General Requirements

University general education requirements for all MU degrees

Legacy Requirements

These requirements are for students subject to 2018-2019 and previous years of the catalog.

3credits

College Algebra

Math 1100, 1160 or transferable equivalent (Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.)

Math 1120 is no longer offered.

This requirement can also be satisfied by completing a Calculus course (Math 1320, 1400, 1500, 1700, or 2300) that provides back-credit for Math 1100 (or 1160), or passing the proctored Math Placement Exam with a sufficient score, thereby demonstrating proficiency in college algebra.

 

3credits

English Exposition and Argumentation

English 1000 or 1000H or transferable equivalent (Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.)

This course in expository prose, which stresses writing as a process involving critical reading and thinking skills, should be taken during your freshman year.

 

3credits

First Writing Intensive Course

Three credits of Writing Intensive-designated coursework from anywhere in the University curriculum or from an English Composition I transfer course equivalent from a Missouri regionally-accredited institution (ENGLSH 1010W).

The course may also be applied toward the Distribution of Content requirement.

 

3credits

American History or Government

The following History and Political Science courses will meet the MO State Law:

History courses
1100: Survey of American History to 1865
1200: Survey of American History since 1865
1400: American History (no longer offered but still accepted for AP credit)
2210: Twentieth Century America
2440: History of Missouri
4000: Age of Jefferson
4220: U.S. Society Between the Wars 1918-1945
4230: Our Times: United States since 1945

Political Science courses
1100: American Government
1700: Introduction to Political Science (no longer offered)
2100: State Government

Designated courses may also be used toward the distribution requirement.

 

3credits

Math Reasoning Proficiency Course

Math Reasoning Proficiency courses must state that college algebra is a prerequisite. The course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Designated courses may also be used toward the distribution requirement.

 

27credits

Distribution of Content

The distribution of content requirement of 27 credits provides a breadth and depth of knowledge in three broad areas of study. The coursework must include at least one course numbered 2000 or higher in two of the three areas of distribution.

The distribution of content must include:


New Requirements

These requirements are applicable to student subject to the 2019-20 version of the catalog.

1course

Math and Quantitative Reasoning

Students may satisfy this requirement by:

 

1course

English Exposition and Argumentation

ENGLSH 1000 or ENGLSH 1000H) or transferable equivalent

This course in expository prose, which stresses writing as a process involving critical reading and thinking skills, should be taken during your freshman year.

 

3credits

First Writing Intensive Course

A  writing intensive-designated coursework from anywhere in the University curriculum, or from an English Composition I transfer course equivalent from another Missouri regionally-accredited institution (ENGLSH 1010W).

This may be satisfied by completing:

  • Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • Designated courses may also be used toward the distribution requirement.

 

3credits

American History or Government

  • Designated courses may also be used toward the distribution requirement.
  • Fulfills State Law Requirement

 

27credits

Distribution of Content

Distribution Requirement providing a breadth and depth of knowledge in three broad areas of study. The course work must include at least one course numbered 2000 or higher in two of the areas of distribution as described below.

The distribution of content must include:

 

For the full list of courses that fulfill this distribution and the noted exceptions, go to: http://generaleducation.missouri.edu/courses/

Transfer Students and University General Education Requirements

MU general-education requirements may be completed at MU or are considered completed for students who:

  • Transfer to MU with an AA degree from a regionally-accredited Missouri institution or
  • Complete CORE 42 at MU or at another CORE 42 signatory Missouri institution
  • Complete general education at a CORE 42 signatory Missouri institution*

Transfer credits for other students are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. All students must complete University graduation requirements beyond the University general education requirements.

CORE 42 Transfer Curriculum

The CORE 42 Transfer Curriculum is a block of at least 42 credit hours that will transfer as a block and be considered to have met all General Education requirements at all Missouri public colleges and universities, as well as independent Missouri institutions that have signed onto the agreement via the Missouri Department of Higher Education (visit https://dhe.mo.gov/core42.php). *

Students who complete the CORE 42 curriculum will meet the general education requirements.

To complete the curriculum, students must earn a minimum number of credit hours in five knowledge areas:

  • Mathematical sciences – three credit hours
  • Natural sciences – seven credit hours, including a course with a lab
  • Humanities and fine arts – nine credit hours from at least two disciplines
  • Social and behavioral sciences – nine credit hours, including a civics course
  • Written and oral communications – nine credit hours (six in written communications and three in oral communications)

Credits earned beyond the minimum in each Knowledge area count toward the 42-hour minimum.

MOTR Course Equivalencies

Courses designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number, guarantees the one-to-one transfer of these courses among all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

For more information about CORE 42 and MOTR Course Equivalencies, visit https://dhe.mo.gov/core42.php.

NOTE: Many departments, degrees and majors have more specific requirements for foundation course work in addition to the University, general-education requirement. However, the reverse is not true. Departments or academic units may not have fewer general education requirements than described by the University general education requirements. Careful planning will allow students to simultaneously meet University, general-education requirements and prepare for many of the more specific foundation courses required by their field of study.

These requirements are applicable to student subject to the 2019-20 version of the catalog.  To reference earlier additions of the University Catalog go to Archived Catalogs under the General Information section on the catalog home page.