Jun 15, 2024  
2024-2025 General Catalog 
  
2024-2025 General Catalog

General Education Requirements


General Education is an independent program of study that serves as the intellectual foundation for Associates and Bachelor’s degrees. General Education provides students with cross-disciplinary coursework that helps develop critical thinking, analytical and ethical skills, and the broad-based academic knowledge necessary for an adaptable 21st century workforce and an educated citizenry. Students transferring to Utah State University should see the General Education Requirements for Transfer Students section. All Utah State University students must complete the following (or approved equivalents):

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

USU’s General Education program consists of two sets of requirements: Core and Breadth.

Core Requirements (12 credits)

Learning outcomes for core requirements address foundational competencies to promote student success across the curriculum and prepare students for subsequent coursework. Specifically, students should be able to communicate effectively (both writing and speaking) and utilize quantitative methods of analysis.


Communications Literacy (CL1) (3 credits)

One of the following Communications Literacy (CL1)  courses: 

ENGL 1010 - Writing as Inquiry (CL1) 3   

IELI 2420 - Writing from Academic Sources (CL1) 4   

LANG 2420 - Writing from Academic Sources (CL1) 4  

Or one of the following test scores:

  • ACT English Test: Score of 29 or higher
  • RSAT Evidenced -Based Reading and Writing Test (if taken after March 2016): Score of 640 or higher
  • SAT Critical Reading Test (if taken before March 2016): Score of 640 or higher
Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Communications Literacy (CL2) (3 credits)

One of the following Communications Literacy (CL2)  courses:

ENGL 2010 - Research and Argument Across Perspectives (CL2) 3   

ENGL 2020 - Professional Communication (CL2) 3  

HIST 2730 - Navajo History and Culture (CL2) 3  

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) (3 credits)

One of the following Quantitative Literacy (QL)  courses:
Or ACT Math Score of 26 or higher | SAT Math score equivalent .
Or one Mathematics or Statistics course requiring MATH 1050  as a prerequisite.
 
Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Breadth American Institutions (BAI) (3 credits)

One of the following Breadth American Institutions (BAI)  courses:

Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 
 

Breadth Requirements (15 credits)

General Education requires students to complete courses within five different breadth areas in order to cultivate the exposure to a range of subjects, analytical skills, and to develop the intellectual agility required to navigate a variety of perspectives and participate effectively in professional life and a diverse democracy.  
Students must take a minimum of 15 total credits, including at least one course from each of the five categories shown below.

Click here to see exceptions to the Breadth Requirements.


Breadth Creative Arts (BCA) (3 credits)

One of the following Breadth Creative Arts (BCA)  courses:

Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Breadth Humanities (BHU) (3 credits)

One of the following Breadth Humanities (BHU)  courses:

Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Breadth Life Sciences (BLS) (3 credits)

One of the following Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  courses:

Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS) (3 credits)

One of the following Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  courses:

Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Breadth Social Sciences (BSS) (3 credits)

One of the following Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)  courses:

Please refer to the Credit by Exam tables on the Registrar’s Office website for transfer exam scores that may potentially fulfill general education requirements.
 

Integrated Studies Requirement (3 credits)

Choose an additional class from one of the following General Education or Depth Education categories: QL, BAI, BCA, BHU, BLS, BPS, BSS, CI, QI, DHA, DSC, or DSS.

Note: Students may use an additional Quantitative Literacy (QL) course to satisfy the Integrated Studies Requirement only if they received college credits for the QL requirement. Students who had the QL requirement waived as a result of an ACT Math or SAT Math score do not receive any college credit for those exams. Therefore, these students may not take an additional QL course to satisfy the Integrated Studies Requirement unless they first earn QL credits through coursework or examination.

Note: The Integrated Studies Requirement is required only for students whose first semester enrolled at USU is Summer Semester 2008 or thereafter.

 

Designation of Courses that Satisfy General Education Requirements


All courses approved for the General Education requirements are clearly designated in this catalog. The designations used for General Education courses are as follows:

Core Courses
  • Communication Literacy, CL1 and CL2
  • Quantitative Literacy, QL
  • American Institutions, BAI
Breadth Courses
  • Creative Arts, BCA
  • Humanities, BHU
  • Life Sciences, BLS
  • Physical Sciences, BPS
  • Social Sciences, BSS
     

General Education Requirements for Transfer Students 


See Transfer Credit  page for more information.

Exceptions to General Education Breadth Requirements


Exceptions may be made for transfer students or students who have earned credit (prior to attending USU) through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Dantes Standardized Subject Tests (DSST), or concurrent enrollment.

Exceptions may be made to satisfy the breadth requirement within a major’s categorization. For example, in order to accommodate students within majors or minors not offering an approved Breadth course, an advisor may request a substitution of a higher-numbered course (i.e., a higher numbered Physics class might be used to satisfy the Physical Sciences requirement for an Engineering major). In order to accommodate students within majors or minors offering an approved Breadth course, but for which a student is required to take a significant amount of coursework within the subject matter that does not include the approved Breadth course, an advisor may request a substitution of a higher-numbered course (i.e., a higher-numbered Music class might be used to satisfy the Creative Arts requirement for a Music major).

Recording Exceptions: When exceptions are granted, it is the advisor’s responsibility to work with the Registrar’s Office to have the exception or substitution recorded within the degree audit program.