Degrees and Requirements



Degrees offered at Tulane University expose students to a wide range of thought, fact, and human experience. Such a liberal education broadens students’ knowledge and awareness of each of the major areas of human understanding into which the disciplines are divided and prepares students for a constructive role in society and for continued learning that contributes to a productive career and a rewarding personal life.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S)*
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Management (B.S.M.)
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.)
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

*Admission into the B.G.S. program was discontinued after the fall semester 2006.

The degree awarded to the student is dependent on the major program(s) completed. Candidates completing a major program in the humanities or the social sciences receive the B.A. degree; those completing a major program in the fine arts receive either the B.A. or the B.F.A. degree. The B.S. degree is awarded to candidates completing major programs in the sciences and in mathematical economics. Candidates completing major programs in anthropology, economics and linguistics receive either the B.A. or B.S. degree.

Although students usually complete the requirements for one degree, some elect to complete two degrees. In addition, joint-degree programs involving the completion of degree requirements in more than one of the undergraduate schools are available. Some of these programs allow a student to begin work toward a professional degree in the fourth year of study. Prior planning and consultation with advisers are required to successfully complete a joint-degree program.

Degree Requirements

The credits presented for an undergraduate degree must satisfy the core curriculum, school specific core curriculum and major requirements described within the appropriate program of study. Each candidate for degree is required to have completed at least 120 credits of academic work and to have achieved a 2.000 cumulative grade-point average at the university and in the major. At least 66 of the 120 credits must be earned in courses above the 100 level. To qualify for two baccalaureate degrees from any of the schools, a student must complete a minimum of 150 credits (75 credits completed at Tulane University) at least 82 of which must be above the 100 level and satisfy all requirements for each degree and each major. A candidate also must file a degree application for each degree at least two semesters prior to the anticipated date of graduation.

Students who have not completed the first-year writing core requirement (ENGL 101 or a first-year writing seminar with the course number 119 or presented an appropriate AP or IB test score) by the end of the second semester of enrollment may not early register for the following semester and may not return to the College until this requirement has been fulfilled.

Students who have not completed the foreign language core requirement by the end of the fifth semester will not be permitted to register for the following semester. The College’s requirement is competence in a foreign language at the 102/112 level and at least one semester of coursework in this language taken at Tulane. Students who entered Tulane as transfer students may be permitted to satisfy this requirement with transfer credit. See the individual school sections of this catalog for any additional requirements set by the schools. All students must receive formal placement in any foreign language they plan to take while at Tulane. Students may not continue in the College beyond the fifth semester until the foreign language requirement has been fulfilled.

Students who have not completed the quantitative reasoning requirement by the end of the fifth semester in the College will not be permitted to register for the following semester and may not enroll again in the College until the requirement has been completed.

These policies apply to all students, including those who contemplate leaving for any reason prior to graduation.

The recommended semester program consists of 15 credits to 19 credits. All degree candidates must have completed the last 30 credits of coursework in residence in the school and a minimum of 60 credits at Tulane University. Students who participate in a Tulane study abroad program or other Tulane-sponsored program in the senior year are earning Tulane grades and credits and, therefore, are considered to be meeting the senior residency requirement.

Subject to approval, students may count a maximum of 15 credits of summer work at Tulane, or up to six credits of summer work from other four-year, regionally accredited institutions, as part of their last 30 credits that must be completed in residence. Other school- or program-specific restrictions may apply. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisers.

A maximum of nine credits from the School of Continuing Studies may count toward graduation requirements.

Full-time students may NOT satisfy degree requirements by taking the following offerings of the School of Continuing Studies [which are available only to part-time students]:

Full-time students interested in these areas of study may satisfy degree requirements by taking courses offered through the A.B. Freeman School of Business.

At any time, students can access automated degree audits from the University Registrar’s website ( showing all completed courses and indicating the general degree requirements and major requirements that remain to be fulfilled before graduation. Students should discuss their degree audits with their advisers and report errors to their academic adviser as soon as possible. Each student is responsible for knowing the exact degree requirements as stated in the school sections of this catalog and for enrolling in appropriate courses to satisfy those requirements.

