Graduation Evaluation Office (B-238 ASB, PO Box 21222,  378-3641)
Adherence to University Standards
Graduation may be delayed or denied for students who violate the BYU Honor Code, whose ecclesiastical endorsement has been withdrawn, or who have unmet financial obligation with the university.
Application for Graduation
All who wish to graduate must officially apply for graduation. Students who are applying for the bachelor's degree should do so during their junior year. Application forms are available at the college advisement centers. Submit the completed application form and the graduation fee of $15 for a bachelor's degree to the Cashiers' Office (D-155 ASB, PO 21128) no later than September 20, 1996, for December graduation; January 24, 1997, for April graduation; and May 23, 1997, for August graduation.
Students who apply after the deadline dates will automatically be considered for the next graduation. The Graduation Evaluation Office (B-238 ASB) will notify students in writing of the general education and university requirements remaining. The application fee is a one-time fee. Should a student not graduate on the date shown on the application, the evaluation will be held for future graduation.
Attendance at Commencement
All candidates for graduation are encouraged to attend the commencement and convocation exercises. Diplomas will be mailed to students after all grades are submitted and all graduation requirements are certified complete. Commencement exercises are held in April and August.
Deadlines for Transfer, Correspondence, and Incomplete Credit
All incomplete grades must be removed from the student's record, special examinations and general education requirements must be passed and recorded, and all transfer and correspondence (Independent Study) credit must be on file in the Records Office at least four weeks before commencement.
Earning Lower Degree after Receiving Higher Degree
A person who has earned a higher degree is ineligible to earn a lesser degree at BYU unless exception has been granted by the Student Academic Record Appeals Committee (B-150 ASB).
It is not permissible to receive both an associate degree and a bachelor's degree at the same commencement.
Independent Study Credit
A maximum of 36 semester hours of Independent Study credit may be applied toward the 128-semester-hour requirement for a baccalaureate degree.
University Honors will be awarded to any graduating senior who completes the following requirements:
More detailed explanations of the University Honors Program are available in 350 MSRB and in the University Honors Education section of this catalog.
Latin Scholastic Distinctions
Latin Scholastic Distinctions at graduation are determined by GPA for the top 10 percent of the graduating seniors based on cumulative and BYU grade point averages.
Summa Cum Laude is awarded on the basis of grade point average to the top 1.0 percent of the baccalaureate candidates who have earned a minimum 45 semester hours of credit at BYU.
Magna Cum Laude is awarded on the basis of grade point average to the top 1.1 to 5.0 percent of the baccalaureate candidates who have earned a minimum 45 semester hours of credit at BYU.
Cum Laude is awarded on the basis of grade point average to the top 5.1 to 10.0 percent of the baccalaureate candidates who have earned a minimum 45 semester hours of credit at BYU.
Staying Abreast of Changes
University graduation requirements (general education, religion, health, physical fitness, physical activity, and major) change with curriculum, program, and faculty changes. The university informs students of such modifications through its published curriculum materials (this catalog and the class schedules). Students who leave the university for an extended period of time should stay abreast of such changes through these documents.
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
The baccalaureate degree at BYU is awarded for the equivalent of four years of dedicated university study. It marks not just achievement, but important changes in outlook that come as the result of an extended university experience. At BYU this includes not just the discipline of a major, but the foundation of religious education and the enlarged perspective of general education. A student may have more than one major, but there is only one baccalaureate degree.
General Education Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree
See the General Education section of this catalog for complete information.
|Languages of Learning||Number of Courses||Usual Credit Hours|
|Liberal Arts Core|
|History of Civilization||2||6|
|Arts and Sciences Electives|
|Arts and Letters elective||1||3|
|Natural Sciences elective||1||3-4|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences elective||1||3|
|(See the GE course list in the current class schedule for all authorized GE courses.)|
*Actual credit hours will depend on precollege preparation and course choices.
Religion Requirement for the Baccalaureate Degree
14 hours of BYU religion classes.
