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).

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 twelve credit hours of 3000 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).