All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences who enter the college in the fall of 2018 or thereafter must complete the new General Education requirements. Students who entered the college before the fall 2018 have the option of completing either the new General Education requirements OR the old Core Curriculum.

Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) General Education (Gen Ed) requirements are the heart of a liberal arts education at CU Boulder. These requirements allow students to pursue their passions while also ensuring that they venture into diverse areas of learning. The flexibility of the Gen Ed requirements enables students to explore areas of particular interest in depth, and in so doing, facilitates the addition of minors or second majors. The Gen Ed requirements are straightforward, streamlined, and rigorous. As society changes and technology advances, the courses of study that comprise these requirements will evolve naturally within this durable framework. The Gen Ed requirements reflect the A&S identity and learning goals (see below).


The new A&S General Education curriculum consists of three basic categories of requirements: Skills, Distribution, and Diversity.