Policy 402.1

(Proposal 14-99)
(Proposal 16-09)

Senate Policy 402.1

  • A single Michigan Tech bachelor's degree with two majors is granted when all requirements of
    both majors are satisfied at the same time. A student who completes a double major will be
    awarded one diploma listing both majors, for example, "Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
    Engineering with an Additional Major in Mathematics".
  • The double major is distinctly different from the second degree. Majoring in two subjects does not
    require additional credit hours beyond departmental requirements and only a single degree is
    granted. Double majors work best for degree programs with similar curricular structures. When
    two majors have very different requirements necessitating the completion of 32 or more
    "additional" credits, students should consider a second degree program that results in the
    awarding of two distinct baccalaureate degrees and diplomas.
  • A student pursuing a double major will designate one as the primary major. Students planning to
    earn a double major should declare both majors and begin planning their course work as early
    as possible. Advisors must be identified in the departments of both majors in order to assure
    that the degree requirements of both are met.
  • Students may only earn an additional major if that major is offered under the same degree type
    (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) as the primary major. If the degree types for the
    majors are different then the student must pursue a second degree.
  • If a single department offers two distinct majors, it is possible to complete a double major within
    that department by fulfilling the requirements for both majors. However, student may not earn a
    double concentration or option within a single major.
  • In the event that both majors require a senior project, a student may petition both departments to
    accept one project for both majors prior to beginning the senior project.
  • Students who have previously been awarded a degree cannot have the double major
    designation added to their transcript.



Proposal 14-99:
Adopted by Senate: 8 Mar 2000
Approved by Administration: 26 May 2000

Proposal 16-09:
Introduced to Senate: 01 April 2009
Sent back to committee: 15 April 20 09
Reintroduced to Senate with name changed fm MTU: 21 October 2009
Adopted by Senate: 04 November 2009