General education

Use Degree Works to see your progress toward graduation and help you and your advisor determine which courses you still need to take. Along with your advisor, you can also map out which courses you will take in future semesters, putting you on the right path for graduation.


General education is a traditional part of an undergraduate degree. These requirements are outside of your technical areas and enhance your degree. General education enables WSU graduates:

  • to communicate effectively;
  • to increase their critical thinking and analytical skills; and
  • to have  historical, cultural, literary, scientific, and philosophical perspectives.

Engineering technology degrees have all of your general education requirements built into your plan of study. It is important that you know how to identify which courses fulfill general education requirements. 

Below is an explanation of general education taken from the WSU bulletin. If you have any questions about general education, be sure to ask the ET advisor.

Competency requirements

Competency requirements ensure that students develop and demonstrate early in their academic careers fundamental skills in the following areas that underlie and make possible the acquisition of knowledge.

  • Written communication: basic composition (BC) intermediate composition (IC)
  • Mathematics
  • Oral communication
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical/analytical thinking

Group requirements

Group requirements have a two-fold purpose: 1) to enable students to acquire knowledge and demonstrate understanding in a broad range of representative branches of knowledge; and 2) to enable students to develop and demonstrate the ability to apply methodological skills that encourage continued exploration on an independent level throughout their lives. Group requirements are organized in the following categories:

  • Natural science
  • Society and institutions
  • Humanities
  • Physical science (PS)
  • Life science (LS)
  • Visual and performing arts (VP)
  • Philosophy and letters (PL)
  • Social science (SS)
  • American society and institutions (AI)
  • Historical studies (HS)
  • Foreign culture (FC) exemptions: Second bachelor's degree and transfer students

Students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and who seek a second bachelor's degree are exempt from the University-wide general education requirements, but must satisfy all School/College, department and program requirements.

Equivalent courses taken at another institution may satisfy general education requirements. In cases where this would exceed the limitation of 64 credits from a community college accepted on a transfer basis, such courses shall satisfy the requirements, but the credits will not count towards the degree.

Course prefixes, general education program

Parenthetical two-letter prefixes denote content areas of subjects and identify courses approved for satisfying competency requirements or group requirements in the University's general education program. The following prefixes, listed and defined in alphabetical order, precede course titles in the departmental courses of instruction sections of this bulletin, and in each semester's schedule of classes.

  • (AI) - American society and institutions
  • (BC) - Basic composition competency
  • (CL) - Computer literacy competency
  • (CT) - Critical and analytic thinking competency
  • (FC) - Foreign culture
  • (HS) - Historical studies
  • (IC) - Intermediate composition competency
  • (LS) - Life sciences
  • (MC) - Mathematics competency
  • (OC) - Oral communication competency
  • (PL) - Philosophy and letters
  • (PS) - Physical sciences
  • (SS) - Social science
  • (VP) - Visual and performing arts
  • (WI) - Writing intensive