Although general education requirements may be fulfilled at any time during your four years, you will have better access to courses that carry general education credit in your first and second years. Additionally, because these requirements are designed so that you can explore the curriculum, it makes sense to take them early. Most students see one or two courses as less desirable—science (NSC-L or NS-L) and arts and expression (AEX or ARTS) are frequent here—and the best advice there is to take such courses sooner. Also, you should be aware that some 100-level courses that meet general education requirements reserve a majority of seats for first- and second-year students, and that seniors are often barred from taking introductory courses that carry such credit. So plan to have your general education requirements finished by your junior year.