College of Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Science
Students must comply with the degree requirements as stated in one edition of the Catalogue in place during the time they are enrolled. However, since the curriculum is viewed as a coherent whole, selected parts from different catalogues may not be counted. Students who do not complete the degree within seven years must comply with the requirements in the catalogue current at the date of readmission. Disputed rulings may be appealed to the Committee on Academic Standing.
A student must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in a program comprised of a minimum of 122 semester hours to include two hours of physical education activities. Students receiving degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences may apply no more than 10 credits of Physical Education toward the 122 required for graduation. Students 25 years of age or older at the time of admission or students with a documented medical condition which precludes participation in such activities are exempt from the physical education requirement and must present a total of 120 hours of academic credit. Of the 122 credit hours required, 96 credits must be taken in courses offered by departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (except for the B.S. in Biological Science which requires 84 Arts and Sciences credit hours). The remaining 24 credits may be taken in courses offered by any academic unit of The University of Vermont, although no more than eight credits of Military Studies may apply toward the degree. Courses taken on a pass/no pass basis may not be used toward the completion of any requirement listed below under sections D and E, F and G.
A student must be matriculated in the College of Arts and Sciences and in residence at UVM during the period in which he or she earns 30 of the last 45 credits of academic credit applied toward the degree.
Guidelines for a Second Bachelor's Degree
- The Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences is not a tagged degree. As a consequence, someone who has completed a B.S. in Arts and Sciences will not receive a second degree should he or she complete an additional major within the same degree.
- If a B.S. graduate of Arts and Sciences is readmitted and/or completes an additional major beyond the one used towards the original diploma, the additional major and course work will be added to the transcript. A second degree will only be awarded when the additional coursework completed satisfies the requirements for a different degree with a different major from the one initially awarded (i.e. B.S. graduate with a major in chemistry completes requirements for a B.A. in physics).
- Students who do not complete the degree within seven years must comply with the requirements in the catalogue current at the time of readmission.
- A student must complete the following courses which comprise the General Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. All courses used to satisfy these requirements must carry at least three hours of credit and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. Each semester Special Topics and cross-listed courses (95, 96, 195, 196, 295, 296) are offered which may meet general and distributive requirements. Check in the Dean's office if you have a question about a specific course.
Non-European Cultures: One course, other than a foreign language, which deals with non-European cultural traditions.1 The course selected to satisfy this requirement may also be used to fulfill the distributive requirement, but one course cannot be used to satisfy both General Requirements 1 and 2.
Race Relations and Ethnic Diversity in the United States: One course which addresses centrally the question of race relations and ethnic diversity in the U.S.2 The course selected to satisfy this requirement may also be used to fulfill the distributive requirement, but one course cannot be used to satisfy both General Requirements 1 and 2.
A student must complete the Distributive Requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree by completing six courses selected from at least two of the following areas: Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Literature, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students opting for a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology may not use Psychology courses to fulfill the social sciences category. No courses applied toward satisfaction of the distributive requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis.
A student must complete an approved Major in the College of Arts and Sciences by satisfying the requirements specified by the department or program supervising the major, and by maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in the major field. Unless specifically required, no more than 50 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 122 hours of credit required for graduation. At least one-half of the credit hours used toward the major requirements must be taken at UVM. Of these at least 12 credits must be at or above the 100-level. Application of credits earned elsewhere toward completion of the major is subject to approval by the appropriate department chairperson or program director. No courses applied toward satisfaction of major requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis.
Bachelor of Science (with optional minor) degree:
A student electing this degree program must satisfy all of the requirements specified in sections A, B, C, D and E and F (above), as well as:
A student must complete an approved minor in a field other than the major by satisfying the requirements specified by the department or program supervising the minor and by maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in the minor field. Students electing a minor offered by the College must complete 96 hours in courses offered by departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 24 hours may be taken in courses offered by any academic unit at The University of Vermont. Students electing an approved minor offered by another school or college of the University must complete 84 hours in courses offered by the departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 36 hours of credit, to include courses required for the minor, may be taken in courses offered by any academic unit of The University of Vermont. At least one-half of the credit hours used toward completion of the minor requirements must be taken at The University of Vermont, and application of credits earned elsewhere toward completion of the minor is subject to approval by the appropriate department chairperson or program director. No courses applied toward satisfaction of the minor requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis. No more than two of the courses from distribution requirements may be applied toward the completion of the minor requirements.Only one course may be applied toward completion of both a major and a minor requirement. The minor grade-point average will be calculated from the first set of courses which satisfy the minor requirements. However, if a students grade-point average in these courses falls below 2.0, and there are additional courses which are approved for inclusion in the minor, a student may elect to drop for purposes of the grade-point average calculation, one course graded below C and to replace this course with an approved alternate.
- Courses in this category will also fulfill the new University Diversity requirement. The following courses have been approved for this category: ANTH 021, ANTH 023, ANTH 024, ANTH 028, ANTH 064, ANTH 130, ANTH 152, ANTH 155, ANTH 160, ANTH 161, ANTH 162, ANTH 163, ANTH 165, ANTH 166, ANTH 167, ANTH 172, ANTH 179, ANTH 180, ANTH 184; ARTH 008, ARTH 146, ARTH 185, ARTH 187, ARTH 188, ARTH 192, ARTH 285; CLAS 145; ENGS 061, ENGS 179, ENGS 182; FREN 289; GEOG 001, GEOG 051, GEOG 056, GEOG 151, GEOG 154, GEOG 173; HST 009, HST 010, HST 035, HST 036, HST 040, HST 041, HST 045, HST 046, HST 050, HST 051, HST 062, HST 063, HST 140, HST 141, HST 142, HST 146, HST 149, HST 150, HST 151, HST 152, HST 240, HST 241, HST 250, HST 252; MU 007, MU 107; PHIL 003, PHIL 121, PHIL 122, PHIL 221; POLS 157, POLS 168, POLS 170, POLS 174, POLS 175, POLS 176, POLS 177, POLS 179, POLS 266; REL 020, REL 021, REL 130, REL 131, REL 132, REL 134, REL 141, REL 145, REL 230; SOC 171, SOC 213, SOC 272; WLIT 145.
- The following courses have been approved for this category: All ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies courses; ANTH 064, ANTH 160, ANTH 169, ANTH 187; CMSI 160; EC 153; ENGS 057, ENGS 111, ENGS 159, ENGS 160, ENGS 176, ENGS 177; GEOG 060; HST 068, HST 168, HST 169, HST 187, HST 188, HST 189; MU 005, MU 105; POLS 029, POLS 129; PSYC 269; REL 024, REL 080, REL 128, REL 151; SOC 019, SOC 031, SOC 118, SOC 119, SOC 219; WLIT 016, WLIT 116. ARTS 295 "Working With Culturally Diverse Sources" and ARTS 295 "Cultural Transformations" will meet this requirement. ANTH 187 is cross-listed with SOC 119.