Overall Requirements, Opportunities, and Policies


This section deals with academic requirements, opportunities, and policies for undergraduates that are University-wide rather than college-related.

Consistent with its policy of allowing the greatest latitude possible in course selection, the University offers a wide choice to fill its general education requirements and encourages students to select free electives that cross departmental and college lines.

NOTE: The University administration may alter, abridge, or eliminate courses and programs of study. While every effort is made to keep this catalog current, not all courses and programs of study listed may be available at the time of student matriculation. Similarly, course and program requirements may be changed from time to time. In all cases, every effort will be made to accommodate individual students whose exceptional circumstances may make it difficult or impossible to meet the changed requirements. Changes in the academic calendar may also be made when deemed in the best interests of the University.

General Education Learning Outcome Objectives

In academic and non-academic settings, with respect to fine arts and literature, humanities and letters, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, students will be able to …

identify basic concepts, theories, and developments;
recognize issues, as well as aesthetic and literary elements and forms;
ask questions appropriate to the modes of inquiry;
collect information relevant to the questions raised; and
analyze the information in order to address the questions or solve problems.

For individual academic program student learning outcomes, go to the program website or visit: uri.edu/assessment.

General Education Requirements

The University believes that all undergraduate students, regardless of their degree programs, need experience in the study of fundamentals that builds on the student’s previous education and continues through the undergraduate years and beyond. All bachelor’s degree students, with the exception of students enrolled in the College of Engineering, follow the same University-wide general education requirements. While general education requirements for all students are selected from the same list of approved courses, there are possible variations based on the student’s major. Students should consult specific college and departmental requirements and discuss the requirements with an advisor. In their first semester, all entering freshmen and new transfer students with fewer than 24 credits are required to take URI 101: A Freshman Seminar, including community service provided by the Feinstein Enriching America Program (see Course Descriptions).

The purpose of general education at the University of Rhode Island is to lay a foundation for the lifelong enrichment of the human experience and for a thoughtful and active engagement with the world. This foundation is built on recognition of the complexity of nature, society, and the individual. The objective of general education is to introduce students to the fundamental dimensions of this complexity and to develop an appreciation of different ways of understanding it and different cultural responses to it.

Corresponding with its goals, the general education program is divided into the following core areas:

English Communication. Six credits in English communication, at least three of which must be in a course designed specifically to improve written communication skills.

Fine Arts and Literature. Six credits in courses on artistic and literary expression and interpretation.

Foreign Language/Cross-cultural Competence. Six credits or the equivalent in course work related to communicating across cultures.

Letters. Six credits in courses that address the wisdom and traditions of the past and present in a global setting.

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning. Three credits in a course on mathematical or quantitative skills and their application.

Natural Sciences. Six credits in courses on the interrelationships of the natural world.

Social Sciences. Six credits in courses related to the study of human behavior in social, economic, cultural, and political contexts.

Because particular skills are essential to a thoughtful engagement with the world, each general education course incorporates opportunities to practice three (3) or more of the following skills: reading complex texts, writing effectively, speaking effectively, examining human differences, using quantitative data, using qualitative data, using information literacy, and engaging in artistic activity.

In addition, the University has a commitment to providing students with the opportunity to examine diversity within and across national boundaries and requires that at least two of the courses taken as part of a student’s general education program must be designated as diversity [D] courses. Only one course in a foreign language may be applied to the diversity requirement. Since these diversity courses may be selected from any of the general education core areas, this requirement does not increase the total number of credits in the general education program.

Specific courses that may be used to meet these requirements are listed below. If a course is countable in more than one core area, a student may count the course in only one core area. For an explanation of course codes, see How to Read This Catalog.

English Communication: Writing (ECw): BIS 100*; ELS 112, 122; HPR 112, 326; WRT 104, 106, 201, 227, 235, 302, 303, 304 [D], 305 [D], 333; General (EC): COM 100 [D], 108, 110 [D]; ECN 108; LIB 120, 220; PHL 101; SUS 108.

