General Education and Undergraduate Requirements
Basic Skills Requirement
Embry-Riddle recognizes the importance of communication and quantitative skills in all areas of aerospace. Successful pilots, engineers, airport managers, aviation maintenance technicians, and other aviation professionals must possess these skills to perform their jobs effectively. Embry-Riddle, therefore, requires all students, including transfer students, to demonstrate proficiency in writing, reading, and mathematics before they are permitted to complete registration during their first term at the University. Proficiency may be demonstrated by earning qualifying scores on SAT/ACT tests, or by transferring credit for college-level English and mathematics courses.
If they cannot demonstrate proficiency in these basic skills, students must enroll in COM 20, a reading, writing, and critical thinking skills course. Quantitative skills courses (MA 4, MA 6) help students prepare for introductory mathematics courses required in the various degree programs.
Students whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate advanced English proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on a placement test. Students unable to demonstrate such proficiency must enroll in appropriate basic skills courses in their first term at the University. These courses are COM 8 and COM 18.
Although basic skills courses are computed into the student’s term grade point average (GPA) and cumulative grade point average (CGPA), credits earned in basic skills courses do not apply to minimum degree requirements in any degree program.
General Education Program
Recognizing its general and special missions in education, Embry-Riddle embraces a General Education Program. Comprising nearly one-third of every degree program, this course of study ensures that students possess the attributes expected of all university graduates. Encouraging intellectual self-reliance and ability, the General Education Program enables students, regardless of their degree program, to acquire a broad range of knowledge.
By completing the General Education Program, students gain and enhance competence in written and oral communication. They practice reasoning and critical thinking skills and demonstrate computer proficiency. As students engage in this course of study, they familiarize themselves with and investigate ideas and methodologies from several disciplines. These include the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and mathematics. The program also helps students recognize interrelationships among the disciplines. All students participate in a laboratory experience.
Promoting the appreciation of varied perspectives, the General Education Program provides intellectual stimulation, ensuring that students are broadly educated. This course of study empowers students to make informed value judgments, to expand their knowledge and understanding of themselves, and to lead meaningful, responsible, and satisfying lives as individuals, professionals, and concerned members of their society and the world.
University General Education Competencies
While taking General Education required courses, students develop a basic set of General Education skills based on course learning outcomes. These skills are instrumental to student success in upper-level courses within their degree program; in these courses, students practice these skills, eventually demonstrating mastery before graduation. As a result, students graduate with a set of General Education competencies that will provide the basis for success in life and on the job. The following skills are the competencies that all University students will develop, practice, and master in preparation for graduate school or the workplace.
The student will apply knowledge at the synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.
The student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology (including concepts, techniques and tools of computing), mathematics proficiency & analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems.
The student will conduct meaningful research, including gathering information from primary and secondary sources and incorporating and documenting source material in his or her writing.
The student will communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non-technical information.
The student will be able to analyze scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.
The student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts.
General Education Program Requirements (a minimum of 36 credit hours)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s General Education Program encourages effective learning and provides a coherent base for students to pursue their academic specializations. In specific support of the goals of general education, candidates for bachelor degrees must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work in the following areas.
Communication Theory and Skills
In order to lead meaningful and responsible lives in complex societies, students produce, evaluate, articulate, and interpret information and meanings in oral and written communications.
In order to develop quantitative reasoning skills and to use and understand the language of science and technology, students must demonstrate mathematical proficiency. Three hours may be satisfied by placement, examination, or course completion. The other three hours must be completed by taking a course that has college algebra as a prerequisite or co-requisites.
Computer Science/Information Technology
In order to use computers and to understand and evaluate their significance in the solution of problems, students study the concepts, techniques, and tools of computing.
Physical and Life Sciences
In order to appreciate current understandings of the natural world, students study the concepts and methods of the physical and life sciences, applying the techniques of scientific inquiry to problem solving. One course must include a laboratory.
Humanities and Social Sciences
In these two areas, students are required to complete 12 hours:
3 hours of lower-level Humanities
3 hours of lower-level Social Sciences
3 hours of lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Sciences
3 hours of upper-level Humanities or Social Sciences (300-400, not including HU 475)
In order to participate in the complexity of human experiences that arise in a framework of historical and social contexts, students are exposed to the Humanities. Areas of study may include cultural, esthetic, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions of the human condition.
In order to understand interrelationships between the individual and society and connections between historical memory and the future, students examine the social sciences, including history, government, economics, psychology, or sociology.
