Double Major vs. Dual Degree +

 

Double Major Dual Degree

A double major is the concurrent fulfillment of the requirements of two majors. To earn a degree with two majors, the student must complete the courses required in each major, any collateral/prerequisite courses required for both majors and the general education requirements of the primary major.

Dual degrees are the concurrent fulfillment of the requirements of two majors and two degrees. To earn dual degrees, thestudent must fulfill all the requirements of the degree programs in both majors, the general education requirements of the primary degree and complete an additional 30 credit hours above the minimum hour degree requirement of the primary degree.

 The VCU Bulletin states:

Dual Degrees are the concurrent fulfillment of the requirements of two majors and two degrees. To earn dual degrees, the student must fulfill all the requirements of the degree programs in both majors, the general education requirements of the primary degree, including the University Core curriculum, and complete an additional 30 credit hours above the minimum hour degree requirement of the primary degree.

Therefore to earn a dual degree in Forensic Science and Chemistry you will need to complete CHEM 398 (Chemistry University Capstone) in addition to completing FRSC 490 (Forensic Science University Capstone) while also fulfilling all other courses and electives within both the Forensics Science and Chemistry majors.

A separate graduation application must be filed for each major and degree the student plans to complete. Students should indicate double majors and dual degrees in the appropriate fields on each application.

Please note that students do NOT receive an additional diploma for double majors – the double major is simply noted on the student’s transcript.

Graduation +

How do I let the University know I intend to graduate?

Students are notified by email from the Univeristy Registrar that graduation applications are available for the given semester.

Graduation checkout is completely online through eServices.  Completing the online application notifies your Academic Advisor you intend to graduate.  Failure to apply will result in a 1-2 semester delay of graduation.

The University Calendar outlines deadlines for application each semester.

 

When is Graduation?

University Commencement dates are detalied on the University Calendar.  The Commencement Website is updated each semester.

The Department of Forensic Science graduation ceremony is held the same day as University Commencement exercises in the afternoon, but times vary each semester.  Graduating students will receive an email from the Department Coordinator after completing the application process through eServices.

 

How many tickets do I get for the Department ceremony?

The number of tickets students receive each semester varies. In order to ensure each student is able to bring guests, plan to receive a maximum of 4 tickets.

 

When do I receive my diploma?

May, August, and December diplomas are available for pickup during allotted times or mailed approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the graduation date.

Visit the Records & Registration Website for more details.

 

Is there a commencement ceremony for students who graduate in August?

No. there is no commencement ceremony help in August. August graduates are included in the December Commencement Program.

August graduates completing 6 or fewer credits in the Summer semester are eligible to apply to "walk" in the May Commencement Exercises. See your advisor for details.

 

Can I graduate in the Spring and still take a class in the Summer?

Yes, however you must re-enroll as a non-degree seeker or be admitted to another degree program. Courses taken after the awarding of your degree cannot be applied to that program.