Fine Arts and Literature (A): AAF 247 [D], 248 [D]; ART 101, 103, 207; ARH 120 [D], 251 [D], 252 [D]; CLA 391 [D], 395 [D], 396 [D], 397 [D]; CLS 160 [D]; ENG 110 [D], 160 [D], 241 [D], 242 [D], 243 [D], 245 [D], 247 [D], 248 [D], 251 [D], 252 [D], 260 [D], 262 [D], 263 [D], 264 [D], 265 [D], 280 [D], 317 [D], 355 [D], 357 [D]; FLM 101 [D], 203 [D], 204 [D], 205 [D]; FRN 309 [D], 310 [D], 320 [D], 392 [D], 393 [D]; GCH 101; GWS 317 [D]; HPR 124, 125, 201A, 202A, 324, 325; LAR 201; MUS 101 [D], 106 [D], 111, 292 [D], 293 [D]; PLS 233, 335 [D]*; RUS 391[D], 392 [D]; SPA 305 [D], 306 [D], 307 [D], 308 [D], 320 [D]; THE 100, 181, 351[D], 352 [D], 381, 382, 383.. Please note: the College of Arts and Sciences requires one course in fine arts and one course in literature. See Basic Liberal Studies Requirements.

Foreign Language/Cross-cultural Competence (FC): This requirement shall be fulfilled in one of the following ways: 1) demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by a proficiency examination or by successfully completing the 104 level in a living language or the 302 level in a classical language or by completing ARB 100 (6credits) (students who fulfill this requirement through an examination cannot earn course credit for graduation; students who earn less than six credits in fulfilling the requirement should apply credits to the elective or major areas); 2) a two-course sequence in a language previously studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a living language or 301 in a classical language appropriate to a student’s level of competence (e.g., 102 and 103, 102 and 301; 131 and 103; 103 and 104; 301 and 302); 3) course work in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level. All modern and classical language courses used to fulfill these options carry the [D] designation; 4) study abroad in an approved academic program for one semester; 5) majoring in a foreign language; 6) two courses in cross-cultural competence selected from the following list: FRN 309 [D], 310 [D], 320 [D], 392 [D], 393 [D]; HIS 132 [D], 171 [D], 172 [D], 178 [D], 180 [D], 311 [D], 327 [D], 374 [D], 375 [D], 379 [D]; HPR 201F, 202F; LET 151L [D], 151Q [D], 151R [D]; NRS 300 [D]; PHL 331 [D]; RLS 131 [D]; SPA 320 [D]; TMD 224 [D]. Six credits of a full-semester approved Intercultural Internship in a foreign country through the Office of Internships and Experiential Education may be substituted for cross-cultural competence courses. Formally registered international students, students with a recognized immigrant status, and students who are naturalized citizens may be exempt from the foreign language or cross-cultural competence requirement at the discretion of the dean of the student’s academic college.

Letters (L): AAF 150 [D], 201 [D], 355 [D], 356 [D]; APG 327; BIS 392 [D]; CLS 160 [D]; COM 246 [D]; EGR 316 [D]; ENG 110 [D], 160 [D], 243 [D], 251 [D], 252 [D], 280 [D], 317 [D], 355 [D], 356 [D]; GCH 102; FRN  392 [D], and 393 [D]; GWS 220 [D], 315 [D], 317 [D], 320 [D], 325 [D]; HIS 110 [D], HIS 111 [D], 112, 113 [D], 114 [D], 116, 117, 118 [D], 130 [D], 132 [D], 141 [D], 142 [D], 145 [D], 146 [D], 150 [D], 160 [D], 171 [D], 172 [D], 176 [D], 178 [D], 179 [D],180 [D], 304, 305, 310 [D], 311 [D], 314, 323 [D], 327 [D], 332 [D], 333 [D], 340 [D], 341 [D], 346 [D], 351 [D], 355 [D], 356 [D]; 374 [D], 375 [D], 379 [D]; HPR 107, 201L, 202L, 307; JOR 110 [D]; LAR 202 [D]; LET 151 approved topics [D]; LIB 220; NUR 360 [D]; PHL 101, 103, 204, 210 [D], 212 [D], 215, 217 [D], 235, 314, 316 [D], 321, 322, 323 [D], 325 [D], 328 [D], 331 [D], 346, 355; PSC 341, 342; PSY 310; RLS 111 [D], 125, 126, 131 [D]; THN 360.

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (MQ): BUS 111; CSC 101, 201; HPR 108, 201M, 202M; MTH 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 131, 141, 142, 208; STA 220.

