Distribution Requirements (Total 26 Hours)

Natural and Physical Sciences: 8 hours from at least two different disciplines

Understanding the nature of scientific inquiry and the operation of the natural, physical, and technological world is essential for making personal and public policy decisions. Students must complete 8 credit hours of course work representing at least two different disciplines in this category with at least one laboratory course.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the fundamental laws and principles of science and interrelationships among science and technology disciplines;
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of various natural phenomena that surround and influence our lives;
  • Describe how scientists approach and solve problems including an understanding of the basic components and limitations of the scientific method; and
  • Solve problems and draw conclusions based on scientific information and models, using critical thinking and qualitative and quantitative analysis of data and concepts in particular to distinguish reality from speculation.

Humanities/Fine Arts: 9 hours from at least two disciplines

Understanding the meaning, value, and history of human existence is an essential skill for living in contemporary society. One must have an understanding and appreciation of the various forms of humanistic/artistic expression and the role these artifacts play across various cultures. Students must complete 9 credit hours of coursework representing at least two different disciplines in this category.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

  • Analyze representative texts, artifacts, and/or essential elements of the relevant discipline;
  • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and global societies;
  • Describe and evaluate ways in which humanistic/artistic expression throughout the ages expresses the culture and values of time and place; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value and role of literature, history, language, philosophy, and/or the arts as they impact academic career or community life.

Social Sciences: 9 hours from at least two different disciplines

The goal of the social sciences is to help students understand the social dynamics that make up the world, particularly the relationships between individuals, groups, societies and social institutions. Students must complete 9 credit hours of coursework representing at least two different disciplines in this category.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

  • Understand the diversity of interactions between human motivations, institutional forces, and social behavior;
  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills as applied to the study of the social sciences;
  • Recognize multiple methods and modes of inquiry used in the social sciences and their appropriate application; and
  • Communicate ideas and explain concepts and analyses using the language of the social sciences.

Diversity: 6 hours

A general education requires exposure to cultures and institutions around the world, as well as within one’s own society, in order to promote intellectual flexibility, cultural understanding and informed citizenship. The university seeks to foster cultural understanding to assist its students to become responsible citizens in a diverse world. Students must complete 6 credit hours of coursework with 3 credit hours in each of the following areas. Note: The diversity requirement may be fulfilled in whole or in part by coursework in the University General Education distribution requirements, coursework in the major or minor or by electives.

Diversity in the US: 3 hours

This requirement develops students’ awareness and appreciation of the history, society, and/or culture of one or more underrepresented groups in the United States. Students must complete 3 credit hours of coursework.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role and contributions of one or more underrepresented groups in the development of the United States;
  • Recognize and articulate differences, expectations, and/or challenges experienced by one or more underrepresented groups;
  • Demonstrate specific knowledge of the cultural, historical, social, economic, and/or political factors that shape the interaction of a diverse group or groups within society; and explain ways in which identity is developed and how it is transmitted within and by members of the group or groups.

Global Diversity: 3 hours

Courses in this category focus on significant cultural, economic, geographical, historical, political, and/or sociological aspects of one or more countries or nations (including indigenous nations) other than or in comparison to the United States. Students must complete 3 credit hours of coursework.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

  • Recognize the environmental and historical circumstances that produce different social and cultural systems;
  • Demonstrate specific knowledge of the cultural, historical, social, economic, and/or political aspects of one or more countries other than the United States;
  • Explain the interrelations among global economic, political, environmental and social systems; and
  • Explain ways in which identity is developed and how it is transmitted within and by members of the group or groups.

120-hour minimum requirement for Undergraduate Degree

The minimum number of hours for a UNO undergraduate degree is 120 credit hours. However, academic programs may require more than 120 credit hours to attain an undergraduate degree. Please review the requirements for your specific program to determine all requirements for the program, including credit hours.