Within your academic major or specialized curricula, UMUC's degree programs incorporate core and program-specific competencies known as general education requirements. The general education requirements listed below are specific to the bachelor's degree programs. The general education requirements for the associate's degree programs—only offered to the military—generally correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with the following exceptions: The upper-level advanced writing course and the second computing course are not required for the associate's degree.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

General Education Requirements

Communication | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing may be earned through credit by examination. The upper-level advanced writing course cannot be earned through credit by examination.

  • WRTG 101
    Must be completed with a grade of C- or better within the first 18 credits. May not be earned through course-challenge examination.
  • Another writing course (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • All 3-credit WRTG courses (except WRTG 288, WRTG 388, WRTG 486A, or WRTG 486B)
    • COMM 390
    • COMM 492
    • ENGL 102
    • JOUR 201
  • A course in communication, writing, or speech (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • All 3-credit COMM, SPCH, and WRTG courses (except WRTG 486A and WRTG 486B)
    • ENGL 102
    • ENGL 281
    • JOUR 201
  • An upper-level advanced writing course (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • WRTG 391
    • WRTG 393
    • WRTG 394

Arts and Humanities | 6 Credits

  • Two 3-credit courses chosen from the following courses and disciplines: ARTH; ARTT; ASTD (depending on course content); ENGL, except ENGL 281 and ENGL 384; GRCO; HIST; HUMN; MUSC; PHIL; THET; dance; literature; foreign language

Behavioral and Social Sciences | 6 Credits

  • Two 3-credit courses chosen from the following courses and disciplines: AASP 201; ANTH; ASTD (depending on course content); BEHS; CCJS 100; CCJS 105; CCJS 350; CCJS 360; CCJS 461; ECON; GEOG; GERO, except GERO 342 and GERO 351; GVPT; PSYC; SOCY; WMST 200

Biological and Physical Sciences | 7 Credits

  • A science lecture course (3 credits) with related laboratory course (1 credit) or a science course combining lecture and laboratory (4 credits)
  • Any other science course (3 credits)

Courses from the following disciplines may satisfy both requirements: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, and zoology. NUTR 100 may satisfy the requirement for a 3-credit science lecture course.

Mathematics | 3 Credits

Must be completed within the first 18 credits. Placement test required. Check individual majors for recommended math courses and related requirements.

  • One 3-credit course chosen from the following:
    • MATH 106
    • MATH 107
    • MATH 115
    • MATH 140
    • STAT 200
    • A mathematics course approved by the department

Interdisciplinary or Emerging Issues | 7 Credits

  • One course (LIBS 150) in introductory research, which must be completed within the first 6 credits
  • A total of 6 credits in computing courses as follows:
    • IFSM 201 or CMST 301
    • An additional computing course appropriate to the academic major (3 credits)

Refer to your specific major for requirements or recommendations. Unless otherwise specified, upper- or lower-level courses designated CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, and SDEV and ACCT 326 apply. IFSM 300 is required for the majors in public safety administration and all business-related fields.

Undergraduate Degrees

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