Natural Sciences (N): AFS 190, 210, 211; APG 201 [D]; AST 108, 118; AVS 101 [D]; BCH 190; BIO 101, 102, 105, 286 [D]; BIS 391*; BPS 201, 203; CHM 100, 101, 103, 112; EGR 109,EGR 133; GCH 103; GEO 100, 102, 103, 110, 113, 120; HPR 109, 201N, 202N, 309; MIC 190; NRS 100, 190; NFS 207, 210; NUR 143 [D]; OCG 110, 123, 131, 200; PHP 143 [D]; PHY 109, 111, 112, 185, 186, 203, 204, 205, 273, 274, 275; PLS 150, 190, 233; TMD 113.

Social Sciences (S): AFS 132; AVS 132; APG 200 [D], 202, 203 [D], 301 [D]; BIS 390 [D]*; COM 108; CPL 202 [D]; ECN 100 [D], 108, 201, 202, 306, 381 [D]; EDC 102 [D]; EEC (REN) 105, 310, 356; GCH 104; GEG 101 [D], 104 [D]; 202 [D]; GWS (WMS) 150 [D], 320 [D]; HDF 225; HPR 110 [D], 201S, 202S, 310; HSS 130 [D]; JOR 110 [D]; KIN 123 [D]; LIN 200 [D]; MAF 100, 220 [D]; NUR 114 [D], 143 [D], 150 [D], 160 [D]; PHP 114 [D], 143 [D]; PLS 143 [D]; PSC 113 [D], 116 [D], 201 [D]; PSY 103 [D], 113 [D], 232 [D], 235 [D], 254 [D], 255 [D]; SOC 100 [D], 212 [D], 230 [D], 240 [D], 242 [D]; SUS 108; TMD 224 [D].

All students must meet the curricular requirements of the colleges in which they plan to earn their degrees. Some colleges require that students select specific courses from the lists given for the various general education components. Therefore, students must refer to the requirements specified for their programs.

In the colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Environment and Life Sciences, and Human Science and Services and for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, credits within a student’s own major may not be counted toward general education requirements in fine arts and literature, letters, natural sciences, or social sciences. In other colleges, credits within a student’s professional college may not be counted toward any general education requirements. However, courses that serve as prerequisites for a major can be used to fulfill the general education requirements.

Students in the Honors Program can receive general education credit for honors sections of courses that have been approved for general education credit.

Transfer students can receive general education credit for courses taken at other institutions as long as such credits are in courses equivalent to courses given general education credit at URI.

*Courses not approved to meet general education requirements for Arts and Sciences students.

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Other Academic Requirements

Certain basic courses are required in many curriculums for transfer from University College for Academic Success into a degree-granting college in the junior year. These are listed in the curriculums of the individual colleges.

The responsibility for meeting all course and credit requirements for the degree rests with each individual student.

Students who desire to accelerate their programs and receive credit for courses taken at other institutions must have prior approval from their academic deans. (The Board of Education’s policy on articulation and transfer between state institutions of higher education defines exceptions to this regulation. See “Transfer Policies,” Appendix F of the University Manual.)

Students desiring to take courses in the University’s five- or six-week Summer Session shall be limited to seven credits of course work. The limit may be exceeded only if approved in the case of a matriculating University student by the student’s academic dean or the Graduate Dean, if applicable, and in the case of any other student by the dean designated to oversee the Summer Session.

Capstone Experiences

A capstone experience integrates course work throughout the undergraduate major program. Capstone experiences include courses, internships, portfolios, senior theses, research/design projects, etc. They are scheduled for the senior year. Capstone experiences may be either required or simply recommended. See your program of study for more information.

Minor Fields of Study

Undergraduate students may declare a “minor” field of study. Requirements for a minor may be satisfied by completing 18 or more credits in: 1) any one of the University-approved minors; 2) a curriculum other than the student’s major; or 3) related studies from more than one department under the sponsorship of a qualified faculty member.

To declare a minor, a student must have the approval of the department chairperson of the minor field of study and the dean. Faculty sponsorship is required for the third option listed above. (Non-business students wishing to obtain a departmental minor in the College of Business Administration should expect to take the six courses over a period of two years. Admission is on a space-available basis only, and therefore not guaranteed.)

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the minor courses, and at least 12 of the 18 credits must be at the 200 level or above. At least half of the credits required for the minor must be earned at the University of Rhode Island. General education requirements may be used for the minor, but no course may be used for both the major and minor field of study. Minor courses may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.

Application for the minor must be filed in the academic dean’s office no later than the beginning of the student’s final semester or term, but may be filed as early as the first semester of the junior year. (Filing for a minor earlier than the junior year is subject to approval by the student’s degree-granting college.)

Departmental Minors

Descriptions of requirements for approved departmental minors may be found in the departmental sections of this catalog.

Interdepartmental Minors

Descriptions of approved interdepartmental minors may be found in the Interdepartmental Minors section of this catalog. For more information about minors available within each field of study, visit the website or contact the dean’s office of the relevant college.

Preprofessional Preparation

Competition for seats in graduate professional schools is keen, and a superior academic record throughout college is necessary for admission to these schools. Since requirements for the professional schools vary in their “essential” and “recommended” subjects, students should consult the catalog of the professional school and then plan their undergraduate programs accordingly.

Those seeking careers as social workers can enroll as majors in sociology, including in their curriculum the social welfare courses. A basic foundation for graduate study, whether directed toward college teaching or research careers, can be provided through any of the liberal arts or science majors. The Bachelor of Arts curriculum provides specific majors for those planning to become journalists or public school teachers.

Health Professions—Premedical, Predental, and Preveterinary Programs. The URI Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) helps students preparing for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or physician assistant programs. URI’s Health Professions Advisory Committee offers students academic counseling and information on the admissions process. For details, visit uri.edu/hpr/pre-health/index.shtml.

Prelaw Studies. For students who plan professional study of law, guidance and program advice are provided by the Prelaw Advising Coordinator, Lawrence Rothstein (ler@uri.edu; 401.874.2730) and by several prelaw advisors. Students should contact Professor Rothstein as soon as possible after admission to the University to be placed on the Prelaw Society email discussion listserv LAWURI. For more information, visit uri.edu/artsci/psc/prelaw.html.

Teacher Education Programs. The University of Rhode Island offers a variety of academic programs leading to teacher certification at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. For more information, see the specific academic program in which you are interested in the “Curriculum” section of this catalog. The School of Education and the Office of Teacher Education provide the coordination, planning, evaluation, and promotion of all teacher education programs at the University. For details about admission to URI’s teacher education programs, and about earning certification to teach, visit the website of the Office of Teacher Education: uri.edu/hss/education/index_ote.html

Honor Societies. The University has chapters of a number of national honor societies, invitation to which is recognition of scholarly accomplishment. Several societies recognize scholarship over a wide range of disciplines: Phi Beta Kappa, a national liberal arts honor society; Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for first-year students; the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, a national honor society for first- and second-year students; and Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key, national honor societies for general scholarship. More specialized honor societies include Alpha Epsilon Delta (Health Professional Honor Society), Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), Alpha Sigma Lambda (continuing education), Beta Alpha Psi (accounting), Beta Gamma Sigma (business), Beta Phi Mu (Beta Iota chapter, library science), Chi Epsilon (civil engineering), Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering), Gamma Kappa Alpha (Italian), Triota (gender and women’s studies), Kappa Delta Pi (education), Kappa Omicron Nu (O Alpha Mu chapter, family and consumer studies), Lambda Pi Eta (Beta Gamma chapter, communication studies), Lambda Tau (medical technology), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), Onyx (African-American scholarship), Order of Omega (fraternity/sorority), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Pi Kappa Lambda (Zeta Epsilon chapter, music), Phi Lamba Sigma (pharmacy-peer recognition), Phi Sigma Iota (foreign languages, literature, and linguistics), Pi Delta Phi (French), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Pi Sigma Alpha (Gamma Epsilon, political science), Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering), Psi Chi (psychology), Rho Chi (pharmacy), Sigma Alpha Pi (leadership and success), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Sigma Iota Epsilon, Sigma Lambda Alpha (landscape architecture), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), Sigma Theta Tau (nursing), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering).

Honors Program

Honors Program. The University Honors Program offers motivated students opportunities to broaden their intellectual development and strengthen their preparation in major fields of study. The program consists of courses in analytical thinking skills that prepare academically talented students to get the most from classes throughout their undergraduate years, a colloquium that brings distinguished authorities to campus from across the nation, special tutorials in major concentrations of study, and independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Honors courses at the 100 and 200 levels treat general topics and usually count for general education credit in particular divisions. Those at the 300 and 400 levels are more specialized and often are used to fulfill the requirements of a major.

