What are the Degree Requirements?
A bachelor’s degree consists of 180 credits. 60 of those 180 credits must be upper divison. The 180 credits are typically split up into three sections (see chart below). 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.
180 credits required – 60 of these credits must be upper division
Lower division = 100 and 200 level courses
Upper division = 300 and 400 level courses
To graduate in four years, students must average 15 credits per term.
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
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?
For most majors, 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.
|At least two courses (7 or more credits) in math,
designated programming, statistics, or logic
classes (C- or better).
Bachelor of Fine Arts - See Art, Theatre or Creative Writing Programs for requirements
Bachelor of Applied Science - See Business Program for requirements
Bachelor of Music - See Music Program for requirements
Have I met the Admission Foreign Language Requirement?
If you graduated from high school after 1996, you’ll need to satisfy this requirement. Two options are:
- Two years of the same second language in high school (C- or better).
- Two terms of the same second language at the college level. E.g., SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 (C- or better).
For more information or other options for the foreign language requirement, click here.