The Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) degree has three main curricular components:

1) BSA General Education (Gen Ed)
The BSA General Education is a distinctive core curriculum that provides a foundation in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. In addition, students are required to fulfill a freshman research seminar requirement, a junior seminar requirement, a junior portfolio review, a senior capstone project, and a computing skills workshop.

1. Writing/Expression (1 course)
2. Cultural Analysis (1 course)
3. Economic, Political, & Social Institutions or Cognition, Choice & Behavior (1 course)
4. Two additional courses from one of the following departments: English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, or Psychology (2 courses)
5. Mathematics (2 courses)
6. Science (3 courses)
7. BXA Freshman Research Seminar (1 course)
8. BXA Junior Seminar (1 course)
9. BXA Junior Portfolio Review (1 review)
10. BXA Capstone Project (2 courses)
11. University Requirement: Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (1 mini-course)

BSA Gen Ed course requirements [PDF]

2) College of Fine Arts (CFA) Concentration
Students choose their fine arts concentration from among the five schools in CFA: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, or Music. A student must meet entry requirements for the specific CFA school of their choice. While in the BSA Program, a student may change their CFA concentration only if they pass all admission requirements for that particular CFA school.

CFA concentration course requirements [PDF]:
Architecture | Art | Design | Drama | Music

3) Mellon College of Science (MCS) Concentration
Students choose their science concentration from among the four departments in MCS: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, or Physics.

MCS concentration course requirements [PDF]:
Biological Sciences | Chemistry | Mathematical Sciences | Physics


BSA General Education
CFA Concentration
MCS Concentration
135 units
108 units
120-134 units
363-377 units
Free Electives
+ 3-17 units


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