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General Education Courses

Common Bulletin Statement Regarding General Education

 Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the State University and Community College System of Tennessee (The Tennessee Board of Regents System) share a common lower division general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester hours for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Science degrees. Lower division means freshman and sophomore courses. The courses comprising the general education curriculum are contained within the following subject categories.

APSU Recommended Courses for the TBR General Education Core

 I Communications: 9 Credit Hours 

  • ENGL 1010 - English Composition 3 *
  • ENGL 1020 - English Composition 3 *
  • COMM 1010 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 *

II History: 6 Credit Hours 

Select History courses as indicated below: 

  • HIST 1210 - World History I  3
  • HIST 1220 - World History II  3

            OR

  • HIST 2010 - American History I 3
  • HIST 2020 - American History II 3

            OR

  • HIST 2030 - History of Tennessee  3 (can be taken in place of either HIST 2010 or HIST 2030)

III Humanities and/or Fine Arts: 9 Credit Hours 

  • ENGL 2030 - Traditions in World Literature 3 *
  • Foreign Language (6) **

Select one course from two disciplines below: 

  • ART 1030 - Art Appreciation 3
  • MUS 1030 - Music Appreciation 3
  • MUS 2030 - World Music 3
  • PHIL 1030 - Introduction to Philosophy 3
  • PHIL 1040 - Introduction to Ethics 3
  • PHIL 2200 - Religion and the World 3
  • THEA 1030 - Introduction to Theatre 3

IV Mathematics: 3 Credit Hours 

Select one course listed below: 

  • MATH 1010 - Mathematical Thought and Practice 3
  • MATH 1110 - Algebraic Problem Solving 3
  • MATH 1420 - Structure of Mathematical Systems II 3
  • MATH 1530 - Elements of Statistics 3
  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra 3
  • MATH 1730 - Precalculus 4
  • MATH 1810 - Elements of Calculus 3
  • MATH 1910 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5

VI Natural Sciences: 8 Credit Hours 

Select any two courses listed below: 

  • ASTR 1010/1011 - Planetary Astronomy (and lab) 4
  • ASTR 1020/1021 - Stellar Astronomy (and lab) 4
  • BIOL 1010/1011 - Principles of Life (and lab) 4
  • BIOL 1020/1021 - Diversity of Life (and lab) 4
  • BIOL 1040/1041 - Human Biology (and lab) 4
  • BIOL 1110/1111 - Principles of Biology I (and lab) 4
  • BIOL 2010/2011 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (and lab) 4
  • BIOL 2020/2021 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (and lab) 4
  • CHEM 1010/1011 - Chemistry: Society and the Environment (and lab) 4
  • CHEM 1020/1021 - Chemistry: Society and the Environment (and lab) 4
  • CHEM 1110/1111 - General Chemistry (and lab) 5
  • CHEM 1120/1121 - General Chemistry (and lab) 5
  • CHEM 1710 - Introduction to Chemistry and Physics 4
    OR
  • PHYS 1710 - Introduction to Chemistry and Physics 4

  • GEOL 1040/1041 - Physical Geology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 1050/1051 - Historical Geology (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 1010/1011 - Understanding Physical World (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 1020/1021 - Understanding Physical World (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 2010/2011 - College Physics (and lab) 5 (Algebra/Trigonometry-based)
  • PHYS 2020/2021 - College Physics (and lab) 5 (Algebra/Trigonometry-based)
  • PHYS 2110/2111 - University Physics (and lab) 5 (Calculus-based)
  • PHYS 2120/2121 - University Physics (and lab) 5 (Calculus-based)

V Social & Behavioral Sciences: 6 Credit Hours 

Select one course from any of two disciplines below: 

  • AAST 2200 - Introduction African American Studies 3
  • COMM 2020 - Media, Society, and the Individual 3
  • ECON 2010 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • GEOG 1010 - Physical Geography 3
  • GEOG 1020 - Geography of Europe, the Americas, and Australia 3
  • GEOG 1030 - Geography of Africa, Asia, and Oceania 3
  • HHP 1250 - Wellness Concepts and Practice 3
  • POLS 2010 - American National Government 3
  • POLS 2040 - Introduction to Public Policy 3
  • POLS 2070 - International Politics 3
  • PSY 1010 - General Psychology 
  • SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology  3  (previously SOC 2010)
  • SOC 2050 - Social Problems 3
  • SOC 2500 - Cultural Anthropology 3
  • WS 2050 - Women and Culture 3

 Note

* These courses are required of all students.

** Six hours of foreign language at the intermediate level are required for B.A. degree. Students who are not prepared to begin with the intermediate course should begin with the elementary level courses.

More about University-Wide Degree Requirements can be found in the current Undergraduate Bulletin.

The Tennessee Board of Regents determines the General Education Requirements for all universities in the system. Those requirements can be found here.