General education approved course list, 2023-24

U.S. Diversity (USD) and International Perspectives (IP) designations reflected on this list are based on the online 2023-24 Catalog as of February 22, 2023.

I. Arts and Humanities

Students should develop an understanding of human cultural heritage and history, and an appreciation of reasoning and the aesthetic value of human creativity.

  • minimum credits: 12

African American Studies (AF AM)201USD, 310IP, 311IP, 334USD, 347, 350, 353USD, 354USD, 469XUSD, 473USD
American Indian Studies (AM IN)201, 205USD, 210USD, 225USD, 240USD, 310, 311USD, 312USD, 313USD, 315, 324USD, 346USD, 426
American Sign Language (ASL)325
Anthropology (ANTHR)210USD, 225USD, 315, 321, 324USD, 369IP, 376AIP, 376BIP, 376CIP, 389
Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM)342
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (A M D)257, 354IP, 356
Arabic (ARABC)371XIP, 375IP
Architecture (ARCH)220, 221IP, 321USD, 322IP, 420, 422IP, 423IP, 424, 425, 426, 427IP, 429
Art History (ART H)280IP, 281IP, 292, 293, 382IP, 383, 384IP, 385, 386USD, 388, 395USD, 396, 487, 489, 494, 498
Biology (BIOL)307
Chinese (CHIN)304IP, 370IP, 372IP, 375IP, 378IP, 403IP
Classical Studies (CL ST)273IP, 275IP, 310, 350, 353IP, 367, 368IP, 369IP, 370XIP, 372IP, 373IP, 374IP, 376AIP, 376BIP, 376CIP, 383, 384IP, 385IP, 402, 403, 410, 430, 480
Criminal Justice Studies (C J)325, 332, 339USD
Dance (DANCE)270IP, 360
Design Studies (DSN S)183
Education (EDUC)347
English (ENGL)120, 201, 207, 214, 222X, 225, 226, 227, 228, 237, 240USD, 245X, 260, 275, 310, 330, 335, 339, 345, 346USD, 347, 349, 350, 352, 353IP, 354IP, 355, 360, 362, 364, 370IP, 373, 375IP, 376AIP, 376BIP, 377X, 389IP, 393, 395IP, 396, 420, 422
Environmental Studies (ENV S)334, 355, 362, 363
French (FRNCH)304IP, 320IP, 326IP, 340IP, 370IP, 370FIP, 375IP, 378IP, 440IP, 476IP
German (GER)304IP, 320IP, 330IP, 370IP, 370GIP, 371IP, 375IP, 378IP, 476IP
Graphic Design (ARTGR)387IP
History (HIST)201IP, 202IP, 207IP, 211IP, 212, 221, 222, 255IP, 271, 280IP, 281IP, 284IP, 304, 307, 310IP, 311IP, 318, 320, 322XIP, 325, 327IP, 331, 336IP, 337IP, 339IP, 340, 341IP, 345X, 350XIP, 353USD, 354USD, 357, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371USD, 372USD, 374IP, 380USD, 382, 383IP, 384IP, 385IP, 386USD, 387, 389IP, 390IP, 391, 396A, 396B, 396C, 402, 403, 405, 406, 407, 410IP, 414, 419, 420, 421IP, 422IP, 423, 424, 427, 428, 429, 431IP, 435IP, 441, 442IP, 449, 450, 451, 453, 454, 455, 457USD, 458, 459, 460, 461, 465, 468, 469XUSD, 473USD, 479, 481, 482, 488, 489, 496A, 496B, 496C
Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS)240USD
Interior Design (ARTID)355IP, 356IP
International Studies (INTST)395B
Journalism and Mass Communication (JL MC)140XUSD, 461, 464
Landscape Architecture (L A)371, 373IP, 478D
Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)350B
Linguistics (LING)119IP, 120, 351IP, 354IP, 420, 422, 462, 463IP
Music (MUSIC)101, 102IP, 120, 224, 225, 234, 235, 302, 304, 383IP, 384IP, 472USD, 473, 475, 476
Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM)313USD
Naval Science (N S)212
Philosophy (PHIL)201, 206, 230, 235USD, 310, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 330, 331, 332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 339USD, 340, 343, 350, 363, 364, 366, 380, 382, 389, 410, 430, 435, 450, 465, 466, 485
Political Science (POL S)235, 325, 333USD, 339USD, 387, 430, 431, 435
Portugese (PORT)375IP
Psychology (PSYCH)348
Religious Studies (RELIG)205IP, 210USD, 215, 242IP, 243, 321, 322, 325, 328, 332, 334USD, 336IP, 339, 348, 349IP, 350, 352IP, 358IP, 359IP, 360, 361X, 367, 368IP, 380, 389, 475
Russian (RUS)304IP, 314IP, 370IP, 370AIP, 370BIP, 370RIP, 375IP, 378IP
Spanish (SPAN)195IP, 295IP, 302IP, 304IP, 305USD, 314IP, 321IP, 322IP, 323IP, 324IP, 325, 326IP, 327XIP, 330IP, 332IP, 351IP, 354IP, 370SIP, 377X, 378IP, 440IP, 441IP, 445IP, 462, 463IP
Speech Communication (SP CM)216USD, 275, 350
Theatre (THTRE)106, 110, 465, 466
U.S. Latino/a Studies (US LS)211USD, 305USD, 325, 351IP, 371USD, 372USD, 377X, 473USD
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)307
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)201USD, 210, 301IP, 307, 336IP, 338, 339, 345, 350, 352, 370FIP, 370GIP, 370RIP, 370SIP, 374IP, 380USD, 386USD, 387, 422, 457USD, 494
World Film Studies (W F S)278IP
World Languages and Cultures (WLC)119IP, 205IP, 210USD, 270IP, 352IP, 358IP, 359IP, 370AIP, 370BIP, 370CIP, 371XIP

IIA. Mathematical Disciplines

Students should appreciate mathematics as a valuable tool of the sciences and as an intrinsically important way of thinking.

  • minimum credits: 3

Computer Science (COM S)107, 207, 227
Linguistics (LING)207
Mathematics (MATH)104, 105, 140, 143, 145, 150, 151, 160, 163X, 164X, 165, 166, 201, 265, 266, 267
Philosophy (PHIL)207
Statistics (STAT)101, 104, 201, 226

IIB. Natural Sciences

Students should experience science as a rational search for understanding the structure and behavior of the natural world.

  • minimum credits: 8

Agronomy (AGRON)120, 140IP, 160IP, 181, 182, 206, 240X, 320, 404, 405, 406IP, 452
Anthropology (ANTHR)202, 307, 317, 319, 328, 424, 445
Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)102, 103, 120, 150, 250
Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology (BBMB)120, 120L, 121, 221
Biology (BIOL)101, 155, 173, 204, 211, 211L, 212, 212L, 255, 255L, 256, 256L, 344, 350, 357
Chemistry (CHEM)160, 163, 163L, 167, 167L, 177, 177L, 178, 178L, 201, 201L, 211, 211L, 231, 231L
Entomology (ENT)201, 211, 214, 240X, 370, 374IP
Environmental Science (ENSCI)324, 404, 405, 406IP, 452, 479
Environmental Studies (ENV S)101, 108, 111, 120, 130, 140IP, 160IP, 173, 204, 324, 404
Food Science and Human Nutrition (FS HN)101, 120, 120L, 167
Genetics (GEN)320
Geology (GEOL)100, 100L, 101, 102, 102L, 103, 105, 108, 111, 140IP, 160IP, 201, 324, 406, 452, 479
International Studies (INTST)395D
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (IA LL)312, 326, 367
Meteorology (MTEOR)107, 140IP, 160IP, 206, 301, 324, 404, 405, 406IP
Microbiology (MICRO)101, 201, 201L, 302, 302L, 374IP
Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM)120, 130
Physics (PHYS)101, 115, 115L, 131, 131L, 132, 132L, 231, 231L, 232, 232L, 241, 242, 302
Psychology (PSYCH)310
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)344

III. Social Sciences

Students should develop an appreciation of the principal methods of studying human behavior and an understanding of the structure and functioning of institutions.

