In addition to the development of skills and competencies in the major area of study, UB offers a broad liberal arts education.  With the exception of the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree programme, students in undergraduate programmes take General Education (Gen Ed) courses in student development; computer literacy; physical education, health or nutrition; a foreign language; literacy; numeracy; the Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.  Gen Ed courses ensure that students graduate from UB with more than the disciplinary knowledge and skills provided by courses in their major.  The Gen Ed programme ensures well-rounded individuals by providing students with a basic understanding of other disciplines.

Students in bachelor degree programmes take a minimum of fourteen Gen Ed courses or 37 credit hours: 28 lower-level credits (100 – 200 level courses) and 9 upper-level credits (300 – 400 level courses). Students in associate degree programmes take a minimum of eleven Gen Ed courses or 28 lower-level credit hours.

Based on prior learning, students may be exempted from some Gen Ed courses. Students seeking an exemption should submit a completed Request for Course Exemption Form to the Records Department, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weekdays.

The following courses may be taken to fulfill the following Gen Ed requirements:

Student Development (1 credit)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
COUN 100 COUN 100 First Year Seminar (1 credit)

 

Computer Literacy (1 credit)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
ARCH 102 ARCH 102 Architectural Computing (3 credits)
CIS 100 CISB 100 Computer Literacy (1 credit)

Students may be exempted from CISB 100 of the basis of a high school transcript with ‘C’ grade or higher in Computer Studies or related area at grade 10 or above or Diploma, Certificate or other documentation of formal instruction in Computer Studies or related area or by passing an examination administered by the Department of Computer Information Systems, Business and Hospitality Management.

CISB 106 CISB 106 Computer Concepts and Applications I (3 credits)
EDLT 100 EDUC 100 Computer Literacy for Educators (Education majors only) (1 credit)

 

Physical Education/Health/Nutrition (2 credits)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
EDU 105 EDUC 105 Introduction to Jujutsu (2 credits)
EDU 106 EDUC 106 Introduction to Judo (2 credits)
EDU 107 EDUC 107 Introduction to Karate (2 credits)
EDU 211 EDUC 211 Physical and Health Education (2 credits)
FSMG 200 FSMG 200 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3 credits)
HLTH 100 HLTH 100 Current Issues in Health (2 credits)
NUTR 100 NUTR 100 Basic Principles of Nutrition (2 credits)
PED 100 PEDU 100 Swimming (2 credits)
PED 101 PEDU 101 Introduction to Volleyball (2 credits)
PED 102 PEDU 102 Introduction to Football (Soccer) (2 credits)
PED 104 PEDU 104 Introduction to Health-Related Fitness (2 credits)

 

Literacy (6 lower-level credits; 3 upper-level credits)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
ENGW 119 ENGL 119 Writing and Rhetoric I (3 credits)

Students may be exempted from ENGL 119 on the basis of AP English grade 4 or higher or IB English Higher Level 5.

ENGW 120 ENGL 120 Writing and Rhetoric II (3 credits)
ENGW 300 ENGL 300 Advanced Composition (3 credits)

 

Numeracy (3 credits)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
MATH 163 MATH 163 Finite Mathematics (Non-Science, non-Mathematics and non-Technology majors only) (3 credits)
MATH 167 MATH 167 Pre-Calculus I: Algebra (Mathematics, Science and Technology majors only) (3 credits)

Students may be exempted from MATH 167 on the basis of IB Mathematics Higher Level 4.

 

Foreign Language (6 credits of the same language)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
CHIN 103 CHIN 103 Introductory Chinese I (3 credits)
CHIN 104 CHIN 104 Introductory Chinese II (3 credits)
CREO 103 CREO 103 Introductory Haitian Creole I (3 credits)
CREO 104 CREO 104 Introductory Haitian Creole II (3 credits)
FREN 102 FREN 102 Introductory French for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (3 credits)
FREN 103 FREN 103 Introductory French I (3 credits)

Students may be exempted from FREN 103 on the basis of BGCSE French grade ‘B’ or ‘C’ or Advanced Placement (AP) French grade ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’.

FREN 104 FREN 104 Introductory French II (3 credits)

Students may be exempted from FREN 104 on the basis of BGCSE French grade ‘A’ or Advanced Placement (AP) French grade ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’.

SPAN 103 SPAN 103 Introductory Spanish I (3 credits)

Students may be exempted from SPAN 103 on the basis of BGCSE Spanish grade ‘B’ or ‘C’ or Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish grade ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’.

SPAN 104 SPAN 104 Introductory Spanish II (3 credits)

Students may be exempted from SPAN 104 on the basis of BGCSE Spanish grade ‘A’ or Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish grade ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C.

