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General Catalog 2002-2003
Posted March 1, 2002 

The Office of Undergraduate Studies administers, oversees, and supervises the University's general education and graduation requirements (intellectual explorations requirement, quantitative reasoning requirement, quantitative intensive requirement, diversity requirement and upper-division communication/writing requirement), the LEAP program, Master Curriculum, National Student Exchange (NSE), Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP), the Bachelor of University Studies Degree (BUS), and Transfer Interest Groups (TIGS).  The office is also a focal point for preparing students for the University's majors and colleges.  It establishes new degree programs and reviews existing programs for quality and coherence, through the Undergraduate Council, and in collaboration with colleges and departments.

Associate Vice President, John Francis, Ph.D. 

Associate Dean, David H. Dodd, Ph.D. 

Senior Associate Dean, Slava Lubomudrov, Ph.D. 

Assistant Dean, Edward M. Barbanell, Ph.D. 

Bachelor of University Studies, Edward M. Barbanell, Coordinator; 585-6243 

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Ann Darling, Director; 581-7597 

Honors Program, Richard D. Rieke, Director; 581-7383 

International Studies Board, Jerry Root, Chair; 587-9285 

Kennecott Scholar Society/Scholarships, David Dodd, Director; 581-3811 

LEAP, Slava Lubomudrov, Director; 581-3811 

National Student Exchange, Josette Price,Assistant Coordinator; 581-8920 

Phi Kappa Phi, Ann Blanchard, Secretary; 581-3188 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Slava Lubomudrov, Director; 581-8070. 

University College, Center for Academic Advising, Hugh Brown, Associate Dean; 581-8146 


General education requirements include intellectual exploration courses, basic writing, American institutions requirements, and the quantitative reasoning requirement. 

Intellectual Explorations Requirement (Foundation/Integration) Courses. The goal of the general education intellectual explorations requirement is to substantively introduce students to four broad areas of inquiry found in the University. These courses reflect the core academic values and traditions of inquiry that characterize the disciplines and programs found in a respective area. Courses are designed to introduce these core values and concerns for all students, regardless of their major. The areas of inquiry are divided into four areas: fine arts, humanities, social science, and physical and life sciences. 

Students will take two courses from each of the four areas. Two of these courses may be double-counted in the student's major area using any course taken in their major. Majors may require students to take a specific intellectual explorations course or courses to meet core or allied requirements for the major. Students should contact their major department for more information. College of Engineering students need to see their departmental adviser for specific requirements regarding their intellectual explorations courses. For a list of approved intellectual explorations courses, consult the lists in the Undergraduate Information section of this catalog or in the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. This requirement will prepare students for an increasingly information-based society in which the ability to use and critically evaluate information, especially numerical information, is central to the role requirements of an informed citizen. Students should acquire the skills necessary to make rational decisions based on real data. They should be exposed to the general methods of inquiry that apply in a wide variety of settings; they should be able to assess critically arguments and rational decisions. Finally, students should develop the ability to judge the strengths and limitations of quantitative approaches to knowledge. 

Students will take courses in mathematics (QA) and logic (QB). Courses that have been approved for the quantitative reasoning requirement are so designated in the Courses section of this catalog and in the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin. Your major may require you to take a specific course to satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement. Contact your major department and get approval before taking the course.

Students obtaining the B.F.A. or B.Mus. degree do not have to complete the  QB (statistics or logic) portion of the quantitative reasoning requirement.

Writing Requirement. The University's lower-division writing requirement ensures that students develop the rhetorical skills necessary for success in the writing assignments intrinsic in college courses. The writing requirement is satisfied through courses offered by the University Writing Program: WRTG 1010 and WRTG 2010. Students are expected to meet this requirement during their freshman and sophomore years. Students will be placed in WRTG 1010 or WRTG 2010 by their Admissions Index. Satisfactory completion of WRTG 1010 is the prerequisite for registration for WRTG 2010. Students must pass WRTG 1010 or WRTG 2010 with a grade of C-or better. Students dissatisfied with their placement by the Admissions Index may appeal by taking the University Writing Program's placement essay. 

Students whose native language is not English fulfill the writing requirement through the ESL 1040, 1050, 1060 sequence offered by the Linguistics Department. 

