Undergraduate (BS, BBA) degree
To earn a bachelor's degree (BS, BBA), one must successfully complete 126 to 136 Credit Hours (the minimum to maximum range varies from discipline to discipline) of course-work with minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00. These courses are grouped into Major, Minor and Multidisciplinary, Non-Credit (pass/fail) and in most cases a Final Year Design Project. The maximum number of CH assigned to a group may vary from Discipline to Discipline.
These courses are directly related to the main theme of the student’s degree programme and usually carry the code of the student’s registered discipline. These courses make the core and elective courses of the student’s degree programme. The Dean of the respective Faculty may approve a course either from the minor discipline or a subject directly related to the major as a replacement/an alternative for a major course with the recommendation of the Head of the Department of the student’s major. The minimum requirement of Major courses is 60CH.
These courses are outside the prescribed major but are offered either by the same faculty or outside the faculty but relevant to the major theme of the major degree programme. Some of these minors are defined while some are left open for the students to make a choice. Most of these minor courses are offered during the first two years of the BS degree programme and hence are mostly the basic core courses. Such courses aim at providing breadth in student’s studies, and widening his awareness in the allied fields that impinge on the area of his specialisation. The Advisor- Studies of a student plays a vital role in selection of the minor courses. The minimum requirement is 21CH.
All students are required to successfully complete some courses in English language, Islamic and Pakistan Studies, information technology, social sciences and management sciences. They are meant to inculcate in the students an awareness of our history & culture, to help them cultivate aesthetic and moral dimensions of their personalities, and to equip them with modern communicational and managerial skills. The minimum requirement is 18CH.
Non-Credit and Optional (Pass/Fail) courses
In some disciplines, it is mandatory for a student to attend a course (in entirety) offered by the same department or any other department of the university in order to be eligible for the degree. The total number of academic hours per week for such a course varies from 2 to 4. The exact number is announced by the instructor concerned. In these courses, a grade of S (satisfactory completion) or U (unsatisfactory completion) is awarded and has no bearings on the GPA. In case of a “U” grade in a course, it is not mandatory to repeat the same course. The advisor may suggest a different course to his advisee in order to complete the degree requirement.
In addition, an undergraduate student may also register for a course as an optional non-credit course (with the approval of his advisor) that will appear on the transcript but will have no bearings on the GPA. A total of two courses may be allowed in an undergraduate degree programme. In such cases, “S” or “U” grades are awarded. A grade of “U” in these cases could not be repeated and no alternative choice could be offered.
In some disciplines, for examples Management Sciences and Engineering, the respective Board of Studies has made it compulsory for the students to complete an 8-12 weeks internship in a firm/industry/bank/organization and submit a report about the internship (5-10 pages) about the internship. This report shall include a brief introduction about the firm/organization and the work undertaken. A satisfactory certificate from the CEO/Regional Executive/Branch manager of the organization about the work carried out by the student at the firm/organization is mandatory. The Departmental Academic Committee evaluates the report and the certificate from the organization and awards Satisfactory Completion or otherwise as deemed fit.
Senior Design Project
The undergraduate students may opt and apply to the respective HoD to do a project in their final year instead of two elective courses of 3 credit hours each. The respective departmental Academic Committee, based on the student’s performance in earlier courses, rejects or accepts an application. Normally, a CGPA of 2.50/4.00 is required to apply for a project. In case of some disciplines, for example engineering, this project shall be considered as compulsory and every student has to do a project irrespective of their cumulative GPA. These departments/institutes require the approval of the respective Board of Studies and must inform the CoE and Director Academic offices accordingly.
Each academic department notifies a list of undergraduate projects available each year. Before the display, the feasibility of all these projects is evaluated by the Departmental Academic Committee. The students may also be encouraged to come up with their own ideas about a senior design project and submit a proposal to the course advisor. If the Departmental Academic Committee finds the project submitted by a student feasible, due credit has to be given to the student by putting his/her name as the principal proposer. Such projects, however, would still require full supervision of a faculty member at KUST.
The undergraduate BS students, at the end of their 6th semester of studies at KUST, should consult their faculty advisors for selection of the project. Students are encouraged to undertake projects that are of interest to industry or other public/private sector organisations. Departmental Academic Committee evaluates
The senior design project is assigned a total of 6CH, 3CH in one semester and 3CH in the next semester. In the first 3CH, a grade of “I” is awarded till the completion of the second part. Both the parts get the same grade at the completion. 50% weight is allocated to the first part and 50% weight is allocated to the second part so that the work-load is equally distributed over the two semesters. Every project is evaluated twice in a semester by the respective Departmental Academic Committee. Three of the members must be active in research, for example have either offered a project to the students or have completed an R&D project during the last three years. A letter grade is awarded by common consensus. A member of the committee, however, cannot evaluate his/her own project-students and must not participate in the award of his own students.
The committee shall use the following percentage for evaluating a project: background studies (20%), planning and initiation (20%), project work (40%), results and presentation (20%). Evaluation and final grading of an undergraduate project is done by the respective Departmental Academic Committee.
The student must complete his project and present the report (& submit it in a bounded form to the Project Supervisor) before the final examination of the final semester of the degree programme. In case of inability to complete the project by the set deadline (before the start of the final examination and announced by the respective department/institute), the respective departmental academic committee shall submit a report to the Chairman/Director/HoD. With due consideration of the report, the respective HoD/Director makes recommendations to the Dean of the concerned Faculty for approval. This process must be completed before the end of the final examination and CoE office must be informed accordingly so that the declaration of the final result is not delayed.
Every effort shall be made that a student selects and starts his/her project along with the rest of his/her batch-mates. In case, a student lags behind his class-mates due to poor academic performance, health reasons, etc, the project will be delayed. In such cases, result of the rest of the class shall not be delayed and the students of such projects shall be awarded an “I” grade in both the semesters. It is the responsibility of the student to get his project complete within the renewed deadline.
In case a project meets a dead-end, the project could either be replaced by another project or replaced by two courses. In such cases, approval of the concerned Dean would be required.
There is no need for the approval of these synopses by the Advance Studies and Research Board but all such projects should be approved by the Departmental Academic Committee before the start of the project.
UNDERgraduate (Pharm-D) degree
KUST offers a five years programme leading to the degree of Pharm-D. For the contents of the degree program (credit hours, number of courses etc), please consult the latest prospectus and flyers of the Institute of Pharmacy.