Apr 25, 2019  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
    
2018-2019 General Catalog

Undergraduate Degree Types and Requirements


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Types of Undergraduate Degrees

Overview of Degree Types

The following table lists the types of undergraduate degrees and certificates offered at Southern Utah University. Please refer to the individual department listings in Programs by College/School  for details on specific programs of study.

Types of Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates Offered at SUU
A.A.S. Associate of Applied Science
A.A. Associate of Arts
A.S. Associate of Science
B.A. Bachelor of Arts
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.I.S. Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
B.M. Bachelor of Music
B.S. Bachelor of Science
B.S.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Certificate Certificate of Completion, Certificate of Proficiency, Institutional Certificate
 

Undergraduate degrees available at SUU fall into one of two categories: associate’s degrees and baccalaureate degrees (also known as bachelor’s degrees). Depending on the program of study students choose, students will receive one of the degrees offered by SUU. For instance, if a student majors in biology, he/she will receive a Bachelor of Science degree. If a student majors in English, he/she will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. If a student’s degree is in Information Technology, he/she will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Traditionally, obtaining a baccalaureate degree has required four (4) years or more of full-time study, while obtaining an associate’s degree has usually required two (2) or more years of full-time study.

This section defines the minimum credit requirements for each degree available at SUU, as well as general policies applying to undergraduate degrees. After reading this section, students should go to All Programs  and Course Descriptions  where they will find additional requirements they must meet in order to obtain a degree.

These additional requirements (known as major requirements) are determined by the department or interdisciplinary program responsible for the degree students wish to obtain. From time to time, as students’ academic work progresses, students are encouraged to review this section and other relevant sections of the Catalog to verify that they are making satisfactory progress toward their academic goals and that they are meeting all the requirements for the degree they seek.

In addition to the information contained in this Catalog, students should consult regularly with their Student Success Advisor. Students can use this opportunity to discuss their academic goals and their plans for achieving them. For students who have selected a major, they will work with an advisor in the academic College/School responsible for that major. If a student has not selected a major, he/she will work with an advisor designated to assist exploratory students.

Associate’s Degrees

Associate of Applied Science

SUU offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The A.A.S. requires a minimum of 63 and a maximum of 69 semester credit hours.

Candidates for an A.A.S. degree must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 63 credit hours (24 of the final 30 hours must be completed in residence) but no more than 69 credit hours.
  2. Complete course requirements as outlined by the program degree. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all work completed at SUU, as well as a 2.0 for a combined SUU/transfer overall GPA. Refer to specific programs for GPA requirements in the field of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 15-16 credit hours in General Education  as follows:
    • One course in the English core (either ENGL 1010  or ENGL 2010 )
    • A minimum of one course in each of the following categories: Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) and American Institutions
    • One course from either the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area (minimum of 3 credits)
    • One course from one of the remaining five Knowledge Areas (minimum of 3 credits)
  4. Students should check the department A.A.S. requirements to determine if specific General Education classes are recommended.

Associate of Applied Science in General Technology

SUU offers an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology in conjunction with the Utah System of Technical Colleges. Students must meet a minimum number of clock hours at the technical college, transfer their coursework to SUU, and complete additional semester credit hours to earn the A.A.S. The A.A.S. requires a minimum of 63 and a maximum of 69 semester credit hours.

Candidates for an A.A.S. in General Technology must:

  1. Complete a specified minimum number of clock hours and/or have earned a certificate at the technical college.
  2. Complete a minimum of 63 credit hours (24 of the final 30 hours must be completed in residence) but no more than 69 credit hours.
  3. Complete course requirements as outlined by the program degree. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all work completed at SUU, as well as a 2.0 for a combined SUU/transfer overall GPA. Refer to specific programs for GPA requirements in the field of study.
  4. Complete a minimum of 9-10 credit hours in General Education  as follows:
    • One course in the English core (either ENGL 1010  or ENGL 2010 )
    • One course in the Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) core
    • One course from either the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area (minimum of 3 credits), as determined by the specific program requirements
  5. Students should check the department A.A.S. requirements to determine if additional specific General Education classes are recommended.

