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Degrees, Majors and Minors

Back to 2009-2011 undergraduate catalog home  

The college offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees. Details regarding the graduate degrees appear in the Graduate Catalog.

During the first semester of the junior year, the candidate for a degree must complete with the registrar an undergraduate degree plan — a planned program of work having the approval of the appropriate academic advisor. This program will include one or more majors, the general-education and the general degree requirements. The student may also select an optional minor, completion of which requires at least 18 semester hours. The major requirements vary from area to area, but must include at least 30 semester hours. The major must include 15 hours, and the minor 9 hours, in courses numbered 300 or above taken at Berry. Students completing two or more majors in different degree programs must also meet the appropriate degree requirements for each degree. Special requirements for the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree appear in items 8 and 9, page 42.

Although it is not necessary to determine a major upon admission, the student should make that decision no later than the sophomore year at Berry.

Berry College reserves the right to delete majors whenever it deems necessary.

Degrees and Majors. Majors leading to undergraduate degrees are
available as follows. Concentrations are indicated in parentheses.

Animal Science
Chemistry1 (Chemistry;
Computer Science
Early Childhood Education
Environmental Sciences
      (Biology; Chemistry; Geoscience; Public Policy)
Exercise Science

Health and Physical
(Teacher Preparation2)
Interdisciplinary Studies
Middle-Grades Education
Sociology and Anthropology

Music Education2; Music with Elective Studies in Business

Art (Art Education2; Art History; Studio Art)
(Journalism; Public Relations;
Electronic Media; Visual Communication)
(Literature; Secondary
Education; Writing)
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Studies
Religion and Philosophy
Sociology and Anthropology

1Teacher certification available at secondary level.
2Teacher certification, grades P–12.

Dual-degree programs with Emory University School of Nursing and Georgia Institute of Technology are discussed on page 49.

Minors. Minors may be selected from the following:

Animal Science
Business Administration
Computer Science
Family Studies
Film Studies
International Studies
Legal Studies
Public Relations
Visual Communication
Women’s Studies

Students anticipating enrollment in a graduate or professional program in medicine, law or veterinary medicine should consult an advisor in the appropriate undergraduate major. Students intending careers in medicine or health care might consult with a science professor when planning for advanced study; those intending studies in veterinary medicine might consult with a professor in animal science. The undergraduate major does not restrict the student in her or his pursuit of professional studies. Preprofessional advisors are available to work with students without regard to their major.

Academic Advising

Each student is assigned an academic advisor, with whom to consult in selecting a schedule of classes each semester enrolled and in planning a program of study leading to the chosen degree. Questions and concerns related to the student’s academic program and progress should be discussed with the advisor, who is available for consultation on other matters as well.

Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Although a number of administrative and faculty advisors are ready to help the student in planning and checking the progress of the degree program, the final responsibility for completing all requirements for a degree rests with the student. If a student has not satisfied all the requirements, her or his degree will be withheld pending adequate fulfillment. The student has the option to graduate under the general requirements of the catalog in effect during the semester of first enrollment or any subsequent year of attendance. Students are required to fulfill the requirements of the academic major as listed in the catalog that is in effect at the time they declare a major. The catalog chosen may not be more than seven years old at the time of graduation.

