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General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree

Required courses

The following courses may be waived:

  • WTG 191 College Composition 1 develops the student’s ability to communicate through writing for various purposes, subjects, and audiences. Through writing in a wide range of genres, students develop writing and revision skills useful within personal, academic, creative, and professional contexts. We emphasize writers’ understanding and using their writing process to its fullest, cultivating the fulfillment that comes through expression.
  • WTG 192 College Composition 2 teaches you to use language effectively for many purposes, subjects, and audiences. You’ll focus on both exposition and persuasion, reading and discussing a range of prose models that reflect the diversity of thinking and writing across various disciplines. Note: If you have taken College Composition 2, then you may waive it and take any other critical and creative thinking course (CCTS). Other critical and creative thinking courses may include:
    MATH 130 CCTS Quantitative Reasoning
    PHYS 297 CCTS Philosophy of Science
    RL G208 Global Regeneration
    MGT 222 CCTS Economics for Entrepreneur
    CS 105 Problem Solving w/ Computational Thinking
    MATH 200 CCTS Mathematics and Infinity
    WTG 206 CCTS Introduction to Rhetoric
    WTG 250 CCTS The Power of the Word
    LIT 209 Introduction to Literature
    LIT 363 CCTS The Art of Film
    AG 250 CCTS Ecology
    RL G261 CCTS Biocultural Ecology for Here & Now
  • Any mathematics course numbered MATH 153 or higher

The following courses may not be waived:

  • STC 108 Exploring Consciousness introduces you to our unique system of Consciousness-Based education. You’ll learn Transcendental Meditation and discover what we mean when we talk about “consciousness.”
  • Any critical and creative thinking (CCTS) course
  • PH 101 Physiology Is Consciousness: You’ll examine how the brain constructs reality at every moment and how Transcendental Meditation can awaken your creative potential. This course includes public speaking presentations on course topics.
  • PHYS 310 Foundations of Physics and Consciousness: You’ll learn to see the interconnectedness between the laws of physics, the universe, and yourself. This class explores classical and quantum physics, the mechanics of unification and symmetry, unified quantum field theories, superstring theory, and much more.
  • FOR 103 Fit for Life: You’ll learn how to structure a daily routine that promotes lifelong health. You’ll learn about sleep, diet, exercise, activity, recreation, and how all can be balanced to create a healthy lifestyle.
  • FOR 431 Higher States of Consciousness: This course explores higher states of human consciousness as described by Maharishi and as experienced by people throughout history. The course examines the experiences belonging to each state, the developmental processes that culture each state, pertinent research, and practical outcomes of these experiences in daily life.
  • Additional FOR courses at the beginning of each semester
  • Completion of requirements for a major field of study

Development of consciousness

The development of consciousness is a core value of the university and an integral component of the academic program. Learning the Transcendental Meditation® technique is an entry requirement for all on-campus and online students. If on-campus students are unable to learn in advance, they can receive instruction shortly after arrival. Students enrolled in online programs will need to make arrangements to learn the technique prior to or very soon after they begin classes.

Other requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  • General university assessments administered by the Evaluation Department as part of the University’s evaluation of its academic programs. They have no bearing on students’ standing, but every student is required to participate upon entry to the University and again prior to graduation.
  • Placement test to determine which courses students need to enroll in to satisfy their composition and mathematics requirements.

Transfer credits

A minimum of 128 credits (semester hours) is required for students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. This may include up to 90 transfer credits, up to 16 credits in Development of Consciousness courses, and up to 16 hours of directed study and internship credit.

Undergraduate degree students can apply transfer credits to cover electives, some general education requirements, and up to half the course work in the major, for a maximum of 90 total credits. General transfer credits are accepted for courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher. The academic department of your major sets the policies for major transfer credits, and this varies by major. The Office of Admissions only evaluates for general transfer credits; you will be connected with a separate academic advisor to evaluate for major transfer credits/waivers. Of the 90 total transfer credits, 16 can be credits from vocational coursework.

The above information is subject to change anytime. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements.