Undergraduate Program Definitions

Major

A baccalaureate degree consists of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education activity/basic health or orientation course requirements). Of these 120 minimum semester credit hours, at least 21 semester credit hours must be upper-division* courses in the major field and at least 39 semester credit hours must be upper-division work overall.

Emphasis

An emphasis is contained within a degree program and consists of at least 9 semester credit hours and no more than 17 semester cred hours of coursework with a minimum of 2/3 of the credit hours at the upper-division* level.

Concentration

A concentration is contained within a degree program and consists of at least 18 semester credit hours of coursework with a minimum of 2/3 of the credit hours at the upper-division* level.

Minor

A minor consists of 15 to 18 semester credit hours of coursework with at least 9 hours of upper-division* courses. Courses taken to satisfy Core areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the minor. Core area F courses may be counted as coursework in the minor.

Certificates

An undergraduate certificate program is embedded within a baccalaureate degree program. In other words, students cannot be admitted into the undergraduate certificate program and must receive a degree in order to receive the undergraduate certificate. Undergraduate certificates provide an opportunity for further study with a particular focus. Successful completion of an undergraduate certificate program leads to an official notation on the student's transcript. Certificates consist of at lest 9 semester credit hours and no more than 59 semester credit hours.

*Upper-division is defined as 3000 level or above courses.