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General Education Requirement

Outcome: Demonstrated breadth of knowledge and cultural appreciation.  College of Science students will gain insights in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Management to deepen their awareness of other disciplines of thought which complements and informs their scientific understanding of the world. The General Education requirement is met through completion of three courses (9 credits total) that have been approved to meet requirement. Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisors about course options that expand their perspective and further develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Curricular Notices:
  • Students may use only ONE course (3 credits) from the following subjects: AGEC, MGMT, OBHR, ECON, or ENTR to meet their general education requirement.
  • Approved courses may be used in any combination to satisfy the General Education requirement. Note: Presence of a course on the list does not guarantee that the course will be available during all terms.
  • Some courses on the General Education approved course list share the same course subject and number, however, they have different titles. Only those titles listed are approved. Consult with your advisor if you have a question about the suitability of a course.
  • Courses which have been taken to meet the General Education requirement may not also be used to meet the Cultural Diversity (Language and Culture) or Great Issues requirement.
  • College of Science students are invited to nominate courses for the general education requirement. Please submit course suggestions to your academic advisor. 

General Education Elective List


Courses which MAY NOT be used to meet the General Education requirement 

Independent research courses will not be approved to meet the General Education requirement. Courses cross-listed with a course in the College of Science or any course which has a laboratory or studio component are also not approved. In addition to the aforementioned restriction, the following courses are specifically excluded:

  • PHIL 15000 (Principles of Logic)

  • PHIL 45000 (Symbolic Logic) 

  • PHIL 55000 (Advanced Symbolic Logic) 

  • PSY 20100 (Introduction to Statistics in Psychology)

  • PSY 20400 (Use of Computers in Psychology) 

  • PSY 30600 - Statistical Analysis for Experiments

  • PSY 50000 (Statistical Methods Applied to Psychology, Education, and Sociology) 

  • PSY 50100 (Mathematics Essential for Quantitative Psychology) 

  • SOC 38200 (Introduction to Methods of Social Research) 

  • COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech)

  • ENTR courses other than ENTR 20000 and ENTR 20100

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