Bachelor’s Degree

Application for an Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduates who plan to receive a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon must submit an application through the university's online information system, DuckWeb, by the fourth Sunday of the anticipated term of graduation. To apply to graduate, click on Student Menu > Registration Menu > Apply for Undergraduate Degree.

The Office of the Registrar encourages students to apply to graduate the term preceding their graduation term. This allows students to plan or change their final term's course schedule to ensure completion of all requirements. Students who have been disqualified must petition for reinstatement to graduate.

All grade changes, removals of incompletes, and transfer work necessary for completion of degree requirements must be on file in the Office of the Registrar by the Friday following the end of the term of graduation. Academic records are sealed thirty days after the conferral of a degree; no changes to the record will be made following that date.

Students who do not apply to graduate will not receive retroactive degrees even if degree requirements were completed at an earlier date. Applications for graduate degrees are available from the Graduate School.

Earning a Bachelor's Degree

See also: Second Bachelor's Degree (Post-Baccalaureate Degree)

To earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, you must be proficient in a foreign language at the level attained by two years of university-level work. Courses used to satisfy the foreign language requirement for the BA degree may not also be used to fulfill the Arts and Letters (A&L) group requirement.

To earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, you must complete the equivalent of one year of college-level work in mathematics. All courses taken must be passed with a grade of C- or higher, or P (pass). Courses used to satisfy the mathematics requirement for the BS degree may not also be used to fulfill the Science (SCI) group requirement.

See also: Orientation Workbook

Requirements for a UO Bachelor’s Degree

Requirement Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of:
  • Music
  • Education
Bachelor of:
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Written English: WR 121 and either 122 or 123. These courses or their equivalents are required for all bachelor’s degrees at the UO (C-/P or better)
Group Requirements:
  • Arts & Letters
  • Social Science
  • Science

(See also: Group-Satisfying Courses)

A minimum of 15 credits in approved group-satisfying courses is required in each group.*

Each group must include:
(a) at least two courses in one subject and
(b) at least one course in a different subject.

Total Minimum Credits: 45 (no more than 3 courses from one subject)

All degrees: No more than one course within the same subject code of the major.

A minimum of 12 credits in approved group-satisfying courses is required in each group.*

(a) Two groups must include at least two courses in one subject.
(b) Each group must include courses in at least two subjects.

Total Minimum Credits: 36 (no more than 3 courses from one subject)

All degrees: No more than one course within the same subject code of the major.

Students must satisfy the general requirements for either the bachelor arts or the bachelor of science degree.
Multicultural Requirement:

(See also: Multicultural Courses)

One approved course in two of the following categories: A) American Cultures; B) Identity, Pluralism & Tolerance; C) International Cultures. (Courses must be a minimum of three credits.)
Second Language:
(See also: BA Language Satisfying Courses)
  Two years college-level or equivalent (C-/P or better)*     Students must satisfy the general requirements for either the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science degree.
Mathematics/Computer Science: One year college-level or equivalent (C-/P or better)*      
Minimum Credits: 180 180 180 220 (B.L.Arch.)
225 (B.I.Arch.)
231 (B.Arch.)
220
Upper-Division Credits: 62 62 62 62 62
Total ABCDP* Credits: 168 168 168 168 168
UO ABCD Credits: 45 45 45 45 45
UO Residence Requirement: 45 after 120 45 after 120 45 after 120 45 after 160, 165, 171 45 after 160
UO Satisfactory Performance: A University of Oregon GPA of 2.0
UO Academic Major: Completion of an academic major required for all bachelor’s degrees at the University of Oregon.

* Credits from a course may not be used to satisfy group requirements and BA Language or BS Mathematics requirements

Second-Language Proficiency

To graduate with a BA degree, University of Oregon students need to show intermediate (third term of second year or above) competency in one language other than English. As specified in the UO Catalog, students may meet their graduation requirements for the BA degree through a sequence of courses or in other ways.

Some circumstances allow students to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts language requirement beyond taking courses, as described below.

Languages already known or that have been studied

Proficiency Exams that Earn Credit

Exams prepared by the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) of the College Board, a national organization, can provide placement information and can also earn UO credit. They are available for Spanish, French, and German. A student who scores at the equivalent of completion of the final course of the second year of language study on a CLEP proficiency exam would earn 12 credits, as well as completing the University of Oregon BA requirement.

For languages not taught at the University of Oregon, proficiency exams are also available in more than fifty languages through the New York University Foreign Language proficiency testing program, and these may be used to waive the B.A. language requirement (they may not be used to earn credit)

Students should contact the University of Oregon Testing Center to order the exam and to set up a time when it can be administered. The student is responsible for all costs associated with the exam and its administration. Information about the costs is available at the Testing Center. The entire process from initiating the order to getting the results may take up to three months. Exam results will be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, who will send confirmation to the Registrar.

Proficiency Exams that Do Not Earn Credit

Exams are available for Chinese and Japanese. These provide placement information, but they do not earn UO credit. Students who place at the equivalent of completion of 203 on these tests would complete the UO BA requirement.

Students should contact the University of Oregon Testing Center to order the exam and to set up a time when it can be administered. The student is responsible for all costs associated with the exam and its administration. Information about the costs is available at the Testing Center. Exam results will be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, who will send confirmation to the Registrar.

Credit by Examination

Credit by examination allows formally admitted undergraduate students to challenge undergraduate university courses without registering for the courses. Students seeking to receive credit by examination must be registered for the term in which the exam is given. Credit by examination may be earned only in courses whose content is identified by title in the University of Oregon catalog. Students must contact the Office of the Registrar to complete an application to determine eligibility for credit by examination. Students then obtain faculty and department approvals before the exam can be scheduled. Credit by examination is offered at the discretion of the department responsible for the course subject to the restrictions below. Students are billed $25 per credit to cover the cost of the examination.