Students may take honors work if they meet the following standards: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must have earned at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average at URI; transfer students must have received a GPA of 3.30 or better at their previous institution to be eligible for honors courses; incoming freshmen must have earned a grade point average of 3.40 or higher in high school and must have a combined score of 1,100 on the critical reading and math portions of the SAT exam. Other interested freshmen should submit a copy of their high school transcript and a recommendation from a faculty member to the Honors Program; the program director will then determine individual eligibility based on these materials. Under special circumstances, these eligibility requirements may be modified with the permission of the Honors Program director.

Eligible students may participate in the Honors Program in one of two ways: they may take honors courses on an occasional basis, registering for any number or pattern of courses that interest them; or they may do honors work on a regular basis, meeting the specific requirements to receive the transcript notation “Completed the University Honors Program.” To achieve this certification a student must complete a minimum of 18 honors course credits that meet the following requirements: 1) three credits of Honors Seminar at the 100 or 200 level; 2) three credits of Honors Colloquium (HPR 201 or 202); 3) three credits of Honors Tutorial at the 300 or 400 level; 4) six credits at the 400 level, which may be either six credits of Senior Honors Project (HPR 401, 402) or three credits of Senior Honors Project (HPR 401) and three credits of Senior Honors Seminar (HPR 411/412, or other approved Senior Seminar); 5) three additional honors credits taken at any level; and 6) a 3.30 grade point average for honors courses and a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

The Honors Program houses the National Scholarships Office, which prepares students for prestigious national and international scholarship competitions and advises students who wish to pursue postgraduate degrees in the health professions. To learn more about this and other Honors opportunities, please visit uri.edu/hpr.

Special Academic Opportunities

Honors Program. (See Honors Program section of this catalog.)

Marine and Environment-Related Programs. Interest in marine science and oceanography at the University dates back to the mid-1930s. Over the past three decades, this strong emphasis on marine studies has extended to environmental topics, developing into an array of undergraduate programs in the natural, physical, and social sciences.

There are dozens of majors with a marine or environmental focus, especially within the College of Engineering and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. Several of the majors are offered jointly with the Graduate School of Oceanography, which also offers undergraduates a minor in oceanography (see “Interdepartmental Minors“).

Undergraduates are encouraged to explore opportunities at the Narragansett Bay Campus for active participation in the oceanographic sciences. Juniors and seniors may spend an entire semester at the University’s Bay Campus pursuing their individual marine interests, for which they receive full academic credit. They work as part of a research team in the laboratory and in the field under the direct guidance of the Graduate School of Oceanography faculty.

Working with academic advisors, students can identify their majors and select the courses best suited to their individual academic objectives and career goals.

Military Science and Leadership (Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or “ROTC”). Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) is one of the nation’s top leadership programs. For details, see the College of Arts and Sciences within this catalog or visit uri.edu/artsci/msc/.

New England Land-Grant Student Exchange Program. Students with special academic interests can take advantage of the talent and resources available at the region’s state universities without having to become a degree candidate at another institution. Under a cooperative agreement, URI students can study for one or two semesters at the other New England land-grant institutions if they wish to take a course, a sequence of courses, or part of a program not available at URI. Students participating in this program pay their normal URI tuition and fees and maintain their status as URI students. Advisors and members of the University College for Academic Success staff have more information about this program and its requirements.

Rhode Island Interinstitutional Exchange. Full-time students matriculated at one of the public institutions of higher education in Rhode Island may enroll for a maximum of seven credits of their full-time schedule per semester for study at one of the other public institutions at no additional expense. Each institution will determine and maintain the integrity of the degree to be awarded. Students will be subject to the course selection process applicable at the receiving institution. Off-Campus Study and Feinstein College of Continuing Education Special Programs courses are not included in this program, nor are students who are taking courses only during Summer Session. Students interested in this arrangement should contact Enrollment Services.

Summer Sessions. The University provides a full range of undergraduate and graduate course offerings during two five-week sessions on the Kingston and Providence campuses. Courses begin immediately after Commencement and are offered during day and evenings as well as on-line. Summer intensives are offered at varying dates in the alternate session, and a number of special programs, including study in foreign countries, internships, and clinical placements, are available. Students may attend either or both campuses and enroll in any summer session. Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply summer credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Maximum course load is seven credits per summer session, including simultaneous courses in the alternate session. Exceptions are allowed with permission of the student’s academic dean.

