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Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Curriculum for Special Programs
 

 

Curriculum for Special Programs

Students in the Professional Studies program, RN to BSN program, and the flex program in electrical engineering follow an alternative curriculum. Students eligible for these programs are specifically identified as such at the time of admission to the University.

Students completing the alternative curriculum must adhere to policies, complete requirements, and fulfill competency areas listed below under Graduation Requirements. This alternative curriculum replaces only the University Core courses and Exploratory Curriculum.

Graduation Requirements
All students completing a first bachelor's degree at Seattle Pacific University are governed by the following requirements and policies:

 

All students completing a first bachelor's degree at Seattle Pacific University are governed by the following policies and requirements:

  1. A minimum of 180 college-level, quarter credits.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses applicable to the degree.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken at Seattle Pacific University.
  4. At least 60 credits earned in courses numbered 3000–4999.
  5. At least 45 college-level credits earned in residence as a matriculated student. (Credits earned by examination do not satisfy the residence requirement.)
  6. At least 25 of the final 45 credits for the degree must be earned from Seattle Pacific University.
  7. With the exception of courses from pre-approved study abroad programs, no more than 20 credits may be earned from another institution after a student has matriculated at SPU.
  8. Students may not be enrolled in SPU credits and credits at another institution during the same academic term.
  9. “Pass” grades do not fulfill requirements in the major or minor, in the Exploratory Curriculum, in University Seminar, in University Foundations, in University Core, in General Education, or in the University Scholars curriculum.
  10. Satisfactory completion of an academic major. (See specific standards regarding completion of a major and standards regarding completion of a minor below.)
  11. Achievement of satisfactory scores on the writing competency analysis, demonstration of competency through an approved alternative means, or completion of required remedial coursework.
  12. Demonstration of competency in a foreign language, either through coursework or one of the means outlined under the Foreign Language Competency section below.
  13. Students who enter SPU with freshman or sophomore standing are required to complete 8 credits in writing ("W") courses prior to graduation; those who enter as juniors are required to complete 5 credits; and students who enter SPU as seniors are required to complete 3 credits. (See the section on Writing Courses below.)
  14. All degree requirements for a major or minor are determined by the Undergraduate Catalog in effect when the student is accepted to the major or minor. For example, a student accepted to a major in Autumn Quarter 2013 is subject to all major requirements listed in the 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog. Students are expected to apply to a major by the start of their junior year. Application forms for a major or minor (PDF) are available here and in the school or division office. Students will be contacted by Student Academic Services if they have not been accepted to a major but have completed 105 or more credits.
  15. Policies and procedures related to application for graduation and degree posting:
    • Students must be accepted into a major prior to applying for graduation.
    • Students are responsible for applying for graduation. Application is accomplished through the Banner Information System by selecting Student Menu then Graduation Menu. For application deadlines, see the Graduation section of this catalog.
    • A transfer student with junior or senior status must apply for acceptance into a major after completing 15 SPU credits or as soon as admission criteria for the major are met.
    • Students may change their application for graduation and should notify their undergraduate academic counselor of the change at least one quarter in advance of the previous intended quarter of graduation.
    • Degrees will not be posted to student academic transcripts nor diplomas ordered until all requirements are completed, including any outstanding I and N grades.

 

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS AND MATH PLACEMENT

Students completing the Curriculum for Special Programs must fulfill areas of competency to receive a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University. All undergraduate students at Seattle Pacific must demonstrate English writing competency early in their career at SPU and as a condition of graduation. In addition, "W" writing requirements must be met before a degree is awarded. These required competencies may be fulfilled in a variety of ways.

NOTE: Unless stipulated by the student's major or minor, post-baccalaureate students are not required to fulfill competency requirements

Writing Competency

Prior to their first quarter at SPU, students coming directly from high school will have a writing score assigned them based on pre-college indicators. (English composition credits awarded for AP, CLEP, and IB exams will exempt students from having a writing score assigned, as will credit awarded for a college composition course in which a grade of at least C (2.0) is earned.)

RN to BSN students are required to have taken and passed a college-level English (Composition) course with a C grade (2.0) or better to be considered for admission to the RN to BSN program.

