A student has three choices in determining the guidelines that will dictate their degree requirements: the catalog at the time of entrance; the catalog at the time of declaration of major; or the catalog at the time of graduation. Below, a detailed break-down of what it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree at Beloit College.
- All students must complete a minimum of 3 designated writing courses. (designated “W” in the online course schedule.)
- All students must meet a departmental requirement for writing (or another form of communication), designated by their major department or program. (See appropriate department or program for specific information.)
All students must complete a minimum of 1 designated quantitative reasoning course. (designated “Q” in the online course schedule.)
All students must complete a minimum of 1 designated intercultural literacy course. (designated “C” in the online course schedule.)
Each of the above requirements must be satisfied by a different course.
Liberal Arts Breadth Requirements
These five requirements, where a requirement is understood as 1 unit or 2 courses, should normally be completed by the end of the student’s fourth semester. Students may not be granted junior status until they have completed these requirements.
Each domain requirement must be satisfied by a different course prefix (e.g., PSYC, BIOL, HIST, WGST).
The breadth requirements consist of:
- At least one requirement in Conceptual and Foundational Systems (designated “1S” in course descriptions);
- At least one requirement in Artistic and Creative Practices (designated “2A” in course descriptions);
- At least one requirement in Social Analysis of Human Behavior (designated “3B” in course descriptions);
- At least one requirement in Scientific Inquiry into the Physical and Biological Universe (designated “4U” in course descriptions);
- At least one requirement in Textual Cultures and Analysis (designated “5T” in course descriptions).
Liberal Arts in Practice
Completion of the liberal arts in practice requirement, usually during the junior year, that totals the equivalent of at least one unit of academic credit: applied or original work extending beyond the traditional classroom, such as (1) a LAP-designated credit, (2) a course with a paired LAP experience, or (3) a LAP synthesis project with a public presentation, exhibit, publication, or performance.
Completion of a capstone experience (½ or 1 unit of academic credit). Capstone experiences occur after the fourth semester, typically in a student's final year. Each program or department identifies one or more opportunities for its majors to fulfill the capstone requirement. While some capstones may qualify as Liberal-Arts-in-Practice-designated credits, a single capstone unit may not simultaneously satisfy both the LAP requirement and the capstone requirement.
Grade Point Average
Completion of a specific departmental or interdisciplinary major with a cumulative grade point average of at least C (2.000) in all full or fractional courses in the departmental or interdisciplinary major. Majors require at least 8 units, and self-designed interdisciplinary majors require at least 12 units. Majors may not require more than 11 units in any one department and may require no more than 15 units total, including supporting courses. Completion of a major requires certification by the appropriate committee, department, or program that all credit and non-credit bearing requirements of that major have been met.
Number of Credits
At least 31 units of earned credit, with a cumulative grade point average of at least C (2.000) in all Beloit courses attempted.
- Such credit is granted on the basis of work done at Beloit, credit by examination, CEEB advance placement and credit by examination, GCE A-level examination, IB examination, or work done elsewhere and accepted on transfer (see “advanced placement and advanced placement credit”).
- At least 16 units must be completed at Beloit College.
- No more than 2 units of credit earned elsewhere may be transferred to Beloit during the senior year.
- No more than 13 units with any one course prefix may be counted toward the total of 31 units required for graduation.
- No credit shall be granted for repetition of a course for which credit has previously been earned, unless the course is designated as repeatable.
- No more than 4 units of course work offered by the physical education department may be counted toward the 31 units required for graduation.
- No more than 4 units of field experience credit from experientially based programs (including academic, for-credit internships, off-campus domestic and international programs, and/or life experience) may be counted toward the 31 units required for graduation. No more than 2 units of field experience credit may be used to count toward a major. No more than 2 units of field experience credit may be completed in one semester. The approval of the Dean of the College is required in order to count more than 2 units of field experience credit.
- No more than a total of 1 unit of teaching assistantship (395) may be counted toward the 31 units required for graduation.
- No more than a total of 2 units of English as a Second Language (ESL) may be counted toward the 31 units required for graduation.
Those students who elect a minor must, in order for the minor to be officially awarded, achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 in courses presented in fulfillment of the minor