General Education Requirements

APU’s General Education requirements include Skills and University Requirements and six Integrative Core Requirements. All of these requirements must be met by approved classes.

All courses approved to satisfy General Education requirements are identified in the class schedule and are included on the list of approved General Education courses. This list is found in One Stop | Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center and in the Office of Academic Advising and Retention. Additional courses may be approved in the future. Students are encouraged to take their General Education courses throughout all their years at APU.

Even though students work closely with a faculty advisor in determining their General Education requirements, the responsibility for fulfilling these requirements is solely that of the student. For further information, please see One Stop | Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center and/or the Office of Academic Advising.

All students are required to access their Web-based Advisement Report (through home.apu.edu) for information regarding their major and General Education requirements and fulfillment of these requirements. Any questions about the application of transfer classes for course requirements should be directed to One Stop | Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center.

Special Note: Allied health, biology, biochemistry, and nursing majors are not required to take health education.

Special Note: Bachelor of Music majors are not required to take health education, Fitness for Life, foreign language, math, or the Aesthetics Core. This statement does NOT apply to Bachelor of Arts music majors.

Skills and University Requirements

ENGL 110Freshman Writing Seminar (required first year) 13
COMM 111Public Communication3
LDRS 100Beginnings: Personal Development and the College Experience (required first semester)1
PE XXXFitness for Life or Varsity Sport (concurrent enrollment with PE 240) 21
PE 240Health Education (concurrent enrollment with Fitness for Life)2
Select one of the following: 33
College Algebra
Analytical Inquiry
Contemporary Mathematics
Introduction to Statistics
1

Placement into the above math and English courses is determined by transfer work, SAT/ACT scores, or diagnostic exams. Scoring below the minimum proficiency on any or all of these exams will result in required enrollment in ENGL 99, ENGL 100, and/or the appropriate prerequisite math course(s).

2

Note: THTR 121 also fulfills the Fitness for Life requirement, as does PE 315.

3

It is strongly recommended that the math requirement be completed by the beginning of the student’s junior year.

GENERAL EDUCATION ENGLISH REQUIREMENT:  Freshman Writing Seminar ENGL 110

If your SAT... If your ACT... If your AP... Register for...
------ Eng. Language and Composition score is 3, 4, or 5 ENGL 111 (Intro to Literature)
Critical Reading Score is 480 or higher OR Writing Score is 500 or higherEnglish score is 20 or higher OR Writing Score is 8 or higherEng. Language and Composition score is 1 or 2ENGL 110 Freshman Writing Seminar
Critical Reading Score is 470 or below AND Writing Score is 490 or belowEnglish score is 19 or below AND Writing Score is 7 or belowENGL 100 (Writing)2* Prerequisite to ENGL 110
Critical Reading Score is 470 or belowReading score is 19 or belowENGL 099 (Reading)1
1

Credit hours DO NOT count toward graduation

2

Credit hours count as elective credits toward graduation

APU Course Placement Guidelines

GENERAL EDUCATION MATH REQUIREMENT
MATH 110College Algebra 13
or MATH 115 Analytical Inquiry
or MATH 120 Contemporary Mathematics
or MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
Total Units3
If your SAT math Score is... If your ACT math score is... Register for...
600 or higher26 or higherMath requirement met (MATH 110, 115, 120 or 130 is waived)
540 - 59023-25MATH 110: College Algebra1, MATH 115: Analytical Inquiry, MATH 120: Contemporary Mathematics, OR MATH 130: Intro to Statistics
500 - 53021-22Intermediate Algebra (MATH 095 or MATH 096)2 Prerequisite to MATH 110, 115, 120, or 130
430 – 49018-20Elementary Algebra (MATH 090 or MATH 091)2
420 or lower17 or lowerPre-Algebra (Not offered at APU) Prerequisite to Elementary Algebra
1

To meet the GE Math requirement, MATH 110 College Algebra is only required for students in the following majors: ALL majors in the School of Business and Management, as well as allied health, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, CIS, computer science, liberal studies, math, math/physics, nursing, physics, and psychology major concentrations that list MATH 110 as a prerequisite. All other students could be enrolled in alternative math offerings, such as MATH 115, MATH 120, or MATH 130.  

