General Education Program (GEP)

The purposes of the UCF General Education Program (GEP) are to introduce students to a broad range of human knowledge and intellectual pursuits, to equip them with the analytic and expressive skills required to engage in those pursuits, to develop their ability to think critically, and to prepare them for life-long learning. The GEP curriculum provides students with the intellectual, ethical, and aes­thetic foundations necessary to make informed choices; to accept the responsibilities of working and living in a rapidly changing world; and to lead a productive and satisfying life.

Courses that fulfill the General Education Program requirements are specified, but in some cases an alternate course in the same discipline may be substituted for GEP requirements. These alternate courses, approved by the Faculty Senate Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee, are listed in the section identified as "Alternate Courses: General Education Program." Students should consult with an advisor before enrolling in an alternate course. Undergraduate stu­dents who have not completed requirements for the Associate of Arts degree and who desire to transfer to another Florida public university can have their transcripts indicate "General Education Requirements Met" upon written request, if they have completed UCF's GEP require­ments with a GPA of 2.0 or better. UCF will accept a similar statement on transcripts received from Florida College System institutions and universities in lieu of completion of the University's General Education Program. Students enrolled in courses that use the "NC" grade must earn a grade of "C-" (1.75) or better.

General Education Program Learning Objectives

Communications Foundation

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the situational characteristics of a communication act: audience, purpose, and source/author.

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand communication and speaking skills.

  • Demonstrate the ability to write in a clear, logical and appropriate manner.

  • Demonstrate the ability to research academic topics and present the synthesis of that research: 1) in speech with appropriate cita­tions; and 2) in texts with correct documentation.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of diversity in American society.

Cultural and Historical Foundation

  • Be able to gather, synthesize, and analyze information from appropriate resources and be able to critically evaluate information and sources for accuracy and credibility.

  • Identify and deepen appreciation of common human themes and the richness of diverse cultures.

  • Be able to analyze and discuss meaning of an artwork, perfor­mance, or text in diverse aesthetic, historical and cultural contexts.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking of the concepts, styles, and aesthetic, theoretical, and critical principals in an art.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the chronology and significance of major events and movements in western civilization, U.S. history or world civilization.

Mathematical Foundation

  • Demonstrate the skills needed to solve quantitative problems including choosing the proper technique and/or technology.

  • Be able to solve real-world quantitative problems.

  • Demonstrate qualitative understanding of mathematical, statistical, and computing concepts.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential comput­ing concepts common to academic degrees and their related professions.

  • Demonstrate essential computing skills common to academic degrees and their related professions, and in particular, skills relat­ing to professional use of computers and application software.

Social Foundation

  • Be able to gather and synthesize information from appropriate resources, and be able to evaluate information and sources for accuracy and credibility.

  • Understand how an individual's place in the world is affected by social, economic, and political institutions.

  • Gain a deeper appreciation of one's role and potential impact in social, economic, and political institutions.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction among social, economic, and political structures and functions.

  • Understand how individuals behave and interact with other individuals in their psychological, political, economic and social environments.

Science Foundation

  • Demonstrate an understanding of science as an empirical attempt to acquire information about the real world, develop possible explanations of these phenomena, and test the explanations by predicting the outcome of future observations.

  • Demonstrate an ability to assess the extent to which claims presented as "scientific" satisfy the empirical character of scientific explanations.

  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific knowledge and problem solving in a physical or life science.

General Education Program (GEP) Courses (36 credit hours required)

(Some majors require a specific course or a higher level course in some areas. Consult your major requirements and advisor.)

Satisfactorily complete one course in each of the twelve numbered areas 36 hours

* A one credit laboratory is also available for this course.

1 A grade of "C-" (1.75) or better is required in this course.

2 A grade of "C-" (1.75) or better satisfies three hours of the Gordon Rule requirement.

A. Communication Foundation 9 hours
1 ENC 1101 Composition I 1,2 3(3,0)
2 ENC 1102 Composition II PR: ENC 1101 1,2 3(3,0)
3 SPC 1608 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3(3,0)
SPC 1603 Fundamentals of Technical Presentations 3(3,0)
COM 1000 Introduction to Communication 3(3,0)
B. Cultural and Historical Foundation 9 hours
1 EUH 2000 Western Civilization I 2 3(3,0)
EUH 2001 Western Civilization II 2 3(3,0)
HUM 2210 Humanistic Tradition I 2 3(3,0)
HUM 2230 Humanistic Tradition II 3(3,0)
AMH 2010 U.S. History: 1492-1877 2 3(3,0)
AMH 2020 U.S. History: 1877-present 2 3(3,0)
WOH 2012 World Civilization I 2 3(3,0)
WOH 2022 World Civilization II 2 3(3,0)
2 ARH 2050 History of Western Art I 3(3,0)
ARH 2051 History of Western Art II 3(3,0)
MUL 2010 Enjoyment of Music 3(3,0)
THE 2000 Theatre Survey 3(3,0)
FIL 1000 Cinema Survey 3(3,0)
REL 2300 World Religions 3(3,0)
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy 3(3,0)
LIT 2110 World Literature I PR: ENC 1102 2 3(3,0)
LIT 2120 World Literature II PR: ENC 1102 2 3(3,0)
3 Take one additional course from either B1 or B2.
C. Mathematical Foundation 6 hours
1 MAC 1105C College Algebra 2 3(3,0)
MGF 1106 Finite Mathematics 2 3(3,0)
2 CGS 1060C Introduction to Computer Science 2 3(3,0)
STA 1063C Basic Statistics using Microsoft Excel 2 3(3,0)
STA 2014C Principles of Statistics 2 3(3,0)
D. Social Foundation 6 hours
1 ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3(3,0)
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3(3,0)
POS 2041 American National Government 3(3,0)
2 PSY 2012 General Psychology 3(3,0)
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3(3,0)
ANT 2000 General Anthropology 3(3,0)
E. Science Foundation 6 hours
1 AST 2002 Astronomy PR: High School Algebra or MAC 1105C 3(3,0)
PSC 1121 * Physical Science PR: High School Algebra or MAC1105C 3(3,0)
PHY 2053C College Physics I: MAC 1105C and MAC 1114C 4(3,3)
CHM 1020 Concepts in Chemistry PR: High School Algebra 3(3,0)
2 BSC 1005 * Biological Principles 3(3.0)
BSC 1050 * Biology and Environment 3(3,0)
GLY 1030 Geology and its Applications 3(3,0)
GEO 1200 * Physical Geography 3(3,0)
ANT 2511 The Human Species 3(3,0)
MCB 1310 Intro to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering 3(3,0)

