Florida Department of Education General Education Core Course Options:

The State of Florida Statute 1007.25 regarding General Education was revised in 2012 and again in 2013 to “improve articulation and reduce excess hours” for students entering the State University System (SUS) and Florida College System (FCS). Information on the statute, implementation process and decisions made is posted on the official website at http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/hb7135gep.asp.

The Board of Governors and Department of Education have established a process for determining the final list of core courses. The process is being directed (under guidance from the BoG and DoE) by a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from five SUS and five FCS institutions. In addition, five Faculty Committees were formed that made recommendations of the specific courses to be included in the core.

The bill revisions apply to students initially entering the SUS or FCS in the 2015-2016 academic year and thereafter (note that the earlier revision of the bill would have had a 2014-2015 start date). The bill in its current form requires that 15 of the 36 general education credits for all SUS and FCS students be chosen from a determined set of 23 courses (the General Education Core) in five categories. All SUS and FCS institutions must accept these courses for transfer credit, but no institution must offer all courses.

Current State Requirements

Communication

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.

Course: ENC X101 English Composition 1

Policy for Advanced Courses: Any student who completes a course with an ENC prefix for which ENC X101 is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the communication core.

This applies to the following UF courses: ENC 1102, ENC 1145, ENC 2210, ENC 2305, ENC 3246, ENC 3254, ENC 3459.

Humanities

Students will confirm the ability to think critically through demonstrating interpretive ability and cultural literacy. Students will acquire competence in reflecting critically upon the human condition.

Courses:

  • ARH X000 Art Appreciation
  • HUM X020 Introduction to Humanities
  • LIT X000 Introduction to Literature
  • MUL X010 Music Literature/Music Appreciation
  • PHI X010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • THE X000 Theatre Appreciation

Mathematics

Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving, and demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts. Students will apply appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving.

Courses:

  • MAC X105 College Algebra
  • MAC X140 Precalculus Algebra
  • MAC X147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAC X311 Calculus I
  • MGF X106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I
  • MGF X107  Liberal Arts Mathematics II
  • STA X023  Statistical Methods

Policy for Advanced Courses: Any student who successfully completes a mathematics course for which one of the general education core course options in mathematics is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics core.

This applies to the following UF courses: MAC 2312 and MAC 2233

Natural Sciences

Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, or model construction, and to use the scientific method to explain the natural world. Students will successfully recognize and comprehend fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world.

Courses:

  • AST X002 Descriptive Astronomy
  • BSC X005 General Biology
  • BSC X010 General Biology I
  • BSC X085 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • CHM X020 Chemistry for Liberal Studies
  • CHM X045 General Chemistry I
  • ESC X000 Introduction to Earth Science
  • EVR X001  Introduction to Environmental Science
  • PHY X020  Fundamentals of Physics
  • PHY X048 General Physics with Calculus
  • PHY X053 General Physics I

Policy for Advanced Courses: Any student who successfully completes a natural science course for which one of the general education core course options in natural science is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the natural science core. The immediate prerequisite must be in the same subject area for the course to count and the subject area is determined according to the institution or SCNS catalog.

This applies to the following UF courses: AST 3018, AST 3019, BSC 2011, CHM 2046, CHM 2051, CHM 2096, PHY 2049, PHY 2054.

Social Sciences

Students will demonstrate the ability to examine behavioral, social, and cultural issues from a variety of points of view. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social and behavioral science concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavioral, social, and cultural issues, past and present, local and global.

Courses:

  • AMH X020 Introductory Survey Since 1877 
  • ANT X000 Introduction to Anthropology 
  • ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • POS X041 American Government
  • PSY X012 Introduction to Psychology
  • SYG X000 Principles of Sociology

2015-2016 UF Implementation

Current UF Courses Meeting the State General Education Core Requirements

GE Area

Course #

Course Name

GE Code

Comm.

ENC 1101

Expository and Argumentative Writing

C, WR-E6

Comm.

ENC 1102

Argument and Persuasion

C, WR-E6

Comm.

ENC 1145

Tops for Composition

C, H, WR-E6

Comm.

ENC 2210

Technical Writing

C, WR-E6

Comm.

ENC 3246

Professional Communication for Engineers

C, WR-E6

Comm.

ENC 3254

Professional Writing in the Discipline

C, WR-E6

Human.

ARH 2000

Art Appreciation

H, D

Human.

PHI 2010

Intro. to Philosophy

H, WR-E6

Human.

MUL 2010

Intro. to Music Literature

H, N, WR-E2

Human.

LIT 2000

Intro. to Literature

H

Human.

THE 2000

Theatre Appreciation

D, H

Math.

MAC 1105

Basic College Algebra

M

Math.

MAC 1140

Precalculus Algebra

M

Math.

MAC 1147

Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry

M

Math.

MAC 2233

Survey of Calculus 1

M

Math.

MAC 2311

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1

M

Math.

MAC 2312

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2

M

Math.

MGF 1106

Liberal Arts Math 1

M

Math.

MGF 1107

Liberal Arts Math 2

M

Math.

STA 2023

Intro. to Statistics 1

M

Nat. Sci.

AST 1002

Discovering the Universe

P

Nat. Sci.

AST 3018

Astronomy and Astrophysics 1

P

Nat. Sci.

AST 3019

Astronomy and Astrophysics 2

P

Nat. Sci.

BSC 2005

Biological Science

B

Nat. Sci.

BSC 2010

Integrated Principles of Biology 1

B

Nat. Sci.

BSC 2011

Integrated Principles of Biology 2

B

Nat. Sci.

CHM 1020

Chemistry for the Liberal Arts

P

Nat. Sci.

CHM 1030

Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 1

P

Nat. Sci.

CHM 1031

Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 2

P

Nat. Sci.

CHM 2045

General Chemistry 1

P

Nat. Sci.

CHM 2046

General Chemistry 2

P

Nat. Sci.

CHM 2051

Honors General Chemistry

P

Nat. Sci.

CHM 2096

Chemistry for Engineers 2

P

Nat. Sci.

ESC 1000

Intro. to Earth Science

P

Nat. Sci.

MCB 3020

Basic Biology of Microorganisms

B

Nat. Sci.

PHY 2020

Intro. to the Principles of Physics

P

Nat. Sci.

PHY 2048

Physics with Calculus 1

P

Nat. Sci.

PHY 2049

Physics with Calculus 2

P

Nat. Sci.

PHY 2053

Physics 1

P

Nat. Sci.

PHY 2054

Physics 2

P

Social Sci.

PSY 2012

General Psychology

S

Social Sci.

SYG 2000

Principles of Sociology

S

Social Sci.

ANT 2000

General Anthropology

S

Social Sci.

POS 2041

American Federal Government

S

Social Sci.

AMH 2020

US Since 1877

S, D

Social Sci.

ECO 2013

Principles of Macroeconomics

S