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Degree Requirements and Related Policies
To earn a degree from the College, a student must be “matriculated”; that is, formally accepted as an undergraduate degree candidate through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or as a graduate candidate for a master’s degree, advanced certificate (Adv. Cert.), or certificate of advanced study (CAS) by The Graduate School.
Students who have not matriculated may still register for courses by enrolling as a non-matriculated student, and may apply a certain amount of credit earned from such courses toward a degree program if they decide to matriculate at a later date. However, the academic requirements a student must meet to graduate are those in effect at the time of formal matriculation. At the graduate level, students may apply up to 12 credits completed in non-matriculated status to fulfill degree requirements, at the department’s discretion.
Additional policies and other important information can be found under Student Policies and Other Disclosures in this catalog.
The baccalaureate is an academic degree awarded by the College to students who successfully complete undergraduate requirements in a planned, approved program that typically requires four years of full-time study. The College offers four such baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each requires the successful completion of an academic major, the General Education program and certain other academic requirements.
While certain majors lead only to the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts as noted in the program requirements, in most cases students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. The distinction between the two lies in the number of liberal arts credits required (90 for the BA, 60 for the BS), and in the requirement for competency in a foreign language for those pursuing the Bachelor of Arts. Thus, a student majoring in chemistry, for example, may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements:
For students with suitable academic preparation (including a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution), the College offers a variety of graduate programs for matriculated students and graduate courses for non-matriculated students. Standards for admission are listed for each program.
Each program offers a course of study which leads to the master’s degree, advanced certificate, or certificate of advanced study identified in the list of graduate programs. Graduate students must comply with all College graduate policies. Individual programs may have more additional standards and policies.