To qualify for the bachelor of arts degree, a student must have:
- successfully passed thirty-two full-credit courses (or the equivalent);
- spent four semesters (successfully passed sixteen credits) in residence, at least two semesters of which have been during the junior and senior years;
- completed a first-year writing seminar; this should normally be completed by the end of the first semester and must be completed by the end of the second semester in college;
- completed at least one full-credit course (or the equivalent) in each of the following five distribution areas: MCSR- mathematical, computational, or statistical reasoning; INS- inquiry in the natural sciences; ESD- exploring social differences or DPI- difference, power, and inequity (please see the "ESD to DPI Distribution Change" tab below for more details); IP- international perspectives; and VPA- visual and performing arts—these should normally be completed by the end of the fourth semester in college (the end of the student’s sophomore year);
- completed at least one full-credit course (or the equivalent) in each of the following three divisions of the curriculum: a- natural science and mathematics, b- social and behavioral sciences, and c- humanities (in addition to the required course in the visual and performing arts); and
- completed all of the requirements for an approved major.