Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures,
and the Academic Minor Option
The College awards three basic degrees, the Bachelor of Arts
(A.B.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor in General
Studies (B.G.S.). The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.),
a special degree, also is granted.
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees require
competent use of the modes of thought which characterize each
major area of knowledge, and a deep understanding of at least
one subject area. Each student is required also to achieve competency
in the use of the English language, to acquire second-year college-level
proficiency in a language other than English, must receive credit
for an approved course addressing questions on race and ethnicity,
and must fulfill the quantitative reasoning requirement. Beyond
these general requirements, which serve not to limit but rather
to enhance the value of the educational experience, students are
free to choose elective courses to complete a minimum 120 credits.
The difference between the A.B. and B.S. degrees is that the B.S.
degree requires 60 credits of approved courses in the physical
and natural sciences and/or mathematics. A secondary teaching
certificate requires the A.B. or B.S. student to earn additional
credits (see the School of Education Bulletin).
The Bachelor in
General Studies degree encourages students to take responsibility
for structuring their own multidisciplinary academic programs
within guidelines emphasizing upper-level courses elected in three
or more departments. This degree also requires a minimum 120 credits,
and includes the College English Composition requirement, the
Race and Ethnicity requirement, and the Quantitative Reasoning
requirement. At least 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or above
must be completed, and no more than 20 of these 60 credits may
be in one department.
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is described in Chapter
VI under Chemistry.
This chapter describes the requirements of the A.B., B.S.,
and B.G.S. degree programs as well as the procedures for graduation.
IV describes associated academic policies. Honors
students must always consult the Honors Program about special
degree requirements, courses, policies, and procedures, and petition
the Honors Program for any exceptions to the rules.
Students are always responsible for knowing and meeting degree
requirements. A student may either comply with the degree requirements
stated in the Bulletin effective during the first term
of enrollment in the College or with those in the Bulletin
effective at the time of graduation. Students should also consult
the most current Bulletin for concentration requirements
since the applicable rules are determined at the time the student
declares the concentration.
Degrees and the Selection of a Degree Program
Students must submit a Declaration Form (available
in 1255 Angell Hall) indicating their choice of degree program
to the Academic Advising Center, sometime between the second term
of the freshman year and the beginning of the junior year. It
is generally done after consultation with a concentration or BGS
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