  1. Complete BCC 099 or BCC 100 satisfactorily during the first term of enrollment.  All freshmen and any transfer student who has earned fewer than 24 hours must enroll in BCC 100.  Transfer students with 24 hours or more may enroll in BCC 099 or BCC 100.
  2. Complete at least a minimum of two writing-intensive (WI) courses totaling six semester hours at the 300 level or above, or in some approved instances, at the 200 level or above, for each major. Ordinarily, these courses are to be completed within the major. Students enrolled in the dual-degree nursing program must complete two writing-intensive (WI) courses totaling a minimum of six semester hours, including PSY 221WI and at least three other hours at the 300 level or above in any field of their choice.
  3. Complete with the registrar during the first semester of the junior year (at completion of 60 semester hours) an UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PLAN, signed by the student’s academic advisor and endorsed by the registrar.
  4. Complete with the registrar early in the senior year (at completion of 90 semester hours), two semesters prior to graduation, the APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION indicating requirements met and remaining requirements scheduled for degree. Students who fail to complete an application by this deadline may be withheld from graduation until the next term.
  5. Complete the general-education sequence as specified in the catalog in effect during the semester of first enrollment or any subsequent year of attendance and a major as specified in the catalog that is in effect when they declare the major.
  6. If planning to teach in the public schools, complete a major and the professional-education sequence (minor).
  7. Complete 15 hours in the major in residence at Berry. These 15 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. While a minor is optional, the student must complete in residence at Berry 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above in the minor area unless otherwise specified by the discipline.
  8. If pursuing the B.A. degree, demonstrate successfully, through class enrollment or examination, competence in a foreign language at the intermediate level of study. Majors in one of the foreign languages take two other courses of at least three credits each in a second foreign language (or the equivalent by examination), or three courses in the humanities approved by the major department, in addition to courses counted toward the general-education requirements or humanities courses in the major. Foreign-language majors who complete a second major and/or an education minor are exempt from this requirement.
  9. If pursuing the B.S. degree, complete successfully a minimum of six courses of at least three credits each (including courses counted toward the general-education requirements) that support the character and intent of the B.S. degree (here defined as quantitative, mathematical, empirical, statistical or laboratory-oriented). These courses must be approved by the major department.
  10. Complete a minimum of 62 semester hours in residence at Berry College.
  11. Complete the last two semesters in residence at Berry College, with the exception that three courses (up to 9 hours) of the last 38 semester hours may be taken at another institution with the approval.
  12. Complete at least 124 semester hours of credit with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 in the major field and in the overall program, for work completed at Berry College.
  13. Be in good standing with the college.
  14. Receive faculty approval for the degree.
  15. Attend a minimum of 24 cultural events in the four-year program, or an average of three per semester if enrolled less than four years.
  16. Complete assessment(s) in the major area(s) and general education in the final term of enrollment.
  17. In cases where courses may be used to satisfy more than one degree requirement, at least 15 hours in courses numbered 300 or above counted toward the major must be used solely for that requirement. At least 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above must be used solely to satisfy the requirements for each minor, unless otherwise specified by the discipline.

Berry College reserves the right to change degree requirements. 

Degree awarded at commencement

A student is typically awarded one of three degrees at graduation: B.A., B.S. or B.M. A student may be awarded two baccalaureate degrees at a given ceremony. To do so, a student must meet all requirements for both degrees, including 32 independent hours which must be earned for the additional degree. Both degrees must be listed on the application for graduation.


For purposes of determining the extent to which the college is reaching its goals, students are expected to participate in the assessment process required of institutions of higher education. Assessment activities may include, but not be restricted to, exit examinations in the area of one’s major (see requirement 16, under Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees), opinion surveys, focus-group interviews and other forms of evaluation. The dean of academic services, in coordination with the deans of the schools, will notify students when these evaluations are to be completed.


Berry College may grant a second bachelor’s degree to an individual who holds a prior bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. A candidate for a second bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 62 semester hours in residence at Berry beyond those hours earned for a prior degree. Of these, at least 15 hours must be completed in the major courses numbered 300 or above. All major, general-education and specific degree requirements (e.g., foreign-language hours for the B.A.) must be fulfilled.


Correspondence work from other accredited institutions to a maximum of nine semester hours may be allowed in satisfaction of degree requirements, subject to the approval of the registrar, provided no more than three hours of the correspondence work are taken after the student becomes a senior. Correspondence work cannot be used in lieu of an upper-level course required in the student’s major.


Any student desiring to take course work on a transient basis at another accredited institution must obtain prior written permission from the advisor, the appropriate department chair and dean, and the registrar at Berry. Failure to obtain this permission may result in the denial of credit. Forms for this purpose are available in the registrar’s office.

A department and/or school has discretion over which transient courses are accepted for credit toward a Berry degree. No credit shall be allowed for course work completed at a two-year institution after the Berry student has completed 62 total hours of college course work.

Students who apply through the registrar in advance for full-time transient status at another institution, and who receive such approval for the subsequent semester, do not withdraw from the college or reapply for admission for the following semester. They will keep their deposits on file at Berry and are still considered to be Berry students.

Students wishing to continue their study elsewhere for a second semester must seek and receive transient permission from the registrar in advance. This extension, if approved, is good for only one semester. If such students do not seek approval or cease to attend that institution, they would need to apply for readmission to Berry. A student who, while on academic suspension from Berry, studies at another institution must apply for readmission to Berry. See statements on readmission in the Admission and the Academic Community sections of the catalog.

The registrar will ask all transient students to complete an information form prior to their departure. The registrar will then provide a list of full-time transient students at the beginning of each semester to the admissions, financial-aid and deans’ offices. When these students return the next semester, they would need only to preregister and pay all appropriate fees. Approved transient students may preregister for the subsequent semester with their currently enrolled peers.

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