Jan 19, 2021  
2014-2015 General Catalog (Spring, Summer 2015) 
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Terminology, Undergraduate

Since there has been some confusion regarding the terminology used to describe undergraduate programs, the Registrar’s Office requested that the following terms be used consistently for all printed publications, as well as on student transcripts.

Emphasis (Concentration)

An area of study which will appear as an emphasis within a degree on a student’s transcript, which has a built curriculum and attached requirements, and which has gone through an official approval process with the Educational Policies Committee (EPC), the Faculty Senate, and the Board of Trustees. Emphases must be officially approved before they can be published in the General Catalog or any other publications (whether printed or online).

Option (Track)

An area of study which is intended to direct a student’s energies within a department or major, but is only intended to track the student’s progress internally and will neither show up on his or her transcript nor affect his or her degree. These informal areas do not need EPC, Faculty Senate, or Board of Trustees approval in order to be published as options, concentrations, or tracks in the General Catalog and other publications. However, official approval is required before they can be listed as emphases and before they can appear on student transcripts.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A second bachelor’s degree is available only to those on whom a first bachelor’s degree has been conferred by a regionally-accredited institution. Students must complete a minimum of 30 USU credits beyond those applied toward the first bachelor’s degree, 18 of which must be earned in department-approved upper- division courses related to the major. USU credits may be earned in courses completed at USU’s Logan campus or at designated centers, or through classes offered by Regional Campuses and Distance Education through USU. Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree must file an application with the Admissions Office and obtain the recommendation of their academic dean prior to being admitted.

Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree must have met the American Institutions requirement in the first bachelor’s degree, or complete the requirement before receiving the second bachelor’s degree.

Note: The first bachelor’s degree must have been awarded by a regionally-accredited college or university.


Most commonly offered in the College of Education and Human Services, endorsements are available to those who have already obtained their teaching license and serve as supplements to that license. Endorsements indicate further education and specialization in a variety of areas related to teaching (i.e., ESL, gifted and talented, early childhood, etc.).