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General Education

At Embry-Riddle, we prepare students with a strong foundation of core principles to complement their educational journey. Our fundamental General  Education courses help students refine life skills in communication, critical thinking and reasoning that will support both their academic and professional careers.

The principles taught in these courses elevate students’ ability to conduct meaningful research, work together in diverse and complex teams, and analyze and communicate both scientific and cultural concepts. Students also develop and enhance their understanding of a range of topics, including economics, history, information technology, psychology, physical sciences and much more.

As they progress into their degree courses and eventually the workplace, students will be challenged to apply these important concepts in unlimited ways, such as graduate research, business presentations, and personal and professional decision-making.

Program Overview

Most Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. In some cases, certain degree programs will specify General Education requirements for completion. Make sure to consult a First Year Program or academic advisor for specific program information.

Typically, the General Education program consists of the following:

  • Communication (9 Hours)                                  
  • Lower-Level Humanities (3-6 Hours)
  • Lower-Level Social Sciences (3-6 Hours)    
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Sciences Elective (3 Hours)
  • Computer Science/Information Technology (3 Hours)
  • Mathematics (6 Hours)
  • Physical Sciences (6 Hours)

View the 2017-2018 General Education Courses:

General Education Competencies

Students will synthesize and apply knowledge in order to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

  • Apply knowledge of college-level mathematics and economic principles for defining and solving problems.
  • Communicate ideas to technical and non-technical audiences through either effectively constructed documents and/or in non-written form, such as through oral presentations and visual media.
  • Conduct and report research accurately and in accordance with professional ethics.
  • Identify some of the important results of scientific inquiry in the physical and natural sciences, and use mathematical information in critical thinking and decision-making processes.
  • Use technology to organize and manipulate information to communicate ideas and concepts.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the values communicated through the humanities, describe some of the historical and contemporary issues that affect societies, and recognize the complexity of human experience from a variety of perspectives, for example, cultural, aesthetic, social, technological, scientific, psychological, philosophical, and historical.

Students will, through mathematical proficiency and analysis, demonstrate the use of digitally enabled technology in order to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated mathematical and/or economic problems.

  • Apply knowledge of college-level mathematics and economic principles for defining and solving problems.

Students will conduct meaningful research, including gathering information from primary and secondary sources as well as incorporating and documenting source material in their writing.

  • Communicate ideas to technical and non-technical audiences through either effectively constructed documents and/or in non-written form, such as through oral presentations and visual media.
  • Conduct and report research accurately and in accordance with professional ethics.
  • Use technology to organize and manipulate information to communicate ideas and concepts.

Students will communicate concepts in written, digital, and oral forms for technical and/or non-technical audiences.

  • Communicate ideas to technical and non-technical audiences through either effectively constructed documents and/or in non-written form, such as through oral presentations and visual media.
  • Use technology to organize and manipulate information to communicate ideas and concepts.

Students will analyze scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its inhabitants.

  • Conduct and report research accurately and in accordance with professional ethics.
  • Identify some of the important results of scientific inquiry in the physical and natural sciences, and use mathematical information in critical thinking and decision-making processes.

Students will analyze historical events, cultures, cultural artifacts, social issues, and/or philosophical concepts.

  • Conduct and report research accurately and in accordance with professional ethics.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the values communicated through the humanities, describe some of the historical and contemporary issues that affect societies, and recognize the complexity of human experience from a variety of perspectives, for example, cultural, aesthetic, social, technological, scientific, psychological, philosophical, and historical.
The student will be able to work effectively with others on diverse teams to produce quality written documents, oral presentations and/or meaningful projects. The student will assist in organizing others to accomplish a shared task, contribute actively to a group, and work to resolve any conflicts that occur.

Campus Assessments

Contact Us

To learn more about Embry-Riddle’s General Education program, contact Dr. Stephen G. Craft, University General Education Program Coordinator, at 386-226-6648 or crafts@erau.edu.