Undergraduate Core Requirements for Graduation

Grambling State University General Education Course Requirements:

The Board of Regents Requirements


First Year Experience (FYE 101 & 102)


Health or Physical Education (activity)


Computer Literacy (CS 107)





Bachelor Degrees

The Board of Regents has designated both REQUIRED and SUGGESTED coursework in general education for baccalaureate degrees, and has urged all public colleges and universities to prominently display them in their respective catalogs, brochures, and other publications.

Students who complete the Regent’s SUGGESTED coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) shall be awarded the Certificate of Excellence.


Board of Regents General Education Course Requirements:





Natural Sciences




Fine Arts


Social Sciences





General Education Program

Through the General Education Program the University strives to achieve goals that complement and support its mission. Broadly, the program seeks to prepare graduates for lives of learning. On a more focused level the program seeks to prepare students for the study of a major academic discipline. The faculty believes that it is the responsibility of the University to produce graduates who will contribute to the advancement of civilization. Therefore, the faculty seeks in the General Education Program to provide students with a foundation of intellectual skills and knowledge to enable them to lead productive and ethical lives. The program aims to enable students to think critically, to analyze information, and use it to make logical decisions.

The General Education Program seeks to have students understand and appreciate the best of what humanity has created and produced the aesthetic and intellectual accomplishments.

The General Education Program is buttressed by four goals which the University aims to achieve for all students who matriculate as undergraduates. The General Education Program strives to:

  1. Provide students with a foundation for learning and for intellectual growth in an academic discipline;
  2. Prepare students for successful lives in an increasingly technical, dynamic, and complex society;
  3. Raise the intellectual aims and aspirations of students; and
  4. Develop in student’s high ethical standards, and a responsibility for the quality of life on earth.

These goals are pursued through a set of learning outcomes or objectives. The level of mastery of a given learning outcome is determined by the evaluation metrics. The learning outcomes and evaluation metrics provide a rationale for the courses and experiences that constitute the curriculum of the General Education Program.


General Education Curriculum 

English, ENG 101 & 102


Mathematics, MATH 131 & 132, or 147 & 148, or 153 & 154


Natural Science*, PHYS 153/154, PHYS 109/110, SCI 105/106, CHEM 105/106, CHEM 111/112, CHEM 101, BIOL 103/104, BIOL 113/114


Humanities, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, HIST 104, HIST 201 or HIST 202; and ENG 200, ENG 201, ENG 203, ENG 204, ENG 205, ENG 206, HUM 200, HUM 201, HUM 202, PHIL 201, and/or any 100/200 level foreign language course


Fine Arts, ART 105, ART 210 , ART 215, ART 216, MUS 219
or THEA 100


Social/Behavioral Sciences, ECON 201, SOC 101, SOC 201, PSY 200, PS 201 and/or GEOG 201


First Year Experience, FYE 101 & 102




*Contingent upon department

Another major element of the General Education Program is a service learning requirement. All students must complete 160 hours of service learning that have been approved by the Director of Service Learning.

Some courses in the General Education Program have been designated as service learning courses. These are English 101 & 102, First Year Experience 101 & 102, History 101 & 104, Mathematics 147 & 148, and Social Science 101. A student in one of these courses can earn 20 service learning hours. The maximum number of service learning hours that can be earned this way is 80. The other 80 hours are earned by engaging in projects approved by the Director of Service Learning. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and the Director of Service Learning early in their matriculation about opportunities for service.


The undergraduate curriculum consists of the following elements:

General Education Program

41 hours

Major and Cognate Requirements

60 hours

Free Electives

18 hours


The free electives are limited only by the level of the courses taken:

100 level courses

3 hours

200 level courses

6 hours

300 and 400 level courses

9 hours