This course may be taken prior to or during the same term.
In addition to the requirements for the major program of study, students must satisfy the following general University requirements:
All students (except for students holding an A.A. or certification of the completion of general studies requirements from a Florida public university or college) who enter UWF must complete the requirements specified as General Education. The General Education requirements are the basic studies that provide students with a broad educational foundation and are essential requirements for all A.A. and baccalaureate degree programs. Courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The General Education requirements are specified in the distribution as follows:
|General Education Electives|
Choose an additional course from two of the three areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences
An important component of a liberal education is the study of cultures other than one's own. As such, multiculturalism encompasses the appreciation of the values, expressions, and modes of organization of diverse cultural communities. To further such study, the University of West Florida requires all students pursuing a bachelor's degree to complete at least one course that explores one or more of the dimensions of another culture (language, religion, socio-economic structures, etc.). Students are exempt from this requirement if they have completed an A.A. degree, the general education program at a Florida public institution, or a baccalaureate degree.
The requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of a multicultural course designated on the following list. Several of the selections are General Education courses, and students may enroll in these to meet both the General Education and the multicultural requirements.
This list is continually updated and students are encouraged to check with their advisors for alternative options.
To fulfill the writing and mathematics requirement for earning the first baccalaureate degree, students are required to satisfy the Gordon Rule, Florida Statutes by taking six semester hours of English coursework and six semester hours of additional coursework in which students are required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. In addition, six semester hours of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher are required. Students are required to take six semester hours of theoretical math or three semester hours of theoretical math and three semester hours of applied math. Students must have a grade of "C-" or better in the courses to successfully complete this requirement. Courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Students must complete these requirements before advancing to upper-division status. Transfer students should refer to the Transfer Credit section of this catalog. Students should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation of transfer mathematics courses for General Studies requirements, Gordon Rule, and credit for graduation. The following UWF courses are approved for Gordon Rule (some courses may be more or less than 3 sh):
Florida Statutes require that students admitted to a Florida public university meet the foreign language requirement for demonstrating competency in a foreign language. Students who have earned an A.A. from a Florida public community college may be admitted to the University, but must demonstrate competency prior to graduation with a baccalaureate degree. Students completing American Sign Language with passing grades will have satisfied the foreign language admission requirement. The foreign language requirement must be satisfied prior to progression to upper-division status. In addition, each academic department may determine specific language requirements for students and will recommend or require languages and proficiencies according to individual needs, career objectives, and academic programs.
Competency may be demonstrated in the following ways:
Amended policy for Spring 2017
Fall 2016 policy
Undergraduate transfer students are exempt one of the following applies: (1) they received an A.A. from a Florida public college prior to September 1, 1989; or (2) they enrolled in a program of studies leading to an associate degree from a Florida public college prior to August 1, 1989, and complete at least one academic course each twelve-month period beginning with the student's first enrollment in a Florida public college and continuing until the student enrolled at UWF.
Referenced from BOG Policy (BOG 6.002 - Admission of Undergraduate First-Time-in-College, Degree-Seeking Freshman)
Students entering most bachelor’s degree programs at any Florida public institution must successfully complete a set of lower division courses specified as “common prerequisites” for the selected program. The common lower division prerequisites for a given program are listed with other course requirements for that program. The Common Prerequisite Manual at FLVC.org (Florida Virtual Campus) lists the common prerequisites courses and substitutions for each university program. Students are urged to consult their advisors early about choices of majors and to schedule General Education and common prerequisites course work.
Undergraduate students entering one of the state universities of Florida with less than 60 semester hours of credit must earn at least nine semester hours prior to graduation by attendance during one or more summer sessions at one of the state universities. Students may satisfy this requirement through online courses at UWF as well as any other UWF courses. Courses taken within the community college, state college system, or outside of the State University System of Florida cannot be used to satisfy summer hours.