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NR3.4 Academic Minors (En 7 Nov 91)

NR3.4.1 A disciplinary minor is a set of courses focused on an academic discipline proposed by a department or program and approved by the Executive Committee, the Faculty, the Educational Policy Committee and the Academic Senate.

NR3.4.2 An interdisciplinary minor is a set of courses focused on an interdisciplinary thematic area, proposed by more than one department or program and approved by the Executive Committee, the Faculty, the Educational Policy Committee and the Academic Senate. Each interdisciplinary minor is to be supervised by a representative committee of at least three Faculty members, one designated as Chair.

NR3.4.3 A minor shall consist of not fewer than 20 nor more than 28 units of organized upper division courses. No more than 4 (four) units of 190-199 courses may be used in fulfilling the upper division unit for a minor. Of the specified upper division units, a minimum of 16 must be unique to the minor and may not be used to satisfy major requirements. *NR3.3.2 -- A course is defined here as a block of instruction which carries credit of 4 or more units. (Am 18 Nov 03)

NR3.4.4 The department, program, or interdisciplinary committee offering the minor is responsible for student and administrative issues pertaining to the minor.

NR3.4.5 Students must file a declaration of a minor at least two quarters before graduation and must be in good academic standing at the time of filing. The declaration of a minor requires the signature of the Professional Academic Advisor that handles the minor and the signature(s) of the Associate Dean(s) of the college(s) of both the major and the minor. The minor coursework (including all prerequisites for upper division courses in the minor) must be completed within the overall 216 unit maximum for the Bachelor’s degree. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the minor. If the student declares a minor and for any reason fails to complete the minor, the designation of the minor must be removed from the transcript before the student can graduate. (Am 29 Nov. 2011)

NR3.4.6 A grade point average of at least 2.0 in upper division courses in the field of the minor is a graduation requirement. When all other requirements for graduation have been met, the student will be graduated without the minor if the minimum GPA in the minor field has not been met.

NR3.4.7 A student must be able to complete both the major and the minor requirements without exceeding the 216 unit college maximum.


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