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UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences offers majors and minors in a variety of disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences and mathematics, and in the humanities and fine and performing arts. The College offers programs of study leading to the bachelor of arts (BA) degree, the bachelor of science (BS) degree, the bachelor of music (BM) degree, bachelor of fine arts (BFA), the bachelor of science in chemistry (BCh), the bachelor of science in geology (BSG) and the bachelor of science in microbiology (BMB).

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

I. General Education Requirement

All courses that carry the following General Education designations are listed on the University of Alabama Web site and usually are displayed in each semester’s Schedule of Classes. Please consult the listings for each semester.

 
1. Freshman composition (FC)6 hours
2. Upper-level writing (W) courses 6 hours
 
Writing-designated (W) courses are 300- and 400-level courses usually completed in the student’s junior and senior years and most commonly in the major or minor. The writing requirement must be satisfied by courses taken at The University of Alabama.
 
3. Foreign language (FL) or computer (C)6 hours
 
Each student completes one of the following options:
a. Six semester hours in courses that are approved for the computer (C) designation. Such courses assume a working knowledge of the computer.
b. Two semesters or the equivalent in one foreign language (FL). Students must earn grades of “C-” or higher in the first course of the two-semester sequence before enrolling in the second course.
 
4. Humanities (HU), literature (L), and fine arts (FA) 12 hours
 
To satisfy this requirement, each student completes the following:
a. Fine arts (FA)3 hours
b. Literature (L)3 hours
c. Other fine arts (FA), literature (L), or humanities (HU) courses6 hours
 
Each student must complete a 6-semester-hour sequence in either literature or history.

To satisfy the breadth of learning so important to general education, a maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
 
5. History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)12 hours
 
To satisfy this requirement, each student completes the following:
a. History (HI)3 hours
b. Other HI and SB 9 hours
 
6. Natural sciences (N) and mathematics (MA)11 hours
 
To satisfy this requirement, each student completes the following:
a. Natural sciences (N), including 6 hours of lecture and
    2 hours of accompanying lab8 hours
b. Mathematics (MA)3 hours
 
The mathematics (MA) requirement must be satisfied with MATH 110 or higher.

All BS degrees must include Calculus I, MATH 125 (or MATH 145), or a higher-level calculus course.

II. Major

A. Major Subjects of Specialization

See the listings and requirements for majors and minors in this section of the catalog.

B. Hours in the Major

Each major requires a specific number of hours and that number is specified in the description of the major in this catalog. A student may choose to take additional hours in the major, but the department cannot require more than the stated number. Students in degree programs requiring 120 hours may apply a total of 42 hours in a single discipline toward degree requirements. Courses specifically excluded from the major are not included in the 42 hours.

C. Residency in the Major

All students, including transfer students, must complete in residence in the College a minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level in the major. Additional residency requirements are cited in this catalog.

D. Grade Point Average in the Major

Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the major at The University of Alabama. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the major on this campus.

E. Duplication of Coursework

The use of the same course to satisfy specific requirements in the major and minor is not permitted. However, courses that are used to satisfy General Education Requirements can be used to complete major or minor requirements. Ancillary courses required for the major may be used to satisfy requirements in the minor or in the second major.

F. Double Majors

A student may major in two subjects with the following provisions:

  1. One major may be selected from the majors offered in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, provided the student fulfills all general degree requirements of both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Mathematics students have the opportunity to complete second majors in computer science or in fields in the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

  2. If the two majors lead to different degrees offered in the College of Arts and Sciences (BA, BFA, BM, BS, or one of the designated degrees), the student chooses which degree to receive.

    li>A minor is not required, but one minor may be specified. Double minors are not permitted in combination with double majors.

III. Minor or Second Major

A minor or a second major is required for most students. See the requirements for majors and minors as listed in this catalog.

A. Hours in the minor

This catalog states the number of hours and the specific courses that are required for minors approved for Arts and Sciences’ students. A student may choose to take additional hours in the minor, but the department cannot require more than the stated number. Minors are subject to the same limitations on concentration of applicable hours as are majors.

B. Residency in the Minor

All students, including transfer students, must complete in residence in the College a minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in the minor. Additional residency requirements are cited in this catalog.

C. Grade Point Average in the Minor

Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the minor. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the minor on this campus.

D. Duplication of Coursework

The use of the same course to satisfy specific requirements in the major and minor is not permitted. However, courses that are used to satisfy General Education Requirements can be used to complete major or minor requirements. Ancillary courses required for the major may be used to satisfy requirements in the minor or in the second major.

