Jun 19, 2018  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
    
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Undergraduate Academic Programs


Thirty undergraduate majors are currently offered. For more detailed information, see requirements listed in the appropriate department of this catalog. Additionally, a full list of all programs is available here. 

Students should be aware that not all courses are offered in the evening. Students who are only able to enroll in classes 4 pm or after should consult the appropriate department chairperson for information about the availability of evening sections of courses required in a specific major, concentration and/or minor.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs prepare students for fields of endeavor related to the following areas of study and for graduate school. Some of the degree programs prepare students for secondary, middle school or PreK-12 specialist teaching if secondary education is selected as a minor.

The decision as to whether to award the degree of Bachelor of Arts or the degree of Bachelor of Science shall be consistent with the standards in the student’s major field as determined by the major department.

In cases where students with double or dual majors are eligible for a BA, BS and/or BSE degree, the student will select a primary major which will determine the degree to be awarded.

Students are advised to consult with their department chairperson or major advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the end of the sophomore year, in order to be certain that course selection will allow graduation with the desired degree.

Bachelor of Science in Education

All candidates for Massachusetts Educator Licensure are advised to check with their individual education departments or the College of Education and Allied Studies regarding proposed regulations changes that may have an impact on their licensure program.

All undergraduate and graduate students seeking licensure must consult the section of this catalog titled College of Education and Allied Studies  for important licensure information including institutional deadlines.

The Bachelor of Science in Education is offered in the following areas

Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Special Education

In cases where students with double or dual majors are eligible for a BA, BS and/or BSE degree, the student will select which major department will make the decision regarding the degree to be awarded.

Major

Students must meet all requirements of the major as specified under the departmental listings. A minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 36 credits within the major may be required by a department. The 30 to 36 credits reflect all courses taken in the major department, including those that are listed under the distribution of Core Curriculum Requirements. At least one-half of the required courses in the major field (excluding cognate requirements) must be successfully completed at this university. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. The major GPA includes all courses completed in the major field (excluding cognate requirements). The minor GPA includes all courses required for completion of the minor, regardless of the department in which the courses are offered. Students should select a major by the end of the sophomore year.

Double Major

In order to graduate with a double major, students must meet all requirements of both majors. Completion of the double major will be reflected on the finalized transcript. The student’s primary major will determine the degree to be awarded, and the diploma that will be issued.

Students who wish to be elementary, early childhood or special education teachers are required to select a major in elementary, early childhood or special education and a major in the liberal arts or sciences.

Concentration

A concentration is a unified set of courses usually composed of core requirements and of those additional course requirements particular to the chosen area of concentration. The total number of core and particular requirements must be at least 24 but not more than 36 credit hours. Cognate courses (required courses outside the major department) are not counted as part of the 36 hours. Only students selecting the major field of study may complete a concentration within that major. The concentration is noted on the transcript.

Minor

A minor is a unified set of courses chosen outside of the major field of study requiring not less than 18 nor more than 21 hours. The minor is recorded on the student’s transcript. Minors may include courses from only one department or may be interdisciplinary. Students may use courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements or departmental requirements to fulfill interdisciplinary minor requirements unless otherwise prohibited. At least one half of the courses required for the minor must be successfully completed through Bridgewater State University. Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative average in declared minors. The minor GPA includes all courses required for completion of the minor regardless of the department in which the courses are offered. Specific requirements for a minor are found under the departmental descriptions.

* Students who wish to become middle school, secondary teachers or PreK-12 specialists elect a minor in secondary education and a major from one of the major fields offered. This minor requires more than 21 hours in order to satisfy Massachusetts licensure standards.

All candidates for Massachusetts Educator Licensure are advised to check with their individual education departments or the College of Education and Allied Studies regarding proposed regulations changes which may have an impact on their licensure program.

All undergraduate and graduate students seeking licensure must consult the section of this catalog titled College of Education and Allied Studies  for important information including institutional deadlines.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Click here to view  the Core Curriculum Requirements.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The university offers a number of interdisciplinary programs, providing majors, minors and preprofessional programs. See the section on Interdisciplinary and Preprofessional Programs  in this catalog.