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General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirements

Mission Statement

The mission of General Education (GE) and Bachelor Degree (BD) requirements is to meet three kinds of learning outcomes. First, GE and BD courses should help students develop core competencies in critical thinking, quantitative literacy, visual fluency, and written and oral communication. Second, these courses should help students confront and understand significant issues pertaining to the world and human nature and learn to explore those issues through a breadth of perspectives. Finally, in addressing core competencies and significant issues through  knowledge discovery, application and dissemination, the GE and BD requirements prepare students to become creative and collaborative problem solvers and to have an impact on their communities.

Learning Outcomes

As part of the University of Utah’s implementation of Utah Code R470, the University endorses a set of Learning Outcomes which describes what the university expects, in a broad sense, students to achieve through completing the general education program as well as the bachelor degree requirements. Students will see these learning outcomes in their General Education courses.


The approval of General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirement designations for courses is done by the General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC), which is run by the Office of General Education. The GECC reviews each designation on all courses every five years. The addition of new designations to courses is also approved by the Undergraduate Council.

Students: Use the tables below to find courses that meet the General Education or Bachelor Degree Requirements. The course list links below will redirect you to the University of Utah's General Catalog where you can search for courses that meet each of the designations.

Faculty: Use the tables below to view the criteria and the rubrics used to evaluate applications for the designations. Start the process to apply for a General Education or Bachelor Degree Requirement designation for your course through Requirement Review.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Courses Criteria & Rubrics
American Institutions (AI) General Education Course Lists AI Criteria
Lower Division Writing (WR2) WR2 Criteria
Quantitative Reasoning (QA,QB,QR) QA/QB Criteria
Fine Arts (FF) FF Criteria
Humanities (HF) HF Criteria
Physical/Life Science (SF) SF Criteria
Applied Science (AS) AS Criteria
Social/Behavioral Science (BF) BF Criteria

Students are required to meet the AI, WR2, and QR (QA & QB) requirement by taking one or more courses in each of those areas. The BFA and BMus students are not required to complete the QB requirement.

Students are required to take two (2) classes in each of three of the four Intellectual Explorations (IE) areas (Fine Arts [FF], Humanities [HF], Physical/Life Sciences [SF]/Applied Sciences [AS], and Social & Behavioral Science [BF]) that are not associated with the student's major.*  So, to be clear, students need to take six classes total: two in each of the Intellectual Explorations (IE) areas in which they are not majoring. Please consult with an adviser to learn which IE areas apply to specific programs of study.

*BS in Games students will be required to complete two courses from each area, adding up to eight courses total.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

Requirement Courses Criteria & Rubrics
BA Language Requirement BA Information BA Criteria
BS Quantitative Intensive (QI) Bachelor Degree Course Lists
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QI Criteria
Diversity (DV) DV Criteria
International (IR) IR Criteria
Upper-Division Communication/Writing (CW) CW Criteria

Students pursuing a BA must take the required number of language courses and achieve certain competencies. Students pursuing a BS are not required to take language courses, but are required to take two QI courses.** All students must take one course in each of the Diversity (DV), International (IR), and Upper-Division Communication/Writing (CW) areas.

**Students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees are exempt from the BA Language and BS Quantitative Intensive requirements.

Some courses that satisfy General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirements may be cross listed, which means that they are the same course, but offered by two or more departments. For example PHIL 2510 is cross listed with BIOL 2510. For all intents and purposes these are considered the same course. If a student took PHIL 2510, and later took BIOL 2510, for graduation purposes, this would be considered repeating the same course: no further graduation requirements would be satisfied and only the second grade would be recorded on the student’s record.

Bachelor's Requirement WorksheetGen Ed Course ListBachelor Degree Course List

Last Updated: 5/7/20