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2012-2013 Catalogue

CAS Requirements for the Bachelor of Science

Students must comply with the degree requirements as stated in a single catalogue edition in place during the time they are enrolled. The catalogue edition to be followed is the one in effect at the time the student matriculates at UVM, unless the student requests in writing to follow an edition that is published subsequently during his/her enrollment at UVM. Students may not mix requirements from different catalogues.

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.

  1. A student must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in a program comprised of a minimum of 120 semester credits. Students receiving degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences may apply no more than eight credits of physical education toward the 120 required for graduation. Of the 120 credits 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 credits). 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, E, F and G.

  2. Students must be matriculated in the College of Arts and Sciences and in residence at UVM during the period in which they earn thirty of the last forty-five credits applied toward their degree.

  3. 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, students who have completed a B.S. in Arts and Sciences will not receive a second degree should they 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 toward 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 course work completed satisfies the requirements for a different degree with a different major from the one initially awarded (e.g., a 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.

  4. General Requirements 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 credits and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. Each semester Special Topics and cross-listed courses (095, 096, 195, 196, 295, 296) are offered which may meet General and Distribution Requirements. Contact the dean's office with questions about a specific course.

    • Non-European Cultures: One course, other than a foreign language, which deals with non-European cultural traditions. (See footnote under Bachelor of Arts General Requirements.)

  5. Distribution Requirements A student must complete the Distribution Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by: completing FIVE of the following SIX categories: (i) fine arts and literature (2 courses - one course in each area), (ii) foreign language (2 courses in the same language at the appropriate level), (iii) humanities (2 courses), (iv) natural sciences (2 courses with lab as defined by the major requirements), (v) mathematical sciences (2 courses as defined by the major requirements), or (vi) social sciences (2 courses). Note that students opting for a B.S. degree in psychology may not use psychology courses to fulfill the social sciences category. See Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements for the courses which fit into the remaining categories. No courses applied toward satisfaction of the Distribution Requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis.

  6. 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 2.00 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 120 credits required for graduation. At least one-half of the credits used toward the major requirements must be taken at UVM. Of these, at least twelve 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 chair or program director. No courses applied toward satisfaction of major requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis.

  7. 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 2.00 in the minor field. Students electing a minor offered by the college must complete 96 credits in courses offered by departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 24 credits 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 credits in courses offered by the departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 36 credits, 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 credits 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 chair 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 2.00, 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.

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