In the course of completing a degree program, a student may wish to undertake independent study through directed readings and research courses under departmental auspices. Independent study projects may be distributed throughout the undergraduate years, although in most cases, students should complete the freshman year and several general education courses before proposing independent study.
Through procedures established by departments, a student may enroll for up to 6 credits of directed readings, research, or internship in a single department in a single semester. More than 6 credits are permissible if they are in more than one department but students may not apply more than 12 credits of internship toward the 120 credits minimum required for the Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Sciences degrees or toward the 128 credits minimum for Bachelor of Engineering. During the summer a student may earn 6 credits in a single department in each term.
See also Limits on Course Credits and Grading Options in the Academic Policies and Regulations chapter.