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Credit Requirements

120 Total Credit Requirement

The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor in General Studies degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 credits (124 for B.S.Chem.).

100 LSA Credit Requirement

LSA students must complete a minimum of 100 credits of LSA courses, thus allowing 20 credits of non-LSA coursework in the 120 required for the degree.

90 Graded Credit Requirement

LSA students must complete 90 graded credits for an LSA degree. More information on non-graded credits can be found on theĀ non-graded courses page.

Residence Requirements

There are three residence requirements:

  • At least 60 of the 120 credits required for a degree must be earned in residence. Residence credit is granted for courses elected on the Ann Arbor campus or at off-campus sites directed by Ann Arbor faculty present on the site. Credit earned through Advanced Placement, credit by examination, correspondence courses, transfer credit from other institutions, or off-campus independent study counts as out-of-residence credit.
  • At least 30 of the last 60 credits for the degree must be earned in residence.
  • Cross-campus transfer students may receive credit for a maximum of 90 credits from a previous college or school on the Ann Arbor campus. No more than 60 of these 90 credits may have been completed at other institutions. LSA residency requires that a student earn 30 credits in the College.

For more information please see the Transfer Information & Residence Policy page.

60 Credits Outside Major Dept.

Students electing an area, interdepartmental, or special concentration must earn at least 60 credits outside of their major department. More information on this policy can be found on the 60 Credits in One Department page.

90 Credits of Regular Courses (Not Experiential, Not Independent)

A combined total of 30 credits of Experiential and Directed Reading / Independent Study courses may be counted in the 120 credits required for a degree.