Skip to content

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

Expand All [ + ]

Students are required to take 6 hours.

ENGL 1301: Composition I

Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENGL 1302: Composition II

Credit Hours: 3

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.

Students are required to take 6 hours.

HIST 1301: History of the United States to 1877

Credit Hours: 3

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

HIST 1302: History of the United States Since 1877

Credit Hours: 3

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

Students are required to take 3 hours.

COMM 1301: Introduction to the Study of Communication

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENGL 2322: British Literature to 1800

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENGL 2323: British Literature Since 1800

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENGL 2327: American Literature to 1865

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Chronological examination of writers, works and movements in fiction, nonfiction and poetry through 1865. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.

ENGL 2328: American Literature Since 1865

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Students are required to take 3-4 hours.

MATH 1314: College Algebra

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MATH 1324: Applications of Discrete Mathematics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MATH 1332: Contemporary Mathematics I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MATH 2412: Precalculus

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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

MATH 2413: Calculus I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Differentiation of functions of one variable, introduction to integration. Prerequisite: MATH 2412 or satisfactory score on placement examination. FS

Students are required to take 8 hours.

BIOL 1306: General Biology I

Credit Hours: 3

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.

BIOL 1106: General Biology I Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell. Corequisite: BIOL 1306.

BIOL 1307: General Biology II

Credit Hours: 4

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.

BIOL 1107: General Biology II Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods for the study of the structure, function, and the environment of organisms. Corequisite: BIOL 1307.

BIOL 1308: Biology for Non-Science Majors

Credit Hours: 3

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.

BIOL 1108: Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

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.

CHEM 1311: General Chemistry I

Credit Hours: 3

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.

CHEM 1111: General Chemistry Lab I

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311. Corequisite: CHEM 1311.

CHEM 1312: General Chemistry II

Credit Hours: 3

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.

CHEM 1112: General Chemistry Lab II

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1312. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and 1111, both with C grade or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 1312.

GEOL 1301: Physical Geology

Credit Hours: 3

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.

GEOL 1101: Physical Geology Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences. Corequisite: GEOL 1301.

GEOL 1302: Historical Geology

Credit Hours: 3

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.

GEOL 1102: Historical Geology Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology. Corequisite: GEOL 1302.

PHYS 2325: University Physics I

Credit Hours: 3

Basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics using calculus. Prerequisite: MATH 2413. Corequisite: PHYS 2125.

PHYS 2125: University Physics I Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Corequisite: PHYS 2325.

PHYS 2326: University Physics II

Credit Hours: 3

Basic concepts of oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, relativity, and quantum theory using calculus. Prerequisite: PHYS 2325/2125. Corequisite: PHYS 2126.

PHYS 2126: University Physics II Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments in oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, and quantum theory. Corequisite: PHYS 2326.

Students are required to take 6 hours.

PLSC 2305: American National Politics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

PLSC 2306: State and Local Politics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.

Students are required to take 6 hours.

ARTS 1301: Art Appreciation&

Credit Hours: 3

The study of art, its role in society, the creative process and standards of artistic judgment.

MUSI 1301: Jazz, Pop & Rock

Credit Hours: 3

Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll. No prerequisites.

MUSI 1306: Music Appreciation

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

DRAM 1310: Introduction to Theatre Arts

Credit Hours: 3

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.

Students are required to take 3 hours.

ECON 2301: Principles of Macroeconomics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ECON 2302: Principles of Microeconomics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

PSYC 1301: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior (A prerequisite to all other courses in psychology).

SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.

Students are required to take 3-4 hours.

COMM 1315: Introduction to Public Speaking

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, 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 Component Area requirement.

COMM 1115: Communication Lab

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Practical activities across the sub-disciplines of the field of Communication. Fulfills general education core curriculum Component Area requirement.

ENGL 2322: British Literature to 1800

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENGL 2323: British Literature Since 1800

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENGL 2327: American Literature to 1865

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Chronological examination of writers, works and movements in fiction, nonfiction and poetry through 1865. Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 Composition II or its equivalent.

ENGL 2328: American Literature Since 1865

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

BIOL 1106: General Biology I Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell. Corequisite: BIOL 1306.

BIOL 1107: General Biology II Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods for the study of the structure, function, and the environment of organisms. Corequisite: BIOL 1307.

BIOL 1108: Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

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.

CHEM 1111: General Chemistry Lab I

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311. Corequisite: CHEM 1311.

CHEM 1112: General Chemistry Lab II

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1312. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and 1111, both with C grade or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 1312.

CHEM 1311: General Chemistry I

Credit Hours: 3

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.

CHEM 1312: General Chemistry II

Credit Hours: 3

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.

GEOL 1101: Physical Geology Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences. Corequisite: GEOL 1301.

GEOL 1102: Historical Geology Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology. Corequisite: GEOL 1302.

PHYS 2125: University Physics I Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Corequisite: PHYS 2325.

PHYS 2126: University Physics II Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1

Experiments in oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, and quantum theory. Corequisite: PHYS 2326.

MUSI 1301: Jazz, Pop & Rock

Credit Hours: 3

Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll. No prerequisites.

DRAM 1310: Introduction to Theatre Arts

Credit Hours: 3

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.

PSYC 1301: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior (A prerequisite to all other courses in psychology).

SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.

LEAD 1301: Introduction to Leadership Studies

Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to leadership studies and practices in modern society.

HIST 2322: World Civilizations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

Need more information?

Submit the form below, and an Enrollment Specialist will contact you to answer your questions.

*All fields required.
or call 877-588-3305 877-588-3305
By submitting this form, I am providing my digital signature agreeing that University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) may email me or contact me regarding educational services by telephone and/or text message utilizing automated technology at the telephone number(s) provided above. I understand this consent is not a condition to attend UTPB or to purchase any other goods or services.

Ready to Go?

Start your application today!

Apply Now
or call 877-588-3305 877-588-3305

for help with any questions you have.