Blue Marble University Undergraduate Degrees

Blue Marble University only offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degrees. No Bachelor degrees in liberal arts are awarded.

(1) Some Sample Programs

Please Contact Us About These or Any Program You Might Want

(Not All Programs are Listed Here)

B.S. Biochemistry
B.S.Biology-Stem Cell Science

B.Eng. Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemistry
B.S. Computer Science
B.Eng. Electrical Engineering
B.S. Forensic Science
B.S. Health Studies/Public Health
B. Eng. Petroleum Engineering
B.S. Pharmaceutical Science
B.S./M.B.S. Business Science Degree

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Cost: $3450/year with no-interest payment plan, or $3200/year paid in advance lump sum each year. Includes all learning materials, except there may be some charges for labs.

How to Apply: https://bluemarbleuniversity.com/how-to-apply/

When to Apply: Apply anytime. Start dates are September 1, January 1, May 1

Admission Requirements: Typically a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent is required. However, Home Schooled and non-traditional students are welcome. Dual Enrollment permitted for current High School students, but completion of high school required prior to issuance of Blue Marble University degree.

(2) The Blue Marble University Undergraduate Curriculum

All Science-All the Time

Specializing in Chemistry, Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Bio-Medical, and High Tech Degrees

The Blue Marble University B.S. and B.Eng. degrees are a 4 year programs equivalent to 120 semester credits. Each Curriculum is customized to each student’s career interests and major, while keeping in mind the need to satisfy the standard general education requirements of many US colleges and universities.

As each Curriculum is custom designed, there is no one curriculum to display, and interested students should contact Admissions for further information based on their individual interests. There are no electives needed as each curriculum is planned for each student in advance. In this way, we can meet both some general education requirements and the “major” requirements for each student. No Foreign Language Requirement.

Blue Marble University undergraduate curriculums would be expected to look to courses within the Distribution Areas, which we find very compelling, as championed by Dartmouth College and Barnard College:

Writing Skills
Math Skills
Social Sciences
Humanities
Physical and Biological Sciences
Multicultural Studies

And in achieving our curricula, we draw heavily from both the University of North Dakota’s more goal-oriented general education approach seeking to achieve mastery of Advanced Communication, Quanitative Reasoning, Global Diversity, and United States Diversity; as well as the University of North Carolina general education requirements of 40 credits composed of: English Composition and Rhetoric, Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, Lifetime Fitness, Physical and Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Art.

There will always be a place for humanities, even in a high tech scientific programs: 
In the world of invention and innovation, that means combining an appreciation of the humanities with an understanding of science — connecting artistry to technology, poetry to processors. This was Mr. Jobs’s specialty. “I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,” he said. “Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.’ From Walter Isaacson, “The Genius of Jobs“, NY Times, Oct. 29, 2012

(3) The USA College Experience-
4 Years of Seat Time to Include General Education Courses

May 1, 2020. As with all of our programs, we started with a blank sheet and asked ourselves what is the best way to approach an undergraduate degree program without being fettered by any legacy requirements or by any outmoded requirements for accreditation.

Most people do not realize that the college accreditation process requires that colleges offer certain courses, such as in philosophy, economics, mathematics, second language and so forth. That is why most colleges offer 4 year B.A, programs of which the first two years are spent taking “General Education” courses having nothing to do with someone’s interests, future career, or proposed major. With only two years available to devote to one’s major, these general education requirements in turn lead to a college degree taking 4 years.

This 4 year period has come to be known as “seat time”, meaning no matter what, you are supposed to be sitting in a class for 4 years. Parents came to feel that these 4 year programs were costing money and were not relevant to ones career, why did a student interested in higher mathematics have to take a philosophy course, and vice versa, why did a history student have to take mathematics. And educators as well began to question why a Bachelor Degree program had to be 4 years. Eventually, in 2012, the United States Department of Education called for the abolishment of “seat time” as a factor used for college accreditation and called for revisions in the accreditation process, stating: “that emphasis should be given “to schools that organize around competence rather than seat time…[and schools that provide] more flexible scheduling that fits a student’s individual needs rather than on traditional academic periods and lockstep curriculum pacing”.

Well, that did not go over well. After all, accreditation is Big Business, some colleges paying millions of dollars in the accreditation process which is billed by how many students are enrolled! And the colleges themselves did not want their incomes affected by shortened Bachelor degree programs.  Plus what to do with all those faculty if general education courses were no longer required?

