Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music & Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

28 total credits required (may be more depending on foreign language placement)

Credit requirement

Additional info
12 credits in arts & letters 4 credits must be in fine & performing arts
12 credits in sciences and/or social sciences 4 credits must be in science or mathematics, excluding Math 100 or lower
4* credits in a language
at level 203 or higher

*Students with no prior experience in a certain language will complete 101-103 and 201-203 in that language.

*Students who are proficient in another language may waive these language credits through a non-credit exam or TOEFL score; in that case, 4 additional credits must be earned in arts & letters (i.e., student will need 16 credits in arts & letters, of which 4 must be in fine & performing arts) in order to earn the 28 total credits required.

See more information on the BA language requirement.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

28 total credits required

CREDIT REQUIREMENT ADDITIONAL INFO
12 credits in sciences (not including mathematics/statistics) A minimum of 8 of the 12 credits must be coursework with a lab or fieldwork
12 credits in arts & letters and/or social sciences  
4 credits in college-level mathematics/statistics (excluding Math 100 or lower)  

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Students must complete a program of music and applied music as prescribed by the Music Department.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Students must complete the specific program as prescribed by the department.

 

Other Important Information

Students completing a BS, BM or BFA who have not met the Second Language Admission requirement will also need to satisfy this requirement prior to graduation. 

Most majors allow you to select either the BA or the BS degree. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule: 

  • Applied Linguistics, International Studies, Judaic Studies and World Languages majors may only earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Engineering, Computer Science and Quantitative Economics majors may only earn a Bachelor of Science
  • Art Practice, Graphic Design and Creative Writing majors may only earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Some Music majors will earn a Bachelor of Music, while others may choose the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees both require selective admission to the major via portfolio or audition. Please check with the appropriate academic advisor regarding options in your intended major

Concurrent Degrees

Students may receive two different baccalaureate degrees in two majors at the same time (e.g., BA in International Studies and BS in Environmental Science) by completing the following requirements:

  1. meet the requirements in the specific degree (BA, BS, BFA, BM), the general education requirements AND each major's requirements; 
  2. earn 36 credits beyond the 180 minimum required for a single baccalaureate degree (i.e., 216 credits total); and
  3. meet the PSU residence credit requirement by completing 45 of the last 60 or 165 of the total 216 at PSU.

Academic Distribution Areas for Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Arts and Letters

Sciences

Social Science

American Sign Language, Applied Linguistics, Architecture*, Art*, Arts & Letters, Black Studies (221, 351-3, 421, 424-427 only), Communication, Conflict Resolution, Dance*, English, Film*, Judaic Studies (325, 431, 435 only), Music*, Philosophy, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Systems Science (421 only), Theater Arts*, World Languages & Literatures, Writing

*Fine and Performing Arts

Anthropology2
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography1 Geology, Physics, Science (SCI), Systems Science (330, 332, 334, 431, and 452 only)

Anthropology2, Black Studies (except 221, 351-3, 421, 424-427), Chicano/Latino Studies, Child & Family Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography1, History, International Studies, Judaic Studies (except 325, 431, 435), Native American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, Systems Science (336, 338, 350, and 413 only), Urban Studies & Planning, Women's Studies

1For catalogs 2015-16 and later, the following Geography (GEOG) courses will count as Science; those denoted with an asterisk will apply towards the 8 credits of lab science: 210*, 310*, 311, 312*, 313, 314, 320*, 322, 333, 340, 380*, 407, 413-415, 418, 420*, 475, 480-482, 484, 485, 488*, 489, 490, 492*, 493-497. For catalogs prior to 2015-16, courses on this list will count as Science if the course is taken Fall 2015 or later. If the course was taken Summer 2015 or earlier, the course will count as Social Science. All other GEOG courses not on the list above are considered Social Science, regardless of when taken or which catalog year is being used.

2For catalogs 2018-19 and later, the following Anthropology (ANTH) courses will count as Science regardless of when the course was taken. Example: ANTH 101 taken Fall 2015 will be Science IF the 2018 catalog is used to run DARS. Those denoted with an asterisk will apply towards the 8 credits of lab science: 101, 370/370L*, 372, 373, 376, 379, 471, 472, 477, 478, 479. For catalogs prior to 2018-19, courses on this list will count as Science if the course is taken Fall 2018 or later. If the course was taken Summer 2018 or earlier, the course will count as Social Science. All other ANTH courses not on the list above are considered Social Science, regardless of when taken or which catalog year is being used.