Candidates for an undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University must complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree as set forth by the University, their college or school, and academic departments or programs. Failure to understand those requirements does not relieve a student of their responsibility.
The requirements for a bachelor's degree include:
- Completing a minimum number of quarter units as specified below for each degree, no more than half of which may be satisfied with approved transfer credit
- A minimum of 175 quarter units for the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in the College of Arts and Sciences (a minimum of 193 quarter units for engineering physics majors)
- A minimum of 175 quarter units for the bachelor of science in commerce in the Leavey School of Business
- The minimum number of quarter units specified by the major department for the bachelor of science in the School of Engineering
- Completing a minimum of 60 quarter units of upper-division courses
- Attaining a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all courses completed at Santa Clara University and for all courses in the academic major and any academic minor
- Meeting the residency requirement of a minimum of 45 units at the Santa Clara campus after achieving junior standing
- Fulfilling the Core Curriculum requirements in effect at the time of initial enrollment
- Fulfilling the requirements for any declared academic majors and minors, including associated college or school requirements
- Submitting a completed Candidacy Petition for the bachelor's degree form according to the deadlines and procedures published by the Office of the Registrar
Students must complete the requirements for a primary academic major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Leavey School of Business, or the School of Engineering, including the Core Curriculum and college or school requirements, to receive a bachelor's degree. Requirements for academic majors can be found under the departmental listings in the chapters for each respective college or school.
Students must declare their primary academic major by the end of the sophomore year. Students may declare a major at the time of initial matriculation, except in the Leavey School of Business where declaration of a major is normally made during sophomore year. Students who initially matriculate without a declared major must obtain the approval of the department chair of the intended major and submit a Program Petition form to the Drahmann Center. Students participating in study abroad or domestic public sector study programs must declare a major before participating in the program.
Students may declare a second academic major in addition to their primary major; however, students in the Leavey School of Business may only declare a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering. Students who want to declare a second major must obtain the approval of the department chair of the intended major and the college/school for the second major if different from the student's primary major and submit a Program Petition form to the Drahmann Center. To be awarded a second major, a student must complete all requirements of the Core Curriculum, college or school, and departmental requirements for that major. Requirements for a second major are as binding as those of a primary major and must be completed before a degree will be awarded. If a student decides to drop a second major, he or she must submit a Program Petition form to the Drahmann Center.
Students may declare an academic minor from among the departmental minors offered through the college or schools, the general minor in engineering, or one of the interdisciplinary minors offered by the University. Requirements for the academic minors can be found in the chapters of the respective college or school in this Bulletin.
Students who want to declare an academic minor must obtain the approval of the department chair or program director of the intended minor and submit a Program Petition form to the Drahmann Center. Some minors may require an application process and are limited based on space available. To be awarded a minor, a student must complete all requirements of the minor as prescribed. Requirements for a minor are binding and must be completed before a degree will be awarded. If a student decides to drop a minor, he or she must submit a Program Petition form to the Drahmann Center.
Second Bachelor's Degree
A student may earn a second bachelor's degree at Santa Clara University, but may not duplicate a degree (i.e., bachelor of arts, bachelor of science in a natural science, bachelor of science in a social science, bachelor of science in commerce, bachelor of science in engineering). Students whose first degree is from Santa Clara and who are interested in pursuing a second bachelor's degree concurrently or without interruption must have an academic record showing a strong probability of success and a proposed program of study for the second degree that fulfills the degree requirements in effect at their original date of matriculation. At least half of the units for the second degree must be in addition to those required for the first degree and must be completed through a Santa Clara program. Approval to pursue a second bachelor's degree must be granted by the Dean of Academic Support Services and filed with the Office of the Registrar.
If a student is returning to the University after an absence, they must meet the criteria outlined above, but is subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-entry. Approval from the Dean of Academic Support Services is required to resume studies for a second degree after an absence.
Students whose first degree is from an institution other than Santa Clara must submit a formal application for admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The application must specify that the second degree will not duplicate any other degree. Students admitted for a second bachelor's degree are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of admission. At least half the units required for the second bachelor's degree must be earned through a Santa Clara program.
Graduation with Honors
Candidates for a bachelor's degree with a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.69 graduate cum laude (with honors); candidates with a grade point average between 3.70 and 3.89 graduate magna cum laude (with high honors); and candidates with a grade point average of 3.90 or higher graduate summa cum laude (with highest honors). For the purposes of calculating Latin honors, grade point averages are not rounded. Awarding of honors is based on all graded undergraduate courses attempted at Santa Clara University that are counted toward the fulfillment of a student's degree. Honors will not be awarded above those merited by the student's record at Santa Clara. An indication of honors at graduation contained in the commencement program is unofficial. The final determination will be made after a review of all completed undergraduate courses counted toward the degree.
Participation in Commencement
To participate in commencement, candidates for a bachelor's degree must have completed all degree requirements (or must have 10 or fewer units to complete) and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 as well as in all courses in their academic major(s) and academic minor(s). Candidates must clearly demonstrate that all course work will be completed either summer or fall of 2017 and must have completed and submitted a Candidacy Petition for the Bachelor's Degree form to the Office of the Registrar.