Substitution of Courses: General Education Program and Other Requirements

University’s General Education Program and Foreign Language Proficiency requirements. When the transfer course work is entered into the UCF computer system (usually during the first semester at UCF), course descriptions and other information to provide a sufficient basis for evaluation may be requested. Courses are evaluated on the basis of equivalency with the content of the courses required by the University. The evaluation conducted is entered into a computerized Degree Audit system and then is available to the colleges and departments through the University’s computer network and for the student online access through myUCF at Appeals of transfer credit decisions should be directed to Academic Services (MH 210). Substitution requests for college or major requirements are processed within those administrative offices.

Alternate Courses: General Education Program

Courses that may be taken in substitution for the stated GEP requirements are listed below:

GEP Requirement Acceptable Substitutions
1 For all of the acceptable substitutions in this GEP requirement, a grade of "C-" (1.75) or better satisfies three hours of the Gordon Rule requirement.
MAC 1105C (College Algebra)1 MAC 1114C, MAC 1140C, MAC 2233, MAC 2253, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313
MGF 1106 (Finite Mathematics) MGF 1107
PHY 2053C (Physics) PHY 2048C, PHY 2049C, PHY 2054C
CHM 1020 (Chemistry) CHM 2045C, CHM 1032, CHS 1440, CHM 2040 & CHM 2041
BSC 1005 or BSC 1050 (Biology) BSC 2010C
GEO 1200 (Geography) GEO 2370
CGS 1060C (Intro to Computer)1 CGS 2100C, COP 2500C, COP 3502C, COT 3100C
STA 2014C (Statistics) STA 2023, STA 3032
THE 2000 (Theatre) THE 2020
FIL 1000 (Cinema Survey) FIL 2030, FIL 3036, FIL 3037
MUL 2010 (Enjoyment of Music) MUH 2017, MUH 2019, MUH 3212, MUL 2016, MUL 2720

Diversity Requirement

The University recognizes that communities are com­prised of, and enriched by, people of diverse back­grounds. The study of diversity is encouraged to pro­mote an understanding of the needs of individuals, the University, and society. Thus, all students completing their first bachelor's degree from UCF must complete at least one course that explores the diverse backgrounds and characteristics found among humans, including: race/ethnicity, gender, social class/caste, religion, age, sexual orientation, and level of physical ability.

Students are exempt from this requirement if they have completed an Associate of Arts degree or the General Education Program at a Florida College System institution or public state university. Students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree also are exempt.

The requirement is satisfied by the successful comple­tion of a diversity course selected from the following list. Additional courses may be approved subsequently by the Common Program Oversight Committee, so students should consult their departmental advisor for the most current listing.

General Education Courses

Number Name
ENC 1102 Composition II
SPC 1608 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology
ANT 2000 General Anthropology
POS 2041 American National Government
PSY 2012 General Psychology
WOH 2022 World Civilization II
LIT 2120 World Literature II

Other Courses:

Number Name
AMH 3422 Frontier Florida
AMH 3425 Sunbelt Florida
AMH 3562 Women in American History II
AML 3283 Contemporary American Women's Fiction
AML 3615 Harlem, Haiti, and Havana
AML 3682 Ethnic Literature in America
ANT 3245 Native American Religions
ASH 4304 Women in China
CCJ 4129 Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice
CCJ 4670 Women and Crime
CJE 4174 Comparative Justice Systems
COM 4014 Gender Issues in Communication
COM 4461 Intercultural Communication
CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas
EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators
GEO 3471 World Political Geography
JST 3401 Jewish People in Antiquity
JST 3402 Wanderings: The Jewish People in Dispersion
LIN 4615 African-American Styles of Communication
LIN 4643 Cross Cultural Communication
LIT 3192 Caribbean Literature
MMC 4300 International Media
MUL 2720 Music of the World
NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice
PAD 4446 Multiculturalism in Public Administration
PLA 4020 Law and Society
PLA 4830 World Legal Systems
PLA 4472 Employment Discrimination Law
POS 3627 Cultural Pluralism and Law
PUP 3325 Women and Political Behaviors
POS 4622 Politics and Civil Rights
PUP 3314 Women and Political Behavior
PUP 3204 Sustainability
SOW 3620 Social Work with Diverse Populations
SPW 4772 Black Presence in Contemporary Latin American Literature
SYD 3800 Sex and Gender in Society
SYP 4732 Minority Aging
THE 4230 Cultural Diversity in Theater
WST 3561 Third Wave Feminisms
WST 3015 Introduction to Women's Studies

Transfer work from other colleges and universities is evaluated by the student's major department to determine if courses meet the diversity requirement. Satisfaction of this requirement remains in effect if the student changes majors.

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