Degrees and Programs Offered
A. Degrees Offered
Gonzaga University offers programs leading to the degrees listed below. For specific majors within these degrees, more information can be found under the listing of the individual school or college. This catalogue provides undergraduate degree information and references to the other divisions of the University. Information on graduate and legal studies can be found in the separate catalogues of the Graduate School and the School of Law.
The University has advisory programs to assist students in preparation for admission to professional schools: pre-dentistry, pre-law, and pre-medicine. The Department of Military Science also offers a program leading to a commission in the United States Army.
- The College of Arts and Sciences confers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (Honors and General), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (Honors and General).
- The School of Business Administration confers the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) (Honors and General).
- The School of Education confers three degrees: Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.) in Special Education, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Sport Management and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Physical Education. The school also provides programs leading to initial and continuing teacher certification in elementary and secondary education in conjunction with the B.A. degree.
- The School of Engineering and Applied Science confers the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (Honors and General) in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Management, and Mechanical Engineering.
- The School of Professional Studies confers the degrees of Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).
- The School of Law confers the degree of Juris Doctor. In cooperation with the Graduate School of Business, a combined program is offered for the M.B.A./J.D. and MACC/J.D.
A listing of graduate programs in the above College and Schools can be found in the “Other Schools and Programs” section of this catalogue. Consult the graduate catalogue for complete information.
B. Programs Offered
1. Special University-Wide Programs
Gonzaga makes available special programs for selected students in all of its schools and college. Further information on the following programs can be obtained from the director of the program.
- Study Abroad Program: An academic year, semester or summer program in Florence, Italy. Sponsored programs for the semester and/or summer are also available in the following countries: Australia, British West Indies, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and Spain. In addition, we have several summer faculty led programs.
- Honors Program: A special curriculum for academically gifted undergraduates; specific requirements vary from school to school. Upon graduation, students in this program receive their degree with a special Honors designation.
- Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program: A special four year curriculum for students of exceptional ability that immerses undergraduates in the concepts and practices of creating new commercial and social enterprises. Students in this program graduate with a major in an academic field of their choosing as well as a Concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
- International Students Programs: An office which provides information on the academic programs of Gonzaga University to students and educators overseas, and provides a wide range of social, cultural, academic and other services for the international students at the University. It administers the International Cultural Center, and offers a year-round intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
- Ministry Institute: An independent institute for ministry formation in a community setting; students of the Institute take graduate course work at the University.
2. Pre-Professional Programs
Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary Studies: Members of the Committee on Health Science Careers (CHSC) share a commitment to preparing students for graduate studies in the health sciences. Faculty members of the CHSC represent a broad range of departments. The committee currently includes faculty from Psychology and English, as well as Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Not only are committee members active in pre-health science advising, but they also support the student’s application by providing mock entrance interviews, reviewing personal statements, and writing letters of recommendation. Students who indicate an interest in the health sciences are encouraged to consult with committee members or an advisor with expertise in advising in that area.
Pre-health science students choose and complete a regular undergraduate major under the supervision of their academic advisor. Students cannot major in pre-medicine or any other pre-health science field at the undergraduate level. Although health science students must demonstrate strong achievement and aptitude in the natural sciences, a science major is not necessary. Admission committees consider each candidate based on their record of academic success, their score on the standardized entrance examination (MCAT or DAT), personal characteristics, which are further developed through the core curriculum, a demonstrated commitment to service, and knowledge of the chosen career field. Consequently, they also encourage applications from non-science majors who demonstrate these qualities and who have completed the science requirements. The CHSC recommends that students select a major based on individual interests and potential alternative career plans and then pursue the curriculum that will be most useful towards these goals.
