Degree Requirements

NOTE: Several changes for fall 2017 are expected pending Faculty approval. If you are a first-year entering in fall 2017, your requirements may be slightly different. You will receive information about curricular choices in May.

In order to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and graduate, all University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences students must:

  1. Earn 120 credits of course work in 8 semesters with an average of C or a grade point average of 2.000.
  2. Complete all College area requirements.
  3. Complete all College competency requirements OR Forum requirements (these must be completed at U.Va.).
  4. Complete one major.


  1. The College does not award second degrees. Students who earned a baccalaureate degree at UVA or at another institution are not eligible to receive a second undergraduate degree from the College.
  2. All majors and minors must be completed prior to graduation; once you graduate you may not change your major or minor nor can you earn credit for a second major or minor.
  3. Graduates are no longer eligible to return to full-time study in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  4. All undergraduate students are limited to two majors. This means non-College students are restricted to one College major and/or one College minor.
  5. College students may not enroll in any courses in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Academic Standing

At the end of each semester the Association Deans check students' overall records to see if they are in Good Standing and making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Failure to do so may result in Academic Warning and ultimately suspension. See the complete information on Academic Standing.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found here.


Of the 120 credits required for the degree, no fewer than 102 credits must be from:

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Competency & Area Requirements

It is recommended that students complete competency and area requirements by the end of the second year. Students should regularly review their Academic Requirements (AR) Form in SIS to track their progress toward filling these requirements; they can also use the Area Requirements Checklist.

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Majors & Minors Requirements 

You must complete a major in one of the College's academic departments, interdepartmental programs or in an individually designed Interdisciplinary Major

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