Becton College General Education Requirements Effective Fall 2023

Candidates for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science must complete a minimum of 120 credits of course work, including completion of Becton College’s general education requirements, which requires 42 credits, depending on exemptions. Students must also complete 8 credits of University Requirements.

Programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree require from 30 to 45 credits in an area of concentration. The programs for Bachelor of Science degree require a greater number of credits.

Minors usually consist of 15 credits and are available in most disciplines in Becton College. Becton College also offers interdisciplinary area minors.

In addition to completing the requirements for the Becton College general education requirements and for their majors, students shall complete such additional credits in free electives to meet the minimum requirement of 120 credits.

The Major

Each student must select a major, consisting of group-related courses in an area of specialization, before entering the fifth or sixth semester. The courses in a major must total at least 30 credits including introductory-level courses, but may not total more than 45 in a single discipline for programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A greater degree of specialization is allowed in programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. A 2.0 cumulative grade point ratio in the major and overall is required in the Becton College of Arts and Sciences in order to graduate.

Electives

Students may wish to take introductory courses in their major field of interest before the fifth or sixth semester. Other electives may be chosen from courses offered in any of the undergraduate colleges if prerequisites can be met. Qualified students may request permission to elect graduate courses in their seventh and eighth semesters.

Independent Study

Juniors and seniors may take from 1 to 3 credits each semester in individual intensive study under the direction of a specific faculty member, according to the criteria set forth for such independent study by the department concerned. Consent of the instructor and department chairperson is required

Students may count no more than 12 credits of independent study toward the completion of the minimum requirements of their majors or the minimum requirements for their degrees. Students may elect independent study in any of the discipline offerings of Becton College.

General Education

General Education Requirements – Effective Fall 2023

Becton College requires students to earn a minimum of 120 credits to complete degree requirements. The flexibility of the general education requirements allows students the opportunity to complete a second major and/or minors. Wroxton College courses from appropriate disciplinary areas may be used to fulfill General Education requirements. Students may enroll in any course for which they are qualified. This means that students may take any course that does not have a prerequisite or for which they have met the prerequisite. In addition, courses taken above the required level will meet the lower-level requirement. Requirements waived do not earn credit toward graduation.

General Education Specific Requirements (42 credits)

All approved courses available to meet the requirements listed below are on Degree Audit. Please consult with your advisor about recommended and/or approved options within your Major.

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

Written Communication (6 credits)

This requirement consists of six credits in College Writing (WRIT1002 and WRIT1003). Based on placement exam scores, some students may be required to complete developmental course(s) WRIT 1000 and/or WRIT 1001 (credits earned are placed in the free elective area) to achieve prerequisite skills before enrolling in WRIT 1002. Students who place into honors fulfill the writing requirement through WRIT 1002 and WRIT 1003.

Oral/Professional Communication (3 credits)

Select SPCH 1155 or COMM 2099.

Information & Technological Literacy (3 credits)

Choose one course from

Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Choose one course from

Global and Cultural Understanding (6 credits)

Global Issues (3 credits)

Choose one course from

Cultural Understanding (3 credits)

Choose one course from

Scientific and Quantitative Analysis (7 credits)

Lab Science (4 credits)

Choose one four credit course with a mandatory lab component from the following disciplines Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Environmental Science (ENVR), Marine Biology (MBIO), or Physics (PHYS).

College Math (3 credits) at Metropolitan Campus

Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level. Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper-level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering. Those with placement scores below the standards for these courses must complete courses in prerequisite skills. These are MATH 1000 and/or MATH 1100 (credits placed in the free elective area).

College Math (3 credits) at Florham Campus

Successful completion of MATH 1126, MATH 1128, MATH 1107, or MATH 1203. Those with placement scores below the standards for these three courses must complete courses in prerequisite skills. These are MATH 1000 and/or MATH 1100 (credits placed in the free elective area).

Social and Behavioral Scientific Analysis (6 credits)

Social Science

Take 3 credits from the following disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Communication Studies (COMM), Economics (ECON), Environmental Studies (ENVS), Geography (GEOG), Government and Politics (GOVT), Sociology (SOCI), or Sustainability (SUST).

Behavioral Science

Take 3 credits from the following disciplines: Criminal Justice (CRIM), Criminology (CMLGY), or Psychology (PSYC).

Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities (6 credits)

Creative and Expressive Arts (3 credits)

Choose one course from the following disciplines: Animation (ANIM), Animation Humanities (ANIMH), Art (ART), Art History (ARTH), Graphic Design (CGD), Graphic Design Humanities (CGDH), Cinema Studies (CINE), Creative Writing (CREW), Dance (DAN), Dance Humanities (DANH), Filmmaking (FILM), Music (MUSIC), Music Humanities (MUSIH), Theater (THEA), or Theater Humanities (THEAH). Students in the School of the Arts take SOAC 3001 to satisfy this requirement.

Humanities (3 credits)

Choose one course from the following disciplines: African American Studies (AFAM), English (ENGL) History (HIST),

Humanities (HUMN), Literature (LITS), Philosophy (PHIL), or Religion (RELI).

First Year Seminar courses (2 credits)

1. UNIV 1001 Transitioning to University Life (1 credit)

2. UNIV 1002 Preparing for Professional Life (1 credits\)

Transfer students entering the University with 30 or more credits will be exempted from taking Transitioning to University Life (UNIV 1001). Transfer students entering the University with 45 or more credits will be exempted from taking Preparing for Professional Life (UNIV 1002).