General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

Effective Fall 2012

The General Education Program Requirements are based on the achievement of the ten goals for general education student learning outcomes. Students meet the requirements of the general education program by earning General Education Points (GEPs). These GEP’s are aligned with the general education goals.

GEP’s are earned through successful completion of approved coursework and Co-curricular learning Experiences (CLEs). Any approved course or CLE at the university can contribute its full or partial content toward one or more goals of general education, but it is not necessary that any given course/CLE participate in the general education program.

Courses and CLEs that contribute to the general education program are those that successfully complete the general education approval process (which includes the General Education Council and BUCC). GEPs may be distributed appropriately over the general education goals applicable to that course/CLE. Courses that carry GEPs will be listed with each applicable general education goal and its respective number of GEPs. Approved Courses

The number of credits each student earns toward each general education goal will be tracked electronically and will be readily available to students and academic advisors. The minimum number of General Education Points required for each goal is shown in the chart below. Students may go beyond the minimum GEPs. Assessment is an integral part of the program. Credits transferred as a BU course equivalent get the GEP distribution of the BU course.

For a complete understanding:

  • PRP 3612 Official General Education Requirements Policy

For related information on Undergraduate Degree requirements:

  • PRP 3604 Undergraduate Graduation Requirements


Specific information on the various components of the General Education Policy

General Education Points applied to the Goals for General Education Student Learning Outsomes
Goal Number Min. GEPs See Key Below Goals for General Education Student Learning Outcomes
Goal 1 7 (1,2) Communicate effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual argument.
Goal 2 2 (2) Find, evaluate, and ethically use information using appropriate technology.
Goal 3 5 (1,2) Apply critical analysis, quantitative reasoning, and problem solving skills.
Goal 4 5 (2) Apply knowledge from the humanities and other disciplines to analyze: the implications of diversity among human groups, their histories,
their cultures, and, the plurality of human experiences.
Goal 5 5 (2) Demonstrate knowledge of natural sciences principles, concepts, and methods.
Goal 6 5 (2) Demonstrate knowledge of social sciences principles, concepts, and methods.
Goal 7 5 (2) Apply knowledge from the arts and humanities to analyze, evaluate, or participate in the artistic and literary traditions of our diverse world.
Goal 8 2 (2) Demonstrate basic communication skills in a second language. Examples
Goal 9 2 (2) Participate in physical activity and evaluate the consequences of health decisions.
Goal 10 2 (2) Exhibit responsible citizenship.
(1) Subject to Foundation Courses rule (see below).

(2) Credits for Goal 1 must come from at least three disciplines; Goals 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 must come from at least two disciplines, Goals 2, 8, 9 and 10 must come from at least one discpline. Each course code (11, 12, ... or in the new system CHM, MAT, ...) defines a discpline unless a department decides those department courses not to be considered distinct disciplines.

Foundation Courses

All students are expected to complete foundational courses in English Composition and Mathematics in their first year of enrollment. Students who are not eligible for credit by examination or transfer in these courses must be scheduled into appropriate courses within their first year of study, unless the student’s course of study has been approved as a program policy change for an exception to this policy. Students who need to complete developmental prerequisites will be scheduled into an appropriate foundational course in the semester following their completion of the developmental prerequisites. Students who receive a failing grade in a foundational course shall schedule a makeup within one year following the failed attempt.

For English Composition, the foundational course is ENGLISH 101.

For Mathematics, the appropriate foundational course will be determined by the student’s major with approval of the BUCC. To receive approval as a foundational mathematics course, the course need not reside in the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department. Students who are undeclared, or whose programs of study do not specify a foundational mathematics course, MATH 101.

Foundational courses will earn General Education points as determined by the BUCC upon the recommendation of the General Education Council.

Program-to-Program (P2P) Transfer Students

Students transferring to BU under the Program-to-Program (P2P) Articulation Agreements are considered to have earned 30 GEPs under the PA TRAC Transfer Framework. P2P transfer students are required to earn 10 additional GEPs to fulfill the MyCore requirements. These additional 10 GEPs should include at least one GEP from each of the following goals: Goal 2 Information Literacy, Goal 4 Cultures and Diversity, Goal 9 Healthy Living and Goal 10 Citizenship. Any remaining GEPs can be earned toward any of the MyCore goals. Courses transferred outside of the Transfer Framework can be evaluated on a course by course basis toward the MyCore requirements.
(Recommended by BUCC 11/20/2013; Approved by Provost 07/01/2014)

For more information on P2P and the Transfer Framework, see