USG Core Curriculum Transfer Agreement

Core curriculum courses completed at one USG institution are fully transferable to another USG institution. Each institution's core curriculum shall consist of 60 semester hours, 42 hours in Areas A-E and 18 hours in Area F, as follows:

  • Area
  • Area A1
    Communication Skills
    At least 6 semester hours
  • Area A2
    Quantitative Skills
    At least 3 semester hours
  • Area B
    Institutional Options
    At least 3 semester hours
  • Area C
    Humanities/Fine Arts and Ethics
    At least 6 semester hours
  • Area D
    Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology*
    At least 7 semester hours
  • Area E
    Social Sciences
    At least 6 semester hours
  • Area F
    Lower Division Major Requirements
    At least 18 semester hours


Area D: At least 4 of these hours must be in a lab science course.

*Given the importance of the STEM disciplines, any institution that wishes to drop Area D below 10 hours must make a compelling intellectual case that its core proposal will not lead to students knowing less about the natural sciences, math, and technology. [An example of such a compelling case might be if the institution proposed to put 3 or more hours of math in Area B and 7 hours of natural science in Area D.]

In addition to Areas A-E, three overlay requirements: US perspectives, Global Perspectives, and Critical Thinking are added to the core. Students satisfy overlay requirements by taking courses or tests that meet the overlay.

Students completing any core curriculum course will receive full credit for that course upon transfer to another USG institution within the same major, even if a core area is not completed and even if it means giving transfer credit across areas (e.g., credit of a math course in Area C).