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General Degree Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmira College, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credits (including transfer credits) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000. The last 30 of these credits must be earned at Elmira College. For the A.B. at least 90 semester hours must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences; for the S.B. degree at least 60 semester hours must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Each student must also earn a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 within the major.

General Degree Requirements

A. Communication Skills Program
COM 1000 Critical and Analytical Thinking 3.0 (credits)
ENG 1600 Writing Seminar 3.0 (credits)

B. Mathematical Competency
MAT 1030 College Algebra 3.0 (credits)

C. Distribution Requirements
These requirements aim to acquaint students with a global perspective and also to expose them to the ways in which fundamental academic disciplines seek knowledge and deal with problems. No more than 9 credits from any one field code may be applied to fulfill this requirement.

1. Culture and Civilization 15.0 (credits)

Students must select at least 3 but no more than 6 credits from each of the United States, European and Non-Western categories. The General category may be used to obtain the remaining credit hours.

United States Culture and Civilization
European Culture and Civilization
Non-Western Culture and Civilization
General Culture and Civilization

2. Contemporary Social Institutions 3.0 (credits)

3. The Scientific Method 6.0-9.0 (credits)

Students must select one course from each of the following areas, one of which will include a laboratory experience.

Physical and Life Science
Social and Behavioral Science

4. The Creative Process 3.0 (credits)

Major Requirements

All majors require at least 12 credits of upper-level courses (those numbered 3000 and above). The specific requirements for each of the majors are listed below. Lower-level courses are listed first, so that students will be encouraged to complete their general major requirements and prerequisites for upper-level courses first. At least 15 credits in the major must be completed at Elmira College.

Elmira College does not guarantee that discontinued programs or majors will be available for completion of the program or major beyond a reasonable length of time from the date of discontinuance.