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2014-15 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-15 NSU Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Education Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

A minimum of 49 hours of academic work in general education are required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.

“The following student learning outcomes are a foundation for richer lives, careers, and citizenship. Institutions should strive to include each of these outcomes in general education programs:

  1. Appreciating and understanding diverse cultures and heritages
  2. Mastering multiple modes of inquiry, reasoning, and critical thinking
  3. Effectively analyzing and communicating information
  4. Recognizing the importance of creativity and values to the human spirit
  5. Understanding relationships within nature and science
  6. Developing responsible, ethical, and engaged citizens
  7. Promoting lifelong learning, wellness and personal enrichment
  8. Adapting to a constantly changing global society”

(Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Academic Policy Manual, 3.14.6, General Education Framework)

At Northeastern State University, students demonstrate that they have achieved these general education learning outcomes by successfully completing the designated assessments found in the General Education course requirements.


General Education Requirements

Effective Fall 2010, Northeastern State University implemented the following general education curriculum. 

Global Perspectives (6 hours)

Select ONE course each from TWO of the five categories for a total of 6 credit hours, OR take two consecutive courses in the same language in the second language category.

Life Skills (6 hours)

Humanities (6 hours)

2. Fine Arts Appreciation

Choose ONE course from the following:

Natural Sciences (7-9 hours)

At least one course from the biological or physical sciences must include a lab.

1. Biological Sciences (3-4 hours)

2. Physical Sciences (3-5 hours)

Quantitative Analysis (3 hours)

Total Hours = 49-51

Computer Proficiency

Students must demonstrate computer proficiency, which includes the competent use of a variety of software and networking applications.  Students may complete the requirement through one of three options:

  1. Successfully completing a high school computer science course that meets the State Regents’ high school curricular requirements; OR
  2. Satisfying NSU’s computer proficiency assessment; OR
  3. Successfully completing CS/IS 1003 Computers in Modern Society or EDUC 4823 Technology in Education (for Education majors)

Students should complete this requirement in their first 30 hours of course work.