General Degree Requirements

To become eligible for a baccalaureate degree from the University of New Orleans, a student must fulfill the following general education requirements mandated by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System:

1. Complete the following courses

  • English Composition - 6 hours. English 1157 and 1158/1159 or their equivalent. Completion of 1158 or 1159 with a grade of C or better.

  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning - 6 hours. 

  • Natural/Life/Physical Sciences - 9 hours, including a six hour sequence in one science and an additional three hour course in another. One of the sciences must be Biological Sciences and the other one must be Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics.

  • Humanities - 9 hours to include:

    • i. 3 hours in Literature.

    • ii. 6 additional hours to be taken from the Departments of Film and Theater; English; Foreign Languages; History; Philosophy; Women’s and Gender Studies.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 hours from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and/or Urban Studies. 

  • Fine Arts - 3 hours to be taken from the Fine Arts, Music, or theatre/dance/film-related courses in Film and Theater.

2. Earn a minimum of 120 hours including at least 25 percent of the credit hours for the degree through instruction offered by the university and

3. Achieve a quality point ratio of 2.0 or better in:

  • all work attempted (the Cumulative Grade Point Average or CGPA),
  • all work taken at UNO (the UNO CGPA or UGPA), and,
  • the major subject (the Degree Grade Point Average or DGPA).

Since each curriculum has requirements in addition to those listed above, students should consult the appropriate section of this Catalog to determine such additional requirements and restrictions as may apply to the particular degree program.

4. Writing, linguistics, and grammar studies are not considered literature.

5. Transfer courses in religious studies may be used to fulfill Humanities requirement(s).

6. Other subjects under the Social Sciences in Area of Concentration may not count for this General Degree Requirement.

7. Transfer courses in architecture, dance, interior design or landscape architecture may be used to meet the Arts requirement.

8. No more than one-half the semester hours required for the completion of a degree program may be transferred from a junior college.

Satisfaction of General Education Degree Requirements

See a current menu of approved courses that satisfy general education requirements

There are some program-specific exceptions to this list as noted in the degree requirements of the program pursued (see appropriate section of the catalog). A course identified as an exception may only be applied to that specific program of study. Students should consult an advisor prior to enrolling to determine whether a course satisfies the general education requirements for their particular academic degree program. See the Satisfaction of General Education Degree Requirement table for specific student scenarios.

Type of Student Satisfaction of Requirements Catalog Description
Student who begins program of study at UNO Selects courses from General Education menu to meet general education requirementsNOTE: If the selected program of study requires specific general education coursework, these requirements must be satisfied. See Degree Requirements Section
Student who transfers to UNO after completing an Associate’s degree General Education requirements satisfiedNOTE: If the selected program of study requires specific general education coursework, these requirements must be satisfied. See Transfer Credit Section
Student who transfers to UNO without an Associate’s degree Completed coursework will be analyzed on a course by course basis to determine which general education requirements have been satisfied See Transfer Credit Section
Student who changes the program of study after completing the general education requirements General Education requirements satisfiedNOTE: If the selected program of study requires specific general education coursework, these requirements must be satisfied. See Degree Requirements Section
Student who seeks a subsequent undergraduate degree after completing an undergraduate degree General Education requirements satisfiedNOTE: If the selected program of study requires specific general education coursework, these requirements must be satisfied. See Subsequent Degree Requirements Section