Fulfilling the Requirements

Your completion of Gen Ed will depend on factors such as when you entered the university, placement exams, and course selections. Course planning guides are available for Freshmen who enrolled beginning Fall 2010 and prior to Fall 2018, Freshmen entering Fall 2018 and later, Transfer students who enrolled beginning Fall 2010 and prior to Fall 2018, and Transfer students entering Fall 2018 and later. 

Did you enroll prior to 2010, or are you a transfer student?


Students who enrolled Fall 2010 and prior to Fall 2018, see requirements below.

The table below outlines the Gen Ed requirements for students who enrolled as Freshmen after Fall 2010, and prior to Fall 2018. A Gen Ed Course Planning Guide is available to help you keep track of your courses. 

Curriculum Area # of courses required # of credits earned Fulfilling the Requirement
Writing 2 courses 6 credits One course (CW) or exemption (see Writing Program) and one upper level 3-credit Junior Year Writing course offered by your major department
Basic Mathematics 1 course 0-3 credits One course (R1) or a passing score on the Tier 1 Math Exemption Exam
Analytic Reasoning 1 course 3 credits One course (R2)
Biological & Physical World 2 courses 8 credits One course (BS) and one course (PS)
Social World 4 courses 16 credits One course (AL/AT), one course (HS), one course (SB), and one course (AL, AT, SB, I, or SI)
Social & Cultural Diversity 2 courses  

One course focusing on UNITED STATES diversity (designated as U or DU) and one course focusing on GLOBAL diversity (designated as G or DG) 

Courses fulfilling the Social and Cultural Diversity requirement also include those offered as joint designations (for example: ALU, ALDU, ALG, ALDG, etc.) 

Integrative Experience varies by department 3 credits A variety of options will be offered during junior or senior year in your major department. (*)

For further information about each curriculum area, visit Curriculum Areas and Designations.

Things to keep in mind:

  • As many as 4 courses from a student's major department can be applied to GenEd requirements: Junior Year Writing, Integrative Experience, one course applied to another GenEd requirement, and one course applied to a Diversity requirement. There is no limit on GenEd or Diversity courses that can be counted toward major requirements.
  • Interdisciplinary (I, IU, IG or SI) courses may only count toward the last Social World requirement. Additional Interdisciplinary courses may count toward the Social & Cultural Diversity requirement. No more than three I or SI courses will count toward Gen Ed and Diversity
  • Gen Ed courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • The Social & Cultural Diversity requirement can be combined with Social World requirements. 
  • To monitor your Gen Ed progress, regularly review your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) via SPIRE and consult with your advisor.

It is important that you plan your Gen Ed courses carefully with the help of your advisor so that you are choosing subjects that interest you and that will create a unifying experience for you. You do not need to complete your Gen Ed courses at the start of your college career; plan to distribute them throughout your four years.