Georgia Regents University offers scores of carefully designed undergraduate programs. Each has been approved by the faculty of Georgia Regents University, by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and by accrediting authorities.
The Core Curriculum, (described below) is a required part of all Bachelors programs at Georgia Regents University and is presented first, followed by a description of the GRU Honors Program. Finally, descriptions of individual academic programs are listed alphabetically by college.
Substitutions of courses are permitted only under certain circumstances; see the entries entitled Course Substitution and Curriculum Changes . Except as provided in these entries, you must take a program exactly as it is set forth in this catalog.
General Education Statement
From the origins of intellectual study to the present, general education has been a key to a fulfilling life of self-knowledge, self-reflection, critical awareness, and lifelong learning. General education has traditionally focused on oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning and mathematics, studies in culture and society, scientific reasoning, and aesthetic appreciation. Today, general education also assists student in their understanding of technology, information literacy, diversity, and global awareness. In meeting all of these needs, general education provides college students with their best opportunity to experience the breadth of human knowledge and the ways that knowledge in various disciplines is interrelated.
In the University System of Georgia, general education programs consist of a group of courses known as the Core Curriculum as well as other courses and co-curricular experiences specific to each institution. The attainment of general education learning outcomes prepares responsible, reflective citizens who adapt constructively to change. General education programs impart knowledge, values, skills, and behaviors related to critical thinking and logical problem-solving. General education includes opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and experiences that increase intellectual curiosity, providing the basis for advanced study in the variety of fields offered by today’s colleges and universities.
General Education Learning Outcomes
Core Area A1: Communication Outcomes
- The student will present information in written form using Standard English and appropriately cited sources such that the presentation is appropriate for the goals of the communication.
- The student will comprehend and interpret written communication.
Core Area A2: Quantitative Outcomes
- The student will solve problems about collegiate-level quantitative relationships using mathematical tools and techniques.
Core Area B: Institutional Options (Oral Communication)
- The student will present in oral form a communication appropriate to the audience and goal, making reference to information or analysis that supports the presentation.
Core Area C: Humanities, Fine Arts or Ethics
- The student will apply cultural knowledge to interpret works of literature, music, and the visual arts.
Core Area D: Natural Sciences
- The student will use scientific principles and knowledge to explain or predict natural phenomena.
Core Area E: Social Sciences
- The student will understand the complexity and diversity of human behavior.
Core Overlay Area I: US Perspectives
- The student will understand political, social or institutional developments in the United States.
Core Overlay Area II: Global Perspectives
- The student will understand political, social, cultural, or institutional developments across the globe.
Core Overlay Area III: Critical Thinking
- The student will advocate an effective solution to a problem or issue after analyzing and evaluating multiple approaches to that problem.
For all Bachelors Degrees
Area A1 Communication Skills: 6
Area A2 Quantitative Skills: 3
(Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics)
Area B Institutional Options: 4
Area C Humanities and Fine Arts: 6
Area D Science, Mathematics and Technology: 11
Option I Non-Science Majors: 8
Choose two of the following:
Choose one additional course from those above or from: 3-4
Choose a sequence of two laboratory courses from the following: 8
Choose one of the following mathematics courses: 4
Area E Social Sciences: 12
Choose one of the following: 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Overlay Requirements—Take one course from each of the following areas as Areas A-E are completed.
Overlay Area I: US Perspectives
Overlay Area II: Global Perspectives
Overlay Area III: Critical Thinking
Area F Courses Related to the Major (see specific degree programs): 18