May 20, 2022  
2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education

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Education at USciences is founded on the philosophy that educated persons attain a broad understanding of the human experience through exposure to diverse ideas, perspectives, and modes of thinking and attain a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities through specialized study in their chosen discipline. Education at USciences fosters development of values important to students as responsible citizens and professionals. The USciences experience enables our students to take responsibility for their continued learning throughout their professional and personal lives.

General Education at USciences is a developmental process of intellectual and personal growth. Students work with faculty and other members of the University community toward achieving a set of educational outcomes including:

  • Knowledge in and familiarity with varied ways of thinking and scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  • Fundamental skills and abilities in oral and written communication, mathematics, and technology, as well as the development of aesthetic sensibility.
  • Appreciation and understanding of diversity to promote respect for individual and cultural differences.
  • Ability to engage in ethical and moral reasoning and a capacity for ethical behavior.
  • Informed citizenship and the ability to actively participate in a democratic society and to be both engaged locally and aware of the world at large.
  • Skills for effective leadership, teamwork, and group participation.
  • Critical thought and inquiry, problem solving, and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to identify the need for information and to access, evaluate, and use it legally and ethically.
  • Intellectual curiosity essential to creative, reflective, self-directed, and purposeful learning.
  • Integration of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through multidisciplinary modes of inquiry.


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General Education Disciplines

Students must complete a minimum of 41 credits of coursework in General Education, distributed among the following seven areas of the arts and sciences:

General Education Discipline Requirements                                                                   



 Choose from subject codes/courses listed below

Natural  Science
(1 semester of lab required)






Communication (Written & Oral)*


WR 101, WR 102, CO 101, CO 204

Social Sciences


PS, SO, AN, SS, EC, CO (excluding CO 101 and CO 204), PO



AC, AR, CA, CI, EN (excluding EN 101 and EN 102), ET, FR, GE, HI, HU, LA, MU, PL, RS, SP,  WC

Multidisciplinary Inquiry



Physical Education



*Students in Catalog Years 2007 and 2008 choose from EN 101, EN 102, CO 101, and CO 204.

General Education Electives

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Students must take 12 credits of General Education Electives in addition to the General Education Disciplines. Of these, at least three credits must be completely unrestricted, that is taken in any department and in no way required for the major, although these credits may be used toward a minor or certification program. The other nine credits must be taken outside the academic discipline of the major and may be used to satisfy prerequisities or a minor field of study or to fulfill personal interests.

General Education Skills, Values and Attitudes

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In addition to the disciplinary and elective coursework, students must demonstrate that they have had contact with a total of 6 areas encompassing skills  and essential values and attitudes. This requirement is designed to ensure student exposure to important elements of General Education. “Skills” is a shorthand reference to “skills, attitudes, and values.”

Students are expected to fulfill their Skills requirements within the context of the fifty-three (53) credits taken to meet the Discipline and Elective course requirements.

Any course designated as the “pre-college level” (for example AD 100 and WR 100) will not satisfy any General Education requirement.

Oral Communication and Written Communication are particularly important parts of the general experience. Therefore, students are required to augment the Oral Communication and Written Communication Disciplinary courses by completing different courses with Applied Oral Communication Skills and Applied Written Communication Skills.

General Education Skill Requirements


Overall Goal


Students will engage in ethical and moral reasoning and act ethically in public, professional, and personal responsibilities.

Information Literacy

Students will identify the need for information and access it, evaluate it, and use it legally and ethically.

Oral Communication

Using standard English, students will communicate in a personally effective and socially appropriate manner.

Reasoning and Problem Solving

Students will recognize, analyze, and propose solutions to problems.


Students will use appropriate technology and show ability to understand its impact on society.

Written Communication

Students will use the English language to write effectively in a variety of contexts.

General Education Values and Attitudes

Any good educational background includes courses that are not required of each student but that students select to pursue individual interests, to increase depth of understanding of an area that informs the career choice, or purely for recreational experiences. We have chosen to call such courses Values and Attitudes because they reflect the importance that most faculty members feel such courses can add to the educational experience, contribute to the development of an individual who is informed about the world and modern society, and give an appreciation for the totality of human vocational and avocational pursuits. The list of Values and Attitudes is not required, but the listing does indicate the importance that the faculty places on such experiences.  


Overall Goal


Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of works of art, literature, or performance by interpretative or historical perspective.

Cultural Differences

Students will understand the elements that contribute to cultural and ethnic identity.

Individual Differences

Students will recognize individual differences and describe how personal attitudes, beliefs, and traits influence interactions with others.

Informed Citizenship

Students will understand the evolution of civil society and be a responsible citizen at all levels.

Multidisciplinary Inquiry

Students will understand a theme, issue, or problem from the perspective of multiple disciplines.

Reflective and Purposeful Learning

Students will acquire the ability for reflective, lifelong learning.

Leadership and Teamwork

Students will demonstrate ability to collaborate with others and to lead group efforts.


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