2

 Credit hours do not count toward graduation

Foreign Language

8 units required

Select one of the following: 18
American Sign Language I
   and American Sign Language II
Elementary Chinese I
   and Elementary Chinese II
Elementary French I
   and Elementary French II
Elementary German I
   and Elementary German II
Self-Directed Language Learning I
   and Self-Directed Language Learning II
Elementary Greek I
   and Elementary Greek II
Elementary Classical Greek I
   and Elementary Classical Greek II
Elementary Hebrew I
   and Elementary Hebrew II
Elementary Japanese I
   and Elementary Japanese II
Elementary Latin I
   and Elementary Latin II
Modern Language I
   and Modern Language II
Elementary Spanish I
   and Elementary Spanish II
Elementary Spanish I for Health Care Professionals
   and Elementary Spanish II for Health Care Professionals
1

Two semesters of the same language are required. Foreign language proficiency may be validated by APU’s Department of Modern Languages’ placement test, AP/CLEP scores, or the FLATS examination (administered at the Learning Enrichment Center). International students are able to fulfill this requirement by enrolling in and successfully passing the TESL 101 and TESL 102 classes.

APU will accept transfer units for the foreign language requirement if those courses qualify for transfer credit and if they constitute a full collegiate academic year of language study. All language transfer courses must entail a minimum of 3 units per semester and be completed at an accredited institution of higher education.

Transferring online language courses may fulfill the required two semesters only when the student successfully completes and passes the Department of Modern Languages’ Transfer Verification Test for the language of study. Transfer Verification Tests must be taken prior to a student’s final semester. Languages available for testing are Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, and American Sign Language.

Correspondence courses do not fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Upper-division Writing Intensive Course

3 units required

Select one of the following:3
History of Modern Art
Research Methods
Ecology
Clinical Research/Practicum in Applied Health
International Business
Business Report Writing
Instrumental Analysis - Theory
   and Instrumental Analysis - Lab
Screenwriting
Nonfiction Writing for Visual Media
Conflict Management
Diversity in the Classroom
Shakespeare
Advanced Composition
Anthropology for Everyday Life
Introduction to Historical Studies
Public Affairs Reporting
Mathematical Reading, Writing, and Presentation
Culture and Ministry
Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature
History and Principles of Physical Education
Concepts of Human Nature
Research and Writing
Research Methods in Psychology
Qualitative Social Research Methods
Child Welfare
Social Work Research Project
The Formation of Early Christianity
American Christianity
Johannine Literature
Ancient Near Eastern History
Women in the Biblical Tradition
Theoretical Frameworks for Nursing
Advanced Practice: Professional Studies and Communication Skills (for ADN to MSN program students only)
Total Units3

Integrative Core Course Requirements

The following subheadings list the core subject areas, the number of units required for the area, and the course options. Additional courses may be approved at a later date.

Aesthetics and the Creative Arts

3 units required

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
Fundamental Art Experiences
Ancient Art History
Contemporary Art Trends
Early Christian and Medieval Art
Renaissance to Rococo Art
Multicultural Art
Christianity and the Creative Process
Humanities Seminar III: Aesthetics
   and Humanities Seminar III: Aesthetics 1
Music Fundamentals
Music Theory I
Introduction to World Music
Music of Latin America
Music of Asia
Music and Civilization
Christianity and the Creative Process
Total Units3
1

NOTE: The Humanities Seminars are in a 3-unit format on the Azusa campus, and a 4-unit format in the High Sierra Semester.

Heritage and Institutions

6 units required

Philosophy Component
Select one of the following:3
Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas
   and Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas 1
Introduction to Philosophy
History and Political Science Component
Select one of the following:3
World Civilizations to 1648
World Civilizations Since 1648
United States History to 1877
United States History Since 1877
Cultural History/Travel Study
Humanities Seminar I: Great Works
   and Humanities Seminar I: Great Works 1
American Government
Total Units6
1

NOTE: The Humanities Seminars are in a 3-unit format on the Azusa campus, and a 4-unit format in the High Sierra Semester.

