Academic Policies and General Information
Degree Requirements for Undergraduates
Undergraduate degrees are conferred on the recommendation of the colleges/schools. Specific degree requirements may be found in the catalogue sections devoted to the respective colleges/schools.
To be eligible for graduation, a student must have attained a cumulative grade-point average sufficient to meet the minimum requirements for the college/school in which the student is officially enrolled. Beginning with the class of 1984, the minimum grade-point average for graduation is 2.00. Grades in courses accepted for transfer credit are excluded in computing this average.
Every degree candidate must have taken 30 of the last 45 credit hours in residence at the University before being awarded their degree. An exception to this rule exists for those students who have completed three years of premedical study in the University and are awarded their degrees after successful completion of one year of study in any approved college of medicine. Other exceptions to this rule may be made only upon decision of the dean or the appropriate faculty committee of the student's college/school. To earn another bachelor's degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of that degree. Please note, pursuing multiple majors within the same degree does not result in earning multiple degrees. Multiple bachelor's degrees are only conferred when the degrees are different: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, etc.
Beginning with the first-year class entering during the Fall 2007 semester, all undergraduate degree candidates must successfully complete one three-credit Diversity course from Category 1 (Race and Racism in the U.S.) or Category 2 (Human and Societal Diversity). This requirement will apply as well to undergraduate transfer students receiving bachelor's degrees in May or December 2011.
Beginning with the class entering during the Fall 2008 semester, all undergraduates must successfully complete one three-credit course from Category 1 (Race and Racism in the U.S.) and a second three-credit course from either Category 1 or Category 2 (Human and Societal Diversity). These requirements will apply as well to undergraduate transfer students receiving bachelor's degrees from May 2012 onward. (For approved courses refer to Web Page.)
Two physical education credits, normally completed during the first or sophomore year, are required of all undergraduate students in four-year programs. These credits will be included in the total number of hours required for graduation. Students may opt to take physical education on a pass/no pass basis. Medical examinations are required of all new students. Those with serious conditions may be given restricted work or may be excused by the Director of the Student Health Center.
Students 25 years of age or older at time of admission or readmission are exempt from physical education requirements.