2000 Requirements, Baccalaureate Degree

2000 Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree

The Baccalaureate Degree is composed of essential skills and knowledge domains.

Essential skills are composed of writing, speaking, critical thinking, and mathematics.

Knowledge domains are composed of natural science (NS), artistic and literary perspectives (AL), societies and institutions (SI), personal and social responsibility (PR), selected topics (ST), and electives and a capstone.


Essential Skills


To learn the skills of effective writing, students will take two courses:

Writing 1 the standard introductory writing course

Writing 2 a course in which students investigate a thematic topic, gather evidence from the library, Internet, and/or other appropriate sources, and write a research paper using a computer.

Students may be placed into Writing 2 based on the Composition and Reading Placement Test (CRPT) or receive credit for Writing 1 and/or Writing 2 through AP testing. The approved Writing 1 and Writing 2 courses are ENGL 1550 and 1551, as well as ENGL 1550H and 1551H.



To become effective speakers, students will take an introductory oral-communications course. The approved courses are COMM 1545 and 1545H, Communication Theory and Practice.


Critical Thinking

Each program is designed to improve its students' critical-thinking. Some departments may include instruction on critical thinking in specific courses; others may spread this instruction throughout the major.



Students must take one course that teaches mathematical and statistical skills. A student may satisfy this requirement by passing an approved course, by passing a mathematics placement exam, or by passing a higher level mathematics course.


Knowledge Domains

Students must take two or three courses from domains 1 (natural science), 2 (artistic and literary perspectives), and 3 (societies and institutions) for a total of eight courses;  two courses from personal and social responsibility;  one course from selected topics and electives, and a capstone course. A list of approved courses will be available in the Student Schedule of Courses, the Advisor's Guide and the Undergraduate Bulletin, and on General Education Web Pages.


Natural Science

Students must take a minimum of two, and no more than three, courses from a list of approved courses that address goal 13 and, in addition, goal 6 or 7. At least one course must have a laboratory component.


Artistic and Literary Perspectives

Students must take a minimum of two, and no more than three, courses from a list of approved courses that address goal 8 and, in addition, goal 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, or 13.

With reference to satisfying goal 8 in the context of goal 10, it is understood that courses on European or non-European history, culture, societies, etc., without specific inclusion of the relationships to western societies would satisfy the intent of general education goals.


Societies and Institutions

Students must take a minimum of two, and no more than three, courses from a list of approved courses, that meet goal 11 and, in addition, goal 10 or 12  It is not expected that courses meeting goal 11 have to cover all of the areas mentioned.  The intent of goal 11 is not confined to the context of the contemporary world or contemporary societies.


Personal and Social Responsibility

Students must take two courses from a list of approved courses that meet either goal 4 or 9 in combination with one other goal from 3 through 12.


Selected Topics and Electives

Students must take one course in this area from a list of approved interdisciplinary courses. Alternatively, a student may select one additional general-education approved course from mathematics, natural science, artistic and literary perspectives, and societies and institutions.



Students must take one upper division capstone course in the major or from another area that satisfies general education criteria.  Capstone courses are expected to incorporate writing, oral communication, and reasoning critically as appropriate in each discipline.