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Frequently Asked Questions

Every SNU undergraduate must complete a total of at least 42 credits from the University Wide Elective (UWE) and Core Common Curriculum (CCC) categories, with a minimum of 18 credits from each. For example, a student may complete 19 UWE credits and 23 CCC credits.

A UWE course for a student is any non-CCC course outside the student’s major. The UWE credits for a student cannot come from courses that are either (i) from a core course, or a mandatory requirement, of the student’s major or (ii) from a course chosen by the student as an elective requirement of the student’s major.

A student may use the UWE category in any desired way, with no interference from the major department. For example, a student may use UWE to pursue a variety of interests in dance, media, communication, history and sociology. Alternately, a student may concentrate the UWE credits in one direction and use them to earn a minor.

Examples:

PHY103 Fundamentals of Physics I is not a compulsory course for majors in mathematics, nor is it offered by the Department of Mathematics. Hence PHY103 counts as a UWE for a major in mathematics.

MAT140 Discrete Structures is not a compulsory course for majors in mathematics, but it is offered by the Department of Mathematics and is available to majors in mathematics as a major elective. Hence MAT140 does not count as a UWE for a major in mathematics.

CCC704 Environmental Studies is a CCC course and hence cannot count as a UWE for any student.

Every SNU undergraduate must complete a total of at least 42 credits from the University Wide Elective (UWE) and Core Common Curriculum (CCC) categories, with a minimum of 18 credits from each. For example, a student may complete 19 UWE credits and 23 CCC credits.

The CCC is designed to provide students a broad-based understanding of the world, its physical, biological and social systems, the development of human civilization and culture, and the historical development and modern formation of global society with a special emphasis on the history and development of India. The CCC consists of courses in 8 Topic Areas:

1. Indian History and Society (IHS)
2. World History and Society (WHS)
3. Culture and Communication (CAS)
4. Physical and Living Systems (PLS)
5. Cognition and Intelligence (CAI)
6. Technology and Society (TAS)
7. Environment and Ecology (EAE)
8. Reasoning and Analysis (RAA)

Each student must earn at least 1.5 credits each from any six of the eight topic areas listed above.

The course CCC704 Environmental Studies (topic area 7) is the only compulsory CCC.

SNU strives to integrate student participation in research in all its teaching programs. Our undergraduate degree programs offer flexibility via elective courses and the opportunity for students to pursue their own special interests to an advanced stage. Typically, the last year is mostly devoted to elective courses and the final project. The project, especially, enables our students to carry out research under the supervision of the faculty members.

Research is also promoted by special programs such as Opportunity for Undergraduate Research (OUR) which connect students with faculty members fo research.

UGC has BA and BSc as the basic nomenclature and allows parenthetical terms that indicate any specialized nature of the degree. This is how one has degrees such as BA (General) or BA (Honours). Our nomenclature of BA (Research) and BSc (Research) was specifically approved by UGC after they inspected the university and its programs.

The Indian Institute of Science also names its undergraduate degrees as Bachelor of Science (Research).

The Major is the primary area of study for the student and identifies the student’s degree. For example:

  • A student with a Major in Computer Science and Engineering will receive the degree of B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering
  • A student with a Major in Sociology will receive the degree of B.A. (Research) in Sociology.
  • A student with a Major in Mathematics will receive the degree of B.Sc. (Research) in Mathematics.

A Minor is an optional qualification that can be earned by undergraduate students of SNU. It supplements the Major.

Undergraduate students can choose a Minor subject to meeting the selection and credit requirements by the offering department/s. The Minor has to be an area of study that is different from the student’s Major. For example, a student with a declared Major in Computer Science and Engineering may opt to do a Minor in Physics. In this case, the student shall receive the degree of B.Tech. Computer Science and Engineering with Minor in Physics.

A Minor is completed by crediting appropriate courses from the University Wide Elective category.

Students typically do a Minor in order to pursue a strong secondary interest, or to increase employability, or as a first step towards higher studies in the Minor topic.

Yes. A Minor just has to be distinct from the Major. For example, among Mathematics majors, the Minor in Economics is quite popular.

In theory, yes, but it is not easy and would require you to do several extra courses beyond the standard requirements. As of 2017, only one student has done a double Minor - a Physics major who completed minors in Mathematics and Economics.

No. You can only have one Major.

A Specialization is a sub-field within a Major. For example, a Mathematics Major may specialize in Mathematical Finance. The degree records the specialization. For example, B.Sc. (Research) Mathematics with Specialization in Mathematical Finance. 

A Specialization can be completed by choosing appropriate courses from the Major Elective category.

The Department of Mathematics currently offers two Specializations: 1) Mathematical Finance 2) Applied Algebra.

Yes. A Minor is completed via University Wide Electives. A Specialization is completed via Major Electives. Therefore they can be completed independently of each other.

For instance, you could obtain a degree of B.Sc. (Research) Mathematics with a Minor in Economics and a Specialization in Mathematical Finance.

Yes. You can apply for a change of Major towards the end of your second semester. The departments review the applications and the results are announced over the summer.

Please note that there is no guarantee that you will necessarily be able to change to a new Major of your choice. It depends on the available seats and the qualifications of the other applicants for that Major.