A student whose Advanced Placement (AP) level in English is 3, 4, or 5 or who has scored 500 on the CLEP English test is exempt from this requirement. Also exempt are transfer students who have met comparable lower-division writing requirements at other colleges or universities. An associate degree from a two-year college is satisfactory evidence of having satisfied the lower-division writing requirement. 

Transfer Student Requirements. Transfers to the University from any college accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency may be cleared of general education requirements if they have an associate of arts or associate of science degree from their former school. Students who have an associate of applied science degree may not use this degree to clear general education requirements. Students coming form out-of-state institutions have their transcripts reviewed by the Admissions Office to determine the award of general education credit. Transfer students who have questions about the general education credit should take their summary of transfer credits either to the Admissions Office, 250 Student Services Building, or to University College, 450 Student Services Building, for a review of their course work. 

Special General Education Requirements

LEAP. LEAP is a nationally recognized year-long program for entering freshman students who take classes together during their first year at the University. These classes provide a solid academic foundation and the study skills to help students get the most out of their university education. LEAP classes also fulfill many of the University's general education requirements. LEAP students enroll in a small Freshman Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and stay with the same students and instructor for the whole academic year. Students who have decided on a major may choose to take only the seminar (mini-LEAP) and other courses in their major. Students who want to fulfill more general education requirements during their freshman year will in enroll in comprehensive-LEAP

TIG. The Transfer Interest Group (TIG) is a program for new U of U transfer students in a specific major. A small group of students in a major take classes together during their first semester or year at the U. Students enroll in a semester one-credit-hour seminar course (Success Through Academic Resources and Technology) and one or more courses in their major. The TIG offers students a base of friends and personal attention from a peer instructor and faculty member. 

More information about TIGs will be provided during new student orientations held in the summer. 

Clusters. Clusters provide students with excellent opportunities to satisfy a number of general education and/or bachelor degree requirements.  Clusters consist of three or more courses that focus on a given topic and are organized in such a way that students can explore how different disciplines, working together, address a common problem.  Clusters are offered over one academic year or over three semesters.  More information about clusters, including how to enroll, will be provided during orientation.  Or call the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (801) 581-3811.

Honors Program. The Honors Program is designed to enrich undergraduate students' academic careers and prepare them for graduate work. Smaller classes encourage a more intimate, intensive, and stimulating learning experience. A student body of about 1,200 has access to a unique Honors curriculum where students can satisfy their general education requirements and complete the requirements for an Honors baccalaureate degree in their major department. For more information, contact the Honors Program office, 134 Sill Center, 581-7383. See also Honors Program in the Special Academic Programs section of this catalog. 

International Studies Board. The world is becoming more interdependent, requiring an understanding of people and events beyond distinct geographical boundaries. 

Developments in international trade, combined with other secular and religious ties, highlight the global interdependence of nations and people. Along with this increased interdependence comes a greater need for educational curricula designed to foster international understanding and competence. The International Studies Board addresses these needs by coordinating universitywide international studies activities. See also International Studies Board in the Courses section of this catalog. 

National Student Exchange (NSE).  A challenging opportunity for a semester or year exchange with 161 other universities in the United States and its territories from which to choose.  Students have a chance to expand their educational and personal experiences, take risks and reap the rewards of doing so and explore different geographic settings, people, and cultures.  Those who have taken advantage of NSE have returned to Utah with greater self-confidence and independence, and better able to define their academic and career objectives.  Students pay either in-state tuition at the University of Utah or the host campus.  For more information about NSE, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 130 Sill Center, (801) 581-8920.

The Bachelor of University Studies Degree Program provides students an opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in a component of international studies. Academic minors are also available in a range of subjects of international significance. The University grants a certificate of international relations in political science, a B.A. and a minor in Asian studies, a B.A. and certificate in the study of Japan, a graduate certificate in Middle East area studies, and an M.B.A. with international emphasis and foreign language qualification. 

University Professor Courses. University Professor is an honorary rank conferred on professors who have demonstrated extraordinary skill in undergraduate teaching and maintained a strong commitment to undergraduate education. University Professors are appointed by the Undergraduate Council to carry out a special project that enriches the educational opportunities available to undergraduates. 

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 581-3811, for information on the current University Professorship. 

UGS Course Descriptions

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