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Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirements

A student's degree requirements, including the major and minor sequence requirements, are those stated in the catalog in the year in which she is admitted to Mills. To be eligible for graduation with a BA degree, students must complete all the requirements listed below:

  1. Total Semester Course Credits (34 credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 34 semester course credits including transfer credits and/or Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
  2. General Education (GE) Requirement (10 courses; 9.25 credits)
    The 10-course (9.25-credit) GE requirement can be fulfilled through numerous courses throughout the curriculum which reflect our general education outcomes; students can also gain GE credit through AP credit or prior college-level course work. Courses required for the major may also count toward the GE requirement. A single course may count for up to two requirements. COLL 005 (0 credit) is required of all entering undergraduates. ENG 001 is required of all entering undergraduates unless they have equivalent transfer credit (AP credit does not fulfill ENG 001). Both ENG 001 and COLL 005 must be taken during the first year of the student's attendance. (See General Education Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree.)
  3. Major (10 to 16 credits)
    Majors confined to a single discipline will require 10 to 13 semester course credits; a divisional or interdivisional major requires 13 to 16 semester course credits within the combined fields of concentration. Students may major in no more than two fields, each field requiring at least 10 unduplicated semester course credits. Refer to the Departments and Programs section of the catalog for specific major requirements. (See Declaring a Major.)
  4. Minor (Optional) (5 to 6.25 credits)
    A minor consists of 5 to 6.25 semester course credits. Students may minor in no more than two fields. No courses taken for the minor may be counted in the major or in a second minor. Refer to the Departments and Programs section of the catalog for specific minor requirements. (See Declaring a Minor.)
  5. Electives Outside the Major Field (17 credits)
    Students must complete 17 semester course credits in subject areas outside their first major field (e.g., students majoring in English may not count any English courses as electives) and may include transfer or AP credits, but may not include physical education courses. Elective credits may also include courses taken to fulfill the GE requirements or, if applicable, courses taken to fulfill a minor and/or a second major.
  6. Upper-Division Credits (9 credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 9 100-level semester course credits.
  7. Letter Grades in the Major and Minor
    All courses in the major and minor sequences must be completed with letter grades. "Pass/No Pass" ("P/NP") grades are not permitted in the major or minor unless specifically required (e.g., internships).
  8. Residency Requirement (12 credits)
    Students must be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters immediately prior to graduation and must complete a minimum of 12 semester course credits at Mills, which requires a minimum of three semesters of study. Courses taken through international study, domestic exchange/visit, cross-registration, or concurrent enrollment do not count toward the residency requirement.
  9. Minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA
    No student may graduate with a cumulative Mills GPA of lower than 2.0.
  10. Credit Restrictions
    Physical Education (PE) Courses
    A maximum of 1 semester course credit (four courses) in physical education activities, including competitive sports, is allowed toward the degree. Students wishing to enroll in additional PE courses must register for these courses as "Audit" ("AU") and will receive no credit for them. A student may receive credit for no more than two .25-credit activity or competitive sport participation classes in any one semester. (Activity courses are numbered PE 001–049; competitive sports courses are numbered in the 100s.)
    Dance Technique Courses
    Students who do not major in dance may apply no more than 2.5 semester course credits of dance technique toward the degree.
    Music Performance Courses
    Students who do not major in music may apply no more than 2.5 semester course credits (10 courses) in individual instrument instruction, individual voice instruction, or performance and composition toward the degree.

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Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirements

A student’s degree requirements, including the major and minor sequence requirements, are those stated in the catalog in the year in which she is admitted to Mills. To be eligible for graduation with a BS degree, students must complete all of the requirements listed below:

