Degree Requirements

Students are responsible for making certain that their plan of study meets all degree and major requirements.

Requirements for All Bachelor’s Degrees (taken directly from General Announcements 2016-2017)

To graduate from Rice University, all students must:

  • Be registered at Rice full time for at least four full fall and/or spring semesters
  • Complete the requirements of at least one major degree program
  • Complete at least 120 semester credit hours (some degree programs require more than 120 credit hours)
  • Complete at least 60 semester credit hours at Rice University
  • Complete at least 48 credit hours of all degree work in upper-level courses (at the 300 level or higher)
  • Complete more than half of the upper-level courses in degree work at Rice
  • Complete more than half of the upper-level courses in their major work at Rice (certain departments may specify a higher proportion)
  • Complete at least 60 credit hours outside of their major for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Exceptions include:
    ○  Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in architecture must complete at least 45 credit hours outside the major.
    ○  Students pursuing a BS degree in engineering are not subject to this requirement.     
  • Complete all Rice courses satisfying degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.67 or higher
  • Complete all Rice courses that satisfy major and/or minor requirements (as designated by the department) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 or higher
  • Satisfy the Writing and Communication requirement (see below)
  • Complete one Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP) course for one credit. Students with disabilities may make special arrangements to satisfy this requirement
  • Complete courses to satisfy the distribution requirements (see below)
  • Otherwise be a student in good academic and disciplinary standing and not under investigation

No more than three hours of credit for student-taught College Courses (COLL) may be counted toward graduation.  This includes all courses COLL 100-199 as well as COLL 200 Teaching Practicum.

No more than four hours of credit for LPAP courses may be counted toward graduation.

In order to earn a second degree, students must fulfill the requirements outlined in the Dual Degree Requirements section in the General Announcements.

Useful Documents/Links:

Majors and Minors

Major GPA Calculations 2016

Distribution Credit Master Lists

Dual Degree Requirements

Degree Works: Electronic Degree Audit System

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