What is the UNIVERSITY CORE CURRIRULUM (UCC) and what courses fulfill the requirements for UCC?


Any student entering Florida International University as a first-time college student (Summer 2003 or after) or transferring in without an Associates in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution (Fall 2003 or after) is required to fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements.
The University Core Curriculum (UCC) is a broad, well-defined curriculum that helps students to think critically, analytically, and creatively. It encourages a passion to learn, and provides them with the skills and ability to assemble, assess, incorporate, and synthesize new knowledge and information. Additionally graduates will be able to organize and clearly express their knowledge and ideas, and determine the importance and relevance of new ideas through a synthesis of both broad and narrow contexts and the integration of seemingly disparate pieces into a meaningful whole.
The UCC rests upon the belief that a foundational curriculum, shared by students, fosters intellectual development and enhances personal, social, intellectual, and academic relations. Together with concentration ¡n major fields of study, the UCC builds the base that makes future academic and professional excellence possible.
FlU's UCC requires courses in six fundamental areas of knowledge, as well as the First-Year Experience course. Some of these requirements are sequential; others have pre-requisites. Some courses must be completed during the first year of study. Others may be postponed until the second and even third years, so that pre-major course work in chosen areas of specialization may be completed.
The UCC courses are listed on the check off sheet and other important notes are included at the end of the sheet. Make certain to read the sheet completely. Do not take courses that are not listed on the check off sheet in hope that they will fulfill the requirements. Only the exact courses listed ¡n each category will fulfill your general education requirements. UCC courses may not be taken at other institutions without permission from the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Students are ultimately responsible to meet with an advisor to plan course schedules and review important academic policies and procedures.
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FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 course required)

Students with fewer than 30 transfer credits only High-school-earned college credit does not exempt FTIC students
from this requirement.
____SLS 1501 First Year Experience (1 cr)

ENGLISH COMPOSITION (2 three-credit courses required)

These are all Gordon Rule Courses (must earn “C” or better).
____ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric I (3 cr)
____ENC 1102 Writing and Rhetoric II (3 cr)*

HUMANITIES WITH WRITING (2 three-credit courses required, one of which must be historically-oriented)

Prerequisites, ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. These are Gordon Rule courses (must earn “C” or better).
One course must be from the following list: (historically-oriented)
____AFH 2000 African Civilizations (3 cr)* - GL
____AMH 2041 Origins of American Civilization (3 cr)*
____AMH 2042 Modern American Civilization (3 cr)*
____ARC 2701 History of Architecture 1 (3 cr)
____EUH 2011 Western Civ.: Early European Civilization (3 cr)*
____EUH 2021 Western Civ.: Medieval to Modern Europe (3 cr)*
____EUH 2030 Western Civ.: Europe in the Modern Era (3 cr)*
____HUM 3214 Ancient Classical Culture & Civilization (3 cr)*
____HUM 3306 History of Ideas (3 cr)*
____LAH 2020 Latin American Civilization (3 cr)*
____PHH 2063 Classics in Phil.: Intro. to the History of Phil. (3 cr)*
____POT 3013 Ancient & Medieval Political Theory (3 cr)*
____SPC 3230 Rhetorical Communication: A Theory of Civil Discourse (3 cr)*
____WOH 2001 World Civilization (3 cr)*

A second course may be selected from the following list:
____ENG 2012 Approaches to Literature (3 cr)*
____IDS 3309 How We Know What We Know (3 cr)* - GL
____PHI 2011 Philosophical Analysis (3 cr)*
____PHI 2600 Introduction to Ethics (3 cr)*
____REL 2011 Religion: Analysis and Interpretation (3 cr)* - GL

QUANTITATIVE REASONING (2 three-credit courses required, at least one of which must be in mathematics)

These are all Gordon Rule courses (must earn “C” or better).
One course must be from the following mathematics list:
___ MAC 1114 Trigonometry (3 cr) Credit cannot be received for both MAC 1114 and Pre-calculus Algebra & Trigonometry/MAC 1147*
____MAC 1147 Pre-Calculus Algebra & Trigonometry (4 cr)*
____MAC 2233 Calculus for Business (3 cr)*
____MAC 2311 Calculus I (4 cr)*
____MAC 2312 Calculus II (4 cr)*
____MAC 2313 Multivariable Calculus (4 cr)*
____MGF 1106 Finite Math (3 cr)
____MGF 1107 Math of Soc. Choice and Decision Making (3 cr)
____MTG 1204 Geometry for Education (3 cr)

A second course may be selected from the following list:
____STA 2023 Statistics for Business and Economics (3 cr)*
____STA 2122 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences I (3 cr)*
____STA 3111 Statistics I (3 cr)*
____STA 3145 Statistics for the Health Professions (3cr)*
____COP 2210 Introduction to Programming (4 cr)
____COP 2250 Programming in Java (3 cr)
____PHI 2100 Introduction to Logic (3cr)
____CGS 2518 Data Analysis (3cr)

SOCIAL INQUIRY (6 credits required – 3 credits from each area)

Foundations of Social Inquiry (one three-credit course)
____AMH 3560 The History of Women in the U.S. (3 cr)
____ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology (3 cr)
____CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr)
____DEP 2000 Human Growth & Development (3 cr)
____ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr)
____ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)
____GEO 2000 Introduction to Geography (3 cr)
____IDS 3163 Global Supply Chains & Logistics (3cr) – GL
____IDS 3301 The Culture of Capitalism and Global Justice - GL
____INP 2002 Intro. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr)
____INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations (3 cr)
____INR 2002 Dynamics of World Politics (3 cr)
____POS 2042 American Government (3 cr)
____POT 3302 Political Ideologies (3 cr)
____PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr)
____SOP 3004 Introductory Social Psychology (3 cr)
____SOP 3015 Social and Personality Development (3 cr)
____SPC 3210 Communication Theory (3 cr)
____SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) - GL
____SYG 2010 Social Problems (3 cr)
____SYG 3002 Basic Ideas of Sociology (3 cr)
____WST 3015 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 cr) - GL

Societies and Identities (one three-credit course)
____AFA 2004 Black Popular Cultures: Global Dimensions (3 cr) - GL
____ANT 3212 World Ethnographies (3 cr)* - GL
____ANT 3241 Myth, Ritual and Mysticism (3 cr) - GL
____ANT 3451 Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity (3 cr)
____ASN 3410 Intro to East Asia - GL
____COM 3461 Intercultural/Interracial Communication (3 cr) - GL
____CPO 3103 Politics of Western Europe (3 cr)
____CPO 3304 Politics of Latin America (3 cr)
____ECS 3003 Comparative Economic Systems (3 cr)*
____ECS 3021 Women, Culture, and Economic Develop. (3 cr)* - GL
____EDF 3521 Education in History (3 cr)
____EGN 1033 Technology, Human and Society (3 cr) - GL
____EVR 1017 The Global Environment & Society (3 cr)
____GEA 2000 World Regional Geography (3 cr) - GL
____IDS 3183 Health Without Borders (3cr) - GL
____IDS 3189 Int’l Nutr., Pub. Health and Eco. Devel. (3 cr)* - GL
____IDS 3315 Gaining Global Perspectives (3 cr) - GL
____IDS 3333 Diversity of Meaning: Language, Culture, and Gender – GL
____INR 3081 Contemporary International Problems (3 cr) - GL
____LBS 3001 Introduction to Labor Studies (3 cr) - GL
____REL 3308 Studies in World Religions (3 cr) - GL
____SYD 3804 Sociology of Gender (3 cr)
____SYP 3000 The Individual in Society (3 cr)
____WST 3641 LGBT and Beyond: Sexualities in Gl. Persp(3 cr) - GL

NATURAL SCIENCES (2 courses w/ lab required - 1 from each area)

Life Sciences (Lecture and Lab must be taken together)
____BOT 1010 & BOT 1010L Introductory Botany (3,1 cr)
____BSC 1010 & BSC 1010L General Biology I (3,1 cr)
____BSC 1011 & BSC 1011L General Biology II (3,1 cr)
____BSC 2023 & BSC 2023L Human Biology (3,1 cr)
____CHS 3501 & CHS 3501L Survey of Forensic Science (3,1cr)
____EVR 3013 & EVR 3013L Ecology of South Florida (3,1 cr)
____GLY 1101 & GLY 1101L History of Life (3,1cr)
____HUN 2000 & HUN 2000L Found. of Nutritional Sci. (3,1 cr)
____IDS 3214 & IDS 3214L Coastal Env. from the Bay to the World (3,1 cr)* - GL
____MCB 2000 & MCB 2000L Intro. Microbiology (3,1 cr) – GL
____OCB 2003 & OCB 2003L Introductory Marine Biology (3,1 cr)
____PCB 2061 & PCB 2061L Introductory Genetics and Lab (3,1 cr)
____PCB 2099 & PCB 2099L Found. of Human Physiol. (3,1 cr)
____ISC 1000 & ISC 1000L Great Ideas in Science (3, 1 cr)

