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Attribute Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  UC 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1 1  
 MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (50-51 credits)   Courses count in major GPA 
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
Life on Planet Earth (3)   or
Biological Diversity (4)
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 2 4  
KBS CHEM 10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1  
KBS GEOL 11040 How the Earth Works 3  
KBS GEOL 11041 How the Earth Works Laboratory 1  
KBS GEOL 11042 Earth and Life Through Time 3  
KBS GEOL 11043 Earth and Life Through Time Laboratory 1  
ELR GEOL 22000 Introductory Geology Seminar 1  
  GEOL 23063 Earth Materials I 4  
  GEOL 31070 Earth Materials II 4  
WIC GEOL 34061 Invertebrate Paleontology 3 4  
  GEOL 3/4xxxx GEOL Elective (upper division) 4,5 15  
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3  
KMC MATH 11022 Trigonometry 3  
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  Foreign Language 6 14-20  
  Kent Core Composition 6  
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9  
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6  
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 7 3  
  General Electives
Number of general elective credit hours required depends on meeting minimum 120 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours.




  1. UC 10097 is not required of transfer students with 25 credits (excluding College Credit Plus) or students age 21+ at time of admission.
  2. CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I fulfills College General requirements.
  3. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
  4. GEOL 41092 Summer Field Camp is recommended as an upper-division GEOL elective.
  5. The following courses may not satisfy major requirements: GEOL 41073 Geology of Ohio, GEOL 41077 Geology of the National Parks and GEOL 41079 All About Dinosaurs.
  6. Fulfills College General Requirement
  7. One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

  1. Intermediate I and II of the same language
  2. Elementary I and II of a second language
  3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    1. Intermediate I of the same language
    2. MCLS 10001 Introduction to Structural Concepts for Language Students
    3. MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness
    4. MCLS 20091 Seminar: Global Literacy Case Studies
    5. MCLS 21417 Multiculturalism in Today's Germany
    6. MCLS 22217 Diversity in Today's Russia
    7. MCLS 23217 The Francophone Experience
    8. MCLS 28404 The Latin American Experience
    9. MCLS 28405 The Spanish Experience

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a native speaker of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.