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    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  Feb 20, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

General Education

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The General Education program at University of the Sciences (USciences) supports the mission of the University and fosters the development of well-rounded college-educated leaders who are lifelong learners prepared to become informed, thoughtful, and meaningful contributors to a multifaceted society.

The General Education curriculum serves as the cornerstone of USciences education by providing a shared learning experience to all students, across all programs and majors. Students will interact, challenge ideas, and gain a deeper appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences of the world and themselves. The General education curriculum is designed to encourage individual avenues for student exploration and growth.

The General Education curriculum is intentionally designed as a blend of knowledge and skills requirements through which students gain understanding of the human experience in its manifold aspects. The knowledge component ensures that all students are exposed to different perspectives and ways of knowing and attain a broad understanding of the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines in the arts and sciences. Such a body of knowledge broadens students’ perspectives of the world and themselves. The skills component of the curriculum strives to prepare students to think critically, ethically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to demonstrate information and technology literacy. Mastering these skills gives USciences graduates a voice in society and the tools necessary to actively participate in an increasingly diverse global community.


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General Education Disciplines

Students must complete a minimum of 41 credits of coursework in general education distributed among the following seven knowledge/discipline areas of the arts and sciences (choose courses from appropriate subject codes):

General Education Discipline Requirements                                                                   



 Choose from subject codes/courses listed below

Natural  Science
(1 semester of lab required)






Communication (Written & Oral)


WR 101, WR 102, CO 101, CO 204

Social Sciences


PS, SO, AN, SS, EC, CO (excluding CO 101 and CO 204), PO




Multidisciplinary Inquiry



Physical Education




General Education Learning Goals 

Knowledge component:

Students who complete the General Education program shall:

  • Demonstrate, interpret and apply knowledge of fundamental concepts, method and content in the major disciplines in the arts and sciences (Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Communication);
  • Understand, apply and integrate knowledge in and across disciplines; and 
  • Recognize the importance of mental, physical and social well-being.

Skills component:

Students who complete the General Education program shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think critically, solve problems, and analyze ethical issues;
  • Identify, access and evaluate sources of information;
  • Use technology effectively and appropriately; and
  • Use the English language to communicate effectively and appropriately to target audiences using a variety of methods and media.



General Education Skill Requirements 

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In addition to the knowledge and elective coursework, students must demonstrate that they have been introduced to a total of 6 skill areas. Students are expected to fulfill their Skills requirements within the context of the forty-one (41) credits taken to meet the Discipline course requirements.  

This requirement is designed to ensure student are prepared to think critically, ethically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to demonstrate information and technology literacy.

Oral Communication and Written Communication are particularly important parts of the general experience. Therefore, students are required to augment the Oral Communication and Written Communication knowledge courses by completing different courses with Applied Oral Communication Skills and Applied Written Communication Skills.

General Education Skill Requirements


Overall Goal


Students will engage in ethical and moral reasoning and act ethically in public, professional, and personal responsibilities.

Information Literacy

Students will identify the need for information and access it, evaluate it, and use it legally and ethically.

Oral Communication

Using standard English, students will communicate in a personally effective and socially appropriate manner.

Reasoning and Problem Solving

Students will recognize, analyze, and propose solutions to problems.


Students will use appropriate technology and understand its impact.

Written Communication

Students will use the English language to write effectively in a variety of contexts.