Policy No. 2:01:00:00
SUBJECT: General Education Requirements and Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the State University and Community College System of Tennessee (hereafter identified as the Tennessee Board of Regents System) will subscribe to common general education requirements at the lower-division. These requirements consist of forty-one (41) semester hours in the following subject categories and are required for completion of the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and all baccalaureate degrees.
Communication 9 semester hours*
Humanities and/or Fine Arts 9 semester hours (One course must be in literature.)
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 semester hours
History 6 semester hours**
Natural Sciences 8 semester hours
Mathematics 3 semester hours
Total 41 semester hours
Courses specified as meeting general education requirements are published in the catalog of each institution and may be viewed on the web site of the Tennessee Board of Regents (www.tbr.state.tn.us).
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of two years of college-level work. Students pursuing an Associate of Arts degree shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one year of college-level work.
*Six (6) semester hours of English composition and three (3) semester hours in English oral presentational communication are required.
**Six (6) semester hours of American History are required at universities and a six-semester hour history sequence is required at community colleges. Community college advisors should recommend that students select history courses in accordance with the requirements of the college or university to which they plan to transfer. If the student plans to transfer to a university within the Tennessee Board of Regents System, American History should be taken. Three (3) semester hours of Tennessee History may substitute for three (3) semester hours of American History.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Provisions
All baccalaureate degrees offered by institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System shall require a maximum of 120 semester hours except in certain degree programs in which approval to exceed the maximum has been granted. The programs approved as exceptions to the maximum are identified in institutional catalogs
All associate degrees shall require a maximum of 60 semester hours except in certain degree programs in which approval to exceed the maximum has been granted. The programs approved as exceptions to the maximum are identified in institutional catalogs
Credit hours earned in remedial or developmental courses are institutional credit; they are not applicable to credit hours required for any certificate, associate, or baccalaureate degree.
College courses that are taken as electives to address course deficiencies in high school preparation and that are taken to meet minimum admission requirements effective fall 1989 may not be used to satisfy degree requirements specified above.
Transfer Provisions of General Education Courses
1. Students who complete the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and transfer to a university within the Tennessee Board of Regents System will have satisfied all lower-division general education requirements.
2. Students who complete blocks of subject categories will have satisfied the general education requirements for the categories of note. For example, if the eight (8) semester hours of natural sciences are completed, then this block of the general education requirement is fulfilled upon transfer to an institution within the Tennessee Board of Regents System. When a subject category is incomplete, a course by-course evaluation will be conducted, and the student will be subject to specific requirements of the receiving institution.
3. Institutional/departmental requirements of the grade of "C" will be honored. If credit is granted for a course with the grade of "D," any specific requirements for the grade of "C" by the receiving institution will be enforced.
4. In certain majors, specific courses must also be taken in general education. It is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must be fulfilled under lower-division general education. In cases where specific courses are required as a part of general education for certain majors, the student is responsible for enrolling in the correct courses. Failure to fulfill specific major requirements in lower-division general education may result in the need to complete additional courses.
General Education Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is not designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs; however, a general education component is required. The following distribution of general education courses is required for the A.A.S. degree in all community colleges within the Tennessee Board of Regents System.
English Composition 3 semester hours
*Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 semester hours
*Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 semester hours
*Natural Science/Mathematics 3 semester hours
*One additional course from the categories of Communication, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, or Natural Science/Mathematics 3-4 semester hours
Total 15-17 semester hours
*Specific courses satisfying these requirements must be the same courses that satisfy the general education requirement for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or baccalaureate degrees.
Source: TBR Meetings, June 25, 1976; June 25, 1982; March 20, 1987; June 24, 1988; December 5, 1997; June 29, 2004; September 24, 2004