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Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know whether or not a course meets a UCORE requirement?
UCORE courses are all identified by a bracketed three- or four-letter abbreviation in the WSU course catalog indicating which requirement the course satisfies. Abbreviations are as follows:
[ROOT]= Roots of Contemporary Issues
[QUAN]= Quantitative Reasoning
[WRTG]= Written Communication
[SSCI]= Inquiry in the Social Sciences
[HUM]= Inquiry in the Humanities
[ARTS]= Inquiry in the Creative and Professional Arts
[SCI]= Inquiry in the Natural Sciences
[CAPS]= Integrative Capstone
- How many UCORE courses can be taken within my major?
A maximum of three (3- or 4-credit) UCORE courses may be taken for UCORE credit within your majorAdditional Notes|A UCORE course is within your major if it is offered by the same academic department/unit that administers your major. For example, if you are a mathematics major, then any course within the WSU catalog that has a course prefix of MATH is considered within your major.. For the purpose of this limitation, three 1-credit courses may be combined to count for a single 3-credit course.
- Can my UCORE courses be taken pass/fail?
While courses designated as a University Common Requirement (UCORE) technically can be taken on a pass/fail basis, they will not satisfy UCORE requirements under this condition. All UCORE-designated courses must be letter-graded (i.e., A, B, C, D, and F) to satisfy UCORE requirements (with a couple of exceptions).
- How many Communication Proficiency requirements are there?
Two courses in Written/Communication Competencies are required. One must be [WRTG] typically fulfilled with English 101 or the student’s placement writing course. The second course can be either [COMM], or a second [WRTG] course.
- What about Honors Students?
Honors students complete the Honors College requirements outlined in the Honors section of the WSU course catalog.
- Are Writing in the Major (or “
[M]“) courses required in the UCORE curriculum?
[M]courses must be taken to satisfy a University-wide graduation requirement, although they are not specifically part of the UCORE curriculum.
- Can I take a CAPS course while studying abroad?
Effective Fall 2019, students must take CAPS courses in residence. “In residence” means a course either taught on a WSU campus or taught by WSU faculty, wherever the course may be located. Transfer and study abroad courses are not suitable for fulfilling the capstone requirement.
- What are the Science requirements?
The Science requirements are a little more complex than other UCORE requirements; here’s how they work:
- All students must take a minimum of 7 credits. Those in the College of Arts and Sciences must take 8.
- All students must have one course in Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one course in Physical Science [PSCI].
- All students must have a least one lab course; students in the College of Arts and Sciences must have two lab courses.
- Completion of the sequence of both Science 101 and Science 102 will fulfill the complete science requirements ([BSCI], [PSCI], and 2 labs). Note that the completion of only one course in the sequence will not fulfill [BSCI] or [PSCI] on its own.