Successful credit by examination is shown as transfer credit on the UO transcript and may be recorded as a pass (P) or graded (A, B, C, D) consistent with the options listed in the class schedule. Credit by examination may not be counted toward the satisfaction of the graduation residency requirement or for fulfillment of the requirement to complete 45 credits graded A, B, C, D at the University of Oregon. However, credit by examination may be counted toward the requirement to complete 168 credits graded A, B, C, D, P* from all institutions attended.

The following are not available for credit by examination:

  • First-year second languages
  • An elementary language course taught in the student’s native language
  • A course for which a CLEP exam is available
  • A course which substantially duplicates credit already earned
  • A course which is more elementary in nature than credit already earned
  • A course in which the student is already enrolled for credit
  • A course for which the student has received a grade of A, B, C, D, P, P*, I, X, or Y
  • A course for which the student has already taken and failed an examination for credit
  • Courses numbered 0-99; Field Studies (196), Workshop, Laboratory Projects, or Colloquium (198), Special Studies (199); Courses numbered 200, or 399 – 410
  • English composition courses (WR 121, 122, 123)

American Sign Language

Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency may present results from one of two nationally recognized exams, the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI). The ASLPI generally is administered at universities that have deaf education programs. The SLPI has a central website. Students may also contact appropriate faculty in Special Education in the College of Education to see if local evaluation is available.

Non-English Native Language

A student may fulfill the BA second language requirement if they have graduated from a high school that is not in the United States where the language of instruction is not English. A copy of the high school transcript should be sent to the Office of the Registrar. Such students must also complete WR 121 and either WR 122 or 123.

Language Proficiency Aquired Through Other Means

Some students attain ability in a language through family heritage, informal coursework, living abroad, or in other circumstances not covered by the UO regulations.

Students should contact the University of Oregon Testing Center to see if a Standardized Proficiency Exam is available. Exams prepared by the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) of the College Board, a national organization, provide placement information and can also earn UO credit. They are available for Spanish, French, and German. For students who wish to meet the BA language proficiency requirement in a language that is not taught at the University of Oregon, proficiency exams are available in more than fifty languages through the New York University Foreign Language proficiency testing program (12 pt. exam).

Students should contact the University of Oregon Testing Center to order the exam and to set up a time when it can be administered. The student is responsible for all costs associated with the exam and its administration. Information about the cost is available at the Testing Center. The entire process from initiating the order to getting the results may take up to three months. Exam results will be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, who will send confirmation to the Office of the Registrar.

If No Test Exists for the Language in Which You have Expertise

Students may still be able to use their language ability to meet the BA language requirement by meeting with an appropriate faculty member or a faculty-approved individual who is able to determine if the student's proficiency is equivalent to successful completion of the 203 level. Possible procedures for demonstrating proficiency, depending on a student’s individual situation, include the following.

Providing Documentation

Students must provide detailed documentation of their efforts and abilities. A student's own statement of their language work should be supplemented by letters or documents from schools or qualified faculty. All documents should be submitted to:

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR HUMANITIES
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
1245 UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
EUGENE, OR 97403

While the nature of this documentation will differ depending on the student's situation, it could include the following:

  1. Original transcripts from a language school that specify hours in class, materials, performance or grade, and proficiency. These should be sent directly from the language school to the Associate Dean for Humanities (see address above).
  2. Letters from qualified and approved faculty (from the UO or any other regionally accredited institution) who are able to specify in some detail the proficiency level of the student. This can be accomplished by discussing proficiency in conversation (including aural and oral), reading, and writing. Faculty must write a letter to the Associate Dean of Humanities (see address above), specifying their own proficiency, how it was obtained, and describing how they determined that the student’s competency is equivalent to completion of the second year of language instruction. Faculty unfamiliar with the UO protocols may call the Associate Dean at 541-346-3902 to discuss the student's level and to obtain guidelines for evaluation. Faculty should address their relationship to the student; letters from parents or other relatives are not considered.

Languages that Have No Written Form

Languages that have no written form may be used to fulfill the graduation requirement. Evaluation is often difficult, especially if the language is spoken only by a small number of people. Students in this situation should contact the Associate Dean for Humanities, to determine how best to locate a qualified faculty or alternative evaluator.

Second Bachelor's Degree (Post-Baccalaureate Degree)

A student who has been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may earn an additional bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon. Students cannot major in a discipline if they've earned a major or a minor in the same or substantially similar discipline from a prior degree. The student must satisfactorily complete all departmental, school, or college requirements for the second degree. Of these requirements, the following must be completed after the prior degree has been awarded:

  1. The student must complete an additional 36 credits at the university as a formally admitted student if the prior bachelor’s degree was awarded by the University of Oregon, or an additional 45 credits at the university if the prior bachelor’s degree was awarded by another institution
  2. A minimum cumulative UO GPA of 2.00 in courses taken for the second bachelor’s degree is required for the second bachelor’s degree
  3. A minimum of 18 credits must be graded A, B, C, D if the prior bachelor’s degree was earned at the University of Oregon, or 23 credits if at another institution
  4. At least 75 percent of all course work required in the major for the second degree must be completed after the conferral of the most recent bachelor's degree
  5. The bachelor of arts degree requires proficiency in a second language. Students whose native language is not English may satisfy this requirement by providing official high school transcripts or official college transcripts as evidence of formal training in the native language and satisfactorily completing WR 121and either WR 122 or WR 123. The bachelor of science degree requires proficiency in mathematics and/or computer and information science
  6. Students pursuing the bachelor of fine arts degree must complete either the bachelor of arts proficiency in a second language or the bachelor of science proficiency in mathematics and/or computer and information science

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