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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 the student 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 (120 semester credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 120 semester course credits including transfer credits and/or Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
  2. Core Curriculum (CC) Requirement (10 requirements; 31 semester credits)
    The 10-course (31-credit) CC requirement can be fulfilled through numerous courses throughout the curriculum which reflect our general education outcomes; students can also gain CC credit through AP credit or prior college-level course work. Courses required for the major may also count toward the CC requirement. A single course may count for up to two requirements. COLL 005 (0 credit) is required of all entering undergraduates, and must be taken during the student's first semester at Mills. ENG 001 is required of all entering undergraduates unless they have equivalent transfer credit (AP credit does not fulfill ENG 001 nor Written Communication II). ENG 001 must be taken during the first year of the student's attendance. 
    NOTE: The core curriculum requirements listed here are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the General Education Requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the core curriculum 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit the Core Curriculum Review Request form to the M Center.
    (See The Core Curriculum.)
  3. Major (31-57 semester credits)
    Majors confined to a single discipline will require 31 to 57 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 30 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) (15 to 20 semester credits)
    A minor consists of 15 to 20 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 (60 semester credits)
    Students must complete 60 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 activity courses. Elective credits may also include courses taken to fulfill the CC requirements or, if applicable, courses taken to fulfill a minor and/or a second major.
  6. Upper-Division Credits (30 semester credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 30 100-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 (40 semester credits)
    Students must be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters immediately prior to graduation and must complete a minimum of 40 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 4 semester course credits 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 1-semester 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 10 semester course credits of dance technique toward the degree.
    Music Performance Courses
    Students who do not major in music may apply no more than 10 semester course credits 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 a student 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 (120 semester credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 120 semester course credits including transfer credits and/or Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
  2. Core Curriculum (CC) Requirement (10 courses; 31 semester credits)
    The 10-course (31 semester credit) CC requirement can be fulfilled through numerous courses throughout the curriculum which reflect our general education outcomes; students can also gain CC 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 CC requirement. A single course may count for up to two requirements. COLL 005 (0 credit) is required of all entering undergraduates and must be taken during the student's first semester at Mills. ENG 001 is required of all entering undergraduates unless they have equivalent transfer credit (AP credit does not fulfill ENG 001). ENG 001 must be taken the first year of the student's attendance. 
    NOTE: The core curriculum requirements listed here are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the General Education Requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the core curriculum 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit the Core Curriculum Review Request form to the M Center.
    (See The Core Curriculum.) (See The Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree.)
  3. Natural Science and Mathematics Core
    (36 semester 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 (4)
    CHEM 017–018 General Chemistry I and II with Lab (4; 4)
    CS 063 Introduction to Computer Science (4)
    MATH 047–048 Calculus I and II with Workshop (3; 3)
    PHYS 061–062 General Physics I and II with Lab (4; 4)
    And one course chosen from the following (majors may recommend or require specific courses):
    CS 064 Computer Concepts and Intermediate Programming (4)
    ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)
    MATH 004 Discrete Mathematics I (4)
    MATH 049 Multivariable Calculus (4)
    MATH 050 Linear Algebra (4)
    MATH 102 Probability and Statistics (4)
    MATH 104 Differential Equations (4)
    MATH 141 Real Analysis I (4)
    PSYC 146 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4)
  4. Major 
    Students may major in no more than two fields, with 30 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 (3 semester credits)
    Students must complete  3 semester credits 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 (31 semester credits)
    Students must complete 31 course credits outside of natural science and mathematics (biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, or physics), not including physical education activity courses. This will include all appropriate CC 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)
    Students are encouraged to consider a minor in a humanities, social science, or fine arts field. A minor consists of 15 to 20 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 (30 semester credits)
    Each student must complete a minimum of 30 100-level semester course credits.
  10. Residency Requirement (40 semester credits)
    Students must be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters immediately prior to graduation and must complete a minimum of 40 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 4 semester course credits 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 1-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 10 semester course credits of dance technique toward the degree.
    Music Performance Courses
    Students who do not major in music may apply no more than 10 semester course credits 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. Core Curriculum (CC) Requirement (4 courses; 14 semester credits)
  2. The four-course (14-semester credit) Core Curriculum requirement for pre-nursing students is fulfilled by: Race, Gender and Power, Creativity, Innovation and Experimentation; Written and Oral Communication I and II.
  3. Students can also earn Core Curriculum 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). COLL 05 must be completed during the student's first semester of attendance, and ENG 001 must be taken during the student's first year of attendance.
  1. Science Core (6 courses; 24 semester credits)
    Nursing students must complete six four-semester credit science core courses as part of the major. At least three of these courses must be completed at Mills.
  2. Remaining Major Requirements (24 semester credits)
    Students must also complete the eight additional courses specified by the department as part of the major.
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.5
  4. The Mills cumulative GPA must be at least 2.5 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 partner Nursing School for their final two years of study.
  5. Credit Restrictions
    Physical Education (PE) Courses
    A maximum of 2 semester course credits in physical education activities, including competitive sports, may be taken by students while enrolled in the Nursing Program. 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 4 semester hours. Students may enroll in either course only two times.

 

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Last Updated: 4/7/16