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University Studies Requirements


University Studies Requirements

University Studies is an essential element in the educational process that results in professional success, personal growth, and responsible citizenship. In this process, students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, learn reasoning and communication skills, examine their goals, values, and potentialities, and develop an enduring commitment to learning through both formal and informal educational experiences.

The University Studies program at A&M-Commerce embodies the characteristics and purposes of the University. With both professional and liberal arts programs, A&M Commerce recognizes general education as a necessary component in the development of all students. The general education which takes place in the University Studies program is therefore not only compatible with specialization but is the context in which specialization occurs.

The breadth and depth offered by University Studies is necessary to the meaningful and informed study of any major field.  Though the courses are required, they are not to be regarded as inconveniences, but rather as the intellectual foundation upon which a university education is built.

Specifically, the University Studies program

—stresses breadth and provides a person with opportunities to perceive the integration of knowledge;

—involves the study of liberal arts and science;

—encourages understanding of our heritage as well as respect for other people’s cultures;

—develops mastery of linguistic, analytical, and computational skills that are necessary for lifelong learning; and

—fosters development of such personal qualities as appropriate acceptance of ambiguity, empathy and acceptance of others, and expanded understanding of self.

Presently, there are two configurations by which students may satisfy the University Studies requirement at A&M-Commerce:

1.      Completion of the current block of courses that comprises the University Studies Curricula (Table 1). These must total 43 semester hours.

2.      A combination of Generic Transfer Equivalent Courses for initial transfer students (Table 2) and courses from Table 1. These must total 43 semester hours.

In both cases it is essential that students recognize that individual courses are not necessarily interchangeable.  Certain science courses, for example, are intended for those majoring in science.  Depending upon major, different math courses might be more applicable or even preferred by departments.  Students considering University Studies courses should consult with the appropriate advising personnel or offering departments as a part of making an informed choice prior to enrollment.


Table 1—University Studies Courses

Communications (9 sh)


English Composition (6 sh)—Eng 1301, 1302


Speech (3 sh)—Spc 1315 or 1321

Mathematics (3 sh)


Math 1314 or 1324 or 179 or 2413

Natural Sciences (8 sh from the following)


Biological Sciences 14064, 14074, 14094, 14114, 14134 , 24014, 24024


Environmental Science 1044, 13014


Astronomy 14114, 14124


Chemistry 14054, 14074, 14114, 14124


Physics 14014, 14024, 1414, 24254, 24264


Earth Sciences 1004, 14034, 2034


Integrated Sciences 14154, 14174


Plant and Soil Science 14154

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 sh)


American History (6 sh)—Hist 1301, 1302


American Government (6 sh)—PSci 220, 221; or 2301, 2302


Three semester hours from the following: AEC 219; Anth 2351; Eco 2301, 2302, 233; Phil 2303; Psy 2315, 2301, 2306; Soc 1301, 1306

Humanities (3 sh from the following):


Eng 2326, 200, 202, 2331; Hist 264 or 265; Jour 1307; Phil 1301, 331, 332, 360, 362; PSci 410, 411, 412; RTV 1335, Spc 201

Visual and Performing Arts (3 sh from the following):


Art 1301, 1303, 1304, 227, 240, 250, 304, 307; Eng 432, 434; Mus 1310, 1308; PHO 111; The 1310, 340, 440


Selected courses from the British Studies program may be transferred to satisfy University Studies requirements in the categories of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Visual and Performing Arts. *Art 1303 or Art 1304 can be counted towards the major requirement in Art History.

Fitness and Recreational Activity (2 fitness and recreational activity courses)


Students must complete two Fitness and Recreational Activity (FRA) courses to satisfy the requirement. FRA 120 (Varsity Sports) and Mus 100 (marching band) may be utilized to fulfill all or part of this requirement. Only FRA 100 (with departmental approval from Health and Human Performance), FRA 120 (Varsity Sports) or Mus 100 (marching band) may be taken twice to satisfy this requirement. HHPK 200 may be taken to fulfill the two credit hour requirement for BAAS majors only. Students who have completed a continuous active duty period of six months or more with the United States military services (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) will be granted one semester hour of credit for fitness and recreational activity for each six months of duty up to a maximum of four hours credit. For consideration of fitness and recreational activity credit for military service, the student should submit a copy of DD Form 214 to the University Admissions Office.



