University Core Curriculum

Specific Requirements

In addition to the University Core Curriculum and degree specific requirements, Texas A&M has criteria that must be met by all students in order to receive a degree, Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree.

  1. The ability to communicate through the use of the spoken or written word requires the development of speech and writing skills.

    Communication (6 hours)

    A course used to satisfy this requirement shall have as its primary focus the improvement of student expression in communication. This focus on student expression should be demonstrated both in course instruction and assessment. Acceptable forms of student expression may range from creative to technical. Acceptable courses may include those embedded in subject areas other than writing. This requirement must be satisfied by ENGL 104 (3 hours) and one of the following:

    AGCJ 404 ENGL 210        
    COMM 203 ENGL 235        
    COMM 205 ENGL 241        
    COMM 243 ENGL 301        
    ENGL 203          
  2. Without knowledge of mathematics and logic, it is not possible to understand or participate in the development of knowledge.

    Mathematics (6 hours, at least 3 of which must be in mathematics)

    To be selected from any mathematics course except:

    MATH 102
    MATH 103
    MATH 150
    MATH 365
    MATH 366

    Also may select 3 hours from:

    PHIL 240
    PHIL 341
    PHIL 342

  3. Knowledge and appreciation of science as a significant human activity, rather than merely a listing of results or collection of data, is acquired only by engaging in the activities of science.

    Natural Sciences (8 hours)

    Two or more natural sciences courses which deal with fundamental principles and in which critical evaluation and analysis of data and processes are required. A minimum of one course shall include a corresponding laboratory. Non-technical courses are specifically excluded.

    Four hours to be selected from:

    BIOL 101 CHEM 103/113      
    BIOL 107 CHEM 107      
    BIOL 111 GEOL 101      
    BIOL 113/123 PHYS 201      
    CHEM 101/111 PHYS 218      

    Remaining hours to be selected from courses listed and/or:

    ANTH 225 ENGR 101 OCNG 251/252
    ASTR 101/102 ENTO 322 PHYS 109
    ASTR 109 FRSC 304 PHYS 202
    ATMO 201/202 GENE 301 PHYS 208
    BESC 201 GENE 310 PHYS 219
    BIOL 112 GEOG 203/213 RENR 205/215
    BIOL 225 GEOL 106 SCSC 105
    CHEM 102/112 GEOL 307 SCSC 301
    CHEM 104/114 GEOS 210 SCSC 405
    CHEM 106/116 GEOS 410  
    CHEM 222/242 HORT 201/202  
  4. Knowledge of our culture and its ideals makes possible both social integration and self-realization (see note 4).

    1. Humanities (3 hours)

      Courses used to satisfy this requirement shall address one of the following subject areas: history, philosophy, literature, the arts, culture or language (exclusive of courses devoted predominantly to acquiring language skills in a student’s native language). Acceptable courses are:

      AFST 201 ARTS 349 ENGL 333 ENGL 394 MUSC 312
      AFST 302 ARTS 350 ENGL 334 ENGL 396 MUSC 315
      AMST 300 ARTS 445 ENGL 335 ENGL 401 MUSC 319
      AMST 320 CLAS 351 ENGL 336 ENGL 412 MUSC 321
      ANTH 202 COMM 301 ENGL 337 ENGL 414 MUSC 324
      ANTH 205 COMM 327 ENGL 338 ENGL 415 PHIL (any course except 240,341, 342)
      ANTH 301 COMM 425 ENGL 339 ENGL 431
      ANTH 302 DCED 301 ENGL 340 ENGL 474
      ANTH 303 ENGL 203 ENGL 345 ENGL 481 RELS 211
      ANTH 306 ENGL 204 ENGL 346 ENGR 482 RELS 213
      ANTH 308 ENGL 205 ENGL 347 GEOG 202 RELS 303
      ANTH 313 ENGL 212 ENGL 348 GEOG 301 RELS 304
      ANTH 315 ENGL 221 ENGL 350 GEOG 305 RELS 317
      ANTH 316 ENGL 222 ENGL 351 GEOG 323 RELS 351
      ANTH 317 ENGL 227 ENGL 352 HIST (any course) RELS 360
      ANTH 318 ENGL 228 ENGL 353 RELS 392
      ANTH 324 ENGL 231 ENGL 354 HORT 203 THAR 101
      ANTH 350 ENGL 232 ENGL 355 HUMA 211 THAR 155
      ANTH 351 ENGL 235 ENGL 356 HUMA 213 THAR 201
      ANTH 353 ENGL 251 ENGL 360 HUMA 303 THAR 280
      ANTH 354 ENGL 308 ENGL 361 HUMA 304 THAR 281
      ARCH 249 ENGL 310 ENGL 362 LAND 240 WMST 200
      ARCH 250 ENGL 312 ENGL 365 LAND 340 WMST 333
      ARCH 329 ENGL 313 ENGL 374 LBAR 203 WMST 374
      ARCH 345 ENGL 314 ENGL 375 LBAR 331 WMST 401
      ARCH 350 ENGL 315 ENGL 376 LBAR 332 WMST 461
      ARCH 430 ENGL 316 ENGL 377 LBAR 333 WMST 473
      ARCH 434 ENGL 317 ENGL 378 LING 307 WMST 474
      ARTS 149 ENGL 321 ENGL 379 LING 310 WMST 477
      ARTS 150 ENGL 322 ENGL 385 MODL*  
      ARTS 329 ENGL 323 ENGL 390 MUSC 200  
      ARTS 330 ENGL 329 ENGL 392 MUSC 201
      ARTS 335 ENGL 330 ENGL 393 MUSC 311

      * or any course in the Department of Hispanic Studies or the Department of European and Classical Languages and Cultures (see note 5).

    2. Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)

      Acceptable courses are:

      ANTH 324 ARTS 445 EURO 405 KINE 164 MUSC 312
      ARCH 249 CARC 335 EURO 425 KINE 165 MUSC 315
      ARCH 250 CLAS 352 EURO 432 KINE 166 MUSC 319
      ARCH 350 DCED 161 EURO 435 KINE 167 MUSC 321
      ARCH 430 DCED 162 EURO 446 KINE 168 MUSC 324
      ARCH 434 DCED 168 EURO 447 KINE 169 PERF 301
      ARCH 437 DCED 172 EURO 455 KINE 170 PHIL 330
      ARTS 103 DCED 173 FILM 201 KINE 171 PHIL 375
      ARTS 111 ENDS 101 FILM 301 KINE 172 RUSS 446
      ARTS 112 ENDS 115 FILM 394 KINE 173 RUSS 447
      ARTS 149 ENGL 212 FREN 425 KINE 174 SPAN 410
      ARTS 150 ENGL 219 GERM 334 KINE 175 SPAN 413
      ARTS 212 ENGL 251 GERM 432 KINE 311 THAR 101
      ARTS 305 ENGL 312 GERM 435 LAND 240 THAR 110
      ARTS 311 ENGL 317 HORT 203 MODL 352 THAR 155
      ARTS 329 ENGL 340 ITAL 455 MUSC 200 THAR 201
      ARTS 330 ENGL 351 KINE 160 MUSC 201 THAR 210
      ARTS 335 ENGL 356 KINE 161 MUSC 280 THAR 280
      ARTS 349 ENGL 385 KINE 162 MUSC 302 THAR 281
      ARTS 350 ENGL 412 KINE 163 MUSC 311 THAR 407
  5. As the human social environment becomes more complex, it is increasingly important for individuals to understand the nature and function of their social, political and economic institutions (see note 4).

    1. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)

      Courses used to satisfy this requirement shall address one of the following subject areas: anthropology, economics, political science, geography, psychology, sociology or communication. Acceptable courses are:

      ALED 340 ANTH 404 EPSY 321 KINE 319 SPMT 336
      ALED 400 ANTH 410 GEOG 201 LBAR 204 SPMT 337
      ALED 440 ANTH 439 GEOG 304 LING 209 VTPB 221
      AGEC 105 BIOL 225 GEOG 306 LING 311 WMST 207
      AGEC 350 COMM 315 GEOG 311 LING 402 WMST 300
      AGEC 429 COMM 320 GEOG 330 MGMT 475 WMST 310
      AGEC 430 COMM 325 GEOG 401 POLS
      (any course)
      WMST 316
      AGEC 452 COMM 335 GEOG 440 WMST 317
      AGEC 453 ECON
      (any course)
      HLTH 236 PSYC (any
      course except
      203, 204)
      WMST 332
      ANTH 201 HORT 335 WMST 367
      ANTH 210 ENGL 209 INST 310 WMST 404
      ANTH 225 ENGL 311 INST 322 RELS 403 WMST 424
      ANTH 300 ENGL 403 JOUR 102 SOCI
      (any course
      except 220, 420)
      WMST 439
      ANTH 314 ENGR 400 JOUR 301 WMST 462
      ANTH 403 EPSY 320 KINE 304 WMST 463
    2. U.S. History and Political Science (12 hours, 6 hours of history and 6 hours of political science)

      To be a responsible citizen of the world it is necessary, first, to be a responsible citizen of one’s own country and community.

      POLS 206 and 207 and HIST 105 and 106 or other courses in American and Texas history, except those courses pertaining solely to Texas history may not comprise more than 3 hours.

  6. As individual and national destinies become progressively more interconnected, the ability to survive and succeed is increasingly linked to the development of a more pluralistic, diverse and globally-aware populace. Two courses from the following list are to be taken by the student. If a course listed below also satisfies another University Core Curriculum requirement, it can be used to satisfy both requirements if the student wishes to do so. For example, a course that satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement may be used to satisfy the International and Cultural Diversity requirement if that course also appears on the list.

    International and Cultural Diversity (6 hours)

    Acceptable courses are:

    ACCT 445 ENDS 101 HIST 210 IBUS 450 POLS 365
    AFST 201 ENDS 484* HIST 214 IBUS 452 POLS 367
    AFST 302 ENDS 494* HIST 258 IBUS 455 POLS 424
    AGEC 452 ENGL 204 HIST 301 IBUS 456 POLS 432
    AGEC 453 ENGL 205 HIST 305 IBUS 457 POLS 462
    ALED 422 ENGL 222 HIST 307 IBUS 458 PSYC 300
    ANTH 205 ENGL 232 HIST 319 IBUS 459 RELS 303
    ANTH 210 ENGL 251 HIST 324 IBUS 460 RELS 304
    ANTH 300 ENGL 333 HIST 336 INST 310 RELS 403
    ANTH 301 ENGL 336 HIST 339 INST 322 RLEM 314
    ANTH 306 ENGL 337 HIST 342 LAND 240 RPTS 340
    ANTH 314 ENGL 338 HIST 343 LBAR 331 RUSS 443
    ANTH 315 ENGL 339 HIST 345 LBAR 332 RUSS 444
    ANTH 319 ENGL 340 HIST 346 LBAR 333 RUSS 447
    ANTH 324 ENGL 352 HIST 348 LING 307 SOCI 207
    ANTH 403 ENGL 362 HIST 352 LING 402 SOCI 316
    ANTH 404 ENGL 374 HIST 355 MGMT 430 SOCI 317
    ANTH 426 ENGL 378 HIST 356 MGMT 450 SOCI 321
    ARCH 250 ENGL 379 HIST 402 MGMT 452 SOCI 323
    ARCH 345 ENGL 393 HIST 405 MGMT 489 SOCI 324
    ARCH 458 ENGL 403 HIST 407 MKTG 330 SOCI 325
    ARTS 150 ENGL 474 HIST 412 MKTG 401 SOCI 329
    ARTS 350* EURO 223 HIST 439 MKTG 403 SOCI 330
    BIMS 489 EURO 323 HIST 440 MODL 222 SOCI 340
    BUSN 289 EURO 443 HIST 441 MODL 352 SOCI 350
    CARC 301 EURO 444 HIST 449 MODL 362 SOCI 403
    CARC 311 EURO 447 HIST 451 MODL 363 SOCI 419
    CARC 321 FINC 445 HIST 455 MUSC 312 SOCI 423
    CARC 331 FREN 301 HIST 460 MUSC 315 SOCI 424
    CARC 335 FREN 322 HIST 461 MUSC 319 SPAN 312
    COMM 327 FREN 336 HIST 464 MUSC 324 SPAN 320
    COMM 335 FREN 418 HIST 473 PHIL 283 SPAN 410
    COMM 407 FREN 425 HIST 477 PHIL 416 SPAN 411
    COMM 425 GEOG 202 HLTH 236 PHIL 419 SPAN 412
    COSC 484* GEOG 301 HLTH 334 POLS 317 SPAN 421
    COSC 494* GEOG 305 HORT 335 POLS 322 SPAN 450
    DCED 301 GEOG 306 HORT 440 POLS 323 SPMT 336
    ECON 312 GEOG 311 HUMA 303 POLS 324 SPMT 337
    ECON 319 GEOG 320 HUMA 304 POLS 326 TEFB 271
    ECON 320 GEOG 321 IBUS 401 POLS 328 TEFB 273
    ECON 324 GEOG 323 IBUS 403 POLS 329 THAR 201
    ECON 330 GEOG 402 IBUS 445 POLS 331 THAR 281
    EHRD 408 GERM 322 IBUS 446 POLS 338 URSC 461
    VTPB 221 WMST 308 WMST 334 WMST 404 WMST 462
    VTPP 401 WMST 310 WMST 367 WMST 407 WMST 463
    WMST 200 WMST 316 WMST 374 WMST 424 WMST 473
    WMST 300 WMST 317 WMST 391 WMST 430 WMST 474
    WMST 307 WMST 333 WMST 401 WMST 461 WMST 477

    * See Note 7.

  7. As the ancient scholars knew and as modern research has confirmed, the development of the body as well as the mind is an integral part of the educational process.

    Kinesiology requirements are to be fulfilled by completing KINE 198 Health and Fitness and any other one KINE 199 course. KINE 199 used to fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements must be taken S/U. KINE 199 courses not included in the University Core Curriculum can be taken for a grade in accordance with the student’s college policy. Transfer students with fewer than 2 hours of kinesiology credit must meet the KINE 198 requirement either by transfer of credit or by taking the course at Texas A&M.

Notes:
  1. Individual degree programs may impose more restrictive requirements in any of these areas. Students should consult the degree listing in this catalog and their academic advisors to ensure that they are satisfying all requirements of their majors.
  2. With the exception of courses satisfying the International and Cultural Diversity requirement (see section 6), no course shall be counted twice by the same student toward satisfaction of the University Core Curriculum requirements. For example, if a student elects to use ARCH 349 to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts requirement, the student may not use the course to satisfy the Humanities requirement.
  3. Courses numbered 285 or 485 do not satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements. Individual Special Topics (289 and 489) courses may be approved for use in the Core Curriculum.
  4. No student may satisfy all 12 hours of University Core Curriculum requirements in the categories of humanities, visual and performing arts, and social and behavioral Sciences by courses having the same prefix.
  5. If courses in MODL are used to fulfill the Humanities requirement, they must be in a different language than taken in high school or, if in the same language, at the 200-level or higher. For example, if the student took Spanish in high school, then the student may not use SPAN 101 or 102 in satisfying the Humanities requirement.
  6. Students transferring course credit to satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements should refer to the Texas Common Course Numbering System (see Appendix B) and the Transfer Course Credit Policies in this catalog.
  7. Courses taken abroad, which are conducted in another country by a Texas A&M University faculty member, completed as reciprocal education exchange programs (REEP), or completed in another country through direct enrollment in another institution, can be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for International and Cultural Diversity. This includes credits earned through 285, 291, 485, 484, and 491 courses conducted abroad for which grades are determined by a Texas A&M University faculty member.
  8. Courses approved as satisfying one or more areas of the University Core Curriculum become effective the semester or summer session immediately following approval by the Faculty Senate.