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Education requirements

The University of Minnesota and its faculty are committed to providing an education that invites you to investigate the world from new perspectives, learn new ways of thinking, and grow as an active citizen and lifelong learner. If you are unsure which degree requirements apply to you, contact your academic advisor.

Current Liberal Education requirements

Liberal Education (LE) is an essential part of your undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota.  If you are unsure which requirements apply to you, contact your academic advisor.

UMD courses used to meet high school preparation deficiencies

Undergraduate applicants are expected to complete the minimum course preparation requirements.  In exceptional cases, UMD admits students deficient in these requirements with the expectation that any deficiencies will be made up before 60 credits, including transfer credits, are earned.  Any student admitted as an exception to this policy will be unable to graduate until the requirement is fulfilled. Read more about UMD’s High School Preparation Requirements for undergraduate students.

High school course deficiency UMD Courses used to meet high school deficiencies
1 Year English One of the following courses: any 1xxx or 2xxx ENGL course or COMM 1112 -- Public Speaking or COMM 1600 -- Argumentation and Debate: A Practical Approach
2 Year English Two of the following courses: any 1xxx or 2xxx ENGL course or COMM 1112 -- Public Speaking or COMM 1600 -- Argumentation and Debate: A Practical Approach
3 Year English SSP 1052 -- College Writing Strategies (determined by ACT score and advisement) is required and 2 courses from 1xxx-level English or COMM 1112 -- Pubic Speaking or COMM 1600 -- Argumentaion and Debate: A Practical Approach
4 Year English SSP 1052 --College Writing Strategies (determined by ACT score and advisement) and SSP 1054 -- Learning Strategies are required and two 1xxx level courses from English or COMM 1112 -- Public Speaking or COMM 1600 -- Arugmentation and Debate: A Practical Approach
Geometry Because UMD does not offer a course in Geometry, this requirement is not enforced. However, students are still required to fulfill the four-year HS Preparation Math requirement or STAT 1411 -- Introduction to Statistics or STAT 2411 -- Statistical Methods
Elementary Algebra MATH 1005--College Algebra
Intermediate Algebra MATH 1024 -- Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or MATH 1160 -- Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Calculus or MATH 1250 -- Precalculus Analysis or STAT 1411 -- Introduction to Statistics or STAT 2411 -- Statistical Methods
Advanced Algebra or Higher MATH 1160 -- Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Calculus or MATH 1250 -- Precalculus Analysis or STAT 1411 -- Introduction to Statistics or STAT 2411 -- Statistical Methods
1 Year Biological Science BIOL 1001--Biology and Society or BIOL 1011--General Biology
1 Year Physical Science One course or following course pairs: CHEM 1103/1104 -- Aspects of Chemistry (with lab) or CHEM 1113 -- Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I (with lab) or CHEM 1153/1155 -- General Chemistry or CHEM 2212 -- Environmental Chemistry or GEOG 1414 -- Physical Geography or GEOL 1110 -- Geology and Earth Systems or GEOL 1130 -- Introduction to Environmental Science or PHYS 1001 -- Introduction to Physics I or PHYS 2013/2014 -- General Physics I
1 Year Science Liberal Education Program, Category Natural Sciences. Course chosen MUST be one with a lab component
United States History HIST 1304 -- U.S. History Part 1 or HIST 1305 -- U.S. History Part 2 or HIST 2355 -- United States Military History or HIST 2357 -- Women and American History
Geography One of the following courses: GEOG 1202 -- World Regional Geography or GEOG 1304 -- Human Geography or GEOG 1414 -- Physical Geography or GEOG 2305 -- Geography of Cultural Diversity or GEOG 2306 -- Environmental Conservation or GEOG 2313 -- Economic Geography or GEOG 2360 -- Geography of Religion or GEOG 2552 -- Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information
1 Year Social Studies (One year social studies, including Social Science (not U.S. history) One 1xxx- or 2xxx-level course in Liberal Education Program, Category Social Sciences (non-Geography)
2 Year Social Studies Discuss course options with your collegiate adviser for specific category recommendations which then must receive approval from your college Dean
1 Year Second Language Second semester of a second language. The languages offered at UMD are: Ojibwe; American Sign Language; Chinese; French; German; Russian; Spanish
2 Year Second Language First and second semesters of a second language. The languages offered at UMD are: Ojibwe; American Sign Language; Chinese; French; German; Russian; Spanish
1 Year Visual or Performing Arts One course from Liberal Education Program Category Fine Arts

UMD courses last updated fall 2015.

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