All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 of this catalog. Students in the [College of Natural Sciences] Jackson School must also fulfill the following requirements.

1. The University requires that the student complete in residence at least sixty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. For the Bachelor of Arts[, Plan I] in Geological Sciences, these sixty hours must include at least eighteen hours in [the major] geological sciences. [For all other degrees offered by the College of Natural Sciences, thirty of these sixty hours must be taken in the College of Natural Sciences or the College of Liberal Arts.]

[2. All University students must complete in residence at least twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours counted toward the degree. For students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science, this rule applies to the academic work.]

[3.] 2. The University requires that at least six semester hours of advanced coursework in the major be completed in residence. [Additional hours in the professional or major sequence in many cases are required by individual degree programs.] Options I, II, and III of the BSGeoSci require at least eighteen hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences to be completed in residence; option IV requires at least twelve hours.

[4.] 3. An Air Force, Army, or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps student who elects the basic and/or advanced program in air force science, military science, or naval science will not be approved for graduation until the student’s government contract is completed or the student is released from the ROTC.


Resident students must have the approval of the undergraduate adviser before they take courses simultaneously by correspondence or extension at the University or at another school or in residence at another school. Credit that is not approved in advance will not be counted toward the student’s degree. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree offered in the Jackson School may be earned by correspondence.


An electronic degree audit is created for each student each semester[. The]; the student should view the audit through IDA, the University’s Interactive Degree Audit system. The degree audit tells the student the courses he or she must take and the requirements he or she must fulfill to receive the degree. [The] Although the degree audit normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, [but] the student is responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements [for] of the degree as stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate [and for registering so as to fulfill all these requirements]. (Rules on graduation under a particular catalog are given on page 19.) [The] If in doubt about any requirement, the student should seek an official ruling in the [Student Division Office] Undergraduate Advising Office before registering [if in doubt about any requirement].

In the semester or summer session in which the degree is to be conferred, the candidate must be registered at the University and must file a graduation application form in the [Student Division Office] Undergraduate Advising Office. This should be done during the first week of classes, if possible, [but in no event] and certainly no later than the deadline [to apply for an undergraduate degree; this date is given in the official academic calendar] published in the academic calendar. No degree will be conferred unless the graduation application form has been filed on time.