UNIVERSITY-WIDE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The University of Georgia Core Curriculum
Hours Required For the Undergraduate Degree
First-Year Odyssey Seminar Requirement
Cultural Diversity Requirement
Environmental Literacy Requirement
Examinations on the Constitutions
Examinations on United States and Georgia History
Regents' Writing and Reading Skills Requirement
Basic Physical Education
English 1101 and 1102
Resident Requirement


The University of Georgia Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum was established within the University System of Georgia as a means of facilitating the transfer of credit for students at the lower division level as they work toward baccalaureate degrees within University System colleges and universities. The various institutions within the University System, in establishing their core curricula, provide for (1) 60 semester credit hours of which a minimum of 42 are in general education and 18 in major-related courses; (2) assurances that all courses satisfactorily completed in the core curriculum of any unit of the University System will be acceptable and transferable to other units of the University System; and (3) the preservation of the maximum possible amount of institutional autonomy.

Briefly, the Core Curriculum includes:

Area I FOUNDATION COURSES
English and math courses common throughout the University System.
9 hours
Area II SCIENCES
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours); Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
7-8 hours
Area III QUANTITATIVE REASONING 3-4 hours
Area IV WORLD LANGUAGES, CULTURE, HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS
World Languages and Culture (9 hours); Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
12 hours
Area V SOCIAL SCIENCES 9 hours
Area VI COURSES RELATED TO THE PROGRAM OF STUDY 18 hours

For a detailed listing of the courses under each area, see the
General Education Core Curriculum.

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Hours Required For the Undergraduate Degree

A baccalaureate degree must contain a minimum of 120 semester hours. Baccalaureate degree programs also have a maximum of 120 semester hours (exclusive of physical education hours). Exceptions to the maximum degree length requirements may be made only with approval of the Board of Regents.

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.

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First-Year Odyssey Seminar Requirement

All first-year undergraduate students who matriculate fall semester 2011 and thereafter must successfully complete one First-Year Odyssey Seminar by the end of their first year in residence. This policy excludes transfer students. Additional information and a list of seminars are available online at www.fyo.uga.edu.

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Cultural Diversity Requirement

All students who matriculate in fall 2002 and thereafter must comply with the University of Georgia Cultural Diversity Requirement. To see specific school/college requirements or the Cultural Diversity policy statement, click below.

School/College Cultural Diversity Requirements

Academic Affairs Policy Statement No.11, Procedures for Establishing or Changing Implementation Plans for the Cultural Diversity Requirement

Cultural Diversity Certification Officers

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Environmental Literacy Requirement

All students who matriculate in fall 1993 and thereafter must attain knowledge of basic principles concerning environmental issues. This requirement may be satisfied by taking one course from a list of approved courses.

List of Approved Courses that Satisfy the Environmental Literacy Requirement beginning Fall 1993

Semester Environmental Literacy Requirement.

Students who matriculated on the quarter system may have already satisfied this requirement; see Quarter System Environmental Literacy Requirement

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Examinations on the Constitutions

Examinations on the Constitution of the United States and that of the state of Georgia are required of all persons receiving a degree from the University, including those transferring Political Science 1101 from institutions outside the state unless exempted by courses dealing with these constitutions.
Approved courses for exemption are as follows:
U.S. Constitution
    POLS 1101
    POLS 1105H
    POLS 4700
    POLS 4710
    HIST 2111 and   HIST 2112
    HIST 2111 and  HIST 2112H
    HIST 2111H and  HIST 2112H
    HIST 2111H and  HIST 2112
U.S. and Georgia Constitution
    POLS 1101 (taken in Georgia)
    POLS 1105H (taken in Georgia)
Georgia Constitution
    POLS 2201 (University System course; not offered at UGA, but may be offered at other System institutions)
    POLS 4650 (taken in Georgia)
    HIST 4100/6100
Examinations are given once each semester; contact University Testing Services at 706-542-3183 for information. One re-examination is permitted. Students who fail both examinations must satisfy the requirement with course work.

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Examinations on United States and Georgia History

A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required of all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University unless exempted by one of the following courses:  HIST 2111, HIST 2112, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H.

Group examinations are given free of charge once each fall and spring semester for first time test takers only.

Individual testing appointments are available for a $15 charge. Call University Testing Services (UTS) at 706-542-3183 for an appointment.

Reexamination is also permitted by appointment at UTS in Clark Howell Hall. Please visit www.testing.uga.edu for more information.

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Regents' Writing and Reading Skills Requirement

On March 3, 2010, the University of Georgia was approved for an exemption of the Regent's Test by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. As a result, the Regents' Test is not a graduation requirement for students who are enrolled on or matriculated at UGA after March 3, 2010.

Former UGA students who were enrolled at UGA prior to March 3, 2010, and lacked only the Regents' Test requirement for graduation, should contact their dean's office. Deans will consider appeals from such students to be exempted from the Test and certified for graduation on a case-by-case basis.

