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Graduation Requirements

Regardless of what major you choose, you must complete a set of University-wide Graduation Requirements before receiving your Bachelor's degree. A University Graduation Requirement Worksheet is provided in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Our advisors can help you understand these requirements and how to select appropriate courses to complete them. Our advisors can also answer questions about fulfilling U of U requirements with transfer work. Once you are admitted into a major, your major advisor can help you understand the specific requirements for both the major and the university.

How do I find out where my transfer work fits in to the general requirements?

After you are admitted the Admissions Office will evaluate your transcripts and determine which courses at your previous school count toward General Education at the University of Utah. My Degree Dashboard will illustrate which requirements are being cleared with particular transfer courses.

Where do I go for help if I think that a transfer course should count toward general education?

Make an appointment with our advisors here: Bring a course description or syllabus. We can evaluate the course based on the University's guidelines and determine if it fulfills the requirement.

If a course is listed in two different IE areas can it count for both?

No, it can count in either area, but not both. My Degree Dashboard will use the course where it is needed. For instance, if a course can count for either Fine Arts or Humanities and you have already taken two Humanities IE courses, the course will automatically be counted as a Fine Arts.

When do I have to have my General Education done?

Students who complete their Writing (WR2) and Quantitative Reasoning (QA) requirements in their first 30 credits at the university tend to perform better in their subsequent courses and graduate sooner.

What's the difference between a B.A. and a B.S. degree?

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) demonstrates proficiency in math while a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) demonstrates proficiency in a second language. A B.S. degree requires two Quantitative Intensive (QI) courses, and a B.A. degree requires fourth semester proficiency in a second language. Some majors allow you to choose to do either a B.A. or a B.S., while others do not offer you a choice.

Where can I find the U of U courses that count towards general education?

You can find the lists of General Education courses in each semester Class Schedule.

How do I petition a course to fulfill a General Education or Bachelor’s Degree Requirement?

Under certain circumstances, and with proper documentation, students can petition to have a course they have taken count towards one of their General Education and Bachelor’s Degree requirements.  The petition form is found here:

If you are undecided on a major, schedule an appointment with a University College Advisor

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Last Updated: 9/21/16