SPAN 105 SPAN 105 Introductory Spanish I – Study Abroad (3 credits)
SPAN 106 SPAN 106 Introductory Spanish II – Study Abroad (3 credits)

 

Humanities/HMNS (3 credits)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
ARTH 107 ARTS 107 Introduction to Bahamian & Caribbean Art (3 credits)
ARTH 207 ARTS 207 Survey of Art II (3 credits)
COM 107 COMM 107 Introduction to Human Communication (3 credits)
COM 150 COMM 150 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 credits)
COMM 211 COMM 211 Business Communication (3 credits)
CREO 210 CREO 210 Introduction to Haiti, Its People and Culture (3 credits)
ENGL 108 ENGL 108 The Oral Tradition in Bahamian Literature (3 credits)
ENG 201 ENGL 201 Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
ENG 208 ENGL 208 Bahamian Literature (3 credits)
ENG 270 ENGL 270 Introduction to Acting (3 credits)
FILM 216 FILM 216 Introduction to Film Studies (3 credits)
LING 220 LING 220 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 credits)
LIN 225 LING 225 Talking Bahamian: From Bay Street to Bain Town (3 credits)
MUSC 201 MUSI 201 World Music Survey (3 credits)

 

Natural Sciences/NASC (3 lower-level credits; 3 upper-level credits)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
AGRI 229 AGRI 229 Agricultural Economics (3 credits)
ASTR 242 ASTR 242 Modern Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology (3 credits)
BIOL 109 BIOL 109 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 116 BIOL 116 Ecology (3 credits)
CHEM 100 CHEM 100 Chemistry in the World Around Us (3 credits)
GEOG 100 GEOG 100 Introduction to the Geography of The Bahamas (3 credits)
GEOG 205 GEOG 205 Geography of the West Indies (3 credits)
GEOG 217 GEOG 217 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
MATH 168 MATH 168 Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry (3 credits)
PHYS 101 PHYS 101 The Physics of Everyday Things I (3 credits)
PHYS 102 PHYS 102 The Physics of Everyday Things II (3 credits)
PHYS 164 PHYS 164 General Physics I (4 credits)

Students may be exempted from PHYS 164 on the basis of International Baccalaureate (IB) Physics Standard Level.

SCI 171 SCIN 171 General Science I (3 credits)
BIOL 475 BIOL 475 Bioethics (3 credits)
PHYS 301 PHYS 301 Energy, Society and the Environment (3 credits)
SCI 371 SCIN 371 General Science II (3 credits)

 

Social Sciences/SOSC (3 lower-level credits; 3 upper-level credits)

Legacy (Former) Abbrev./No. Banner Abbrev./No. Course Title (Credit Hours)
BUSL 255 BUSI 255 Business Law I (3 credits)
BUSL 256 BKNG 256 Banking Law I (3 credits
BUSL 355 BUSI 355 Business Law II (3 credits)
BUSL 356 BKNG 356 Banking Law II (3 credits)
HIS 112 HIST 112 History of The Bahamas I (3 credits)
HIS 113 HIST 113 History of The Bahamas II (3 credits)
POL 113 POLI 113 Government and Politics in The Bahamas (3 credits)
PSY 100 PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology: Social Sciences Foundation (3 credits)
PSY 101 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology: Natural Sciences Foundation (3 credits)
PSY 105 PSYC 105 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
PUBA 201 PUBA 201 Public Administration I (3 credits)
SOC/GLO 100 SOCI 100 Introduction to Globalization (3 credits)
SOS 201 SOCI 201 Social Structure in the Third World (3 credits)
SOC 215 SOCI 215 Race and Ethnic Group Relations (3 credits)
SOC 218 SOCI 218 Sociology of Human Sexual Behaviour (3 credits)
SOS 111 SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
TOUR 100 TOUR 100 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
HIS 325 HIST 325 Race, Class and Gender in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Bahamas (3 credits)
HIS 371 HIST 371 Topics in Twentieth–Century Caribbean History (3 credits)
HIS 376 HIST 376 Women and Gender in the History of the English Speaking Caribbean (3 credits)
HIS 471 HIST 471 Caribbean Migration since the 18th Century (3 credits)
POL 313 POLI 313 Political Economy of The Bahamas (3 credits)
PSY 310 PSYC 310 Consumer Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 340 PSYC 340 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 350 PSYC 350 Culture and Behaviour (3 credits)
PSY 425 PSYC 425 Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
PSY 440 PSYC 440 Group Dynamics (3 credits)
SOC 302 SOCI 302 Bahamian Society and Culture (3 credits)
SOC 303 SOCI 303 Youth and Society (3 credits)
SOC 431 SOCI 431 Urban Society (3 credits)
SOS 390 SOCI 390 Field Studies I (3 credits)
SWK 311 SOWK 311 Diversity in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)
SOWK 404 SOWK 404 Social Dimensions of HIV/AIDS (3 credits)
SOWK 408 SOWK 408 Domestic Violence (3 credits)
SOWK 415 SOWK 415 Grief and Loss (3 credits)