Core Curriculum

The university has established General Education requirements for all baccalaureate degrees. A general education results in the acquisition of a common body of essential knowledge and skills that together facilitate the development of students as individuals and as members of communities. Students are also advised to consult the online catalog for any additions to the course offerings. Some courses are listed in two areas; a student may count such a course in either area, but not both.

That common body of essential knowledge and skills shall include the following component areas and must equal 42 semester credit hours.

Courses which satisfy the various components of the core curriculum are listed below. Students are strongly advised to consult their individual degree plans and academic advisers for any specific requirements for their majors within the General Education curriculum.

Communication (010)

Required: 6 semester credit hours

ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
ENGL 2311Technical Writing3

Core Objectives: 

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Teamwork and
  • Personal Responsibility

Mathematics (020)

Required: 3 semester credit hours

MATH 1314College Algebra3
MATH 1324Math for Bus/Soc Sci I3
MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics I3
MATH 1342Introductory Statistics3
MATH 2312Pre-Calculus3
MATH 2313Calculus I3

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills and
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills

Life and Physical Sciences (030)

Required: 6 semester credit hours

BIOL 1306Gen Biology I-Attr Living Sys3
BIOL 1307Gen Biology II-Biol Organisms3
BIOL 1308Intro to Life Sciences I3
BIOL 1309Intro to Life Sciences II3
BIOL 2401Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOL 2402Anatomy & Physiology II4
CHEM 1305Introductory Chemistry I 13
CHEM 1311General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II3
GEOG 1301Physical Geography Meteorology3
GEOL 1301Earth Sciences I3
GEOL 1302Earth Sciences II3
PHYS 1301General Physics I3
PHYS 1302General Physics II3

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills and
  • Teamwork

Language, Philosophy and Culture (040)

Required: 3 semester credit hours

ENGL 2321Themes & Genres British Lit3
ENGL 2326Literature of the Americas3
ENGL 2331Intro to World Literature3
ENGL 2344Introduction to Fiction3
ENGL 2346Introduction to Poetry3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics3
SPAN 2320Intro to Spanish Lang-Literat 13
WGST 2301Intro Women's and Gender Stds 13

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Personal Responsibility and
  • Social Responsibility

Creative Arts (050)

Required: 3 semester credit hours

ARTS 1301Art Appreciation3
ENGL 2345Introduction to Drama3
ENGL 2388Introduction to Visual Studies3
MUSI 1306Music Appreciation3

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Teamwork and
  • Social Responsibility

American History (060) (legislatively mandated)

Required: 6 semester credit hours

HIST 1301US History to 18653
HIST 1302US History from 18653

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Personal Responsibility and
  • Social Responsibility

Government/Political Science (070) (legislatively mandated)

Required: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305Federal Government3
GOVT 2306Texas Government3

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Personal Responsibility and
  • Social Responsibility

Social and Behavioral Sciences (080)

Required: 3 semester credit hours

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
GOVT 2304Intro to Political Science3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
SOCI 1301Principles of Sociology3
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
SOCI 2330The Craft of Sociology 13

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills,
  • Communication Skills,
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills and
  • Social Responsibility

Component Option (090)

Required: 6 semester credit hours total

Note: Courses already used to satisfy other component area requirements cannot also be used in the component area option.

ARTS 1301Art Appreciation3
BIOL 1306Gen Biology I-Attr Living Sys3
BIOL 1307Gen Biology II-Biol Organisms3
BIOL 1308Intro to Life Sciences I3
BIOL 1309Intro to Life Sciences II3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 1112General Chemistry Lab II1
CHEM 1305Introductory Chemistry I 13
CHEM 1311General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
EDKN 1301Foundations of Kinesiology3
EDKN 1338Fitness and Wellness3
ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
ENGL 2311Technical Writing3
ENGL 2331Intro to World Literature3
ENGL 2345Introduction to Drama3
ENGL 2355Children's Literature3
ENGL 2388Introduction to Visual Studies3
GEOG 1301Physical Geography Meteorology3
GEOG 1303World Geography3
GEOL 1101Earth Sciences Lab I1
GEOL 1102Earth Sciences Lab II1
GEOL 1301Earth Sciences I3
GEOL 1302Earth Sciences II3
GOVT 2304Intro to Political Science3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
MATH 1314College Algebra3
MATH 1316Trigonometry3
MATH 1324Math for Bus/Soc Sci I3
MATH 1325Math for Bus/Soc Sci II3
MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics I3
MATH 1342Introductory Statistics3
MATH 1350Fundamentals of Mathematics I3
MATH 1351Fundamentals of Mathematics II3
MATH 2312Pre-Calculus3
MATH 2313Calculus I3
MATH 2314Calculus II3
MUSI 1306Music Appreciation3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
PHYS 1101General Physics Lab I1
PHYS 1102General Physics Lab II1
PHYS 1301General Physics I3
PHYS 1302General Physics II3
PHYS 2125University Physics Lab I1
PHYS 2126University Physics Lab II1
PHYS 2325University Physics I3
PHYS 2326University Physics II3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
SOCI 1301Principles of Sociology3
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
SOCI 2330The Craft of Sociology 13
SPAN 2320Intro to Spanish Lang-Literat3
SPCH 1315Fund of Public Speaking3
SPCH 1318Interpersonal Communication3
UNIV 1301First Year Seminar 13
WGST 2301Intro Women's and Gender Stds 13

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking,
  • Communication Skills and
  • one of the remaining Core Objectives