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The University Studies Program 2003

An education at the University of Wyoming is grounded in a broad understanding of human knowledge developed through a range of courses and co-curricular activities, the most important of which is the University Studies Program of general education, required of all UW students. The specialized knowledge of a major evolves from general education. These two components of an education are complementary, enhancing one another throughout a student's career.

The goal of the University Studies Program is to provide a general education that will help students develop for full participation in a technologically intricate world including:

  1. The ability to express oneself in speech and writing;
  2. The ability to locate, evaluate, and use information;
  3. The ability to examine problems from quantitative, qualitative, and scientific perspectives;
  4. Encouragement to become active citizens in a diverse society;
  5. Gaining perspective to appreciate the viewpoints and deal with complex issues of others through multi- and inter-disciplinary inquiry;
  6. Understanding the responsibility to participate in a democratic society;
  7. Communicating clearly in a civic environment.

Approved Courses for The University Studies Program 2003

Requirements of the University Studies Program 2003 are:

Core Components

Core Components are mutually exclusive; meaning, two core components may not be fulfilled by the same course. Except for the QA, core courses may have topics from the embeddable components list included in their curriculum.

No. of Courses Hours
I - Intellectual Community
Offered in academic departments. May be taken for 1-3 credit hours.
1 1-3
WA - Writing
Students must complete a WA course with a grade of C or better.
1 3
O - Oral Communication
One approved course emphasizing oral communication skills.
1 3
QA - Quantitative Reasoning I 1 3
QB - Quantitative Reasoning II 1 3
Complete two approved courses from any of the following categories. At least one of the courses must have a laboratory component.
Complete two approved courses from any of the following categories. At least one of the courses must have a laboratory component.
SB - Biological sciences
SP - Physical sciences
SE - Earth sciences
Complete one approved Integrated Science (S) course, which must have a laboratory component.
1-2 4-8
Complete nine approved credit hours, three hours from each of the three categories.
CH - Humanities
CS - Social and Behavior Sciences
CA - Fine Arts
Three hours of Integrated Cultural Context (C) may be substituted for one of the three categories.
3 9
V - U.S. & Wyoming Constitution
Approved V courses fulfill both US and Wyoming Constitution requirements
1 3
P - Physical Activity & Health
Complete an approved P course.
1 1
Embeddable Components
Embeddable Components are those that may be in a course dedicated solely to that topic, or embedded in courses dedicated to the core components of University Studies, or embedded in courses required for the major. Embeddable Components will ordinarily be fulfilled in the context of three-credit hour courses.
L - Information Literacy
One approved course.
D - Diversity in the U.S.
One approved course.
G - Global Awareness
One approved course.
WB - Writing 2
One mid-level writing or writing-intensive course (2000-4999 level).
WC - Writing 3
One upper-division writing or writing-intensive course (3000-4999 level).



Wyoming Community Colleges have defined a Common General Education Core Curriculum as a component of an associate’s degree.  Per the articulation agreement, an AA or AS degree from a Wyoming community college plus three additional credits of mathematics will satisfy the lower-division requirements of the University Studies Program.  Students transferring to UW from any Wyoming community college without an associate’s degree will have their transcript reviewed on a course by course basis.  See page 32 for specific information regarding the Wyoming Community College Articulation Agreement.

Students who enrolled at the University of Wyoming prior to the fall of 2015 and who maintained continuous enrollment have the option of satisfying USP 2003 or USP 2015 requirements. Wyoming community college students who transfer to UW will have the option of meeting either the USP 2003 requirements or the USP 2015 requirements.

Policy on Advanced Placement for University Studies

Students may fulfill University Studies Program requirements through advanced placement. Introductory courses approved for the University Studies Program will be available through one of the following options:

  1. Advanced Placement Program (APP)
  2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  3. Departmental Examination, or
  4. Portfolio Examination.

Interested students should contact the Office of the Registrar at Dept. 3964, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, Wyoming 82071, come to 167 Knight Hall, or call (307) 766-5272, and request information.

Questions about the University Studies Program?

Inquiries concerning the University Studies Program should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dept. 3302, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, Wyoming 82071, (307) 766-4287.

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