General Education Requirements

All students are required to complete general education requirements. These courses are meant to provide foundational skills and breadth of knowledge, aiming to provide students with a broad exposure outside of their core discipline of study while encouraging a focus on the application of techniques from the classroom to meaningful problems.

Students should be advised on the Academic Advisement Report (AAR). Informational videos and documents related to the AAR and other advisement and enrollment resources can be found on the Registrar’s Student Training website. For all general education requirements, a passing grade is sufficient unless otherwise noted.

Diversity

One course taken from the required categories below must satisfy the diversity requirement.  Numerous departments offer classes fulfilling this requirement; students should consult the AAR for details.

Skills Courses

Skills requirements help ensure that all students attain appropriate levels of competence in writing, communication, and quantitative and formal reasoning. Students may be placed in or exempted from skills requirements based upon certain achievement test scores, University of Pittsburgh placement test scores, or course work completed at other colleges and universities. Skills requirements are outlined below. All skills courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

One course is required from each of the following categories: Introductory Composition, Technical/ Business/ Research Writing, and Communications.

Available Courses:
Introductory Composition
  • ENGCMP 0200 Seminar in Composition
  • ENGCMP 0203 Seminar in Composition: Gender Studies
  • ENGCMP 0205 Seminar in Composition: Film
  • ENGCMP 0207 Seminar in Composition: Education
  • ENGCMP 0208 Seminar in Composition: Service-Learning.
  • ENGCMP 0212 Seminar in Composition: Topics in Diversity
Technical/Business/Research Writing
  • ENGCMP 0400 Written Professional Communication
  • ENGCMP 0600 Introduction to Technical Writing
  • ENGCMP 0610 Composing Digital Media
  • ENGCMP 1100 Language of Business & Industry
  • ENGCMP 1101 Language of Science & Technology
  • ENGCMP 1111 Professional Writing Global Contexts
  • ENGCMP 1112 Professional Use of Social Media
  • ENGCMP 1400 Grant Writing
Communications
  • COMMRC 0520 Public Speaking
  • COMMRC 0510 Debate
  • COMMRC 0500 Argument
  • COMMRC 1102 Organizational Communication

Two courses are required. One approved Mathematics course and one approved Statistics course.

Mathematics
Available Courses:

  • MATH 0120 Business Calculus
  • MATH 0125 Calculus for Business 1 AND MATH 0126 Calculus for Business 2
  • MATH 0220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
  • MATH 0230 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
  • MATH 0235 Honors 1 – Variable Calculus
  • MATH 0240 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3
  • MATH 0280 Intro to Matrices and Linear Alg
  • MATH 0290 Differential Equations
  • MATH 0400 Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 0413 Intro Theoretical Mathematics
  • MATH 0420 Intro Theory 1 – Variable Calculus
  • MATH 0430 Intro Abstract Algebraic Systems
  • MATH 0450 Introduction to Analysis
  • MATH 0470 Actuarial Mathematics 1

Statistics
Available Courses:

  • STAT 1000 Applied Statistical Methods
  • STAT 1100 Statistics and Probability for Business Management
  • STAT 1151 Introduction to Probability
  • STAT 0200
  • STAT 1152
  • ENGR 0020

Polymathic Context

SCI degree programs address the holistic spectrum of computing and information, from producers to users and from science-oriented exploration to human-centric applications. The following requirements facilitate the development of a multidisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, information management, and computing by immersing students in a variety of intellectual contexts that are crucial to understanding problems at the confluence of natural, social, and engineered systems to which computing and information skills can be brought to bear.

An approved two-course sequence and a third natural sciences course.

Sequence
Available Courses

Chemistry
  • CHEM 0110 General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 0120 General Chemistry 2
Biological Sciences
  • BIOSC 0150 Foundations of Biology 1
  • BIOSC 0160 Foundations of Biology 2
Physics
  • PHYS 0110 Introduction to Physics 1
  • PHYS 0111 Introduction to Physics 2
  • PHYS 0174 Basic Physics, Science and Engineering 1
  • PHYS 0175 Basic Physics, Science and Engineering 2
Neuroscience
  • NROSCI 0080 Brain & Behavior
  • NROSCI 0081 Drugs & Behavior

Non-sequenced
Available Courses
Any course that can be used as DSAS Natural Science GER

Suggested Courses

  • ANTH 0630 Forensic Anthropology
  • PSY 0421 Cognitive Psychology for Non-Majors

One course required.

Available Courses:
Any course satisfying the DSAS “Philosophical Thinking and Ethics” GER

Suggested Courses:
  • CS 0590 Social Implications of Computing Technology
  • ENGCMP/HAA 0425 Digital Humanity
  • PHIL 0352 Philosophy & Public Issues
  • PHIL 0360 Intro to Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 1310 History of Ethics
  • PHIL 1360 Biomedical Ethics

At least one course from each of the following three categories (5 courses total)

At least one course required.

Available Courses:
Any course satisfying the DSAS “Global Awareness and Cultural Understanding” GER.

Suggested Courses:
Global Awareness

  • SOC 0317 Global Society
  • PS 0550 Introduction to Global Studies
  • HIST 1017 Globalization & History
  • GEOL 1055 Environmental Ethics, Science & Public Policy

Cross-Cultural Understanding

  • PS 0500 World Politics
  • HIST 0700 World History
  • HIST 1019 Cities: Historical Perspectives
  • HIST 1772 Race, Caste, Ethnicity Glob Prsp

At least one course required.

Available Courses:
Any course satisfying the DSAS “Social Science” or “Historical Analysis” GER

Suggested Courses:

Anthropology
  • ANTH 0620 Biocultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 0780 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Economics
  • ECON 0100 Intro to Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 0110 Intro to Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 0200 Game Theory Principles
History
  • HIST 1030 Computational Methods in Humanities
  • HIST 1145 Intellectual Foundations of Capitalism
  • HAA 0425 Digital Humanity
Political Science
  • PS 0300 Comparative Politics
  • PS 0500 World Politics
  • PS 0550 Introduction to Global Studies
Sociology
  • SOC 0312 Science in Society
  • SOC 0317 Global Society
  • SOC 0352 Social Movements
Linguistics
  • LING 1000 Intro to Linguistics
  • LING 1330 Intro to Computational Linguistics
  • LING 1050 Computational Methods in Humanities

At least one course required.

Available Courses:
Any course satisfying the DSAS “Arts”, “Literature”, or “Creative Work” GER

Suggested Courses:

Literature
  • ENGLIT 0512 Narrative and Technology
  • ENGLIT 0712 Introduction to Game Studies
  • ENGLIT 1001 Interactive Literature
  • ENGLIT 0520 Scan Culture
  • ENGLIT 0712 Critical Making
The Arts: Art, Music, Creative Expression
  • ENGCMP 0520 Integrating Writing and Design
  • ENGCMP 1112 Professional Uses of Social Media
  • ENGFLM 0355 Visual Literacy
  • ENGFLM 0400 Intro to Film
  • ENGFLM 0401 Intro to Visual Culture
  • ENGFLM 0570 Intro to New Media
  • ENGFLM 1680 Animation
  • HAA 0010 Intro to World Art
  • HAA 0030 Intro to Modern Art
  • HAA 0090 Intro to Contemporary Art
  • MUSIC 0100 Fundamentals of Western Art
  • MUSIC 0311 Intro to World Music
  • MUSIC 1441 Electronic & Computer Music