General Education/BoK Semesters

Semester General Education Requirements For All Engineering, Technology & Computer Science Students Graduating after summer 2012 (12U)

(Where the Computer Science credit hours differ from those of Engineering & Technology programs, the CS credit hours are shown in square brackets.)

To satisfy the General Education Breadth of Knowledge (BoK) requirements of the University as well as the spirit of the traditional Humanities and Social Science requirements mandated by ABET, you must choose your BoK courses with all of the following constraints applied:

  1. You must take at least 2 BoK courses, either quarter-based or semester-based, one each in 2 of the following 4 areas:
    • Fine Arts (FA)
    • Historical Perspectives (HP)
    • Humanities & Literature (HU)
    • Social Sciences (SS)
  2. You must take at least 2 BoK courses, either quarter-based or semester-based, one in each of the following areas:
    • Diversity & Culture (DC)
    • Social & Ethical Issues (SE)
  3. The above courses must total at least 12 [18 for CS] equivalent semester credits. Note that 3 quarter credits = 2 equivalent semester credits. All of these credits must come only from the categories of FA, HP, HU, SS, DC and SE.
  4. No courses required specifically on your Curriculum Check Sheet may be counted in the 12 [18 for CS] semester credits of Gen Ed BoK courses unless so indicated on that sheet.

Your Curriculum Check Sheet for your program contains course slots listed as BoK. Those slots are to be filled using the courses described above. The BoK area is listed online for each course at “” under the heading “My Classes view class offerings”.

Some BoK courses have fewer than 3 semester credits and must be combined with related or sequential courses for a total of at least 3 semester credits to receive a BoK course credit in a given area. For example ENSM 2071 and ENSM 2073 may be taken for 1 semester credit each, multiple times, to accumulate 3 semester credits of Fine Arts (FA).

Courses taken under the quarter system are applicable to satisfy one of the above areas if the course is at least 3 quarter credits, but there must still be a total of 12 [18 for CS] equivalent semester credits earned in categories I & II combined.

The remaining requirements of the Gen Ed program are automatically met by the requirements of your CEAS program and therefore are not discussed here.