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Dual Degrees, Undergraduate (Definitions)

Type: Definitions
Effective Date: 6/14/2017

Earning a dual degree is possible if you wish to major in two disciplines that lead to different degrees (for instance, a B.A. and a B.S.). In this case, you can receive both degrees simultaneously by completing the requirements for both majors, including the 30-unit upper-division requirement. Students need a minimum of 30 units of upper division coursework. You may use upper division coursework from either degree or a combination of coursework from both degrees to meet this requirement.

Students may NOT earn dual degrees within the same discipline (major/emphasis/specialization) with the exception of the BSED. For example, you may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Psychology, however, you may earn a BSED and a B.S. in Mathematics. 

You may use the same course or courses, if appropriate, to satisfy requirements for both degrees in a dual degree.

Students pursuing a dual degree at NAU must satisfy the liberal studies requirements for one of the degrees. Once the liberal studies requirement for one degree is satisfactorily completed, the student is deemed to have met the liberal studies requirements for both degrees.

Unlike the dual major, if you are pursuing a dual degree, it is possible that the degree requirements for the two degrees can come from two different catalogs, depending on the timing of your admission to Northern Arizona University and the catalogs in effect during your enrollment.

Dual degrees must be awarded in the same graduation term. For example, both the B.A. and the B.S. degrees must be awarded in Spring 2014 (example), even if two different catalogs were used for degree requirements.

If you are pursuing a dual degree, you are not required to have a minor. 

Contact your advisor to discuss your dual-degree options.

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