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General Education Program (GEP) Overview

The University of Central Florida has a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, with one of its stated strategic goals being to offer the highest quality undergraduate education available in Florida. The General Education Program (GEP) is a central element of that commitment, and we continually review and renew it to ensure a focus and foundation that is relevant for 21st century students.

The core-curriculum general education program is structured on five Foundations:

Communications Foundations (9 credit hours)
Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 credit hours)
Mathematics Foundations (6 hours)
  1. Demonstrate the skills needed to solve quantitative problems including choosing the proper technique and/or technology.
  2. Be able to solve real-world quantitative problems.
  3. Demonstrate qualitative understanding of mathematical, statistical, and computing concepts.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential computing concepts common to academic degrees and their related professions.
  5. Demonstrate essential computing skills common to academic degrees and their related professions. In particular, skills relating to professional use of computers and application software.
Science Foundations (6 hours)
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of science as an empirical attempt to acquire information about the real world, develop possible explanations of these phenomena, and test the explanations by predicting the outcome of future observations.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to assess the extent to which claims presented as "scientific" satisfy the empirical character of scientific explanations.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of scientific knowledge and problem solving in a physical or life science.
Social Foundations (6 hours)
  1. Be able to gather and synthesize information from appropriate resources, and be able to evaluate information and sources for accuracy and credibility.
  2. Understand how an individual's place in the world is affected by social, economic, and political institutions.
  3. Gain a deeper appreciation of one's role and potential impact in social, economic, and political institutions.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction among social, economic, and political structures and functions.
  5. Understand how individuals behave and interact with other individuals in their psychological, political, economic and social environments.

Details for GEP course optionscan be found here.

The basic foundations of UCF's General Education Program must be met and include courses in a variety of study areas. Undergraduate students who have not completed requirements for the Associate of Arts degree and who desire to transfer to another Florida public university can have their transcripts indicate "General Education Requirements Met" upon written request, if they have completed UCF's GEP requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or better. UCF will accept a similar statement on transcripts received from Florida public community colleges and universities in lieu of completion of the University's General Education Program. Students enrolled in courses that use the "NC" grade must earn a grade of "C-" (1.75) or better.