Note: Courses that fulfill ULWR, R&E, and QR can also count toward distribution if approved and not from the department of your major, e.g. PHY 221 counts for QR and Natural Science.
|LSA Requirement||Courses from 4-year colleges and out-of-state community colleges that fulfill this requirement|
|First Year Writing (FYWR)||Any course that transfers as ENGLISH 125 will automatically fulfill this requirement.
If a course from your school does not transfer as the above, you can have courses you believe may fulfill the requirement evaluated by petitioning the Sweetland Center for Writing.
|Upper Level Writing (ULWR)||
Must take at U-M
|Race & Ethnicity (RE)||Must take at U-M.|
|Quantitative Reasoning (QR)||Any course that transfers in as equivalent or departmental STATS credit will automatically fulfill this requirement (course must be at least 3 credits).
Any course that transfers as equivalent credit for PHYSICS 125, 126, 140, and 240 will automatically fulfill this requirement (course must be at least 3 credits).
|Language: Achieve 4th term proficiency through course completion or placement exam||
Courses that transfer in as equivalent credit for FRENCH 232, ITALIAN 232, and SPANISH 232 will automatically fulfill this requirement.
A student whose first language is not English and who attended school up to the 8th grade where English was not the language of instruction is considered to have met the requirement. Your general academic advisor will enter an exception for this when you meet with them at Orientation.
If you are fluent in a language other than English but did not complete schooling in the language you will need to take a placement exam to demonstrate your fluency.
Total of 30 credits in two parts: Part I = 21 credits and Part II = 9 credits.
Note: Courses from the department of your major cannot count for distribution. If a course transfers into the department of your major it cannot be used for distribution. However, the prerequisite requirements for some majors can be used to fulfill distribution and your academic advisor will be able to discuss that with you.
The information below pertains to classes that transfer as Departmental Credit. Courses that transfer as directly equivalent to a U-M course will typically count for the same degree requirements as that course, with a few exceptions.
Complete 7 credits in all 3 areas (HU,NS,SS) for a total of 21 credits
|LSA Requirement||U-M Subjects that count for area distribution requirement|
Humanities (HU): 7 credits
Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Natural Science (NS): 7 credits
|Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Interdisciplinary Natural Science (INTERNS)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Residential College in Natural Sciences (RCNSCI)
Social Science (SS): 7 credits
|Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Communication and Media (COMM)
Interdisicplinary Social Science (INTERSS)
Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Political Science (POLSCI)
Residential College in Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Complete 3 credits each in 3 of the following areas (HU, NS, SS, MSA, CE, ID) for a total of 9 credits. For example: 3 credits in HU, 3 credits in MSA, and 3 credits in CE.)
|LSA Requirement||U-M subjects that count for area distribution requirement|
|Humanities (HU)||Complete additional 3 credits from HU list in Part I|
|Natural Science (NS)||Complete additional 3 credits from NS list in Part I|
|Social Science (SS)||Complete additional 3 credits from SS list in Part I|
|Mathematical & Symbolic Analysis (MSA)||Mathematics (MATH)
|Creative Expression (CE)||Art and Design (ARTDES)
Music Composition (COMP)
Music Performance (MUSPERF)
Residential College in Fine Arts (RCARTS)
|Interdisciplinary (ID)||Your academic advisor will address courses with this designation.|
The following guides explain how transfer credit can be used to fulfill the requirements for certain majors. The guide for each major includes the information for all Michigan community colleges.
If a guide is not posted for the major in which you are interested, go to Majors and Minors. After you find the requirements for your major, check the Transfer Credit Equivalency Search for the courses at your school that transfer as equivalent credit for each class. There is no guarantee that your school will offer courses that transfer to count for each major.
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