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General Education Requirements


General Education Requirements

The following additional limitations must also be observed:


You may not take more than two courses or seven hours of CR/NC in the University Program.


You must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in University Program courses in order to graduate.


The University Program has been designed to encourage

you to explore as many different disciplines as possible; therefore, you must choose your University Program courses from different designators. Only one time may you take a second course with the same designator to satisfy your University Program requirement, with the exception of foreign language courses and courses taken for study abroad credit (see Subgroup IV-B), Typically you will be required to take courses with nine (9) different designators. For purposes of this paragraph, a course and its separately numbered laboratory (GEL102 Physical Geology Laboratory, for example), count as a single course.

All courses at CMU are identified by a three-letter code called a designator, as well as by a course number. Designators refer to the areas of study within the university’s departments. Although most departments have only one area of study and thus one designator, some do have two or more.


Within Group II, Natural Sciences each student must select at least one laboratory experience equivalent to at least one laboratory credit hour. The following courses satisfy this requirement: ANT 173 - Laboratory in Physical Anthropology 1(0-2) AST 112 - Introduction to Astronomical Observations 1(0-2) BIO 101 - General Biology 3(2-2) BIO 105 - Introductory Quantitative Biology 3(2-2) CHM 101 - Armchair Chemistry 3(2-2) CHM 127 - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2) CHM 131 - Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3) CHM 161 - Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4) GEL 100 - Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2) GEL 102 - Physical Geology Laboratory 1(0-2) GEL 130 - Earth Processes 3(2-2) GEO 105 - Physical Geography 3(2-2) HON 140 - Symmetry in Science: From Microscopic to

Macro-scopic Systems 6(5-3) MET 240 - Meteorology 3(2-2) PHS 151 - Introductory Physical Science I 3(2-2) PHS 371 - Musical Acoustics 3(2-2) PHY 127 - Table Top Physics 1(0-2) PHY 170 - College Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2) PHY 175 - University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)


CLEP General Examination credit is not accepted for University Program credit.


Credit from prior learning may not be used to meet any Uni- versity Program or Competency requirement.


Unless the degree specifically prohibits it, courses that are required under Other Degree Requirements may also be used to satisfy University Program requirements, provided that the courses are also on the list of University Program courses.

University Program courses may also be taken as part of a major or minor unless otherwise restricted.

General Education Requirements for CMU Undergraduate Students

General Education at Central Michigan University consists of two areas of liberal study and achievement, University Program and competency requirements, that are required of all undergraduate students. A liberal undergraduate education serves as preparation for a thoughtful life and service to the community, as a source of learning from which all other university work must draw and to which that work must contribute, and as an opportunity to iden- tify intellectual interests by exploring a variety of disciplines and categories of human knowledge.

Liberally educated persons know about basic forces, ideas, and values that shape the world, and about the structure of organized human knowledge--the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and their values, perspectives and methods. They are skilled in reasoning, writing, speaking, problem solving; using and interpreting quantitative information; in working with others, including those of diverse ethnic and cultural background; and in thinking reflectively about themselves as individuals and as members of society. Such persons value rational inquiry, honesty in scholarship and life-long learning.

Goals and Objectives

General education is intended to assist the student in the fol- lowing objectives:

  • a.

    Developing undergraduate college-level competencies in reading comprehension, written communication, oral com- munication, and quantitative reasoning and interpretation.

  • b.

    Learning to examine and solve problems through intel- lectual process skills such as comprehension, translation, interpretation, extrapolation, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Library and research skills are important ac- companiments of these processes.

  • c.

    Evaluating critically a broad range of personal and cultural values.

  • d.

    Developing intellectual concerns to include:

    • 1.

      The logic and substance of science

    • 2.

      An understanding of American society and culture

    • 3.

      A cross-cultural perspective through the study of foreign cultures

    • 4.

      An awareness of human nature from differing theoretical points of view

    • 5.

      The fine arts

  • e.

    Understanding global cultures and, where possible, studying abroad.

  • f.

    Experiencing intellectual community.

University Program

The University Program requires at least 27-30 semester hours of coursework in Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Integrative and Area Studies. The courses are divided into groups and subgroups, and you must complete at least 3 semester hours in each subgroup.

Students who receive credit for an approved study-abroad ex- perience may satisfy their University Program requirement with a minimum of 27 hours. Students whose first college-level foreign language course is at an advanced level (102 or higher) may satisfy their University Program requirement with a minimum of 27 hours. All other students may satisfy their University Program requirement with a minimum of 30 hours.


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