CORE Program requirements went into effect in May of 1990. CORE is the shortened name for the CORE Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies Program at the University of Maryland at College Park. CORE is the set of general education requirements that all undergraduates must complete in addition to their major, department, and college requirements in order to earn their bachelor's degrees. CORE courses will constitute approximately 43-46 credits toward your degree. For most students, many CORE courses may also fulfill other major, departmental, or college requirements.