General Education / Core & Major Requirements

Becker College provides a strong liberal arts foundation in a supportive, hands-on learning environment.  Regardless of your chosen field of study, Becker College students graduate as well-rounded global citizens, prepared to take on the challenges that lie ahead in their chosen professions.

Becker College believes that an educated person should possess an understanding of the humanities, social sciences and sciences including mathematics. Consequently, each academic program at the College contains courses in these primary domains of human knowledge; they are referred to as general education courses.

General education courses help assure that students gain a competency in oral and written communications, demonstrate analytical abilities, appreciate artistic endeavor within our culture, display a sensitivity to current ethical and moral issues in our society, and have a commitment to the value of learning throughout their lives.

» Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree
» Requirements for the Associate’s Degree
» College Core Courses

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

These are minimum requirements; individual degree programs may have more extensive requirements in any area.


Written and Oral Communication 9 credits ENGL1001, ENGL1003, and a communications elective

Math 6 credits

Science 7 credits – must include one lab science

Global Awareness and Diversity 3 credits

Humanities and Social Science 15 credits total

Social Science 6 credits must be taken in two different disciplines

Humanities 6 credits must include one history course

Open Humanities and Social Science 3 credits

Technology and Society 3 credits

Health Education 3 credits

Requirements for the Associate’s Degree

These are minimum requirements; individual degree programs may have more extensive requirements in any area.


Written and Oral Communication 6 credits ENGL1001, ENGL1003

Math 3 credits

Science and Technology 6 credits

Humanities and Social Science 6 credits

College Core Courses

All degree programs offered by Becker College include the satisfactory completion of core competencies as identified by the faculty; mathematics and computers.  Freshmen testing determines the student’s readiness to enroll in the mathematics course sequence. Students may be required to enroll in a foundational course as preparation for the mathematics course sequence.  The computers competency is met through the “Technology and Society” course, INFO1001, which is required of all students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs.

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