General Education and Undergraduate Requirements

Basic Skills Requirement

Embry-Riddle recognizes the importance of communication and quantitative skills in all areas of higher education. Successful pilots, engineers, physicists, field agents, airport managers, aviation maintenance technicians, and other 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 basic mathematics skills, students must enroll in a quantitative skills course (e.g. MA 106) designed to help them prepare for 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 an approved English proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS). Students unable to demonstrate such proficiency must enroll in appropriate basic skills courses in their first term at the University.

General Education Introduction

Recognizing its general and special missions in education, Embry-Riddle embraces a general education 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 understand the significance of acquiring a broad range of knowledge.

Throughout 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 including the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and mathematics. The program also helps students recognize interrelationships among the disciplines.

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.

General Education Requirements (36 credit hour minimum)

Embry-Riddle’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 coursework or demonstrate competency in the following areas. The faculty certify all coursework accepted for general education credit as advancing general education objectives. They additionally establish methods for students to demonstrate competency in these areas of study. Because certain degree programs require particular courses in the general education program, refer to the degree requirements section of the catalog before selecting general education courses.

Communication Theory and Skills

9 hours
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.


6 hours
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.

Computer Science/Information Technology

3 hours
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

6 hours
In order to appreciate current understanding 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. All students participate in a laboratory experience.


3-6 hours lower-level
*3 hours 300-400 level
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, aesthetic, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions of the human condition.

Social Sciences and Economics

3-6 hours lower-level
*3 hours 300-400 level
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.


In order to experience advanced studies in either the Humanities or Social Sciences, students must choose at least one upper-level elective in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

University General Education Competencies

While taking General Education required courses, students develop a basic set of General Education skills (i.e., competencies, listed below) based on course learning outcomes. This skill set will be instrumental to student success in upper level courses within their degree program; in these courses students will practice application of these skills, eventually demonstrating mastery before graduation. As a result, students will graduate with a set of General Education competencies that will provide the basis for success in life and on the job. The following are the competencies that all University students will develop, practice, and master in preparation for graduate school or the workplace.

Critical Thinking

The student will apply knowledge at the synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

Quantitative Reasoning

The student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology (including concepts, techniques and tools of computing), mathematics proficiency and analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems.

Information Literacy

The student will conduct meaningful research, including gathering information from primary and secondary traditional or electronic sources and incorporating and documenting source material in his or her writing.


The student will communicate concepts in written, digital and verbal forms to present technical and non-technical information.

Scientific Literacy

The student will be able to analyze scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.

Cultural Literacy

The student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts.