Bachelor of Science Degree – General Studies Curriculum

Core Communication Courses:

9 Total credit hours

credit hours

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

3

Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

Introduces basic human communication principles and theories embedded in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

3

Core Mathematics Courses:

3 Total credit hours

credit hours

Complete one of the following classes*

MATH 1314 3 College Algebra
MATH 1316 3 Trigonometry
MATH 1324 3 Math for Business and Social Sciences (Finite Mathematics)
MATH 1342 3 Elementary Statistical Methods I

*Or choose other equivalent courses in Mathematics

3

Core Natural Sciences Courses:

6 Total credit hours

credit hours

Complete 2 of the following courses*

BIOL 1306 3 Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 1307 3 Biology for Science Majors II
BIOL 1308 3 Biology for Non-Science Majors I
BIOL 1309 3 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

*Or choose other equivalent courses in Natural Sciences

6

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

6 Total credit hours

credit hours

Complete 2 of the following Social &Behavioral Science courses:

PSYC 2301 3 Introduction to Psychology
GOVT 2305 3 Federal Government
GOVT 2306 3 Texas Government
HIST 1301 3 United States History I
HIST 1302 3 United States History II

*Or choose other equivalent courses in Social & Behavioral Sciences

6

Humanities:

6 Total credit hours

credit hours

A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements. Illustrated with audio recordings and live performances. (Does not apply to a music major degree).

3

Electives:

54 Total credit hours

credit hours

Choose 54 additional Semester Credit Hours

At least 21 credit hours must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Please see your advisor for more information

54

OPTION 1 – Single Concentration:

27 Total credit hours

credit hours

Primary Concentration: A minimum of 27 hours must be from the same academic discipline.

At least 12 of these must be at the 3000/4000 level.

27

OPTION 2 - Dual Concentration:

27 Total credit hours

credit hours

Primary Concentration: A minimum of 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline.
Must be from an academic discipline different than the secondary concentration.
9-18 Cr.

Secondary Concentration: A minimum of 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline. Must be from an academic discipline different than the primary concentration.
9-18 Cr.

At least 12 credit hours must be at the 3000/4000 level.

27

OPTION 3 - Three Concentrations:

27 Total credit hours

credit hours

Concentration #1: All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline. Must be from an academic discipline different than other concentrations.

Concentration #2: All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline. Must be from an academic discipline different than other concentrations.

Concentration #3: All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline. Must be from an academic discipline different than other concentrations.

At least 12 credit hours must be at the 3000/4000 level.

27

Core Requirements:

9 Total credit hours

credit hours

This variable topics course provides students with the opportunity to examine historical and/or current global issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Course activities will include relevant readings from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, discussions encouraging synthesis and analysis of conflicting or competing views, and written assignments.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of General studies Core Requirements

3

This course focuses on the design and execution of integrative research. Students will work on case problems appropriate to their career plans and prepare written and/or oral reports on their proposed solutions. This seminar will provide the opportunity for individual student and program assessment.

Prerequisites: GENS 3301 Interdisciplinary Perspectives

3

This course is the culminating course required for the bachelor of general studies degree. Students will summarize their experience in a reflective paper, integrate material learned in emphasis by completing a scholarly essay and demonstrate accomplishment of learning outcomes.

Prerequisites: GENS 4301 Integrative Studies

3