Effective Catalog

The material contained herein is subject to change from time to time and this publication cannot be considered an agreement or contract between individual students and the School. The School of Science and Engineering reserves the right to alter or amend the terms, conditions, and requirements, and to eliminate programs or courses as necessary. Once enrolled students should consult on a regular basis with their Faculty Mentor and Student Success Coach for specific information regarding academic policies pertaining to their respective program.


Students must maintain a quality point average (QPA) of 2.00 or better to remain enrolled in the School. For students wishing to transfer into the School, a minimum QPA of 2.50 is required.

Academic Load

Students normally carry five courses (15-17 credits) in one semester, although a 12-credit schedule in a regular semester is considered full-time study. A request for a  schedule of more than 18 credits in a semester must be accompanied by a recommendation from the Student Success Coach and must be approved by the Faculty Mentor. The Student Standing Committee stipulates the number of credits for which students may enroll who are on academic probation. Students who wish to carry more than 12 credits of courses in the summer sessions must consult with their Faculty Mentor and Student Success Coach.

Residence Requirement

The last 30 credits must be taken in residence at Duquesne University.


A major may be declared at the time of a student’s admission into SOSE, and must be declared at the end of the student’s freshman year. Transfer students must declare a major when applying to the School of Science and Engineering.


Students may, at their discretion, declare a minor. An overall minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.0 is required in the minor for graduation. Refer to the Departmental listing for specific minor requirements.

Sequential Courses

Sequential courses must be taken in proper sequence. Credit will not be given for a prerequisite course if courses for which it is a prerequisite already have been taken.

Course Repeat Policy

A student in the School Science and Engineering is allowed to attempt a course two times without prejudice. If the student wishes a third attempt, s/he must petition the Department Chair, and must, at the same time, agree to tutorial assistance using one or more of the mechanisms available on campus and approved by the Chair.

SOSE Transfer Policy

No course taken by students in the SOSE as a Temporary Transfer at another institution may count toward the degree unless approved by the Student Success Coach and/or department.

  • Science classes – The SOSE will accept science courses taken at an accredited college/university outside Duquesne University upon the approval of the course by the department in which the course is offered.
  • Non-science classes – The SOSE will continue to accept courses that are not science courses taken at an accredited college/university outside of Duquesne University. The course description should be approved by the student's Success Coach prior to taking the course.

CLEP and Advanced Placement

Refer to the Admissions section of the catalog.

University-Level Courses Taken While in High School

University-level courses taken by entering freshmen students while in high school will be evaluated for credit if the following criteria have been met:

  • The courses are recorded on an official transcript from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • The grades are “C” or better.