General Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree

To receive a bachelor's degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin, a student must complete all of the requirements listed below:

Curricular Requirements and Senior Testing

  1. File an application for a degree with the Office of Academic Records, Room 103, Administration Building, when registering for final semester.
  2. Complete satisfactorily all requirements of the curriculum for which the student is enrolled, as described in the portion of this catalog devoted to the college or department offering the curriculum. A student is allowed to satisfy requirements for a bachelor's degree under any catalog in effect within 10 years of the date of graduation and provided that he/she was enrolled when the catalog was in effect. However, this does not obligate the university to offer a discontinued course.
  3. Complete satisfactorily the Bachelor of Science General Education Requirements.
  4. Comply with General Assembly of the State of Tennessee's law that one unit of American history from high school or six semester hours of collegiate work be satisfactorily completed. Completion of six hours from History 201, 202, or 331 will satisfy the requirement.
  5. Take the ETS Academic Profile test and a test in the student's major field. In order for the university to assess and improve its academic programs, periodic measurements of the student's intellectual growth must be obtained. As a requirement for graduation, therefore, every senior shall take a test which measures general education knowledge and skills and a test which measures achievement in his/her major field of study. Departmental faculties will identify the appropriate evaluation instrument for tests in the major field. The evaluative information obtained through the testing is used solely to improve the quality of the educational experience for future generations of students.

Grade Point Average

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all college work attempted at all institutions attended.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at the University of Tennessee.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.00 on the last 30 semester hours (last two semesters as a minimum) of work taken. All work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours.


  1. Must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours toward a degree in an accredited four-year institution.
  2. Must have a minimum of one academic year in residence at the University of Tennessee at Martin and must earn at least 25% of the degree while in residence here. The senior year, or its equivalent (the last 30 semester hours offered for the degree and the last two semesters of residence), must have been spent in the university. Exceptions to this rule, not to exceed six semester hours, may be granted under extraordinary circumstances. Work taken for credit through the university's Extended Campus degree programs may be counted as part of this requirement, with the exception of the correspondence credit limitation noted under "Correspondence and Extension Work." All passing grades from an accredited college are accepted for transfer, but an applicant from a junior/community college must complete 60 semester hours toward a degree in an accredited four-year college or university. The last 30 semester hours (minimum of two semesters) must be completed at the University of Tennessee at Martin.


  1. Satisfy all financial obligations (fees or fines) owed to the university.

NOTE: Some of the colleges and departments within the university have special requirements above and beyond those stated here, and students are advised to consult the appropriate section of this catalog for any further degree requirements.

Second Bachelor's Degree

A student who holds a bachelor's degree may receive a second bachelor's degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin by satisfying the following requirements:

  1. Meet all requirements for both degrees, as specified above.
  2. Complete at least 30 semester hours beyond the total hours required for the first bachelor's degree.

Degree Appeals (Special Requests)

Individual student petitions concerning deviation from degree requirements should be prepared in consultation with the student's advisor on a Special Request form. Special requests are submitted to the student's college degrees committee for approval. Special requests which are denied by the college committee may be resubmitted to the committee for a second and final judgment. Special requests which involve exceptions to university degree requirements must also receive approval from the Undergraduate/Graduate Council after receiving approval from the college committee. If the Undergraduate/Graduate Council denies the student's request, it may not be resubmitted to the council. Any appeal to the vice chancellor for academic affairs must be limited to an alleged procedural violation.

Correspondence and Extension Work

Seniors may take a total of six semester hours of the last 30 semester hours required for the degree by correspondence, extension and/or interactive distance learning emanating from other University of Tennessee campuses. If the candidate is a senior transfer, no work during the last semester may be taken by correspondence, extension or interactive distance learning emanating from other UT campuses.


Any student wishing to add a course by correspondence must be in good standing at UT Martin and must get the approval of the dean of the college in which the student is currently enrolled. It is strongly recommended that no course be undertaken by correspondence during the final semester before graduation.


Courses may be started at any time. A Correspondence Study Catalog, including information on enrollment, costs, credit, books, etc., may be obtained by writing to the Office of Admissions, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee 38238 or calling 731-881-7020 or 1-800-829-UTM1.

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