Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014

General Education Program and Requirements

The General Education Program requirements described below are effective Fall 2014. As we prepare to initiate the new program, information in the Student Transition Resources website should be useful for advisors and students.

Every course in the program will promote a common set of General Education objectives. The major components are Foundations and Breadth of Knowledge.

  • Most students will complete the General Education Program with 45 credit hours.
  • 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 are strongly encouraged to complete their Foundations before completing 75 credit hours
  • 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.
  • General Education courses may not be taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis.
  • Excluding the Foundations area, students may count no more than 3 classes with the same course code towards the general education requirement.

The General Learning Goals (GG) referenced in the program requirements are described in The Aim and Goals of General Education document (approved by Faculty Senate April 2013). You need Adobe Reader to view and print this document.

Foundations (14-16 hours)

First-year seminar

General Learning Goals (GG): Public Affairs (GG12, GG13 and GG14), Information Literacy (GG6), and Collaboration (GG7)

Complete one course, 2 hours. Must be taken during first semester on campus.

Course options:

GEP 101 – First Year Foundations (2) or

UHC 110 – Freshman Honors Seminar (2) Note: required for Honors College students.

Focus on Written Communication and Information Literacy

General Learning Goals (GG): Written Communication (GG3) and Information Literacy (GG6)

Complete one course, 3 hours. Should be taken during first year.

Course option:

ENG 110 – Writing I (3)

Focus on Oral Communication

General Learning Goals (GG): Oral Communication (GG4) and Information Literacy (GG6)

Complete one course, 3 hours. Should be taken during first year.

Course option:

COM 115 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Focus on Quantitative Literacy

General Learning Goals (GG): Quantitative Literacy (GG5)

Complete one course, 3-5 hours. 

Course options:

MTH 130 – Contemporary Mathematics (3)

MTH 135 – College Algebra (3)

MTH 138 – Pre-Calculus Mathematics (5)

MTH 181 – Trigonometry (3)

MTH 261 – Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)

MTH 287 – Computational Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (3) 

Focus on Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning

General Learning Goals (GG): Written Communication (GG3) and Integrative and Applied Learning (GG15)

Complete one course, 3 hours. 

Course options:

AGR 320 – Writing II: Writing in the Applied Sciences (3)

ENG 210 – Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines (3)

ENG 221 – Writing II: Writing for the Professions (3)

ENG 310 – Writing II: Writing for Graduate and Professional Schools (3)

ENG 321 – Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing (3)

GLG 358 – Writing II: Reporting Geological Information (3)

HST 210 – Writing II: Historical Inquiry (3)

NUR 472 – Writing II: Nursing Research and Scholarly Writing (3) 


Breadth of Knowledge (31-33 hours)

Knowledge of Human Cultures (12 hours, 4 different course codes)

Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences

General Learning Goals (GG): Social and Behavioral Sciences (GG8)

Complete two courses, 6 hours.

Course options:

AGR 100 – Food Security (3)

ANT 125 – Exploring our Human Ancestry (3)

CFD 155 – Principles of Human Development (3)

CFD 163 – Relationships in Today’s Families (3)

ECO 155 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 165 – Principles of Microeconomics (3)

GRY 108 – Principles of Sustainability (3)

MED 120 – Mass Media and Society (3)

PSY 121 – Introductory Psychology (3)

REL 131 – Religion in America (3)

SOC 150 – Introduction to Society (3) 

Focus on Humanities

General Learning Goals (GG): Humanities and the Arts (GG9)

Complete one course, 3 hours.

Course options:

AAS 100 – Introduction to African American Studies (3)

ART 271 – History of Western Art I (3)

ART 272 – History of Western Art II (3)

ART 273 – Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3)

ART 274 – Survey of Asian Art (3)

ENG 200 – Great Books and Instant Classics (3)

ENG 282 – Literature by Women (3)

ENG 283 – Folklore and Cultural Engagement (3)

HST 103 – World History to Circa 1600 C.E. (3)

HST 104 – World History Since 1600 C.E. (3)

LLT 121 – Classical Mythology (3)

MED 274 – Introduction to Film (3)

MUS 241 – The Language of Music (3)

PHI 110 – Introduction to Philosophy (3)

REL 101 – Literature and World of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (3)

REL 102 – Literature and World of the New Testament (3) 

Focus on the Arts

General Learning Goals (GG): Humanities and the Arts (GG9) and Collaboration (GG7)

Complete one course, 3 hours.

Course options:

ART 200 – Art in Context (3)

DAN 180 – Introduction to the Dance (3)

ENG 203 – Creative Writing: Poetry (3)

ENG 205 – Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)

ENG 215 – Creative Writing: Short Story (3)

MUS 239 – Introduction to World Music (3)

THE 101 – Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts (3) 

Knowledge of the Natural World

(7-9 credits with one course in each category (e.g., focus); with different course codes; and at least one course must have a lab.)

Focus on Life Sciences

General Learning Goals (GG): Life Sciences (GG10)

Complete one course, 3-4 hours.

Course options:

BIO 100 – Biological Sciences for Educators (4 hours) (lab)

BIO 101 – Biology in Your World (3 hours)

BIO 111 – Understanding Biological Systems through Inquiry (1 hour) (lab). Note: Student must have completed BIO 101 or be concurrently enrolled in both BIO 101 and BIO 111.

