University Core of Common Studies (UCCS) and College of Engineering Curricular Requirements

The Opus College of Engineering curricula amplify and deepen the University Core of Common Studies (UCCS) requirements, which are fully described in the University Core of Common Studies section in this bulletin. The implementation of the UCCS within each major is explicitly detailed in each department’s bulletin section.

The following footnotes are referenced in the department curriculum for each of the various majors:

b University Core course

c The Core Electives must satisfy UCCS requirements in the following four Knowledge Areas: Diverse Cultures, Histories of Cultures and Societies, Individual and Social Behavior, and Literature/Performing Arts. See the university bulletin section on University Core of Common Studies for lists of acceptable courses.

d If the previous Core Electives span all four Knowledge Areas (as listed in the previous footnote), a three-credit free elective may be chosen. This situation may exist if one of the student’s core electives is a “dual-application” core course, as described in the section on the University Core of Common Studies.

e The Theology Elective must be selected from the list of acceptable UCCS courses in the Theology Knowledge Area. See the university bulletin section on University Core of Common Studies.

f The UCCS Rhetoric Knowledge Area is satisfied by ENGL 1001 Rhetoric and Composition 1, and ENGL 1002 Rhetoric and Composition 2 or COMM 1100 Contemporary Presentation.

Courses that satisfy both the UCCS and the Opus College of Engineering curricula are outlined below:

Rhetoric (R)6
Rhetoric and Composition 1
Rhetoric and Composition 2
Contemporary Presentation
Mathematical Reasoning (MR)4
Calculus 1
Individual and Social Behavior (ISB)3
Any approved UCCS ISB course.
Diverse Cultures (DC)3
Any approved UCCS DC course.
Literature and Performing Arts (LPA)3
Any approved UCCS LPA course.
Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS)3
Any approved UCCS HCS course.
Science and Nature (SN)12
General Chemistry 1
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Human Nature and Ethics (HNE)6
Philosophy of Human Nature
Theory of Ethics
Theology (T)6
Introduction to Theology
Any additional approved second-level UCCS T course.
Total Credit Hours46

New courses are approved for the UCCS each term. For a regularly, updated list of approved UCCS courses, consult the Core of Common Studies website.

In addition, all candidates for an engineering baccalaureate degree must complete requirements for one of the majors as indicated on their respective pages of this bulletin.

Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • Biocomputing
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biomechanics

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering