Graduation Evaluation Office (B-238 ASB, PO Box 21222,  378-3641)
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may be delayed or denied for students who violate the BYU Honor Code, whose ecclesiastical endorsement has been withdrawn, or who have unmet financial obligation with the university.
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 15, 2000, for December graduation; November 15, 2000, for April graduation; and April 15, 2001, for August graduation.
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.
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.
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).
A maximum of 36 semester hours of Independent Study credit may be applied toward the 120-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 at graduation are determined by GPA for the top 10 percent of the graduating seniors based on cumulative and BYU grade point averages.
University graduation requirements (general education, religion,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.
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.
See the General Education section of this catalog for complete information.
|Languages of Learning||Number of Courses||Usual Credit Hours|
Advanced Languages (Foreign Language,
Mathematics, or Music)
|Liberal Arts Core|
|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.
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.
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.
A candidate for a bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of earned credit.
No more than 15 semester hours of D grade credit may be applied toward baccalaureate degree requirements. Excess D grade credit will be deducted from total hours completed.
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.
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.
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.