Other Transfer students who have not already taken and passed, with a grade of C (2.0) or better, a college-level composition course must take the English Placement Test.  To do so, they may contact the English Department at (206) 281-2036 to arrange testing. Students will not be permitted to register for their second quarter at SPU until the English Placement Test has been taken.

  • Students whose scores indicate that they can write minimally at the college level but need a writing course in order to succeed in college will be required to take ENG 2201 Intermediate College Writing.
  • Students whose score indicates they do not yet write on the college level will be required to enroll in a designated section of ENG 2201 Intermediate College Writing and to work with a tutor in the Writing Lab.

All required coursework in writing must be completed by the end of a student’s first three quarters at SPU.

Writing (“W”) Courses
Courses designated as writing courses (3000- and 4000-level) offer a substantial component of writing designed to reinforce students’ earlier work in writing. At the same time, they provide instruction in the technical and stylistic requirements of writing appropriate to a particular discipline.

In these courses, students are expected to write at least two papers and a minimum of 3,000 words or about 12 pages of final draft prose. Faculty members spend at least one class period providing instruction in writing, and they evaluate written work for both content and form — not only for what is said, but also for how it is said. These courses normally provide opportunities for revision as well.

 

Mathematics Placement

Students without transferred college mathematics credit or AP credit that meets the Exploratory Curriculum mathematics requirement will place into one or more of the following mathematics courses: MAT 0144, 0145, 1110, 1221, 1234, 1300, 1521, 1560, 2360 or 2700.

Appropriate placement depends upon the student’s intended major as well as eligibility criteria. Eligibility can be demonstrated through an SAT or ACT math score, the Washington state General Math Placement Test (MPT-G), or transfer of a college course. (The MPT-G is given at high schools throughout the state or at college testing centers. See the Math Department for availability of the test at SPU.)

Other departments may also require one of the Mathematics Placement Levels listed below as a prerequisite for courses in their major.

Mathematics Placement Level A

To be eligible to enroll in MAT 0145, MAT 1521, or MAT 1560, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Score 580 or above on the math portion of the SAT exam.
  2. Score 25 or above on the math portion of the ACT test.
  3. Score 145 or above on the MPT-G (the Washington state General Math Placement Test).
  4. Complete MAT 0144 with a grade of C- or better, OR complete an approved course in intermediate algebra at another college or university with a grade of C- or better.
  5. Students admitted to SPU in 2009-10 or earlier may complete the Mathematics Competency Requirement.

Students who do not meet any of the criteria for Mathematics Placement Level A should begin by taking MAT 0144.

Mathematics Placement Level B

To be eligible to enroll in MAT 1300, MAT 2360, MAT 2700, or MAT 1110, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Score 580 or above on the math portion of the SAT exam.
  2. Score 25 or above on the math portion of the ACT test.
  3. Score 150 or above on the MPT-G (the Washington State General Math Placement Test).
  4. Complete MAT 0145 with a grade of C- or better, OR complete an approved course in Intermediate Algebra at another college or university with a grade of C- or better.
  5. Students admitted to SPU in 2009-2010 or earlier may complete the Mathematics Competency Requirement.

Mathematics Placement Level C

To be eligible to enroll in MAT 1221 or MAT 1234, a student must achieve a passing score on the SPU's online Calculus Placement test prior to registering for the course. Students planning to take MAT 1234 who do not achieve a passing score on the test must first complete MAT 1110 with a grade of C- or better. Students planning to take MAT 1221 who do not achieve a passing score on the test must first complete MAT 1010 with a grade of C- or better.

College Readiness Mathematics

The courses MAT 0144 and MAT 0145, College Readiness Mathematics I and II, are designed for students who do not have adequate mathematical backgrounds to succeed in college level coursework in mathematics.

Students needing to take course with prerequisites of Mathematics Placement Level A will need to take MAT 0144 if they do not meet any of the other conditions listed. Students needing to take courses with prerequisites of Mathematics Placement Level B may need to take both MAT 0144 and 0145.

