General Education Requirements: Approved Courses

All colleges accept the courses of Charger Foundations as meeting the spirit of the University curriculum. However, Colleges have also taken time to consider where they would recommend one or more courses as particularly useful for students majoring in specific degree programs.

Listed below are the courses that fulfill Foundations in each category. When you are ready to make your final choices each semester, be sure to talk with your academic advisor!

See the UAH Course Catalog for course descriptions.




Fine Arts, Literature, Humanities (Non-Literature)


Mathematics, Natural Science (with Lab)


History, Social and Behavioral Sciences

AGSC AREA I 3 - 6 hours


Course Description
EH 101/101S First-semester composition
EH 102 * Second-semester composition *
EH 105 * Honors composition *

* After EH 101/101S, students may choose either EH 102 or EH 105 as a second semester class.

AGSC AREA II 12 hours

Fine Arts

Course Description
ARH 100 Ancient to Medieval period
ARH 101 Renaissance to Modern period
ARH 103 Non-Western
ARS 160 Introduction to Drawing
CM 122 Theater Appreciation
MU 100 Introduction to Music Literature


Course Description
EH 207 Readings in Literature and Culture I
EH 208 Readings in Literature and Culture II
EH 209 Readings in Literature and Culture I (Honors)
EH 210 Readings in Literature and Culture II (Honors)

Humanities (Non-Literature)

Course Description
CM 113 Introduction to Rhetorical Communication
FL 101 Intro Foreign Language I*
FL 102 Intro Foreign Language II*
FL 201 Intermediate Foreign Language I*
FL 202 Intermediate Foreign Language II*
FL 204 International Cinema
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 102 Introduction to Ethics
PHL 150 Technology, Science, and Human Values
PHL 201 Introduction to Logic
WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies

* Most courses offered in the following Languages: Arabic, French, Gernam, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

AGSC AREA III 11 - 12 hours


Course Description
MA 107 Algebra with Applications
MA 110 Finite Math
MA 112 Precalculus Algebra
MA 113 Precalculus Trigonometry
MA 115 Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry
MA 120 Calculus with Applications
MA 171 Calculus A

Natural Science (with Lab)

Course Description
AST 106 Exploring the Cosmos I
AST 107 Exploring the Cosmos II
BYS 119 Principles of Biology
BYS 120 Organismal Biology
CH 101/105 Introduction to Chemistry (with Lab)
CH 121/125 General Chemistry I (with Lab)
CH 123/126 General Chemistry II (with Lab)
ESS 103 Environmental Earth Science Foundations and Applications
ESS 111 Climate and Global Change
PH 100 Conceptual Physics
PH 101 General Physics I
PH 102 General Physics II
PH 111/114 General Physics with Calculus I (with Lab)
PH 112/115 General Physics with Calculus II (with Lab)
PH 113/116 General Physics with Calculus III (with Lab)

AGSC AREA IV 12 hours


Course Description
HY 103 World History to 1500
HY 104 World History since 1500
HY 221 The United States to 1877
HY 222 The United States since 1877

Social and Behavorial Sciences

Course Description
ECN 142 Macroeconomics
ECN 143 Microeconomics
GS 200 Global Studies
GY 105 World Regional Geography
GY 110 Human Geography
PSC 101 American Government
PSC 102 Comparative Politics: Foreign Government
PSC 260 Introduction to International Relations
PY 101 General Psychology I
PY 201 Life-Span Development
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 102 Analysis of Social Problems
SOC 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SOC 150 Social Perspectives on Technology and Science