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 will adopt 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 Course Transfer Tracker was developed to allow students, parents, and other interested parties to see how general education courses will transfer to other public colleges and universities in Missouri.  The Course Transfer Tracker is located on the MDHEWD Journey to College website. 


Welcome to the following independent institutions who have signed on to the CORE 42 for the 2019-2020 academic year:  Central Methodist University, Missouri Baptist University, Avila University, and St. Luke's College of Health Sciences! 


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.


Submission and Review Timeline

Opens/Begins Closed/Due By Activity
April 2019 October 15, 2019

MDHEWD portal for submission of institution's Academic Year 2020-2021 course for:

  • first time consideration of equivalence to an existing MOTR course
  • change or deletion of institution's currently equivalent course
August 2019   MDHEWD request to chief academic officers for faculty members to serve on faculty discipline groups for academic year 2020-2021 review process.
September 2019 October 2019 Faculty Discipline Group training
October 31, 2019 January 15, 2020 Faculty Discipline Group reviews
January 31, 2020   MDHEWD post IHE new course equivalencies and updates for AY 2020-2021


Academic Year 2020-2021

Submission is open through October 15, 2019.



For submitting an institution's course for first time consideration of equivalence to an existing MOTR number, changing an approved course description, or requesting an approved course be moved to another MOTR number. These forms are reviewed by faculty discipline group.



For submitting minor changes to or deleting an institution's currently equivalent course.


Academic Year 2019-2020--NEW! POSTED 8/15/19




Academic Year 2018-2019


This database contains the list of institution courses and assigned MOTR numbers in the CORE 42. These courses are considered final for academic year 2018-2019.



                            Core Curriculum Advisory Committee --This Section Coming Soon!
Meeting Dates Member Roster
June 21, 2019 TBD
April 19, 2019 Agenda
February 15, 2019 Agenda
November 9, 2018 Agenda
October 19, 2018 Agenda
August 17, 2018 Agenda
June 15, 2018 Agenda
April 20, 2018 Agenda
February 2, 2018 Agenda

Please contact Angelette Prichett, Director of Academic Programs and Initiatives, at or (573) 522-2150 for more information about CORE 42.