The distribution of content requirement of 27 credits provides a breadth and depth of knowledge in three broad areas of study. The coursework must include at least one course numbered 2000 in two of the three areas of distribution.
The distribution of content must include:
- Nine credits of Biological Science, Physical Science, and/or Mathematical Science (courses in mathematics or statistics with college algebra as a prerequisite). Please note that:
- At least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory component must be taken.
- Two different areas of science must be represented.
- Nine credits of Behavioral and/or Social Science including courses from at least two different departments in these areas.
- Nine credits of Humanities and/or Fine Arts including courses from at least two different departments in these areas.
In April 2005, the Committee on Undergraduate Education voted to amend the fine arts/humanities distribution requirement to allow students to count up to three credit hours from approved courses involving personal practice in the discipline (courses dedicated to the development of discipline-specific skills). In consultation with the departments involved, CUE agreed to broaden the approved course list in the fine arts to include additional courses in music, art, theatre and creative writing. Having a course appear in the approved list does not indicate that the course is necessarily available to large numbers of students, only that non-majors may be given permission to enroll and that the course will count toward the humanities/fine arts distribution requirement when a student is allowed to register for the course. Departments may still require consent of instructor or department for registration in these courses.
- Behavioral Science: A science that deals with human action and seeks to generalize about human behavior.
- Biological Science: A science that deals with living organisms and their vital processes. Limitations apply. Students should check with adviser.
- Humanities: The branches of learning that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes. Limitations apply. Students should check with adviser.
- Fine Arts: The branch of art produced for beauty rather than utility.
- Physical Sciences: The natural sciences that deal primarily with non-living materials. Limitations apply. Students should check with adviser.
- Social Sciences: A branch of science that deals with the institutions and functioning of human society and with the interrelationships of individuals as members of society. Limitations apply. Students should check with adviser.