General Education Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates at Michigan State University are required to complete a series of core courses, regardless of which major is chosen. The University's general education requirements are Writing, Mathematics, and Integrative Studies. Many students have additional requirements in these areas, depending on their major.

Transfer students may have completed courses at other institutions that will satisfy some of MSU's general education requirements. The chart below lists MSU's requirements and courses that have previously satisfied the requirement at another institution.

The Office of Admissions' Transfer Guides lists courses from other institutions that satisfy general education requirements.

Michigan State's searchable transfer credit equivalency system, Transfer MSU, contains hundreds of courses from other colleges and universities and indicates if they are eligible to be transferred to MSU.

Area Requirements Possible Equivalents
English/Writing (WRA) Four semester credits equivalent to MSU’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures course Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110). Completion of the English composition requirement at another institution (often a composition 101 and 102 series) usually satisfies this requirement.
An additional upper-level writing course must be completed at MSU.
Mathematics (MTH) Four semester credits equivalent to one of the following MSU courses: Finite Mathematics and Elements of College Algebra (MTH 110), College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116), Survey of Calculus I (MTH 124), or Calculus I (MTH 132). A college algebra and finite mathematics, college algebra and trigonometry, survey of calculus, or calculus course usually satisfies this requirement.
Integrative Studies
Area Requirements Possible Equivalents
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS) Four semester credits equivalent to any 200-level ISS course at MSU. A cultural anthropology, economics, human or economic geography, political science, psychology, or sociology course usually satisfies this requirement.
An additional 300-level ISS course must be completed at MSU.
Arts and Humanities (IAH) Four semester credits equivalent to MSU’s United States and the World (IAH 201). A course in American history plus completion of one year of English composition usually satisfies this requirement.
Four semester credits equivalent to any IAH course at MSU. A literature, philosophy, religion, music or art appreciation, or music or art history course usually satisfies this requirement.
General Science - Biological and Physical Sciences (ISB/ISP) Three semester credits equivalent to any 200-level ISB course at MSU. A biology or a biological science course usually satisfies this requirement.
Three semester credits equivalent to any 200-level ISP course at MSU. A chemistry, physics, or another physical science course usually satisfies this requirement.
Two semester credits of a science laboratory are also required.

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