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Regardless of what major students choose, everyone must complete a set of University-wide Graduation Requirements before receiving their Bachelor's degree. The Office of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overseeing this program. Although there are very specific requirements to meet, for the most part, students can choose from a wide variety of courses to complete them.
A University Graduation Requirement Worksheet is provided in the Undergraduate Bulletin, available to students at the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Sill Center) or the University College Advising Center (450 SSB). This Bulletin also contains additional information about the U’s General Education and Bachelor Degree requirements and options for completing these requirements.
University College advisors can help new students* understand University-wide Graduation Requirements, interpret Degree Audit Reports (DARs), and select appropriate courses to complete the requirements. UC advisors can also answer questions about fulfilling U of U general requirements with transfer work. Call 801.581.8146 to schedule an appointment. Once a student is admitted into a major, the departmental advisor for that program can help the student understand the specific requirements for the major and assist with completing all university requirements.
*Note: Students who are considering a major in Business, Engineering, Fine Arts, Science, or Mines should see their departmental advisor as soon as possible and will receive assistance with all university requirements there.
Whereas students select their own major(s), the University-wide Graduation Requirements must be completed by all U of U students, regardless of their academic program. These include General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirements whose intent is to ensure that all students pursuing a Bachelor's degree receive a well-rounded education. Thus, through the Intellectual Exploration (IE) courses, Engineering students will explore the fine arts and History students will be exposed to science.
All students who receive a Bachelor's degree are expected to have adequate writing and communication skills to clearly express themselves. Therefore, all students must take a lower-division composition course (WR) and an upper-division communication/writing intensive course (CW). When possible, the upper division writing course should be related to the student's major.
The State of Utah requires that all students receiving a baccalaureate degree from a public university to have an understanding of the fundamentals of American history and the principles and form of government and economic system of the United States. The objective is to ensure that all students have at least a minimal basis for responsible citizenship. Students can choose from several courses to fulfill this American Institutions requirement (AI).
In order to prepare students for an increasingly information-based society in which the ability to use and critically evaluate information, especially numerical information, is central to the role requirements of an informed citizen, there are two Quantitative Reasoning requirements (QA andQB). Through the various courses offered in mathematics and logic to fulfill these requirements, students should acquire the skills necessary to make rational decisions based on real data.
The Diversity requirement (DV) stands as a University of Utah commitment to develop and teach ways of thinking drawn from multiple histories and cultural heritages that shape the United States. The goal of this requirement is to extend cross-cultural understanding and encourage students to better consider ethical and social decisions from multiple perspectives.
To learn more about the University-wide Graduation Requirements and see a list of courses that fulfill each requirement, view the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.
The U of U offers several programs that incorporate courses that fulfill many University-wide Graduation Requirements. For more information on each of them, see below.
Honors Program, 134 Sill Center, 801.581.7383, honors.utah.edu
LEAP, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sill Center, 801.581.3811, http://leap.utah.edu/
Student Services Building, Room 450 [MAP]