UNIVERSITY-WIDE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  The University of Georgia Core Curriculum
  Hours Required For the Undergraduate Degree
  Environmental Literacy Requirement
  Examinations on the Constitutions
  Examinations on United States and Georgia History
  Regents' Testing Program
  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 A ESSENTIAL SKILLS
English and math courses common throughout the University System.
9-10 hours
Area B INSTITUTIONAL OPTIONS
UGA students select these courses with the assistance of an academic advisor.
4-5 hours
Area C HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS
Two courses selected from an approved list with the assistance of an academic advisor.
6 hours
Area D SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Two science courses and one mathematics/technology course.
10-11 hours
Area E SOCIAL SCIENCES
Four courses which may also satisfy history and constitution requirements.
12 hours
Area F COURSES RELATED TO THE PROGRAM OF STUDY 18 hours

For a detailed listing of the courses under each area, see Core Curriculum in the Programs of Study section of this Bulletin.

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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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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; see Semester System 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 1101-1101D from institutions outside the state unless exempted by courses dealing with these constitutions.
Approved courses for exemption are as follows:
U.S. Constitution
    POLS 1101-1101D
    POLS 1105H
    POLS 4700
    POLS 4710
    HIST 2111 and 2112
    HIST 2111 and 2112H
    HIST 2111H and 2112H
    HIST 2111H and 2112
U.S. and Georgia Constitution
    POLS 1101-1101D (taken in Georgia)
    POLS 1105H (taken in Georgia)
    HIST 4100
Georgia Constitution
    POLS 2201 (University System course; not offered at UGA, but may be offered at other System institutions)
    POLS 4650 (taken in Georgia)
    POLS 4660
    HIST 4100
Examinations are given once each semester; dates are announced in the Schedule of Classes. 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, HIST 4100. Examinations are given to freshmen during orientation and twice each semester by the Counseling and Testing Center. Reexamination is permitted. Examination dates are announced in the Schedule of Classes.

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Regents' Testing Program

Each institution of the University System of Georgia shall assure the other institutions, and the System as a whole, that students obtaining a degree from that institution possess certain minimum skills of reading and writing.

The Regents' Testing Program has been developed to help in the attainment of this goal. The objectives of the Testing Program are:

  1. to provide System-wide information on the status of student competence in the areas of reading and writing.
  2. to provide a uniform means of identifying those students who fail to attain the minimum levels of competence in the areas of reading and writing.

Passing the Regents' Test is defined as having passed all components of the test by scoring above the cutoff score specified for each component. The test may be administered either in its entirety or as one or more components depending on the needs of the students. If one component of the test is passed, that component need not be retaken.

A student holding a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education will not be required to complete the Regents' Test in order to receive a degree from a University System institution.

In order to implement effectively the goals of the Testing Program:

  1. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs shall pass the Regents' Test as a requirement for graduation. Students, including transfer students and/or readmitted students, may take the test after they have completed the required basic core English courses. They will be required to take the test in the semester after they have earned 30 hours of college-level credit if the test has not been passed previously.
  2. All students who have not passed the Regents' Test during the semester in which they will have earned 45 credit hours shall be required to take non-degree credit courses in remedial reading and/or remedial writing in each subsequent term of attendance until they have passed all components of the test.
    1. No enrolled student required to take a remedial course may retake the Regents' Test until the appropriate course is completed with an S grade.
    2. Failure to complete the remedial course(s) satisfactorily will result in a U posted on the student's permanent record, prohibiting the student from registering to retake the Regents' Test. Additionally, the remedial course(s) must be repeated each term until the Regents' Test requirement is satisfied.
  3. Having passed the Regents' Test shall not be a condition of transfer into an institution. Students transferring from System programs which require the test shall be subject to all provisions of this policy. Students from institutions outside the System, or from System programs not requiring the test, who transfer into a System institution with 30 or more college-level credit hours shall take the test no later than their second semester of enrollment and in subsequent terms shall be subject to all provisions of his policy.
  4. Students whose native tongue is not English may choose to take an alternate version of the Regents' Exam to certify literacy competence. The Writing Center, 72 Park Hall, offers an alternate examination at approximately the same date as the usual exam. Otherwise, all stipulations included in this section apply to international students. International students may contact the Writing Center at 542-2119 or via e-mail addressed to wrctr@parallel.park.uga.edu.
  5. For extraordinary situations, each institution shall develop special procedures for certifying the literacy competence of students. A written description of those procedures shall be submitted to the Chancellor for approval. A record of the action shall be reported by the Chancellor to the Education Committee of the Board of Regents. Such procedures shall include provision for remediation if needed and formal examination prior to certifying competency. Such examination shall equal or exceed the standards of the Regents' Testing Program.
  6. Students may request a formal review of their failure on the essay component of the Regents' Test if their essay received at least one passing score among the three scores awarded and if they have successfully completed the courses in English composition required by the local institution. This review will be conducted in accordance with Board-approved procedures.
  7. Remedial work as required under the above policy shall be in keeping with regulations in satisfaction of federal and state student financial assistance and other such eligibility programs.
  8. These regulations shall not prohibit institutions from increasing requirements affecting the Regents' Testing Program, provided such increased requirements are authorized by the Chancellor, and provided further that such requirements are published in the official bulletin of the institution prior to implementation. Such additional requirements shall in no way affect the transfer of students from one institution to another or the readmission of students to University System institutions.
Students' Review Procedures--Regents' Testing Program
  1. The review will be initiated at the campus level, with procedural matters to be determined by the institution. The on-campus review, however, will be conducted by the three (3) faculty members designated by the institution as a review panel.
  2. The on-campus review panel may (a) sustain, by majority opinion, the essay's failing score, thus terminating the review process, or (b) recommend, by majority opinion, the re-scoring of the essay by the Regents' Testing Program central office. The student will be notified concerning the results of the on-campus review.
  3. If the on-campus panel recommends re-scoring of the essay, that recommendation will be transmitted in writing, along with a copy of the essay, to the office of the system Director of the Regents' Testing Program. The Director will utilize the services of three (3) experienced Regents' essay scorers other than those involved in the original scoring procedures for the essay component of the Regents' Test. The decision of this panel on the merits of the essay will be final, thus terminating the review process. The student will be notified through the institution concerning the results of the review.

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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. Undergraduate students entering fall 1991 or later must satisfy the basic physical education requirement prior to completion of 60 semester hours. 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 ROTC Advanced Camp Participants: Army ROTC students who have successfully completed the Advanced Camp 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

English 1101 and 1102 (English Composition) are required for all undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia. A grade of C 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

Students who are candidates for a baccalaureate degree for fall 1995 and thereafter must earn 40 of the last 60 semester credit hours in residence. In addition, 12 of the semester credit hours required for a student's major must be earned in residence. Courses which are remedial in nature and are numbered less than 1000 shall not be counted in satisfaction of this requirement. Students may receive resident credit for University-sponsored studies abroad programs for which course registration and fee payment are effected through the University. University of Georgia students participating in a University-approved academic program (such as the National Student Exchange) are exempt from that part of the residency requirement that states 40 of the last 60 semester credit hours be completed at the University; in such cases students need only complete 40 semester hours at the University in order to satisfy the residency requirement. Credit earned through programs sponsored by other institutions, organizations, or approved student exchange programs will be recorded as transfer credit.

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.

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