Degree Credit

Degree Credit and Science Courses

The College of Science offers a number of different sequences of courses that overlap in content but not in level. Courses are generally taken in the College of Science for one of three different reasons:

  • To fulfill a university requirement (e.g., students in either the College of Arts and Letters, or the College of Business, or the School of Architecture might take the course CHEM 10101, Foundations of Chemistry);
  • To fulfill a college requirement (e.g., students in the College of Engineering or the College of Science typically take CHEM 10171, Introduction to Chemical Principles);
  • To fulfill a major requirement (e.g., students majoring in Biological Sciences take either the course BIOS 20250 Classical and Molecular Genetics, or the course BIOS 20303, Fundamentals of Genetics).

Thus, it is possible for a student who has changed his or her college to have taken two courses which overlap in content. Both courses will appear on the student's transcript, but only one will count for degree credit  (that is, credit counted towards completion of the student's degree requirements).

Information provided in the table below is taken from the 2013-2014 Bulletin of Information. For historical data for previous years, students are referred to previous Bulletins.

As a guideline for the student and the student's advisor, listed below are courses that overlap considerably in content. Courses within the same group are shown in the same row and are also enclosed within parentheses; courses listed within the same column generally show a typical normal progression through coursework. In every case, only one course per group is counted for degree credit. Generally, only the course taken last should be counted.

Students and advisors are warned not to use the groups of these tables when moving between course sequences but rather seek advice from the offering department or the College of Science office.

Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
(10140  10141  10145 20340   BIOS 40411 30540 MATH 30540)  
  20210   MATH 20210)        
( 20620   MATH 20610)        
( 20550   PHYS 20451)        
(       30530 MATH 30530)  
(       30610 MATH 30610)  
( 20750 MATH 20750 PHYS 20452)       
Biological Sciences
(10101  10110 10156 10161   10191 10098 20201)
(10107  10118 10155 10162     10099 20202)
(   20241 30341)      
(   20250 20303)      
(     40342)      
Chemistry and Biochemistry
(10101  10113 10115 10117 10121 10125 10171 10181)
(10102  10114 10116 10118 10122 10126)    
(     20223 20235 20247 10172  10182)
(     20224 20236 20248 20273  20283)
(           20274  20284)
(     40420 30341 60521)  
(       30342 60522)  
Mathematics
(10120  10110)            
(10250  10240)   10350 10550 10850 10860 10460)
( 10260 10270 10360 10560 10860 10460)
(       20610 20580 20810)
(       20610 20580 20570)
(       20550   20850)
(       20750 30650)  
(10140   20340 BIOS 40411 30540)    
(         30390 40390)
Physics
(10111  10310   10411 30210)      
(10122  10320 10422 20435 30220)      
(   20431 10424)      
( 20330   20464)      
(10052 20051)          
(10140 20140)          
(20451 MATH 20570   MATH 20610   MATH 20580)      
(20452  MATH 20571 MATH 20750 MATH 30650)        

Note also that no degree credit is given to any students for MATH 10101; additionally, science majors will not receive degree credit for MATH 10120 or MATH 10110.

Special Notes

Courses taught by two different departments may also overlap in content:

  • Students may not take both BIOS 40411 (Biostatistics) and MATH 20340 (Introduction to Statistics).
  • For mathematics majors, degree credit is not given for both MATH 20210 (Computer Programming and Problem Solving) and CSE 20232 (C/C++ Programming).

Degree Credit and Activity Courses

The College of Science will only count one credit hour from the following types of activity courses:

  • Band (Marching and Concert)
  • Orchestra
  • Chorale
  • Glee Club
  • Liturgical Choir
  • Folk Choir
  • Music Lessons and Ensembles
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Science in the Classroom

Degree Credit and ROTC Courses

The College of Science will count a maximum of six credit hours of upper-level (30000- or 40000-level) ROTC courses toward the 124 credit-hour requirement. These courses will be counted as free electives.

No 10000- or 20000-level ROTC courses will be counted toward the 124 credit-hour requirement.


Degree Credit and CSC Courses

The College of Science works with the Center for Social Concerns to develop relevant, community-based opportunities. Science majors may count as general electives up to three (3) credits for approved Summer Service Learning Program courses (e.g. THEO 33936) or Social Concerns Seminars (e.g. CSC 33951).