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General-Education Requirements as of Fall 2014

 

These requirements apply to:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, except those indicated *, which must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Additional Guidelines for All Students

While satisfying the requirements in the six general-education areas, all students must take at least one of these three courses:

  • World Cultures (IDIS 301)*
  • Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)*
  • Arts and Ideas (IDIS 304)*

If you DON'T have an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree:

Take at least one designated general-education course from each of these three areas:

  • Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • History or Philosophy

If you have an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree:

and your major is in the College of Public Affairs or Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences:

Take three courses (9 credits) plus the capstone in the major. All other general-education requirements are satisfied by the associate degree.

  • World Cultures (IDIS 301)*, Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)* OR Arts and Ideas (IDIS 304)*
  • Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300)*
  • any additional 300-level general-education course

and your major is in the Merrick School of Business:

Take these two courses (6 credits) plus the capstone in the major. All other general-education requirements are satisfied by the associate degree.

  • Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)*
  • Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300)*

Students who hold an Associate of Applied Science degree will have their previous coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated. See a list of courses that fulfill these requirements.

Quantitative and Qualitative Thinking
(13 credits)

Complete four courses.

  • Natural Science (non-lab)
  • Natural Science (with lab, 4 credits)
  • Mathematics
  • Social or Behavioral Science 1

Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning
(6 credits)

Complete two courses.

  • Sophomore Seminar: Intellectual Transitions (UNIV 201/202/203)
    Students entering with 45 or more credits may substitute another general-education course.
  • Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)*

Communication (9 credits)

Complete three courses.

  • College Composition (WRIT 101)
  • Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300)*
  • Oral Communication (CMAT 201 or CMAT 303)

Global and Intercultural Knowledge
(6 credits)

Complete two courses.

  • Social or Behavioral Science 2
  • One course from among these four areas:
    • World Cultures*
    • Literature
    • History/Philosophy
    • Fine Arts

Humanistic and Aesthetic Thinking
(6 credits)

Complete two courses from any two of these areas, both at the 200 level or above:

  • Arts and Ideas*
  • Literature
  • History or Philosophy
  • Fine Arts

Personal and Professional Skills (3 credits)

  • First-Year Seminar (UNIV 101)*
    Students entering with 24 or more credits may substitute three credits of general education, which must be INSS 300 for business majors.