General Education Program
FAQ General Education
How do I know if I have completed my General Education requirements?
You should go to www.gvsu.edu. Click on "Current Students" and then click on "My Banner" to log in. From there you can obtain your MyPath "Degree Audit Report" which will tell you which classes you have taken and which classes you need to take.
Can I use life experiences (work, volunteer, military service) to count for a General Education course?
Although life experiences are extremely valuable in your education, they cannot count for a General Education course.
Can I use an independent study, internship, practicum, co-op, research, or similar type of course to fulfill a General Education requirement?
Not unless you are Studying Abroad. These courses can often be used to fulfill a requirement in your major, minor, or emphasis.
Can students test out of a General Education requirement through a departmental proficiency exam? No.
Do I have to take GE courses if I'm a transfer student?
Yes. Students who transfer to Grand Valley with the MACRAO approved associate of arts or science degree from a Michigan public community college have satisfied the Foundation Categories of the General Education Program and one Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS) course. However, transfer students with a MACRAO are required to complete the following requirements: one SWS course in their major or division, the General Education Program two-course Cultural Emphasis requirement, the two-course Issues requirement.
Complete a student concern form (download the form here). Please note, that your advisor CANNOT make substitutions in the General Education Program. For more information on transfer credit and course equivalency, please visit www.michigantransfernetwork.org
I have received a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley (or any other institution). Do I have to complete the General Education requirements to complete another degree?
Students with a bachelor's degree (from any college) have completed the general education requirements. They just need to complete the 2nd degree/major requirements within the program.
Is there a minimum grade required for General Education Classes?
There is no minimum grade requirement for General Education classes except for WRT 150, which requires a C (not a C-) or better (SWS courses also require a C or better).
I am studying abroad this semester and I want to take one (or more) of my General Education requirements abroad (Foundations, Cultures, or Issues. What do I need to do?
Please consult with the Padnos International Center in 130 Lake Ontario Hall. Download the forms needed to fulfill a General Education requirement abroad.
How does "double dipping" work?
There are some classes that count for more than one General Education requirement. An example would be GPY 235. It is listed under Social and Behavioral Sciences AND World Perspectives, which means, if you were to take this course, it would count for both a Social and Behavioral Sciences and a World Perspectives credit.
How do I get a permit to enroll in a Seidman (Business) course?
Below are the ways to meet MTH 110 Proficiency:
Successful completion of the Math 110 course OR
- Initial mathematics placement of “waive MTH 110” or the Advanced Waiver.
- Pass the MTH 110 proficiency test (www.gvsu.edu/testserv)
- Transfer credit for MTH 110, 122, 123, 125, 201, 202, 203, 225 or 302.
- AP credit for MTH 201 and/or 202. (Score of 3 or higher required.)
- CLEP credit for MTH 122 or 201.
If you are a student that started at GVSU BEFORE FALL 2011:
1. You must meet MTH 110 Proficiency, even if you fulfill GE Mathematical Science - Foundation or MACRAO elsewhere
2. You must adopt a new catalog (2011-12)
If you are a New Transfer Student:
1. If you fulfilled MACRAO then you have fulfilled Mathematical Sciences Foundation.
Page last modified February 25, 2013