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University Core Requirements

The courses listed to fill the requirements are those offered through BYU Independent Study. Should you be able to come to campus during spring or summer terms, take BYU Evening Classes, or attend the BYU Salt Lake Center, you may consult the full listing of courses that satisfy the core as found in the class schedule online at core.byu.edu

DOCTRINAL FOUNDATION

Requirements Name of Course (credit hours)
Book of Mormon REL A 121 The Book of Mormon (1 Nephi through Alma 29) (2) AND
REL A 122 The Book of Mormon (Alma 30 through Moroni 10) (2)
New Testament REL A 211 New Testament (The Gospels) (2) OR
REL A 212 New Testament (Acts through Revelation) (2)
Doctrine and Covenants REL C 324 The Doctrine and Covenants (Sections 1–76) (2) OR
REL C 325 The Doctrine and Covenants (Sections 77–OD 2) (2)
Religion Electives Up to 6 additional elective religion hours as needed.
Six credits of religion electives are required for BYU students with no transfer credit. For students with transfer credit, the number of religion electives required varies based on the student’s total number of transfer credits, according to the chart below.

Students should look at the doctrinal foundation as consisting of two parts—a subject matter requirement and a credit–hours at BYU requirement. The subject matter may be filled with BYU courses or with previously transferred credit from another Church Educational System school or LDS Institute of Religion. These transferred courses must correspond to BYU courses (number, content, and hours) and will not reduce the number of total BYU religion hours. A minimum number of religion credit hours must be completed through BYU, regardless of the number of religion credit hours transferred.

No more than 4 hours of religion credit per semester (or 4 hours during spring and summer terms combined) may be counted toward the religion requirement. No more than 18 total hours of religion may be counted toward the BGS degree.

Total Transfer Credits BYU Religion Hours Required Subject Matter Requirement
0–14.9 14 Book of Mormon,

New Testament,
Doctrine and Covenants

15–29.9 12
30–44.9 10
45–59.9 8
60–74.9 6 Book of Mormon,

Doctrine and Covenants

75–89.9 4
90 & up 2 Book of Mormon

THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

Requirement Name of Course (credit hours)
American Heritage

One–course option:
A HTG 100 American Heritage (3)

OR complete one of the following two course combinations:

HIST 220 The United States Through 1877 (3)
+ POLI 110 American Government and Politics (3)
HIST 220 The United States Through 1877 (3)
+ ECON 110† Economic Principles and Problems (3)
POLI 110 American Government and Politics (3)
+ ECON 110† Economic Principles and Problems (3)
HIST 221 The United States Since 1877 (3)
+ POLI 110 American Government and Politics (3)
Global and Cultural Awareness One course:
ANTHR 101† Social/Cultural Anthropology (3)
FREN 202† Intermediate French, Part 2 (3)
GEOG 120 Geography and World Affairs (3)
GEOG 130 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
GERM 202† Second-Year German 2 (4)
HIST 202† World Civilization from 1500 (3)
HIST 293 World War II in History and Memory (3)
HIST 304 The Expansion of Europe, 1400-1800 (3)
IHUM 240† Introduction to the Humanities of Asia (3)
JAPAN 301† Japanese Reading and Culture (4)
JAPAN 302† Readings in Japanese History and Culture (4)
POLI 170 Introduction to International Politics (3)
REL C 351 Survey of World Religions (2)
†These courses are eligible to double-count for two separate university core requirements. Courses can double–count only once. A course used to double–count for two university core requirements is still eligible to be used for a BGS emphasis.

SKILLS

Requirement Name of Course (credit hours)
First–Year Writing
(complete during the first year)
One course:
WRTG 150 Writing and Rhetoric (3)
Advanced Written and
Oral Communication

One course:
ENGL 312 Persuasive Writing (3)
ENGL 313 Expository Writing for Elementary Education Majors (3)
ENGL 315 Writing in the Social Sciences (3)
ENGL 316 Technical Communication (3)
M COM 320 Communication in Organizational Settings (3)
PSYCH 307 Writing Within Psychology (3)

Quantitative Reasoning

One course:
ACC 200 Principles of Accounting (3)
MATH 110 College Algebra (3) OR any other math course higher than MATH 110
PHIL 205 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)
PSYCH 308 Psychological Statistics (3)
SFL 260* Family Finance (3)
STAT 105 Introduction to Statistics (3)
STAT 121 Principles of Statistics (3)

OR ACT math subscore of 22 or above; or SAT math subscore of 500 or above

* If taken on campus fall 2007 or later, or enrolled through BYU Independent Study after October 24, 2007.

