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General Education Committee


  1. General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education requirements and the major, minor, and program emphases. No more than two courses from any given department may be double counted in a curriculum. 

  2. Departments or colleges may preclude their students from double counting general education courses. 

  3. Department or college requirements for graduation may exceed the minimum general education requirements. 

  4. Except for courses that meet the cultural diversity or global perspectives requirements, no course can fulfill the requirements for more than one general education category. 

  5. General education requirements can be met through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), department examinations, the Advanced Placement Program (AP) of the College Entrance Examination Board, or equivalents. A student who passes the CLEP examinations in both the physical and biological sciences shall be considered to have fulfilled the laboratory requirement. 

  6. General education requirements can be met by successful completion of a course for which an approved general education course in the same department is a prerequisite or by successful completion of an advanced course in the same department with comparable course content. revised 12-9-2002
  7. No general education course may be taken for graduate credit. 

  8. Except for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis, no courses taken to meet the general education requirements may be taken for pass/fail grades. 

  9. The general education minimum requirements apply to all undergraduate degree programs as well as the professional degree program in pharmacy. 

  10. Transfer students meet NDSU's general education "Writing and Reading I and/or Writing and Reading II" requirement in the Communication category if they have credit in any English course (in composition, composition and literature, or the equivalent) totaling at least 2.67 semester credits per course. Transfer students who have only partially fulfilled general education category requirements by transfer approved courses must complete the requirements in approved courses within the NDSU deficient categories. No category credit requirement may be deficient by more than a partial semester credit. The total for all general education categories must be at least 36 semester credits. 

  11. A student who has completed a general education program consisting of a minimum of 36 credits at an accredited institution and who transfers to NDSU or who pursues a second degree at NDSU is considered to have completed his or her general education requirements at NDSU. 

  12. General education courses at other accredited institutions, which do not have equivalent courses at NDSU, may be accepted in transfer as part of the general education requirements at NDSU. 

  13. All general education course syllabi and course web sites must identify the course as having been approved for meeting General Education requirements and include the general education outcomes for which each course is approved. (see Syllabi Requirements)


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