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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

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You must complete all bachelor’s degree requirements prior to degree conferral, including requirements related to the following categories:

General Education Requirements (Ways), Writing Requirement, and Language Requirement

Check these requirements in Axess at least a quarter before you intend to graduate, to ensure there are no deficiencies that might require you to take another course to fulfill the requirements. To check your Ways requirements in detail, please visit the VPUE Ways website.

Major Requirements

Check with the academic administrator in your department to ensure that your proposed course of study satisfyies all requirements for your major. If you have multiple majors or a minor, you should visit Undergraduate Majors and Minors.

Minimum Unit Requirement

You can check the status of your unit totals in Axess. Candidates for a single bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S., or B.A.S.) must complete a minimum of 180 units of university work, with a minimum of 135 units completed at Stanford. Dual-degree candidates (concurrent B.A. and B.S. degrees) must complete a minimum of 225 units, with a minimum of 180 units completed at Stanford. 

Activity Units

You may apply a maximum of eight units in activity courses to the minimum unit requirement.

Courses Taken on a Satisfactory/No Credit or Credit/No Credit Basis

You may apply a maximum of 36 units of credit (including activity courses) taken at Stanford or its overseas campuses for a "CR" or "S" grade towards the 180 units required for the bachelor's degree (225 if you are completing dual degrees). The maximum for transfer students is 27 units.

Repeated Courses

If you enrolled in the same course more than once, remember that except for those Stanford courses specifically noted in the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses or on Axess as “repeatable for credit,” most courses may not be repeated for credit and have the units count for both enrollments. If you took a course and repeated it in a subsequent term, you only earn units for the second enrollment in the course. Also, you should not take courses for credit for which you received either Advanced Placement credit or transfer credit. See the section on Repeated Courses for the full policy.

Transfer Students

You must complete a minimum of 90 units of credit at Stanford (or 135 units at Stanford if completing dual degrees).