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

SUU offers both an Associate of Arts (A.A.) and an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

Candidates for either degree must:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (24 of the final 30 hours must be completed in residence).
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all work completed at SUU, as well as a 2.0 for a combined SUU/transfer overall GPA.
  • Complete all SUU General Education  requirements.
  • Complete all additional required courses, if applicable.

In addition:

  • For the A.A. degree: Complete eight (8) hours of one foreign language beyond the 1010 level. All foreign language classes must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Common requirements for all bachelor’s degrees include the following:

  1. A minimum of 120 semester credit hours in courses numbered 1000 - 4999;
  2. Of the minimum total hours, 40 semester hours must be in upper-division courses (numbered 3000 - 4999);
  3. Minimum GPA requirements for course work in the major and a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in work taken at SUU, as well as a combined SUU and transfer GPA. Each major may also have specific GPA requirements;
  4. Completion of SUU General Education Experiential Education , major and, where applicable, minor requirements;
  5. Candidates for a bachelor’s degree must complete at least 30 credits at SUU or through classes offered by distance education. A minimum of 20 of these credits must be completed in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be completed in courses required by the student’s major. Each major may have residency requirements in addition to SUU requirements;
  6. Completion of specific requirements for one of the bachelor’s degrees offered by the university; and
  7. A major, a composite major, or dual major are required.

Bachelor of Arts

This degree includes study in a foreign language which may be met by one of the following:

  1. A minimum of 16 semester credit hours in one foreign language.
  2. Documentation of language proficiency through an examination administered by the Department of Languages and Philosophy  or through an examination by a recognized testing agency.
  3. Students for whom English is a second language may meet the B.A. foreign language requirement by verifying their proficiency in their (non-English) native language in cooperation with the Languages & Philosophy department and verifying their proficiency in English as a second language by either passing an ESL exit test or passing the ESL special examination.
  4. Documentation of a minimum proficiency level in American Sign Language through an examination administered by any accredited institution of higher education. The signer must produce and maintain American Sign Language with continuity and precision.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts at SUU provides a conservatory-style experience that places emphasis on developing technique and mastery of the student’s craft. For specific admissions and program requirements, please refer to the Department of Art and Design  and Department of Theatre Arts and Dance  in this catalog.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) degree consists of an individualized academic program that crosses diverse fields of study. The BIS allows students to develop, with directed faculty assistance and appropriate administrative approval, an individually tailored composite major which is interdisciplinary and which is not currently an approved major at SUU. The B.I.S. degree emphasizes creativity, interdisciplinarity, and new approaches to traditional subjects. Once admitted to the program, students work with the Program Faculty Director to plan and organize the student’s proposed composite major which will constitute the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The proposed outline should be submitted as early as possible in the student’s undergraduate career and must include all courses which are to constitute the Interdisciplinary Studies major, in accordance with both B.I.S. and SUU requirements.

SUU also currently offers one designated B.I.S. degree in Agricultural Science and Industry (B.I.S.).

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music at SUU provides a conservatory-style experience that places emphasis on developing technique and mastery of the student’s craft. The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students to teach music in the K-12 system in the State of Utah. For specific admissions and program requirements, please refer to the Department of Music  in this catalog.

Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Science in Nursing

These degrees include successful completion of 12 credit hours in mathematics or laboratory science that emphasize scientific inquiry through experimental, analytical, or statistical methods. They may include the completion of MATH 1010 (MATH 1010 will not count toward a General Education requirement). Electives, General Education , or required courses in the major or minor may satisfy this requirement. The additional science/math courses requirement for the B.S. degree may be met by successfully completing courses in agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science and information systems, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, nutrition and food science, and kinesiology (PE 3060).

Certificates

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion prepares students for an occupation. It requires a recognizable General Education core in communication, computation, and human relations. The General Education core may be embedded within program courses. The certificate requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours and typically does not exceed 33 semester credit hours. It consists entirely of undergraduate courses and has no prerequisite courses, conditions, or degrees required for admission to the program. If the certificate requirements exceed 36 credits, the program should demonstrate how certificates requiring more than 36 semester credit hours can lead to an associate’s and/or bachelor’s degree within the normal credit hour requirements for that degree.

