to analyze and/or interpret the arts and humanities.
Demonstrate mathematical literacy through solving problems, communicating concepts, reasoning mathematically, and applying mathematical or statistical methods, using multiple representations where applicable.
- Natural Sciences
Demonstrate the process of scientific reasoning by performing an experiment and thoroughly discussing the results with reference to the scientific literature, or by studying a question through critical analysis of the evidence in the scientific literature.
- Social Sciences
Describe and explain human actions using social science concepts and evidence.
- Cross-Cultural Awareness
Explain how aspects of culture are integrated into a comprehensive worldview; and then demonstrate how culture influences human behavior.
- Science and Technology in Society
Demonstrate an understanding of issues created by the complex interactions among science, technology, and society.
Effective oral and written communication is the means by which all competencies will be demonstrated.
- Critical Thinking
Demonstrate the ability to assemble information relevant to a significant, complex issue, evaluate the quality and utility of the information, and use the outcome of the analysis to reach a logical conclusion about the issue.
- Ethical Judgment
Demonstrate an ability to identify, comprehend, and deal with ethical problems and their ramifications in a systematic, thorough, and responsible way.
Requirements-33 Credit Hours
To meet general education competencies, 33 total credit hours are required, distributed as follows: I. General Education Coursework-31 credit hours; II. Distributed Coursework-2 credit hours.
I. General Education Coursework-31 hours required
General education requirements in some curricula are more restrictive than those shown below. Science and Technology in Society and Cross-Cultural Awareness requirements may be satisfied by other General Education courses, as indicated in the footnotes below, as long as the student completes a total of 31 hours in area I. and satisfies requirements A-F below:
A. Communication: at least 6 credits
English Composition 3 credits
Oral Communication 3 credits
Or an approved cluster of courses such as:
* May be satisfied either by the courses above or by an approved departmental cluster of courses, see II. Distributed Coursework. Students taking clusters must still earn at least 31 hours from the General Education Coursework list.
B. Mathematical, Scientific, and Technological Literacy: at least 10 credits
For Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education majors only, the approved cluster of MATH 1150 , MATH 1160 and MATH 2160 satisfies the requirement.
Natural Science with Lab 4 credits
Mathematics or Natural Science 3 credits
Any general education Mathematics or Natural Science course listed above or:
C. Arts and Humanities: at least 6 credits
Literature 3 credits
Any 2000-level ENGL literature course
D. Social Sciences: at least 6 credits
Selected from two different fields 6 credits
AGRB and ECON are considered the same field.
Science and Technology in Society and Cross-Cultural Awareness requirements may be satisfied by other General Education courses, as indicated in the footnotes below, as long as the student completes a total of 31 hours in area I.
E. Cross-Cultural Awareness: at least 3 credits
F. Science and Technology in Society: at least 3 credits
- AGED (EDF) 4800 - Foundations of Digital Media and Learning 3 Credits
- AGRB 2050 - Agriculture and Society 3 Credits 2
- AGRB (ECON) 4570 - Natural Resource Use, Technology and Policy 3 Credits
- AVS 3150 - Animal Welfare 3 Credits
- AVS 4150 - Contemporary Issues in Animal Science 3 Credits
- BIOL 2000 - Biology in the News 3 Credits
- BIOL 2010 - Biotechnology and Society 3 Credits
- BIOL 2030 - Human Disease and Society 3 Credits
- BIOL 2040 - Environment, Energy and Society 3 Credits
- BIOL 2100 - Evolution and Creationism 3 Credits
- BIOL 2110 - Introduction to Toxicology 3 Credits
- BIOL 2200 - Biology: Concepts, Issues, and Values 3 Credits
- BIOL 4730 - History of Modern Biology 3 Credits
- CH 1050 - Chemistry in Context I 4 Credits
- CH 1060 - Chemistry in Context II 4 Credits
- COMM 1070 - Media Representations of Science and Technology 3 Credits
- COMM 3070 - Public Communication of Science and Technology 3 Credits
- CPSC 2920 - Computing, Ethics and Global Society 3 Credits
- CTE 1150 - Contemporary Technological Problems 3 Credits
- CTE 2210 - Exploring Technology 3 Credits
- ECE 1010 - Robots in Business and Society 3 Credits
