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 2019-2020) 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 60 semester credit hours at Rice University.
  • 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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