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Requirements for Self-Designed Majors Leading to a Bachelor of Science

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, the plan for a self-designed major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree must include at least 60 quarter credits, consisting of:

At least two but not more than four foundation courses

  • At least two must be from the sciences division. These credits count for general education and not towards the major.

Thirteen courses in the major meeting the following criteria Specifically addressed in the student’s plan, clearly justified and articulated as a cohesive whole, which includes an explanation as to why the degree should be Bachelor of Science and not Bachelor of Arts

  • At least seven must be from the sciences division
  • At least four must be at the 100 or 200 level (not including foundation courses)
    • At least two of these must be from the sciences division
  • At least four must be at the 300 or 400 level (not including the senior seminar or senior project)
    • At least two of these must be from the sciences division

A Senior Seminar

  • SCI 494 Senior Seminar in the Sciences required

A Senior Project

  • SCI 495 Senior Project in the Sciences required

A BS degree requires 16 disciplinary elective credits. This requirement is normally met with six 4-credit courses; these courses do not need to be justified or listed, but students are encouraged to do so, especially since this may further clarify the major and help the committee advise the student.

Students must declare the self-designed major within the sciences division.