BIO 121 – General Biology I (4 hours) (lab)

BMS 100 – Concepts and Issues in the Life Sciences (4 hours)

BMS 105 – Concepts and Laboratory in the Life Sciences (4 hours) (lab)

BMS 110 – Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences (4 hours) (lab)

BMS 111 – Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences (1 hour) (lab). Note: Student must have completed BMS 100 or BMS 105 or BIO 102 in order to enroll in BMS 111. Cannot receive credit for both BMS 110 and BMS 111.

GLG 115 – Life of the Past (3 hours)

Focus on Physical Sciences

General Learning Goals (GG): Physical Sciences (GG11)

Complete one course, 3-5 hours.

Course options:

AST 113 – Modern Astronomy (3 hours)

AST 114 – Survey of Astronomy (4 hours)

AST 115 – Basic Astronomy (4 hours) (lab)

CHM 107 – Chemistry for the Citizen (3 hours)

CHM 108 – Chemistry for the Citizen Laboratory (1 hour) (lab). Note: Student must have completed CHM 107 with a grade of "C" or better or be concurrently enrolled in both CHM 107 and CHM 108.

CHM 116 – Fundamentals of Chemistry (4 hours)

CHM 117 – Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (1 hour) (lab). Note: Student must have completed CHM 116 with a grade of "C" or better or be concurrently enrolled in both CHM 116 and CHM 117.

GLG 110 – Principles of Geology (4 hours) (lab)

GLG 171 – Environmental Geology (3 hours)

GRY 135 – Principles of Weather and Climate (4 hours) (lab)

GRY 142 – Introductory Physical Geography (4 hours) (lab)

PHY 100 – Survey of Physics with Laboratory (4 hours) (lab)

PHY 101 – Physics by Inquiry for Educators (4 hours) (lab)

PHY 123 – Introduction to Physics I (4 hours) (lab)

PHY 203 – Foundations of Physics I (5 hours) (lab)

Public Affairs (12 hours; 4 different course codes)

Focus on Constitutions of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions

General Learning Goals (GG): Cultural Competence (GG13) and either Community Engagement (GG12) or Ethical Leadership (GG14)

Complete two courses (6 hours); two different course codes.

HST 121 – Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 (3) OR HST 122 – Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877 (3)

PLS 101 – American Democracy and Citizenship (3). Note: To meet the Senate Bill # 4 requirement, students who have had a transfer course in American government (PLS 101) that did not include a study of the Missouri constitution must complete PLS 103 (1 hour). Students awarded Advanced Placement credit for PLS 101 must complete PLS 103 (1 hour).

Focus on Cultural Competence

General Learning Goals (GG): Cultural Competence (GG13) and either Community Engagement (GG12) or Ethical Leadership (GG14)

Complete one course, 3 hours.

Course options:

ANT 100 – World Cultures (3)

ENG 289 – Literature, Culture, and Conflict (3)

GRY 100 – World Regional Geography (3)

IDS 297 – International Culture and Study Abroad (3)

LLT 180 – The Heroic Quest (3)

MCL 200 – Global Perspectives on Languages and Cultures in Society (3)

MTH 121 – Multicultural Views of History and Mathematics

REL 100 – Introduction to Religion (3)

REL 210 – Paths of World Religion (3)

SWK 219 – Human Diversity (3) 

Focus on Public Issues

General Learning Goals (GG): Critical Inquiry (GG1), Creative Thinking and Expression (GG2), and Public Affairs (GG12, GG13 or GG14)

Complete one course, 3 hours. Prerequisite: 12 completed hours.

Note: Students who successfully complete Basic Training in any of the United States Military branches will be awarded 3 hours of transfer credit which will satisfy the Focus on Public Issues requirement.

Course options:

CIS 200 – Critical and Creative Thinking Using Information Technology (3)

CSC 210 – Public Affairs Issues in Computing (3)

ECO 101 – Economics of Social Issues (3)

ENG 201 – Public Issues in Popular Culture (3)

ENG 222 – Writing for Social Change (3)

KIN 210 – Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches (3)

KIN 286 – Ethics and Diversity in American Sport (3)

PHI 105 – Critical Thinking (3)

PHI 115 – Ethics and Contemporary Issues (3)

PLN 100 – Understanding Cities (3)


Appeals for exceptions

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 Provost.


43-hour general education transfer block

In accordance with the transfer policy of the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education, Missouri State has identified the following 43-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 43-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 43-hour block as equivalent to their own 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.

Foundations (12 hours)

  1. Focus on Written Communication and Information Literacy: ENG 110 (3 hours)
  2. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115 (3 hours)
  3. Focus on Quantitative Literacy (3-5 hours)
  4. Focus on Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning (3 hours)

Breadth of Knowledge (31)

  1. Knowledge of Human Cultures (12 hours)
  2. Knowledge of the Natural World (7 hours)
  3. Public Affairs (12 hours) Note: Transfer students who have had a course in American Government (PLS 101) that did not include a study of the Missouri constitution must complete PLS 103 (1 hour)