Degrees and Requirements



Degrees offered in Newcomb-Tulane College 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 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.)

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

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 1000 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.

Students who have not completed the first-year writing core requirement (ENGL 1010 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 foreign language requirement is competence at the 1020/1120 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 college 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 (in the Schools of Continuing Studies, Law, and Social Work) may count toward graduation requirements.

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.

Dual Degrees

Tulane University offers the option of obtaining two undergraduate degrees. Newcomb-Tulane College students should refer to the school-specific sections for more information on pursuing dual degrees within the same school and consult with their advisers early in their academic careers.

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 1000-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.

Tulane University offers joint-degree programs (undergraduate and graduate) in Business, Law, and Public Health & Tropical Medicine. The undergraduate schools allow qualified students who have completed three years of undergraduate work to begin graduate studies in one of the professional programs. A student who completes the junior year in residence in any of the schools (not on a Tulane year-long study abroad program) and then begins study in one of these professional programs may receive a bachelor's degree from the respective school after satisfactorily completing one year of full-time professional study.

To enter one of these programs, students are required to be accepted by the professional program and to obtain approval from the Newcomb-Tulane College dean by the end of the sixth semester of study. Joint-degree candidates are required to complete 90 credits in Newcomb-Tulane College during three years of study before starting work in the professional program. Credits earned in divisions outside Newcomb-Tulane College (in Schools of Law, Medicine, Social Work or Continuing Studies) may not be applied to the 90 credits. Candidates must meet all core curriculum and major requirements for the bachelor's degree in the undergraduate school. Students in joint-degree programs must complete 120 credits by the close of their fourth year of study in order to receive a degree from the undergraduate school. Students who fail to do so will be required to attend Tulane Summer School to make up their credit deficiency before beginning their second year in the professional school.  Transfer students must complete two years of undergraduate work at Tulane to be eligible for a joint-degree program.

All students must file an application for degree at least two semesters prior to the anticipated date of graduation. Every course taken during the first year in the professional program must be passed, and the student's performance in the first year's work in the professional program must be of sufficient quality for advancement to the second year. A student who fails to meet this requirement may become a candidate for a degree in the undergraduate school after satisfactorily completing an additional year of study in the undergraduate school. If a student in a joint-degree program is a candidate for honors, the grade-point average used to determine the eligibility includes the applicable work done in the professional program.

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. Students, who prove proficient in a foreign language through a sufficiently high score on the College Board Achievement Test or on a departmentally administered proficiency exam, 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 is located at Questions regarding advanced placement credit should be directed to the Newcomb-Tulane College Academic Advising Center.

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.


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 credits required for each major must be completed at Tulane University.


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