The University Core Curriculum

Paul Neill, Core Director
109 Clark Administration
(775) 784-4710

The function of a university education is not only to prepare students for successful careers in their chosen fields but also to provide them with the knowledge and skills to develop a rational and lucid personal identity, to introduce them to a variety of perspectives from which to grasp the complexity of experience, and to help them gain an appreciative understanding of the natural and cultural environments in which they live and their roles as responsible citizens of the world, the nation, and the state. The core curriculum is designed to help fulfill these objectives. All undergraduate students are required to complete the university's core curriculum.

Basic skills are emphasized throughout the core curriculum. Students will write and have their writing critiqued and graded for quality, not only in the two writing courses, but throughout the core curriculum. The purpose is not only to encourage mastery of a set of skills, but also to allow students to think, to see connections among ideas, and to reach meaningful conclusions. The development of effective oral communication skills by students is also emphasized in each core curriculum course. To the degree possible, the application of mathematical skills is also incorporated throughout the university curriculum, particularly in the core science courses.

At the time of their admission to the university, transfer students receive a Degree Audit Report System (DARS) report from the Office of Admissions and Records. This evaluation shows core curriculum equivalencies for transfer credits. Questions about this evaluation should be directed to a core curriculum evaluator in Admissions and Records, the student's advisor or the Advising Center. It is recommended that transfer students bring with them an unofficial copy of all previous college transcripts and their DARS report when meeting with their advisor for the first time.

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