Required Common Core

The Required Common Core consists of 4 courses /12 credits for students in AA, AS and bachelor’s degree programs. Special conditions apply in the case of AAS students. Click here <pdf> to learn more about the learning outcomes for courses in the Required Common Core and consult your college website for further guidelines and course information.


English Composition (2 courses / 6 credits)


Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course / 3 or more credits)


Life and Physical Sciences (1 course / 3 or more credits)




This website complements the Pathways websites maintained by the colleges. It is very important that students, faculty, and staff consult their own colleges’ websites.

This list of college links will be updated as colleges finalize their campus guidelines.


Pathways Tip: In many cases, students can find classes that fulfill Required Core requirements that also fulfill requirements for their major. Some math and science courses that satisfy both major requirements and Required Core requirements are more than 3 credits, although only 3 credits from such courses will count toward the Common Core requirement.