Core Curriculum

State law requires that all University of Houston-Victoria students complete a general education Core Curriculum of 42 semester credit hours that serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. UH-Victoria’s 42-hour core curriculum is based on a series of basic intellectual competencies--reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and computer literacy—that are essential to the learning process in any discipline. The University’s Core Curriculum requirements are described in the sections that follow. These requirements must be met by every student pursuing a baccalaureate degree program at UH-Victoria, regardless of his or her major.

NOTE: SCH = Semester Credit Hours

Core Curriculum for Students First Entering College in Fall 1999 – Summer 2014

Components, Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

  • 010 – Communication, 6 SCH
  • 020 – Mathematics, 3 SCH
  • 030 – Natural Sciences, 6 SCH
  • 040 – Humanities, 3 SCH
  • 050 – Visual/Performing Arts, 3 SCH
  • 060 – History, 6 SCH
  • 070 – Political Science, 6 SCH
  • 080 – Social/Behavioral Science, 3 SCH
  • 090 – Institutionally Designated Option, 6 SCH

Fall 1999 – Summer 2014 Core courses presently offered

10 Communications (2 courses)

  • ENGL 1301: English Comp I, 3 SCH
  • ENGL 1302: English Comp II, 3 SCH

20 Mathematics (1 course)

  • MATH 1314: College Algebra, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1324: Finite Mathematics, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1325: Business Calculus, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2312: Pre-Calculus, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2413: Calculus I, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2414: Calculus II, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2415: Calculus III, 3 SCH

30 Natural Sciences (2 courses) Note: Some degree plans require lab course.

  • BIOL 1306/1406: General Biology I, 3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)
  • BIOL 1307/1407: General Biology II, 3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)
  • BIOL 1309/1409: Life on Earth, 3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)
  • BIOL1322: Nutrition, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 2306/2406: The Living Planet, 3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)

40 Literature, Philosophy, modern or classical language/literature and cultural studies (1 course)

  • ENGL 2332: World Literature I, 3 SCH
  • PHIL 1301: Intro to Western Philosophy, 3 SCH
  • PHIL 1303: Reasoning and Critical Thinking, 3 SCH

50 Visual and Performing Arts (1 course)

  • DRAM 2366: Intro to Cinema, 3 SCH
  • COMM 1335: Intro to Radio & TV, 3 SCH

60 United States History (2 courses)

  • HIST 1301: US History I, 3 SCH
  • HIST 1302: US History II, 3 SCH

70 Political Science (2 courses)

  • PSCI 2305: United States Government, 3 SCH
  • PSCI 2306: Texas State and Local Government, 3 SCH

80 Social/Behavioral Science (1 course)

  • PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology, 3 SCH
  • CRIJ 1301: Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 SCH

90 Additional hours/University Designated Core (2 courses)

  • SPCH 1315: Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 SCH
  • COSC 1301: Technology and Problem Solving, 3 SCH

Core Curriculum for Students First Entering College in Fall 2014 or after

  • 010 – Communication, 6 SCH
  • 020 – Mathematics, 3 SCH
  • 030 – Life and Physical Sciences, 6 SCH
  • 040 – Language, Philosophy and Culture, 3 SCH
  • 050 – Creative Arts, 3 SCH
  • 060 – American History, 6 SCH
  • 070 – Government/Political Sciences, 6 SCH
  • 080 – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 3 SCH
  • 090 – Institutionally Designated Option, 6 SCH

10 Communications (2 courses)

  • ENGL 1301: English Comp I, 3 SCH
  • ENGL 1302: English Comp II, 3 SCH

20 Mathematics (1 course)

  • MATH 1314: College Algebra, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1324: Finite Mathematics, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1325: Business Calculus, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2312: Pre-Calculus, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2413: Calculus I, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2414: Calculus II, 3 SCH
  • MATH 2415: Calculus III, 3 SCH

30 Life and Physical Sciences (2 courses) Note: Some degree plans require lab course.

  • BIOL 1306: Biology I for Science Majors, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 1307: Biology II for Science Majors, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 1308: Biology I for Non-Science Majors, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 1309: Biology II for Non-Science Majors, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 1322: Human Nutrition, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 2306: The Living Planet, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 2406: The Living Planet, 4 SCH
  • PHYS 1401: College Physics I Mechanics, 4 SCH
  • PHYS 1402: College Physics II, 4 SCH

40 Language, Philosophy and Culture ((1 course)

  • ENGL 2332: World Literature I, 3 SCH
  • PHIL 1301: Intro to Western Philosophy, 3 SCH
  • PHIL 1303: Reasoning and Critical Thinking, 3 SCH

50 Creative Arts (1 course)

  • ARTS 1312: Creativity and the Fine Arts, 3 SCH
  • COMM 1335: Introduction to Cinema, 3 SCH
  • DRAM 2366: Intro to Radio & Television, 3 SCH

60 American History (2 courses)

  • HIST 1301: U.S. History I, 3 SCH
  • HIST 1302: U.S. History II, 3 SCH

70 Government/Political Science (2 courses)

  • PSCI 2305: U.S. Government, 3 SCH
  • PSCI 2306: Texas State and Local Government, 3 SCH

80 Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 course)

  • ANTH 2346: General Anthropology, 3 SCH
  • CRIJ 1301: Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 SCH
  • ECON 2301: Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 SCH
  • ECON 2302: Principles of Economics-Micro, 3 SCH
  • GEOG 1300: Principles of Geography, 3 SCH
  • PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology, 3 SCH

90 Component Area Option (2 courses)

  • COSC 1301: Technology and Problem Solving, 3 SCH
  • SPCH 1315: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, 3 SCH