  1. Total Semester Course Credits (34 credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 34 semester course credits including transfer credits and/or Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
  2. General Education (GE) Requirement (10 courses; 9.25 credits)
    The 10-course (9.25-credit) GE requirement can be fulfilled through numerous courses throughout the curriculum which reflect our general education outcomes; students can also gain GE credit through AP credit or prior college-level course work. Courses required for the major or natural science and mathematics core, or courses taken to fulfill the liberal arts requirement, may also count toward the GE requirement. A single course may count for up to two requirements. COLL 005 (0 credit) is required of all entering undergraduates. ENG 001 is required of all entering undergraduates unless they have equivalent transfer credit (AP credit does not fulfill ENG 001). Both ENG 001 and COLL 005 must be taken the first year of the student's attendance.  (See General Education Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree.)
  3. Natural Science and Mathematics Core
    (10.75 credits)
    To be eligible for graduation with a BS degree, students must complete a natural science and mathematics core which includes:
    BIO 001 General Biology I with Lab (1.25)
    CHEM 017–018 General Chemistry I and II with Lab (1.25; 1.25)
    CS 063 Introduction to Computer Science (1)
    MATH 047–048 Calculus I and II with Workshop (1.25; 1.25)
    PHYS 061–062 General Physics I and II with Lab (1.25; 1.25)
    And one course chosen from the following (majors may recommend or require specific courses):
    CS 064 Computer Concepts and Intermediate Programming (1)
    ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (1)
    MATH 004 Discrete Mathematics I (1)
    MATH 049 Multivariable Calculus (1)
    MATH 050 Linear Algebra (1)
    MATH 102 Probability and Statistics (1)
    MATH 104 Differential Equations (1)
    MATH 141 Real Analysis I (1)
    PSYC 146 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (1)
  4. Major (9 to 13 credits)
    Students may major in no more than two fields, with 10 unduplicated semester course credits required in each field. BS degrees are offered in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, biopsychology, environmental science, and mathematics. These majors offer both a BA and BS track; to be eligible for the BS degree, students must complete the requirements for the BS major. Refer to the Departments and Programs section of the catalog for specific major requirements. (See Declaring a Major.)
  5. Independent Experience (1 credit)
    Students must complete 1 course credit of independent work related to the major, which can be in the form of directed research or an academic internship, as agreed upon by the student and her advisor. This is not part of the major sequence.
  6. Liberal Arts Electives (10 credits)
    Students must complete 10 course credits outside of natural science and mathematics (biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, or physics), not including physical education courses. This will include all appropriate GE courses (including ENG 001). For majors that require courses outside of natural science and mathematics, such as environmental science and biopsychology, students may count up to two courses in the major toward the liberal arts requirement.
  7. Minor (Optional) (5 to 6.25 credits)
    Students are encouraged to consider a minor in a humanities, social science, or fine arts field. A minor consists of 5 to 6.25 semester course credits, and is not required for the BS degree. Students may minor in no more than two fields. No courses in the minor may be counted in the major or in a second minor, but courses counted in the liberal arts and natural science and mathematics core may also count toward a minor. Refer to the Departments and Programs section of the catalog for specific minor requirements. (See Declaring a Minor.)
  8. Letter Grades in the Major, Minor, and Core
    All courses completed in the major and minor sequences and in the natural science and mathematics core must be completed with letter grades. "Pass/No Pass" ("P/NP") grades are not permitted in these areas.
  9. Upper-Division Credits (9 credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 9 100-level semester course credits.
  10. Residency Requirement (12 credits)
    Students must be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters immediately prior to graduation and must complete a minimum of 12 semester course credits at Mills, which requires a minimum of three semesters of study. Courses taken through international study, domestic exchange/visit, cross-registration, or concurrent enrollment do not count toward the residency requirement.
  11. Minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA
    No student may graduate with a cumulative Mills GPA of lower than 2.0.
  12. Credit Restrictions
    Physical Education (PE) Courses
    A maximum of 1 semester course credit (four courses) in physical education activities, including competitive sports, is allowed toward the degree. Students wishing to enroll in additional PE courses must register for these courses as "Audit" ("AU") and will receive no credit for them. A student may receive credit for no more than two .25-credit activity or competitive sport participation classes in any one semester. (Activity courses are numbered PE 001–049; competitive sports courses are numbered in the 100s.)
    Dance Technique Courses
    Students who do not major in dance may apply no more than 2 semester course credits (eight courses) of dance technique toward the degree.
    Music Performance Courses
    Students who do not major in music may apply no more than 2.5 semester course credits (10 courses in individual instrument instruction, individual voice instruction, or performance and composition) toward the degree.

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Nursing Certificate 

Requirements
A student's nursing certificate requirements are those stated in the catalog in the year in which she is admitted to Mills. To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all the requirements listed below and should refer to the departmental listing for specific course requirements:

  1. Completion of All Clinical Prerequisite Course Work (max. 17 credits)
    Each student must complete all prerequisite course work required for transfer to Samuel Merritt University which may include transfer courses and/or Advanced Placement (AP) credits. These credits are to be completed over two years of study. A maximum of 8.5 credits may be transferred into the program.
  2. General Education (GE) Requirement (5 courses; 4.25 credits)
    The five-course (4-credit) general education requirement can be fulfilled through a selection of courses which reflect Mills' general education outcomes; students can also earn GE credit through AP credit or prior college-level course work. COLL 005 (0 credit) is required of all entering undergraduates. ENG 001 is required of all entering undergraduates unless they have equivalent transfer credit (AP credit does not fulfill ENG 001). Both ENG 001 and COLL 005 must be taken during the student's first year of attendance.
  3. Science Core (5 credits)
    Nursing students must complete four 1.25-credit science core courses as part of the major. At least two of these courses must be completed at Mills.
  4. Remaining Major Requirements (8 credits)
    Students must also complete the eight additional courses specified by the department as part of the major.
  5. Residency Requirement (8.5 credits)
    Students must be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters immediately prior to completion of the certificate and must complete a minimum of 8.5 semester course credits at Mills.
  6. Minimum GPA of 2.0
    The Mills cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0 to advance to the second year of the program. However, students must maintain a prerequisite course work GPA of 3.0, which includes all prerequisite course work taken prior to entering Mills and while a student at Mills, to transfer to Samuel Merritt University for their final two years of study.
  7. Credit Restrictions
    Physical Education (PE) Courses
    A maximum of .5 semester course credits (two courses) in physical education activities, including competitive sports, may be taken by students while enrolled in the Nursing Program. Course credits for PE courses do not count toward the nursing certificate. Students wishing to enroll in additional PE courses must register for these courses as "Audit" ("AU").
    Nursing Leadership Seminar Courses
    Nursing Leadership Seminar courses NASC 051N and NASC 052N may be taken for credit toward residency requirements only for a maximum of 1 credit. Students may enroll in either course only two times.

Additional Requirements for Acceptance into Samuel Merritt University
Before transferring, nursing students are advised to check the Samuel Merritt University catalog that is valid for the year they will enter clinical studies for any additional requirements for acceptance.

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Last Updated: 1/16/14