General Education Requirements: Associate’s Degree Guide

Revised 5/18/2016

The general education and degree requirements listed below apply to the Associate of Science (AS) degree. The catalog year corresponds to the year of initial registration at the university as an admitted student. Students who are not enrolled for one year must apply for readmission and follow the corresponding catalog year’s requirements.

Technology and Research

First-semester course

GSTU 210: Desktop Applications
3 credit hours

This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement.

GSTU 106: Introduction To Blended and Online Learning
1 credit hours

An introduction to strategies and skills for succeeding in blended and online learning environments, effectively using a Learning Management System (LMS), successfully navigating educational resources related to enrollment and academic advising, accessing electronic campus resources and other services remotely, and using learning technology to increase student effectiveness in both group and individual settings.

LIBR 211: Information Research Skills
1 credit hours

An introduction to strategies and skills for defining information needs, understanding principles of information organization and retrieval, identifying appropriate library and non-library resources, evaluating information and using it legally and ethically. Knowledge and skills acquired apply to research for classroom purposes and for personal needs. Course must be completed prior to sophomore standing. Required for all bachelor degrees.

ENGL 150: Composition
3 credit hours

Writing course designed to develop students’ abilities to write in a variety of modes for a wide range of purposes.

Communication and Humanities

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Expository Writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice, and audience.

COMM 211: Presentational Speaking
3 credit hours

Principles and practice of effective oral communication. This course focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and informal presentations. Topics include ethics and public speaking, listening, research, analyzing and adapting to audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages, effective use of visual aids, and critically evaluating public address. The course emphasizes informative and persuasive speaking. Designed for students who seek to improve speaking and critical thinking skills.


COMM 220: Business Communication and Writing
3 credit hours

Topics considered in this course include basic principles of effective oral and written communication, a brief survey of standard English grammar and usage, and the forms and styles of business correspondence.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry.
A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

OR higher

Choose one science course:

BIOL 100: Principles of Biology
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to basic scientific terminology, biology, and chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for more rigorous science curriculum. Will not satisfy biology major requirements. General education requirement for non-science majors.

BIOL 102: General Biology
4 credit hours

This course will provide students with an overview of biology from cellular structure to classification of organisms. This course will also introduce basic ecological principles.

BIOL 130: Introduction to Bio-Medical Sciences
3 credit hours

Biology 130 will teach students the basic biological principles of nutrition, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and control of infectious disease as it relates to health and disease in humans.

CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 100. 
A terminal course dealing with fundamentals and basic concepts of chemistry primarily designed for general college students, as well as those in specialized programs such as nursing. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 107: General Chemistry I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 109. 
Development of the modern concepts dealing with the behavior of matter, kinetic theory, atomic theory, chemical bonding and periodic classification. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Held only on Springfield campus and St. Robert campus.

PHYS 100: Earth Science
3 credit hours

The earth in space, its atmosphere, oceans and the development of landforms by geologic agents. The course objective is to develop awareness of the physical processes that have and will shape the earth and of humanity’s effect on these processes.

PHYS 111: Physical Science
3 credit hours

This course is designed to give the non-science major an understanding of the methods and significance of the physical sciences by concentrating on selected topics from physics and astronomy. Three hours lecture/demonstrations per week.

Social Sciences

Choose two social science courses:

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to provide a general theoretical understanding of crime problems in the U.S. The basic sources of crime, the justice machinery and society’s reaction to crime are examined.

ECON 210: Principles of Microeconomics
3 credit hours

An introduction to the theory of markets. The course will examine the determination of product and resource prices; the theory of the firm, the role of competition, the impact of monopoly, externalities and government regulation; international economic relations.

ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
3 credit hours

An introduction to the theories that explain the performance of the overall economy. The course will explore the determination of the level of employment, output and the price level; the monetary and banking systems; problems and policies of economic instability, inflation and growth and principles of economic development; other economic systems.

EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
3 credit hours

This course focuses on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. It is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to be knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, disability and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students will learn about diverse cultures, family structures, roles, immigration and assimiliation experiences of marginalized groups. Students will also learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse and marginalized groups. Additionally, this course will examine the adaptive capabilities and strenghts of these marginalized groups and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective educational settings. The course will assist pre-service teachers in understanding the complex nature and dynamics of social opppression, diversity and social functioning. Students will explore their own personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to effectively interact in education settings with people of diverse backgrounds, in particular, disadvantaged and oppressed persons. Themes include justice, suffering, the role of the government, poverty, and society's response to them. Initiatives and response of both secular and faith-based groups to injustices in the past (e.g. Civil Rights, abolitionism), will be examined.

EMMT 101: Introduction to Emergency Management Principle and Practice
3 credit hours

This course provides students with insight into the profession of emergency management, its history, principles, participants, functions, structure, and future. This course includes concepts related to accreditation of emergency management programs, professional associations, and professional credentials.

GEOG 109: World Regional Geography I
3 credit hours

Introduction to culture, natural resources, and modern geographical problems facing the realms of the Americas, Europe and Southwest Asia/North Africa.

GEOG 110: World Regional Geography II
3 credit hours

Examination of the characteristics and contemporary issues facing the realms of South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific nations.

LDST 101: Foundations of Leadership Studies
3 credit hours

General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.

LEGA 110: Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning
3 credit hours

The survey of law includes extensive study of the judicial branches of government, including the function of judge, jury, plaintiff and defendant. The course also looks at substantive law, and provides an introduction to the process of applying legal rules to specific factual situations.

MGMT 103: Business Foundations
3 credit hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of business enterprise and economics. Introduction to the functions of a business organization. Basic research methods, written and oral reports, discussion of current business, and economic developments. Global business awareness.

PADM 101: Introduction to Public Administration
3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of public administration in the American system of government, apply management and organizational theory to the public setting, and illustrate the work life of a public administrator through simulations and case studies. The course will examine the foundations, organization, ethics, financing and management of this administrative responsibility. Students of the course will be required to attend various meetings in their community associated with public administration.

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
3 credit hours

Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

Major Requirements

See academic catalog


Electives may be required if the gen-ed and major requirements do not add up to 62 hours.

Other Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 62 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • The final 15 credit hours must be taken at Drury.