Languages of Learning** One course:
FREN 202† Intermediate French, Part 2 (3)
GERM 202† Second-Year German 2 (4)
JAPAN 301† Japanese Reading and Culture (4)
JAPAN 302† Readings in Japanese History and Culture (4)
MATH 112 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 113 Calculus 2 (4)
MATH 118 Finite Mathmatics (3)
MATH 119 Introduction to Calculus (4)
PHIL 305 Intermediate Formal Logic (3)
PSYCH 308 Psychological Statistics (4)
STAT 121 Principles of Statistics (3)

†These courses are eligible to double-count for two separate university core requirements. Courses can double-count only once. A course used to double-count for two university core requirements is still eligible to be used for a BGS emphasis.

‡All Languages of Learning courses have prerequisites: FREN 101, 102, and 201 are prerequisites for FREN 202; GERM 101, 102, and 201 are prerequisites for GERM 202; JAPAN 101, 102, 201, and 202 are prerequisites for JAPAN 301; JAPAN 301 is a prerequisite for JAPAN 302. Most foreign language prerequisites are not offered through BYU Independent Study. MATH 110 is a prerequisite for STAT 121; MATH 110 and 111 are prerequisites for MATH 112 and MATH 119; MATH 110, 111, and 112 are prerequisites for MATH 113; MATH 110 and PSYCH 210 are prerequisites for PSYCH 308; PHIL 205 is a prerequisite for PHIL 305.

ARTS, LETTERS, AND SCIENCES

Requirement Name of Course (credit hours)
Civilization 1 One course:
HIST 201 World Civilization to 1500 (3)
IHUM 201 Western Humanities 1: Antiquity to Renaissance (3)
MUSIC 201 Civilization: Music 1 (3)
POLI 201 Western Political Heritage 1 (3)
Civilization 2 One course:
HIST 202† World Civilization from 1500 (3)
IHUM 202† Western Humanities 2: Renaissance to the Present (3)
MUSIC 202† Civilization: Music 2 (3)
POLI 202† Western Political Heritage 2 (3)
Arts One course:
IHUM 101 An Introduction to the Humanities (3)
IHUM 240† Introduction to the Humanities of Asia (3)
MUSIC 101 Introduction to Music (3)
MUSIC 202† Civilization: Music 2 (3)
MUSIC 204 Introduction to Jazz (3)
SFL 102 Introduction to Interiors (3)
TMA 101 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
Letters One course:
ENGL 230 Introduction to Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry (3)
HIST 302 Italian Renaissance (3)
HIST 303 The Reformation: Age of Turmoil (3)
IHUM 202† Western Humanities 2: Renaissance to the Present (3)
POLI 202† Western Political Heritage 2 (3)
Biological Science One course option:
BIO 100 Principles of Biology (3)
EXSC 463 Exercise Physiology (3)
MMBIO 121 General Biology: Health and Disease (3)
MMBIO 221 General Microbiology (3)
NDFS 100 Essentials of Human Nutrition (3)

OR two–course option:
MMBIO 240 Molecular Biology (3) +
PDBIO 120 Science of Biology (2)

Physical Science

One course option:
PHY S 100 Physical Science (3)

OR two–course option (complete one course each from two of the following groups):

Group 1:
PHSCS 105 General Physics 1 (3)
PHSCS 121 Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics (3)
PHSCS 127 Descriptive Astronomy (3)
PHSCS 137 Severe and Hazardous Weather (3)

Group 2:
GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (3)
GEOL 103 Life of the Past (3)

Social Science One course:
ANTHR 101† Social/Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTHR 110 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ECON 110† Economic Principles and Problems (3)
EXSC 221 Science of Wellness (3)
POLI 110† American Government and Politics (3)
POLI 170†  Introduction to International Politics (3)
PSYCH 111 Introduction to Psychological Science (3)
SFL 160 Introduction to Family Processes (3)
SFL 210 Human Development (3)
SOC 111 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 112 Current Social Problems (3)
SOC W 200 Introduction to Social Work (3)