A degree is awarded after a candidate has applied for graduation and has been certified by the dean(s) of the student's college(s) that the degree requirements have been met. These degree requirements must have been approved by the Curricular Affairs Committee of the University Faculty Senate. If the degree is a baccalaureate degree, except for the bachelor of philosophy degree, the requirements must include General Education (see Appendix A.1). If the degree is an associate degree, the requirements must include General Education (associate Degree Requirements) (see Appendix A.2). If the degree is a bachelor of arts degree, the requirements must include those requirements approved by the core colleges (see Appendix B) A minimum of 120 credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree or a minimum of 60 credits must be earned for an associate degree.
The University degree requirements (including General Education) are those in effect at the time of a student's first scheduled class meeting following the most recent admission as a degree candidate. Requirements for a program (e.g., major, minor, option, honors) are those in effect at the time of the student's most recent entrance into that program.
Sound education policy makes program changes inevitable. In the event that such changes are approved by the University Faculty Senate, the head of the program must impart those changes to students who have entered or formally applied for the program. Students who encounter problems due to changes have the right to consultation with the head of the program and/or the program committee to resolve any difficulties. In the event that the student and the program head cannot agree, the office of the relevant dean is authorized to approve an equitable program of study for the student.
| Revised: 4/14/92
Revised Editorially: 6/7/10
Revised Editorially: 3/21/13