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The University General Education Program promotes a shared core learning experience
for all undergraduate students at the University of Memphis and provides a framework
upon which the college major can build. The major purpose of the Program is to provide
students the opportunity to acquire tools, develop skills and awareness necessary
for completing a college career and assuming the roles of a lifelong learner and an
active, informed participant in contemporary society.
The University of Memphis General Education Program consists of 41 hours of coursework
from a variety of disciplines. Students should consult their advisors on specific
General Education Program courses that may be required for the major. The following
are the General Education Program categories and their approved courses. Former course
numbers appear in parentheses.
A. Communication (9 hours)
|ENGL 1010 (1101)
||English Composition - Expository writing, emphasizing content, organization, and style.
|ENGL 1020 (1102)
||English Composition and Analysis - Expository writing emphasizing synthesis, including
library work and documented papers.
[All candidates for graduation at the University of Memphis are required to complete
English 1010 and 1020, or their equivalents, with a grade of "C" or better. Before
enrolling in English 1010, a student must have either (1) an ACT English score of
18 or above, or (2) an SAT verbal score of 450 or above, or (3) a satisfactory completion
of a placement test administered by the University of Memphis Testing Center. Those
who do not meet the requirements above, must successfully complete DSPW 0800 with
a grade of "C" or better before proceeding to English 1010. English 1010 and 1020
must be taken in sequence; no credit will be allowed for English 1020 until 1010 has
been completed successfully.]
||Oral Communication - Basic oral communication, includes speaking, critical listening,
B. Mathematics (3 hours)
|MATH 1420 (1182)
||Foundations of Mathematics (3) - Algebra review and applications.
|MATH 1530 (1601)
||Introduction to Statistical Reasoning and Application (3)
|MATH 1710 (1211)
||College Algebra (3) - Analysis of functions, partial fractions, equations, and applications.
|MATH 1730 (1213)
||Pre-Calculus (4) - Exponents, radicals, quatradatic functions, laws of sines and cosines.
|MATH 1830 (1312)
||Elementary Calculus (3) - An introductory course to calculus.
|MATH 1910 (1321)
||Calculus I (4) - Calculus for the following majors: math, computer science, science,
C. Humanities / Fine Arts (9 hours)
||Literary Heritage - Major literary texts exemplifying narrative, lyric and dramatic
modes of discourse.
||Literary Heritage: African-American Emphasis
Plus two of the following courses
|ART 1030 (1101)
||Introduction to Art - Fundamental principles of visual artistic expression as the
basis for understanding Western and non-Western traditions.
|ARTH 2010 (2101)
||World Art I - Development of visual arts from prehistoric times through medieval period.
|ARTH 2020 (2102)
||World Art II - Continues World Art I; development of visual arts from medieval period
through Renaissance to present.
||Mythology - Thematic study of ancient myths.
||Introduction to Film - Film as a cultural, artistic, and social phenomenon.
||Introduction to Dance - Dance as an expressive art form, a symbolic language, and
an integral aspect of world cultures.
||Religions of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam - Religious traditions arising
from ancient Near East.
|Music Appreciation - Music of various Western and non-Western cultures.
||Music in America - Music history, sources and current styles of American music.
||Fundamental Issues in Philosophy - Critical exploration of such issues as knowledge,
reality, and the good life.
||Values and the Modern World - Introduction to social and ethical issues: good and
evil, science, religion, sex, race.
||Introduction to Ancient Political Thought - Fundamental questions of ancient political
||Introduction to Modern Political Thought - Fundamental questions of modern political
||Introduction to Religion - The world's major spiritual traditions from ancient times
to the present
|THEA 1030 (1551)
||Introduction to Theatre - Experiential, conceptual, historical, and cultural study
||Hebrew and Greek Legacy - Interdisciplinary examination of major traditions of ancient
Hebraic and Greek cultures.
||Faith, Reason and Imagination - Interdisciplinary examination of the religious, rationalist,
and aesthetic viewpoints as distinctive ways of understanding.
D. History (6 hours)*
||Cultural History of American Communities
|HIST 1110 (1301)
||Development of World Civilization I - Traces civilization from ancient times to circa
|HIST 1120 (1302)
||Development of World Civilization II - Forms of civilization from 1500 to the present.
|HIST 2010 (2601)
||The United States to 1877- United States from discovery to end of political reconstruction.
|HIST 2020 (2602)
||United States Since 1877
||History of Tennessee
||Social and Intellectual History of the United States
||History of Women in America
||Constitutional Law: The Origins and Evolution of Civil Liberties in the United States
||Origin and Development of American Political Thought
||Racial and Ethnic Minorities
*Students who have not completed one year of American History in high school must
complete 6 credit hours of American History or 3 credit hours of American History
plus 3 credit hours of Tennessee History in order to satisfy the History General Education
E. Social / Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
||Biological Anthropology and Prehistory- Origins of humans and human society, behavior,
||Cultural Anthropology - Origins and development of human culture throughout the world.
||The Family in Global Perspective - Interdisciplinary overview of the family as a primary,
global, social institution.
|ECON 2010 (2110)
||Macroeconomics - Nature and functions of the national economy in a global context.
|ECON 2020 (2120)
||Microeconomics - Operations of the market economy at the individual and firm level.
|Survey of World Regions - Survey of economic, cultural, and physical traits characteristic
of developing and industrialized nations.
|Introduction to Cultural Geography - Geographical aspects of human behavior.
||Survey of Mass Communication - History and cultural roles of major forms of mass communication.
|POLS 1030 (1100)
||American Government - Development, structures, and processes of the American system
||Intro to Comparative Politics - Comparisons of political issues and systems in a variety
of European, Asian, and African countries.
||International Relations - Conflict, competition, and cooperation among global factors
in the world arena.
|PSYC 1030 (1200)
||General Psychology - Introduction to social aspects of psychology as a science of
||Deviance: Its Role in History and Culture - Defamation and glorification of concepts
of deviance across cultures.
|SOCI 1010 (1111)
||Introduction to Sociology - Concepts and methods of sociology, social structure, and
||Sociology of International Development - Social change in an increasingly interdependent
||Gender and Society - Interdisciplinary study of gender as a social experience among
different racial, ethnic, class, and cross-cultural groups.
F. Natural Science: (8 hours)
|BIOL 1010/1011 (1071/1072)
||Introduction to Biology I/Lab - General overview of cellular structure and function,
genes and biodiversity.
|BIOL 1020/1021 (1081/1082)
||Introduction to Biology II/Lab - A study of the biosphere and the structure and functions
of its plants and animals.
|BIOL 1110/1111 (1151/1152)
||General Biology I/Lab - Unifying principles of biology: cell structure, cell function,
heredity, origin and development of life.
|BIOL 1120/1121 (1161/1162)
||General Biology II/Lab - Continuation of BIOL 1110 with emphasis on origin and diversity
of life; structure, functions, and ecology of organisms.
|CHEM 1010/1011 (1101)
||Chemistry of Materials/Lab - Fundamental laws of chemistry and their impact on modern
|CHEM 1020/1021 (1102)
||Chemistry of Life/Lab - Basics of organic and biological chemistry.
|CHEM 1110/1111 (1131/1121)
||General Chemistry I/General Chemistry I Lab - Laws of chemistry.
|CHEM 1120/1121 (1132/1122)
||General Chemistry II/General Chemistry II Lab - Continuation of CHEM 1110.
(ESCI 1011; GEOG 1001/1011, 1010/1011)
|Weather and Climate - Atmospheric processes and geographic distribution of radiation,
moisture, pressure, and circulation interacting to create weather systems and storms.
(ESCI 1021; GEOG 1002/1022, 1020/1021)
|Landforms - Agents and processes of landform development and geographic relationships
|ESCI 1040 (GEOL 1101, 1040)
||Physical Geology - Introduction to minerals and rocks and the Earth's internal forces
that cause mountain-building, volcano eruptions, and earthquakes.
|ESCI 1103 (GEOL 1103)
||Humans and the Environmental Earth Sciences – Archaeological and geological study
of human and environmental interactions.
|ESCI 1050 (GEOL 1102, 1050)
||Historical Geology - Overview of the history of earth and its life.
||Introduction to Physics/Lab - Physics for non-technical students; natural laws of
motion, heat, sound, light.
||Survey of Astronomy/Lab - Astronomy for non-technical students; earth, moon, stars,
|PHYS 2110/2111 (2510/2003)
||Physics I for Science and Engineering - Calculus/ Physics I Lab
|PHYS 2120/2121 (2520/2004)
||Physics II for Science and Engineering - Calculus/ Physics II Lab
1. GRADE POINT AVERAGE
To receive a bachelor’s degree from any of the colleges in the University, students
must have an overall* grade point average of at least 2.00.
*Until Summer 2015, the overall GPA will reflect all college-level coursework—U of
M and transfer. Beginning Summer 2015, the overall GPA will reflect all college-level
work—U of M and any transfer coursework processed prior to Summer 2015; however, the overall GPA will reflect ONLY U OF M coursework for
those students whose transfer credit is processed Summer 2015 and later.
NOTE: Beginning Summer 2015, a Tennessee Board of Regents’ state-wide policy on transfer
credit and GPA calculations takes effect. Beginning Summer 2015, transfer credit
will be reflected in earned hours, but will no longer apply to the overall GPA (used
to determine undergraduate graduation, graduation with distinction, and athletic eligibility)
or to the overall combined GPA (used to determine academic standing, financial aid,
and scholarship eligibility, except for HOPE):
- For New Transfer students admitted Summer 2015 and later, no transfer credit will
count in the overall or the overall combined GPA.
- For Readmitted students readmitted Summer 2015 and later, no transfer credit taken
since last attending the U of M will count in the overall or the overall combined
GPA. Any transfer work previously processed will continue to be reflected in the
- For Continuing students, no transfer credit submitted to and received by the U of
M Summer 2015 or later will count in the overall or the overall combined GPA. Any
transfer work previously processed will continue to be reflected in the GPAs.
2. TESTING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR GRADUATION
Any or all students may be required to take one or more tests designed to measure
general education achievement and achievement in their major as a prerequisite to
graduation, for the purpose of evaluation of academic programs. Unless otherwise provided
for in any individual program, no minimum score or level of achievement is required
for graduation. Participation in testing may be required for all students, for students
in selected programs, and for students selected on a sample basis. Details concerning
these regulations and the dates of the examinations will appear in the online class
listings each semester.
3. APPLY FOR GRADUATION
All students are required to apply to graduate during the semester preceding the semester
of graduation. The deadlines for the application to graduate are included on the Registrar's
website. It is the responsibility of the student to insure that this deadline is met.