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Double dipping

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Double dipping: When completion of one course fulfills more than one degree requirement

For example: PHIL 330 fulfills three hours for the ethics requirement and three hours in the upper level requirement. Six hours of requirements have been completed by one three-hour course, thus the overall credits remaining section indicates a reduction of six hours.


Calculating totals

Please note: Double dipping rarely impacts associate degrees, and is not an option for master's degrees.

Master's degree requirements are so specific that double dipping is simply not possible!

The degree audit calculates your overall credits remaining by summing the credits remaining for each degree requirement. This can cause a "worst-case-scenario" representation of your remaining requirements.

All Columbia College degrees require students to complete a minimum number of overall credit hours, depending on their degree type (associate: 60; bachelor's: 120; master's: 36).

  • The audit cannot accurately predict which courses you will use to complete your degree requirements! 
  • It is possible that a student could choose to complete courses that do not double dip, so the degree audit must be accurate to a fault.

Course selection

It is always a good idea to try to take classes that meet as many degree requirements as possible, but don't forget that you still have a minimum total to complete!

If your degree audit indicates that your degree program remaining total is the same as your overall credits remaining total, there is no advantage to pursuing courses that double dip.

  • The degree program remaining column tracks your progress toward completing your required classes.
  • The overall credits column tracks your progress toward completing the minimum requirement of 120 credits.

Your advisor can help you determine the most efficient route to degree completion and let you know when double dipping is not in your favor.

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