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General Education Program

Legislative Changes


Update: June 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, the Florida legislature passed revisions (SB 1720) to the original legislation (HB 7135, passed in 2012) on General Education in the state of Florida.  This legislation:

  • restored General Education to 36 hours (from 30)
  • extended the timeline for implementation to fall 2015 (from fall 2014)
  • created a provision for colleges and universities to not have to offer the state appvoved core courses (though all 40 institutions will need to accept transfer of those courses)
  • allows for Mathematics and Natural Science subject areas to develop additional core courses that are of a "higher level" than the approved courses
  • permits for additional options in Humanities and Social Science core courses

Final Competency and Core Course Recommendations


Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.

ENC X101 English Composition I


Through demonstrating interpretive ability and cultural literacy, the student will confirm the ability to think critically.
The student will acquire competence in reflecting critically upon the human condition.

ARH X000 Art Appreciation

PHI X010 Introduction to Philosophy

MUL X010 Music Literature/Music Appreciation

LIT X000 Introduction to Literature

HUM X020 Introduction to Humanities

THE X000 Theatre Appreciation


Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving, and demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts.
Students will apply appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving.

MGF X106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I

MGF X107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II

MAC X105 College Algebra

STA X023 Statistical Methods

(Additional list of “prerequisite and related/advanced coursework” pending)


Natural Science

Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, or model construction, and the use of scientific method to explain the natural world.
Students will successfully recognize and comprehend fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world.

BSC X005 General Biology

CHM X020 Chemistry for Liberal Studies

PHY X020 Fundamentals of Physics

ESC X000 Introduction to Earth Science

EVR X001 Introduction to Environmental Science

AST X002 Astronomy

(Additional list of “prerequisite and related/advanced coursework” pending)

Social Science

Students will demonstrate the ability to examine behavioral, social, and cultural issues from a variety of points of view.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social and behavioral science concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavioral, social, and cultural issues, past and present, local and global.

PSY X012 Introduction to Psychology

SYG X000 Principles of Sociology

ANT X000 Introduction to Anthropology

POS X041 American Government

AMH X020 Introductory Survey Since 1877

ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics


Our campus continues to move towards the implementation of these changes.  Please visit the "Updates" page for additional information.



Update: January 04, 2013

The Faculty Committees and Steering Committee have worked together to develop initial recommendations for the statewide general education core competencies and courses (the first 15 hours, determined by the state).  Please review this document for those recommendations, and an updated timeline.  This document has been shared with the chief academic officers at each Florida college and university. 

Please see "Updates" for further information about the process for feedback on these recommendations.  In the coming weeks we will work collaboratively on our campus to provide feedback to the Steering Committee on these preliminary recommendations.


During the previous legislative session, the Florida legislature passed a bill (HB 7135) that changes the General Education Program (GEP) for all Florida colleges and universities. The changes include a reduction in the hours of the GEP from 36 to 30 hours and the creation of a list of up to five courses in each of the five content areas of General Education (communication, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences). Students will be required to take at least one course from each area on this list, which will be the same across the State University System (SUS) and the state and Florida College System (FCS). These changes will be implemented in fall 2014.

 Here are some relevant excerpts from the bill:

 “General Education core course options shall consist of a maximum of five courses within each of the subject areas . . . and must contain high-level academic and critical thinking skills and common competencies . . . . Each student must complete at least one course in each subject area . . . . All . . . institutions shall offer and accept these courses . . . .”

 “The remaining General Education course requirements shall be identified by each institution . . .and shall include 30 semester hours . . . .”

Image of state level changes to general educationImage updated December, 2012

For a copy of the bill, go to (scroll down to page 16-18).

The official state website for these changes: