General Education Requirements

The general education program at Valencia is designed to contribute to the student’s educational growth by providing a basic liberal arts education. A student who completes the general education program should have achieved the following outcomes:

Cultural and Historical Understanding: Demonstrate understanding of the diverse traditions of the world, and an individual’s place in it.

Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning: Use processes, procedures, data, or evidence to solve problems and make effective decisions.

Communication Skills: Engage in effective interpersonal, oral and written communication.

Ethical Responsibility: Demonstrate awareness of personal responsibility in one’s civic, social and academic life.

Information Literacy: Locate, evaluate and effectively use information from diverse sources.

Critical Thinking: Effectively analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information and ideas from diverse sources and disciplines.

Area 1. Communications

Required Course- All students must take ENC 1101 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I or ENC 1101H Freshmen Comp I Honors. The Freshman Composition course must be completed with a minimum grade of C to fulfill the Gordon Rule requirement.

Freshman Composition I (Required)
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I (GR) +*~3
or ENC 1101H FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I - HONORS (GR)
Freshman Composition II
ENC 1102FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II (GR) +*~3
or ENC 1102H FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II - HONORS (GR)
Fundamentals of Speech
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~3
or SPC 1608H FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH - HONORS
SPC 1017INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3
or SPC 1017H INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION HONORS
SLS 1122NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE ~3
or SLS 1122H NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE-HONORS

Area 2. Humanities

Required Courses - There are 6 required credits. Students must take three credits hours from the Core offerings and three credit hours from Institutional offerings. One course must be a Gordon Rule (GR) course, and completed with a minimum grade of C to fulfill the Gordon Rule Requirement.

Core
ARH 1000ART APPRECIATION ~3
HUM 1020INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES ~3
or HUM 1020H INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES - HONORS
LIT 1000INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE ~3
MUL 1010MUSIC APPRECIATION (GR) +*~3
PHI 2010PHILOSOPHY3
THE 1000INTRODUCTION TO THEATER3
Institutional
HUM 2220HUMANITIES - GREEK AND ROMAN (GR) +*~3
or HUM 2220H HUMANITIES- GREEK AND ROMAN- HONORS (GR)
HUM 2223HUMANITIES - LATE ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL (GR) +*~3
or HUM 2223H HUMANITIES - LATE ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL HONORS (GR)
HUM 2232HUMANITIES - RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE (GR) +*~3
or HUM 2232H HUMANITIES - RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE - HONORS (GR)
HUM 2234HUMANITIES - ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTICISM (GR) +*~3
or HUM 2234H HUMANITIES - ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTICISM - HONORS (GR)
HUM 2250HUMANITIES - TWENTIETH CENTURY (GR) +*~3
or HUM 2250H HUMANITIES - TWENTIETH CENTURY - HONORS (GR)
HUM 2310MYTHOLOGY (GR) +*!3
or HUM 2310H MYTHOLOGY - HONORS (GR)
HUM 2410ASIAN HUMANITIES (GR) +*~3
HUM 2461LATIN AMERICAN HUMANITIES (GR) +*~3
or HUM 2461H LATIN AMERICAN HUMANITIES - HONORS (GR)
REL 2300WORLD RELIGIONS (GR) +*~3
or REL 2300H WORLD RELIGIONS - HONORS (GR)
ARC 1701HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (GR) +*~3
ARH 2051INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY II (GR) +*~3
MUT 1111MUSIC THEORY I ~3
PHI 2600ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING (GR) +*~3

Area 3. Mathematics

Required Courses - There are 6 required credits. Students must take three credit hours from the Core offerings, and three credit hours from either the Core or Institutional offerings. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C to meet the Gordon Rule Requirement. 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.

Core
MAC 1105COLLEGE ALGEBRA (GR) +*~3
or MAC 1105H COLLEGE ALGEBRA - HONORS (GR)
MGF 1106COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (GR) +*~3
MGF 1107MATH FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS (GR) +*~3
MAC 2311CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I (GR) +*~5
or MAC 2311H CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I - HONORS (GR)
STA 2023STATISTICAL METHODS (GR) +*~3
or STA 2023H STATISTICAL METHODS - HONORS (GR)
Institutional
MAC 1114COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY (GR) +*~3
MAC 1140PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA (GR) +*~3
MAC 2312CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II (GR) +*~5
or MAC 2312H CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II - HONORS (GR)
MAC 2233CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (GR) +*~3
or MAC 2233H CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (GR)

Area 4. Science

Required Courses -There are 6 required credits. Students must take at least three credit hours from the Core offerings and three credit hours from either the Core or Institutional offerings. 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.

