General Education

Lower Division Core Requirements

The new lower division general education core will replace the current TBR 32 hour minimum degree requirement. Each category is defined by a goal and learning outcomes. In order to satisfy a general education category requirement the institution must be able to document that the required minimum number of learning outcomes for a specific category are met by the selected course(s).

  • Associate Degrees (A.A.* and A.S.) and Baccalaureate Degrees

Commmunication                                     9 hours**
Humanities and/or Fine Arts                   9 hours (one course must be in literature)
Social/Behavioral Sciences                    6 hours
History                                                         6 hours
Natural Sciences                                       8 hours
Mathematics                                               3 hours
                                                                      41 hours
*Foreign language courses will be an additional requirement for A.A. and B.A. degrees as presently prescribed in TBR policy 2:01:00:00, Undergraduate Degree Requirements.
** Six (6) hours of English Composition and three (3) hours in English oral presentational communication.                                     
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degrees

English Composition                               3 hours
Humanities and/or Fine Arts                  3 hours 
Social/Behavioral Sciences                   3 hours
Natural Sciences/Mathematics              3 hours
One additional course from the             3-4 hours                                                                                                               categories of Communication,                                                                                                                                             Humanities and/or Fine Arts,                                                                                                                                                 Social/Behavioral Sciences, or                                                                                                                                             Natural Science/Mathematics
                                                                     15 to17 hours
*Specific courses satisfying these requirements must be the same courses that satisfy the general education requirement for the Associate (A.A./A.S.) and Baccalaureate degrees.