Bachelor's Degree

Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

John Brown University offers four-year courses leading to the following degrees: Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.Eng.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), and Bachelor of Music Education (B.Mus.Ed.). Also offered are two-year courses leading to the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees.

Requirements which apply to all degree programs are set forth in this section. In addition, requirements applicable to specific degree programs are stated in the curricular outlines which appear in the college or divisional sections of the catalog. Most departments also have available suggested schedules which indicate courses taken in each semester in a typical program.

The final responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with the student.

Education at John Brown University

John Brown University provides an education that integrates the disciplinary studies selected by the student (the major field) with a more broadly based selection of educational experiences for each student. This combination of the specific with the more general is founded on JBU's educational philosophies and goals.

John Brown University holds that higher education and career preparation are not synonymous. While JBU has traditionally emphasized preparation for well-defined careers, it has done so within the context of a liberal arts college. Consequently, a John Brown University education consists of three elements: the major, the Core Curriculum, and the Co-Curriculum. The courses in the major prepare the student for a career or for graduate school, while the Core Curriculum presents a broad exposure to human learning, an appreciation of which is characteristic of the balanced, whole college graduate. Many aspects of the model of wholeness are not addressed in either the major or the Core. Therefore, the extra- or co-curricular aspect of the college experience-the Co-Curriculum-is an important component of JBU's education program.

Requirements for an Additional Bachelor's Degree

For two bachelor's degrees, a minimum of 154 semester hours must be completed, incorporating all program specifications. Students completing two degrees may fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements of the degree program with the fewest core requirements.

The major requirements of each degree program must include 24 or more semester hours of course work not included in the major field of the other degree program. At least two upper-division courses in the second major field must be taken in residence at JBU. A maximum of 36 credits by exam may be included. All other stipulations of the residence requirements apply to the second as well as to the first degree. 

A third bachelor's degree requires completion of a minimum of 184 semester hours.

Additional Bachelor's Degree after Conferral of First Degree

When a student desires to begin an additional bachelor's degree at JBU after having had one or more bachelor's degrees conferred by JBU, the student must apply through the admissions process as a degree-seeking student.

At the point in time when the first degree is conferred, that degree is frozen. No additional majors, minors, or emphases will be added to the degree, and the GPA for the degree is final. If a second degree is in progress at the time the first degree is conferred, then the student will be allowed to complete the second degree without readmission.

For an additional degree, the Core Curriculum will be considered met except for any additions to the core which have occurred since the catalog under which the student earned the previous degree(s). The student will meet the requirements for the degree in the catalog that is current when he/she applies for readmission. The student must complete at least 30 unique major hours for the second degree and at least nine unique hours for a new minor.