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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 Fex 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 2014 is subject to all major requirements listed in the 2014-15 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 on 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:

  • Score 580 or above on the math portion of the SAT exam.
  • Score 25 or above on the math portion of the ACT test.
  • Score 145 or above on the MPT-G (the Washington state General Math Placement Test).
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Score 580 or above on the math portion of the SAT exam.
  • Score 25 or above on the math portion of the ACT test.
  • Score 150 or above on the MPT-G (the Washington State General Math Placement Test).
  • 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.
  • 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 "College Readiness Mathematics 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 Scripture (5)
       UFDN  3001   Christian Scripture (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)
       BUS  2000   Purpose & Practice of Business (5)
       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  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 (4)
 
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  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)
       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 Lab/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:  
       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  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)
       LCL  3287   Mythology in Literature (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. Students are not obligated to complete a minor area of study in order to receive the BA or BS, except in the case of students majoring in professional studies, 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A student may earn up to 10 credits toward a baccalaureate degree in skills courses approved by the university Curriculum Committee.
  • 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.
  • Credits in excess of 45 taken as a non-matriculated student will not apply toward an undergraduate degree.
  • 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:

  • At least 15 of the 45 credits for the second degree must be taken at SPU after matriculation as a post-baccalaureate student..
  • At least 15 upper-division credits in the major must be earned at SPU.
  • No more than 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward the additional bachelor's degree.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • A student who has not previously matriculated at SPU must earn at least 45 credits toward the second degree at SPU.
  • A student who at some prior point matriculated at SPU must earn at least 30 of the required 45 credits at SPU.
  • No more than 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward the additional bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 15 upper-division credits in the major must be earned at SPU.
  • 5 credits in Christian Scriptures or Christian Theology must be completed at SPU.
  • 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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