Academic Policies and University Requirements

Academic policies

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements below, students should be familiar with the University's Academic Policies and Procedures. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor or the Office of the Registrar if they have questions regarding any of the Academic Policies. Note: these policies may change from year to year and such changes apply to all future, current, continuing, and returning students.

Components of a degree program

  1. The General Education Program is that portion of the curriculum in which the university addresses the knowledge, abilities, skills, habits, and dispositions of educated persons.
  2. A major is the student's primary area of specialization. Majors are printed on the transcript and diploma. Many majors have options which are sub-sets of courses within the major that represent an even more specialized area of study. Students who select a major that has options must choose from one of the options (i.e., options are not optional.) Options are printed on the transcript but not on the diploma.
  3. A minor is the student's secondary area of specialization. Minors are required for all non-comprehensive majors offered under the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and are optional for all other degrees. Minors are printed on the transcript but not on the diploma.
  4. The General Baccalaureate Policies and Degree Requirements include such requirements as catalog of graduation policy, constitution study, total hours, upper division, GPA, and residence requirements.
  5. All Bachelor of Arts degree candidates must complete a 27-hour core of liberal arts courses.
  6. All Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Music Education degree candidates must satisfy all Teacher Education Program requirements.
  7. A degree is awarded when all requirements have been satisfied. The type of degree (e.g., Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work) is printed on the transcript and diploma.

Appeal for exceptions

Appeals for exceptions to requirements within the major or minor should be made to the department head of the major or minor.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree provides students who have earned an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree from an accredited institution the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree and to enhance and expand their general education and technical core competencies.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree denotes a broad background in the liberal arts.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree encourages the acquisition and display of talent in the arts and is typically pursued by individuals interested in the creative and fine arts.

Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree program designed for students with broad interest and capabilities rather than a focused area of specialization.

Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree prepares a student for graduate study, for a career as a performing artist, and/or for a career as a private teacher in the field of music.

Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree provides a training program for music teachers.

Bachelor of Science (BS) degree permits a high degree of specialization in the student's chosen field.

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) degree permits a high degree of specialization in Athletic Training.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degree provides a training program for teachers.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares registered nurses for increased professional responsibilities and leadership roles in health care.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice in the human-service field.