Selection of Program⁄Declaration⁄Advising
Degrees and Selection of a Degree Program
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.) is also granted.
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees require a general understanding of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as in-depth study of at least one subject area. Students are also required to achieve competency in the use of the English language and to acquire proficiency in a language other than English. They must elect one or two courses designed to develop skills in quantitative reasoning and one course addressing issues involving race and ethnicity. Beyond these general requirements, students may choose elective courses to complete a minimum of 120 credits. The Bachelor of Science degree requires 60 credits in physical and natural science and mathematics. Students pursuing a secondary teaching certificate are required to earn additional credits through the School of Education.
The Bachelor in General Studies degree encourages students to take responsibility for structuring their own multidisciplinary academic programs. This degree requires a minimum 120 credits, and includes First-Year Writing, Upper-Level Writing, Race & Ethnicity, and Quantitative Reasoning requirements. At least 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or above must be completed with no more than 20 of these 60 credits from one SUBJECT.
Residential College students students doing a BGS must include in their academic plan the completion of the RC arts practicum, the live-in requirement, the RC language requirement and the four-RC-course requirement.
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is described in the Concentrations & Minors section under "Chemistry."
Honors students must consult the Honors Program about special degree requirements, courses, policies, and procedures. RC students should consult advisors in the Residential College to plan their degrees.
For undergraduate students in LSA, declaring a major or minor initiates membership in an intellectual community. Within that community, faculty, students and staff share a common affinity for an academic discipline and interact around myriad opportunities to deepen their affiliation with that discipline. A key member of that community is the academic advisor in that department, whose role is to welcome undergraduates and mentor their transition, growth and identity within the department and the discipline. In addition to guiding students' progress in the departmental or program curriculum, advisors and other program staff also play a key role in creating opportunities beyond the classroom for students to participate in the activities germane to a community of scholars. As such, advisors at the departmental level encourage undergraduates to become involved in department-sponsored events and programs, provide exposure to research and professional endeavors, and facilitate connections between students and department faculty.
Whether serving formally or informally as "advisors," faculty exert strong influence on the students' connection to the department and discipline. Guiding and mentoring students' exploration of disciplinary research, internships, and other department and professional activity is essential in securing undergraduate identity as a member of the intellectual community.
Through their participation in departmental advising, undergraduates can expect information presented through virtual and face-to-face contact to be accurate and reliable; can expect interaction with peers, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alums through presentations on, and involvement in, disciplinary research, scholarship, and professional activity.
Rules for Degree Requirements
Students are responsible for knowing and meeting degree requirements. A student may comply either with the degree requirements that are in effect during the first term of enrollment in the College or at the time of graduation. Requirements for majors are those applicable at the time the student declares the major.
Selection of a Degree Program and Program Advising
Students in Bachelor of Arts (AB) or Bachelor of Science (BS) programs are expected to meet with a concentration advisor and formally declare their concentration by the end of their sophomore year. Students must also have their concentration advisors sign a Concentration Release Form when they are planning to graduate. Concentration advisors are, most often, faculty or staff members from LS&A departments who help students shape and focus their academic goals. They review students' progress in a concentration program, discuss how to apply to graduate or professional school, or explore job skills acquired in the study of a particular discipline. Students meet with concentration advisors in their departmental offices.
Students pursuing a Bachelor in General Studies (BGS) degree must consult with general advisors but are urged to make appointments with BGS advisors. BGS advisors are members of the Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities and are housed in the Academic Advising Center. They are knowledgeable and experienced staff members familiar with the College rules, regulations, policies, and curriculum. BGS students must see a BGS advisor when they declare their degree program. All BGS students are encouraged to see their advisors each term to discuss course elections and program planning. It is strongly recommended that BGS students see a BGS advisor in the term in which they apply for graduation.
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