Requirements | Catalog Year 2012-13 and +

The University Committee on General Education, University Curriculum Committee and Faculty Senate have approved the following general education curriculum requirements beginning with the 2011-12 (ISEM 101) and 2012-13 (ISEM 301, American Diversity and Senior Experience) catalog years.  These and all General Education requirements are listed under section J - General Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree, under "General Requirements and Academic Procedures" of the General Catalog, for your particular "Catalog Year."

General Education Curriculum Requirements

Students take:

  1. Catalog J-3-a: Two Communication courses (English 102, depending on placement scores, and one additional communication course for 5 credits).
  2. Catalog J-3-b: Two Natural and Applied Sciences courses (from two science courses and their labs, or an Integrated Science (CORS) course and one additional science course with a lab for 7-8 credits).
  3. Catalog J-3-c: A Math, Statistics or Computer Science course (for 3-4 credits).
  4. Catalog J-3-d: Four Humanities and Social Sciences courses (6 credits of each, for 12 credits).
  5. Catalog J-3-e: American Diversity and International courses (1 course in each, with International 1-4 credits)  Note: certain American Diversity and International courses are cross-listed with Humanities and Social Sciences courses, identifies with a D or I, and can be used to satisfy both requirements.  The International course requirement may be waived with an approved International Program's Office study abroad experience.
  6. Catalog J-3-f: Integrated Studies:
    • An Integrated Seminar (ISEM 101 for 3 credits) course during the Fall or Spring semester of their first year.  This seminar provides first-year students with an opportunity to develop their intellectual curiosity through the study of an interdisciplinary social science/humanities approach that emphasizes critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and an awareness of human diversity, focusing on a "human community."  The one-semester ISEM 101 seminars will be listed on the Class Schedule.    
    • A Great Issues Seminar (ISEM 301 for 1 credit).  These seminars are linked to campus-wide events and performances (“signature events” and other events of educational relevance), addressed from a multi-disciplinary approach, and offered throughout the year.  The Great Issues Seminars (ISEM 301) will be listed each semester on the Class Schedule.
    • A Senior Experience (course, internship, seminar, etc. for 1 or more credits).   This upper-division (300-400) course or experience is typically offered through one’s academic major, integrating the University Learning Outcomes with the course content.
Note: within the J-3-d, J-3-e and J-3-f components, students much have completed courses in at least four different disciplines.  The ISEM 101 or 301 seminars do not count toward the four disciplines.

For list of all approved General Education course options, see the Registrar’s Catalog Listings.

Transfer Students

U-Idaho General Education or Transfer Student General Education Requirements?

  • Students who begin their education at the University of Idaho with fewer than 14 transferable college credits from a regionally accredited institution earned after high school graduation are admitted as first-year students and placed on the UI General Eduction for the school year in which they were admitted. (e.g., A student admitted for the Fall 2012 semester must complete the UI General Education for the 2012-2013 catalog year.)
  • Transfer students who have completed 14 or more transferable college credits after high school graduation may choose to complete either the UI General Education or the Transfer Student General Education requirements.

Students with questions about their General Education requirements should contact their academic advisor or the Advising Center. A Change of General Education (Core) form is required for those eligible to change the student's General Education option.