Distribution Requirements (Total 26-32 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 and/or physical 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

The humanities and fine arts seek to help students understand, analyze, and explore the human condition. Studying the humanities and fine arts thus contributes to personal growth and well-being as well as to living in and contributing to various communities. Students must complete 9 credit hours of course work representing at least two different disciplines in this category.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

• demonstrate an understanding of the theories, methods, and concepts used to comprehend and respond to the human condition;

• recognize, articulate, and explore how various humanists/artists have responded to the human condition;


• comprehend and evaluate how humanistic/artistic expression contributes to individual and/or socio-cultural understanding, growth, and well-being, and

• Use relevant critical, analytic, creative, speculative and/or reflective methods

Social Sciences: 9 hours from at least two different disciplines

Understanding the complex dynamics that make up the world, particularly the challenges, problems, and factors that lead to social stability and change is essential for contributing to and living in contemporary society.

Successful students shall be able to do the following:

• demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of interactions between human motivations, institutional forces, and/or social behavior;


• use critical thinking and reasoning skills to analyze theories, perspectives, and/or concepts relative to the discipline(s) studied;


• identify multiple methods and modes of inquiry and their appropriate application; and


• communicate ideas and explain concepts and analyses using the language of the discipline(s).

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.

Diversity in the US: 3 hours

Courses in this category focus on significant cultural, economic, historical, political, and/or sociological aspects 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;

• demonstrate specific knowledge of cultural, historical, social, economic, and/or political factors that shape aspects of one or more diverse groups;

• recognize and articulate differences, expectations, and/or challenges experienced by one or more underrepresented groups;


• 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 cultural, historical, social, economic, and/or political 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 or nations other than the United States;


• explain the interrelations among global economic, political, environmental and/or 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.