MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of General Education (GE) requirements is to address three kinds of learning outcomes. First, GE courses should help students develop core competencies in critical thinking, quantitative literacy, visual fluency, collaboration and written and oral communication. Second, these courses should help students confront and understand significant issues in the world and learn to explore those issues through a range of different perspectives. Finally, in addressing core competencies and significant issues through knowledge discovery, application, and dissemination, GE requirements prepare students to have an impact on their communities through creative and collaborative problem solving.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: As part of the University of Utah’s implementation of R470, or the State of Utah’s policy mandating that state institutions of higher education deliver general education programs within certain guidelines, 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.
OVERSIGHT: 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 Undergraduate Studies. 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.
General Education Courses List
Click HERE to download student worksheet and breakdown of requirements.
American Institutions (AI)
Quantitative Reasoning (QA/QB or QR)
Students must complete either one QA (Mathematics) and one QB (Statistics/Logic) course or one QA/QB course (Mathematics and Statistics/Logic) or one QR course.
Fine Arts Exploration (FF)
Humanities Exploration (HF)
Physical/Life Science Exploration (SF/AS)
Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF)
Interstate Passport Network
The Interstate Passport enables successful transfer of completed lower-division general education requirements and Passport courses and learning outcomes, which may be in addition to general education requirements, to out-of-state institutions participating in the Interstate Passport Network, and to all Utah public institutions. Students who complete all institutional general education requirements and the Passport at a USHE institution will not be required to repeat or take additional course work to meet lower-division general education requirements when they transfer to another Passport institution, except as required by state statutes. Successful completion of Passport courses and learning outcomes will be noted on students’ transcripts. Students with an interest in earning the Interstate Passport should contact their academic advisor.