baccalaureate degree program enables students to
achieve the intellectual, ethical and cultural maturity
that will allow them to become responsible participants
in our society. Each student's path toward this
goal is unique, reflecting both the student's interests
and talents and the range of opportunities for study.
Students make choices among selected sets of courses
while satisfying the requirements of a particular
degree program, and they are encouraged to take
other courses (free electives) to explore individual
progress toward a baccalaureate
degree by completing courses that
satisfy a combination of University,
college, and major/specialization
requirements. Some courses may satisfy
more than one requirement, so students
should work closely with their advisors
to determine which allowable combination
will meet their own needs. Other
courses may meet a student's particular
educational needs yet may not be
used to meet degree requirements.
These include all developmental
courses (below the 100 level), some
courses retaken for credit (see
a course) and any courses identified
specifically as non-applicable to
a degree. Each student is ultimately
responsible for knowing which requirements
Students in all baccalaureate degree programs must:
a minimum of 122 semester hours of credit. At least
30 credit hours must be BGSU courses. If a senior takes
a course numbered 100-199 (except foreign language or
computer science), an additional hour must be taken
as a graduation requirement. There are no exceptions
to either the "122 total hour" rule or to
the "30 hours BGSU courses" rule. In addition,
to ensure that the program of study is complete, coherent,
and satisfies BGSU standards, the last 30 hours
immediately preceding graduation should be BGSU courses.
If any of the last 30 hours are not BGSU courses, course
work must be approved by the student's college office.
an accumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
("C" average) for all coursework attempted.
the BG Perspective requirements,
including completion of the first-year English composition
sequence, preferably in the first year. A penalty applies
if the sequence is delayed past the second year; see Writing
at least 40 hours of credit in courses numbered 300
all requirements for a degree listed in one of the college
sections of this catalog (see "College requirements"
an application for graduation. Forms, available in college
offices, should be completed and submitted to the student's
- For graduation in December,
an application must be filed by the end of the second
week of the fall semester.
graduation in May, the deadline for filing an application
is the end of the second week of the spring semester.
graduation in August, the filing deadline is the
end of the first week of the summer session.
student who does not fulfill all requirements toward a
degree within four weeks after commencement must reapply
for graduation at the next commencement.
The requirements for specific baccalaureate degrees are
described in the appropriate college sections of this
catalog. These may include any of the following:
study in particular knowledge domains
expected of all students in the college
but not included in the BG Perspective
program (for example, courses in mathematics,
communications, or language study).
of a major or specialization and, in some cases, a minor
(see major/specialization requirements below).
in specialized skill areas (for example, aural skills
and keyboard proficiency for the bachelor of music degree).
of an internship or cooperative education experience.
of coursework beyond the 122 credit minimum required
by the University.
of a specified minimum grade in one or more core courses
(for example, candidates for the B.S. in education must
earn a "C" or better in IPC 102).
addition, colleges may specify requirements
that degree candidates must meet in order
to remain in degree programs. For example,
colleges may require a proficiency test,
audition, interview, portfolio review,
completion of a specific course, or attainment
of a specified grade point average before
admission to upper-level courses.
Most (but not all) degrees include requirements
for an academic major or specialization. The major provides
the student with in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge
in one particular area of study. Many majors or specializations
offer students alternative paths of study, and students
are encouraged to pursue personal interests by taking
elective courses related to the major. Study in a major
or specialization may focus on courses taught in a single
department or program, but may also include related courses
in other parts of the University. Some degree programs
also require the student to complete a minor, a prescribed
set of courses similar to a major but more limited in
scope. Students may also voluntarily complete a minor
offered by another academic unit.
A "minor" represents a student's commitment
to a body of knowledge separate from the student's principal
area of study ("principal area of study" refers
to a major, specialization, orin those cases where
a named degree is the sole transcript designationa
named degree). In recognition of this distinction, a minor
will include a minimum of 15 hours that cannot be applied
toward the student's principal area of study or another
particular minor may or may not be available to a student,
depending on the student's principal area of study. In
those cases where the courses in the principal area of
study overlap broadly with the courses in the minor, such
that there are not 15 hours in the minor different from
the courses in the principal area of study, that minor
cannot be taken in the context of that principal area
of study (e.g., students may not major and minor in the
same discipline). Substitutions to course requirements
for a minor are the jurisdiction of the program offering
contrast, a "specialization" is a requirement
for a set of courses representing a sub-discipline within
a major or named degree. "Degree," "major,"
"specialization," and "minor" are
all official transcript designations. Other designations,
such as concentration, emphasis, option, cognate, or track,
do not appear on students' transcripts; they represent
unofficial groupings of courses within a principal area
Dual degree programs
A candidate for a baccalaureate degree who desires to
take a second degree from a different college within the
work in the second college after graduating from the
for the dual degree program by meeting the requirements
student desiring a dual degree must:
permission of the deans of both colleges before the
end of the junior year,
the requirements of both colleges for the degrees sought,
at least 20 hours of credit beyond the hours required
for a single degree.
student must have written permission from the dean(s)
of the college(s) awarding the degrees to enroll simultaneously
as a candidate for a baccalaureate degree and for an associate