General Education

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete 42 credit hours of general education courses to satisfy degree requirements. Students pursuing a BBA must complete 47 credit hours of general education courses. Core curriculum credits received from other regionally accredited institutions may be transferrable as long as they meet the requirements for transfer of credit.  

Conforming to the requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and comprising a broad range of disciplines, the general education core provides students with a foundation of knowledge that will help ensure success in their chosen program and career field. Core subjects, including history, mathematics, and life and physical sciences, will help students gain intellectual, interpersonal, and practical skills and better understand the diverse world in which they live.  

On the Courses tab, students can view course details as well as prerequisites, semester offerings, and credit hour requirements. Core courses are entirely online and are either 8 or 16 weeks in duration.  

Students should consult with an advisor in the Advising Center or their faculty advisor before choosing core curriculum courses or refer to degree requirements for their major.  

Communication Requirements

Students are required to take 6 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
16 weeks
3
Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
16 weeks
3
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
History Requirements

Students are required to take 6 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
HIST 1301 - History of the United States to 1877
16 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024
HIST 1302 - History of the United States Since 1877
16 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024
Language, Philosophy & Culture Requirements

Students are required to take 3 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
COMM 1301 - Introduction to the Study of Communication
8 weeks
3
An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
Mathematics Requirements

Students are required to take 3-4 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
8 weeks
4
Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Summer 2025 Whole Fall 2025
MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
8 weeks
3
Mathematics for modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include algebra, linear equations in two variables, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics are chosen by the instructor. Course emphasizes application to social science and economics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics I
16 weeks
3
Modern applications of mathematics including graph theory, optimization, data organization, and social decision models.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
8 weeks
4
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms, and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections).
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: N/A
Life and Physical Sciences Requirements

Students are required to take 8 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
BIOL 1308 - Biology for Non-Science Majors
8 weeks
3
A survey of the fundamental principles that apply to living organisms. These include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, physiology, biodiversity, and ecology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
BIOL 1108 - Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory
8 weeks
1
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiments and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology
8 weeks
3
Survey of Earth’s structure, composition, and the dynamic processes that have resulted in the modern distribution of the Earth’s geographic regions, landforms, resources, and geologic hazards.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
GEOL 1302 - Historical Geology
8 weeks
3
Study of Earth’s origin, geologic time, and the major sequential physical and biological events that culminate in the modern distribution of ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on the geological history of North America.
Prerequisites: GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
Semesters Offered: N/A
GEOL 1102 - Historical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
Political Science Requirements

Students are required to take 6 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
Creative Arts Requirements

Students are required to take 6 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
8 weeks
3
The study of art, its role in society, the creative process, and standards of artistic judgment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MUSI 1301 - Jazz, Pop & Rock
8 weeks
3
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: N/A
MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation
8 weeks
3
A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciation of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
Social and Behavior Science Requirements

Students are required to take 3 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics
8 weeks
3
A description of major economic problems facing modern societies is presented together with how the capitalistic market system addresses these issues. The emphasis is on macroeconomics theory and practice.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024
ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics
8 weeks
3
Individual consumer and producer choices are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on supply and demand relationships, utility concepts, and cost and revenue curves as they relate to price theory and various forms of competition. Completion of ECON 2301 is recommended, but not required.
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
8 weeks
3
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
Component Area Requirements

Students are required to take 3-4 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
COMM 1315 - Introduction to Public Speaking
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025
COMM 1115 - Communication Lab
8 weeks
1
Practical activities across the sub-disciplines of the field of communication.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Spring A 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Fall A 2025
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
BIOL 1108 - Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory
8 weeks
1
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiments and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
GEOL 1102 - Historical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MUSI 1301 - Jazz, Pop & Rock
8 weeks
3
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: N/A
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
8 weeks
3
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
HIST 2322 - World Civilizations
16 weeks
3
A survey of the world's major civilizations and of their cultural, political, and economic interactions from roughly 1500 to modern globalization.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Fall 2024
Requirements for BBA Students

Students pursuing an online BBA are required to take 47 credit hours of general education courses, with the following requirements:

Courses
Duration
Credits
MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
8 weeks
3
Mathematics for modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include algebra, linear equations in two variables, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics are chosen by the instructor. Course emphasizes application to social science and economics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MATH 1325 - Applications of Continuous Mathematics
8 weeks
3
This course introduces differential calculus and its applications to optimization. Applications are drawn from social science and economics.
Prerequisites: MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered:
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
8 weeks
4
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms, and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections).
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: N/A
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
8 weeks
3
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024

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