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NOTE: This list includes courses approved as of the publication of this page. Additions and deletions may occur. See your advisor or the University Core Director for the most recent information. Also see Notes, Major Program Restrictions, and FAQClick on the individual classes to see the class description.

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  1. The Mind: Enhancement of Cognitive Development (12-13 hours)
  2. The Self: Enhancement of Individual Development (8 hours)
  3. The World: Enhancement of Cultural and Natural Awareness (26-27 hours)
  4. The Synthesis: Integration and Application of Knowledge (3 hours)

A. The Mind: Enhancement of Cognitive Development (12-13 hours)

A1. Composition/Communication Studies (Speech) 9 hours

Eng 101: Rhetoric & Composition I AND

Eng 201: Rhetoric & Composition II AND

Cmst 101: Intro to Public Speaking OR  
Cmst 107: Intro to Interpersonal Communications
Thtr 251: Acting I

A2. Mathematics 3-4 hours

Proficiency exam administered by Math Department OR

Math 107: Fundamentals of Mathematics for Nurses
Math 108: Survey of Mathematics
Math 111: College Algebra
Math 115: Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Math 118: Comprehensive Pre-Calculus
Math 122: Analytic Geometry
Math 202: Mathematical Concepts for Preschool through Primary Teachers
Math 203: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
Math 206: Mathematical Concepts for Elementary, Junior High, & Middle School Teachers
Math 215: Survey of Calculus
Math 230: Calculus I

B. The Self: Enhancement of Individual Development (8 hours)

B1. Ethics 3 hours

Eng 222: Concepts of Good and Evil in Literature
BGS 201: Ethics of Global Engagement
HA 356: Ethics & Health Care in a Pluralistic Society
Phil 200: Intro to Philosophy
Phil 201: Intro to Ethics
Phil 312: Ethics in the Professions
Phil 363: Bioethics

B2. The Arts 3 hours

Art 201: Intro to the Visual Arts
Art 353: 19th Century Art
Art 354: 20th Century Art
Cmst 203: Intro to Performance Studies
Eng 105: Intro to Literature (topics vary)
Eng 255: Intro to British Literary History
Eng 265: Intro to American Literary History
Eng 285: Intro to Film
Eng 286: Classical Mythology
Eng 302: Creative Writing
Eng 330: Ethnic Literature in America
Eng 382: Literature of the Bible I
Fren 275: The French Film
Germ 275: The German Film
Mus 202: Intro to Music
Span 275: The Hispanic Film
Thtr 101: Intro to Theatre

B3. Health/Fitness 2 hours (See Note 1 below)

Ped 186: Wellness/Fitness Appraisal OR 
Ped 281: Personal Health Science OR
Ped 287: Physical Education and the Elementary School Classroom Teacher OR
Biol 176: Nutrition OR 
Nutr 376: Principles & Applications in Nutrition OR 
OT 310: Applied Pathophysiology I

- AND -

One Ped Activities Course (100 level) OR 
Ped 295: Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher

C. The World: Enhancement of Cultural and Natural Awareness (26-27 hours)

C1. History 3 hours

Educ 173: History of Schooling in America 1620-Present
Hist 101: U.S. to 1865
Hist 102: U.S. Since 1865
Hist 111: World Civilizations I, Beginnings to 1500
Hist 112: World Civilizations II, 1500-Present
Hist 130: Issues in American History
Hist 140: Issues in World History

C2. Individual Development / Social Behavior 6 hours

Anth 101: Intro to Anthropology
Anth 121: Intro to Archaeology
Econ 175: Fundamentals of Economics
Econ 208: Microeconomics
Econ 209: Macroeconomics
Educ 302: Multicultural Education
Eng 330: Ethnic Literature in America
GNDR 111: Intro to Gender Studies
Pols 102: Intro to American Politics
Psy 201: Intro to Psychology
Soc 121: Principles of Sociology
Soc 231: Social Problems
Soc 251: Principles of Social Psychology
Soc 261: Marriage & Family

C3. Science (L = lab course) 8-9 hours (at least one lab)

ANTH 131: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Astr 201(L): General Astronomy

Biol 105(L): Biology of Human Concern
Biol 112(L): Ethnobotany
Biol 114(L): Understanding Evolution
Biol 121: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Biol 122(L): Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Biol 133(L): Biological Concepts
Biol 141(L): Principles of Biology
Biol 151(L): Botany
Biol 152(L): Zoology
Biol 176: Nutrition
Biol 208(L): Wildlife Biology
Biol 251: Environmental Conservation
Biol 282: Heredity & Society
Biol 285: Animal Behavior