Certificate of Proficiency

A certificate of proficiency prepares students for an occupation. It does not require, but may include, General Education courses. The certificate requires 16 to 29 semester credit hours. It consists entirely of undergraduate courses but does not require prerequisite courses, conditions, or degrees for admission to the program.

Institutional Certificates

Institutional certificates can be offered for either non-credit or for-credit. For-credit certificates typically require between 12 to 18 credits (not to exceed 29 credit hours maximum), and courses may be selected from the undergraduate level (including below 1000-level courses), graduate level, or the 5000-level. Non-credit certificates should require an investment of time and effort by the participant appropriate to the subject matter (no more than 900 clock hours). For both non-credit and for-credit institutional certificates, an outside agency’s curriculum is acceptable as long as the appropriate dean has reviewed the curriculum and approved it.

Institutional certificate coursework will be documented on a “continuing education” transcript; upon completion of the certificate, this continuing education transcript will include the name of the specific institutional certificate the student has earned. Institutional certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid as a stand-alone credential.

Requirements for a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must complete the following criteria:

  1. The first baccalaureate degree must have been previously conferred by a regionally accredited or otherwise recognized foreign college or university. The first and second baccalaureate degree may not be awarded during the same semester or term.
  2. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned in residence at SUU. These 30 credits represent academic work beyond the requirements for the first degree and therefore must be in courses that were not applied towards the requirements for the first degree.
  3. For students whose first baccalaureate degree is also from SUU, credits earned in conjunction with but beyond the minimum credits required for the first degree may be applied toward the second baccalaureate degree. However, a minimum of 18 semester hours must be earned at SUU after the first baccalaureate degree is conferred.
  4. All of the requirements of the second declared major must be fulfilled by a combination of previous coursework and the required additional 30 semester hours.
  5. A minor may be required for a second baccalaureate degree as specified by the major department.
  6. Additionally:
    • Foreign Language Requirement: If the first degree is not a Bachelor of Arts degree and the second baccalaureate degree is to be a Bachelor of Arts, the current SUU foreign language requirement must be met by some combination of courses taken as part of the first baccalaureate degree and/or courses taken in conjunction with the second degree.
    • Science Requirement: If the first degree is not a Bachelor of Science degree and the second baccalaureate degree is to be a Bachelor of Science, the current SUU science requirement must be met by some combination of courses taken as part of the first baccalaureate degree and/or courses taken in conjunction with the second degree.
  7. The General Education requirements associated with the second baccalaureate degree shall be considered satisfied if the first baccalaureate degree was conferred by a regionally accredited or otherwise recognized foreign college or university.
  8. Completion of the Experiential Education  requirement/EDGE Program is not required.

Career Advising & Career Coaching

Career Advising uses a series of activities and assessments to help individuals discover more about who they are through learning what they enjoy, understanding their strengths, values and interests, and contemplating their options. Individuals are then guided towards possible careers and/or majors based on their individual results. 

Career Coaching assists in the development of professionalism and job search skills. This entails all of the skills employers and graduate schools are seeking in their candidates: professionalism, extracurricular involvement, resume/CV writing, cover letters, and interviewing skills.

Students or alumni may meet with Career Coaches/Advisors by making an appointment online (www.suu.edu/careercenter) or by visiting the Career and Professional Development Center which is located in suite 204 of the Sharwan Smith Student Center.

These services are in place to assist students and alumni in the creating, planning, and reaching of their academic and professional goals. Career Coaches/Advisors seek to support and foster a personal responsibility in each student to assist them in reaching their own goals through support and the distribution of necessary information.

The Career Center complements Student Success Advising in that it may include:

  • Ongoing contact with an informed and supportive representative of the campus community
  • Exploration of necessary skills
  • Referral to other campus resources

SUU encourages students to seek academic advising whenever they have questions about academic planning.

 


Undergraduate Degree Requirements

 

Academic Major

All baccalaureate degrees must be awarded with a major. Minimum requirements are 30 credit hours in the major. Major requirements are listed under department headings which should be consulted for detailed guidelines. Students seeking an emphasis within a degree will be required to complete all coursework appropriate to the emphasis, as directed by the department head. Composite majors require a minimum of 52 credit hours.

