Student Information on General Education

General education courses ask students to explore specific domains of knowledge utilizing a variety of skills and approaches with the goal of personal and professional growth. The courses that cross multiple disciplines and categories of study offer students the time and space to explore, connect, and prepare for the opportunities and challenges within their major.

The UTC faculty believe that the general education curriculum can expand students' fundamental knowledge, abilities, and aesthetic sensibilities, leading to more enriched lives and a more comprehensive view of our global world.

Through study in rhetoric and composition, the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, the behavioral and social sciences, non-Western culture, the humanities, and the fine arts, graduates of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be able to:

  • Express a broad knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world;
  • Think critically, analytically, and reflectively;
  • Employ qualitative and quantitative information to define and defend viewpoints, solve problems, and to make informed decisions;
  • Communicate effectively, especially in speech and in writing; and collaborate on common tasks; and
  • Synthesize information and concepts across general and specific disciplinary studies, demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and situations.

This general education curriculum is effective Fall 2014.  The categories of study are as listed below.


NOTE:  Courses may qualify for more than one category.

Number of credit hours required
Rhetoric and Writing

6 credit hours

The Fine Arts and Humanities

12 credit hours total from the following sub-categories

Historical Understanding (3 credit hours)
Literature (3 credit hours)
Thought, Values & Beliefs (3 credit hours)
Visual & Performing Arts (3 credit hours)
The Natural Sciences 7-8 credit hours (including a minimum of at least 1 lab course)
Behavioral and Social Sciences 6 credit hours
Mathematics 3 credit hours
Statistics 3 credit hours
Non-Western Culture
3 credit hours
TOTAL 40-41 credit hours


For past general education requirements, see the appropriate catalog.