Valencia does not require a science course with a laboratory. Courses with a C designation have a combined class and laboratory; however, university majors determine if the student must take one or more laboratory science courses at Valencia. To select the most appropriate science courses for your major or transfer plan, complete an education plan through Atlas.

Core
AST 1002ASTRONOMY ~3
or AST 1002H ASTRONOMY - HONORS
BSC 1005BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE ~3
BSC 1005LLAB IN APPLIED BIOLOGY ~1
BSC 1005CBIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COMBINED ~4
or BSC 1005H BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE - HONORS
BSC 1010CGENERAL BIOLOGY I *~4
or BSC 1010H GENERAL BIOLOGY I HONORS
BOT 2010CBOTANY4
BSC 1011CGENERAL BIOLOGY II4
or BSC 1011H GENERAL BIOLOGY II - HONORS
CHM 1020CHEMISTRY IN EVERYDAY LIFE ~3
CHM 1045CGENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS *~4
or CHM 1045H GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS I -HONORS
ESC 1000EARTH SCIENCES ~3
EVR 1001INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ~3
or EVR 1001H INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HONORS
PHY 1020CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS ~3
PHY 2048CGENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS I4
or PHY 2048H GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS I - HONORS
PHY 2053CCOLLEGE PHYSICS I WITH ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY *~4
Institutional
BOT 2010CBOTANY ~4
BSC 1011CGENERAL BIOLOGY II *~4
or BSC 1011H GENERAL BIOLOGY II - HONORS
BSC 1020HUMAN BIOLOGY ~3
BSC 1020CHUMAN BIOLOGY COMBINED ~4
BSC 1026BIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY ~3
or BSC 1026H BIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY - HONORS
BSC 2093CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I *~4
BSC 2094CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II *~4
CHM 1025CINTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY *~4
CHM 1046CGENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS II *~4
or CHM 1046H GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS II HONORS
GLY 2010CPHYSICAL GEOLOGY ~4
GLY 2160GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS ~3
MET 1010INTRODUCTION TO METEORLOGY ~3
MCB 2010CMICROBIOLOGY *~4
OCB 1000INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY ~3
OCE 1001INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY3
or OCE 1001H INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY-HONORS
PHY 2049CGENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS II *~4
or PHY 2049H GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS II HONORS
PHY 2054CCOLLEGE PHYSICS II WITH ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY +*~4

Area 5. Social Science (3 Credits)

Required Courses - There are 6 required credits. Students are required to take three credit hours from the Core offerings and three credit hours from Institutional offerings. The three hours of Institutional credit will apply toward the Gordon Rule (GR) requirement and must be completed with a minimum grade of C to fulfill the Gordon Rule Requirement.

Core
POS 2041U.S. GOVERNMENT. ~3
or POS 2041H U.S. GOVERNMENT - HONORS
AMH 2020U.S. HISTORY 1877 TO PRESENT ~3
or AMH 2020H UNITED STATES HISTORY 1877 TO PRESENT - HONORS
ANT 2000INTRODUCTORY ANTHROPOLOGY ~3
ECO 2013PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS-MACRO ~3
or ECO 2013H PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS-MACRO-HONORS
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY ~3
or PSY 2012H GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - HONORS
SYG 2000INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY. ~3
or SYG 2000H INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY- HONORS.
Institutional
EUH 2000ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WESTERN CIVILIZATION (GR) +*~3
EUH 2001MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION (GR) +*~3
INR 2002INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (GR) +*~3
or INR 2002H INTERNATIONAL POLITICS HONORS (GR)
POS 2112STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT +*~3
+

 This course must be completed with a grade of C of better.

*

 This course has a prerequisite; check description in the Valencia catalog.

~

 This is a General Education course

(GR)

 Denotes a Gordon Rule course