General Education Requirements

Overview:

Everyone who is in the Class of 2020, must take 10 credit hours of  University required courses listed below, and 18 credit hours of other General Education courses (listed below) before graduation.

  • Required Universitycoursesandtheir credit hours
Offeredby For Category Course Title/ Credit Hours Remark
Center for General Education Freshmen University Required Courses Chinese/2 Offered in the whole year
Web Visual Design and Programming/2
Educationfor Life/2 Offered only in Fall Semester
Tzu Chi Humanitiesand Service Learning/2 Offered only in Spring Semester
Foreign Language Education Center Foreign Language Courses Basic English/ (2) (Note) They may be offered in the Fall or Spring. You are required to take at least one course.

Note: There are four courses available:

  • Basic English Reading
  • Basic English Writing
  • English Speaking 101
  • Basic English Pronunciation
  • Other required General Education courses
    You must take 18 hours of other General Education courses, and complete at least 2 credit hours of each type:
Types Required Minimum Credit Hours Types Required Minimum Credit Hours
Humanities

2

Natural Sciences

2

Social Sciences

2

Aesthetics and Art

2

Request to waive a course related to General Education

  • You can only make this request as a freshman;
  • Fill in “Petition for Transfer Credit” and obtain approval from course instructor;
  • Attach a course description or syllabus for the waived course;
  • Provide an official transcript;
  • On or before 3/5, please proceed to the Center for General Education, Room H508, Main Campus, to complete your application.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

If my department and the Center for General Education offer similar courses, can I take courses from the Center for General Education and meet the General Education Requirements?

  • The General Education courses on pages 30 and 31 are also offered by various departments, and you are advised to take the course offered by your department.
  • If you take it from the Center for General Education, rather than from your own department, its credit hours will not be counted toward the general education requirements. Yet, it will meet the graduation requirement of completing at least 128 credit hours.
  • Each academic department focuses on enhancing the student’s professionalism and humanistic culture, which is different from the Center for General Education, thus the University set up this rule.

The College of Medicine Offers Courses
Similar to the Following General Education Courses

Related to Number Types Course Title Number Types Course Title
Department of Life Sciences

1

Natural Sciences Introduction of Physiology

5

Natural Sciences Common Medical Knowledge

2

Visible Nutrition

6

English for Biology Majors

3

Plant Science

7

Learning Virus in a Fun Way

4

The Aspects of Immunity in Life
Department of Public Health

1

Natural Sciences Introduction of Physiology

6

Social Sciences Introduction to Economics

2

Visible Nutrition

7

Introduction to Psychology

3

Hygiene and Health

8

Introduction to Management

4

Aging and Health

9

Insight into Living and Consumer Behavior

5

Statistics: Let The Numbers Speak

10

Health Concepts of Sexuality Education
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Biotechnology

1

Natural Sciences Introduction of Physiology

7

Natural Sciences The Aspects of Immunity in Life

2

Visible Nutrition

8

Overview of Food Safety and Inspection

3

Disease and Medication

9

The Mystery of Human Body

4

Hygiene and Health

10

Learning Virus in a Fun Way

5

General Concepts of Neural Sciences in Life

11

Statistics: Let The Numbers Speak

6

The Famous Disease in Medical History

12

Humanities Science and Medical Narrative
Department of Medical Informatics

1

Natural Sciences Dynamic Web Page Design Through Applications

3

Natural Sciences Programming and Applications on mBot

2

Introduction of Physiology

4

Creative C Programming and Applications on mBot
School of Medicine

1

Natural Sciences Introduction of Physiology
Department of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics

None

Department of Physical Therapy

None

Department of Nursing

None

The International College
Offers Courses Similar to the Following General Education Courses

Related to Number Types Course Title Number Types Course Title
Department of English Language and Literature

None

Bachelor Program in Management of Service Industries 1 Social Sciences Introduction to Management 2 Social Sciences Organizational Behavior

The College of Education and Communication
Offers Courses Similar to the Following General Education Courses

Related to Number Types Course Title Number Types Course Title
Department of Child Development and Family Studies

1

Social Sciences Introduction of Sociology

2

Social Sciences Introduction to Psychology
Department of Communication Studies

1

Social Sciences Introduction of Sociology

6

Natural Sciences Nutrition Science

2

Communication Skills

7

Well Elderly Lifestyle Modification

3

The Stories of Austronesians in Taiwan

8

Languages Prefabricated Learning in Indonesian

4

Social Psychology

9

Aesthetics and Art Fundamental Design

5

Natural Sciences An Outlook to the Ocean

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Offers Courses Similar to the Following General Education Courses

Related to Number Types Course Title Number Types Course Title
Department of Human Development and Psychology

1

Social Sciences Introduction to Psychology

3

Social Sciences Human Learning and Cognition

2

Introduction to Anthropology

4

Social Psychology
Department of Social Work

1

Social Sciences Introduction of Sociology

3

Social Sciences Social Psychology

2

Introduction to Psychology

4

Senior care in Community-based Aging Project and Service Learning
Department of Oriental Languages and Literature

1

Humanities Philosophy Classic Reading - I-Ching

6

Humanities Women's Literature

2

Application Article Writing

7

Introduction of Modern Chinese thinkers

3

Chinese Writing

8

Lao Tzu's Philosophy

4

Modern Literature

9

Early Chinese Philosophers

5

Chinese Classical Novel

10

Aesthetics and Art Master Pieces of Drama
  • If students decide to take the above courses provided by the Center for General Education, rather than similar ones offered by their college:
    • They must obtain their department chair’s approval first;
    • The number of credit hours meets the graduation requirement, yet it doesn’t meet the general education requirement.

FAQ

Q : I am a freshman, and I am required to take “Chinese”, “Web Visual Design and Programming” and “Basic English”. However, the enrollment system doesn’t take me automatically. What can I do?

A: “Chinese”, “Web Visual Design and Programming” and “Basic English” are indeed University required courses. In Fall 2020, students of eight departments, namely Medicine, Lab Medicine and Biotechnology, Nursing, Public Health, Medical Informatics, Physical Therapy, Life Sciences, and Molecular  Biology and Human Genetics will need to enroll in “Chinese”, “Web Visual Design and Programming” and “Basic English” by themselves.

Moreover, in Spring 2021, students of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education and Communication, and the International College will also need to enroll in these three courses by themselves.

Q: Can I waive “Basic English”?

A: Yes, if you meet any of the following:

  • TCU’s English test: Score 120 or over
  • GEPT Intermediate: Score a total of 160 or over, and Listening/Reading must be 72 or over.
  • TOEIC: 550 or over
  • TOEFL ITP: 457 or over
  • TOEFL IBT: 47 or over
  • IELTS: 4 or over

Q: I am a freshman and don’t have any proof of taking English proficiency test(s). May I take a University’s English test, and then request to waive Foreign Language I?

A.Yes. The University will hold English tests three times a year, and you may access the website of the Foreign Language Education Center for details. Those who plan to  waive “ Foreign Language I” may feel free to take this test.