So, nothing happened. But while no specific change in seat time occurred, many colleges have slowly abandoned the usual general education requirements, and replaced these with modified approaches. As of 2020, we now have 3 approved approaches to the Bachelor Degree in the US:

(1) Two Year General Education Courses required of a 4 year total program, with 20 courses (60 credits) required in:

Composition
Literature
Foreign Language
US Government or American History
Economics
Mathematics
Natural or Physical Science

This list of general education courses is framed quite differently, but with largely the same result, by programs specializing in chemistry, engineering, bio-medical fields, artificial intelligence, and information technology. For example, the University of North Dakota offers their version of general education as “Essential Studies Requirements”, being 40 required credits in the areas of:

Advanced Communication
Quanitative Reasoning
Global Diversity
United States Diversity

with the expressed goal of achieving for each student: Critical Inquiry and Analysis, Quantitative Reasoning, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Information Literacy, and Intercultural Knowledge and Skills.

(2) No specific number of general education courses, but rather a requirement of 6-18 courses (depending on the college) selected from “Distribution Areas”, which are comprised of:

Writing Skills
Math Skills
Social Sciences
Humanities
Physical and Biological Sciences
Multicultural Studies

This approach seems to have been adopted by the majority of US colleges, in an attempt to still seeming to require general education courses but at the same time allowing other subject matter to be considered “general education” and also reducing the number of credits required.

(3) Open Curriculum Colleges- These colleges dumped General Education courses, and offer an Open Curriculum in which the student can select whatever courses they wish to pursue. While still adhering to the 4 year requirement for a Bachelors Degrees, these powerful institutions do whatever they want, and because of their well deserved and well recognized reputations, they fear little from accrediting boards. These are the elite open curriculum colleges:

Amherst College
University of California–Berkeley
Brown University
Colgate University
Cornell University
Iowa State University–Ames
Mount Holyoke College
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Northwestern University
Pennsylvania State University–University Park
Smith College
Vassar College
University of Wisconsin–Madison

These elite colleges and universities may be signalling the end of “general education requirements”. We especially like how Amherst describes their undergraduate programs: “Amherst has no distribution requirements and no core curriculum. Instead, students choose the courses that matter most to them. Our open curriculum ensures that each classroom is filled with inquisitive, fully engaged students committed to the topic at hand.”

(4) Requirements for Foreign Education to be Deemed Equivalent to U.S.

Blue Marble University is organized in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Like all foreign education sought to be used in the US, foreign degrees are accepted if found to be “equivalent” to a US college by a foreign education credentials evaluator. All Blue Marble University degrees have been to date found to be equivalent to a regionally accredited US college or university. These are our doctoral programs only, as we have not offered any Bachelor Degree programs prior to May 1, 2020.

As a foreign institution, we would like our graduates to be able to use our degrees for employment and other purposes. We would like our graduates to be able to obtain a Certificate of Equivalency to a US college or university.

Hence, although we have roundly cristicized “seat time” and “general education requirements” in the past, and believe that a 4 year Bachelor Degree program is too long, we have concluded we should go along with what is required for a Certificate of Equivalency. Not because we agree with what the US is doing, but rather to ensure that the education completed at Blue Marble University can be effectively used for employment and otherwise recognized as valid foreign education.

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(5) Assignment of Credits in the Blue Marble Curriculum

Blue Marble Unversity operates on a Trimester System as does Florida Gulf University, Granite State College, Gutenberg College, Metropolitan College of New York, Union College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wilmington University, and many others.

Because Blue Marble University primarily serves working adults with jobs and other students with other interests, our program is necessarily part-time. In order to offer part-time studies, yet with a 4 year completion date, we operate year round with no breaks on a Trimester Credit format.

For the U.S. Credit System, Semester term courses are completed every 5 months with a summer break. On the other hand, Trimester Term courses are completed every 4 months. For the U.S. Standard Credit Conversion System, 1 Trimester Credit = 5/6 Semester Credit.

So, for a Baccalaureate Degree, 120 Semester credits or 144 Trimester Credits is required.

(6) Non-Accredited, Yet Equivalent

Read about our Accreditation HERE: https://bluemarbleuniversity.com/academics/accreditation/

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