BLS and BS Programs General Information

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program offers students a broad education that may be considered complete in itself or as preparation for graduate study.

The Bachelor of Science program is designed to prepare students for technically demanding careers as well as for future graduate work. Building upon a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, degree candidates study subjects designed to develop an in-depth understanding of their chosen professions.

Curriculum and Residency Requirements

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan College are required to complete a minimum of 32 courses (128 credits), including distribution requirements generally common to all candidates for the bachelor’s degree, specialization (or concentration) requirements, related (or core) courses, and electives. Specialization requirements may not be applied toward distribution requirements. Related courses may be used to meet distribution requirements. Students who apply related courses toward distribution requirements must replace those courses with additional related courses or electives chosen in consultation with their academic advisors.

A minimum of 12 courses (48 credits) must be taken at Boston University; at least six of these courses must be in the area of specialization and must be Metropolitan College course offerings. Students must register at Metropolitan College for the last two semesters of study leading toward the degree. A maximum of four courses with grades of D may be used toward elective and distribution requirements.

Once a student matriculates in a Boston University degree program, all remaining coursework must be completed at Boston University. Concurrent coursework taken outside of Boston University will be approved toward degree requirements by exception only.

Cross-Registration

Degree candidates from other Boston University schools or colleges should obtain approval from their home school or college’s academic advisor before registering for Metropolitan College courses.

Distribution Requirements

Distribution requirements (12 courses) for the bachelor’s degree are generally common to all concentrations. Common course requirements include English composition, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, literature, history, and philosophy.

When required to choose a humanities (H), natural science (N), or social science (S) course, students should follow these guidelines:

  1. The humanities course should be chosen from the following Metropolitan College disciplines: art history, classics, English (literature only), foreign languages, philosophy, or religion.
  2. The natural science course should be chosen from the following Metropolitan College disciplines: anthropology (MET AN 102 only), astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, geography (check with academic counselor before selecting), or physics.
  3. The social science course should be chosen from the following Metropolitan College disciplines: anthropology (MET AN 101 only), criminal justice, economics, history, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology, or urban affairs.
  4. Students may use selected Metropolitan College and/or College of Arts & Sciences courses, with prior approval, to satisfy these requirements.

There are, however, some variations, and students should refer to their specific degree requirements.

A Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have completed one baccalaureate degree may wish to return to college to broaden their current base of skills by specializing in a second discipline.

Students who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree must complete all specialization and related courses for the concentration and fulfill the 12-course minimum Boston University residency requirement (including the six-course minimum specialization requirement at Metropolitan College).

Once a student matriculates in a Boston University degree program, all remaining coursework must be completed at Boston University. Concurrent coursework taken outside of Boston University will be approved toward degree requirements by exception only.

For further information about the second bachelor’s degree, contact Metropolitan College Undergraduate Student Services at 617-353-2980.