Core 42: MO Transfer GauranteedBackground

Senate Bill 997 established the Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum Act (Sections 178.785-789 RSMo), which directs the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to develop a standard core transfer curriculum and a common course numbering equivalency matrix for lower-division general education courses. The core transfer curriculum, known as CORE 42, is a framework for general education that all Missouri public two-and four-year institutions of higher education adopted effective for the 2018-2019 academic year. The goal of the CORE 42 is to facilitate the seamless transfer of academic credits. The completion of the CORE 42 at any public institution of higher education will transfer to every other public institution of higher education in the state and substitute for the receiving institution’s general education requirement. Individual courses that comprise the CORE 42 are guaranteed to transfer one-to-one among all public (and participating independent) colleges and universities in Missouri.


The framework for Missouri’s CORE 42 is designed for students to obtain the basic competencies of Valuing, Managing Information, Communicating, and Higher-Order Thinking through the completion of at least 42-semester hours distributed across the broad Knowledge Areas of Communications, Humanities & Fine Arts, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Students obtain the competencies through completion of the CORE 42 in its entirety.


The following independent institutions have also signed on to the CORE 42:

Central Methodist University, Missouri Baptist University, Avila University, and Rockhurst University (beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year)

Logan University (beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year)

Lindenwood University (beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year)


CORE 42 Knowledge Areas and Distribution Requirements

Knowledge Area Distribution Requirement
Social & Behavioral Sciences Nine (9) credit hours minimum, from at least two (2) disciplines, including at least one Civics course.**
Written Communications Six (6) credit hours minimum.
Oral Communications Three (3) credit hours minimum.
Natural Sciences Seven (7) credit hours minimum, from at least two (2) disciplines, including one course with a lab component.
Mathematical Sciences Three (3) credit hours minimum. Mathematical Sciences courses that use one of the pathways courses as a prerequisite will meet the general education credit for math. For example, Calculus meets the general education math requirement since Pre-Calculus Algebra is a prerequisite.
Humanities & Fine Arts Nine (9) credit hours minimum, from at least two (2) disciplines. There is a limit of three (3) credit hours of Performance (PERF) courses that can be applied to the Humanities & Fine Arts Knowledge Area and to the total CORE 42.

The number of hours listed above only total 37 credit hours. The remaining 5 credit hours may be taken from other MOTR courses, distributed across the knowledge areas.

**Note that the civics requirement in CORE 42 is different from and does not fulfill the requirements of RSMo 170.013, Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination.




CORE 42 News


There is currently a moratorium on adding new MOTR categories to CORE 42. No new MOTR categories will be accepted for review in spring 2023.





Three new MOTRs have been approved to be included in AY 23-24


  • Introduction to Filmmaking (Humanities and Fine Arts)
  • Introduction to Criminology (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Introduction to Family Studies (Social and Behavioral Sciences)



Several MOTRS now have student learning outcomes. MOTRS with outcomes are included on the spreadsheet "List of MOTRs with Student Learning Outcomes and Notes," in the Resources section below. Institutions submitting a new course equivalency to a MOTR with learning outcomes should link the institutional course outcomes with the statewide MOTR outcomes. The Core Curriculum Advisory Committee will continue to develop the outcomes for the remaining MOTRS over the next several years.


Faculty members reviewing course equivalencies may watch a training video about the process here (or access it in the Resources section below).


Please contact Alicia Erickson at if you have questions about the submission and review timeline for AY 2023-2024.



Opens/Begins Closed/Due By Activity
April 17, 2023 October 13, 2023

Submission period for new courses, substantive changes to courses, and clerical corrections to courses.

There is currently a moratorium on adding new MOTR categories to CORE 42.


Approved Course Databases





2022-2023 APPROVED COURSE DATABASE - clean copy


**Courses reviewed from the institution Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences have been reassigned to Rockhurst University


Guidance for Submitting Natural Sciences Courses for Core 42 Equivalency

Forms to submit a new mathematics course for equivalence to a MOTR.

The corresponding form must be submitted in addition to the institutional course submission form and will be reviewed for equivalency by the Missouri Math Pathways committee:

CORE 42 Framework and Knowledge Area Competencies (updated April 2021)

CORE 42 Matrix (Color-coded document)

CORE 42 Logo Color

CORE 42 Logo Grayscale

CORE 42 Overview and FAQ

List of MOTRs with student learning outcomes and notes (last update February 2023)

CORE 42 Faculty Reviewer Training Video


Core Curriculum Advisory Committee


CCAC 2022-2023 Roster of Members


AY 2022-2023 Meeting Dates

  • September 16 (in-person in Jefferson City)
  • October 21, 2022 (virtual)
  • November 18 (virtual)
  • February 17 (virtual)
  • April 21 (in-person in Jefferson City)
  • June 2 (virtual)


Please contact Alicia Erickson at for more information about CORE 42.