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
General Core Studies (section J-3-d of the General Catalog) 18 credits
Students must complete three different disciplines from the Humanities, Social Science, International and American Diversity approved lists, for a total of at least 18 credits. The interdisciplinary ISEM 101 and 301 seminars do not count toward the three disciplines.
- 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 seminars will be listed on the Class Schedule.
- Two Humanities courses (for 6 credits) and two Social Sciences courses (for 6 credits).
- An International course or experience (for 1-4 credits)
- An American Diversity course (for 3 credits).
- 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.). 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.
Other General Education Requirements (sectionsJ-3-a-b-c of the General Catalog) 15-17 credits
- Two Communication courses (English 102 and one additional communication course for 5 credits).
- 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).
- A Math, Statistics or Computer Science course (for 3-4 credits)
For list of all approved General Education course options, see the Registrar’s Catalog Listings.
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 highschool 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 highschool graduation may choose to complete either the UI General Education or the Transfer Student General Education
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.