E. Double Minors

Students may minor in two subjects, with the following provisions:

  1. One minor may be selected from approved minors in other divisions.
  2. There is no duplication of coursework used to complete the two minor programs or the major and minors.

IV. Electives

Additional coursework to achieve 120 hours or more in the degree program is required.

V. Additional Expectations

These additional requirements are important to ensuring the liberal arts character of the degree program. The requirements set minimum standards for the degree, including promoting sufficient study at UA, setting minimum standards of quality of performance, establishing expectations for study at the advanced level and in liberal arts disciplines, and limiting the applicability of certain types of courses.

A. Catalog

All degree requirements are met under one catalog. The catalog is usually determined by that in effect at the time of the student’s first enrollment, but a student may change his or her catalog to a more recent one.

B. Residence in the College and in the Major and Minor

While enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences on this campus, students must earn a minimum of 30 hours, including at least 9 of the last 18 hours required for the degree. A minimum of 12 hours in each major and 6 hours in each minor must be earned at the 300 or 400 level in residence in the College.

C. Minimum Hours with 2.0 Grade Point Average

  1. Each student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework approved by the College of Arts and Sciences.

  2. Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average on the total number of hours attempted. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 GPA at The University of Alabama.

  3. Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average in the major and minor fields of study. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 GPA in the major and minor fields at The University of Alabama.

D. 36 Hours in 300- and 400-Level Courses

Each student in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in courses at the 300 or 400 level. The 36-hour total includes the 300- and 400-level courses completed in fulfillment of major and minor requirements.

Junior college credits are not considered advanced level.

E. 90 Hours within the Disciplines of the College

All degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences require at least 90 hours selected from A&S disciplines. Transfer courses in these disciplines apply to the completion of the 90 hour requirement.

Courses with the following prefixes count toward this requirement: AAST, AMS, ANT, ARB, ARH, ART, AS, AY, BSC, BUI, CH, CHI, CL, CD, CBH, CJ, CRL, CROA, CS, CZE, DN, DUT, EC, EN, FA, FIN, FLC, FR, FRS, GS, GY, GEO, GN, GR, HEB, HIN, HY, HU, IHP, INDO, IT, JA, KOR, LA, MS, MATH, MDGR, MUA, MUS, NEW, NOR, PH, PHL, POL, POR, PSC, PY, REL, RUS, SAN, SOC, SP, SS, ST, SWA, SWED, TH, THAI, TURK, UH, URDU, VIET, WS, WL.

F. Degree Credit for Activity Courses

A student may apply toward graduation a maximum of 4 semester hours in activity courses.

Activity courses include compass courses (AS 101, AS 102, AS 299, BCE 101, GBA 145, HES 100, NUR 102, NUR 104, UA 101, etc.); study skills courses (GS 111, NEW 111, NEW 222); leadership courses (AHE 450, BCE 210, HES 275); career exploration course (HES 250); recreation courses (NEW 201, NEW 202); physical education (HPL) courses; coaching (HCA) courses; and 100- and 200-level military science (MIL) and Air Force studies (AFS) courses.

G. Degree Credit for Upper-Division Courses in Military Science and Air Force Studies (MIL and AFS)

A student may apply toward graduation a maximum of 12 semester hours credit in 300- and 400-level courses in military science (MIL) or Air Force studies (AFS).

H. Degree Credit for Courses in the College of Continuing Studies

A student may earn a maximum of 25 percent of the work required for the degree through the College of Continuing Studies in a combination of print-based independent-study courses, online courses, video courses, off-campus courses, and other distance-learning courses.

VI. Second Bachelor Degree

A student with a bachelor’s degree may earn a second degree by completing, in residence and with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, a minimum of 30 semester hours over and above the requirements for the first degree, including a new major. All hours for the second degree must be in Arts and Sciences courses completed while enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. The University of Alabama and College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met in full, according to standards in effect on the date of enrollment in the second degree program. A specific course required for both the first degree and the second degree does not have to be repeated; however, a course applied toward the minimum number of hours required for the first degree cannot be applied to the minimum number of additional hours required for the second degree. Students whose first degree was earned at another institution or in another division of The University of Alabama must meet all quantitative and qualitative requirements for the degree in accordance with regulations in effect on the date of enrollment in the Arts and Sciences degree program and may be required to complete more than 30 hours to qualify for the second degree.

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