Foundation Course Requirements

These courses must be completed in your first 48 credit hours of enrollment
with a grade of C- or better.
  • ENGL 101 or 100 - College English 1 -or- English Comp. (for non-native speakers) (3)
  • ENGL 102 - College English II (3)
  • COMM 111 - Public Speaking (3)
  • MATH 111 or 112 - College Algebra or Precalculus (3)


Foundation Courses are part of the Advanced Standing Requirements.

Transfer students who complete Business Calculus or Calculus with a grade of C- or better do not need to take College Algebra or Precalculus.

International students who are eligible to take the English Composition Validation Exam (EEE) must complete their EEE in their first semester at Wichita State University. For more information, contact (316) 978-6229.

Official Basic Skills 48 hour Policy from the Wichita State Catalog

Students must complete 6 hours of English composition, 3 hours of communication, and 3 hours of college algebra with a grade of C- or better in each within their first 48 college hours. Failure to complete this requirement will bar a student from enrolling in upper-division business courses.

All foundation course requirements in the general education program must be met by undergraduates enrolled in a Wichita State University bachelor's degree program within the first 48 hours of enrollment toward the degree, not including guest student credit and AP credit.

Students who do not meet this requirement will be allowed to complete the basic skills requirement in the first semester of enrollment subsequent to their having reached the 48-credit plateau.

Students who transfer to the university with at least 48 credit hours earned from an accredited institution but who have not completed Wichita State University's basic skills requirements shall have two semesters to complete the basic skills requirement with the required C- or better grade.

Students who fail to pass basic skills courses in a timely fashion as defined above shall not be permitted further enrollment at the university except for enrollment in the basic skills courses.