General Education

The General Education Curriculum at CSU is intended to ensure that students acquire the intellectual skills and knowledge that not only enable our students to succeed in their academic endeavors, but also prepare graduates for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Employers consistently seek out those individuals who have well-rounded educational experiences and abilities.

Uses oral and written communication skills effectively, resulting in the use of standard English to present original thought; utilize verbal and non-verbal responses; organize and present material to specific audiences; and be persuasive in one-to-one and one-to-many idea exchanges.

Outcomes: Students competent in communication skills demonstrate the ability to respond in a clear and concise manner; use a variety of communication methods to inform and persuade different audiences; and exhibit proficient and effective use of the English language.

Critical Thinking
Applies higher order analytic and creative cognitive processes to arrive at reasoned and supportable conclusions; synthesizes and applies knowledge within and across courses and disciplines; and to develop creative solutions.

Outcomes: Students competent in critical thinking demonstrate the ability to process ideas and thoughts; develop evidence based arguments; and explore problems through specific and aligned procedures in order to reach sound conclusions expressed in a concise and organized format.

Information Literacy and Technology
Demonstrates the ability to locate, identify, collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data to make sound decisions; as well as utilize information and technology to solve a variety of problems for academic, professional, and personal purposes.

Outcomes:Students competent in information literacy and technology demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data; interpret results to create solutions for problems; evaluate the reliability of information, and make sound decisions through the use of technology.

Mathematics and Science
Applies mathematical techniques to problem solving; identifies differences among scientific ideas related to the history or nature of science; such as ethics, values, and public policies; and identifies relationships between science and technology.

Outcomes: Students competent in mathematical and scientific processes demonstrate the application of quantitative reasoning skills in the context of various disciplines; the ability to interpret and apply mathematical and scientific theory and equations to appropriate problems; and utilize graphs, charts, and data to make evidence-based decisions.

Social and Cultural Awareness
Discerns social and cultural responsibility as represented by ethical engagement within academic, local, regional, state, and international communities.

Outcomes: Students competent in social and cultural awareness exhibit ethical awareness in various disciplines; demonstrate appreciation for diverse cultures and competing perspectives; and evaluate differences and commonalities among social and cultural practices.

General Education courses may be taken simultaneously with the program courses. These required General Education courses can be completed either through the university or via CLEP examination if available.

General Education Curriculum

General Education Courses  
Course Number / Description Semester Hours
Humanities and Fine Arts  
AL 2000 - American Literature I ** 3
AL 2010 - American Literature II ** 3
ART 1301 - Art Appreciation 3
PHL 1010 - Critical Thinking 3
PHL 2350 - Philosophies of World Religions 3
SP 1010 - Speech Communication 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  
BBA 2401 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BBA 2501 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
PS 1010 - American Government 3
PS 2000 - Introduction to Political Science 3
PS 2010 - American State and Local Politics 3
PSY 1010 - General Psychology 3
SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2010 - Survey of Global Societies and Cultural Geography 3
Natural Sciences*  
BIO 1030 - Biology I 3
BIO 1040 - Biology II ** 3
BIO 1100 - Non-Majors Biology 3
CHM 1030 - General Chemistry I ** 3
CHM 1040 - General Chemistry II ** 3
ES 1010 - Earth Science 3
PHS 1110 - Principles of Classical Physical Science 3
PHS 1120 - Principles of Modern Physical Science 3
MAT 1301 - Liberal Arts Math 3
MAT 1302 - Algebra I 3
MAT 1303 - Algebra II ** 3
MAT 1304 - Finite Math 3
MAT 2302 - Pre-Calculus 3
MAT 2303 - Calculus ** 3
HY 1010 - Western Civilization I 3
HY 1020 - Western Civilization II 3
HY 1110 - American History I 3
HY 1120 - American History II 3
HY 2000 - American Military History I 3
HY 2020 - American Military History II 3
English Composition  
EH 1010 - English Composition I 3
EH 1020 - English Composition II ** 3

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*  Natural Sciences include biological sciences, chemistry, physical sciences, physical geography, and earth science.

**Each of these courses requires a prerequisite. Please review the course descriptions and objectives for each course to determine the prerequisite requirement.