Students who are accepted into the Department of Art are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Visual Arts degree program. This degree allows great flexibility in the studio arts because the student may choose to concentrate their studies in one particular studio or pursue an interdisciplinary path. The BS degree, which requires an academic minor, provides an abundant breadth of knowledge while allowing the student to develop skills in multiple mediums. The balance of art classes to liberal art classes provides a well-rounded undergraduate education.

The Department of Art also offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual Arts degree that is frequently used by those with a double major (e.g., psychology and art, art history and art). In addition to the Foundation core courses, students in the BA degree complete five studio classes and requisite art history classes. The student may concentrate in an individual discipline or take a range of studio classes. The objective of this curriculum is to provide a broad-based liberal arts education with a fundamental understanding of studio art practice.

Upon completion of the art foundation core and basic studio classes in a particular medium, students in the BA or BS program may choose to apply to one of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs. Entrance into a BFA program is by portfolio and interview; the student applies directly to the specific program of interest. For more information, see Majors in Fine Arts.

A minimum grade of C or better is required for all major courses and transfer courses. A minimum grade of C- or better is required for Art History courses.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Program

54 credits, plus a required academic minor (15-24 credits)

Required Foundation Courses (15 Credits)
ARS100Drawing: Visual Thinking I 3
ARS101Drawing: Visual Thinking II 3
ARS102Design: Color3
ARS103Design: Form3
ARS112Art Seminar 3
200/300/400-level Studio Courses (24 Credits)
Any combination of basic 200-level (maximum of three), 300-level, and 400-level ARS and/or DDF studio courses, by advisement. 124
Required Progress Review (0 Credits)
To be completed twice (junior year and senior year)
ARS365Work in Progress Review0
Required Cognate Courses (12 Credits)
ARH201Art of the Western World I 3
ARH202Art of the Western World II 3
Any two (2) upper-division art history or art theory courses, by advisement6
Capstone Course (3 Credits)
ARS491Creative Art Projects: BA/BS 3
Total Credits54
Requirement outside the major (15-24 Credits)
An academic minor of the student's choice15-24

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program

48 credits

Required Foundation Courses (15 Credits)
ARS100Drawing: Visual Thinking I 3
ARS101Drawing: Visual Thinking II 3
ARS102Design: Color3
ARS103Design: Form3
ARS112Art Seminar 3
200/300-level Studio Courses (15 Credits)
A combination of basic 200-level studio courses plus 300-level studio courses. 115
Required Cognate Courses (15 Credits)
ARH201Art of the Western World I 3
ARH202Art of the Western World II 3
Any three (3) upper-division art history or art theory courses, by advisement9
Capstone Course (3 Credits)
ARS491Creative Art Projects: BA/BS 3
Total Credits48