General Education Program Courses
General Education courses may be chosen from the list below, assuming prerequisites are met. See degree programs for recommended courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physical/Life Sciences.
|Communication Theory and Skills (9)|
|COM 122||English Composition||3|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
|or COM 222||Business Communication|
|MA 111||College Mathematics for Aviation I||3|
|MA 112||College Mathematics for Aviation II||3|
|MA 120||Quantitative Methods I||3|
|MA 140||College Algebra||3|
|MA 143||Precalculus Essentials||3|
|MA 220||Quantitative Methods II||3|
|MA 222||Business Statistics||3|
|MA 241||Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4|
|MA 242||Calculus and Analytical Geometry II||4|
|MA 243||Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4|
|Computer Science/Information Technology (3)|
|BA 120||Introduction to Computer Based Systems||3|
|CS 118||Fundamentals of Computer Programming||3|
|CS 120||Introduction to Computing in Aviation||3|
|CS 223||Scientific Programming in C||3|
|CS 225||Computer Science II||4|
|EGR 115||Introduction to Computing for Engineers||3|
|EGR 120||Graphical Communications||3|
|Physical and Life Sciences (6)|
|One course must include a laboratory.|
|PS 101||Basic Chemistry (Laboratory Required: PS 101L)||3|
|PS 103||Technical Physics I (Laboratory Option: PS 115L)||3|
|PS 104||Technical Physics II (Laboratory Option: PS 115L)||3|
|PS 107||Elements of Biological Science (Laboratory Option: PS 107L)||3|
|PS 116||The Joy of Science||3|
|PS 139||Principles of Chemistry (Laboratory Required: PS 141)||3|
|PS 140||Chemistry for Engineers (Laboratory Required: PS 141)||4|
|PS 142||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|PS 150||Physics for Engineers I||3|
|PS 160||Physics for Engineers II||3|
|PS 224||Astronomy (Laboratory Option: PS 224L)||3|
|PS 226||Physics I||3|
|PS 227||Physics II||3|
|PS 228||Physics III||3|
|PS 250||Physics for Engineers III (Laboratory Option: PS 253)||3|
|PS 302||Evolution of Scientific Thought||3|
|PS 303||Modern Physics (Laboratory Option: PS 305)||3|
|PS 320||Classical Mechanics||3|
|Humanities and Social Sciences (12)|
|HU 140||Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages||3|
|HU 141||Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern||3|
|HU 142||Studies in Literature||3|
|HU 143||Introduction to Rhetoric||3|
|HU 144||Studies in Art||3|
|HU 145||Themes in the Humanities||3|
|HU 300||World Literature||3|
|HU 302||Contemporary Issues in Science||3|
|HU 305||Modern Literature||3|
|HU 310||American Literature||3|
|HU 325||Exploring Film||3|
|HU 330||Values and Ethics||3|
|HU 335||Technology and Modern Civilization||3|
|HU 338||Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations||3|
|HU 341||World Philosophy||3|
|HU 345||Comparative Religions||3|
|HU 375||The Nature of Language||3|
|HU 415||Nonverbal Communication||3|
|HU 420||Applied Cross-Cultural Communication||3|
|HU 399/499||Special Topics in Humanities||6|
|HON 150||Honors Seminar I||3|
|HON 250||Honors Seminar II||3|
|HON 350||Honors Seminar III||3|
|EC 200||An Economic Survey (EC 200 is not acceptable together with EC 210, EC 211, or their equivalent.)||3|
|GCS 201||Introduction to Global Conflict Studies||3|
|GCS 300||International Conflict Resolution||3|
|GCS 302||Gender Security||3|
|GCS 304||Political Violence||3|
|GCS 306||Theories of Nations and Nationalism||3|
|GCS 308||Transnational Crime||3|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY 310||Sensation and Perception||3|
|PSY 315||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PSY 340||Industrial-Organizational Psychology||3|
|PSY 350||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 365||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SS 110||World History||3|
|SS 115||Introduction to International Relations||3|
|SS 120||U.S. History||3|
|SS 130||History of Aviation in America||3|
|SS 140||Introduction to Middle East Mediterranean World||3|
|SS 210||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SS 302||Evolution of Scientific Thought||3|
|SS 310||Personality Development||3|
|SS 311||U.S Military History 1775-1900||3|
|SS 320||Government of the U.S.||3|
|SS 321||U.S. Military History 1900-Present||3|
|SS 322||Modern Russian History||3|
|SS 325||International Studies||3|
|SS 326||Russian-U.S. Relations||3|
|SS 328||History of U.S. Intelligence||3|
|SS 331||Current Issues in America||3|
|SS 333||U.S. - Asian Relations||3|
|SS 334||Contemporary Africa and the World||3|
|SS 336||The Modern Middle East in World Affairs||3|
|SS 337||Globalization and World Politics||3|
|SS 340||U.S. Foreign Policy||3|
|SS 353||Early U.S. Diplomacy||3|
|SS 363||Inter-American Relations||3|
|SS 399/499||Special Topics in Social Science||6|