V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation
of LS&A and some other college or school within the University.
Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because
many of these programs require specific courses for admission,
it is important for students to identify program interests early
in their undergraduate careers, and often at the freshman level.
Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter,
students should consult academic advisors associated with the
LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to
a professional school either after two years of liberal arts
studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half
of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of
study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic
Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
Joint Degree Programs
(Joint Program in Liberal Arts and Engineering)
program is designed to enable students to develop a course of
study which offers broader academic opportunities than those
offered by either college. The program is intended for students
who wish to develop a depth of understanding in the technical
studies associated with the College of Engineering and in the
physical and natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences
in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. This integration
of technical studies with the liberal arts is the primary strength
of the program. It is open to students enrolled in Engineering
or LS&A and leads to concurrent bachelor's degrees from both
colleges. It is intended primarily for students who enroll as
freshmen in one of the two colleges.
variety of courses which can be elected by students in the joint
program makes it impractical to list specific requirements. Instead,
each student should consult faculty members and academic advisors
in each college to develop the best plan of study. Primary responsibility
for planning the academic program and continuing contact with
academic advisors in the two fields is assumed by the student,
who also is responsible for becoming familiar with the academic
policies and procedures of both colleges and the academic requirements
and courses in both fields of concentration as described in the
Bulletins of the two colleges.
usually possible for students carrying 16 credits a term to meet
all requirements in 10 or 11 terms.
Degree Program Structure
for the combined Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.)
and liberal arts degree (A.B., B.S., or B.G.S.) must:
one of the degree programs in the College of Engineering;
a minimum of 90 credits of LS&A courses;
a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
candidates for the joint Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.)
and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree
must complete the LS&A degree requirements (Introductory
Composition, the Upper-Level Writing requirement, the Race &
Ethnicity requirement, the Quantitative Reasoning requirement,
the language requirement, and an approved area distribution plan)
and an approved LS&A concentration plan. Candidates for the
joint Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) and Bachelor
in General Studies (B.G.S.) degree must complete the LS&A
Introductory Composition, the Upper-Level Writing requirement,
the Race & Ethnicity requirement, the Quantitative Reasoning
requirement, and a minimum 40 credits of LS&A courses 300-level
or above with a GPA of at least 2.0. No more than 15 of these
credits may be elected from any one division. (A division means
a division number in the Time Schedule.)
may initially enroll in either the College of Engineering or
the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
be qualified for admission to the joint degree program, students
are usually expected to have completed 30 credits of courses
with an overall grade point average of at least 2.7. Entry of
LS&A students to some programs in Engineering may require
a substantially higher grade point average.
considering this program should discuss their plans with the
program advisor associated with the college in which they are
enrolled. Usually this contact should be made early in the sophomore
must complete an application form indicating their program in
each college. Applications are available from Chalmers
Knight (Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, 764-0332),
Gary Herrin, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering (Engineering
Advising Center, 1009 Lurie Engineering Center, 647-7106), and
from the web at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/saa/publications/forms.infosheets
admitted to the program, each student continues to register in
the college of initial enrollment. That college maintains the
primary academic record.
should consult the academic advisor for each concentration and
secure approval for their class schedule according to the academic
policies and procedures of each college.
must maintain good academic standing in both colleges to continue
in the joint degree program.
in good academic standing who wish to withdraw from the program
may complete a degree in the college in which they are enrolled.
Students not in good academic standing are subject to the academic
discipline policies of that college.
completion of the requirements of both colleges, students are
granted concurrent degrees. By the beginning of the term in which
graduation is anticipated, a Diploma Application must
be filed with each college, and the academic advisor for each
concentration (specialization) must provide appropriate notification
that departmental requirements are satisfied.
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