Degrees Requirements & Procedures

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 document 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 catalogs of the Graduate School and the School of Law.
The University has the following 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 four degrees: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (Honors and General) in Special Education, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Sport Management, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Community, Culture, and Language Education. The school also provides programs leading to initial and continuing teacher certification in elementary, secondary, and special 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, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, and Computer Science.
  • The School of Nursing and Human Physiology confers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) (Honors and General) and B.S. in Human Physiology (Honors and General).
  • 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 at www.gonzaga.edu/catalogs.

B. Programs Offered

1. Special University-Wide Programs

Gonzaga makes available special programs for selected students in all of its Schools and the College. Further information on the following programs can be found on the Gonzaga website.
  • Honors Program: A special curriculum for academically gifted undergraduates: Specific requirements vary from school to school. Upon graduation, students in this program receive an Honors designation as part of their degree. For further information visit www.gonzaga.edu/honors.
  • International Admission: Gonzaga University welcomes international students and provides guidance on admission criteria and required documentation. International applicants are encouraged to contact Gonzaga at iadmissions@gonzaga.edu.

  • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS): International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) offers centralized support to all international undergraduate, transfer, graduate, PhD, law, ESL, Global Bridge, exchange and visiting students attending Gonzaga as well as support for visiting scholars. The offices specialize academic and immigration advising; international student, visiting professor and scholar support; international student and faculty employment authorization; tax assistance; workshops and specialized international programming.

  • Ministry Institute: An international educational discernment community for service and leadership. Students develop or improve their ministerial skills in a community setting by working toward graduate degrees at the University (i.e., religious studies, leadership, counseling), studying English as a second language, or participating in the sabbatical spiritual renewal program in religious studies while auditing religious studies courses.

  • Study Abroad Program: Gonzaga University offers a multitude of different study abroad opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Oceania for the academic year, semester, or summer study. This includes opportunities to do not just academic work, but also to do internships and service learning experience abroad too.

2. Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary Studies: Gonzaga University offers a number of programs for students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Gonzaga graduates have recently attended medical, dental or veterinary programs at the following universities: Harvard University, John Hopkins University, Emory University, Loyola University Chicago, Georgetown University, Mayo Medical School, Colorado State University, Creighton University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Oregon Health & Science University, Tulane University, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, University of Washington and Washington State University, to name a few. 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 including Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Human Physiology, as well as Physics, Psychology, Sociology and English. 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.

Students interested in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies choose and complete a regular undergraduate major under the supervision of their academic advisor. There is no "pre-medicine" or any other pre-health science major at the undergraduate level. Health science students must demonstrate strong achievement and aptitude in the natural sciences. Professional school requirements are in most cases embedded within Biology, Biochemistry and Human Physiology majors; however, a science major is not required. Admission committees consider each candidate based on record of academic success, score on the standardized entrance examination (MCAT, DAT, or for most Veterinary schools the GRE), personal characteristics, which are further developed through the core curriculum, demonstrated commitment to service, and knowledge of the chosen career field. The CHSC recommends that students select a major based on individual interests and potential alternative career plans as well as a thorough exploration of the sum of requirements for their degree and entry into specific professional programs.

All pre-professional health science students should complete certain science courses as minimum preparation for professional programs. These courses should be finished prior to the spring semester of the junior year, which is when most students take standardized entrance examinations. The following courses offered at Gonzaga fulfill the minimal science requirements established by most health science programs:

  • One semester of General Chemistry (CHEM 101 and CHEM 101L)
  • Three semesters of Biology (BIOL 105, BIOL 105L, BIOL 106, BIOL 207, and BIOL 207L)
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 230, CHEM 230L, CHEM 231 and CHEM 231L)
  • One semester of Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 205)
  • One semester of Biochemistry (CHEM 245 and CHEM 245L)
  • Two semesters of Physics (PHYS 101, PHYS 101L and PHYS 102, PHYS 102L) or (PHYS 103, PHYS 103L and PHYS 204, PHYS 204L)
  • One semester of Sociology (SOCI 101)
  • One semester of Psychology (PSYC 101)
  • Many schools recommend one semester of calculus (MATH 148 or MATH 157).
  • Many schools recommend at least one additional semester of upper division molecular biology or physiology (many of the courses offered in the Biology or Human Physiology Departments fulfill this recommendation)

It is the responsibility of each student to learn about the requirements of specific professional programs and take additional courses, if needed. The CHSC can advise students on the most appropriate courses to meet or exceed those requirements and the sequencing of these courses. As a complement to science courses, the University 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. Knowledge of psychology, sociology and statistics is also expected, as questions related to these topics are included in several sections of the new MCAT exam that was introduced in 2015. Courses exploring these topics are widely available. 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 obtain substantial 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 either at Gonzaga or through summer research opportunities at other institutions to demonstrate their resourcefulness and aptitude. For further information on the CHSC, or preparation for health science careers, contact the committee (hsc@gonzaga.edu). Information can also be found at the websites for the American Association of Medical Schools (aamc.org), the American Dental Education Association (adea.org), or the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (aavmc.org).

Pre-Law: A bachelor’s degree is normally required 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 at: The School Of Law.

The best preparation for law school is a solid liberal arts 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 can request to be assigned to the pre-law advisor, Dr. Joseph Gardner.  The pre-law advisor can suggest an individually tailored minor in legal studies, upon request, or specific pre-law courses typically offered by the Political Science department.  A course helping students to prepare for the LSAT examination is generally offered in the fall semester.  Internships with private law firms, prosecutors and public defender offices, or the Office of the State Attorney General can be arranged for qualified students. 

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, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, public health, business careers in health fitness and human performance, corporate fitness, 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 Nursing and Human Physiology or the Department of Sport and Physical Education in the School of Education.

3. 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 foundation for further study in the field of their choice.