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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements

College of Engineering

General Education Requirements - Computer Engineering  

General Education Requirements - Electrical Engineering  

General Education Requirements - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering  

General Education Requirements - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering - Nanotechnology (totals 46 credits)  

College of Innovation and Technology

General Education Requirements - Advanced Technology  

General Education Requirements - Computer Science and Information Technology  

General Education Requirements - Science and Technology Management  

The General Education Program at Florida Polytechnic University takes students beyond our rigorous technical and applied education and is essential to the academic development of our extraordinary students. General Education courses contain high-level academic and thinking skills.

In accordance with Section 1007.25 of the Florida Statutes and the recommendations of the General Education Steering and Faculty Committees, Florida Polytechnic University students complete 36 credit hours of General Education Program coursework within the subject areas of communication, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences. Each student must complete at least one approved course in each subject area.

Approved courses for each area are listed below. Where applicable, courses taken to meet state common prerequisites for a program also may be used to fulfill General Education requirements. All first-time-in-college students are expected to take ENC 1101  (Composition I) during their first semester at Florida Polytechnic.

In compliance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024, a transfer student who has successfully completed the General Education requirements for any public university or community college in Florida prior to enrolling as a degree-seeking student at Florida Polytechnic University, and has this completion noted on the official transcript, shall be considered to have satisfied the General Education requirements at Florida Polytechnic. All other transfer students are expected to complete the Florida Polytechnic General Education Program. Transfer students’ transcripts will be evaluated to determine course equivalencies and fulfillment of Florida Polytechnic’s General Education requirements.

All courses listed are approved for meeting General Education requirements. Courses marked with (W) can be used to satisfy a portion of the Florida college-level writing requirement, and all mathematics courses can be used to satisfy a portion of the computation requirement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030).


Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and to analyze communication critically in both oral and written mediums. ​Students who complete the communication skills requirement will be able to:

  • Analyze, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize information to support an argument or conclusion.
  • Choose a topic and develop it for a specific audience, purpose, and context.
  • Employ the conventions of standard American English.
  • Identify and apply standards of academic integrity, including the use, attribution, and documentation of source material in an appropriate style.


Any student who completes a course with an ENC prefix for which ENC x101 is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the communication core.

Humanities (Choose at least 1)

Students will understand how questions are posed and how insights and creative responses to them are formulated in the Humanities.​ Students who complete the ways of knowing requirement in the Humanities will be able to:

  • Reflect critically on the human condition.
  • Demonstrate the theory or methods behind forms of human expression.


Students will develop mathematical skills that are crucial to success in all STEM fields. ​Students who complete the Mathematical Reasoning requirement will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate fluency in mathematical concepts.
  • Interpret quantitative data to derive logical conclusions.
  • Apply appropriate mathematical techniques and problem-solving strategies to produce valid results.


If a student completes a mathematics course for which one of the General Education course options in mathematics is a prerequisite, that student will be considered to have completed the portion of the mathematics core. In some instances, there may be mathematics courses similar in content in the General Education Program that are at a more advanced level, but do not include a mathematics core course as a prerequisite; in these instances the more advanced, similar courses will be considered to have completed the portion of the mathematics core.

Natural Sciences

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and use it to explain the natural world. Students who complete the Scientific Reasoning Requirement will be able to:

  • Critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, and model construction.
  • Apply appropriate scientific models and methods in problem solving.
  • Use the scientific method to explain the natural world.


Any student who successfully completes a natural science course for which one of the General Education course options in Natural Sciences is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the Natural Sciences requirement.

Social Sciences (Choose at least 1)

Students will understand how questions about individuals and social groups are posed and addressed through research, experimentation, and analysis in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students who complete the ways of knowing requirement in the Social and Behavioral Sciences will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate disciplinary methods and theories to the analysis of psychological, social, cultural, political, and economic issues or problems.
  • Describe how political, social, cultural, and economic institutions influence human behavior.
  • Describe how individuals interact and behave in political, social, economic, and psychological environments.