General Education

General Education/Core Curriculum Introduction

Embry-Riddle embraces a competency-based, program-specific general education or core curricula scaffolded throughout each program. Program chairs take great care in assuring that the general education core recommendations enhance and expand a student’s educational experience with relevance to their desired profession. The core curriculum ensures that students achieve competency in attributes expected of all University graduates, while acquiring a broad range of knowledge that helps to make them profession ready upon graduation.

University General Education Competencies

As a competency-based program, each course in the general education core assesses acquired skills in the following areas:

Collaborative Learning

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.


Students will communicate concepts in written, digital, and oral forms for technical and/or non-technical audiences.

Critical Thinking

Students will synthesize and apply knowledge in order to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

Cultural Literacy

Students will analyze historical events, cultures, cultural artifacts, social issues, and/or philosophical concepts.

Information Literacy

Students will conduct meaningful research, including gathering information from primary and secondary sources as well as incorporating and documenting source material in their writing.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will, through mathematical proficiency and analysis, demonstrate the use of digitally enabled technology in order to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated mathematical and/or economic problems.

Scientific Literacy

Students will analyze scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its inhabitants.

As a result of study in the core curriculum, students will graduate with a set of competencies providing the basis for success in life, on the job, or in graduate school.

General Education/Core Curriculum Requirements (36 credit hours minimum)

Given that program-specific general education or core curricula are scaffolded throughout each program, students must refer to their program flow-chart to understand the recommendations of the faculty in their program. Overall, the credit requirements are as follows:

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills9
Computer Literacy3
Humanities (Lower Level)3
Humanities or Social Science (Lower Level)3
Humanities or Social Science (Upper Level)3
Social Science, Psychology, or Economics (Lower Level)3
Physical and Life Science (one lab required)6
Total Credits36