The General Education curriculum builds a broad liberal arts knowledge base and includes courses from across the university, including art, English, history, humanities, mathematics, and science. All students who matriculate at the university must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of general education (may increase due to selected science classes that have laboratory requirements). The General Education curriculum does not include developmental skills courses. Satisfactory completion of the General Education curriculum involves the following areas: (a) communications: 9 hours; (b) health and physical education: 3 hours; (c) freshman seminar: 1 hour; (d) humanities: 9 hours; (e) science and mathematics: 9 hours (may increase slightly due to mandatory lab requirements in selected science classes); and (f) social science: 9 hours.
During the first two years, students complete General Education courses and introductory courses required in their major. General Education core courses must be completed satisfactorily before the student may officially declare a major.
The distribution of general education courses is as follows: