FAQ About the BSC Core Curriculum
When did the new Core Curriculum begin?
§ Any student who matriculated at BSC for the first time in the fall of 2006 or later must follow the new Core and must complete all components of it. Students may elect to follow any subsequent catalog year, but they must fulfill all of the requirements for their major(s), minor and any other program that they wish to complete.
§ Students who are re-entered BSC after the Fall of 2006 for whatever reason were probably placed under the catalog in effect at the time of their readmission. However, if a student would prefer to follow another catalog, they may fill out a Request to Change Catalog Year form and follow the selected catalog. However, the catalog selected may be not more than eight years old at the time of the students graduation and the catalog must have been in effect when the student was enrolled at Bridgewater State College. Each student must follow a single catalog year and fulfill all requirements published in it.
§ When a student changes his major, he will be placed under the catalog in effect at the time of change of major.
What about the GERs?
§ All students who matriculated at BSC before fall 2006 must finish the current GER, if they so choose, prior to May 2014. Or, those students may elect to follow a new catalog by filling out a Request to Change Catalog Year form
§ The list of approved GERs can be found in the 2004-2006 BSC Catalog archive at http://www.bridgew.edu/Catalog.
How will transfer students meet the First and Second Year seminar requirements and the distribution requirements?
§ Students who transfer to BSC with 24 or more earned credits are not required to take and will not be permitted to take a First Year Seminar. However, since the First Year Seminar is a prerequisite for the Second Year Seminar, transfer students will automatically be given a prerequisite override to take a Second Year Seminar.
§ Students who transfer to BSC with 54 or more earned credits will have both the First and Second Year Seminar requirements waived.
§ However, all students who elect to complete the Core Curriculum must meet all core skill requirements and distribution requirements, including the writing intensive and speaking intensive requirement in a distribution area and the application of quantitative skills requirement. If a student believes that a course taken at another college fulfills a requirement, the student may petition the Office of the Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences for a substitution using the Core Curriculum Substitution Form. Courses taken at BSC that are not on the list of approved courses may not be substituted to fulfill requirements.
How many different requirements may a course fulfill?
How many courses must a student take to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements?
Will students be allowed to take the First or Second Year Seminar in their major department?
What about the other requirements of the Core Curriculum? Will students be able to complete a requirement and apply the same course toward a major or minor?
Is a lab science required in the new Core Curriculum?
Are students restricted to only one studio art course in the new Core Curriculum?
Are students able to fulfill a distribution requirement by taking two courses from the same department?
Will students be able to use any course from Humanities and Social Sciences or Science and Mathematics departments to fulfill a Core Curriculum requirement?
Will courses still need to be approved by College Governance to be approved as a Core Curriculum course?
Last Modified: November 2, 2012