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 Engineering (B.S.E.)
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. Candidates completing major programs in anthropology, economics and linguistics receive either the B.A. or B.S. degree.

Degree Requirements/Dual and Joint Degrees

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. Academic credit is awarded on the credit-hour system.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates:

1. Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, or

2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

To qualify for two baccalaureate degrees (dual degree) 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.

In addition, joint-degree programs allow qualified students to pursue both and undergrdauate and graduate degree.  Students in joint degree programs 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.

Students who have not completed the first-year writing core requirement (ENGL 101  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.

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.

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 courses offered by schools that are not within Newcomb-Tulane College may count toward graduation requirements.

Full-time students may NOT register in 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 ARHS 10, ARHS102 6 (C)
  4 ARHS 101 3 (C)
Art Studio 5 (A) 3 ***
  4 (A) 3 ***
  3   0 (B) (C)
Biology 5 EBIO 101/111and CELL 101 or CELL 103/106 7 or 8 (C)
  4 CELL 103/106 4 CELL 101
Chemistry 5 CHEM 107/11, and CHEM 108/118 8 CHEM 200 level
  4 CHEM 107/117 4 CHEM 108/118
Chinese (Language and Culture) 5 ASTC 203 4 ASTC 204
  4 ASTC 203 4 ASTC 204
Classics: Latin (Lyric) 5 LATN 203 (D) 4 LATN 300 level
  4 LATN 203 (D) 4 LATN 300 level
Classics: Latin (Virgil) 5 LATN 203 (D) 4 LATN 300 level
  4 LATN 203 (D) 4 LATN 300 level
Computer Science A 5 CPST 220 3  
  4 CPST 220 3  
Economics (Micro) 5 ECON 101 3 ECON 102
  4 ECON 101 3 ECON 102
Economics (Macro) 5 ECON 102 3 (C)
  4 ECON 102 3 (C)
English (Language or Literature) 5 ENGL 101 4 ENGL 200 or above
  4 ENGL 101 4 ENGL 200 or above
Environmental Science 5 EBIO 104 3  
  4 EBIO 104 3  
French (Language or Literature) 5 FREN 203 4 (C)
  4 FREN 203 4 (C)
German Language 5 GERM 203 4 GERM 213,215
  4 GERM 203 4 GERM 213,215
History (American) 5 HISU 142 3 HISU 300 level
  4 HISU 142 3 HISU 141
History (European) 5 HISE 122 3 HISE 300 level
  4 HISE 122 3 HISE 121
Italian (Language and Culture) 5 ITAL 203 4 (C)
  4 ITAL 203 4 (C)
Japanese (Language and Culture) 5 ASTJ 203 4 ASTJ 204
  4 ASTJ 203 4 ASTJ 204
Mathematics (Calculus AB) 5 MATH 121 4 MATH 131
  4 MATH 121 4 MATH 131
  3   0 MATH 131
Mathematics (Calculus BC) 5 MATH 121,122 8 MATH 221
  4 MATH 121,122 8 MATH 221
  3   0 MATH 131
Mathematics (Statistics) 5 MATH 111 3 MATH 112
  4   3  MATH 112
Music (Listening & Literature) 5 MUSC 105 3 (C)
  4 MUSC 105 3 (C)
Music (Theory) 5 MUSC 100 3 (C)
  4 MUSC 100 3 (C)
Physics B (Algebra & Trigonometry) 5 PHYS 121,122 (F) 8 (C)
  4 PHYS 121,122 (F) 8 (C)
Physics C (Mechanics) 5 PHYS 131(F) 4 PHYS 132
  4 PHYS 131(F) 4 PHYS 132
Physics (Electricity & Magnetism) 5 PHYS 132(F) 4 PHYS 200 level
  4 PHYS 132(F) 4 PHYS 200 level
Political Science (U.S.Gov.) 5 POLA 210 3 (C)
  4 POLA 210 3 (C)
Political Science (Comparative Gov.) 5 POLC 230 3 (C)
  4 POLC 230 3 (C)
Psychology 5 PSYC 100 3 (C)
  4 PSYC 100 3 (C)
Spanish (Language or Literature) 5 SPAN 203 4 SPAN 204 (E)
  4 SPAN 203 4 SPAN 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.
*** 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).


All degree candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Tulane University (excluding Tulane study abroad and Washington Semester programs).

Students must complete the last 30 credits of coursework in residence in the College. Students who participate in a Tulane study abroad program or in the Washington Semester program in the senior year are considered to be meeting the senior residency requirement but these credits will not apply toward the 60 credit university residency requirement.

Students participating in dual degree physics and engineering programs (Tulane and approved partner universities) are exempted from the senior residency requirement but not the Tulane residency requirement.

At least half of the coursework required for each major must be completed at Tulane University.