Minimum Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree
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Dallas Baptist University offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science degrees. The University, through its seven colleges, offers 69 undergraduate majors leading to the bachelor’s degree.

A student may elect to graduate under the degree requirements of the official catalog of any year in which the student is enrolled for classes and receives credit, provided that the period between such dates does not exceed six years. The six-year time frame begins at the final semester covered by the chosen catalog. The University reserves the right to change the requirements for graduation at the beginning of any semester. These changes will appear in the next edition of the official catalog. A student in the teacher education program must meet requirements of the Texas Education Agency to receive a teaching certificate from the State of Texas.

All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must fulfill the following requirements as a minimum (refer to specific programs for exact requirements):
1. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of work.
2. Complete at least 42 credit hours of upper-level work (3000-4000 level courses).
3. Complete a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of credit hours in residence at Dallas Baptist University (e.g. for a 120 credit hour degree program, the residency requirement is 30 hours).
4. Complete 30 of the last 36 credit hours with courses offered by DBU. If up to six of the last 36 credit hours are taken elsewhere, prior approval of the Registrar must be given.
5. Complete the prescribed General Studies requirements as outlined in this catalog.
*6. Complete an approved major program of study consisting of a minimum of 24 credit hours with a 2.0 grade point average or above in the major field, including at least 12 credit hours earned in courses numbered 3000 and above. At least 12 credit hours in the major program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University, including nine upper-level course hours.

*7. If completing a minor, a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above must be earned in the minor field of study.  At least 6 uper level hours in the minor program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University.
*8. Earn a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in all courses taken.

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 

9. Meet the requirements for a prescribed degree curriculum and be recommended by the faculty for graduation.
10. Complete the Chapel requirement.

* Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 

NOTE: It is recommended that credit toward graduation be given for no more than 42 credit hours in the major field of study or any one discipline in the B.A. or B.S. degrees.

No student will be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises of the University until all of the above requirements for graduation have been completed and all outstanding financial obligations have been met.

Developing A Christian Mind
Developing a Christian Mind DCM 2301 is required of all traditional students enrolling at DBU from fall 2004 forward. This course, built on a biblical foundation, is designed to introduce students to the lifelong goal of developing a Christian mind, and in the process, to impart to them a solid understanding of the larger purposes of Christian higher education and the educational vision of Dallas Baptist University. Topics addressed include Christian mind and worldview development, the problem of dualism, Christian liberal arts education, integrating faith and learning, the life of the mind, calling, and the implications of Christian faith across the whole spectrum of life.

Foundations for Excellence
One semester of Foundations for Excellence FOUN 1101 is required of all freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours).  It is expected that this course be taken during the student’s first semester at DBU.

This course helps students learn to excel in whatever task God calls them to, working with all of their hearts as serving the Lord and not men. Seminars to encourage development of time management and study skills are included along with seminars to aid spiritual growth (with special emphasis on developing a servant’s heart). Students will have the opportunity to have their interests and aptitudes tested to determine the majors and careers for which they are best suited.  A staff mentor will be assigned to each group of students.

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Second Bachelor’s Degree
To qualify for a second bachelor’s degree, a student must complete all the degree requirements as stated in this catalog for that degree, and in no instance may the student complete less than 30 credit hours beyond those required for the bachelor’s degree previously earned. The additional hours must be taken in residence at Dallas Baptist University.

Degree Plan
It is the student’s responsibility, as soon as possible after entering the University but no later than the end of the sophomore year, to meet with his/her advisor to develop a plan of study leading to a specific degree and major.

With the assistance of the advisor, the student outlines the courses needed to complete the degree. The degree plan developed between the student and advisor is only a guide. The student must complete all degree requirements as stated in this catalog. A degree plan becomes official once it has been reviewed and signed by the student, advisor, and dean.

The degree plan will outline the requirements for the chosen bachelor’s degree program. To the General Studies courses required for the degree will be added the courses required for the student’s selected major. In most cases, the total credit hours for these two groups of courses will not add up to 120 credit hours. The additional courses (credit hours) needed to complete the minimum 120 credit hour graduation requirement may be selected by the student as electives. Electives are courses that can be taken for credit outside the requirements for General Studies and the student’s major. These elective courses can enrich the program of study and allow students to explore new interests and fields. Students also may complete these additional hours by electing to earn a minor.

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Religion Requirements
The General Studies religion courses provide students with a general orientation to Christian life, increase the student’s knowledge of the Bible, and provide an avenue for the development of a maturing Christian faith. Students are required to take the following hours of credit in religion courses according to their entrance level:

Freshman & Sophomore 9 credit hours
Junior and Senior 6 credit hours

All student are required to take course work in both Old and New Testament

  • Six credit hours must be RELI 1301 and 1302.
  • For students with a 9-credit-hour requirement, the third course may be any course in religion (RELI) except RELI 1310 or any course in Christian Studies (CHST).

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eMAT Advising Tool
Every student who has not completed the general studies mathematics requirements for his or her degree plan upon enrolling at DBU will be required to take the eMAT Advising Tool instrument. No student will be advised for or permitted to register in any mathematics course other than MATH 1101 until after having completed this instrument. Students will be permitted to register for general studies math courses required for their degrees upon passing the qualifying segment(s) of the eMAT.

Any student who does not satisfactorily complete the Arithmetic Skills portion of the eMAT will be required to enroll in MATH 1101. Any student whose degree plan requires MATH 1303 and whose performance on the Basic Algebra portion of the eMAT is not satisfactory will be required to take MATH 1300. The eMAT is free and available on the DBU secure website called "webreg." The eMAT consists of three tests and their respective study guides. The student must read carefully the homepage of the eMAT. For example, a specific internet browser is required. Current students must contact their advisor for the web address. New students will be contacted by the Admissions Office. The eMAT is an advising tool for all undergraduate advisors and students. Each test may be taken a maximum of three times and the honor code must be followed. Students may contact the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with any questions at 214-333-5303.

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Computer Literacy Requirement
All DBU students are required to develop computer skills. The educated person of today must learn to handle computerized information, to identify the source of the information, to recognize its validity, to understand the assumptions that were made to generate the information, and to use the results to make decisions. DBU provides students the opportunity to begin building life-long skills for using the computer in a modern world.

Students will have access to computers for use in computer science and other courses which stress computer applications. These computers and computer software are in the DBU Computer Lab in the Collins Learning Center.

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Minimum Requirements

Developing A Christian Mind

Foundations for Excellence
Second Bachelor's Degree
Degree Plan
Religion Requirements
eMAT Advising Tool
Computer Literacy Requirement

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