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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
English Composition
ENG 1301College Reading and Writing3
ENG 1302Written Argument and Research3
Speech
SPC 1315Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
or SPC 1321 US - Business and Professional Speaking
Mathematics
MATH 1314College Algebra3
or MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business Applications
or MATH 179 Mathematics: Applications and Philosophy
or MATH 2413 Calculus I
Natural Sciences
8 sh from the following (all courses 4sh):8
Biological Sciences
Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology II
Human Biology: Structure and Function
Botany
Zoology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Introduction to Environmental Science
Astronomy
Astronomy of Solar System
Introduction to Stars and the Universe
Chemistry
Survey of General Chemistry
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry
General and Quantitative Chemistry I
General and Quantitative Chemistry II
Physics
College Physics
College Physics
Introduction to Musical Acoustics
University Physics I
University Physics II
Earth Sciences
US-The Planet Earth
Physical Geology
History of the Earth
Integrated Sciences
Integrated Science I
Integrated Science II
Plant and Soil Science
Introduction to Horticulture
Social and Behavioral Sciences *
American History
HIST 1301US History to 18773
HIST 1302US History from 18653
PSCI 2301Principles of United States and Texas Government3
PSCI 2302United States and Texas Government: Institutions and Policies3
Three semester hours from the following:3
Agricultural Economics
World Cultures: Perspectives from Anthropology
Principles of Macro Economics
Principles of Micro Economics
The Economics of Personal Finance
Logic
Psychology of Adjustment
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Sexual Behavior
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Humanities *
3 sh from the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Popular Literature and Culture
Multi-Ethnic American Literature
Literature of the Western World
A Nation Divided: American History
A World Divided: Global History
Mass Communication in Society
Introduction to Philosophy
History of Philosophy I
History of Philosophy II
General Ethics
Aesthetics
Political Theory I
Political Theory II
Political Theory III
Studies in Electronic Communications
US-STUDIES IN HUMAN/COMM
Visual and Performing Arts *
3 sh from the following:3
Art, Technology and Civilization
History of Art I **
History of Art II **
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics
History and Aesthetics of Film
Literature and Film
Jazz; New Orleans to Jazz/Rock
Introduction to World Music Literature
Introduction to Digital Media
Introduction to the Theatre
History of the Theatre I
History of the Theatre II
Fitness and Recreational Activity
2 fitness and recreational activity courses ***2
Honors ****
Total Hours43

*

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.

***

 Students must complete two Fitness and Recreational Activity (FRA) courses to satisfy the requirement. FRA 120 Varsity Sport 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 Sport 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 ENG 1301.01H, etc. These course sections are restricted to students in the Honors College only.

Table 2 - Generic Transfer Equivalent Courses for Initial Transfer Students

Communication
English Composition - Any two college-level courses in English composition.6
Speech - Any course in public speaking.3
Mathematics
Mathematics - Any mathematics course at the level of college algebra, college algebra-based business mathematics, or higher level.3
Natural Science
Any two laboratory based courses in biological and/or physical science.8
Social and Behavioral Sciences
History - Any two survey courses in American history.6
Government - Any two survey courses in American history.6
Three semester hours of any course in introductory psychology, sociology, logic, anthropology, economics or a survey of the social sciences.3
Humanities
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.3
Visual and Performing Arts
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.3
Fitness and Recreational Activity
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.2
Total Hours43

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

Communication
English Composition
ENG 1301College Reading and Writing3
ENG 1302Written Argument and Research3
Speech - 3 sh selected from the following:3
SPC 1311
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
US - Business and Professional Speaking
Mathematics
3 sh selected from the following:3
College Algebra
MATH 1316
Mathematics for Business Applications
MATH 1414
MATH 2312
MATH 2313
MATH 2412
Calculus I
Natural Sciences
8 sh taken from any of the following:8
Biology
BIO 1106/1301
BIO 1107/1307
BIO 1406
BIO 1407
BIO 1108/1308
BIO 1109/1309
BIO 1408
BIO 1409
BIO 1111/1311
BIO 1113/1313
BIO 1411
BIO 1413
BIO 2101/2301
BIO 2102/2302
BIO 2106/2306
BIO 2401
BIO 2402
BIO 2406
Chemistry
CHEM 1107/1307
CHEM 1105/1305
Survey of General Chemistry
CHEM 1406
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry
CHEM 1408
CHEM 1111/1311
CHEM 1112/1312
General and Quantitative Chemistry I
General and Quantitative Chemistry II
CHEM 1413
CHEM 1414
Earth Sciences
GEOL 1103/1303
GEOL 1104/1304
GEOL 1105
GEOL 1305
GEOL 1401
GEOL 1402
GEOL 1403
GEOL 1404
GEOL 1405
GEOL 1446
GEOL 1447
Physics
PHYS 1101/1301
PHYS 1102/1302
PHYS 1105/1305
PHYS 1107/1307
College Physics
College Physics
PHYS 1405
PHYS 1407
PHYS 1410
PHYS 1411
PHYS 1412
PHYS 1413
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1115/1315
PHYS 1415
PHYS 1417
PHYS 1117/1317
PHYS 2125/2325
PHYS 2126/2326
University Physics I
University Physics II
Environmental Sciences
ENVS 1401
ENVS 1402
Social and Behavioral Sciences
History
HIST 1301US History to 18773
HIST 1302US History from 18653
Government
GOV 2301
  & GOV 2302

   and
3
or GOV 2305
  & GOV 2306

   and
Social and Behavioral Sciences
3 sh taken from any of the following:3
ANTH 2346
World Cultures: Perspectives from Anthropology
Principles of Macro Economics
Principles of Micro Economics
Logic
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Sexual Behavior
Psychology of Adjustment
SOCI 1301
SOCI 1306
Humanities
3 sh from the following:3
ENG 2321
ENG 2322
ENG 2323
Introduction to Literature
ENG 2327
ENG 2328
Literature of the Western World
ENG 2332
ENG 2333
HIST 2321
HIST 2322
COMM 1307
Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2306
PHIL 2316
PHIL 2317
Visual and Performing Arts
3 sh from the following: *3
Art, Technology and Civilization
History of Art I
History of Art II
MUS 1306
Introduction to World Music Literature
MUS 1309
Jazz; New Orleans to Jazz/Rock
DRA 1310
DRA 2361
DAR 2362
DRA 2322
Fitness and Recreational Activity
Two one-hour courses **2
Total Hours40

*

Courses in art, music, or theatre fundamentals, theory, or methods and applied music will not substitute.

**

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.