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Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic Minor Option

Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S., and B.G.S. Degrees

Non-LS&A Course Work

To qualify for a degree, a student must complete a program of study which includes primarily LS&A courses or equivalent LS&A transfer credit.

LS&A courses are listed in this Bulletin. Courses offered by other academic units (e.g., Business School, Education, Engineering, Natural Resources and Environment) of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and not listed in this Bulletin (in Chapter VI under the course listing of an appropriate department) are defined as non-LS&A courses. Non-LS&A course work should not be confused with transfer credit (defined in Chapter VII ). Out-of-residence credit may transfer to the College as credit equivalent to LS&A courses or non-LS&A courses.

Non-LS&A course work earns credit toward a degree and honor points according to the following policies:

  1. Candidates for an A.B. or B.S. degree must complete a minimum 108 credits of LS&A courses, thus allowing 12 credits of non-LS&A course work in the minimum 120 required for the degree. Non-LS&A course work elected to meet concentration requirements may be elected beyond the 12 credit limit if the concentration advisor provides written approval. This approval represents that the non-LS&A credit is required by the concentration either in substitution for courses from the department of concentration or as required cognate credits. In no case may a student exceed 20 non-LS&A credits in the 120 required. Candidates for an A.B. or B.S. degree with a secondary teaching certificate must complete a minimum 104 credits of LS&A courses.
  2. Candidates for a B.G.S. degree must complete a minimum 100 credits of LS&A courses, thus allowing 20 credits of non-LS&A course work in the 120 required for the degree. Candidates for a B.G.S. with a secondary teaching certificate also must complete at least 100 credits of LS&A courses.
  3. A cross-listed course is sponsored by two or more academic departments or programs and may be elected in any one of the participating units. Courses cross-listed between LS&A and another school or college of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) count toward the required number of LS&A credits if elected in the participating LS&A department. If elected in the non-LS&A department, the course counts as non-LS&A course work. Students in their final term in residence may request the Academic Auditors to change a completed election to an alternate cross-listing.
  4. Kinesiology courses are recorded as "not for credit" (no credit hours toward graduation, no honor points) for LS&A students, except for the following courses for which LS&A students may receive degree credits (defined as non-LS&A) and Honors points:
    • Kinesiology (Division 887) 411, 421, 422, 431, 432, 441, 442, 471, 513, 521, 531, 541, and 542;
    • Movement Science (Division 882) 241, 250, 280, 320, 330, 340, 411, 421, 422, 424, 431, 432, 433, 441, 442, 443, 445, 471, 521, 531, 541, and 542;
    • Physical Education (Division 884) 310;
    • Sports Management and Communication (Division 885) 101 (first- and second-year students only; juniors and seniors can not take this course for degree credit), 300, 302, 303, 304, 306, 307, 310, 318, 401, and 513.
  5. School of Music ensemble courses yield degree credits (defined as non-LS&A) but not honor points.
  6. Transfer credit for Speech and Journalism courses are counted as non-LS&A.
  7. The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts does not grant degree credit for any courses offered through the Military Officer Education Program except for those courses which are cross-listed in other academic units.


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