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Breadth Requirements

The courses listed below are approved for their requirement category, and they may serve as a guide for alternative Carnegie Mellon courses that also may be approved to fulfill a category. Please note the following breadth requirement policies:

  • Tepper courses 70-350, -364, and -365 may not be used to fulfill a requirement (effective Spring 2013 semester).
  • One mini course (of at least 5 units) may be approved to fulfill one requirement.
  • No course may fulfill both a breadth requirement and a business track requirement.
  • All requirements must be fulfilled with a letter grade and not a grade of P (passing).
  • Dietrich College first-year seminars will not satisfy any breadth requirement.

Students who wish to fulfill a requirement with a course not listed below need approval from a UBA advisor.

REQUIREMENT CATEGORIES

1. History: 79-104 Global Histories (required during the first year)
To understand the world today and where it may be heading, it is crucial not only to think globally, but also to relate current global processes to comparable processes in the past. This requirement offers several options for expanding on the skills students need to think globally through the medium of history.

2. English: 76-101 Interpretation and Argument (required during the first year)
The requirement seeks to help students understand the requirements of advanced college-level writing. Students will build upon their composing knowledge by reflecting and thinking strategically as they plan, write, and revise their own texts.

3. Science and Technology (one course required):
This requirement seeks to engage students in both exposure to substance, and the experience of methods in science and technology through courses drawn from the natural and physical sciences, computer science, and engineering. (Note: the list below is not exhaustive; consult your advisor if you find an applicable course not shown.)

Mellon College of Science - nearly any science course; below is a suggested list. Check catalog for pre- and co-requisites.

  • 03-121  Modern Biology
  • 03-122  Organismic Botany
  • 03-240  Cell Biology (prerequisite: 03-121)
  • 09-103  Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change (for non-science majors)
  • 09-104  Fundamental Aspects of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (for non-science majors)
  • 09-105  Introduction to Modern Chemistry I
  • 33-106  Physics I for Engineering Students
  • 33-111  Physics I for Science Students (co-requisite: 21-121)
  • 33-114  Physics of Musical Sound
  • 33-115  Physics for Future Presidents (for non-science majors)
  • 33-124  Introduction to Astronomy
  • 33-131  Matter and Interactions I

Carnegie Institute of Technology - nearly any engineering course; below is a suggested list. Check catalog for pre- and co-requisites.

  • 06-100  Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • 12-100  Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 18-100  Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 19-101  Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
  • 24-101  Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
  • 27-100  Engineering the Materials of the Future
  • 42-101  Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

School of Computer Science

  • 15-210  Parallel and Sequential Data Structures and Algorithms (prerequisites: 15-150, 15-122)

4. Cognition, Choice and Behavior (one course required):

Courses in this requirement examine the process of individudal thinking, decision-making, and behavior from a variety of perspectives (e.g., psychology, decision science, linguistics, and philosophy) and through a model-based reasoning approach. (Note: the list below is not exhaustive; consult your advisor if you find an applicable course not shown.)

  • 80-100  Introduction to Philosophy
  • 80-110  Nature of Mathematical Reasoning
  • 80-150  The Nature of Reason
  • 80-180  The Nature of Language
  • 80-242  Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • 80-281  Language and Thought 
  • 85-102  Introduction to Psychology
  • 85-211  Cognitive Psychology
  • 85-221  Principles of Child Development
  • 85-241  Social Psychology
  • 85-251  Personality
  • 85-261  Abnormal Psychology

5. Political and Social Institutions (one course required):
This requirement presents courses that analyze, through model-based reasoning, the processes by which institutions organize individual preferences and actions into collective outcomes. Choices draw upon such disciplines as political science, history, and policy analysis. (Note: This list is not exhaustive; consult your advisor if you find an applicable course not listed below.)

  • 79-231  American Foreign Policy: 1945-Present
  • 80-135  Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • 88-104  Decision Processes in American Political Institutions 
  • 88-205  Comparative Politics
  • 88-220  Policy Analysis I
  • 88-359  Globalization
  • 88-358  Policy Making Institutions

6. Creative Production and Reflection (one course required):
These courses foster creativity and provide exposure to artistic and intellectual products such as drama, literature, design, music, expository writing, and foreign languages. It also seeks to stimulate critical reflection on the process of creating, and inquiry into why one chooses certain kinds of creative productions. Any language course in the Department of Modern Languages (82-xxx) will satisfy the Creative Production and Reflection Breadth Requirement. (Note: the list below is not exhaustive; consult your advisor if you find an applicable course not shown.)

  • 48-095  Spatial Concepts for Non-Architects I
  • 51-261  Communications Design Fundamentals
  • 51-263  Industrial Design Fundamentals
  • 54-187/188  Introduction to Play Writing (6 units)
  • 54-191/192  Acting for Non-Majors
  • 62-102  Modern Dance Workshop (6 units)
  • 62-141  Black and White Photography 
  • 80-130  Introduction to Ethics
  • 80-211  Logic and Mathematical Inquiry
  • 80-241  Ethical Judgments in Professional Life
  • 80-242  Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • 82-xxx  Any language course in the Department of Modern Languages

7. Cultural Analysis (one course required):
This requirement fosters deeper understanding of the role cultures play in shaping individual and social behaviors. Any course in the Department of History (79-2xx or higher) or any cultural study course in the Department of Modern Languages will satisfy the Cultural Analysis Breadth Requirement. (Note: the list below is not exhaustive; consult your advisor if you find an applicable course not shown.)

  • 79-2xx and above - any course in the Dep't of History; the following are examples of commonly chosen courses.
  • 79-205  Twentieth Century Europe
  • 79-231  American Foreign Policy: 1945-Present
  • 79-249  Twentieth Century America
  • 79-255  Irish History
  • 79-281  Introduction to Religion
  • 79-289  Energy, Environment, and Globalization in the Americas
  • 79-303  Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America
  • 79-330  Medicine and Society
  • 82-3xx  Any cultural study course in the Department of Modern Languages

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