All health science students should complete certain science courses as minimum preparation for graduate study in the health sciences. These courses should be finished prior to the spring semester of the junior year, which is when the standardized entrance examinations (MCAT or DAT) should be taken. The following courses fulfill the minimal requirements established by most health science programs:
- 1) 1 semester of General Chemistry (CHEM 101/101L or 105/105L)
- 2) 3 semesters of Biology (BIOL 101/101L, 201/201L & 202/202L)
- 3) 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 230/230L & 331/331L)
- 4) 1 semester of Bioanalytical Chemistry or Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 240/240L or 310/310L)
- 5) 2 semesters of Physics (PHYS 101/101L & 102/102L) or (PHYS 103/103L & 204/204L)
Many programs also require or strongly recommend one semester of Biochemistry (BIOL 440 or CHEM 440). Collectively, these courses provide the student with a strong foundation for graduate study in the health sciences. A few programs have additional requirements. The CHSC therefore directs students to appropriate resources to learn about the requirements of specific professional programs. Furthermore, the CHSC can advise students on the most appropriate courses to meet or exceed those requirements. As a complement to science courses, the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum provides students with a broad liberal arts education that will help them develop the philosophical and humanitarian perspective necessary to handle complex social and ethical issues. Moreover, the CHSC encourages students to seek out volunteer opportunities and exposure to health care providers and work environments. Students who demonstrate a humanitarian concern for others through regular volunteer work in the community have higher acceptance rates than students who show no such interest or concern. Additionally, health science students must learn about their chosen career through direct interaction with health care providers. In fact, some professional programs require entering students to exceed a minimum level of exposure to their chosen field. Lastly, Gonzaga's science programs have excellent opportunities to participate in fascinating faculty research throughout the academic year and during the summer. Health science students are encouraged to participate in mentored research to demonstrate their resourcefulness and aptitude. Lastly, Gonzaga's science programs have excellent opportunities to participate in fascinating faculty research throughout the academic year and during the summer. Health science students are encouraged to participate in mentored research to demonstrate their resourcefulness and aptitude. For further information on the CHSC, or preparation for health science careers, contact the Biology department.
Pre-Law: A Bachelor’s degree is normally demanded by law schools for admission. No particular major is required, but these schools look for students who have done well in their undergraduate program and on the Law School Admission Test. Further information can be found in the Law School section of this catalogue.
The best preparation for law school is a solid liberal education with particular emphasis on those majors and courses that develop the ability to read critically, to analyze difficult written material carefully, to think logically, and to write clear, coherent, and effective English prose. More pre-law students major in Political Science than any other field, but Gonzaga graduates have done well in law school recently with majors in all rigorous academic programs.
The pre-law program is administered by the department of Political Science. Students are provided with special academic advisors, and special preparation for the LSAT examination is provided. Internships with private law firms and with the Office of the State Attorney General are available to qualified students. The pre-law advisor can suggest an individually tailored minor in legal studies, upon request, or specific pre-law courses.
Pre-Nursing: Gonzaga offers a program for students who are just beginning their college education and wish to become registered nurses. During the first two years of the program, students complete the Gonzaga University core and prerequisites to the Nursing program. Prerequisite courses include: Anatomy and Physiology with a laboratory, Chemistry with a laboratory, English Composition, Mathematics, Microbiology with a laboratory, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Speech Communication, and Statistics. During the sophomore year, students make a formal application to enter the nursing major. If admitted to the major, Gonzaga students begin advanced nursing courses
Preparation for Careers in Allied Health: The University provides students with opportunities to prepare for graduate or professional study in a variety of health related areas including physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant programs, corporate fitness, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, business careers in health fitness and human performance, health administration, health education, and sport and fitness business administration. Careers in allied health require additional study after completion of an undergraduate degree and therefore consideration of the prerequisites for admission to individual graduate programs is critical and should be considered by the student in selecting an undergraduate major. For further information on preparation for careers in allied health, contact the Department of Human Physiology in the School of Professional Studies or the Department of Sport and Physical Education in the School of Education.
Miscellaneous Programs: Students who wish to pursue degrees in medical records, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, agriculture, architecture, forestry, or mining are encouraged to complete the core curriculum at Gonzaga as well as those courses which will form a good basis for further study in the field of their choice.
Veterans: Gonzaga University’s academic programs of study are approved by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 USC.
Eligible veterans needing to apply for their benefits, approved veterans needing certification of enrollment, or students with questions about possible veteran benefits should contact the University’s Veteran Advisor in Room 229 in College Hall, by phone at (509) 313-6596, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.