Honors sections of University Studies courses are designed to allow more personal attention from the instructor, and they provide students with wider opportunities for critical analysis and independent study. Such sections are identified by the letter H, such as English 101H, etc. These course sections are restricted to students in the Honors College only.



Table 2—Generic Transfer Equivalent Courses for Initial Transfer Students

Communication (9 sh)


English Composition, 6 sh—Any two college-level courses in English composition.


Speech, 3 sh—Any course in public speaking.

Mathematics (3 sh)


Mathematics, 3 sh—Any mathematics course at the level of college algebra, college algebra-based business mathematics, or higher level.

Natural Science (8 sh)


Any two laboratory based courses in biological and/or physical science.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 sh)


History, 6 sh—Any two survey courses in American history.


Government, 6 sh—Any two government/political science courses which include a study of both the Texas and United States Constitution.


Three semester hours of any course in introductory psychology, sociology, logic, anthropology, economics or a survey of the social sciences.

Humanities (3 sh)


Any one course in sophomore survey of English, American, or comparative literature or a combination; or, one course in mass communications, or introduction to philosophy or general ethics or world civilization.

Visual and Performing Arts (3 sh)


One course from music history, music literature, art history, film history, film and literature, and introductory or survey courses in theatre, or music or art or theatre appreciation. Courses in art, music, or theatre fundamentals, theory, or methods, and applied music will not substitute.

Fitness and Recreational Activity (2 sh)


Any two fitness and recreational activity (FRA) courses. One semester hour Marching Band may be substituted for this requirement; or active military service: one hour credit per six months of active service.



Table 3—Texas Common Course Numbers Equivalent/Substitution Courses for Initial Transfer Students

Communication (9 sh)


English Composition, 6 sh—Engl 1301 and Engl 1302


Speech, 3 sh—Spch 1311, 1315, 1321

Mathematics (3 sh)


Math 1314, 1316, 1324, 1414, 2312, 2313, 2412, 2413

Natural Sciences (8 sh taken from any of the following courses)


Biology—Biol 1106/1301, 1107/1307, 1406, 1407, 1108/1308, 1109/1309, 1408, 1409, 1111/1311, 1113/1313, 1411, 1413, 2101/2301, 2102/2302, 2106/2306, 2401, 2402, 2406


Chemistry—Chem 1107/1307, 1105/1305, 1405, 1406, 1407, 1408, 1111/1311, 1112/1312, 1411, 1412, 1413, 1414


Earth Sciences—Geol 1103/1303, 1104/1304, 1105, 1305, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1446, 1447


Physic—Phys 1101/1301, 1102/1302, 1105/1305,1107/1307, 1401, 1402, 1405, 1407, 1410, 1411, 1412, 1413, 1111/1311, 1112/1312, 1115/1315, 1415, 1417, 1117/1317, 2125/2325, 2126/2326, 2425, 2426


Environmental Sciences—Envr 1401, 1402

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 sh)


History, 6 sh—Hist 1301 and Hist 1302


Government, 6 sh—Govt 2301 and Govt 2302 sequence or Govt 2305 and Govt 2306 sequence


Social and Behavioral Sciences, 3 sh—Anth 2346, 2351; Econ 2301, 2302; Phil 2303; Psyc 2301, 2306, 2315; Soci 1301, 1306

Humanities (3 sh from the following)


Engl 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2331, 2332, 2333; Hist 2321, 2322;


Comm 1307; Phil 1301, 2306, 2316, 2317

Visual and Performing Arts (3 sh from the following)


Arts 1301, 1303, 1304; Musi 1306, 1308, 1309, 1310; Dram 1310, 2361, 2362, 2363. Courses in art, music, or theatre fundamentals, theory, or methods and applied music will not substitute.

Fitness and Recreational Activity (2 sh)


Two one-hour courses from PHED 1100-1150 and/or PHED 2100-2150, or one two-hour course, PHED 1238, Concepts of Physical Fitness. Music Marching Band may be taken to satisfy this requirement; or active military service: one hour credit per six months of active service.

Transfer courses which are part of other Texas junior/community college’s or another university’s core curriculum shall be used to satisfy the core component areas at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Additional core curriculum courses may only be required as approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.