This is a list of options for Thomas Edison State University's general education requirements (that went into effect for the 2015-2016 catalog) compiled by user sanantone. Please check your specific TESU catalog to ensure the degree requirements match those listed here.

Written Communication (6 credits)

  • English Comp I: TECEP, CLEP (Composition General – 6 credits or Modular – 3 credits), Straighterline, or UExcel
  • English Comp II: TECEP, CLEP (Composition General – 6 credits), Straighterline, or UExcel

Oral Communication

  • DSST Principles of Public Speaking, Davar Academy Public Speaking, or Straighterline Intro to Communications.

Quantitative Literacy

DSST Fundamentals of College Algebra?, CLEP College Mathematics (6 credits)?, CLEP College Algebra, CLEP Pre-Calculus, Straighterline College Algebra, Straighterline Precalculus, CLEP Calculus, Straighterline Calculus I, Straighterline Calculus II, UExcel Quantitative Analysis, TECEP Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics, and UExcel Calculus, ALEKS Intermediate Algebra, ALEKS College Algebra, ALEKS College Algebra with Trigonometry (duplicates college algebra), Saylor Beginning Algebra (transcribed as College Algebra), Saylor Calculus I, ALEKS Precalculus, and ALEKS Trigonometry (duplicates precalculus), TECEP College Algebra,  DSST, Straighterline Statistics , ALEKS Statistics (introduction, business, and behavioral science duplicate), UExcel, TECEP

Information Literacy

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, DSST Introduction to World Religions, UExcel Research Methods in Psychology, Davar Academy Information Literacy, Coopersmith Research Methods in Psychology, Straighterline Introduction to Religion

Diversity (3 credits)

General Anthropology DSST, Human/Cultural Geography DSST, Cultural Diversity UExcel , Introduction to World Religions DSST, Introduction to Sociology CLEP, World History from 1600 to Present TECEP, Marriage and the Family TECEP, Introduction to Sociology Straighterline, Introduction to World Religions Straighterline, Introduction to Anthropology Straighterline, TECEP Psychology of Women, and World Conflicts Since 1900 UExcel ?, Introduction to Comparative Politics TECEP, Introduction to Sociology TECEP

Ethics (3 credits)

Ethics in America DSST, Business Ethics in Society DSST, Business Ethics Straighterline, Business Ethics UExcel , Bioethics UExcel , Environmental Ethics TECEP, and Ethics: Theory and Practice UExcel

Civic Engagement (3 credits)

CLEP American Government, Straighterline American Government

Knowledge of Human Cultures (12 credits)

Pick from Humanities and/or Social Science:

Social Science


DSST Fundamentals of Counseling (transcribed as PSY 331), DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology, DSST Organizational Behavior (UL), CLEP Introductory Psychology, CLEP Educational Psychology, CLEP Human Growth and Development, UExcel Lifespan Developmental Psychology, UExcel Abnormal Psychology (UL), UExcel Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (UL), UExcel Social Psychology (UL), UExcel Research Methods in Psychology (UL), UExcel Introduction to Psychology, Straighterline Organizational Behavior, Straighterline Introduction to Psychology, TECEP Abnormal Psychology, Straighterline Organizational Behavior (UL), and TECEP Psychology of Women.


DSST Money and Banking, CLEP Principles of Microeconomics, CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics, UExcel Introduction to Microeconomics, UExcel Introduction to Macroeconomics, Straighterline Microeconomics, TECEP Microeconomics, and Straighterline Macroeconomics


DSST Human/Cultural Geography

Political Science

CLEP American Government, UExcel Political Science, Saylor Introduction to Western Political Thought, TECEP Introduction to Comparative Politics, and TECEP Introduction to Political Science


DSST General Anthropology

General Social Science

DSST Substance Abuse (UL), CLEP Social Sciences and History (6 credits)


DSST The Civil War and Reconstruction, DSST A History of the Vietnam War (UL), DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (UL), CLEP Western Civilization I, CLEP Western Civilization II, CLEP History of the United States I, CLEP History of the United States II, UExcel World Conflicts Since 1900 (UL), Straighterline Western Civilization I, and Straighterline US History I, Modern European History, U.S. History: 1492-1877, U.S. History: 1877-Present

Administration of Justice

DSST Introduction to Law Enforcement, DSST Criminal Justice, and Straighterline Introduction to Criminal Justice


CLEP Introduction Sociology, TECEP Marriage and the Family, UExcel Introduction to Sociology, UExcel Cultural Diversity (UL), UExcel Foundations of Gerontology, UExcel Juvenile Delinquency (UL), UExcel World Population (UL), and Straighterline Introduction to Sociology


TECEP Introduction to News Reporting, DSST Art of the Western World, CLEP French Level I or II (6 credits), CLEP German Level I or II (6 credits), CLEP Humanities (6 credits), CLEP American Literature, CLEP Spanish Level I or II (6 credits), UExcel Introduction to Philosophy, UExcel Spanish Language (6 credits), Straighterline Introduction to Communications, Straighterline Introduction to Philosophy, DSST Principals of Public Speaking, DSST Technical Writing, DSST Ethics in America, CLEP English Literature (6 credits), Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (6 credits), CLEP Spanish Level II (requires a minimum score of 63, six 200-level credits), CLEP French Level II (requires a minimum score of 59, six 200-level credits), CLEP German Level II (requires minimum score of 60, six 200-level credits), TECEP Technical Writing, TECEP Public Relations Thought & Practice, DSST Introduction to World Religions, Straighterline Business Communications, Straighterline Introduction to Religion (would probably duplicate DSST), UExcel Interpersonal Communication (should transcribe as COM-330), UExcel Bioethics: Philosophical Issues, UExcel Ethics: Theory and Practice?, UExcel Workplace Communication with Computers? (might duplicate Straighterline Business Communications), TECEP Marketing Communications, Straighterline Business Ethics, Saylor Corporate Communication, TECEP Environmental Ethics, TECEP Music History II, TECEP Introduction to Critica Reasoning, DSST Business Ethics and Society?, TECEP Managerial Communications

Understanding the Physical and Natural World (4-7 credits)

DSST Astronomy, DSST Introduction to Computing, DSST Principals of Physical Science, CLEP Biology (6 credits), CLEP Chemistry (6 credits), CLEP Natural Sciences (6 credits), CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications (duplicates DSST Introduction to Computer), Straighterline Intro to Biology, Straighterline General Chemistry, Straighterline General Physics I, UExcel Earth Science, TECEP The Science of Nutrition, DSST Environment and Humanity: Race to Save the Planet, Straighterline Environmental Science, Straighterline Calculus I, Straighterline Anatomy & Physiology I, Straighterline Anatomy and Physiology II, Straighterline Introduction to Nutrition, UExcel Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits), UExcel Physics (6 credits), UExcel Science of Nutrition,  CSU Global CBE Information Systems Analysis and Design, DSST Management Information Systems, Straighterline Microbiology, UExcel Microbiology, UExcel Pathophysiology, Saylor Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology, Saylor General Chemistry I, Straighterline Intro to Biology Lab (1 credit), Straighterline General Chemistry Lab (1 credit), Straighterline Physics I Lab (1 credit), Straighterline Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1 credit), Straighterline Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit), UExcel Weather and Climate (equivalency unknown), TECEP Computer Concepts and Applications

General Education Electives (17-20 credits)

Select any test/course from above that has not already been used and doesn’t duplicate another test/course. 


Those who enrolled after July 1, 2016 will have to take a 1-credit cornerstone course at TESU for $300.