The three mathematics placement levels are summarized in the table below. To be eligible to enroll in a course listed at a particular placement level in the following table, a student must meet at least one of the criteria in the corresponding row.

Course You Plan to Take
Mathematics Placement
Level
Prerequisite: Must Meet at Least One of the Criteria Below
SAT Math Score
ACT Math Score
MPT-G Score
College Coursework* Students Admitted 2009 or Earlier
MAT 1521, 1560, or 0145
A
580 or above
25 or above
145 or above
MAT 0144 or Intermediate Algebra
Complete Math Competency Requirement
MAT 1300, 2360, 2700, or 1110
B
580 or above
25 or above
150 or above
MAT 0145 or Intermediate Algebra
Complete Math Competency Requirement
MAT 1221 or 1234
C
N/A**
N/A**
N/A**
MAT 1110
(C- or better)
N/A**

* A grade of C- or better is required in prerequisite coursework. Courses may be transferred.

** Students planning to take MAT 1221 or 1234 must achieve a passing score on the online Calculus Placement Test prior to registering for the course.

 

 

University Foundations  
15 credits  
UFDN 1000  Christian Formation (5)
UFDN 2000  Christian Scriptures (5)
UFDN 3001  Christian Scriptures (5)
UFDN 3100  Christian Theology (5)
Note: Students who enter SPU with junior or senior standing (90 transferable credits or more) are required to take only UFDN 3001 and UFDN 3100.
 
General Education Requirements  
48 credits  
   
Composition (CMP) 3
Choose from among the following courses:  
ENG 2201  College Writing (5)
ENG 2215  Imaginative Writing (3)
ENG 3205  Issues&Practices:Wrkplace Wrtg (3)
ENG 3301  Advanced Expository Writing (5)
ENG 3318  Creative Nonfiction (3)
 
Social Sciences (SS)  
10 credits 10
Choose from among the following courses:  
ANT 1110  General Anthropology (5)
ANT 2250  Cultural Anthropology (5)
PSY 1180  Gen Psych:Individual in Growth (5)
SBS 4915  Public Policy Seminar (3-12)
SOC 1110  Introduction to Sociology (5)
SOC 2310  Foundations of Social Services (5)
BUS 2000  Purpose & Practice of Business (5)
CHN 3170  20th Century History of China (4)
ECN 2101  Principles of Microeconomics (5)
ECN 2102  Principles of Macroeconomics (5)
ECN 2207  Economic Geography (5)
GEO 1110  World Regional Geography (5)
GEO 2000  Intro to Global Development (5)
GEO 2207  Economic Geography (5)
HIS 1200  Ancient & Medieval Worlds (5)
HIS 2491  Origins of Western Science (5)
HIS 2492  Foundations of Modern Science (5)
HIS 2502  The United States to 1876 (5)
HIS 2503  The United States Since 1876 (5)
HIS 3345  Russia,The Caucasus&Cntrl Asia (5)
HIS 3440  War, Peace & World Order (5)
HIS 3501  Colonial&Revolutionary America (5)
HIS 3670  Hist of Amer Foreign Relations (5)
HIS 3710  Comparative Non-Western Histry (5)
HIS 3720  Rise of Islamic Civilization (5)
HIS 3730  Modern Middle East (5)
HIS 3765  Traditional East Asia (5)
HIS 3785  East Asian Modernities (5)
MA 3001  Australia Studies:View fr Aust (3-10)
POL 1110  Introduction to Politics (5)
POL 1120  American Government & Politics (5)
POL 2330  International Relations (5)
POL 2641  Christianity & Amer. Politics (5)
POL 3345  Russia,The Caucasus&Cntrl Asia (5)
POL 3440  War, Peace & World Order (5)
POL 3670  Hist of Amer Foreign Relations (5)
POL 3677  The Nature of Cities (5)
SBS 3130  Uganda:African Histry & Cultr (3-6)
SBS 3230  CCCU: Contmp India Cultur&Soc (3-6)
SBS 4902  China Studies:Hist,Culture,Geo (3-5)
SBS 4912  Mid East Sem:Peopl & Cultures (6)
SBS 4914  Mid East Sem:Conflct & Change (6)
SBS 4918  LASP: Seminar I (4-5)
 