Identity and Relationships

3 units required 

Select one of the following:3
General Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Sociology
Total Units3

Language and Literature

3 units required

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Literary Analysis
World Literature to the Renaissance
World Literature Since the Renaissance
American Literature to 1865
American Literature Since 1865
Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces
   and Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces 1
Total Units3
1

NOTE: The Humanities Seminars are in a 3-unit format on the Azusa campus, and a 4-unit format in the High Sierra Semester.

Nature

4 units required, lab required

Select one of the following:4
Fundamentals of Biology
General Biology I
Humans and the Environment
Introduction to Chemistry
Organic Chemistry for the Health Sciences
   and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences
   and Laboratory for the Health Sciences (All three courses needed to fulfill requirement.)
General Chemistry I
Earth Science
Principles of Physical Science
   and Physical Science Laboratory (Both courses needed to fulfill requirement.)
Introduction to Astronomy
Physics for Life Sciences I
Physics for Science and Engineering I
Total Units4

God's Word and the Christian Response

18 units required

Bible Course Requirements 1
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
Additional Bible Courses
Select one of the following:3
I and II Samuel
Hebrew Prophets I
Hebrew Prophets II
Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Romans and Galatians
Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles
The General Epistles
Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible
Ministry Requirement
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
Doctrine Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Humanities Seminar V: Christian Classics 2
Theology and the Christian Life 3
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation 3
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present 3
Contemporary Christian Thought 3
Senior Seminar
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar: Art Ethics
Senior Seminar: Ethics and the Sciences
Senior Seminar: Business Ethics
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Theater, Film, and Television
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Human Communication
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Computer Science
Senior Seminar: Education and Professional Ethics
Senior Seminar: English and the Professions
Senior Seminar: Global Issues and Prospects
Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar: Church and Society
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Music
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Physical Education and Sport
Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics,Senior Seminar: Worldviews,Senior Seminar: Social Ethics (Professional Ethics)
Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics,Senior Seminar: Worldviews,Senior Seminar: Social Ethics (Social Ethics)
Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics,Senior Seminar: Worldviews,Senior Seminar: Social Ethics (Worldviews)
Senior Seminar: Religion and Politics
Senior Seminar: Psychology and Christian Integration
Senior Seminar: Faith and Social Issues
Senior Seminar: Faith and Social Issues
Senior Seminar: Ethics in the Helping Professions
Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Theater, Film, and Television
Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics
Senior Seminar: Ethics and Issues in Health Care
Total Units18
1

UBBL 100 is the prerequisite course for all other UBBL courses and UBBL 230 is the prerequisite course for all 300-400 level UBBL courses. 

2

NOTE: The Humanities Seminars are in a 3-unit format on the Azusa campus, and a 4-unit format at the High Sierra Semester.

3

NOTE: MIN 108 is waived as a prerequisite for students transferring 60 or more units. All other prerequisities apply.

Humanities Classes at the High Sierra Semester

Several of the General Education requirements may be met through participation in the High Sierra Semester.

The following outlines the information:

HUM 221
  & HUM 321
Humanities Seminar I: Great Works
   and Humanities Seminar I: Great Works (Meets the core requirement in Heritage and Institutions) 1
6-8
HUM 222
  & HUM 322
Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces
   and Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces (Meets the core requirement in Language and Literature) 1
6-8
HUM 223
  & HUM 323
Humanities Seminar III: Aesthetics
   and Humanities Seminar III: Aesthetics (Meets the core requirements in Aesthetics and the Creative Arts)
6-8
HUM 224
  & HUM 324
Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas
   and Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas (Meets the core philosophy requirement in Heritage and Institutions) 1
6-8
HUM 325Humanities Seminar V: Christian Classics (Meets the doctrine requirement in God’s Word and the Christian Response) 14
1

NOTE: The Humanities Seminars are in a 3-unit format on the Azusa campus, and a 4-unit format in the High Sierra Semester.

Students may elect to take the 300-level courses for their core requirements. For more information, please see the High Sierra Semester advisor.