The Major in the Bachelor of Arts Degree & in the Bachelor of Science Degree

Reference Number: F81-82
Senate Approval Date: Tuesday, September 01, 1981

THE MAJOR IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE AND IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
DEGREE

At its meeting of the December 8, 1981, the Academic Senate
approved the policy for the Major in the Bachelor of Arts Degree and in the
Bachelor of Science Degree (Senate Policy F81-82).

Definition:

The Bachelor of Arts degree is universally considered to
represent a broad liberal arts education which prepares students to function as
useful and responsible citizens in a variety of roles. It is less specialized than the Bachelor
of Science degree, yet contains a depth component which permits advanced study
in the many disciplines. It is
less career-specific than most professional degrees, but provides an important
foundation of skills and knowledge useful in many, if not most, careers.

Because the Bachelor of Arts degree serves a variety of
purposes - academic, personal, citizenship, career preparation -
the Bachelor of Arts degree must reflect a balance among three components: the
major, or depth, component; the general education, or breadth, component; and
electives chosen to fit the individual student’s background, preferences, and
needs. The elective component may
be used, depending on the individual’s particular circumstances, to add
strength to the major, to complement the general education, to explore or
develop personal or career interests, or to qualify for advance study in the
major or an associated field.

The Bachelor of Science degree, like the Bachelor of Arts,
prepares students to function as useful and responsible citizens in a variety
of roles. Because Bachelor of
Science degree major programs are typically more specialized and
career-specific than most Bachelor of Arts degree majors, the number of
required units in Bachelor of Science major programs is typically larger than
in Bachelor of Arts degree majors, sometimes in response to the requirements of
accrediting agencies. Bachelor of
Science degree major programs are often systematically and extensively
data-oriented, more so than is typical of many Bachelor of Arts major programs,
include practical applications (such as field study, field work, practica, or internships) and/or laboratory activity
(research, experimentation, investigation). In addition, most Bachelor of Science degree major programs
involve a high level of interdependence and interrelationship of component
required courses and consequently incorporate a pattern of sequential studies.

Unit Limits:

Because the Bachelor of Arts degree involves a broad base of
study, it must reserve to the student a substantial opportunity to study in
related fields. For this reason,
the Bachelor of Arts degree major does not normally exceed 45 units. Majors which exceed 45 units at the
time this policy is approved must, within one year, either be reduced to 45
units or present a justification for excess units before the Educational
Polices Council. The EPC then will
recommend that the major be exempted from the 45-unit limit or that the degree
title be changed to a more appropriate one.

Because the student must complete all university
requirements for graduation (including the major program, general education,
English 114, and the state statutory requirement) without exceeding degree unit
totals, the Bachelor of Science degree major program cannot exceed 70 units in
a 124-unit degree, or 78 units in a 132-unit degree, or 86 units in a 140-unit
degree. Programs which exceed
these unit totals at the time this policy is approved must undertake one of the
following options within one year: a) reduce the number of required units to
within these limits, or b) increase the size of the degree if permissible under
Title 5.

In counting the units in any major, all prerequisites will
be included. Units which count
toward both general education requirements and a major degree program
requirement will not be included.


*** APPROVED BY PRESIDENT ROMBERG JANUARY 15, 1982 ***