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Selection of Program, Declaration, and Advising

Degrees and Selection of a Degree Program

The College awards three basic degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor in General Studies (B.G.S.). The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.) is also granted. 

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees require a general understanding of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as in-depth study of at least one subject area. Students are also required to achieve competency in the use of the English language and to acquire proficiency in a language other than English. They must elect one or two courses designed to develop skills in quantitative reasoning and one course addressing issues involving race and ethnicity. Beyond these general requirements, students may choose elective courses to complete a minimum of 120 credits.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 60 credits in physical and natural science and mathematics. Students pursuing a secondary teaching certificate are required to earn additional credits through the School of Education.

The Bachelor in General Studies degree encourages students to take responsibility for structuring their own multidisciplinary academic programs. This degree requires a minimum of 120 credits and includes First-Year WritingUpper-Level WritingRace and Ethnicity, and Quantitative Reasoning requirements. At least 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or above must be completed with no more than 20 of these 60 credits from one subject.       
Residential College (RC) students doing a B.G.S. must include in their academic plan the completion of the RC arts practicum, the live-in requirement, the RC language requirement, requirement for four RC courses. 

Honors students must consult the Honors Program about special degree requirements, courses, policies, and procedures. RC students should consult advisors in the Residential College to plan their degrees.

Rules for Degree Requirements

Students are responsible for knowing and meeting degree requirements. A student may comply either with the degree requirements that are in effect during the first term of enrollment in the College or at the time of graduation.

Requirements for majors are those applicable at the time the student declares the major.

Selection of a Degree Program and Program Advising

Students should declare their choice of degree program sometime before the beginning of their junior year. This is done in consultation with a major or B.G.S. academic advisor.

Students in Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs are expected to meet with a department advisor and formally declare their major by the end of their sophomore year. Students must also have their department advisors sign a major release form when they are planning to graduate. Department advisors are, most often, faculty or staff members from LSA departments who help students shape and focus their academic goals. They review students' progress in a major program, discuss how to apply to graduate or professional school, or explore job skills acquired in the study of a particular discipline. Students meet with department advisors in their departmental offices.

Students pursuing a Bachelor in General Studies (B.G.S.) degree must consult with general advisors but are urged to make appointments with B.G.S. advisors. B.G.S. advisors are members of the Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities and are housed in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center. They are knowledgeable and experienced staff members familiar with College rules, regulations, policies, and curriculum. B.G.S. students must see a B.G.S. advisor when they declare their degree program. All B.G.S. students are encouraged to see their advisors each term to discuss course elections and program planning. It is strongly recommended that B.G.S. students see a B.G.S. advisor in the term in which they apply for graduation. 

Department Advising

For undergraduate students in LSA, declaring a major or minor initiates membership in an intellectual community. Within that community, faculty, students, and staff share a common affinity for an academic discipline and interact around myriad opportunities to deepen their affiliation with that discipline. A key member of that community is the academic advisor in that department, whose role is to welcome undergraduates and mentor their transition, growth, and identity within the department and the discipline. In addition to guiding students' progress in the departmental or program curriculum, advisors and other program staff also play a key role in creating opportunities beyond the classroom for students. As such, advisors at the departmental level encourage undergraduates to become involved in department-sponsored events and programs, provide exposure to research and professional endeavors, and facilitate connections between students and department faculty. Whether serving formally or informally as "advisors," faculty also play a vital role in fostering a connection between students and the department or discipline. 

Through their participation in departmental advising, undergraduates can expect information presented through virtual and face-to-face contact to be accurate and reliable. They can also expect interaction with peers, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alums through presentations on, and involvement in, disciplinary research, scholarship, and professional activity.