Chem 103: Molecules, Matter, and Me OR 
Chem 107(L): Elements in Everyday Chemistry

Chem 141(L): Principles of Chemistry
Chem 175 (L): Survey of Chemical Concepts
Chem 261(L): General Chemistry I

Chem 262(L): General Chemistry II

Geog 112: Earth System Science
Geog 215: Climatology

Geol 101: Prehistoric Life
Geol 115: Landscapes/Geol North America
Geol 121: Geology of Gemstones
Geol 131: Geology, the Environment, & Society
Geol 132: Volcanoes and Eruptions

Geol 151(L): Geology of America's National Parks OR
Geol 161(L): Physical Geology

Geol 162(L): Historical Geology
Geol 234: The Oceans: Past, Present, and Future

Phys 101: Intro to the Physical Sciences
Phys 175(L): General Physics I
Phys 176(L): General Physics II
Phys 205(L): Intermediate Physics I
Phys 206(L): Intermediate Physics II
Phys 207: Intermediate Physics I
Phys 208: Intermediate Physics II

C4. Western Culture 6 hours

One Humanities course from each set following. (Each course title begins " The Western Tradition in ....")

Hum 211: Humanities I
Hum 221: Art History I
Hum 231: Philosophy I
Hum 241: Literature I

Hum 212: Humanties II
Hum 222: Art History II
Hum 232: Philosophy II
Hum 242: Literature II

- OR -

Fren 203: French Intermediate I AND
Fren 204: French Intermediate II OR

Germ 203: German Intermediate I AND
Germ 204: German Intermediate II OR

Latn 203: Latin Intermediate I AND
Latn 204: Latin Intermediate II OR

Span 203: Spanish Intermediate I AND
Span 204: Spanish Intermediate II

C5. Global Communities 3 hours

Anth 111: World Culture
Anth 251: People of Latin America
Anth 255: Cultures of Asia
Anth 262: Archaeology of North America
Art 253: Ancient Mexico
Biol 251: Environmental Conservation
BGS 201: Ethics of Global Engagement
Cmst 317: Intercultural Communication
Econ 241: Global Economics
Eng 231: African American Literature
Eng 386: World Mythology
Foreign Language 102: Beginning II
Geog 330: World Geography
Hist 365: Crusades
HP 236: Eastern Medicine and Alternative/Complementary Health Care
HP 492: Transcultural Health Care
Inst 213: Magic in Arts/Humanities
Inst 389:  World Literature in Translation
Phil 251: Introduction to the Study of World Religions
Pols 271: International Politics
Socw 392: Global Social Work

D. The Synthesis: Integration and Application of Knowledge (3 hours)

D. Synthesis 3 hours

Biol 481: Organic Evolution
Chem: Seminar/Research Sequence
Cs 483:  Senior Software Development Project
Dthy 401: Clinical Management I
Dthy 457: Professional and Current Issues in Oral Health Care
Educ 433: Synthesis Seminar in Early Childhood Education
Educ 438: Synthesis Seminar in Special Education
Educ 448: Synthesis Seminar in Secondary Teaching
Educ 458: Synthesis Seminar in Elementary Teaching
Engr 491: Senior Design
Gens 498: Personal and Professional Development
Geol 481: Advanced Environmental Geology
HP 498: Current Concepts in Health Professions
Liba 497: Capstone Studies
Mngt 452: Policy Formulation & Administration
Math 492: History of Mathematics
Nurs 467: Nursing & Health Care Issues
Nutr 496: Leadership & Professional Issues in Food & Nutrition
OT 480: Occupational Therapy Research
Ped 492: Contemporary Issues in Sport & Exercise
Radt 491: Integration of Advanced Imaging Concepts
Socw 402: Social Work Practice I
Tech 471: Senior Project OR 




  1. Some courses may carry more credit hours than those required for a given category.

  2. Students may use up to six hours of applicable course work from their major disciplines for appropriate University Core Curriculum credit, assuming the courses in question appear on the University Core list.

  3. Students may use the same course to fulfill more than one University Core requirement, as long as their total UCC program adds up to at least 50 hours. Additional courses to meet the 50 hour minimum may be selected from any University Core category.

  4. Associate degree programs include approximately one half of the 50-hour University Core requirement for the baccalaureate degree. Specific requirements for the associate degree programs appear under the description for each program in the USI Bulletin.