Natural Sciences (NS)  
10 credits  
A. Biological Science 5
Choose from among the following courses:  
BIO 1101  Biological Fundamentals (5)
BIO 1103  Applications of Biology (5)
BIO 2101  General Biology (5)
BIO 2102  General Biology (5)
BIO 2103  General Biology (5)
BIO 2129  Human Anatomy & Physiology (5)
BIO 2130  Human Anatomy & Physiology (5)
BIO 2569  Introduction to Biology I (3)
BIO 2570  Introduction to Biology II (3)
BIO 4917  LASP: Science Seminar (6)
 
B. Physical Sciences 5
Choose from among the following courses:  
BIO 1145  Oceanography (5)
CHM 1100  Introduction to Chemistry (5)
CHM 1100L  Introduction to Chemistry Lab ()
CHM 1110  Intro to the Nature of Science (5)
CHM 1211  General Chemistry I (5)
CHM 1211L  General Chemistry I Lab ()
CHM 1310  Survey of General Chemistry (5)
CHM 1310L  Survey General Chemistry Lab ()
CHM 1330  Survey of Organic Chemistry (5)
CSC 1010  Science and Technology (5)
PHY 1101  General Physics (5)
PHY 1102  General Physics (5)
PHY 1103  General Physics (5)
PHY 1110  Intro to the Nature of Science (5)
PHY 1121  Physics for Sci & Engineering (5)
PHY 1122  Physics for Sci & Engineering (5)
PHY 1123  Physics for Sci & Engineering (5)
PHY 1135  Astronomy:Individual & Univers (5)
PHY 1140  Physics of Sound (5)
PHY 1142  Earth System Science (5)
PHY 1145  Oceanography (5)
PHY 1150  Introduction to Geology (5)
PHY 2567  Devlp Concpts Physcl Science I (3)
PHY 2568  Devlp Concpt Physcl Science II (3)
 
C. Mathematics 5
5 credits  
Choose from among the following courses:  
BUS 2700  Statistics for Business & Econ (5)
CSC 1521  Contemporary Math w/Computing (5)
EDU 2600  Statistics Unleashed (5)
HSC 4044  Biomed Tests, Measrmts & Stats (5)
MAT 1221  Survey of Calculus (5)
MAT 1234  Calculus I (5)
MAT 1235  Calculus II (5)
MAT 1300  Intro to Statistical Reasoning (5)
MAT 1360  Introduction to Statistics (5)
MAT 1521  Intro:Contemporary Mathematics (5)
MAT 2360  Intro to Stats for Sciences (5)
MAT 2561  Statistical & Algebraic Reasng (4)
MAT 2700  Statistics for Business & Econ (5)
PSY 2360  Intro to Stats Soc & Behav Sci (5)
SOC 2360  Intro to Stats Soc & Behav Sci (5)
 
