Policies Governing Double Counting Courses

Double counting is when a single course is used to fulfill more than one requirement across the curriculum. Different policies apply to different components of the curriculum.

Courses may be double counted between a Foundational Approach and the Sector Requirement, and between a Foundational Approach and the major, but not among two or more Foundational Approaches.

This means that the Writing, Quantitative Data Analysis, Formal Reasoning and Analysis, Cross-Cultural Analysis, Cultural Diversity in the U.S. and Foreign Language Requirements must all be fulfilled using separate courses.

  • Most students may double count no more than one course toward both the Major and the Sector Requirement. Students with a double major may double count one course for each major.
  • Students in majors that allow courses from both the Living World and Physical World to fulfill their major requirements are permitted to double count two courses toward the Major and the Sector Requirement—one each in the Living World and Physical World sectors. Majors in which this double counting is permitted include, but are not limited to, Biological Basis of Behavior, Biology, Biophysics and Earth Science.
  • Students who are double majoring must have a minimum of 18 unique course units between the two majors and may count one course from each major toward the Sector Requirement. Students who are triple majoring must have a minimum of 24 unique course units among the three majors. Major departments may have additional rules limiting such double counting.
  • There is no limit to the number of courses that may be double counted between General Education Requirements and requirements for a minor.
  • The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one Sector (i.e. the seven Sectors must be fulfilled using seven different courses).
  • Courses being used to fulfill the Language Requirement Substitution may not also be used to fulfill a Sector, nor any major requirement.
  • Most students may double count no more than one course toward both the Major and the Sector Requirement. Students with a double major may double count one course for each major.
  • Students in majors that allow courses from both the Living World and Physical World to fulfill their major requirements are permitted to double count two courses toward the Major and the Sector Requirement—one each in the Living World and Physical World sectors. Majors in which this double counting is permitted include, but are not limited to, Biological Basis of Behavior, Biology, Biophysics and Earth Science.
  • Students who are double majoring must have a minimum of 18 unique course units between the two majors and may count one course from each major toward the Sector Requirement. Students who are triple majoring must have a minimum of 24 unique course units among the three majors. Major departments may have additional rules limiting such double counting.

In any submatriculation program, a maximum of 4 course units at the graduate level may be included toward both the B.A. and the M.A. Thus, the minimum number of course units for a submatriculation program is 36. These four courses may be part of the Major Requirements or the electives of the undergraduate program, but may not include courses in independent study. Some graduate programs may permit fewer than four courses to be double counted.

For students in the BA/JD submatriculation program, no more than 8 courses in all can be double counted toward both degrees.