Tier Two Degree Requirements

The second level of General Education Requirements (known as "Tier Two") differs from one degree program to the next. Before selecting any courses for Tier Two requirements, determine whether a degree program specifies what must be taken.

Bachelor of Arts:  Additional General Education Competencies

BA1. Students will understand the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the humanities and of the fine arts.

BA2. Students will articulate a critical response to works in the humanities and in the fine arts.

BA3. Students will enlarge their experience through the study of works in the humanities and in the fine arts.

BA4. Students will study a foreign language to increase their understanding of their own language, to expand their understanding of other cultures and peoples, and to add to their research abilities by expanding available sources to those in other languages.

BA5. Students will build on their foundational skills in science and in social science to prepare them to be informed citizens.

Bachelor of Arts: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Humanities or Fine Arts 9 hours BA1,2,3
Social Sciences (CJ, CT, EC, HI, PS, PY, SO) 3 hours BA5
Science 3-4 hours BA5
Foreign Language 6-8 hours BA4
Total Additional Hours 21-24 hours  
Total General Education Hours 52.5-56  

Bachelor of Science: Additional General Education Competencies

BS1. Students will understand the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the humanities and of the fine arts.

BS2. Students will articulate a critical response to works in the humanities and in the fine arts.

BS3. Students will enlarge their experience through the study of works in the humanities and in the fine arts.

BS4. Students will develop skills for data-driven analysis.

BS5. Students will build on their foundational skills in science and social science to prepare them to be informed citizens.

Additional General Education Requirements: Bachelor of Science

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Humanities or Fine Arts 6 hours BS1,2,3,
Social Sciences (CJ, CT, EC, HI, PS, PY, SO) 6 hours BS5
Science 3-4 hours BS5
Analytical Skills (Research Methods, Math above MA103, and Applied Computer Skills) 6-8 hours BS4
Total Additional Hours 21-24 hours  
Total General Education Hours 52.5-56  

Associate of Arts Degree Core Requirements

Common Core Hours Competencies
Foundations 12.5-13 hours  
CMU101/102 1.5-2 hours I-See Goal for Foundations
Wellness 1 hour 8
Freshman Writing 3 (6 hours if taking EN110 & EN111) 1,2,3,4,5
Oral Communications 3 hours 1,2,3,4,5
Math/Algebra/Statistics 3 hours 6,7
Understanding Human Nature 13 hours  
Religion 3 hours 9,10,11
Social Science with Constitution 3 hours 12,13,14,15
Leadership 1 hour 18
Literature 3 hours 16,17
Valuing or Social Science (PY, SO, ECON, HI, PS, Ethics, ANTH, PL, CT) 3 hours Valuing-9,10,11Social Science-12,13,15
Exploring the Nature of the Universe 4 hours  
Science with Lab 4 hours 19,20,21,22
Total Common Core Hours 29.5-30 hours  

Associate of Arts Degree Additional General Education Competencies

AA1. Students will understand the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the humanities and of the fine arts.

AA2. Students will articulate a critical response to works in the humanities and in the fine arts.

AA3. Students will enlarge their experience through the study of works in the humanities and in the fine arts.

AA4. Students will build on their foundational skills in science and in social science to prepare them to be informed citizens.

Associate of Arts Degree: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Humanities or Fine Arts 9 hours AA1,2,3
Social Sciences (CJ, CT, EC, HI, PS, PY, SO) 3 hours AA4
Science 3-4 hours AA4
Total Additional Hours 15-16 hours  
Total General Education Hours 44.5-46  

