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General Education Courses

Students pursuing online Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees at UT Permian Basin are required to complete 42 general education courses as part of the program, divided as follows.

UTPB Online General Education Requirements

Requirement Code Hours Course Numbers
Communication 010 6 ENGL 1301, 1302
American History 060 6 HIST 1301, 1302
Language, Philosophy and Culture 040 3 COMM 1301; ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328; UNIV 1301*
Mathematics 020 3-4 MATH 1314, 1324, 1332, 2412
Life and Physical Sciences 030 8 BIOL 1306/1106, 1307/1107, 1308/1108; CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112; GEOL 1301/1101, 1302/1102; PHYS 2325/2125, 2326/2126
Government or Political Science 070 6 PLSC 2305, 2306; UNIV 2301*
Creative Arts 050 3 ARTS 1301; DRAM 1310; MUSI 1306, 2310; UNIV 1302*
Component Area 090 3-4 COMM 1315; COMM 1115 (course to be used if math is 3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Science 080 3 ECON 2301, 2302; PSYC 1301; SOCI 1301; LEAD 1301

* - Honors Program course

Communication

Students are required to take 6 hours.

Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

U.S. History

Students are required to take 6 hours.

A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction.
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.

Language, Philosophy and Culture

Students are required to take 3 hours.

An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the restoration and late 18th century. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Chronological examination of writers, works and movements in fiction, nonfiction and poetry through 1865. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Chronological examination of writers, works and movements in fiction, nonfiction and poetry from 1865 to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.

Mathematics

Students are required to take 3-4 hours.

Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry, and satisfactory score on placement examination or completion of MATH 0399.
Mathematics for modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include algebra, linear equations in two variables, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics are chosen by the instructor. Course emphasizes application to social science and economics. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry and a satisfactory score on placement examination or completion of MATH 0399.
Modern applications of mathematics including graph theory, optimization, data organization, and social decision models. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry and satisfactory score on placement examination or completion of MATH 0399.
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections). Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry and satisfactory score on placement examination or completion of MATH 1314 or MATH 1324. FS
Differentiation of functions of one variable, introduction to integration. Prerequisite: MATH 2412 or satisfactory score on placement examination. FS

Life and Physical Sciences

Students are required to take 8 hours.

Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the structure, function, and physiology of the cell: genetics, and bioenergetics. The first of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements. Corequisite: BIOL 1106.
Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell. Corequisite: BIOL 1306.
Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the biology of organisms, their evolution, and the environment. The second of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306/1106. Corequisite: BIOL 1107.
Laboratory methods for the study of the structure, function, and the environment of organisms. Corequisite: BIOL 1307.
A survey of the fundamental principles that apply to living organisms. These include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, physiology, biodiversity, and ecology. Biology majors and minors cannot substitute BIOL 1308 for either BIOL 1306 or 1037. BIOL 1308 cannot be used as a prerequisite for any upper level biology course. Corequisite: BIOL 1108.
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiment and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308. Biology majors and minors cannot substitute BIOL 1108 for either BIOL 1106 or 1107. BIOL 1108 cannot be used as a prerequisite for any upper level biology course. Corequisite BIOL 1308.
An introduction to chemistry, fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding, periodic chart, chemical nomenclature, equations and reactions. Prerequisite: high school chemistry and a minimum of college algebra.
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311. Corequisite: CHEM 1311.
Continuation of Chem 1311. Kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and 1111, both with C grade or higher.
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1312. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and 1111, both with C grade or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 1312.
Survey of Earth’s structure, composition, and the dynamic processes that have resulted in the modern distribution of the Earth’s geographic regions, landforms, resources, and geologic hazards. Corequisite: GEOL 1101.
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences. Corequisite: GEOL 1301.
Study of Earth’s origin, geologic time, and the major sequential physical and biological events that culminate in the modern distribution of ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on the geological history of North America. Prerequisite: GEOL 1301/1101 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GEOL 1102.
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology. Corequisite: GEOL 1302.
Basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics using calculus. Prerequisite: MATH 2413. Corequisite: PHYS 2125.
Experiments in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Corequisite: PHYS 2325.
Basic concepts of oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, relativity, and quantum theory using calculus. Prerequisite: PHYS 2325/2125. Corequisite: PHYS 2126.
Experiments in oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, and quantum theory. Corequisite: PHYS 2326.

Political Science

Students are required to take 6 hours.

An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.

Creative Arts

Students are required to take 6 hours.

The study of art, its role in society, the creative process and standards of artistic judgment.
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll. No prerequisites.
A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciations of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.
Introduction to Theatre Arts provides students the opportunity to learn to engage in the collaborative arts which are put into practice in the crafting of a stage production: dramatic writing, theatrical design and technology, acting and directing. Students undertake short projects in each of these fields and then work as a group to mount a performance at semester’s end.

Social and Behavioral Science

Students are required to take 3 hours.

A description of major economic problems facing modern societies is presented together with how the capitalistic market system addresses these issues. The emphasis is on macroeconomics theory and practice. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Individual consumer and producer choices are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on supply and demand relationships, utility concepts, and cost and revenue curves as they relate to price theory and various forms of competition. Completion of ECON 2301 is recommended, but not required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior (A prerequisite to all other courses in psychology).
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.

Component Area

Students are required to take 3-4 hours.

A course in the history, theory and practice of public speaking with an emphasis placed upon the organization and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking. Fulfills general education core curriculum “Oral Communication” requirement.
Practical activities across the sub-disciplines of the field of Communication.
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the restoration and late 18th century. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Chronological examination of writers, works and movements in fiction, nonfiction and poetry through 1865. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Chronological examination of writers, works and movements in fiction, nonfiction and poetry from 1865 to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.
Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell. Corequisite: BIOL 1306.
Laboratory methods for the study of the structure, function, and the environment of organisms. Corequisite: BIOL 1307.
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiment and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308. Biology majors and minors cannot substitute BIOL 1108 for either BIOL 1106 or 1107. BIOL 1108 cannot be used as a prerequisite for any upper level biology course. Corequisite BIOL 1308.
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311. Corequisite: CHEM 1311.
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1312. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and 1111, both with C grade or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 1312.
An introduction to chemistry, fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding, periodic chart, chemical nomenclature, equations and reactions. Prerequisite: high school chemistry and a minimum of college algebra.
Continuation of Chem 1311. Kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and 1111, both with C grade or higher.
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences. Corequisite: GEOL 1301.
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology. Corequisite: GEOL 1302.
Experiments in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Corequisite: PHYS 2325.
Experiments in oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, and quantum theory. Corequisite: PHYS 2326.
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll. No prerequisites.
Introduction to Theatre Arts provides students the opportunity to learn to engage in the collaborative arts which are put into practice in the crafting of a stage production: dramatic writing, theatrical design and technology, acting and directing. Students undertake short projects in each of these fields and then work as a group to mount a performance at semester’s end.
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior (A prerequisite to all other courses in psychology).
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Introduction to leadership studies and practices in modern society.
A survey of the world's major civilizations and of their cultural, political, and economic interactions from roughly 1500 to modern globalization.

Requirements for BBA Students

Students pursuing an online BBA are required to take 47 credit hours of general education courses, with the following requirements:

  • Mathematics: MATH 1324/1325 or MATH 2412/2413
  • Social Science: PSYC 1301/SOCI 1301
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