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 colleges and universities.


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.




CORE 42 Course Database

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. At this time, MDHE is not accepting any additional courses for review. THE DEADLINE FOR CORRECTING MINOR ERRORS IN THE DATABASE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019 IS JUNE 15, 2018.


Notes regarding CORE 42:

  • No additional institutional courses will be added to the CORE 42 for academic year 2018-2019. The institution courses and assigned MOTRs are considered final.
  • Courses that have been “provisionally approved” may be added to the CORE 42 AY 19/20 update, which is scheduled for January 1, 2019.
  • If the institution's course credit is greater than the MOTR transfer credit, the excess credit is distributed within the MOTR.
  • If the institution's course credit is less than the MOTR transfer credit the student will receive credit for completion of the MOTR course (at the credit amount taken), but may have to fulfill additional credit hour requirements to complete the knowledge area.
  • You may notice that some MOTR courses do not have any approved institutional courses. In these instances, the MOTR category itself has been approved but we were unable to conclude FDG reviews of institutional courses for inclusion in the AY 18/19 database.



MDHE staff will notify all chief academic officers of the process and timeline for proposing additional courses for inclusion in the CORE 42 AY 19/20 update.



CORE 42 Report Only


CORE 42 Knowledge Areas


Core Curriculum Advisory Committee


Core 42 Webinar PowerPoint slides with speaker notes February 28, 2018


Please contact Angelette Prichett, Research Associate at for more information about CORE 42.