All undergraduate degree-seeking students must complete the General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS) requirements.

General Education/Liberal Studies (GELS) (48 credits)

To meet the university's General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS) requirements, students must complete each of the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and complete 48 unduplicated credits. Eight (8) of the 48 credits must be upper division (300-level or higher) to fulfill the university's Liberal Studies requirement.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)
(40 or more credits)

Overlap: A single course may be used to meet a maximum of two goal areas.

  • Goal 1: Communication Two writing courses-introductory and intermediate writing (6 or more credits).
    • One oral and visual communication course (3 or more credits).
    • Note: Students must place at the intermediate level on the university's writing assessment essay to be exempt from introductory writing.
  • Goal 2: Critical Thinking Students who complete the university's general education requirements will have met this goal.
  • Goal 3: Natural Sciences (3 or more credits). At least one course including a laboratory, simulation or field experience.
  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (3 or more credits).
    • Note: This requirement is waived for students placing above the college algebra level on the university's higher level math assessment.
  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or more credits). At least two courses from two different disciplines.
  • Goal 6: Humanities and the Fine Arts (6 or more credits).
    • At least two courses from two different disciplines.
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity (3 or more credits).
  • Goal 8: Global Perspective (3 or more credits).
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility (3 or more credits).
  • Goal 10: People and the Environment (3 or more credits).

Liberal Studies (8 or more credits)

All students must complete eight (8) upper-division semester credits (300-level or higher) from the approved GELS Course List. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) do not fulfill Liberal Studies requirements. Liberal Studies courses may overlap with one or two goal areas.

GELS Electives

Students who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and Liberal Studies requirements may still need additional credits to bring the total to 48 unduplicated credits. Any course listed for Goals 1-10 (except for courses marked with an asterisk [*]) may be used as electives. In addition, courses listed under the General Education and Liberal Studies Electives section of the approved GELS Course List may also be used.

Summary of Graduation Requirements

  • General Education/Liberal Studies-48 credits
    (MnTC-40 and Liberal Studies-8)
  • Major requirements-24-64* credits
  • Minimum total credits to graduate-120-124*
  • Minimum upper-division credits-40
  • Minimum credits completed at Metropolitan State-30

*Depends on major

Notes

  • Only courses worth two or more semester credits and a grade of "D" or higher can be used to meet goal area requirements.
  • Students who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum since fall 1995, or who have earned an associate of arts (AA) degree from a Minnesota State system, institution or the University of Minnesota, do not need to complete general education goal area requirements at Metropolitan State. However, these students must meet the university's Liberal Studies requirement. This exemption does not apply to the AS, AAS or other associate degrees.
  • GELS requirements may be met by transfer courses or by courses completed at Metropolitan State.
  • Courses approved for a goal area at another Minnesota State institution will apply to the same goal area at Metropolitan State. Students having completed a goal area at another Minnesota State institution will have the goal fulfilled at Metropolitan State.
  • The Interactive Degree Audit Report (DARS) will show the official means by which transfer credits are accepted and applied to GELS. Students may appeal transfer evaluation decisions to the Registrar's Office, in consultation with
    their advisor.
  • Minnesota State policy requires a cumulative 2.0 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum GPA to certify completion.
  • For additional information about each of the goal areas, visit Minnesota Transfer.

General Education/Liberal Studies/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum