CHANGE OF MAJOR OR DEGREE To change a major or degree a student must:
MINORS Although Biola University does not require the student to have a minor for graduation, there are a number of instances in which a student may wish to take a minor, especially in planning for a career in teaching. By checking the various departments in the catalog, a student may determine if a minor is offered. A minor usually requires a 'minimum' of 18 units, 12 of which should be upper division and six of these should be unique to the minor, i.e., not counted toward any other requirements . A minimum of six upper division units must be taken in residency. The student should confer with the departments in which he will minor and with the Office of the Registrar. WRITING COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT Before graduation from Biola, every student must fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement with a passing score. This requirement tests a student's ability to write clear and correct English prose. This requirement will not be given separately from the standard cur riculum. Instead, each department has designed its requirements to suit the particular demands of its own discipline. Students with more than one major must fulfill the requirement in each major. The Writing Competency Requirement should be met during the junior year. Students with junior status should enroll in at least one of the Writing Competency courses offered by their department. Most departments identify their Writing Competency courses in the Schedule of Classes. Several departments offer more than one Writ ing Competency course. If a student enrolls in more than one Writing Competency course, that student may choose the course in which he or she will attempt to fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement. Some departments require a student to submit a portfolio of the student 's written work from several upper-division courses. Students should find out from their department about its requirements. ELSP students must have passed the EDET, and all students must have successfully completed English 100 or 110 A and English 110 B before attempting to fulfill the Writing Competency requirement in their departments. Students who do not pass the Writing Competency Requirement on their first attempt must re-attempt to pass it during a subsequent semester. After their second failure, students must take English 210, Writing for Competency. A grade of C + or higher in this course will satisfy the Writing Competency Requirement. Students may not enroll in English 21 O unless they have failed their department's requirements twice. Delaying the fulfillment of the Writing Com petency Requirement may jeopardize the student's graduation. A notation will be made on the student's transcript once the Writing Competency Requirement has been passed. It is strongly recommended that students plan to fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement by the time they turn in their Senior Peti tion.
Obtain the form from the Office of the Registrar and obtain the signatures from your current and new majors, or
If changing a degree program in another school, submit a full application
If changing a degree program at the same degree level within a school, submit a letter to the Office of Admission, or
If changing a degree program in another school, submit a full application.
Major changes are effective the following semester after the receiv ing and processing of the student request by the Office of the Registrar. A student may not avoid a requirement of Admission by a change in status. Whenever a student changes major or degree, they follow the catalog for the academic year in which they make the change. A student must be in good standing in the current major I degree program before requesting a change. A student is not allowed to change programs while on probation in their current program. They must clear their present academic status before changing to a new degree program. DOUBLE DEGREE Students seeking a second baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 30 distinct units in a second area of major studies. A minimum of 160 total units are required for graduation with a double degree. All prerequisites, supporting courses and departmental requirements for each major must be completed. The student must confer with the departments in which he will major and with the Office of the Registrar. DOUBLE MAJOR A student may be graduated with two majors. The following informa tion is for those pursuing two majors:
All prerequis ites, supporting courses and departmental requirements for each major must be completed.
The second major must have 'minimum' of 18 upper division units unique to that major (i.e., minimum of 48 major units and 148 total units required - see individual major requirements). The student must confer with the departments in which he will major and with the Office of the Registrar.
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