Students who entered the College of Arts and Sciences before the fall 2018 have the option of completing EITHER the Core Curriculum requirements listed here OR the new General Education requirements. 

Students who enter the college in the fall of 2018 or thereafter, however, MUST complete the General Education requirements and CANNOT complete the Core Curriculum.

The core-curriculum requirements are divided into two parts:

The links above provide descriptions of the individual requirement areas, their underlying educational philosophies and goals, and the list of approved courses.

This web version of the core curriculum on the A&S website contains the most current information available. For those courses that are different from the most recent online Catalog, you will see this in parentheses: *New since last Catalog was published.


Selected majors and the ecology and evolutionary biology minor are exempt from portions of the core curriculum, as core course work is considered equivalent to course work in the major. Students who graduate with more than one exempt major may apply their exemptions cumulatively.

NOTE: Although a single course may appear in several areas, you may use it to meet only one core requirement.