Academic Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS)

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits, 90 of which must be liberal arts credits. A total of 45 credits must be earned in upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) courses. A maximum of 4 physical education credits may be applied toward the degree.
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 credits outside the student’s board of study (major).*
  3. Complete the core curriculum/general education requirements.
  4. Complete all requirements for the major.
  5. Earn a minimum 2.0 (C) cumulative GPA at Purchase College.

*Requirement 2 does not apply to students majoring in liberal studies.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Music (MusB)

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits, at least 30 of which must be liberal arts credits.
  2. Complete the core curriculum/general education requirements.
  3. Complete all requirements for the major.*
  4. Earn a minimum 2.0 (C) cumulative GPA at Purchase College.

*The specific number of credits required for each performing and visual arts major is listed under each major’s academic requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/Registrar/graduation.aspx.

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