Core Curriculum (UCC)

Core Curriculum (UCC)

The University Core Curriculum (UCC) provides the broad, well-defined curriculum that enables graduates to think critically, analytically, and creatively, with the ability to communicate their ideas clearly both orally and in writing.

UCC Check Off List for Self-Advising

Completion of seven areas of UCC study is required for students entering FIU as first-time college students, or as transfers without a Florida AA Degree. All UCC courses must be taken for a letter grade.

  • First Year Experience, 1 credit
  • English Composition, 6 credits*
  • Humanities with Writing, 6 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning, 6 credits*
  • Social Inquiry, 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences with Labs, 8 credits
  • Arts, 3 credits
  • TOTAL = 36 credits (minimum)

Gordon Rule Courses

The Gordon Rule applies only to writing and math courses. Minimum grade of ā€œCā€ required. Must be completed within the first 60 semester hours of college work.

Letter Grade Required.

All UCC courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Repeating UCC Courses.

Courses repeated to improve a grade must have the identical prefix and number as the original course and may only be taken at FIU.

Substituting CLEP exams for UCC courses.

CLEP exams taken after enrollment at FIU will not be accepted for UCC credit without the approval of an advisor. CLEP credit is not accepted for prerequisite requirements by certain majors. Students are responsible for checking with the department in which they plan to major. For assignment of CLEP credit, see individual UCC area pages.

Entering Freshmen

All First Time in College (FTIC) Freshman students entering Summer B 2003 or later are subject to UCC requirements.

Transfer students

Transfer students entering Fall 2003 are subject to the UCC requirements.

Readmitted students

Readmitted students beginning Fall 2003 or after must satisfy UCC curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other institutions may fulfill these requirements. The student is responsible for providing a course description to Undergraduate Studies to determine equivalency.