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) can be found below.

Students are responsible for making certain that their plan of study meets all degree and major (and minor and/or certificate) requirements. To graduate from Rice University, all students must:

  • Be registered at Rice University full time for at least four full fall and/or spring semesters.
  • Complete the requirements of at least one major and degree program.
  • Complete at least 120 semester credit hours (some degree programs require more than a minimum 120 credit hours).
  • Complete at least 48 semester credit hours in upper-level coursework (courses at the 300-level or higher).
  • Complete more than half of the upper-level coursework (at least 25 of the 48 minimum semester credit hours) at Rice University.
  • Complete more than half of the upper-level coursework required by the declared major(s) at Rice University (as designated by the department or program, some may specify a higher proportion).
  • Complete all Rice coursework with a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.67 or higher.
  • Complete all Rice coursework that satisfy major, minor and/or certificate requirements (as designated by the department or program):
  • with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 or higher.
  • with the standard letter grade earned (not on a Pass/Fail basis).
  • Satisfy the Writing and Communication Requirement (see below).
  • Complete courses to satisfy the Distribution Requirements (see below).
  • Complete one Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP) course for one credit. Students with disabilities may make special arrangements to satisfy this requirement.
  • Otherwise be a student in good academic and disciplinary standing and not under investigation.

Please note:

  • No more than 4 hours of credit for LPAP courses may be counted toward graduation.
  • No more than 3 hours of credit for student-taught College Courses (COLL) may be counted toward graduation. (This includes all courses COLL 100-COLL 199 as well as the COLL 200 Teaching Practicum.)
  • In order to earn a second degree, students must fulfill the requirements outlined in the General Announcements.

Useful Links:

DegreeWorks: Electronic Degree Audit System

Distribution Credit Master Lists

Major GPA Calculator (Excel)

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