The Core Curriculum is the foundation for undergraduate education at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Core Curriculum consists of a set of general education and specified courses in the major program that address 14 objectives (Core Objective 1-14) that represent the competencies every University graduate must acquire.
- CO1: Effective composition and communication
- CO2: Quantitative reasoning
- CO3: Critical analysis and use of information
- CO4: Physical and natural phenomenon (2 courses required, 1 of which must include lab)
- CO5: History and culture (2 courses required)
- CO6: Cultures, societies, and individuals
- CO7: Artistic composition, interpretation, and expression
- CO8: Constitution
- CO9: Science, technology, and society
- CO10: Diversity and equity
- CO11: Global contexts
- CO12: Ethics
- CO13: Integration and synthesis
- CO14: Application
The Passport Block aligns strongly with the general education portion of the University's Core Curriculum, which includes Core Objectives 1-7. (United States and Nevada Constitutions, CO8, is considered part of the general education program for students at the University of Nevada, Reno. Many students complete study in Constitutions along with one of two required courses in CO5: History and Culture.)
The University of Nevada, Reno's competencies-based Core Curriculum trains students in communication, quantitative reasoning, methods of inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and integration, synthesis and application of knowledge. It is also integrated into each major, so that the knowledge and skills described in the 14 Core Objectives can be developed throughout a student's progress towards the undergraduate degree.
The Core Curriculum is intended to be dynamic and responsive to needs and interests of students and faculty. Thus, courses may be proposed to add to or remove from the Core. The Core Curriculum Board oversees a five-year cycle of Core assessment, culminating in review and decision on whether a course should be “re-verified” as part of the Core Curriculum.