Three Year Option | Qualifying Majors

What majors can fit better into a three-year plan?

Since you'll need to complete at least 124 credit hours to graduate (more if you are seeking a Bachelor of Music Degree), the answer is: it depends.

Certain majors may fit better than others into a three-year plan, and your ability to complete your degree requirements depends both on the number of credits needed to complete the major as well as the number of credits needed to complete your general education requirements.

If this sounds confusing, don't worry. Look at the menu options on the left, and contact Ryan Spear, the three-year option advisor, and he can talk through it with you.

Best fit for three-year option: most likely to complete in seven or fewer semesters without enrolling with college credit already earned

Major Credit Hours
Bible 38-39
Communication 35-46
Data Science (BA) 31-32
English 34
History 34
Humanities 34-45
Intercultural Studies 28-38
International Development 29-33
Mathematics 39-44
Music (BA) 39-48
Philosophy 33
Political Science 34
Psychology 36-39
Spanish 34
Theology 33
Writing 30


Good fit for three year option: more likely to need to enroll with college credit earned, more likely finish in seven semesters.

Major Credit Hours
Accounting 45-46
Applied Design & Visual Communication 69-72
Applied Physics 64-68
Art (BA) 50-54
Biology (BS)* 63-67
Biology (BA) 42
Business Administration 47-48
Chemistry (BS)* 64-68
Chemistry (BA) 56-60
Computer Science 53-57
Data Science (BS) 61-64
Physics (BS)* 64-68
Physics (BA) 45-49
Recreation: Equestrian Studies - Management Track 42-44
Recreation: Equestrian Studies - Performance Track 43-45
Sport, Recreation, & Wellness Management 56-66
Studio Art (BFA) 60-70


May or may not be possible in three years: most likely to need to have earned college credit prior to enrolling at Houghton in order to complete in seven or fewer semesters.

Major Credit Hours
Adolescence Education 39+2nd Major - 7 semesters minimum
Biochemistry 70-75
B.Mus. w/ Elective 78-93
Inclusive Adolescence Education 43+24 req'd co-req's - 7 semesters minimum
Inclusive Childhood Education 82-86 - 7 semesters minimum
Music Composition 67-81
Music Education 91-107 - 7 semesters minimum
Music Industry 80
Music Performance 71-81

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