Associate of Science Degree Core Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Foundations 12.5-13 hours  
CMU101/102 1.5-2 hours I-See Goal for Foundations
Wellness 1 hour 8
Freshman Writing 3 (6 hours if taking EN110 & EN111) 1,2,3,4,5
Oral Communications 3 hours 1,2,3,4,5
Math/Algebra/Statistics 3 hours 6,7
Understanding Human Nature 13 hours  
Religion 3 hours 9,10,11
Social Science with Constitution 3 hours 12,13,14,15
Leadership 1 hour 18
Literature 3 hours 16,17
Valuing or Social Science (PY, SO, ECON, HI, PS, Ethics, ANTH, PL, CT) 3 hours Valuing-9,10,11Social Science-12,13,15
Exploring the Nature of the Universe 4 hours  
Science with Lab 4 hours 19,20,21,22
Total Common Core Hours 29.5-33   hours  

Bachelor of Science in Education Degrees: Additional General Education Competencies

BSE1.Students will understand the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the humanities and of the fine arts.

BSE2. Students will articulate a critical response to works in the humanities and in fine arts.

BSE3. Students will continue to develop their competencies in mathematics and in the sciences.

BSE4. Students will develop skills to use technology to enhance their classroom teaching.

BSE5. Students will understand the government, the history, and the economic systems of the United States.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Humanities or Fine Arts: AR186, AR188, or MU188 3 hours BSE 1,2
Additional Science with/without Lab: 3-4 hours BSE3
CS122ED 1 hour BSE4
PY210 Educational Psychology 3 hours BSE5
Additional Bachelor of Science in Education, ECE hours 11 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 41.5-43 hours  

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Special Education, or Middle School: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements

Hours

Competencies

CS122ED

1 hour

BSE4

Humanities or Fine Arts: AR186, AR188, or MU188

3 hours

BSE 1,2

Additional Science with/without Lab

3-4 hours

BSE3

MA224  

4 hours

BSE3

Must take Economics, Geography

6 hours

BSE5

Additional Hours

18 hours

 

Total General Education Requirements

49.5-50 hours

 

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements

Hours

Competencies

BI107 Anatomy

4 hours

BSE3

CS122ED

1 hour

BSE4

Humanities or Fine Arts

3 hours

BSE 1,2

Additional Hours

11 hours

 

Total General Education Requirements

42.5-43 hours

 

Note: In addition, students in the BS in Elementary Education program will continue their studies in the core subjects they will teach. (e.g., mathematics, geography)

Bachelor of Music Education: Additional General Education Competencies

BME1. Students will understand the cultural, social, and psychological contexts in which they will be working, teaching, and making music.

BME2. Students will incorporate these understandings into their professional persona.

Bachelor of Music Education: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Psychology: PY210, PY223, and PY342 8 hours BME 1,2
History, Government, or Anthropology 3 hours BME 1,2
Total Additional General Education Requirements 11 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 42.5-43 hours  

Bachelor of Music-Voice: Additional General Education Competency

BMV1. Students will develop language and theatrical skills necessary for academic and/or professional careers in music.

Bachelor of Music-Voice: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Foreign Language-Two languages, if available 8 hours BMV1
Theatre Arts-acting or stage movement 3 hours BMV1
Total Additional General Education Requirements 11 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 42.5-43 hours  

Bachelor of Music-Keyboard: Additional General Education Competencies

BMK1. Students will study a foreign language to increase their understanding of the cultural contexts in which they will be working, teaching, and making music.

BMK2. Students will broaden their academic or entrepreneurial skills.

Bachelor of Music-Keyboard: Additional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Foreign Language (two languages if available) 8 hours BMK1
Social Science or Business 3 hours BMK2
Total Additional General Education Requirements 11 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 42.5-43 hours  

Bachelor of Accountancy: Professional General Education Competencies

BAc1. Students will develop technological and analytical skills required by the accounting profession.

BAc2. Students will develop the ability to deal effectively with ethical dilemmas, to provide ethical leadership, and to understand the responsibility of accounting in society.

BAc3. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the determinants of long-run economic growth and of short-run economics fluctuations (the business cycle) and the opportunities and challenges these create for business.

Bachelor of Accountancy: Professional General Educational Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Statistics 3 hours 1
Applied Computer Skills 3 hours 1
Ethics: PL306 Ethics and the Professions 3 hours 2
Economics 3 hours 3
Total Professional General Education Requirements 12 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 43.5-44 hours  

Note: Students applying to graduate school or for certification usually have 130 to 150 hours at graduation including 6-15 additional hours of general education

Bachelor of Applied Science in Management: Professional General Education Competencies

BASM1. Students will develop technological and analytical skills required by management.

BASM2. Students will develop the ability to deal effectively with ethical dilemmas, to provide ethical leadership, and to understand the responsibility of business in society.

BASM3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of microeconomic thinking to the effective management of business enterprises.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Management: Professional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Statistics 3 hours 1
Applied Computer Skills 3 hours 1
Ethics: PL306 Ethics and the Professions 3 hours 2
Economics: EC314 Managerial Economics 3 hours 3
Total Professional General Education Requirements 12 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 43.5-44 hours  

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Professional General Education Competencies

BSN1. Students will broaden their understanding of human nature for the purpose of developing therapeutic relationship skills and communication skills necessary in health care.

BSN2. Students will understand the basic structure of and function of the human body.

BSN3. Students will improve critical thinking skills to support evidence-based practice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Professional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements   Hours Competencies
Humanities or Fine Arts 3 hours BSN1
Social Sciences (CJ, CT, EC, HI, PS, PY, or SO): Must include PH101 General Psychology OR SO101 Introduction toSociology, whichever not taken in the Common Core.Must include a 200- or 300-level PY or SO 6 hours BSN1
Science Required courses:
BI107 Human Anatomy (4) and BI107L (1)
BI205 General Physiology (4) and BI205L (1)
BI305 Microbiology (3) and BI305L (1)
CH107 Chemistry for Allied Health (3)
17 hours BSN2
Analytical Skills (Statistics): AH316 Data Analysis for Nursing Practice or MA105 Elementary Statistics 3 hours BSN3
Allied Health AH200 Introduction to Adaptation Nursing w/ labAH314 Pathophysiology 6 hours BSN3
Elective course 2-2.5 hours  
Total Professional General Education Requirements 37 hours  
Total General Education Requirements 69 hours  

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training: Professional General Education Competencies

BSAT1. Students will develop the critical thinking, decision-making, and communication skills necessary for success in athletic training, allied health care, and in a broad spectrum of professions in today’s society.

BSAT2. Students will understand the basic structure of and function of the human body.

BSAT3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical leadership, academic excellence, social responsibility, and human nature.

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training: Professional General Education Requirements

Additional General Education Requirements Hours Competencies
Science:
  • BI 102 w/lab
  • BI 107 Human Anatomy
  • BI 205 General Physiology
  • CH 107 Allied Health Chemistry or CH111 General Chemistry
16-17 hours 2
MA 105 Statistics ANDCT 214 Web Page Design required 6 hours 1
Social Sciences: PY210 Educational Psychology OR PY223   Developmental Psychology 3 hours 3
Humanities 3 hours 3
Total Professional General Education Requirements 28-29 Hours  
Total General Education Requirements 59.5-61 Hours  

If given a choice of courses to satisfy a Tier Two requirement, consult the following section. Students may not double-apply Common Core courses elsewhere; students may double-apply courses in Tier Two to the major or the minor.

Fine Arts Courses

Fine Arts courses include survey courses, which examine the monuments and major figures of a visual or performing art, examine the social and cultural contexts and influences on this visual or performing art, and pro­vide sufficient study of and exposure to the visual or performing art to enable the student to begin to compre­hend the aesthetic and to offer an informed response to the aesthetic. Fine Arts requirements also can be satis­fied by studio art courses that include instruction in history and theory.

CMU's faculty designated these as "Fine Arts" courses:

  • AR111 Art Appreciation (3)
  • AR116 Basic Photography (3)
  • AR121 Basics of Design (3)
  • AR130 Studio Art (3)
  • AR186 Art History I (3)
  • AR188 Art History II (3)
  • EN212 Introduction to Cinema (3)
  • MU145 History of Jazz (3)
  • MU188 Music Appreciation (3)
  • MU202 Musical Theatre and Opera on DVD/Video (3)
  • TA103 Basic Principles of Theatre (3)
  • TA111 Acting I (3)
  • TA113 Script Analysis (3)
  • TA211 Acting II (3)
  • TA245 Oral Interpretation (3)
  • TA250 Stage Makeup (3)
  • TA253 Stagecraft (3)
  • TA384 Theatre History I (3)
  • TA386 Theatre History II (3)

Foreign Language Requirement

The BA degree requires six to eight hours of for­eign language. Students whose native language is other than English who seek a degree requiring for­eign lan­guage have the following options: (1) fulfill the foreign language degree requirement stated by the degree, (2) take six hours of 300-level literature in their native lan­guage if that language is offered at CMU, (3) take six hours in oral and written commu­nications in addition to EN110/111 or EN 120, EN305 or 306, and CT 101.

Humanities Requirements

Some degree programs designate which course(s) a student must take to fulfill the Humanities courses for Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. If no such designation exists, students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core but instead must select courses from the following:

  • ENGLISH (EN): EN212 (or satisfies "Fine Arts" requirement), EN216, EN224, EN236, EN238, EN334, EN312, EN323, EN324, , EN335, EN340, EN342,  and EN348. EN190/ 290/390/490 satisfy Tier Two require­ments unless otherwise indicated. EN160/260/360/460 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
  • PHILOSOPHY (PL): PL105, PL225 (cross-listed with RL225), PL311, PL303, PL304, PL306, PL310, and PL314 (cross-listed with RL314). PL190, 290, and 390 satisfy Tier Two require­ments unless otherwise indicated. PL 160/260/360/460 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
  • RELIGION (RL): RL201, RL202, RL203, RL225 (cross-listed with PL225), RL301, RL302, RL303, RL310, RL314 (cross-listed with PL314), RL331, RL332, RL333, and RL336. Unless otherwise indicated, RL190/290/390/490 satisfy Tier Two require­ments. RL160/260/360/460 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
  • SPANISH (SP): SP203 and SP204. Unless otherwise indicated, SP190/290 satisfy Tier Two require­ments. SP160/260 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
  • THEATRE (TA): TA388

Mathematics Requirements

To fulfill Mathematics requirements, students must take courses with the MA (Mathematics) prefix.

Analytical Skills Requirements

Some degree programs designate which course(s) a student must take to fulfill Analytical Skills courses for Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. Unless otherwise designated, students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must select from these courses:

  • BU225 Computer Applications in Business
  • PL101 Introduction to Logic
  • a course in Research Methods (CJ/HI/PS/PY/SO 331 and PS/PY/SO 334 have been designated for students majoring in the Social Sciences.)
  • a Math above MA103
  • an Applied Computer Skills course

Students may not apply any SC160/260/360/460 courses for the Analytical Skills requirement. Students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core.

Science Requirements

Some degree programs designate which course(s) students must take to fulfill Science requirements in Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. If no such designation exists, students must take courses with the AS (Astronomy), BI (Biology), CH (Chemistry), ES (Environmental Science), GL (Geology), or PH (Physics) prefix or SC101 and SC103 (but no other SC courses unless specified)-excluding courses numbered 160/260/360/460. Students must have met all prerequisites for these courses. Students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core.

Social Sciences Requirements

Some degree programs designate which course(s) students must take to fulfill Social Sciences requirements in Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. If no such designation exists, students must take courses with the CJ (Criminal Justice), CT (Commu­nication), EC (Economics), HI (History), PS (Po­litical Science), PY (Psychology), or SO (Sociology) pre­fix—excluding any Social Science 190/290/390/490, 160/260/360/460, and 268/368/468. Students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core.