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General education requirements

The general education program for VCU Life Sciences is designed to further the university’s commitment to a core academic experience common to all of its students while providing a solid foundation for those students seeking a 21st-century life sciences education. This general education program meets the goals and competencies of the VCU Core Curriculum, actively engaging students in a learning-centered program that helps them to make better sense of their learning by providing a core of shared academic experiences. The Core Curriculum provides students with opportunities to improve oral and written communication skills, to develop critical thinking abilities, to experience working on collaborative projects, to attain information fluency, to achieve quantitative literacy and to understand ethical perspectives and civic responsibilities in the 21st century. Moreover, the VCU Life Sciences general education program enhances the university core curriculum with courses that provide the competencies necessary for a future in the dynamic and global fields of the life sciences.

The VCU Life Sciences general education program totals 27 to 39 credit hours within the following major divisions:

Foundational courses: 12 credit hours

LFSC 301 Integrated Life Sciences Research
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II
Approved research and academic writing course (university core)

Quantitative literacy: 3-7 credit hours

MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics, by credit or placement
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics or STAT 212 Concepts of Statistics

Core competency courses: 9 credit hours

One course chosen from each of the following categories of university-approved core courses (see university core lists):

Humanities/fine arts
Social/behavioral sciences
Natural/physical sciences

Global literacy: 0-8 credit hours

Completion of a foreign language through the 102 level or an equivalent course or by placement

Capstone experience: 3 credit hours

An approved course integrating the core curriculum program with the student’s major


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