  • minimum credits: 9

Advertising (ADVRT)230
African American Studies (AF AM)327, 330USD, 335USD, 355IP
Agronomy (AGRON)342IP, 450
Air Force and Aerospace Studies (AFAS)341, 342
American Indian Studies (AM IN)320, 322USD, 327XUSD, 332A, 332B, 332C, 332D
Anthropology (ANTHR)201IP, 220IP, 230IP, 306IP, 308, 309IP, 310IP, 313IP, 320, 322USD, 323AIP, 323BIP, 323CIP, 323DIP, 323EIP, 332A, 332B, 332C, 332D, 336IP, 340IP, 342IP, 354IP, 355IP, 411IP, 431, 450
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (A M D)165USD, 362IP, 467
Classical Studies (CL ST)394IP, 395IP
Communication Studies (COMST)101, 210USD, 211, 218, 301, 310IP, 311, 314, 317, 325, 450B
Community and Regional Planning (C R P)201, 291IP, 293, 325, 376, 429, 435
Criminal Justice Studies (C J)240, 241, 242, 315X, 320, 335USD, 340, 351, 352, 354, 402, 403, 470, 484
Design (DES)230
Economics (ECON)101, 102, 103X, 301, 302, 313, 320IP, 321USD, 344, 353, 355IP, 376, 380, 385IP, 387IP
Education (EDUC)333
English (ENGL)319
Environmental Studies (ENV S)220IP, 283, 293, 320, 336X, 342IP, 345IP, 380, 382IP, 450
Food Science and Human Nutrition (FS HN)342IP
Gerontology (GERON)377
Global Resource Systems (GLOBE)220IP, 222XIP, 385IP
Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS)102, 239USD, 276USD, 369, 377
International Studies (INTST)235IP, 250IP, 395E, 430IP
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (IA LL)427
Journalism and Mass Communication (JL MC)101, 240, 260, 401, 462, 474IP, 476IP, 477USD
Leadership Studies (LD ST)301, 322USD, 333USD, 488
Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)350D
Linguistics (LING)309IP, 319, 395IP
Materials Engineering (MAT E)220IP
Mechanical Engineering (M E)220IP
Naval Science (N S)220
Political Science (POL S)101, 111, 121IP, 125IP, 222XIP, 232X, 261, 262, 271, 283, 305, 306, 308X, 310, 318, 319, 320, 334, 335, 336X, 337X, 338XIP, 340IP, 342IP, 343IP, 344, 346IP, 348IP, 349IP, 350IP, 353, 354IP, 355IP, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 363, 364, 370, 379XIP, 381, 385USD, 404X, 405X, 409, 410X, 417, 419, 420, 421, 422, 425X, 443, 452IP, 453, 475, 477, 480, 487
Psychology (PSYCH)101, 221X, 230, 250, 280, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 333, 335, 346USD, 347USD, 349X, 350, 360, 380, 383, 386
Public Relations (P R)220
Religious Studies (RELIG)277USD, 340IP, 370
Sociology (SOC)134, 219, 220IP, 230, 235USD, 241, 277USD, 305, 310, 325, 327, 328, 330USD, 331USD, 332, 334, 340, 345IP, 348IP, 350USD, 380, 382IP, 401, 411IP, 415, 464
Speech Communication (SP CM)110, 417
U.S. Latino/a Studies (US LS)323AIP, 323BIP, 323CIP, 323DIP, 323EIP, 343IP, 347USD
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)203USD, 205USD, 320, 321USD, 325, 327, 328, 333USD, 342IP, 346USD, 349X, 385USD, 435, 488