Physical Sciences
(Lecture and Lab must be taken together)
____AST 2003 & AST 2003L Solar System Astronomy (3,1 cr)
____AST 2004 & AST 2004L Stellar Astronomy (3,1 cr)
____CHM 1032 & CHM 1032L Chemistry and Society (3,1 cr)
____CHM 1033 & CHM 1033L Survey of Chemistry (4,1 cr)*
____CHM 1045 & CHM 1045L General Chemistry I (3,1 cr)*
____EVR 1001 & EVR 1001L Intro. to Environ. Sciences (3,1 cr) - GL
____EVR 3011 & EVR 3011L Environ. Resources & Poll. (3,1 cr)
____GEO 3510 & GEO 3510L Earth Resources (3,1 cr) - GL
____GLY 1010 & GLY 1010L Intro. to Earth Sciences (3,1 cr)
____GLY 3039 & GLY 3039L Environmental Geology (3,1 cr)
____IDS 3211 & IDS 3211L Global Climate Change (3,1 cr) – GL
____IDS 3212 & IDS 3212L The Global Sci Rev and Its Impact on Quality of Life (3,1 cr) – GL
____MET 2010 & MET 2010L Meteor. Atmos. Physics (3,1 cr)
____OCE 3014 & OCE 3014L Oceanography (3,1 cr) - GL
____PHY 1020 & PHY 1020L Understanding the Physical World (3,1cr)
____PHY 2048 & PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus I (4,1 cr)*
____PHY 2049 & PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus II (4,1 cr)*
____PHY 2053 & PHY 2048L Physics without Calculus I (4,1 cr)*
____PHY 2054 & PHY 2049L Physics without Calculus II (4,1 cr)*
____PHY 1037 & PHY1037L Quarks & Black Holes (3,1cr)
____ISC 1000 & ISC 1000L Great Ideas in Science (3, 1 cr)

ARTS (3 credits required)
____ARH 2050 Art History Survey I (3 cr)
____ARH 2051 Art History Survey II (3 cr)
____ART 2300C Beginning Drawing (3 cr)
____ART 2500C Beginning Painting (3 cr)
____ART 2750C Beginning Ceramics (3 cr)
____COM 3404 Nonverbal Communication
____COM 3417 Communication in Film – GL
____CRW 2001 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr)*
____DAA 1100 Modern Dance Techniques I (3 cr)
____DAA 1200 Ballet Techniques I (3 cr)
____ENL 3504 British Literature to 1660 (3 cr)*
____ENL 3506 British Literature Since 1660 (3 cr)*
____IDS 3336 Artistic Expression in a Global Society (3 cr) - GL
____MUH 1011 Music Appreciation (3 cr)
____MUH 2116 Evolution of Jazz (3 cr)
____MUN 1100 Golden Panther Band (1 cr)?
____MUN 1210 Orchestra (1 cr) ?
____MUN 1380 Master Chorale (1 cr) ?
____SPC 2608 Public Speaking (3 cr)
____THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation (3 cr)
____TPP 2100 Introduction to Acting (3 cr)

*These courses have pre-requisites; please check the catalog or with an advisor.
? These courses require an audition or permission from the instructor

Only these courses meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, and all must be taken for a letter grade. UCC courses may not be taken at other institutions without permission from the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Pre-major requirements are available at the Academic Advising Center Website listed below. Students are ultimately responsible for meeting with advisors to plan course schedules and review important academic policies and procedures.

Courses in the following areas are considered Gordon Rule: English Composition, Humanities with Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning. A grade of "C" or better is required in these courses. Intensive writing courses require demonstration of college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. Gordon Rule courses must be completed within the first 60 credits.


Placement into ENC 1101 will be based on SAT/ACT scores. Students may be required to take ENC 1930 Essay Writing prior to enrollment into ENC 1101. Students should see an advisor for clarification.

Students w/> 30 transfer credits may be able to substitute the following for ENC 1101 ENC 1102

ENC 2304 College Writing for Transfer Students (3 cr) (and then one of the following)

ENC 3213 Professional and Technical Writing (3 cr)

ENC 3311 Advanced Writing and Research (3 cr)

ENC 3314 Writing Across the Curriculum (3 cr)

a) Quantitative Reasoning:

Transfer students who have successfully completed MAC 1105 (College Algebra) at another institution prior to admission to FIU will be deemed to have completed one math course for the purposes of the UCC.

b) Natural Sciences:

Transfer students who have successfully completed one or both science courses without labs at another institution prior to admission to FIU will be deemed to have completed the appropriate components of the science requirement.

c) Honors College:

Students in the Honors College who have satisfied designated Honors Courses will be deemed to have met sections of the UCC & GL requirements. Students should check with an advisor for clarification.


Students must consult with an advisor about these credits to determine course equivalency toward UCC requirements.


Freshmen entering FIU Summer B 2010 or later must take one Global Learning (GL) Foundation course and one Discipline-Specific course. Beginning Fall 2011: Transfers who meet UCC requirements prior to entering FIU must complete two Global Learning (GL) courses, at least one of which must be Discipline-Specific. Transfers who do not meet UCC requirements prior to entering FIU must take one Global Learning (GL) Foundation course and one Discipline-Specific course. For an updated list of courses and their effective semester, visit http://goglobal.fiu.edu.


MyMajor (http://mymajor.fiu.edu) provides in-depth information on all FIU Undergraduate majors, admissions criteria, career opportunities, and department contact information. MyMajor includes Major Maps, or programs of study, that show students what they need to take to graduate in a timely manner.


Students are required to meet with an advisor immediately after being placed on Academic Warning or Probation.


Students who transfer into the University with fewer than 60 credits must earn at least 9 credits during one or more summer semesters to be eligible for graduation.


A PDA is an unofficial copy of a student's academic progress. An advisor may assist students in understanding the PDA. Your PDA may be obtained via https://my.fiu.edu.