Arts and Humanities (AH)  
20 credits  
   
A. Arts 10
Choose from among the following courses:  
ART 1102  Drawng Studio:Observtn&Realism (5)
ART 1103  Drawing Studio:Concept&Compstn (5)
ART 1104  Drawng Studio:Design&Perspectv (5)
ART 1180  Visual Literacy (5)
ART 2302  Painting Studio:Still Life-Oil (5)
ART 2421  Printmaking Studio (5)
ART 2422  Metals Studio (5)
ART 2602  West Trad I:Ancient&Medvl Art (5)
ART 2603  West Trad II:Art since Renssnc (5)
ART 3546  Art Education (3)
ART 3605  Modern Art: Image and Power (5)
ART 3606  Cross-Cultural Encounters (5)
ART 3608  Issues:Contempry Art&Vis Cultr (5)
ART 3612  Rdg Urban Spaces:Eternal City (5)
ART 3613  Churches of Rome (5)
CHN 1110  Introductn Chinese Calligraphy (1)
CHN 3100  Chinese Arts and Culture (2-3)
COM 3780  Introduction to Film (5)
EUR 3100  Foundations of European Art (3)
FCS 1710  Global Impacts of Design (5)
FCS 2702  Introductn to Interior Design (3)
FCS 3870  History of Costume (5)
FPA 3160  CCCU:Indian Arts & Painting (3-6)
FPA 3170  CCCU: India Design (3-6)
INB 2000  Chinese Music (1-2)
MUS 1250  Begin Keyboard Cls(Non-Majors) (2)
MUS 1251  Intrmed Keybrd Cls(Non-Majors) (2)
MUS 1255  Intrmd Keybr Profic(Music Maj) (2)
MUS 1260  Beginning Voice Class (2)
MUS 1270  Beginning Folk Guitar (1)
MUS 1271  Intermediate Folk Guitar (1)
MUS 1600  Exploring & Understanding Mus (5)
MUS 2301  Choral Society: Gospel Choir (1)
MUS 2305  Women's Choir (2)
MUS 2306  Brass Ensemble (1)
MUS 2307  Percussion Ensemble (1-2)
MUS 2308  Woodwind Ensmble (Flute) (1)
MUS 2309  String Ensemble (1)
MUS 2311  Jazz Lab/Ensemble (2)
MUS 2312  Men's Choir (2)
MUS 2313  Vocal Jazz Ensemble (2)
MUS 2340  Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUS 2341  Gamelan Ensemble (1)
MUS 2342  Worship Band (1)
MUS 2350  Concert Choir (2)
MUS 2351  Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2)
MUS 2353  Symphony Orchestra (2)
MUS 2402  History & Appreciation of Jazz (5)
MUS 2560  Introduction to Music Therapy (3)
MUS 2604  Soundscape (5)
MUS 2605  Survey of Popular Music (5)
MUS 2654  World Music (3)
MUS 2655  World Music Lab (2)
MUS 3401  Music & Worship (2)
MUS 3402  The Song of the Church (3)
MUS 3501  Elementary Music Education (3)
MUS 3502  Music in Special Education (3)
MUS 3602  Magic of Opera (5)
MUS 4301  Choral Society: Gospel Choir (1)
MUS 4305  Women's Choir (2)
MUS 4306  Brass Ensemble (1)
MUS 4307  Percussion Ensemble (1-2)
MUS 4308  Woodwind Ensmble (Flute) (1)
MUS 4309  String Ensemble (1)
MUS 4311  Jazz Ensemble (2)
MUS 4312  Men's Choir (2)
MUS 4313  Vocal Jazz Ensemble (2)
MUS 4340  Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUS 4341  Gamelan Ensemble (1)
MUS 4342  Worship Band (1)
MUS 4350  Concert Choir (2)
MUS 4351  Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2)
MUS 4353  Symphony Orchestra (2)
MUS 4402  History & Appreciation of Jazz (5)
PES 1105  Introduction to Ballet (2)
PES 1165  Introduction to Dance (2)
PES 1166  Dance Techniques:Modern & Jazz (2)
PES 1167  Social Dance Techniques (2)
TRE 1110  The Theatre Experience (5)
TRE 1310  The Actor's Art (5)
TRE 1340  Acting I: Fundamentals (5)
TRE 1930  Performance Practicum (2)
TRE 1931  Production Practicum (2)
TRE 2420  Theatre & Drama:Tragedy (5)
TRE 2421  Theatre & Drama:Comedy (5)
TRE 3780  The Art of Film (5)
TRE 3800  Theatre Education (3)
TRE 3930  Performance Practicum (2)
TRE 3931  Production Practicum (2)
TRE 4770  Creative Drama (3)
 
