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Education requirements

The University’s liberal education requirements for all students are designed to be integrated throughout your four-year undergraduate experience. These courses provide you an opportunity to explore fields outside your major and complement your major curriculum with a multidisciplinary perspective. Both the BS in Health Sciences and BS in Health Professions degrees offered at the University of Minnesota Rochester require the same liberal education requirements.

Current Liberal Education requirements

Core areas

The diversified core guides you through the "why" and "how" of different academic disciplines. These classes will equip you with a broad range of tools that can be used to approach problems in everyday life and work, and, ultimately, help you make a positive difference within communities, society, and the world. Students are required to satisfy all seven core requirements.

Requirements for UMR students Required credits
Arts/Humanities 3 credits
Biological Science 4 credits; must include lab or field experience
Historical Perspective 3 credits
Literature 3 credits
Mathematical Thinking 3 credits
Physical Science 4 credits; must include lab or field experience
Social Sciences 3 credits

Designated themes

The designated themes are topics central to an understanding of contemporary life. Investigating these themes helps you prepare to become knowledgeable, ethical, and engaged public citizens. You are required to satisfy all five themes.

Requirements for UMR Students Required credits
Civic Life and Ethics 3 credits
Diversity and Social Justice in the United States 3 credits
The Environment 3 credits
Global Perspectives 3 credits
Technology & Society 3 credits

Important Dates


Sat, May 13, 2017 End of semester
Mon, May 22, 2017 May session and summer 13-week classes begin
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 Last day of instruction for May session