Core Curriculum Course Requirements

AREA A1 - Communication Skills (6 Credit Hours Total)

Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate written competence in adapting communication to specific purposes and audiences.

A minimum grade of “C” will be required in all Area A1 courses.

Credit Hours
ENGL   1101Composition I3
ENGL   1102Composition II (Prerequisite ENGL   1101)3

AREA A2 - Quantitative Skills (3 Credit Hours Total)

Learning Outcome

Students will represent, manipulate, and apply mathematical knowledge using analytical, graphical, and numerical approaches.

A minimum grade of “C” will be required in all Area A2 courses.

Credit Hours
Select one math course from the following:3-4
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (Not a prerequisite for MATH   1112 or MATH   1113) 1
College Algebra 2
College Trigonometry (Prerequisite MATH   1111 or equivalent academic background) 3, 4
Pre-Calculus (Prerequisite MATH   1111 or equivalent academic background) 3
Calculus I (Prerequisite MATH   1112 or MATH   1113 or equivalent academic background)

Satisfies Area A2 in CLASS and some CHHS Programs.


Credit earned for only one of these courses (College Algebra (MATH   1111) or Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (MATH   1101)) can count toward graduation.


Credit earned for only one of these courses (College Trigonometry (MATH   1112) or Pre-Calculus (MATH   1113)) can count toward graduation.


Fulfills the Pre-Calculus (MATH   1113) requirement for most majors.

AREA B - Global Engagement (4 Credit Hours Total)

Learning Outcome

Students will identify major themes across diverse societies in their historical and cultural contexts and will apply this knowledge through engagement in local and global communities.

Credit Hours
HIST   1112World History II: Emergence of Modern Global Community3
FYE   1410Global Citizens (Prerequisite FYE   1220) 11

For students entering before Fall 2011 - (IDS) Interdisciplinary Studies 2210 (Turning Points and Connections)   

AREA C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics (6 Credit Hours Total)

Learning Outcome

Students will analyze historical and contemporary fine arts or other cultural products from individual and diverse social perspectives.

Students may satisfy Area C by successfully completing requirements outlined below in Option 1 or Option 2.

Credit Hours
Option 1
Select one literature course from the following:3
World Literature I (Prerequisites ENGL   1101 and ENGL   1102)
World Literature II (Prerequisites ENGL   1101 and ENGL   1102)
Select one humanities/fine arts/ethics course from the following:3
Art in Life
Public Speaking (Prerequisite ENGL   1101)
Foreign Language 1001
Elementary I 1
Foreign Language 1002
Elementary II 1
Foreign Language 2001
Intermediate I 1
Foreign Language 2002
Intermediate II 1
Foreign Language 1060
Accelerated Elementary (3 of 6; 3 credit hours to Area C) 1
Foreign Language 2060
Accelerated Intermediate (3 of 6; 3 credit hours to Area C) 1
Myth in Arts and Humanities
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Religion
Theatre Appreciation
Inquiry in the Humanities
Option 2
HUMN   2321Humanities I (Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in ENGL   1101)3
HUMN   2322Humanities II (Prerequisites ENGL   1101 and HUMN   2321)3

Language can be Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish.

AREA D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology (11 Credit Hours Total)

Learning Outcome

Students will apply foundational principles of science, math, or technology to the process of scientific inquiry.

Select one course from Section I, one course from Section II, and Section III may be satisfied by selecting a course in any of the three sections.  Only two courses in the same discipline may be chosen in Area D.

Credit Hours
Section I - Traditional Laboratory Science Course
Select one traditional laboratory science course from the following:4
Astronomy of the Solar System
and Astronomy Lab
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
and Astronomy Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry I
Survey of Chemistry I
Introduction to the Earth
Introduction to Physics I
Principles of Physics I
Section II - Environmental Science with Lab
Select one environmental science course with lab from the following:4
Environmental Biology
and Environmental Biology Laboratory
Chemistry and the Environment
Environmental Geology
Environmental Physics
Section III - Mathematics, Science or Technology Elective (3 credit hours minimum)
Select one mathematics, science or technology elective. Course can be chosen from either section I, II, or III in Area D3
Introduction to the Universe
Insects and People
From Neuron to Brain
Plants and Civilization
Chemistry and Your World
Principles of Chemistry II
Survey of Chemistry II
Computer Applications
Computer Concepts
Introduction to BASIC Programming
Introduction to FORTRAN Programming
Climate and the Landscape
and Climate and the Landscape Lab
General Historical Geology
Dinosaurs, Extinctions and Disasters
Principles of Oceanography
College Trigonometry
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Introduction to Physics II
How Things Work
Principles of Physics II
Introduction to Statistics I
Introduction to Statistics II
Global Sustainability and Innovation
Inquiry in the Natural Sciences

AREA E - Social Sciences (12 Credit Hours Total)

Learning Outcome

Students will examine and articulate how constitutional, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, political, or social forces have shaped and continue to shape an evolving and diverse human experience.

Credit Hours
ECON   2105Economics in a Global Society3
HIST   2110U.S. A Comprehensive Survey3
POLS   1101American Government3
Select one social science elective course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Inquiry in the Social Sciences

Additional Requirements (6 Credit Hours Total)

Credit Hours
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Select 2 Physical Activity Course (1 credit hour each)2