Division of Undergraduate Education

IUPUI General Education Core

The IUPUI Transferable General Education Core serves as the foundation for all degree programs at IUPUI. The General Education Core includes 30 credit hours (typically 10 courses) that often are taken in the first and second year of college. Transfer students entering IUPUI from another public university in Indiana who have completed the transferable general education core at their home campus will not need to complete the IUPUI general education core.  For more information regarding the Indiana Statewide Transfer General Education Core, please visit the Indiana Commission for Higher Education website and the IU Transfer Office website

IUPUI General Education Courses

The IUPUI General Education Core provides a strong foundation for a rich and intellectually challenging undergraduate experience. Over 200 courses have been rigorously reviewed and approved to the IUPUI General Education Core by faculty members from all academic units, providing IUPUI students with a diverse array of options for fulfilling their general education requirements. Course work is divided into the broad domains of Foundational Intellectual Skills (Core Communication, Analytical Reasoning, and Cultural Understanding) and course work that promotes Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness (Life and Physical Sciences; and Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences).

FOUNDATIONAL INTELLECTUAL SKILLS

​Students must take 15 credit hours related to Foundational Intellectual Skills. This includes 6 credits related to Core Communication skills, 6 credits in Analytical Reasoning, and 3 credits related to Cultural Understanding.

INTELLECTUAL BREADTH AND ADAPTIVENESS

Courses pertaining to Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness help to foster the "ways of knowing" that are characteristic of particular fields ranging from science and the social sciences through humanities and arts. This includes 6 credits in the Life and Physical Sciences, as well as 9 credits distributed across the Arts/Humanities and the Social Sciences.