This catalog spells
out degree requirements, but the best way for students to track their specific
progress is through the degree audit on VitNet and through consultation with
Students must follow
the catalog requirements in effect when they enter Viterbo University. Students
who enter in the Viterbo in the summer session are consider new students, per
federal guidelines, for the fall semester and are assigned the catalog in
existence for the fall semester. These requirements remain in effect as long as
the student attends Viterbo University on an uninterrupted basis and completes
a degree within a period of six years. If students change their major, then
they may need to follow a different catalog.
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Candidates for the
bachelor’s degree must accomplish the following:
- fulfill the core curriculum
- complete all courses required for the
major(s) and minor(s), if applicable
- earn a minimum of 128 credits
- earn a minimum of 43 upper division
credits (300 and 400 numbered courses)
- achieve a minimum grade point average
- earn a minimum of the last 30
consecutive credits at Viterbo not including alternative credits (see
Alternative Credit section of the Academic Regulations and Policies section) or
All students seeking
the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete (earn) 14 credits of the same modern
world language. See the world languages section of this catalog for information
about earning retroactive language credit.
All students seeking
the Bachelor of Science degree must complete seven credits of natural science
and/or mathematics in addition to the four credits of natural science in the
general education requirements, for a total of 11 credits.
A student may
receive a double major provided he or she has the baccalaureate degree
requirements listed above and has met the requirements for each respective
major. A student may receive a double major when one of the majors is an
interdisciplinary major, however, only if a minimum of 18 credits not included
in the interdisciplinary major are completed in the other major.
Students completing a bachelor degree offered through the Center for
Adult Learning may not concurrently double major or double degree in a major
offered in another school.
Students may also
choose to complete one or more minors. Requirements for a minor may be
satisfied using courses taken to fulfill general education requirements, major
support courses and electives. At least 75 percent of the credits for the minor
must come from courses not required for the student’s major. Students may
declare a minor by completing a form obtained from the Academic Resource Center.
This form must be on file in the Office of the Registrar at least six months
prior to graduation.
A student may
receive two degrees simultaneously provided the following conditions are met:
- All specified requirements for both
degrees are met.
- The curriculum offered for the second
degree includes at least 30 credits which are not counted towards the first
degree. This means a minimum of 158 credits is required.
- The degrees are truly different; a
student may not receive two B.A. degrees or two B.F.A. degrees simultaneously.
- Nor can a student receive a major or
minor earned in one degree in a second degree; a student may not receive a B.A.
with a major and B.S. with the same major.
Graduation and Commencement
All students must be
enrolled for a minimum of at least one course in the semester in which they
plan to finish their requirments. Because of the preparation involved with
commencement and federal reporting requirements related to earning a degree,
students must participate in the ceremony in the term they complete
requirements. Students completing requirements in the summer must attend the
preceding May ceremony.
Students must file an
application for degree form in the Office of the Registrar no later than Oct. 1
for December graduates and Jan. 15 for May/summer graduates. This form
indicates the intent to graduate and is used to provide information to students
concerning commencement events, as well as provide Viterbo University with
information to order diplomas and caps and gowns.
Degrees are official
after the registrar checks that students have met all graduation requirements.
The date listed on the diploma/transcript will be the term in which the requirements
were met. If students earn credit for prior learning after they have completed
other graduation requirements, their diplomas will list the term in which the
credit was granted.
Honor cords, for the commencement ceremony,
are given to bachelor degree candidates who have applied for graduation by the deadline date and who
have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 as of Sep. 1 for the winter
ceremony and Jan. 1 for the spring ceremony (spring and summer graduates.) The
candidate must also have or be projected to have a minimum of 45 letter graded
credits earned at Viterbo University upon degree completion. That is, if the
candidate does not have a minimum of 45 credits as of the dates above but the
credits earned as of the dates above plus registered credits equal a minimum of
45 credits, the candidate will be given an honor cord. The student must be
registered for credits in the graduation term, no later than Sep. 1, for winter
commencement, and March 1 for spring commencement, which includes those
completing requirements in the summer.
Final honors are
determined and confirmed after all grades have been issued and credit checks
are completed. These honors are noted on the diploma and the transcript.
Students are eligible for honors upon degree completion if they have earned the
required number of semester hours on a letter grade basis and have met the
required grade point average.
Viterbo Grade Point Average
Hours Completed at Viterbo on a Letter Grade Basis
Diplomas earned by
graduates will be sent approximately eight weeks after the grades for the
semester are due, to the address listed on the application for degree form. All
indebtedness to the university must be cleared before a diploma and official
transcripts will be released. The transcript, not the diploma, is proof of an
earned degree. Only one diploma is ever issued.