Degree Requirements

Baccalaureate Degrees

The University of St. Thomas grants the degrees Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) to individuals who successfully complete its undergraduate degree programs. These undergraduate degrees have two components: the core curriculum and the major concentration.

To complete the core curriculum, a student takes courses in literature and writing, moral and philosophical reasoning, natural science and mathematical and quantitative reasoning, faith and the Catholic tradition, social analysis, historical studies, fine arts, language and culture and human diversity. These courses provide the student with a broad education and with the skills needed for further work in these and other areas. Additional general requirements for graduation are listed in the section on requirements for a degree. See the section on Core Curriculum for additional details.

A candidate for a degree completes a major concentration in one of the specific academic disciplines represented in the undergraduate program; or a student may construct a major concentration to meet a specific need or interest, subject to the approval of the Committee on Studies. This major concentration component of a degree provides students with the opportunity to pursue a limited subject in depth and to prepare for a career. See the section on Major Requirements for additional details.

If desired, a student may also complete one or more minor concentrations or an additional major concentration in an area of special interest.

GPA Requirements

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 must be achieved in all of the following categories:

  • all credits presented for graduation (including transfer credits)
  • all credits earned at St. Thomas
  • all credits in the department (Opus College of Business for business majors) of the major field (including transfer credits)
  • all credits in the department (Opus College of Business for business majors) of the major field earned at St. Thomas.

If the student has elected to declare a minor field, all credits in the department (Opus College of Business for business majors) of the minor (including transfer credits) and all credits in the department (Opus College of Business for business majors) of the minor field earned at St. Thomas must have a GPA of 2.00.

Minimum Credit Requirement

To receive a bachelor’s degree, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 132 credits and fulfill all degree requirements. Students who complete a minimum of 131 credits may petition the Committee on Studies for the waiver of 1 credit.

Minimum Credit Requirement Outside Major

In addition, students in all majors except business must earn a minimum of 84 credits outside the major field. Business majors must earn a minimum of 76 credits outside the Opus College of Business. Students who complete a minimum of 83 credits outside of the major (or 75 credits for business majors) may petition the Committee on Studies for the waiver of 1 credit.

Maximum Credits in Experiential Learning and Courses Graded S-D-R.

No more than eight credits in Experiential Learning may be counted toward the minimum 132 credits for graduation.

No more than one-eighth of the courses taken at St. Thomas presented for graduation may be graded on the S-D-R system.

Overlapping or Equivalent Courses and Courses Satisfying More Than One Requirement

No two courses may be equivalent or overlapping. (Credit is not given for a course that overlaps a course previously taken or a cross-listed course in another department. Such courses are indicated in the course descriptions by the number of the conflicting courses in parentheses following the title.)

The same course may be used to satisfy both a requirement in the core curriculum and in the major and minor fields.

Within the core curriculum, the only instance in which one course may satisfy more than one requirement is when a course fulfills a core or core-area requirement and simultaneously satisfies the requirement in human diversity.

Senior Residency Requirement

Senior residency requires that a graduate have completed thirty-two of the final thirty-six credits at St. Thomas, at one of the other four ACTC colleges, or through an affiliated program.