B. Humanities 10
Choose courses from among the following:  
CHN 3140  Contmpry Chinese Cultr&Society (4-6)
CLA 3100  Ancient Civilization (5)
CLA 3170  Classical Civilization (5)
COM 1101  Intro to Interpersonal Commun (5)
COM 1321  Public Speaking (5)
EDRD 3516  Children's Literature (3)
EDRD 3517  Young Adult Literature (3)
ENG 1110  Literature and Faith (5)
ENG 1220  Film and Faith (5)
ENG 2221  Good Poems (5)
ENG 2223  Fantasy and Science Fiction (5)
ENG 2234  Literature by Women (5)
ENG 2248  International Fiction (5)
ENG 2251  Eng Lit:Beginning Thru Milton (5)
ENG 2252  Eng Lit: Restoration-Victorian (5)
ENG 2253  Amer Lit:Beginnings to 1900 (5)
ENG 3334  American Ethnic Literature (5)
ENG 3382  South African Lit & Theater (5)
ENG 3383  Arab Spring:Writng & Resistnce (5)
EUR 1110  Heritage of Europe (5)
EUR 3287  Mythology in Literature (5)
EUR 3500  European Civilization (3-8)
FRE 2101  Niveau Intermediaire (5)
FRE 2102  Niveau Intermediaire (5)
FRE 2103  Niveau Intermediaire (5)
FRE 3105  Ecriture Engagee (5)
FRE 3205  Topics: Francophone Literature (5)
GER 2101  Intermediate German I (5)
GER 2102  Intermediate German II (5)
GER 2103  Intermediate German III (5)
GER 3206  Topics in German Lang & Lit (3-5)
GRK 4920  Indpndnt Readngs Classical Grk (1-5)
HIS 3100  Ancient Civilization (5)
HIS 3170  Classical Civilization (5)
HUM 3111  Uganda: Literature (3-6)
HUM 3300  CCCU: India Literature (3-6)
INB 3030  History & Culture of China (4)
LAT 4920  Indpndnt Readngs Classical Lat (1-5)
LIN 2100  Foundations of Language Study (5)
PHI 1001  Power of Logic (5)
PHI 1002  History of Ethics (5)
PHI 1004  Survey of Western Philosophy (5)
PHI 2500  Philosophy of Science (3)
PHI 2999  Aesthetics (3)
RUS 2207  Modern Russian Culture thr Lit (5)
RUS 3100  Intermediate Russian I (5)
RUS 3200  Intermediate Russian II (5)
RUS 3300  Intermediate Russian III (5)
SBS 4913  Mid East Sem:Islamic Thgt&Prac (6)
SPN 2101  Intermediate Spanish I (5)
SPN 2102  Intermediate Spanish II (5)
SPN 2103  Intermediate Spanish III (5)
SPN 4401  Topics in Spanish Literature (3,5)
SPN 4501  Topics in Latin American Lit (3,5)
 

The Major Curriculum
Specific Standards Governing Completion of a Major

  1. A major requires a minimum of 45 credits, although most programs require more. A minimum of 23 credits is required in courses numbered 3000–4999, although some programs require more. No more than 75 credits may be required or controlled by a school in designating requirements for a major without review and approval of the university Curriculum Committee.
  2. A student must complete a major to earn either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.
  3. At least 15 of the required upper-division credits in a major must be earned at Seattle Pacific University.
  4. Major requirements must be met in full. These requirements of proficiency in depth and breadth are specified in the sections of the Undergraduate Catalog assigned to the various schools or departments of the University. These requirements state total credits, upper-division credits, prescribed courses, supporting courses, and non-credit requirements.
  5. No grade below C- (1.7) will count toward any major at SPU, and some majors require grades higher than C- (1.7) for courses within the major.  Refer to department pages in this catalog for specific requirements.
  6. Coursework with a P grade may not be applied to a major, with the exception of clinical practicum classes in the Nursing program and performance practicum courses in the Theatre major
  7. The student must apply for a major and be accepted by the school or department in which he or she plans to complete a major. The acceptance date determines the Undergraduate Catalog under which major requirements will be applied.
  8. The school or department in which a student completes a major must certify to Student Academic Services that he or she has satisfactorily met the evaluative and proficiency standards for such a major.
  9. A student may simultaneously complete a double major. Both majors may be in a B.A. category, or two majors in a B.S. category, or one in a B.A. category and one in a B.S. category. All requirements for each major must be completed prior to the granting of the bachelor’s degree.