Religious Education Requirements: Religion requirements are listed in the Religious Education section of this catalog.
A minimum of 40 semester hours of upper-division credit (classes numbered 300 to 599) is required for a bachelor's degree.
Transfer credit from junior colleges or other lower-division credit (freshman or sophomore level) from other colleges is not applicable for this graduation requirement.
A few lower-division courses at specified colleges have been accepted by major departments to substitute for upper-division BYU courses, but these will not be counted toward the upper-division requirement of 40 semester hours.
At least 30 semester hours of credit taken in residence at BYU are required for a bachelor's degree. A maximum of 10 semester hours earned at BYU Continuing Education centers or at Church institutes of religion may be applied toward this 30-hour requirement. Students must register and be on campus during two semesters—not necessarily consecutive—to satisfy the residency requirement.
Total Credit-Hour Requirement
A candidate for a bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of earned credit.
D Grade Credit
No more than 18 semester hours of D grade credit may be applied toward baccalaureate degree requirements. Excess D grade credit will be deducted from total hours completed.
Grade Point Average Requirement
To graduate from BYU students must earn a minimum 2.0 BYU grade point average and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Students must also meet minimum grade point average requirements in their major.
Students must complete at least 20 semester hours in their major department, 10 of these on the BYU campus. Students must also satisfy any additional departmental requirements.
A class used in a student's primary major cannot also be used in a second major or a minor without the prior written approval of both the department chairs and the dean(s) of the college(s) involved. Students should see their college advisement center for details.
Note: Any hold, warning, or probation by the Honor Code Office must be properly cleared well before graduation.
Policy on “Old” Graduation Requirements and Credit
Brigham Young University is committed to providing its students with an excellent university education consisting of a broad general education that includes religious education and a strong major education. Programs of the university change and develop in the continuing effort to make learning and experience as valuable as possible. Development, growth, and improvement are expected parts both of our lives and our institutions. It is because of the commitment to a superb education that the university's programs develop and improve and that students are expected to meet the current standards of the university when they graduate, even though they may have begun their studies long ago under quite different expectations.
Students who complete a baccalaureate degree within eight academic years of enrollment at BYU qualify for graduation by meeting those religion, university, and general education requirements in effect when they initially enrolled, even though there may have been changes in general education and religion requirements since that time.
In addition, students who complete baccalaureate degrees within eight academic years of enrollment at BYU qualify for graduation by meeting those major education requirements in effect when they officially declared the major with which they graduated even though such declaration was made at some point following their original enrollment. (A student officially declares a major one of two ways:  by indicating the choice of major on part A of the university's Admission, Scholarship, and Housing Application or  by submitting a Change of Major Form to a college advisement center at a subsequent time.)
Students who have not graduated within eight years of their initial enrollment at BYU will be required to meet with the dean and department chair in the area in which they are majoring to determine graduation requirements and the use of credit previously earned. Where general education or major requirements have changed or where credit previously earned was in an area of substantial change, students may be required to do additional work to meet graduation requirements.
This means that credit earned more than eight years before admission or readmission (including transfer credit) will be accepted to meet general education or major graduation requirements at the discretion of the university.
An important corollary of the university's commitment to provide its students with an excellent university education is its commitment to help students find their way through their programs effectively and efficiently. Students whose educational experience has reached over many years and who find that changes in programs will require additional work and preparation should consult with department advisors for help in planning their schedules in the best and most encouraging way possible.
The university's requirement that a student graduate under current or very recent standards is meant to benefit the student and is in no way established to deter a determined person from returning to the university after years away. Good advisement can be of great help in working out a program of study at the university, taking into account individual needs, concerns, and experience.
Students who return to the university after an extended absence should contact the Graduation Evaluation Office (B-238 ASB,  378-3641) and confer with their college advisement center counselors and department advisors immediately upon returning to the university, both for advice and help concerning graduation requirements and for evaluation of their credit. In many instances it will prove possible to negotiate a schedule of classes that will allow the student to move toward a degree without lost effort.