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General Education Core

About the General Education Core

What is the general education core? The general education core, or "gen ed," is a set of requirements that must be completed by all degree-seeking undergraduate students in addition to the courses required by the individual colleges and departments.

Do all students complete the exact same courses to fulfill their general education core requirements? While every student must complete the core, the specific requirements may vary depending on the major selected. Additionally, the gen ed requirements are different from college core requirements. To ensure that you take the appropriate core courses, see your academic advisor regularly. The questions below are separated by the gen ed requirement. Scroll through to find answers to questions you may have. As always, if you can't find what you're looking for, ask an advisor!

Notes

  • If you are in the Honors College, please refer to the Honors curriculum for gen ed requirements and additional information.
  • Please understand that there are differences between the general education core, college, and department requirements. Please check with your advisor for clarification.

English Composition

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for English composition.

How do I know which English course to take first?
UNLV uses your ACT and/or SAT scores as a basis for placement into your first English course. Find out which course you should take.
If I received a 30 on my ACTs or a 680 on my SATs and tested into ENG 102, do I have to take ENG 101?
No. If you test into ENG 102, you do not have to take ENG 101. However, please note that you will not receive credit for ENG 101 if you test out of the course.
I received AP credit for ENG 101; can I just sign up for ENG 102?
Yes! Be sure to have an official copy of your AP scores sent to UNLV. Once the scores are in our system, you can register for ENG 102. If you're waiting for your scores to show up in our system, take a copy of your scores to the ENG department to be placed into ENG 102. You will still need to submit official scores to UNLV to receive credit for ENG 101.
I placed into ENG 101E because my ACT score is between 17 and 20 or my SAT score is between 400 and 500; do I receive credit for this course?
Yes! ENG 101E is the first course in a two-semester sequence designed to allow students to complete ENG 101 at a slower pace. You will take ENG 101E your first semester, and then you will take ENG 101F the following semester. Upon completion of ENG 101E and 101F, you will be able to take ENG 102. You will receive credit for both ENG 101E and 101F; however, ENG 101E is a pass/fail course, and ENG 101F is traditionally graded.
I placed into ENG 098 because my ACT score is below 17 or my SAT score is below 400; what type of course is this?
ENG 098 is a preparatory English course designed to cover the fundamentals of writing. Upon completion of the course, students will have the foundation necessary to take ENG 101. Since this is a preparatory course, it does not count toward the total needed for graduation. Please consult your advisor if you have questions on how it will affect financial aid, degree progress, etc.
I think I completed my ENG 101 and 102 requirements at my previous institution; why does it not show on my degree worksheet?
A course taken at another institution may or may not count toward a specific requirement at UNLV. To be sure, bring a course description to your advisor, who can fill out the necessary paperwork to find out if the course will satisfy the requirement if appropriate.
English is not my first language; what English courses should I take?
Non-native English speakers may take ENG 113 and 114: Composition I & II for International Students. These two courses are equivalent to ENG 101 and 102 in the gen ed core. Placement via a language placement test is required. For more information regarding testing, visit the English Language Center. For additional information regarding the courses, please contact the English composition department at 702-895-3165.

English Literature

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for English literature.

I took an English literature course at another institution titled "American Literature"; will that satisfy my world literature requirement?
No. The English literature requirement is completed by taking a world literature course. At UNLV, the two options are ENG 231: World Literature I, and ENG 232: World Literature II. If you took a course titled "World Literature" at your previous institution and do not see it on your degree worksheet, please bring a description of the course to your advisor, who can fill out the necessary paperwork to see if it will satisfy the requirement if appropriate.
I'm trying to register for ENG 232 or 231, but I'm having difficulty. What is the prerequisite?
ENG 231 and 232 have prerequisites of ENG 101 and 102. If you have completed these two courses, contact the English Department at 702-895-3533 for additional assistance.

Math

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for math.

**Note concerning duplicate credit**
Duplicate credits cannot be earned in any two of:
MATH 124, 126, 128
MATH 127, 128

How do I know which math course to take first?
UNLV uses your ACT and SAT scores as a basis for placement into your first math course. Find out which course you should take.
What is the lowest math course I can take for my major?
The math requirement varies with each major. Some majors require several semesters of math, while others require only one. Please refer to your major's degree worksheet or visit the department's section of the undergraduate catalog.
It looks like I did not test into the required math course, but rather MATH 095 or 096; what types of courses are these?
MATH 095 and 096 are preparatory math courses designed to cover the fundamentals of math. Upon completion of the courses, students will have the foundation necessary to take any entry-level math course at UNLV. Since these are preparatory courses, they do not count toward the total needed for graduation. Please consult your advisor if you have questions on how it will affect financial aid, degree progress, etc.
Does the Math Department have a placement test?
Yes! The Math Department offers a placement test periodically throughout the semester. Contact them at 702-895-3567 or in CBC B411 for test dates and times.
I am not strong in math; is tutoring available?
Yes! UNLV has several resources for tutoring on campus. Please visit the Placement Test/Tutoring page for more information.
I took a statistics course at another institution; will this satisfy my math requirement?
No. The math requirement can be completed only with a nonstatistical math course.

Constitutions

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for constitutions.

I took a U.S. history or U.S. government course at another institution; why does it not show up on my worksheet as satisfying the U.S. portion of my constitutions?
A course taken at another institution may or may not count toward a specific requirement at UNLV. To be sure, bring a course description to your advisor, who can fill out the necessary paperwork to find out if the course will satisfy the requirement if appropriate. If approved, you will still need to complete the Nevada portion of the constitutions requirement.
Which courses satisfy the U.S. constitution requirement at UNLV?
HIST 101, 106, 401, 412; PSC 304, 330, 409C; PUA 241
Which courses satisfy the Nevada constitution requirement at UNLV?
HIST 102, 217, 402, 417A or PSC 100, 401D
Which courses satisfy both the U.S and Nevada constitution requirement at UNLV?
HIST 100 or PSC 101

Sciences

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for sciences.

I took science with a lab at another institution; why did it not come in as a science with a lab?
A course taken at another institution may or may not count toward a specific requirement at UNLV. To be sure, bring a course description to your advisor, who can fill out the necessary paperwork to find out if the course will satisfy the requirement if appropriate.
I took CHEM 103: Preparatory Chemistry; will that count as my nonlab science?
No. CHEM 103 is an elective course for students who need to take CHEM 121: General Chemistry I.

Analytical Thinking

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for analytical thinking.

I took a philosophy course that was titled "Intro to Logic"; will this course satisfy the requirement?
A course taken at another institution may or may not count toward a specific requirement at UNLV. To be sure, bring a course description to your advisor, who can fill out the necessary paperwork to find out if the course will satisfy the requirement if appropriate.

Humanities

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for humanities.

* Must be from two different areas

Can I take any communications course to fulfill the humanities requirement?
Only the following COM courses, COM 101, 211 or 216 fulfill the humanities requirement. See you advisor with any questions.
If I take a fine arts course, will it count toward the humanities requirement?
No. Fine arts is a separate requirement from humanities, which have different lists of appropriate courses.

Fine Arts

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for fine arts.

I took an acting course at another university; will it satisfy the fine arts requirement?
The fine arts requirement is fulfilled through appreciation or introduction courses. These courses have little, if any, practical or hands-on skills component. Courses designed to give students hands-on experience typically will not satisfy this requirement. If you have additional questions, please contact your advisor.

Social Science

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for social science.

* Must be from three different areas

I have already taken a psychology course; can I take another psychology course?
No. Students take three courses from three different areas to complete the social science requirement.
I took a political science course to complete my constitutions requirement. Can I use it as a social science as well?
No. Within the gen ed core, each course can fulfill only one requirement. The only exception to this rule is for Multicultural and International requirements.

Multicultural and International

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about core requirements for multicultural and international.

I took SPAN 113 to fulfill my humanities requirement; will it also fulfill my international requirement?
Yes! Courses taken to fulfill another gen ed core requirement can also fulfill the international OR multicultural requirement simultaneously. Please note that you will earn credit for the course only once even though it fulfills two requirements.
Where can I find out which courses satisfy the multicultural and international requirements?
Please visit the General Education Committee website for lists of approved multicultural and international requirements.
Who is exempt from the multicultural and international requirements?
Every student seeking an undergraduate degree at UNLV is required to fulfill both requirements.