University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

Upper-Division Requirement

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The College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language usually require students to earn at least 45 semester hours in courses at the 300- and 400-level (also called “upper-division courses"). However, for some majors requiring more than 15 semester hours in 100- and 200-level courses, the upper-division course requirement has been reduced. The majors approved for this reduction are:

  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Geology
  • Marine Science
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing, RN to BSN program
  • Performing Arts
  • Physics

The program descriptions in this catalog for some of these majors specify a set number of upper-division semester hours which must be completed to graduate. Other programs use a formula to compute the number of upper-division semester hours required of their majors. In these cases, the requirement for 45 semester hours in 300- and 400-level courses is reduced by the number of semester hours over and above 15 in 100- and 200-level courses required for the major.