Oregon State University

Baccalaureate Core Program Summary Chart

What is the Baccalaureate Core? The Baccalaureate Core curriculum represents what the OSU faculty believe is the foundation for students' further understanding of the modern world. Informed by natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities, the Baccalaureate Core requires students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize ideas and information when evaluating major societal issues. Importantly, the Baccalaureate Core promotes understanding of interrelationships among disciplines in order to increase students' capacities as ethical citizens of an ever-changing world.

Course Requirements Descriptions Categories Details Credits from Approved Courses
Skills 15 credits/5 courses Skills courses ensure that students have the basic skills in written and oral communication and in mathematics that are critical to their academic and professional success. Fitness emphasizes the value of personal wellness. Writing I Must be taken and completed satisfactorily within first 45 OSU generated credits. 3 credits
Writing II Must be taken and completed satisfactorily within first 90 OSU generated credits. For transfer students with sophomore standing or above, WR II must be completed within first 45 hours of OSU generated credits. 3 credits
Speech Must be taken and completed satisfactorily within first 45 hours of OSU generated credits. For transfer students with sophomore standing or above, Speech must be completed within first 45 OSU generated credits. 3 credits
Mathematics Must be taken and completed satisfactorily within first 45 OSU generated credits. 3 credits
Fitness   3 credits
Perspectives 24 credits/7 courses Perspectives courses provide students with a breadth of knowledge across disciplinary fields. Biological Science w/ Lab
4 credits
Cultural Diversity   3 credits
Literature and the Arts   3 credits
Physical Science w/ Lab GEO courses listed under Physical Science are considered to be from a different department than GEO courses listed under any other Perspectives category. 4 credits
Additional Lab Science Choose an additional course from either Physical Science or Biological Science. 4 credits
Social Processes and Institutions   3 credits
Western Culture   3 credits
Difference, Power, and Discrimination 3 credits/1 course In DPD courses, students examine the complex structures, systems, and beliefs behind discrimination and unequal power distribution in American society. Difference, Power, and Discrimination   3 credits
Synthesis Courses 6 credits/2 courses Synthesis courses use multidisciplinary approaches that foster critical thinking in a given content area. Contemporary Global Issues   3 credits
Science, Technology, and Society   3 credits
Writing Intensive (WIC) 3 credits/1 course In WIC courses, students gain knowledge of and practice with writing in their major Writing Intensive Taken in the major 3 credits
Totals: 51 credits