Specific Standards Governing Completion of a Minor

  1. Except in the case of students majoring in professional studies, students are not obligated to complete a minor area of study in order to receive the B.A. or B.S. degree. However, a student must also complete a major in order to earn a minor.
  2. Acceptance into a minor is determined by the academic school or department. A minimum GPA is noted in the Academic Program section. If not specifically noted, the GPA for acceptance into the minor is the same as the minimum GPA required for acceptance into the corresponding major. 
  3. A minor requires a minimum of 30 credits but may not require more than 45 credits. A minimum of 15 credits is required in courses numbered 3000–4999. Requirements for specific minors may be found in the school or department sections of this Undergraduate Catalog.
  4. Students must earn a minimum of 15 credits toward their minor at SPU, including 10 upper-division credits.
  5. No grade below C- (1.7) will count toward any minor at SPU, and some minors require grades higher than C- (1.7) for courses within the minor.  Refer to department pages in this catalog for specific requirements.
  6. Coursework with a P grade may not be applied to a minor, with the exception of performance practicum courses in the Theatre minor.
  7. In all cases it is necessary to apply for, and be accepted into, the minor field. The date of formal acceptance into a minor program determines the Undergraduate Catalog under which minor requirements will be applied.
  8. The school or department in which a student completes a minor must certify to Student Academic Services that he or she has satisfactorily met all requirements for the minor.
  9. If a student is pursuing a minor, all requirements for the minor must be completed prior to the awarding of the bachelor’s degree.

Limitations on Credit Applicable Toward a Degree

  1. Seattle Pacific University may accept up to 90 credits combined total from community colleges, junior colleges, unaccredited colleges or institutes, and AP/CLEP/IB exams toward a baccalaureate degree. See limits under Credit by Exam.
  2. With the exception of courses earned through a pre-approved study abroad program, a student may earn no more than 20 credits from other institutions after matriculating at SPU.
  3. A student may earn up to 10 credits toward a baccalaureate degree in skills courses approved by the university Curriculum Committee.
  4. Students may enroll in 5000-level courses but they will not apply to undergraduate degree program requirements at SPU, nor are these courses eligible for financial aid.
  5. Credits in excess of 45 taken as a non-matriculated student will not apply toward an undergraduate degree.
  6. Credits in excess of 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may not be applied to a post-baccalaureate degree.

Standards Governing Completion of a Second Bachelor’s Degree

An additional degree is distinguished from multiple majors within a single degree. For information regarding completion of multiple majors within a first bachelor’s degree, see item 8 listed under Specific Standards Governing the Completion of a Major.

A second bachelor’s degree may be earned upon completion of a minimum of 45 credits as a matriculated student at Seattle Pacific University subsequent to the granting of the first degree. The student must be accepted into a major; the date of acceptance determines the Undergraduate Catalog under which major requirements will be applied. A second degree is subject to the following conditions:

If the first degree was earned at SPU:

  1. At least 15 of the 45 credits for the second degree must be taken at SPU after matriculation as a post-baccalaureate student..
  2. At least 15 upper-division credits in the major must be earned at SPU.
  3. No more than 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward the additional bachelor's degree.
  4. Of the 45 credits required for the second degree, up to 15 credits may be earned prior to the granting of the first degree, provided the credits are in excess of the minimum (usually 180 credits) required for the first degree. In such a case, a student may be required to complete fewer than 45 credits for the second degree, but no fewer than 30 credits.
  5. All specified requirements for the second degree must be fulfilled, including all requirements in the major.

If the first degree was earned at another institution:

  1. A student who has not previously matriculated at SPU must earn at least 45 credits toward the second degree at SPU.
  2. A student who at some prior point matriculated at SPU must earn at least 30 of the required 45 credits at SPU.
  3. No more than 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward the additional bachelor’s degree.
  4. At least 15 upper-division credits in the major must be earned at SPU.
  5. 5 credits in Christian Scriptures or Christian Theology must be completed at SPU.
  6. All specified requirements for the second degree must be fulfilled, including all requirements in the major.

Graduation Checklist
Students are encouraged to track their progress toward graduation by viewing their Degree Status Check found in Banner under Student Menu/Grades and Transcripts Menu/UG Degree Status Check.

Students may wish to transfer information from the online degree status check to the appropriate graduation requirements checklist.



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