The General Education Program of the University is administered by the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs. Appeals for exceptions to the General Education Program and/or requirements should be made to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs. Students who are unsatisfied with the Associate Provost's decision may appeal to the Degrees Committee. Students who are unsatisfied with the Degrees Committee decision may appeal to the Deputy Provost.
The aim of General Education at Missouri State University is to develop people capable of making thoughtful choices that lead to creative and productive lives and to responsible participation in society.
General Education is that portion of the curriculum in which the University directly addresses the knowledge, skills, habits, and dispositions of educated persons. General Education at Missouri State provides for learning that educated persons will use throughout their lives in their many roles and communities. To prepare students for a lifetime of important choices, General Education has at least the following goals for learning:
Improving our ability to make important choices involves attention to the intellectual skills, habits, and dispositions which help to guide such choices. General Education has as a goal of student learning the development of the following:
Developing educated people requires intensive study in many areas of inquiry as well as interdisciplinary explorations. The process involves different modes of scholarly discourse and methods of inquiry that have evolved in various fields of study. General Education provides students with an opportunity to perceive ways of linking the various areas of inquiry; in this way they can make creative and responsible connections not only among all of their general education courses but also among major, minor, and elective courses as well as with co-curricular educational opportunities in the larger university community. The categories listed below should not be regarded as separate from one another but as interdependent areas of knowledge and understanding.
Every course in the program will promote a common set of General Education objectives. The major components are Basic Required Courses, Areas of Inquiry, and Public Affairs. All students are required to have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (transfer and Missouri State combined) in their General Education Program in order to graduate from Missouri State. General Education courses may not be taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis. Note: Most students will complete the General Education Program with 47 credit hours.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete their Basic Required Courses (GEP 101/UHC 110, CIS101/CSC 101 or CSC 111, COM 115, ENG 110, MTH 130 or higher and KIN 100) during their first 30 credit hours and must complete these courses before completing 75 credit hours.
Note: Many majors and degrees require specific General Education courses. Students should review specific major and/or degree requirements before enrolling in General Education courses.
*Students may take a proficiency examination to determine if they already possess the computer-related knowledge and skills comprising the Computers for Learning requirement. Those who pass this exam will be excused from, but will not receive credit for, the Computers for Learning requirement. Contact the Computers for Learning Office, Kings Street Annex, room 216, (417) 836-6120, for information or visit the web site at: http://learning.missouristate.edu/
** An ACT English score of 19 or higher or an SAT English score of 451 or higher will meet the prerequisite for enrolling in ENG 110. Students with an ACT English score of 18 or lower or an SAT English score of 450 or lower must enroll in ENG 100. Students without ACT and SAT test scores can take a placement test that is periodically administered by the English Department. Contact the English Department, Pummill Hall, room 301, (417) 836-5107 for more information.
*** Students who transfer from accredited colleges with at least two hours of credit in health and well-being coursework may have completed the Health and Well-Being component upon approval from the Department Head of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Students who successfully complete Basic Training in any of the United States Military branches after December 31, 1997, will be awarded transfer credit for KIN 100. Refer to the Transfer Credit Policy, Credit for Military Education and Experience section of catalog for more detailed information.
Astronomy or Physics:
AST 114(4) Survey of Astronomy
AST 115(4) Basic Astronomy*
PHY 100(4) Survey of Physics with Laboratory*
PHY 101(4) Physics by Inquiry for Educators*
PHY 123(4) Introduction to Physics I*
PHY 203(5) Foundations of Physics I*
Biology or Biomedical Sciences:
BIO 100(4) Biological Science for Educators*
BIO 102(4) Principles of Biological Science*
BIO 121(4) General Biology I*
BMS 100(4) Concepts and Issues in the Life Sciences
BMS 105(4) Concepts and Laboratory in the Life Sciences*
BMS 110(4) Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences*
CHM 105(5) Fundamentals of Chemistry*
CHM 106(4) Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHM 107(4) Chemistry for the Citizen*
CHM 160(4) General Chemistry I
CHM 160(4) General Chemistry I and CHM 161(1) General Chemistry I Laboratory*
Humanities Perspective (3 hours): Select one of the following courses:
AAS 100(3) Introduction to African American Studies
ART 271(3) History of Western Art I
ART 272(3) History of Western Art II
ART 273(3) Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
ART 274(3) Survey of Asian Art
ENG 200(3) Introduction to Literature
HST 103(3) World History to circa 1600 C.E.
HST 104(3) World History since 1600 C.E.
IDS 397(3) International Culture and Study Abroad
LLT 121(3) Classical Mythology
MUS 345(3) Music in Western Culture and Society I
MUS 346(3) Music in Western Culture and Society II
PHI 115(3) Ethics and Contemporary Issues
REL 101(3) The Literature and World of Old Testament
REL 102(3) The Literature and World of New Testament
REL 131(3) Religion in America
Social Sciences Perspective (3 hours): Select one of the following courses:
AGR 100(3) Technology’s Impact on Society
ANT 100(3) World Cultures
ECO 155(3) Principles of Macroeconomics
GRY 100(3) World Regional Geography
GRY 108(3) Principles of Sustainability
MED 120(3) Mass Media and Society
PLN 100(3) Understanding Cities
SOC 150(3) Introduction to Society
Social/Behavioral Perspective (3 hours): Select one of the following courses:
ANT 125(3) Exploring Our Human Ancestry
CFD 155(3) Principles of Human Development
ENG 296(3) Introduction to Linguistics
GST 170(3) Sex, Gender and Self
PSY 101(3) Psychology for Personal Growth
PSY 121(3) Introductory Psychology
Humanities Perspective (3 hours): Select one of the following courses:
ART 200(3) Art in Context
ENG 287(3) Life Stages in Literature
ENG 380(3) Introduction to Women’s Literature
LLT 180(3) Hero and Quest
MUS 239(3) Introduction to World Music
PHI 105(3) Critical Thinking
PHI 110(3) Introduction to Philosophy
REL 100(3) Introduction to Religion
REL 210(3) Paths of World Religion
Creativity and Vision Perspective (3 hours): Select one of the following courses:
DAN 180(3) Introduction to the Dance
ENG 203(3) Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 205(3) Creative Writing: Nonfiction
ENG 215(3) Creative Writing: Short Story
MUS 241(3) The Language of Music
THE 101(3) Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts
THE 109(3) Performance Studies
In accordance with the transfer policy of the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education, Missouri State has identified the following 42-hour block of general education classes. Upon completion of this block, a student may submit a request through the Office of the Registrar for a 42-hour block notation to be entered on the student's transcript. If the student then transfers to another participating school in the state, the receiving institution should accept the Missouri State 42-hour block as equivalent to their own 42-hour general education block. In a similar manner, if a student transfers to Missouri State with certification of a completed 42-hour general education block from another participating institution, the student will not be required to take any of the following classes at Missouri State unless they are needed to fulfill a requirement of the student’s major, minor or degree.
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
General Education Course (Basic Required Courses). An integrative and interdisciplinary experience which addresses public affairs issues and individual choices promoting academic success. Required of all freshmen during their first semester. Honors students must substitute UHC 110 for this class. 2(2-0) F,S,Su