Winter J-term Session. The University provides a unique range of undergraduate and graduate course offerings during the winter session. This mini-semester, approximately in the 3 week period between January 2 and the day before the spring semester begins, consists of credit-bearing courses that offer new value-added experiences to students not possible during standard semesters.  Examples may include but are not limited to: travel courses (domestic and international); gateway courses or modules to help students catch up; experiential learning opportunities, including student research, projects, service learning, and internships; high-demand laboratory and/or clinical courses; and popular general education or other existing courses. Maximum course load is 4 credits. Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply Winter J-term credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Federal financial aid is not available, however discounted tuition is offered. Registration occurs in the fall semester. Winter J-term courses will be shown on student transcripts. Students are not eligible to graduate in this Winter J-term session. However, students completing their final course during this session should confirm spring graduation eligibility with their Dean’s Office prior to registration.


Grades and Points. Student grades are reported as A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and F. The unqualified letter grades represent the following standing: A, superior; B, good; C, fair; D, low grade, passing; F, failure; S, satisfactory; U, unsatisfactory; NW, enrolled—no work submitted.

Grades are given grade point values as follows: A, 4.00 points; A-, 3.70 points; B+, 3.30 points; B, 3.00 points; B-, 2.70 points; C+, 2.30 points; C, 2.00 points; C-, 1.70 points; D+, 1.30 points; D, 1.00 points; F and U, 0 points. P, S, and NW are not calculated in the grade point average.

Final grade reports are made available to all students via the e-Campus system. Midsemester grade reports are made available to all freshmen via the e-Campus system at the midpoint of each semester. These midterm reports are intended to alert freshmen to their academic status and to aid in advising. Midterm grades are not recorded on permanent academic records, nor are they figured into grade point averages.

A grade may be reported as “incomplete” only when course work has been passing but not completed due to illness or another reason that in the opinion of the instructor justifies the report of incomplete. Undergraduate students must make arrangements with the instructor to remove the incomplete by the following midsemester. Incomplete grades not removed from an undergraduate student’s record by the end of two years will remain on the student’s permanent record.

Students are required to make up failures in required courses. The course should be repeated when next offered. No limit is placed on the number of times a course may be repeated, but the credit requirement for graduation is increased by the number of credits repeated. Students are not required to make up failures in elective courses.

Certain courses do not lend themselves to precise grading, and for these courses only S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) will be given to all students enrolled. S/U courses are labeled as such in the course descriptions in this catalog. S/U courses are not counted as courses taken under the Pass-Fail option.

Pass-Fail Grading Option. This plan encourages undergraduate matriculated students to increase their intellectual breadth and discover aptitudes in new areas of knowledge. A matriculated undergraduate student above the freshman level who is not on probation may register under this plan for courses considered to be free, unattached electives by the college in which he or she is enrolled. Courses designated in the student’s curriculum as degree requirements, general education requirements, and military science courses may not be included. Nonmatriculating students are not eligible for the pass-fail grading option.

A student choosing to take a course under this plan must notify his or her advisor, academic dean, and the Office of Registration and Records, in writing, prior to the end of the add period of each semester. The instructor is not informed.

Grades will be P (pass) or F (fail). The P grade is credited toward degree requirements but not included in the grade point average. The F grade is calculated in the same manner as any other failure. A student may change from the P-F option to grade by notifying Registration and Records in writing before mid-semester.

A student may elect no more than three P-F courses a semester and no more than two P-F courses during a summer.

Second Grade Option. Undergraduate students may exercise a second grade option by repeating a course in which the student earned a C- or lower. Only courses that fall within the student’s first 30 attempted credits taken at the University may be selected for this option. Students must exercise this option no later than the next two semesters for which the student registers after completing 30 credits. Transfer students may exercise the second grade option for courses taken during their initial semester at the University. This option must be exercised during the next two semesters for which they register after their initial semester. Only the grade earned when the course was repeated will be used in the calculation of a student’s grade point average, and only the credits earned for the repeated course will apply toward the graduation requirements. All grades earned for a given course shall remain on a student’s permanent academic record. Please note that all grades earned while attending the university shall be used in the calculation of Graduation with Distinction, this includes any courses utilizing the Second Grade Option. To take advantage of this option, students must obtain approval from their academic deans and submit the appropriate form to Enrollment Services prior to midterm of the semester in which the course is being repeated. The second grade option may be used only once per course.

Dean’s List

Undergraduate matriculated students who have achieved certain levels of academic excellence are honored at the end of each semester by inclusion on the Dean’s List. The Office of Registration and Records will publish lists of students who have attained the required grade point average.

A full-time student may qualify for the Dean’s List if he or she has completed 12 or more credits for letter grades and achieved a 3.30 grade point average.

A part-time student may qualify for Dean’s List if he or she has accumulated 12 or more credits for letter grades and achieved a 3.30 grade point average.

Probation and Dismissal

A student will be placed on scholastic probation if his or her overall cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00. For purposes of determining dismissal of part-time students, scholastic standing committees will consider an accumulation of 12 credits as the minimum standard for one semester’s work.

A student will be dismissed for scholastic reasons when he or she has a deficiency of eight or more grade points below a 2.00 average after being on probation for the previous semester. A student on probation for the second successive semester who has a deficiency of eight or fewer grade points below a 2.00 average will continue on probation. At the end of the third semester of probation, a student will be dismissed. Students who obtain less than a 1.00 average in their first semester will be dismissed automatically.

A student subject to dismissal will be so notified by the dean, after which he or she will have five days to file a written appeal with the dean.

Academic Integrity. Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. The University expects that all course papers, theses, and dissertations will be prepared, and all examinations taken, in conformance with accepted standards of academic integrity. This includes the proper citation and attribution of all material that is not the original product of the writer. It is the student ‘s responsibility to determine the appropriate style used in his or her discipline for presentation of material derived from other sources and to adhere to it scrupulously in all written presentations. Instructors have the explicit duty to take action in known cases of cheating or plagiarism. For details, consult the University Manual at uri.edu/facsen and the Student Handbook at uri.edu/judicial.

Leave of Absence

Occasionally, students are forced to take a semester or two off because of circumstances beyond their control. Others find they simply need a break from studying. For these students, taking a leave of absence might be wise. Students who have an approved leave of absence for a semester or a year may register for the semester in which they plan to return without applying for readmission. Undergraduate students can apply for a leave of absence through Enrollment Services.

Withdrawal from the University

A student who wishes to withdraw from the University prior to the end of the semester or summer session shall do so according to procedures established by Enrollment Services. If the withdrawal process is completed satisfactorily and the student has cleared all financial obligations to the University, the date of withdrawal will be noted on the student’s permanent academic record. No grades for the current semester will be recorded.

Students who withdraw from the University after the last day of classes but before a semester ends will be graded in all courses for which they are officially registered. If a student withdraws from the University after midsemester, grades will be recorded for any course that has an officially specified completion date prior to the date of withdrawal.

A student who withdraws from the University after midsemester and who seeks readmission for the next semester will be readmitted only with approval of the Scholastic Standing Committee for the college or school in which registration is desired.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, a student must have completed the required work for the curriculum in which he or she is enrolled with the minimum cumulative grade point average established by that curriculum. (If no minimum cumulative grade point average is specified by the curriculum, students must have an overall cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.00). In addition, students must abide by community standards as defined in the University Manual and Student Handbook.

The work of the senior year has to be completed at the University of Rhode Island. Exceptions must be approved by the faculty of the college in which the student is enrolled.

For all undergraduate majors, one half of the total number of credits needed in a given major must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.

Any student who has met the requirements for a second bachelor’s degree may be granted two bachelor’s degrees and issued two diplomas.

Any student who has met the requirements for two separate majors within any single bachelor’s curriculum has earned a double major and may have both fields listed on his or her permanent record.

Each undergraduate college has specific procedures for student requests for exceptions to courses of study or to other degree requirements or academic rules. Undergraduate students who seek exceptions to any University rule pertaining to their academic circumstances, including degree requirements and courses of study, may contact the offices of their respective college deans.

Students who complete at least 60 credits of their work at the University are eligible to graduate with distinction. Grades in all courses attempted at the University, including those utilizing the second grade option will be included in the calculation of the grade point average for graduation with distinction. Those who attain a cumulative grade point average at the time of graduation of at least 3.30 are recognized as graduating cum laude. Those who achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 graduate magna cum laude, and those who attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.70 graduate summa cum laude.

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