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UNIVERSITY CORE
Wondering What BYU University Core Is? Not Sure What it Means for You as a BYU Student?

Taking General Education Courses can expose you to disciplines and study areas you may not have considered before. There are several course options for fulfilling each General Education requirement and some of the courses may even count towards your major. If you are still unsure about your major or career path, these courses can be a great way to learn more about yourself and your interests.

For a complete list of the general education requirements visit:

 core.byu.edu
University Core Explained
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The Individual & Society

The Individual and Society requirements inspire students to continue learning and serving throughout their lives. Students actively learn to participate in solving the family, professional, religious, and social problems they will encounter after graduation.

The Global and Cultural Awareness requirement ensures students develop an "informed awareness of the peoples, cultures, languages, and nations of the world." Students learn to understand important ideas in their own cultural tradition as well as others and are prepared to "go forth to serve.
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Arts, Letters, & Sciences

" These requirements build upon work in other categories of the core by developing "historical perspective" and "a lively appreciation of the artistic, literary, and intellectual achievements of human cultures."

The area of Scientific Principles and Reasoning contains three requirements: Biological Science, Physical Science, and Social Science. These requirements help develop an understanding of scientific reasoning and the scientific method and expose students to the excitement of discovery in these separate fields.
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Skills

The ability to communicate effectively is deemed a crucial skill in our society. The following requirements are grouped in this category:

  • First-Year Writing
  • Advanced Written and Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Languages of Learning

To function in a technological society, a basic knowledge of mathematics and problem solving is essential.
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Doctrinal Foundations

Religious Education offers courses in ancient and modern scripture, Church history and doctrine, and related subjects. Together these help students toward a deeper understanding of "the doctrines, the covenants, the ordinances, the standard works, and the history of the restored gospel"

BYU Aims: "Intellectually Enlarging"
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If you are an Open Major and would like to talk to one of our Advisors about different General Education courses that you want to take, set up an appointment time.