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General Education

 
 

General Education Information

General Education is a shared academic experience that provides students with the opportunity to explore new subjects, intellectual traditions, and perspectives; expands their awareness of the wider world; and prepares them with foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities that are expanded on in their disciplines of study in order to be successful learners and professionals positioned to contribute to their broader communities.

Completion of the UVU General Education requirements will fulfill the General Education requirements at all colleges and universities within the Utah System of Higher Education. However, certain majors, both at this institution and other Utah institutions, may require specific General Education courses. While UVU has not articulated these courses with higher education institutions outside the State of Utah, they will generally articulate to other regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States. It is the responsibility of students to complete the appropriate General Education courses required by their departments regardless of the generalized list printed in this catalog.

Note: Students taking General Education courses without having declared a specific major are advised in the Academic Counseling Center, LC 402, telephone 801-863-8425. Students who have declared a specific major that is taught at UVU will be directed to the appropriate academic advisor upon completion of new student orientation and assessment activities.

Department Articulation Agreements

In addition to General Education courses, many departments have articulated specific courses that transfer to help fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements. Information concerning these courses may be obtained from UVU department advisors or the Graduation and Transfer Services Office, BA 114.

General Education Code System

General Education course designator codes (Attributes) aid students and transfer institutions to identify how General Education courses meet graduation requirements.

The following list identifies General Education core and distribution courses as they apply to the Associate in Arts/Science Degrees and Bachelor of Arts/Science Degrees, and can be used to search the registration menu:

AS - American Institutions

BB - Biology

CC - English Composition

FF - Fine Arts

HH - Humanities

LH - Foreign Language

PP - Physical Science

SS - Social Science

QL – Quantitative Literacy

XF - Must be taken with another course to equal FF (see department)

 
 

General Education Requirements

Associate in Arts/Science Degrees and Bachelor of Arts/Science Degrees

These requirements satisfy the General Education requirements for both the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science Degrees, as well as the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science Degrees at UVU, taking into account adjustments that may be required by academic departments to fulfill their specific needs. Honors courses with the same prefix and number also satisfy distribution requirements. Total core and distribution is 35 credits.

Core Requirements

These courses provide basic skills in logic, math, written and oral communications, health, and fitness.

Complete the following for 6 credits:
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing
and
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing—Humanities/Social Science
or
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing—Science and Technology
Complete one of the following for either 3 or 4 credits:
MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)
or
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors)
or 
 MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors*)
or
One course that requires MATH 1050 as a prerequisite (excluding MATH 1060)
or
An Advanced Placement (AP) Mathematics Test with a score of 3 or higher.
Complete the following for 5 credits: 
PHIL 2050/205G/205H Ethics and Values
and
HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness
or
PES 1097 Fitness for Life

  *All other majors should check with their advisor for the correct course.

 

American Institutions

Complete one of the following for 3 credits: 
POLS 1000 American Heritage
HIST 2700 and 2710 US History to/since 1877
HIST 1700 American Civilization
HIST 1740 US Economic History
POLS 1100 American National Government

 

DISTRIBUTION Requirements

(18 CREDITS)

From Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social/Behavioral Science

A. SCIENCE

All Majors must complete One course of Biology (BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1610 highly recommended), One course of Physical Science and One additional course from either of those two areas for a minimum total of 9 credits. One Lab Course is recommended.

Biology

BIOL 1010/101H General Biology 3.0
BIOL 1070 Genetics 3.0
BIOL 1200 Prehistoric Life 3.0
BIOL 1500 Biological Anthropology 3.0
BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4.0
BIOL 1620 College Biology II 3.0
BIOL 204R Natural History Excursion* 3.0
BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology 3.0
BOT 2050 Field Botany 3.0
BOT 2100 Flora of Utah 3.0
BOT 2400 Plant Kingdom 4.0
HLTH 3400 Human Diseases 3.0
MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 4.0
NUTR 2020 Nutrition Through Life Cycle 3.0
ZOOL 1090 Intro to Human Anatomy/Physiology 3.0
ZOOL 2320/232H Human Anatomy 4.0

*May be used as the third science only

 

Physical Science

ASTR 1040/104H Elementary Astronomy 3.0
ASTR 1050 Investigations of the Solar System 3.0
ASTR 1060

