The bachelor of arts is the degree normally conferred by the College on an undergraduate completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. However, a student who is graduated after completing a major or program of concentration in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, psychology, or in an interdisciplinary science major such as physical sciences, may elect to be awarded the bachelor of science degree provided that the department or program in question has not established different requirements for the B.A. and B.S. versions of the major. Such a choice must be made known to the registrar of the College not later than the beginning of a student’s last semester of enrollment. A student who completes two (or more) majors may elect to receive the B.S. degree if at least one of those majors qualifies the student for the B.S.
It is possible to qualify for the bachelor’s degree in fewer than four calendar years through accelerated enrollment in regular Trinity programs or by utilizing Advanced Placement credit and summer study. Similarly, it is possible to qualify in some subjects to receive both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree at the conclusion of four years of study.
It is the policy of the College not to award credit toward the bachelor’s degree for courses taken to satisfy requirements for either the high school diploma or for graduate or professional degrees.
Except for courses that invite repeated enrollment (e.g., MUSC 102. Trinity Concert Choir), a student who repeats a course in which he or she received a passing grade shall receive no credit for the second enrollment, but shall have both grades included in the calculation of the GPA. A repeated course does not count toward the minimum of four credits that a student must earn in order to remain in good academic standing.
A candidate for the bachelor’s degree must have satisfied all financial obligations to the College before the degree is conferred.
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must:
A student who has failed the general examination will be offered one opportunity for re-examination. Should the student fail on that occasion, he or she may petition the department chair or program director and the dean of the faculty to take a second, and final, re-examination no sooner than one year after the second failure. It is expected that such petition will include evidence of adequate preparation completed, or to be completed prior to the final re-examination.
Students may apply up to one course credit in physical education toward the degree. No more than four course credits in applied music (exclusive of MUSC 407. Senior Recital) may be counted toward the degree. Furthermore, students may count toward the degree no more than three course credits in techniques and applications of theater and dance courses (THDN 109, 209, 309), no more than two of which may be in THDN 109. No more than two course credits earned in teaching assistantships may be counted toward the 36 required for the degree. (See the Student Handbook for detailed information about teaching assistantships for academic credit.) Beginning in September 2011, the number of exploratory internship credits that may be counted toward the 36 required for the baccalaureate degree is limited to two. (For further information about both types of credit-bearing internships, see the Student Handbook.)