General Education

student on campusDeveloping Core Knowledge and Skills

The purpose of General Education is to develop the essential knowledge and skills common to all baccalaureate degree programs.

General Education includes both the lower-division General Education curriculum – comprising courses in Oral and Written Communication, Mathematics, the Arts and Humanities, History, the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Natural Sciences – and the reinforcement and application of General Education in major and elective courses.

The goal of General Education is to ensure that graduates of all baccalaureate degree programs achieve college-level competency in communication, inquiry and reasoning, and broad knowledge of the human and natural world.


Students take a range of courses in the following areas:

  • Communications (9 hours)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (9 hours)
  • Natural Sciences (8 hours)
  • History (6 hours)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
  • Mathematics (3 hours)

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