ACTS

General Education Program

General Education requirements serve as a valuable component in a student's university education.  When taking these classes, many students are advised to consider twilight and hybrid courses,especially if they have competing job or family obligations.

However, because university students must be well-rounded as learners, "core" classes are the same for students of all academic majors. Students majoring in a liberal arts course such as history or English, must pass a required number of mathematics and sciences courses.  In the same way, students majoring in the sciences or in business administration, must successfully pass core courses in composition or history.

Virtually all of these core classes, also known as "general education requirements" can be completed by taking twilight, evening or online courses at Missouri Southern State University. 

The general education curriculum constitute the 43-44 semester hour block that meets the State of Missouri general education goals and standards set by MSSU.

Baccalaureate Degree General Education Curriculum Requirements

A. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 6 hours

ENG 101 College Composition I 3 hours

ENG 102 College Composition II 3 hours

OR

ENG 111 Advanced College

Composition 3 hours

B. ORAL COMMUNICATION 3 hours

COMM 100 Oral Communication 3 hours

C. MATHEMATICS** 3 hours

MATH 120 or above 3 hours

D. LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES** 8-9 hours

Required: At least one course from each area.

1. Life Sciences (4 credit hours)

BIO 101 General Biology/Lab 4 hours

BIO 105 General Biology: Environmental

Emphasis/Lab 4 hours

BIO 110 Principles of Biology I/Lab 4 hours

BIO 121 Human Anatomy &

Physiology I/Lab 4 hours

2. Physical Sciences (4-5 credit hours)

CHEM 120 Chemistry for Allied

Health Sciences 5 hours

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I/Lab 5 hours

GEOL 120 Introduction to Geology/Lab 4 hours

GEOL 185 Introduction to Meteorology/Lab 4 hours

GEOL 210 Earth & Space Science 3 hours

GEOL 212 Earth & Space Science Lab 1 hour

PHYS 100 Fundamentals of

Physical Science 5 hours

PHYS 150 Environmental Physics 5 hours

PHYS 151 Elementary College Physics I/Lab 5 hours

PHYS 300 Astronomy 3 hours

E. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 12 hours

1. Required Courses:

HIST 110 or 120 U.S. History 3 hours

PSC 120 Gov’t: U.S., State, Local 3 hours

2. Select two courses with different prefixes:

ANTH 101 General Anthropology 3 hours

ECON 180, 201 or 202 Economics** 3 hours

GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography 3 hours

PSY 100 General Psychology 3 hours

SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours

F. HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS 6 hours

1. Select One:

ART 110 Art Appreciation** 3 hours

MUS 106 World Music 3 hours

MUS 110 Music Appreciation 3 hours

TH 110 Theatre Appreciation 3 hours

2. Select One:

ENG 250 Introduction to Literature 3 hours

ENG 261, 262 World Literature 3 hours

ENG 271, 272 British Literature 3 hours

ENG 281, 282 American Literature 3 hours

ENG 305 Short Story 3 hours

PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours

PHIL 212 Ethics 3 hours

G. HEALTH AND WELLNESS** 2 hours

KINE 103 Lifetime Wellness 2 hours

H. UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE*** 3 hours

UE100 University Experience: Transitionsin an International Context 3 hours                                         

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION*

REQUIREMENTS 43-44 HOURS

Students not meeting ACT scores in certain subject areas may be required to take remedial classes in college to prepare them for the core classes. These remedial courses may not count toward university graduation. 

For assistance in choosing General Education courses at Missouri Southern State University, contact your academic advisor or the department of Advising, Counseling and Testing Services (ACTS).

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