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Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Number of Credits and Minimum Index
A candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree completes a minimum of 120 credits and a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree completes a minimum of 126 credits. These credits must be distributed in accordance with the requirements of the curriculum the student is pursuing. A candidate for the baccalaureate degree must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Core Curriculum Requirements
A total of 49 credits in the Core Curriculum are required for all students enrolling in the College.

Major, Upper Level Courses, Optional Second Major, and Minor

To major in a chosen field, the student is expected to secure the approval of the Chairperson/Director of the department. Each department lists required courses for its major. A minimum of “C” is required for all courses taken to meet major requirements. In nursing a minimum grade of C+ is required in all nursing and required science courses. The student must maintain a cumulative index in the major of 2.0 by the end of junior year (90 credits) in order to register for major senior courses. To be eligible for graduation, the student must maintain the 2.0 index throughout the senior year.

Upper Level Courses
To be eligible for graduation students must take 30 of their 120 (or 126) credits in courses numbered 300 or 400, planned with guidance, according to their aims and interests.

Optional Second Major
Students may elect a second major with the permission of the chairpersons of both departments and if scheduling permits. If a student fulfills the requirements for two majors that would usually lead to different degrees (B.A. and B.S.), the student will elect which of the two degrees (B.A. or B.S.) to receive.

Minors may be earned in most major disciplines of the College. Interdisciplinary Minors are also available. The requirements for each minor are determined by the department or program and include a minimum of 18 credits in the discipline. A contract for the minor indicating the required courses must be signed by the chairperson or the program director and the student no later than the first semester of the student’s Junior year. Minimum grade requirements for the minor are the same as for the major. Students who elect a second major may not have a minor. Except when a course or courses are specifically required for both the major and a minor, students may not apply courses to fulfill the requirements of both a major and a minor at the same time. In the case of interdisciplinary minor programs, up to two courses which count towards the major may also be applied to fulfill minor requirements.