- ECON 3190 - Environmental Economics 3 Credits
- ECON (AGRB) 4570 - Natural Resource Use, Technology, and Policy 3 Credits
- EDF (AGED) 4800 - Foundations of Digital Media and Learning 3 Credits
- ENGL 3490 - Technology and the Popular Imagination 3 Credits
- ENGR 2200 - Evaluating Innovations: Fixtures, Fads and Flops 3 Credits
- ENGR 2210 - Technology, Culture and Design 3 Credits
- ENR 3120 - Environmental Risks and Society 3 Credits
- ENR (FOR) 4160 - Forest Policy and Administration 3 Credits
- ENSP 1250 - Sustainable Resource Use 3 Credits
- ENSP 2000 - Introduction to Environmental Science 3 Credits
- ENSP (PES) 3150 - Environment and Agriculture 3 Credits
- ENSP 4000 - Studies in Environmental Science 3 Credits
- ENT 2000 - Six-Legged Science 3 Credits
- FDSC 2140 - Food Resources and Society 3 Credits
- FOR (ENR) 4160 - Forest Policy and Administration 3 Credits
- GEOL 1120 - Earth Resources 3 Credits
- GEOL 1200 - Natural Hazards 3 Credits
- GEOL (ENSP) 1250 - Sustainable Resource Use 3 Credits
- GEOL 2700 - Experiences in Sustainable Development: Water 3 Credits
- GEOL 3000 - Environmental Geology 3 Credits
- HCG (NURS) 3330 - Health Care Genetics 3 Credits
- HIST 1220 - History, Technology, and Society 3 Credits
- HIST 1240 - Environmental History Survey 3 Credits
- HIST 3210 - History of Science 3 Credits
- HIST 3220 - History of Technology 3 Credits
- HIST 3230 - History of American Technology 3 Credits
- HIST 3920 - History of the Environment of the United States 3 Credits
- HIST 4240 - Topics in History of Medicine and Health 3 Credits
- HIST 4910 - Studies in the History of Science and Technology 3 Credits
- HLTH 4310 - Public and Environmental Health 3 Credits
- HON 1940 - Freshman Colloquium: Science and Technology in Society 3 Credits
- HON 2010 - Structures and Society 3 Credits
- HON 2060 - Controversies in Science and Technology 3 Credits
- IE 4880 - Human Factors Engineering 3 Credits
- LARC 1160 - History of Landscape Architecture 3 Credits
- MKT 4450 - Macromarketing 3 Credits
- MUSC 3180 - History of Audio Technology 3 Credits
- NURS 1400 - Computer Applications in Nursing 3 Credits
- NURS (HCG) 3330 - Health Care Genetics 3 Credits
- NUTR 2030 - Introduction to Principles of Human Nutrition 3 Credits
- NUTR 2100 - Nutrition and Physical Activity 3 Credits
- PES (ENSP) 3150 - Environment and Agriculture 3 Credits
- PES 4760 - Sustainable Food Systems Towards Global Food Security 3 Credits
- PHIL 1240 - Technology and Its Discontents 3 Credits
- PHIL 2100 - Evolution and Creation 3 Credits
- PHIL 3240 - Philosophy of Technology 3 Credits
- PHIL 3260 - Science and Values 3 Credits
- PHIL 3280 - Philosophy and Technology of the Body 3 Credits
- PHIL 3400 - Technology, Environment, and Sustainability 3 Credits
- PHIL 3450 - Environmental Ethics 3 Credits
- PHYS 2450 - Physics of Global Climate Change 3 Credits
- PKSC 3680 - Packaging and Society 3 Credits
- PLPA 2130 - Fungi and Civilization 3 Credits
- PRTM 2110 - Impacts of Technology and Science in the Context of Play, Recreation and Tourism 3 Credits
- PSYC 2750 - Applied Psychology and Transportation 3 Credits
- RS (SOC) 4010 - Human Ecology 3 Credits
- SOC (RS) 4010 - Human Ecology 3 Credits
- SOC 4030 - Technology, Environment, and Society 3 Credits
- STAT 2220 - Statistics in Everyday Life 3 Credits
- STS 1010 - Survey of Science and Technology in Society 3 Credits
- STS 1020 - Ideas, Machinery, and Society 3 Credits
- STS 1200 - Topics in Science and Technology in Society 3 Credits
- STS 1710 - Scientific Skepticism 3 Credits
- STS 2150 - A Critical Approach to the Global Challenge of Technological Revolutions 3 Credits
- STS 2160 - Critical Analysis of a Current STS Issue 3 Credits
- STS 3010 - Science in Context 3 Credits
- STS 3030 - Technology, Culture and Society 3 Credits
- STS 4980 - Creative Inquiry 1-3 Credits
- STS 4990 - Independent Study 1-3 Credits
1 This course also satisfies the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.
2 This course also satisfies the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement.
II. Distributed Coursework: 2 credits
A. Academic and Professional Development: at least 2 credits
Departmental courses approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee addressing the general academic and professional development of the student.
B. Distributed Competencies Coursework
Courses in general education and the disciplines incorporate critical thinking, ethical judgment, and both written and oral communication skills into the curriculum. Some curricula use a cluster of courses to meet the oral communication competency.