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General Degree Requirements

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The requirements for baccalaureate degrees granted by Elmira College have been established by members of the faculty so that each graduate receives a broad general education, explores different fields of knowledge, examines one or more of those fields intensively, and applies the knowledge acquired in the classroom to realistic and appropriate work experiences.

To receive an Artium Baccalaurei (A.B.) or Scientiae Baccalaurei (S.B.) degree from Elmira College, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credits, with a cumulative grade‑point average (G.P.A.) of at least 2.000. The last 30 of these credits must be earned at Elmira College. For the A.B. at least 90 credit hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences; for the S.B. at least 60 credit hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences. Each student must also earn a minimum grade‑point average of 2.000 within the major.

Moreover, students must earn a stipulated number of credits—with a passing grade—in the completion of General Degree Requirements and a Major. Students also have the option of completing a Minor, in which case a 2.000 G.P.A. within the minor must be completed. Basic computing skills are expected upon entrance to the College.

Students entering at Elmira College are expected to have the following skills relating to the operation of a computer: (1) Operation of a computer including turning it on and off, use of the keyboard, using a mouse and graphical interface and basic file organization; (2) Word processing including entering and editing text, setting margins, headers and footers, and printing; (3) Web skills including operating a web browser and using e-mail.

General Degree Requirements
General Degree requirements for specific Bulletin Years may be found within each Bulletin.