General Education

All students must satisfy Western Michigan University’s general education requirements prior to graduation:

  • A minimum of 37 credits for BS students and 34 credits for BSE students from proficiencies 1, 3 and 4 and distribution areas 1-8 (distribution area 7 is exempt for BSE students).
  • A minimum of 6 credits of 3000/4000 level coursework within the distribution areas.
  • No more than 2 courses from any department can be used to satisfy distribution area requirements.
  • Courses for “credit/no credit” are not accepted for proficiency 2 or 4.

Some CEAS majors require specific general education courses as a curriculum requirement. Please refer to the CEAS General Education Guide to help identify any such requirement for your program.

A complete list of applicable general education courses can be located on students’ Degree Works audits, located in goWMU under “Academic Services” in the “My Self Service” menu (remember to enable the pop-up to load).

Our visual instruction guide shows you the step-by-step process for looking up general education courses in the goWMU course offerings and using Degree Works.