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Requirements for the B.A. degree in Human Ecology
College of the Atlantic has a number of degree requirements. The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology is granted upon completion of thirty-six (36) credits and of two requirements bearing no credit. Eighteen of thirty-six credits must be earned at College of the Atlantic, and a minimum of six terms must be spent enrolled full- or part-time at COA. One of those six terms may be a COA Internship, but a minimum of five terms must be spent on campus.
The normal full-time annual load is nine credits — three credits in each of three 10-week terms. One COA credit unit is the equivalent of 3 1/3 semester hours. Therefore 9 COA credits = 30 semester hours.
All entering students must take:
- the human ecology core course
- a history course
- a writing course
- a quantitative reasoning course, and
- at least two courses from each of our three resource areas (environmental sciences, human studies, and arts and design)
There are also several degree requirements that must be fulfilled in addition to this coursework: community service, internship, human ecology essay, and final project.
Courses that fulfill resource area and other requirements are indicated by starred codes in the course catalog:
*AD* = Arts and Design
*ED* = Educational Studies
*ES* = Environmental Sciences
*HS* = Human Studies
*HY* = History
*QR* = Quantitative Reasoning
*WF* = Writing-Focused
*W* = Writing
Please note that while pages on the website contain accurate descriptions of degree requirements, they do not give the complete sets of policies that govern the fulfillment of these requirements. For this information, please request a copy of the course catalog from the Registrar's Office.