General Education Requirements
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recognizes the importance of communications and quantitative skills in all areas of aviation. Successful pilots, airport managers, aviation maintenance technicians, and other aviation professionals must possess these skills to perform their jobs effectively.
Recognizing its general and special missions in education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 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. These include the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics. The program also helps students recognize interrelationships between 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.
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's degrees must complete course work in the following areas.
I. 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.
II. Mathematics, 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 skills assessment or course completion. The other three credit hours must be completed by taking a course that has college algebra as a prerequisite.
III. 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.
IV. Physical and Life Sciences, 6 hours
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.
V. Humanities, 3-6 hours at lower level, *3 hours at 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.
VI. Social Sciences and Economics, 3-6 hours at lower level, *3 hours at 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, and 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 this skill set, 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 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 and 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.
The student will be able to work effectively with others on diverse teams to produce quality written documents, oral presentations and/or meaningful projects. The student will assist in organizing others to accomplish a shared task, contribute actively to a group, and work to resolve any conflicts that occur.