Student FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which students must fulfill the GenEd Common Ground requirements?

    Undergraduate students who matriculated at IU Bloomington during or after Summer 2011 are required to fulfill the requirements of the campus-wide GenEd curriculum. The applicable General Education requirements are those in effect at the time of matriculation at Indiana University Bloomington as a degree-seeking student.

    Students who matriculated prior to Summer 2011 will not be affected provided that they complete all degree requirements within eight years of matriculation as a degree-seeking student at Indiana University Bloomington.

    Any student who fails to complete degree requirements within eight years of matriculation will forfeit the automatic right to use the requirements in effect at the time of matriculation. The student's degree program will be re-evaluated, and the student may be required to move to the current program in effect at the time of re-evaluation.

  • What are the campus-wide GenEd requirements?

    For a full explanation of the GenEd requirements, see General Education Requirements.

  • Which courses have been approved to fulfill the GenEd Common Ground requirements?

    The GenEd-Approved Courses page and the Schedule of Classes each reflect current course approval status for all GenEd courses. Note that courses approved in one semester or year may not be approved in previous or subsequent semesters.

    In order to apply toward the General Education Common Ground requirements, a course must be GenEd-approved for the semester in which the course is taken.

  • Does the STGEC Milestone apply to my degree requirements?

    The Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) was developed to help transfer students complete their degrees after transferring from one Indiana public institution to another. Students who earn the STGEC milestone at any campus of any Indiana state public institution of higher education prior to enrolling at IU Bloomington as a degree-seeking student will not be subject to IU Bloomington GenEd Common Ground requirements.

    Completion of the Statewide Transfer General Education Core does not add to, subtract from, or alter any other degree requirements, including school requirements, major requirements, minor requirements, or requirements for an undergraduate certificate. Students must, therefore, work closely with an advisor to determine what relationship, if any, exists between requirements for general education and other degree requirements.

  • If I transfer to IU Bloomington after completing coursework elsewhere, how are my GenEd requirements affected?

    Students who earn the STGEC milestone at any campus of any Indiana state public institution of higher education prior to matriculation at Indiana University Bloomington will not be subject to IU Bloomington GenEd Common Ground requirements. For more information on the STGEC, visit Statewide Transfer General Education Core.

    Students who transfer to IU Bloomington after partially completing STGEC requirements at another IU campus or at another Indiana state educational institution are subject to the GenEd Common Ground requirements. Their transfer credit will be articulated to IUB courses in accordance with established course articulations and transfer credit policies, as published on the IUB Credit Transfer Service. If transfer credit is awarded for courses that are GenEd-approved at the time of transfer credit articulation, those courses will apply toward GenEd Common Ground requirements.

    Completion of the Statewide Transfer General Education Core does not add to, subtract from, or alter any other degree requirements, including school requirements, major requirements, minor requirements, or requirements for an undergraduate certificate. Students must, therefore, work closely with an advisor to determine what relationship, if any, exists between requirements for general education and other degree requirements.

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