Advanced Standing and Exemption

Although the university awards placement or credit to students who have earned sufficiently high scores on AP or IB exams, students not in these programs also may have special expertise in a foreign language. Consequently, these departments offer proficiency examinations. Students, who prove proficient in a foreign language through a sufficiently high score on the College Board Achievement Test or on the departmentally administered proficiency exams, are exempted from the competency portion of the foreign language requirement only, with no credit awarded; all students must take at least one foreign language course in that language at Tulane University. Exemption may be given in other departments on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement (AP)/ International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits

Advanced placement or college credit is awarded to students who receive the required scores on the College Board AP exams as established by Tulane University academic departments. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that an official report of the AP test scores is sent to Tulane University.

When planning their fall schedules, first-year students should not enroll in courses for which AP credit is expected. AP credit does NOT count toward the minimum or maximum course load or toward the minimum number of earned credits required to remain in academic good standing. No more than four credits of English and no more than four credits of a single modern foreign language will be awarded to any student, even if the student has high scores on the language and literature tests.

A complete listing of AP credit and placement for individual subject areas follows below. Questions regarding advanced placement credit should be directed to the Newcomb-Tulane College Academic Advising Center.

Advanced Placement Exam Score Received Courses Credited Credit Awarded Placement Level
Art History 5 101,102 6 (C)
  4 101 3 (C)
Art Studio 5 (A) 3 ***
  4 (A) 3 ***
  3   0 (B) (C)
Biology 5 CELL 101 7 205
  4 EBIO    
    101/111 4 101
Chemistry 5 107/117,and 108/118 8 200
  4 107/117 4 108/118 or H110/112
Classics: Latin (Lyric) 5 203 (D) 4 300
  4 203 (D) 4 300
Classics: Latin (Virgil) 5 203 (D) 4 300
  4 203 (D) 4 300
Computer Science A 5 (G) 4 ***
  4 101 4 ***
Computer Science AB 5 (G) 8 ***
  4 (G) 8 ***
  3 (G) 4 ***
Economics (Micro) 5 101 3 102
  4 101 3 102
Economics (Macro) 5 102 3 (C)
  4 102 3 (C)
English (Language or Literature) 5 101 4 200 or above
  4 101 4 200 or above
Environmental Science 5 EBIO 104 3  
  4 EBIO 104 3  
French (Language or Literature) 5 203 4 (C)
  4 203 4 (C)
German Language 5 203 4 213,215
  4 203 4 213,215
History (American) 5 HISU 142 3 300 level
  4 HISU 142 3 141
History (European) 5 HISE 122 3 300 level
  4 HISE 122 3 121
Mathematics (Calculus AB) 5 121 4 131
  4 121 4 131
  3   0 131
Mathematics (Calculus BC) 5 121,122 8 221
  4 121,122 8 221
  3 121 4 131
Mathematics (Statistics) 5 111 3 112
  4   3  
Music (Listening & Literature) 5 105 3 (C)
  4 105 3 (C)
Music (Theory) 5 100 3 (C)
  4 100 3 (C)
Physics B (Algebra & Trigonometry) 5 121,122 (F) 8 (C)
  4 121,122 (F) 8 (C)
Physics C (Mechanics) 5 131(F) 4 132
  4 131(F) 4 132
Physics (Electricity & Magnetism) 5 132(F) 4 200 level
  4 132(F) 4 200 level
Political Science (U.S.Gov.) 5 210 3 (C)
  4 210 3 (C)
Political Science (Comparative Gov.) 5 230 3 (C)
  4 230 3 (C)
Psychology 5 100 3 (C)
  4 100 3 (C)
Spanish (Language or Literature) 5 203 4 204 (E)
  4 203 4 204
(A) Course depends on portfolio
(B) Possibility that credit will be awarded.
(C) Consult department.
(D) If both Classics (Lyric) and Classics (Virgil) exams are passed with scores of 4 and above, 7 credits are earned as 203 & 307.
(E) 400 for native speakers.
(F) Credit for 121 will not be given to students who are awarded credit for 131; credit for 122 will not be given to students who are awarded credit for 132.
(G) Consult the dean’s office in the School of Science and Engineering.
*** Department interview to determine course placement.

In addition, Tulane University also awards credit for scores of 5 or better on higher-level International Baccalaureate exams. For more information about IB credit, please contact the Newcomb-Tulane College dean’s office.


Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in Newcomb-Tulane College may not earn credit toward a degree through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).


Full-time undergraduate students enrolled at Tulane University must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at the university and the last 30 credit hours must be earned at Tulane.