General Education 'MyCore' Program

MyCore Foundations Knowledge Application Chart

Bloomsburg University's general education program, called MyCore, recognizes that a general education is the result of the entire university experience. A main purpose of general education is to expose students to areas of study beyond their majors and to foster their deeper understanding and appreciation of the world and its possibilities and their part in it.

The MyCore General Education Program widens students’ social perspectives and enables them to develop both the academic and the applied skills they will need in the future while exploring the connectedness between subjects and disciplines.

MyCore Overview

A particular feature of Bloomsburg University's MyCore general education program is that it recognizes general education occurs both inside the traditional classroom and throughout the entire university experience. MyCore uses a goal-focused point system independent of the academic credit system that allows any course or co-curricular activity to contribute to one or more general education goals by awarding General Education Points (GEP) toward that goal. Furthermore, a single course may earn points in multiple general education goals.

For example --

  • A history course with extensive writing and researching may not only contribute to a students’ knowledge of the social sciences (1 point for Goal 6) but also to their ability to communicate (1 point for Goal 1) and to evaluate and use information ethically (1 point for Goal 2).
  • A community service or leadership training program operated by the student affairs division may contribute towards the student goal of exhibiting good citizenship (Goal 10).

GE Requirements

The MyCore program requirements are based on students’ achievement of the 10 General Education goals.

  • Students must earn a total of 40 General Education Points (GEPs) in the 10 GE Goals. A student earns GEPs by successfully completing approved courses or Co-curricular Learning Experiences (CLEs).
  • Any approved course or CLE can contribute toward one or more GE goals, but not all courses and CLEs participate in the general education program.
  • Courses and CLEs that carry GEPs are listed on the GE Approved Course List with their respective general education goal and number of GEPs. Example: CHEM 100 Chemistry and the Citizen (3 credits; GEP Goal 5 - 3 General Education Points (GEPs).
  • The 40 GEPs must be earned in different disciplines: Goal 1 requires 7 GEPs from at least 3 disciplines; Goals 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 require 5 GEPs from at least 2 disciplines; and Goals 2, 8, 9 and 10 require 2 GEPs from at least 1 discipline. A discipline has a unique Course code, e.g. CHEM, PSYCH, etc.
  • Credits transferred as a BU course equivalent get the GEP distribution of the BU course. Other transfer course units follow the State System Board of Governors’ policies.
  • The number of GEPs each student earns toward each GE goal will be tracked electronically and will be readily available to students and academic advisors.

10 Goals for General Education

  Minimum # of GEPs required Minimum # of disciplines required
1. Communicate effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual argument. (Goal also has Foundational Course Requirement) 7 3
2. Find, evaluate, and ethically use information using appropriate technology. 2 1
3. Apply critical analysis, quantitative reasoning, and problem solving skills. (Goal also has Foundational Course Requirement) 5 2
4. Apply knowledge from the humanities and other disciplines to analyze: the implications of diversity among human groups, their histories, cultures, and the plurality of human experiences. 5 2
5. Demonstrate knowledge of natural sciences principles, concepts, and methods. 5 2
6. Demonstrate knowledge of social sciences principles, concepts, and methods. 5 2
7. Apply knowledge from the arts and humanities to analyze, evaluate, or participate in the artistic and literary traditions of our diverse world. 5 2
8. Demonstrate basic communication skills in a second language. 2 1
9. Participate in physical activity and evaluate the consequences of health decisions. 2 1
10. Exhibit responsible citizenship. 2 1

Foundational Course Requirement

In addition to satisfying the GEP requirement, all students are required to complete foundational courses in English Composition and Mathematics in their first year of enrollment.

  • For English Composition, the foundational course is ENGLISH 101 - Foundations of College Writing.
  • For Mathematics, the appropriate foundational course will be determined by the student’s major, with approval of the Bloomsburg University Curriculum Committee. The course may be offered by departments other than the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department. Students who are undeclared, or whose programs of study do not specify a foundational mathematics course, will be scheduled into MATH 101 - Math Thinking. Math courses equivalent to or higher level to foundational math fulfills this requirement. See the sample list placed near the GE approved course list.

How Courses and Co-Curricular Learning Experiences Are Approved for MyCore

  • The approval process for academic courses and co-curricular learning experiences (CLEs) to contribute to the GE program is directed by the General Education Council (GEC), which recommends courses to the Bloomsburg University Curriculum Committee (BUCC) for final approval for MyCore.
  • Assessment of the MyCore program is an essential part of the program and is guided by the GEC in conjunction with the Office of Planning and Assessment.
  • All courses and CLEs approved for GEPs include clearly written and assessable student learning objectives or outcomes.