The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Core Curriculum

The 2020-2021 UTRGV’s Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours grouped in eight Foundational Component Areas and one Component Area Option.

Requirements

010 - Communication (2 courses - 6 hours required; minimum grade of C)

ENGL 1301Rhetoric and Composition I

3

ENGL 1302Rhetoric And Composition II

3

Or

ENGL 1305Writing Cultural Studies

3

020 - Mathematics (1 course – 3 hours required; minimum grade of C)

Choose one:

MATH 1314College Algebra

3

MATH 1414College Algebra

4

MATH 1324Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences

3

MATH 1332Math for Liberal Arts

3

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 1343Introduction to Biostatistics

3

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

030 - Life and Physical Sciences (2 courses – 6 hours required; lecture only)

Choose two:

ASTR 1401Introduction to Astronomy I

4

ASTR 1402Introduction to Astronomy II

4

BIOL 1406General Biology I

4

BIOL 1407General Biology II

4

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

Or

CHEM 1309Chemistry for Engineers

3

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II

3

ENVR 1401Introduction to Environmental Science I

4

ENVR 1402Introduction to Environmental Science II

4

GEOL 1403Physical Geology

4

GEOL 1404Historical Geology

4

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

PSCI 1421Physical Science I

4

PSCI 1422Physical Science II

4

 

040 - Language, Philosophy and Culture (1 course – 3 hours required)

Choose one:

ANTH 1354The Anthropology of Expressive Culture

3

ENGL 2313Readings in Dramatic Literature

3

ENGL 2321Introduction to British Literature

3

ENGL 2326Introduction to American Literature

3

ENGL 2331Introduction to World Literature

3

ENGL 2341Introduction to Literature

3

ENGL 2351Introduction to Mexican American Literature

3

FREN 2382Introduction to French Literature (in English)

3

HIST 2321World History I

3

HIST 2322World History II

3

MASC 2301Introduction to Mexican American Studies

3

MUSI 1309World Music Cultures

3

PHIL 1300Critical Thinking

3

PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 1305Introduction to Latin American Philosophy

3

PHIL 1306Introduction to Asian Philosophy

3

PHIL 1310Ethics, Happiness, and the Good Life

3

PHIL 1312Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 1366Philosophy and History of Science and Technology

3

PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics

3

PHIL 2322Ethics, Health, and Culture

3

PHIL 2326Ethics, Technology and Society

3

PHIL 2351Religious Diversity in the Global Community

3

SPAN 2320Latina/o Culture and Civilization in Spanish

3

SPAN 2330Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Literature in English

3

050 - Creative Arts (1 course – 3 hours required)

Choose one:

ARTS 1301Art Appreciation

3

ARTS 1303Art History I, Prehistoric to the 14th-Century

3

ARTS 1304Art History II, 14th-Century to the Present

3

DANC 2323Dance Appreciation

3

ENGL 2312History of Film as Visual Art

3

FILM 2312/ENGL 2312History of Film as a Visual Art

3

FREN 2323Introduction to French Cinema in English

3

MUSI 1306Music Appreciation

3

MUSI 1308Music History and Literature I

3

MUSI 1310History of Rock

3

PHIL 1330Philosophy, Art, and Film

3

THTF 1310Theatre Appreciation

3

THTF 2366Cinema Appreciation

3

060 - American History (2 courses – 6 hours required)

Choose one:

HIST 1301U.S. History I

3

HIST 2327/MASC 2327Mexican American History I

3

Choose one:

HIST 1302U.S. History II

3

HIST 2328/MASC 2328Mexican American History II

3

070 - Government/Political Science (2 courses – 6 hours required)

Choose one:

POLS 2305U.S. Federal Government & Politics

3

Choose one:

POLS 2306Texas Government & Politics

3

080 - Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 course – 3 hours required)

Choose one:

ANTH 1324Human Evolution

3

ANTH 2302Introduction to Archeology

3

ANTH 2351Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 1301Introduction to Economics

3

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ENGL 2315Humans and Language

3

PHIL 1362Race, Sexuality, and Class

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

90 - Integrative/Experiential Learning Option (6 hours required)

1. Applied Communication and Literacies (maximum 3 hours)

COMM 1311Introduction to Communication

3

COMM 1315Public Speaking

3

2. Humanities (maximum 4 hours)

Students may also select an additional three-hour course from the Language, Philosophy, and Culture area to complete the six required hours in the (090) Component Area Option.

3. Leadership (maximum 1 hour)

MGMT 1101Leadership and Career Lab

3

4. Science Labs (maximum 3 hours)

Students may use up to 3 hours from the lab component of any of the science courses listed in the Life & Physical Sciences component area (030) for the Integrative/Experiential Learning component area. Courses that have a separate lab are also listed below.

ASTR 1401Introduction to Astronomy I

4

ASTR 1402Introduction to Astronomy II

4

BIOL 1406General Biology I

4

BIOL 1407General Biology II

4

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Lab

1

Or

CHEM 1109Chemistry for Engineers Lab

1

CHEM 1112General Chemistry II Lab

1

ENVR 1401Introduction to Environmental Science I

4

ENVR 1402Introduction to Environmental Science II

4

GEOL 1403Physical Geology

4

GEOL 1404Historical Geology

4

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

PSCI 1421Physical Science I

4

PSCI 1422Physical Science II

4

 

5. Interdisciplinary (maximum 4 hours)

ANTH 2311Global Health and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Illness and Inequality

3

ENST 1301Introduction to Environmental Studies

3

INDS 2390Humanities in the World

3

INDS 2190Humanities and Service Learning

1

HONR 2388Honors Humanities II

3

QUMT 2398Decision Analytics

3

6. Technologies (maximum 3 hours)

CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

7. Language Diversity and Writing (maximum 4 hours)

WRLS 1100Language Exploration Lab

1

SPAN 2321Spanish in the United States

3

WRLS 2301Multilingual Writing in Academic and Community Contexts

3