General Education Core Curriculum

Note: The following is a general list of core curriculum requirements for a baccalaureate degree at CSU. Refer to undergraduate degrees for specific requirements for each baccalaureate program.

Area A - Essential Skills

ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Select one of the following (see major program exceptions below):3-4
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
College Algebra
Pre-Calculus
Applied Calculus
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Total Credit Hours9

See the undergraduate degrees menu for specific requirements or recommendations for the following programs: Accounting (BBA), Biology (BA), Biology (BS), Biology and Secondary Education (BA), Chemistry (BA), Chemistry (BS), Chemistry and Secondary Education (BA), Computer Science (BS), Finance (BBA), General Business (BBA), Earth and Space Science - Astrophysics and Planetary Geology track, (BS), Earth and Space Science - Environmental Science track (BS), Earth and Space Science - Geology track (BS), Earth and Space Science - Secondary Education track (BS), Management (BBA), Management Information Systems (BBA), Marketing (BBA), Mathematics (BA), Mathematics (BS), and Mathematics and Secondary Education (BA).

Area B – Institutional Options

B1: Select 3 hours of following courses:3
Public Speaking
Any Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
B2: Select 1 or 2 hours of the following courses:1-2
Scholarship Across the Disciplines
Introduction to Servant Leadership
Perspectives 1-hour
Perspectives 2-hour
Area B Total
Total Credit Hours4-5

The following programs require 4 credit hours in Area B: Biology (BA), Biology (BS), Biology and Secondary Education (BA), Chemistry (BA), Chemistry (BS), Chemistry and Secondary Education (BA), Computer Science (BS), Earth and Space Science - Astrophysics and Planetary Geology track, (BS), Earth and Space Science - Environmental Science track (BS), Earth and Space Science - Geology track (BS), Earth and Space Science - Secondary Education track (BS), Health Science (BS), Mathematics (BA), Mathematics (BS), and Nursing (BSN). See the undergraduate degrees menu for specific requirements.

Area C – Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics

Select one of the following humanities courses:3
World Literature I
World Literature II
Comparative Arts 1
The Western Intellectual Tradition
Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics
Introduction to Philosophy
Select one of the following fine arts courses:3
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern
Comparative Arts 1
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Total Credit Hours6

Area D – Science/Math/Technology

Non-science majors should select one science course with a lab; the other course may be lab or non-lab (see list below for specific requirements for science majors):7-8
Human Origins (no lab)
Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System
and Descriptive Astronomy Lab 1
Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
and Descriptive Astronomy Lab 1
Understanding the Weather
and Understanding the Weather Lab 1
Contemporary Issues in Biology Non-Lab
Principles of Biology
Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Lab 2
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Lab 2
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab 2
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab 2
Environmental Studies
and Environmental Studies Laboratory 1
Sustainability and the Environment (lab included)
Natural Disasters: Our Hazardous Environment (no lab)
Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology
and Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology Lab 1
Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology
and Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab 1
The Fossil Record (lab included)
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab 2
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab 2
Physics of Color and Sound
and Physics of Color and Sound Lab 1
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab 2
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab 2
Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:3-4
Introduction to Information Technology
Computer Science I
Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems
Pre-Calculus
Applied Calculus
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Computer-Assisted Problem Solving
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Formal Logic
Elementary Statistics
Total Credit Hours10-11

See the undergraduate degrees menu for specific requirements or recommendations for the following programs: Biology (BA), Biology (BS), Biology and Secondary Education (BA), Chemistry (BA), Chemistry (BS), Chemistry and Secondary Education (BA), Computer Science (BS), Earth and Space Science - Astrophysics and Planetary Geology track, (BS), Earth and Space Science - Environmental Science track (BS), Earth and Space Science - Geology track (BS), Earth and Space Science - Secondary Education track (BS), Health Science (BS), Mathematics (BA), Mathematics (BS), Mathematics and Secondary Education (BA), and Nursing (BSN).

Area E – Social Sciences

Select one of the following:3
U. S. History to 1865
U. S. History since 1865
POLS 1101American Government3
Select one of the following behavioral science courses:3
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Moral Philosophy
Introduction to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following world cultures courses:3
Cultural Anthropology
Discovering Archaeology
Ancient World Civilizations
Language and Culture
Language and Culture
World Regional Geography
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Understanding Non-Western Cultures
Total Credit Hours12