General Education Program

Current Requirements

Current Requirements are effective for students enrolling Fall 2015. For students enrolled prior to the 2015-16 school year, please click here

The General Education curriculum consists of the following requirements:

  • Core courses (12 credits)
  • HASS Electives (12 credits) -- Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    • There are separate lists for Composition or Communication, HU or FA, EC or PSY or SS, and HASS Restricted.
      • 3 credits from each list is required
    • 6 credits must be upper division 3000-4000 level courses
    • Each course can satisfy only one requirement.
  • STEM (15 credits) -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Co-curricular activities (3 semester units)

Each course is designated to help students achieve a specific learning goal. Students can search for courses by learning goal here.

For each requirement, there are lists (hyperlinked below) of approved courses. Please note that only courses on the approved HASS lists will count for General Education. This means, for example, that all HU courses are not eligible for the HU component of the HASS requirement. Students should verify that they are taking approved courses to complete their General Education requirements -- some courses not approved for HASS may have similar titles. 

For additional Information, see the Undergraduate Catalog

Year Requirement Credits Courses and Learning Goals Other
1 CORE 3 COMPOSITION: UN1015
Written and Oral Communication Information Literacy
Both are required prerequisites for 3000-4000 level HASS electives.
3 GLOBAL ISSUES: UN1025 or
MODERN LANGUAGE OPTION 
Global Literacy
Information Literacy
2 3 Critical and Creative Thinking Goal 4 List Courses on these lists may also be HASS electives, but can be counted only once in the Degree Audit.
3 Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning Goal 8 List

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HASS 3 Second Course in Communication or Composition List
Written and Oral Communication
Course must be on HASS or HASS Restricted lists.

Each course can satisfy only one requirement.

Only 3 credits from the HASS Restricted list can be used for credit.

6 credits must be upper division 3000-4000 level - UN1015 and UN1025 are prerequisites for all upper division HASS courses.
3 HU or FA HASS List
Global Literacy
Critical and Creative Thinking
Communication
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
3 SS or EC or PSY HASS List
Global Literacy
Critical and Creative Thinking
Communication
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
3 Can be taken from any HASS List, including the HASS Restricted List
Global Literacy
Critical and Creative Thinking
Communication
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
All STEM 15 4 credits from the Mathematics List No more than 4 credits can be from the Restricted STEM list.

Courses that appear on both HASS and STEM lists can count toward either HASS or STEM requirements on a student's degree audit, but not both.

Programs may specify STEM Gen Ed courses as part of their major requirements.
2 courses from the Science List from two different disciplines, including one with an associated laboratory (as part of the course or as a separate course).
Additional courses from the Mathematics, Science or Restricted STEM lists to bring credits to 15 or more.
Co-curr. 3 units
Total 39

Transfer Credits. Students will be permitted to transfer courses from other institutions to satisfy these requirements. Students must check with the Michigan Tech Transfer Services Office to find out which courses qualify before a class is taken off-campus.

General Education requirements for students enrolling prior to 2015-16.  The current General Education program was adopted for students enrolling in Fall 2015 (see Senate Proposal 15-12 for the complete description of the changes). Students who enrolled prior to 2015 follow the former General Education program. Information on the previous program requirements are available here. Substitutions for the General Education courses are as follows:


Courses and Learning Goals Credits Substitution
COMPOSITION: UN1015 3 UN2001 Revisions*
GLOBAL ISSUES: UN1025 3 Modern Language Option or UN1002 World Cultures*
Critical and Creative Thinking Goal 4 List 3 UN1001 Perspectives on Inquiry*
HUFA List (2013-14, 2014-15)
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning Goal 8 List 3 UN2002 Institutions*
SBS List (2013-14, 2014-15)
HASS 12 Any 12 credits from any current HASS list, or HASS list from enrollment year
  • 6 Credits must be upper division 3000-4000 level courses
  • No more than 3 credits from any of the followingHASS lists, for a maximum of 6 credits total:
    • HASS Restricted (current)
    • HASS Creative Endeavors (prior to 2015-16)
    • HASS Supplemental (prior to 2016-16)
STEM 15 Mathematics: 4 credits
Science:
  • 1 course with an associated laboratory (as part of the course or as a separate course)
  • No more than 4 credits from the STEM Restricted (current)

*These courses are no longer offered at Michigan Tech