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.
Basis for Credit. The basis of a credit shall normally be three hours work; for example, one credit for each lecture or recitation and two hours of preparation, or one credit for each two-hour laboratory and one hour of preparation, or one credit for each three-hour laboratory with no outside preparation, the student workload for an online class shall be equivalent to the in-class and out-of-class work in its face-to-face equivalent. Individual evaluation of courses offering practice in a professional major shall be made by the respective deans to determine non-lecture hour credits and will include at least an equivalent amount of work as required in the definitions cited above. Additional information regarding course credits and the specific requirements for offering courses in non traditional time frames can be found in the University Manual sections 8.31.10 – 8.32.13 (https://web.uri.edu/manual/chapter-8/chapter-8-3/)
The catalog year (requirement term) is what ties the student to the catalog year curriculum that they are required to follow and determines the contract of degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. This contract governs all requirements: General Education, Major, University, etc. Therefore, any changes to a student’s catalog year may result in additional, reduced or updated requirements. Any adjustments for courses no longer offered, or for program changes will require a “program exception”.
Generally, the catalog year defaults to the same semester that the student entered the University in a degree program, however, students are eligible for more recent catalog years if it is to their benefit and approved by their academic deans office. Students in more than one college should seek approval from both colleges as in most cases any change will be applicable to all undergraduate degree requirements. It is important to note that students must use a single catalog (requirement term) and cannot use a combination of catalogs for graduation.
By changing catalogs, a student is responsible for fulfilling all of the graduation requirements in their newly chosen catalog year. If you are choosing a new catalog year due to the changes in the General Education Program, please note that you will need to follow all of the degree requirements including General Education for the catalog year you choose. You cannot change only General Education requirements. Requests to Change of Catalog Year (Requirement Term) are made using the Change of Catalog Year form and must be approved by your Academic Advisor(s) and your Academic Dean’s Office.
Please note: Requests to Change Catalog year should be made before you file your intent to graduate. If you have already applied for graduation, it may not be possible to change your catalog year at that time. Please check with your Academic Dean’s Office.
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.