What are the Degree Requirements?
A bachelor’s degree at SOU consists of 180 credits. 60 of those 180 credits must be upper divison (any 300 or 400 level course). The 180 credits are typically split up into three sections (see chart below - approximately 60 credits of Univeristy Studies, approximately 60 credits in your major (the number of credits depends on your major), and approximately 60 credits of electives and/or a minor). University Studies is SOU’s term for general education. You will need to complete your major requirements - approximately 60 credits, but every major is a little different. Then you may complete a minor, which is optional, or electives to complete 180 credits.
How can I meet the Lower Division University Studies Requirements?
There are three ways to meet SOU's lower division University Studies requirements:
1. Completion of a Transfer Degree - AAOT, ASOT, OTM, CSU-GE, IGETC, DTA
2. Completion of the General Education requirements from an accredited four-year institution
3. Completion of SOU's University Studies requirements
What are the University Studies Requirements?
|Foundations Strands (First Year)|
| A, B, C — Written & Oral Communication
||12||Three courses; C- or better in each course
WR 121 and 122 and COMM 125 or 210 or 225
|D — Quantitative Reasoning||4-8||See approved course list|
|Exploration Strands (Lower Division)|
|E — Humanities||9-12||Three courses each strand; two science courses must include labs
See approved course list or transfer guides
|F — Social Science||9-12|
|G — Science||11-12|
|Integration Strands (Upper Division)|
|H — Science, Technology & Society||3-4||One course each strand
See approved course list
|I — Citizenship & Social Responsibility||3-4|
|J — Diversity & Global Awareness||3-4|
What type of degree can I earn?
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
You have the option to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Here are the requirements:
|Bachelor of Arts||Bachelor of Science|
|12 credits of a foreign language at the second
year college level or higher (C-or better) or 4
years consecutively in high school plus 48
credits from the BA list.
|At least two courses (7 or more credits) in math,
designated programming, statistics, or logic
classes (C- or better) plus 48 credits from the