The general education program must be completed by every student seeking a baccalaureate degree before graduation and includes the following:
3 courses, as listed below (at least 9 hours)
Fine Arts and Humanities
At least 3 courses (at least 9 hours) from the courses listed below, including ENGL 203 and at least 1 course from a different discipline.
1 course from the biological sciences and 1 course from chemistry or physical science (at least 7-9 hours; at least 1 course must have a lab).
Chemistry or Physical Science
One course from the following (at least 3 hours)
† Must satisfy prerequisite or test before entering
Technology and Information Literacy
One course from the following (at least 3 hours) §
§ For transfer credit to be equated to this course the transfer course must have been completed within seven (7) years prior to initial registration at Missouri Baptist University. Former MBU students who are readmitting into the University must also have completed BCIS 103 , EDUC 373 , or an equivalent course within seven (7) years prior to the first semester of returning registration.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
4 courses from at least two of the following disciplines as listed below, including U.S. & MO Constitution course: (at least 12 hours)
Total Hours of General Education: At Least 42
1 Must complete an English composition course that includes the writing of a research paper. Students transferring in a course equivalent to ENGL 123 without a course equivalent to ENGL 113 may satisfy the remaining 3 hours needed to fulfill the Communication Skills general education requirement by completing ENGL 113 or choosing one course from the electives for the Writing Certificate in English.
2 For non-music majors; music majors and minors must complete Music History I and II, which will satisfy six of the nine hours required. Students seeking certification through the Bachelor of Music Education degree must complete Introduction of Music Technology in addition to Music History I, II, and III, which will satisfy the nine hours required.
3 Christian Ministry majors must complete at least two courses in Philosophy, one at the 200-level.
4 Any upper-division Philosophy or IDST 313 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology may be substituted for a second Philosophy course if an introductory course in Philosophy or Logic has been completed. IDST 313 is required for Unified Science majors and is recommended for those seeking middle school science certification. CPHI 203 is the preferred humanities course for students in the Teacher Education Program. CPHI 433/533 is recommended for those seeking middle school or secondary certification in Social Sciences.
5 Courses which will be accepted in transfer as equivalent Humanities background to satisfy this requirement include: Humanities I, II, III, or IV or any course carrying a departmental prefix of Humanities. Courses in literature, foreign language, or religion will not be accepted to satisfy general education requirements as these satisfy specific baccalaureate degree requirements. Courses which will be accepted in transfer as equivalent Fine Arts background include courses such as Dance Appreciation. Applied art, music, or ensemble/performance courses will not satisfy the Fine Arts general education requirements.
6 For students not majoring in the Natural Sciences or Health and Sport Sciences; students with majors or minors in Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Health Education, Health Sciences, Healthcare Management, Physical Education, Mathematics, Middle Childhood Education, or Unified Science should consult the major requirements as listed in the catalog for the appropriate courses for their degree and field of study.
7 This course includes a component covering the real number system and is recommended for Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors.
8 Students seeking teacher certification must take PSYC 133 General Psychology . Students pursuing certification in Middle School or Secondary Social Sciences must complete ECON 103 Survey of Economics for Non-Business Majors . School of Business majors must complete ECON 113 Macroeconomics and ECON 123 Microeconomics .
9 Students seeking Early Childhood or Elementary certification must complete ECON 103 to satisfy BSE requirements.
10 COMM 233 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication is a preferred Fine Arts general education course for all teacher certification programs except middle or secondary Social Sciences, Unified Science, and middle school science. It is required for middle or secondary Speech/Theater majors.
11Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education degree must complete BOTH PSYC 133 AND EDPS 383 as 6 of the 12 hours required. Students seeking teacher certification in other areas, who have completed PSYC 133 General Psychology , may take EDPS 383 Psychology of Teaching and Learning to satisfy 3 of the remaining 9 hours required.
Students seeking to earn the Associate of Science degree in Business Administration, Pre-Nursing, or Christian Ministry should check the desired area of concentration under Academic Divisions and Major Fields in this catalog for specific general education and degree requirements.
In accordance with guidelines established by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) of the State of Missouri regarding articulation and the transfer of credit, most recently revised in April 2014, Missouri Baptist University grants junior standing to students transferring to the University with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree (earned after October 1987) or an Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree from Missouri and Illinois institutions which are in compliance with CBHE general education requirements. This signifies that the lower division general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at Missouri Baptist University have been satisfied by completion of the A.A. or A.A.T. degree. Students transferring with other than an A.A. or A.A.T. degree, or with an Associate of Arts degree which does not meet the above stipulations, are not automatically granted junior standing, and may be required to take additional general education courses. A student transferring to Missouri Baptist University from a Missouri or Illinois institution who has not completed an A.A. or A.A.T. degree, but who has completed the 42-credit hour General Education curriculum block prescribed by CBHE, shall be deemed to have completed all General Education requirements of Missouri Baptist University. Completion of the 42-hour block must be denoted by the sending institution on the student’s transcript.
Missouri Baptist University also accepts associate degrees from Illinois community colleges which adhere to the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) as fulfilling the lower division general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at MBU.
All students must complete all major and specific degree program and/or certification requirements beyond the general education requirements (see the catalog sections on General Education Requirements and Degree Requirements for additional information).