Approaches courses in the General Education curriculum provide substantive experience with six distinctive approaches to knowledge and intellectual inquiry. These are represented by courses in the physical and life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences (including historical analysis), and the humanities and fine arts (including philosophical and/or moral reasoning, literary arts, and the visual and performing arts).
All students must complete two courses in the physical and life sciences, at least one of which must include a laboratory component. Science courses combining lecture and laboratory components normally constitute four hours of credit. Some lecture courses may be taken singly for three credit hours (PL) or combined with an optional matching laboratory for one additional credit hour (PX).
Courses in social and behavioral sciences (SS, HS) focus on the scientific study of individual or collective behavior, including the family, society, culture, politics, and the economy. All students must complete three courses in the social and behavioral sciences. The three courses must be from at least two different departments or curricula, and at least one course must focus on historical analysis (HS).
The humanities and fine arts explore enduring issues of the human condition and develop the means of communicating, representing, and expressing the varieties of human experience. Students must take three courses, one from each of the following categories: