Accelerated Collegiate Experience
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Edwards Hall, Suite 214
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565
The General Education Program supports the Florida Gulf Coast University mission and guiding principles by promoting academic excellence, preparing students for their majors, and cultivating habits of lifelong learning. The FGCU General Education Program curriculum assists students in developing fundamental skills in quantitative reasoning, written and oral communication, and critical thinking.
In accordance with Florida statutes, FGCU students complete 36 credit hours of General Education Program coursework within the subject areas of communication, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Approved courses for each area are listed below. Where applicable, courses taken to meet state common prerequisites for a program may also be used to fulfill general education requirements. All first-time-in-college students are expected to take ENC 1101 (Composition I) during their first semester at FGCU.
In compliance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024, a transfer student who has successfully completed the general education requirements for any public university or community college in Florida prior to enrolling as a degree-seeking student at FGCU, and has this completion noted on his/her official transcript, shall be considered to have satisfied the general education requirements at FGCU. All other transfer students are expected to complete the FGCU General Education Program. Transfer students' transcripts will be evaluated to determine course equivalencies and fulfillment of FGCU general education requirements.
All courses listed are approved for meeting general education requirements at FGCU. Courses marked with (W) can be used to satisfy a portion of the Florida college-level writing requirement, and the mathematics courses can be used to satisfy a portion of the computation requirement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030). A grade of C or higher is required for all coursework meeting the state writing and computation requirements.
Communication - GECO Attribute (6 hours)
Each student must complete a two-semester sequence (ENC 1101-1102) in English composition. The sequence develops students' communication skills in written formats; this includes reading critically as well as writing clearly in a variety of styles. Students may satisfy all or part of this requirement with approved IB, AICE, CLEP or AP English credit scores.
Mathematics - GEMA, GEST Attribute (6 hours)
Mathematics and statistics courses give students competence in quantitative methods and an understanding of how those methods are used to describe and analyze the natural world. These courses also give students exposure to the theories and practice of mathematics, and to the unique nature of mathematical knowledge. They will have a practical component, giving students the opportunity to apply mathematical and statistical methods to "real-world" problems. All students must successfully complete either STA 2023 (Statistical Methods) or STA 2037 (Statistics with Calculus), and an additional 3 credit hours of approved coursework at the level of college algebra or higher.
One of the following courses:
Plus one of the following courses:
Humanities - GEHM Attribute (9 hours)
Students are required to complete HUM 2510 (Understanding Visual & Performing Arts), plus 6 additional semester hours of humanities coursework, which may include literature, philosophy, religion, and the fine arts. Humanities courses provide students the opportunity to study the aesthetic dimension of human experience and to learn how people have given creative interpretations to events from differing perspectives. Students will learn the methods, suppositions, and theories of the chosen areas of study.
The following course:
Plus any two of the following courses:
Social Sciences - GESO Attribute (6-9 hours)
Students must successfully complete 6 to 9 semester hours of approved coursework in the social science disciplines. Social sciences courses include the disciplines of history, economics, anthropology, sociology, area studies, geography, political science, and psychology. Students will gain an understanding of historical and socio-cultural perspectives and a sense of the evolution of societies and the various modes of interaction among peoples of the world. Coursework completed in the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences areas must total 15 semester hours.
Two to three of the following courses:
Natural Sciences - GENA, GENL, GENC Attributes (6-9 hours)
Students must successfully complete a minimum of two courses, totaling 6 to 9 semester hours, of approved coursework in the natural sciences that include biology, chemistry, geology, environmental studies, marine science, and physics. At least one course must include a laboratory or field component; courses meeting this requirement contain "C" or "L" in their course numbers. A maximum of 1 credit hour may be applied for each lab section accompanying a corresponding lecture. Courses will give students experience in the theories, principles, and practices of the natural sciences and will address the relationship of science with the modern world. Coursework completed in the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences areas must total 15 semester hours.
Two to three of the following courses: