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Types of degrees

Students must choose one degree type. Your choice of major will affect the types of degrees possible. Degree types include:

Types of degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - a type of degree. A minor is required and students must complete at least one additional science (from a specified list) in excess of their core requirements. Bachelor of Arts students must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by successfully completing sophomore level foreign language classes. Finally, an additional literature is required in excess of the core requirements.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) - a type of degree. A minor is required. Math and science tend to be emphasized.
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology - specific to Engineering Technology majors.

Double majors/dual degrees:

  • Double majors –Students pursing two majors with one degree type (i.e. BS with majors in biochemistry and biology) are considered double majors.  If your second major is outside of the College of Science, you must verify that you meet your second major’s admission requirements prior to declaring that major. If you want your primary major to be within the College of Science, you must visit the College of Science Undergraduate Advising Center to declare your primary and secondary BS or BA degrees. If one major is outside the College of Science, you must visit that college's advising center for advising.

A minor is not required. Double majors will receive a single diploma with both majors listed.

  • Dual Degree – Students pursuing two majors with two different degree types (i.e. BS with a major in biochemistry and BA with a major in mathematics) are considered dual degree seeking students.  If you want your primary major to be within the College of Science, you must visit the College of Science Undergraduate Advising Center to declare your BS and BA dual degrees.  You must verify that you meet your second major’s admission requirements prior to declaring that major. If one degree is outside the College of Science, you must visit that college's advising center for advising.

A minor is required for both degrees. In order to earn a dual degree, students must meet all the requirements for each degree, and must have a minimum of 30 hours of additional course work beyond the minimum required for the largest degree. Students will graduate when they have completed requirements for both degrees.

To change or declare your major, make an appointment with an advisor through the College of Science Undergraduate Advising Center.