Dual/Double Major

A student seeking a dual major will be required to meet all the coursework requirements and meet the total cumulative number of hours in terms of upper-division, total number of hours for residency, total number of hours for graduation, and possess a minimum of 60 unduplicated credit hours in the dual major.

Academic Minor

Many degree-granting programs authorized by the University offer a formal minor. A minimum of 16 credits is required. Minor requirements are listed under department headings which should be consulted for detailed guidelines.

Declaring/Changing a Major or Minor

Students are asked to select a major during their application process to the University. Undecided students are placed in a pre-major called “Exploratory Studies.” It is required that a student declare a major by the time the student has completed 60 semester credit hours.

Students may change their major at any time by working with the Student Success Advisor for the new desired major. Declaring, changing, or dropping a minor does not need advisor approval. See the Registrar’s Office website for the appropriate form.

Graduation Exercises

To be eligible for graduation at the end of a given semester a student must:

  • Submit the online graduation application through mySUU portal by the appropriate deadline.
  • Pay the appropriate graduation fees.
  • Receive approval for any transfer work to be applied to their program of study.
  • Pay any outstanding account balances at the Cashier’s Office.

The deadline for the completion of the graduation application is October 15th for fall semester, December 15th for spring semester, and February 15th for summer semester. The deadline for transfer credit approval is January 2nd for spring and summer semesters and May 30th for fall semester. The deadline for account payment is April 15th.

Students are held responsible for meeting all academic regulations and program requirements. All degree candidates are expected to attend graduation exercises in May. Those unable to attend must notify the Registrar’s Office prior to April 15th.

Caps and gowns are required for all graduates participating in commencement exercises and should be ordered and paid for through the Cashier’s Office before February 1st. Students who will complete their program requirements during the summer or fall semester may elect to participate in the commencement exercises of the current or the following year. For additional information, visit www.suu.edu/graduation.

Individual Study

Any department offering a baccalaureate degree may offer Individual Study. Individual study is a delivery mode for courses, listed in the official catalog, needed for a student’s progress toward graduation. If a student needs a course for graduation and a scheduling or other conflict necessitates that the student complete the course through individual study, the student will obtain a learning contract from the appropriate department. Additional course fees may apply.

Residency Hour Requirements

Associate’s Degree

Candidates for an associate’s degree must complete the last 24 out of 30 credits at SUU or through classes offered by distance education through SUU.

Bachelor’s Degree

Candidates for a bachelor’s degree must complete at least 30 credits at SUU or through classes offered by distance education through SUU. A minimum of 20 of these credits must be completed in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be competed in courses required by the student’s major. Each major may have residency requirements in addition to SUU requirements.

Special Recognition of Academic Achievement

Faculty place a high value on the academic accomplishments of students. The University’s academic reputation and its stature in the community of universities are tied inextricably to the scholastic achievements of its students. The university’s rich and extensive resources provide a foundation of support for the realization of this goal. The University’s scholarly and dedicated faculty strive to challenge students’ intellectual development and their achievement of excellence.

The University community believes that student efforts in the attainment of high levels of scholarship deserve appropriate recognition. The university community officially acknowledges their achievement throughout the academic year.

Academic Honors Convocation

Each college/school holds a recognition evening during the spring. These are well-planned events that provides time and positive recognition for those academic achievement awards honoring the students, parents, family members, and friends.

Deans’ List

The Deans’ List is a roster of undergraduate students who have received very high grades during a particular semester of full-time enrollment. To be included in the Deans’ List students must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Complete 15 or more credit hours in a given semester, excluding classes graded Pass/Fail.
  • Attain a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher.

The Office of Marketing and Communication will submit Deans’ List names to the hometown newspapers of the students. There is no Deans’ List during the summer term.

Honors Program

The Honors Program provides enrichment opportunities for exceptionally talented, creative, and academically committed students. See Honors Program  for more information.

Upper-Division Requirement for Bachelor’s Degree

Of the minimum total hours, 40 semester hours must be in upper-division courses. (Southern Utah University upper-division courses are numbered 3000-4999.) Credit from a two-year college will not count toward upper-division hours.

A minimum of 20 credits must be completed at Southern Utah University in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be completed in courses required by the student’s major.