University of Houston-Victoria

Curriculum and Student Achievement

Purpose of the Core Curriculum

At UHV, we believe in promoting an educational environment that places the learner at the center of our efforts.  We believe in the ability of each individual student to explore their worth and potential. We value critical thinking and creative expression while advocating an appreciation of cultural diversity. We believe in a learning environment that is predicated upon strong ethical principles while creating an atmosphere that fosters development of integrity, values, and knowledge.

The primary purpose of the Core Curriculum at UHV is intellectual development. Providing a strong basis for conceptual problem-solving across the curriculum, our core courses facilitate the development of the skills to analyze, interpret, and evaluate information while encouraging questions and independent thinking.  In addition, the core courses broaden and deepen the understanding of our students in terms of interpersonal relationships, diversity, humanities and culture, ethics, and scientific and quantitative reasoning.

At UHV, our Core Curriculum

  • promotes critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, and skills for life-long learning
  • provides students with the intellectual acumen and pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment
  • fosters a learning environment rich in creativity and collaboration, where students, faculty, and staff encourage a culture of excellence
  • provides a stimulating learning environment that utilizes changing technology in order to meet the opportunities of a global economy

We measure the success of our Core Curriculum by our ability to

  • provide a learning-centered environment fostered by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who exhibit excellence in teaching, possess appropriate academic credentials, and have industry-related experience
  • ensure outcomes-based education and curriculum by ongoing communication with students, graduates, employers, and industry professionals
  • prepare students for professional growth in their respective fields
  • maintain a systematic approach to institutional growth and development through assessment and long-range planning while improving processes and operations
  • champion a culture of learning by continuous personal and professional development of students, alumni, and employees

If you are a student and wish to learn more about what courses are required to complete the Core Curriculum, check out the Academic Catalog, under the section of University Degree Requirements.

Faculty who wish to propose new core courses or change an existing course may do so here. Information about core learning outcomes and assessment may be found here.

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

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

10 Communication

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

20 Mathematics 

  • MATH 1314: College Algebra, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1324: Finite Mathematics, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1325: Business Calculus, 3 SCH
  • MATH 1332: Contemporary Mathematics I, 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
  • STAT 1342:   Intro. to Statistical Methods, 3 SCH

30 Life and Physical Sciences *Note: Some degree plans require a 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 2301: Anatomy and Physiology I, 3 SCH
  • BIOL 2302: Anatomy and Physiology II, 3 SCH
  • CHEM 1311: General Inorganic Chemistry I, 3 SCH
  • CHEM 1312: General Inorganic Chemistry II, 3 SCH
  • PHYS 1101: College Physics I Lab-Mechanics,1 SCH
  • PHYS 1102: Physics II Lab-Elecr/Magnetism, 1 SCH
  • PHYS 1301: College Physics I-Mechanics, 3 SCH
  • PHYS 1302: Physics II-Electr/Magnetism, 3 SCH

40 Literature, Philosophy and Culture

  • ENGL 2332: World Literature I, 3 SCH
  • HUMA 1301: Intro to the Humanities I, 3 SCH
  • PHIL 1301: Intro to Western Philosophy, 3 SCH
  • PHIL 1303: Critical Thinking, 3 SCH

50 Creative Arts

  • COMM 1335: Intro to Radio & TV, 3 SCH
  • DRAM 2366: Intro to Cinema, 3 SCH
  • MUSI 1306: Music Appreciation, 3 SCH

60 American History 

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

70 Government/Political Science 

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

80 Social and Behavioral Science 

  • 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
  • TECA 1318: The Well Child, 3 SCH

90 Component Area Option

  • COSC 1301: Technology and Problem Solving, 3 SCH
  • SPCH 1315: Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 SCH
  • SPCH 1321: Business and Professional Communication, 3 SCH