Degree Requirements

At the start of the semester in which a student expects to complete the degree requirements listed below, he/she should follow graduation procedures.

  1. A student must satisfy all University degree requirements (such as General Education, First-Year Seminar, United States Cultures and International Cultures, Writing Across the Curriculum) that were in effect when the student first scheduled a class after his/her admission or most recent re-entry as a degree candidate (see Re-enrollment). Requirements for a program (such as major, minor, option, honors) are those in effect at the time the student most recently entered that program.
    The student's degree audit provides a summary of the student's progress toward meeting the requirements of his/her degree program. The audit indicates the graduation requirements that have been completed as well as those requirements that still must be satisfied. (See sample degree audit.)
    Procedures for deviating from program requirements are in the section on Course Substitution.
  2. Every candidate for a degree must earn a specified number of credits as a degree candidate in courses offered by the University or in approved cooperative programs established by the University Faculty Senate. For a baccalaureate degree, the minimum is 36 of a student's last 60 credits; for an associate degree, the minimum is 18 of a student's last 30 credits.
  3. The last 60 credits required for a candidate's first baccalaureate degree must be earned within five calendar years. An extension of time is granted for intervening military service.
  4. If a student takes course(s) at another institution prior to graduating, an official transcript listing the grades and credits earned must be received by Undergraduate Admissions, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294, before commencement.
  5. Cumulative grade-point average must be at least a C (2.00) or better.
  6. Students must complete their courses; students with Deferred Grades (DF) or No Grades (NG) will not be allowed to graduate.
  7. A student must earn at least a C grade in each course designated as a C-required course in his/her major.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the appropriate dean of the college in which a candidate is enrolled may make exceptions to requirements for graduation, subject to the review of the faculty of the college.


Reviewed: June 2015
Last Update: June 2010

Reference(s): Senate Policies 82-00, 83-00

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