Investigations of Stars and Galaxies

3.0
ASTR 1070/107H

Cultural Astronomy in Our Lives

3.0
ASTR 1080 Life in the Universe 3.0
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry 3.0
CHEM 1110 Elem Chem for Health Sciences 4.0
CHEM 1120 Elem Organics Bio-Chemistry 4.0
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4.0
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4.0
ENVT 1110 Intro to Environmental Mgmt 3.0
GEO 1010/101H Introduction to Geology 3.0
GEO 1020 Prehistoric Life 3.0
GEO 1080 Introduction to Oceanography 3.0
GEO 1220 Historical Geology 3.0
GEO 204R Natural History Excursion* 3.0
GEOG 1000 Intro to Physical Geography 3.0
METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3.0
METO 1060 Climate of the Earth 3.0
PHSC 1000 Survey of Physical Science 3.0
PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics 3.0
PHYS 1700 Descriptive Acoustics 3.0
PHYS 1800 Energy You and Environment 3.0
PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4.0
PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4.0
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists/Engineers I 4.0
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists/Engineers II 4.0
TECH 1010 Understanding Technology* 3.0

*May be used as the third science only

 

B. HUMANITIES — One course minimum

AMST 2000 Introduction to American Studies 3.0
ASL 202G Intermediate American Sign Language II 4.0
CHIN 202G Intermediate Chinese II 4.0
CINE 2150 Critical Intro Cinema Studies 3.0
CINE 217G Race Class and Gender in US Cinema 3.0
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3.0
COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication 3.0
COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communications 3.0
COMM 217G Race Class and Gender in US Cinema 3.0
ENGL 2030 Writing for Social Change 3.0
ENGL 2130 Science Fiction 3.0
ENGL 2150 Critical Intro Cinema Studies 3.0
ENGL 217G Race Class and Gender in US Cinemas 3.0
ENGL 2200 Introduction to Literature 3.0
ENGL 2230/223H Myths/Legends in Literature 3.0
ENGL 2250/225H Creative Process/Image Writing 3.0
ENGL 2300/230H Shakespeare 3.0
ENGL 2310 Technical Communication 3.0
ENGL 2510 American Literature before 1865 3.0
ENGL 2520 American Literature after 1865 3.0
ENGL 2600 Critical Introduction to Literature 3.0
ENGL 2610 British Literature before 1800 3.0
ENGL 2620 British Literature after 1800 3.0
ENGL 376G World Literature 3.0
FREN 202G Intermediate French II 4.0
GER 202G Intermediate German II 4.0
GRK 2020 Intermediate Greek II 4.0
HUM 1010/101G/101H Humanities Through the Arts 3.0
HUM 2010 /201G/201H World History Through Arts I 3.0
HUM 2020/202G/201H World History Through Arts II 3.0
HUM 203G Art Form Focus I 3.0
HUM 204G Art Form Focus II 3.0
HUM 2100/210H Adventures Ideas Through 1500 3.0
HUM 2200/220H Adventures Ideas After 1500 3.0
JPNS 202G Intermediate Japanese II 4.0
LATN 2020 Intermediate Latin II 4.0
PHIL 1000/100H Introduction to Philosophy 3.0
PHIL 1250 Logical Thinking and Philosophical Writing 3.0
PHIL 1610 Intro To Western Religions 3.0
PHIL 1620 Intro To Eastern Religions 3.0
PHIL 2110 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3.0
PHIL 2130 Medieval Philosophy 3.0
PHIL 2150 Early Modern Philosophy 3.0
PORT 202G Intermediate Portuguese II 4.0
RUS 202G Intermediate Russian II 4.0
SPAN 202G Intermediate Spanish II 4.0

 

C. FINE ARTS — One course minimum

ART 1010 Introduction to Visual Arts 3.0
ART 1020 Basic Drawing Non Majors 3.0
ART 1050 Photography I 3.0
ART 1110 Drawing I 3.0
ART 1340 Sculpture I 3.0
ART 1350 Ceramics I 3.0
ART 1650 Watermedia I 3.0
ART 3400 Fundamentals of Art Education 3.0
ARTH 2710 271H History of Art to the Renaissance 3.0
ARTH 2720/272H History of Art from the Renaissance 3.0
DANC 1010 Dance as an Art Form 3.0
DANC 2110  Orientation to Dance 3.0
EGDT1720 Architectural Rendering 3.0
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music 3.0
MUSC 1030 American Popular Music 3.0
MUSC 1100 Fundamentals of Music 3.0
THEA 1013 Introduction to Theater 3.0
THEA 1023 Introduction to Film 3.0
THEA 1033 Acting I 3.0
THEA 2311 Film History I 3.0
THEA 3713 Theatre and Drama Elem School 3.0
Complete 2 of the following to equal 1 Fine Arts Distribution course*
DANC 3400 Dance in Elementary School* 2.0
MUSC 3400 Music in Elementary School* 2.0

 

D. SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE — One course minimum

ANTH 101G Social/Cult Anthropology 3.0
ANTH 1020 Biological Anthropology 3.0
ANTH 180G Introduction to American Indian Studies 3.0
ARCH 1100 Introduction to Archaeology 3.0
BESC 107G Multicultural Societies 3.0
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communications 3.0
ECON 1010 Economics As Social Science 3.0
ECON 2010 Microeconomics 3.0
ECON 2020 Macroeconomics 3.0
FAMS 1150 Marriage and Relationship Skills 3.0
FIN 1060 Personal Finance 3.0
GEOG 1300 Survey of World Geography 3.0
GEOG 1400 Introduction to Human Geography 3.0
GEOG 2100 Geography of U.S 3.0
HIST 1500 World History to1500 3.0
HIST 151G World History from 1500 to the Present 3.0
HIST 1700 American Civilization** 3.0
HIST 1740 US Economic History** 3.0
HIST 180G Introduction to American Indian Studies 3.0
HIST 2700 US History to 1877** 3.0
HIST 2710 US History since 1877** 3.0
HIST 4320 History of Scientific Thought 3.0
HIST 4330 Machines in the Making of History 3.0
HLTH 2600 Drugs, Behavior and Society 3.0
HLTH 2800 Human Sexuality 3.0
HLTH 3000 Health Concepts of Death/Dying 3.0
LEGL 1000 Intro to American Law 3.0
MGMT 1010 Introduction to Business 3.0
MGMT 2030 Women in Business 3.0
MGMT 2110 Interpersonal Communication 3.0
POLS 1000 American Heritage** 3.0
POLS 1010 Introduction to Political Science 3.0
POLS 1100 American National Government** 3.0
POLS 2100 Intro to International Relations 3.0
POLS 2200 Intro to Comparative Politics 3.0
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3.0
PSY 1100 Human Development: Life Span 3.0
PSY 2800 Human Sexuality 3.0
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
SOC 1200 Sociology of the Family 3.0
TECH 2000 Technology and Human Life 3.0

**If not used as Core Requirement

 
 

Additional Guidelines for Completion of the Associate in Arts/Science Degrees

The Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science Degrees are designed to complete General Education requirements and could complete lower division pre-majors for baccalaureate degrees at UVU or other colleges or universities.

The General Education courses shown above constitute the majority of the credits required for these degrees. In addition to the General Education requirements, these degrees require 25 additional credit hours.

Associate in Arts Degrees require 8 hours of these 25 hours to be from the same recognized foreign language.

See your specific academic department for further information on appropriate course work to complete a pre-major or the remaining 25 hours. The Academic Counseling Center (LC 402) has some specific outlines available to transfer to other institutions.

Associate in Applied Science Degrees

This is a general outline. Refer to the department or Graduation Office for specific requirements. A total of 16 credit hours is required. Students must have a minimum of three credits in each area, except “F” (Physical Ed/Health/Safety/Environment).

A. ENGLISH complete for 3 credits:

ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing
or
MGMT 2200 Business Communication

B. MATHEMATICS complete for 3 credits:

MAT 1000 Integrated Beginning and Intermediate Algebra
or
MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra
or
Any Higher Mathematics course
or
Any approved Departmental Mathematics Course

C. HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS/FOREIGN LANGUAGE complete for 3 credits:

PHIL 2050/205G/205H Ethics and Values (Highly recommended)
or
Any approved Humanities, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language Distribution Course

D. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE complete for 3 credits:

MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior
or
Any approved Behavioral Science, Social or Political Science Distribution Course

E. BIOLOGY OR PHYSICAL SCIENCE complete for 3 credits:

Any approved Biology or Physical Science Distribution Course

F. PHYSICAL ED/HEALTH/SAFETY OR ENVIRONMENT complete for 1 credit

Any approved Physical Education, Health, Safety or Environment Course

 
 

Transfer Information

For students transferring to four-year Institutions, Colleges, and Universities in the Utah System of Higher Education.

UVU courses numbered 1000 or above will transfer within the Utah System of Higher Education. However, the application of these courses toward graduation is determined by academic departments of receiving institutions.

For students transferring to colleges and universities in the Utah System of Higher Education before earning an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science Degree, or a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science Degree, a certified letter verifying completion of the UVU General Education requirements may be requested from the Graduation Office. This letter will cause the gaining institution (run by the State of Utah) to accept the completion of UVU General Education requirements as fulfilling all of the General Education/Liberal Education requirements of the gaining institution.

Note: Completion of an Associate in Arts/Science Degree waives only General Education requirements. It does not waive the necessary hours to graduate. A student transferring to another institution should check with that institution to see how their credits have been accepted toward their degree.

Private, Parochial, or Out-of-State Colleges & Universities

Since these schools are not bound by Utah State Regents’ policies, colleges and universities outside the Utah System of Higher Education may have specific requirements and may not accept all courses available at UVU.

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University accepts the Associate in Arts/Science Degrees for completion of its General Education requirements. Courses with grades of “D+” or lower will not transfer. Some departments at BYU have specific General Education course requirements that will still need to be taken at BYU. Individual departments at BYU should be consulted for exceptions.

Note: BYU has a limit on the number of transfer students admitted.