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Basic Physical Education

  1. All students entering the University fall 1991, and thereafter, who matriculate for their first baccalaureate degree are required to pass one semester credit hour of basic physical education. This requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of any combination of basic physical education courses. Basic physical education courses are designated PEDB 1010-1990; courses for physical education majors (PEDS), health promotion and education majors (HPRB) or recreation majors (RLST) will not satisfy the basic requirement. This requirement shall not apply for those entering a second or subsequent bachelor's degree program. The total number of credit hours in basic physical education courses that may be applied toward an undergraduate degree will be determined by individual schools and colleges; however, physical education courses designated PEDB 1010-1990 shall not be counted in the hours required for resident credit. Students entering the University prior to fall 1991 and who graduate fall 1991 or later may at their option choose whether they will be governed in their degree requirement by the basic physical education requirement at the time they matriculated or by the new requirement.
  2. All students entering the University fall 1977 through summer 1991 who matriculate for their first baccalaureate degree are required to pass five quarter hours (or the semester equivalent) of basic physical education. This requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of any combination of basic physical education courses. Basic physical education courses are designated PEDB 1010-1990; courses for physical education majors (PEDS), health promotion and education majors (HPRB) or recreation majors (RLST) will not satisfy the basic requirement. This requirement shall not apply for those entering a second or subsequent bachelor's degree program. The number of credit hours which may be applied toward an undergraduate degree will be determined by individual schools and colleges.
  3. All baccalaureate degree candidates who entered the University prior to fall 1977 are required to satisfy six courses of basic physical education. Students entering the University with 60 semester hours or more credit will be considered to have met this requirement. Students transferring fewer than 60 semester hours will exempt one course in basic physical education for each fifteen hours of credit transferred. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward a degree.
The above requirements are applicable to all students except as follows:
  1. Veterans: Veterans who have served 180 days or more may receive credit based on their military service, depending on date of matriculation. Veterans may receive no more credit for basic physical education courses than is required for a degree. To establish credit, veterans will be required to present a copy of their DD214 form to the Admissions Office.

  2. Army and Air Force ROTC Participants: Students who have successfully completed the Army ROTC Advanced Camp or the Air Force ROTC Field Training Encampment shall be considered to have met the basic physical education requirement, if they have not already satisfied it with basic physical education course work.

  3. Disabled Students: Adapted physical education classes are available to facilitate the meeting of the University physical education requirement by disabled students. Policies with regard to physical education for disabled students are as follows:

    The School of Health and Human Performance is committed to fulfilling the physical education needs of all students. An adapted physical education program operates as a normal extension of the basic physical education program for students who, because of temporary or permanent disability or medical conditions, cannot participate in the mainstream physical education program. It is through this adapted program that, with few exceptions, all students are able to satisfy the basic physical education requirement. Students with health problems or disabilities should consult with the Staff Physician at the University Health Service. Students will in turn be referred to the adapted physical education specialist who works in concert with the University Staff Physician, and subsequently will be placed in appropriate physical education activities.

    There are no exceptions to the physical education requirement for reasons of age, sex, or disability except upon special recommendation by the Staff Physician at the University Health Service.
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English 1101 and 1102

ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 (English Composition) are required for all undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia. A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for English 1101 and an average of 2.0 or better is required for both courses.

Transfer students not receiving freshman English credit for writing courses taken at other institutions should bring catalog descriptions of those courses for review to the Freshman English Office, 135 Park Hall.

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Resident Requirement

Candidates for first baccalaureate degrees who matriculate at UGA fall 2003 and thereafter must earn at least 45 of the last 60 semester credit hours in residence. In addition, 15 of the semester credit hours required for a studentís major must be earned in residence. (Some majors may require more than the minimum of 15 semester credit hours.)

Courses which are remedial in nature and are numbered less than 1000 and physical education courses designated PEDB 1010-1990 shall not be counted in satisfaction of this requirement.

Study Abroad: Students may receive resident credit for University-sponsored studies abroad programs for which course registration and fee payment are effected through the University.

Other University-approved academic programs: Students participating in a University-approved academic program, including the National Student Exchange (NSE), UGA international exchange programs, and approved study abroad programs, are exempt from the part of the residence requirement which requires that 45 (or 40) of the last 60 semester credit hours must be completed in residence. In such cases, students need to complete 45 (or 40) semester hours at the University of Georgia in order to satisfy the residence requirement.

Credit earned through programs sponsored by other institutions, organizations, or approved student exchange programs will be recorded as transfer credit. For more information on transferring credit from UGA international exchange programs and approved study abroad programs, please contact the Office of International Education (706-425-3274).

Students who present acceptable college credit earned before September 1960, or who are enrolled for a second baccalaureate degree, may satisfy the resident requirement by completing in residence 30 semester hours in courses numbered 2000 and above with a cumulative average grade of 2.0 or better. Students enrolled in the combined B.S.-M.D. program with the Medical College of Georgia may satisfy the resident requirement at the University by completing 30 semester hours in residence in courses approved by the Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.