General Education Information
State Required General Education
The state has two main general education requirements: State Required Communication and Computation (formerly known as Gordon Rule) and State Mandated Core. For more information, see https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/fkl-for-faculty-and-staff/stategeneds.aspx.
State Required Communication & Computation
State Mandated Core or General Education Core Requirements – for students coded under the 2015-2016 and forward undergraduate catalogs.
Enhanced Gen Ed
The General Education program seeks to enhance skills most applicable in the 21st global community. Its design directly supports the University of South Florida’s commitment to deliver a competitive undergraduate program that generates knowledge, fosters intellectual development, and ensures students success in a global environment. For more information, see https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/general-education-council/gened-revision/index.aspx.
General Education requirements for students graduating under the 2020-2021 Undergraduate catalog.
High Impact Practices
The General Education courses in the High Impact Practice (TGEH) area are also distinguished by the type of High Impact Practice (HIP) they incorporate. Below is a list of the different types of HIP courses.
General Education Requirements and Lower-Level Course Policies
General Education State Requirements - BOG Regulation 8.005
Satisfactory completion of general education requirements consists of completing 36 hours of general education, where 21 hours come from:
- Six (6) semester hours of English Composition coursework (State Communication Requirement; formerly known as Gordon Rule) and six (6) semester hours of coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English Language writing skills through multiple assignments. Students awarded college credit in English based on their demonstration of writing skills through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.
- Six (6) semester hours of mathematics coursework (State Computation Requirement; formerly known as Gordon Rule) at the level of college algebra or higher. Applied logic, statistics and other computation-based coursework that may not be offered by a mathematics department may be used to fulfill three (3) of the six (6) hours required by this section. Students awarded college credit based on their demonstration of mathematics skills at the level of college algebra or higher through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.
- For students entering the University as a first-time-in-college student beginning Fall term 2015, at least one (1) course from each of the general education subject areas listed below in this section. These courses comprise the general education core as required per section 1007.25(3), Florida Statutes.
- One of the following courses in Communication:
- ENC X101 English Composition I;
- A course with an ENC prefix for which ENCX101 is a direct prerequisite.
- One of the following courses in Humanities:
- ARH X000 Art Appreciation;
- HUM X020 Introduction to Humanities;
- LIT X000 Introduction to Literature;
- MUL X010 Introduction to Music Literature/Music Appreciation;
- PHI X010 Introduction to Philosophy;
- THE X000 Theatre Appreciation.
- One of the following courses in Mathematics:
- MAC X105 College Algebra;
- MAC X311 Calculus I;
- MGF X106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I;
- MGF X107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II;
- STA X023 Statistical Methods;
- A mathematics course for which one of the above general education core course options in mathematics is a direct prerequisite.
- One of the following courses in Natural Sciences:
- 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;
- A natural science course for which one of the above general education core course options in natural science is a direct prerequisite.
- One of the following courses in Social Sciences:
- AMH X020 Introductory Survey Since 1877;
- ANT X000 Introduction to Anthropology;
- ECO X013 Macroeconomics;
- POS X041 American Government;
- PSY X012 Introduction to Psychology;
- SYG X000 Principles of Sociology.
NOTE: Students who transfer into a state university or between state universities shall be required to meet the above general education core requirements if the students were classified as first-time-in-college at their original postsecondary institution Fall Term 2015 and thereafter. Any course accepted by an institution in the Florida College System or State University System as meeting the general education core at that institution shall be accepted as meeting the core requirements at all institutions. All credit earned by other transfer students shall be evaluated by the receiving institution on a course-by-course basis to determine core equivalency. Credit earned through an acceleration mechanism in Section 1007.27, Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6.006, will meet the related general education core course requirement.
Board of Governors Basic Requirements: (established by Florida state law and the Board of Governors Regulation 6.018)
(https://www.flbog.edu/wp-content/uploads/6-017-2014_9_19CriteriaforAwardingBaccalaureateDegree.pdf) and 8.005
USF Enhanced General Education Curriculum
The remaining fifteen (15) hours of a student’s required thirty-six (36) general education hours are fulfilled by completing USF’s Enhanced General Education curriculum, which was created to provide a more relevant, coherent, rigorous and student-centered curriculum for intentional learners. The curriculum integrates the values of general education through all levels of the undergraduate experience and is designed to develop baccalaureate graduates who have well-rounded intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrative and applied learning experiences.
Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in each course that is used to fulfill any requirement in the general education curriculum. S/U grades are not acceptable for general education courses. Those courses completed satisfactorily and applied to meet general education requirements must have an overall GPA of 2.0. Courses may be counted for both the major AND the Enhanced General Education requirements.
All general education courses at USF incorporate critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, and written communication. A student is expected to take a minimum of three (3) credit hours in each of the following areas:
- Creative Thinking - Students will combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.
- Information & Data Literacy - Students will identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information for the problems at hand.
- Human & Cultural Diversity - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of human experiences.
- Ethical Reasoning & Civic Engagement - Students will participate in activities of personal and public concern while recognizing ethical issues and assessing their own ethical values.
- High Impact Practice - Students will synthesize connections among experiences outside of the formal classroom.
State Communication Requirement and State Computation Requirement
BOG 6.017 Criteria for Awarding the Baccalaureate Degree
Prior to receipt of an Associate in Arts degree from a Florida College System institution or university or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university or college, a student shall complete successfully the following:
- Six (6) semester hours of English coursework and six (6) semester hours of additional coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. Each institution shall designate the courses that fulfill the communication requirement of the section. These course designations shall be submitted to the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). An institution to which a student transfers shall accept courses so designated by sending institution as meeting the communication requirements outlined in this section.
- Six (6) semester hours of mathematics coursework at the level of college algebra or higher. For the purposes of this rule, applied logic, statistics and other such computation coursework which may not be placed within a mathematics department may be used to fulfill three (3) hours of the six (6) hours required by this section.
- Students awarded college credit in English based on their demonstration of writing skills through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction pursuant to 6A-10.024, and students awarded college credit based on their demonstration of mathematics skills at the level of college algebra or higher through one or more of the acceleration mechanisms in 6A-10.024, shall be considered to have the requirements in subsections 6.017(2), to the extent of the college credit awarded.
Students must achieve a proficiency level of at least a C- in the required writing and math courses in order to receive credit. Courses to satisfy the Communication and Computation requirements may not be taken on an S/U basis. Please visit the USF Undergraduate Catalog Course Search feature in the left menu to search for courses that meet these requirements. The attribute for Communication is 6AC and for Computation is 6AM.
Note: The Communication and Computation Requirements are considered met for any student entering the University with an A.A. from a Florida College System institution. CLEP general/subject examinations in Mathematics, Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra/Trigonometry, and Trigonometry may satisfy this requirement. See https://www.flbog.edu/wp-content/uploads/ArticulationRegulation.pdf 6A-019.024 and 6A-10.030.