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Graduation Guidelines and Information

·         Upper-Level Hour Requirement

39 upper-level hours are required. Upper-level is defined as courses taught at the junior/senior level. These are applicable from all sources such as core, major, minor, elective, residence, or transfer. Transfer credit must have been taught at the upper-level in order to be counted as upper-level credit.

NOTE: Residency hours must total no less than 32 hours.  The major must include 15 upper-level hours in residence at Union and the minor must include 6 hours in residence at Union. A residency cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required.  Each major and minor must average 2.0 with only grades of C or higher being acceptable in junior/senior courses.  Specific majors/programs may require a higher GPA; check catalogue or department for details.

·         Total Hour Requirement

128 total hours are required. These are applicable from all sources such as core, major, minor, elective, residence, or transfer.

NOTE: 25% of the degree or normally 32 hours must be earned in residence at Union. Refer to catalogue for specific program hour requirements.

·         Transfer Credit

- Only college-level courses with grades of "C" or better are transferable to Union. A "D" is accepted only in cases where a degree or certificate has been earned and the course has been used in the degree requirements.

- Transfer evaluations are prepared by the Registrar. A copy of the transfer evaluation with Union parallels is sent to the student, and one is put in the student’s permanent file. As an adviser it is important to have the student bring a copy to you.  WebAdvisor (under Transfer Credits) offers some information; however, not all scenarios can be covered.

- Transfer credit is accepted only on the level on which they were earned regardless of the level of the Union parallel course.

- Only coursework and hours are transferable; not GPA.

- A student who has earned 70 hours or more must seek permission from the Registrar before taking a course at another institution. All concurrent enrollment must be approved in advance. “Application for Transfer of Credit” is available for your assistance to the student on the public drive.  Forms are also available in the Academic Center.

- All credit-by-testing with acceptable scores are awarded as defined by policy; however, only 32 semesters hours are applicable to the degree.  Testing credit is not residence credit.

NOTE: Only 72 hours are applicable toward a degree from all junior colleges combined.

·         Course Application

- A course cannot apply toward both the general core curriculum and the specific core curriculum (BA, BS, BSBA, BSW).

- A course cannot apply toward both major and minor or toward two majors or minors (if a student is a double major or minor).

A course can apply toward both the core curriculum (general or specific) and the major or minor.

·         GPA Requirements

- An overall GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation. A 2.00 also is required in the major and a 2.00 is required in the minor as well.

- In the major or minor grades of "C" or better are required in upper-level courses. Unless stated otherwise in a particular program of study of the catalogue, grades of "D" are acceptable in lower-level courses as long at the overall GPA in major or minor is a 2.00.

- Unless stated otherwise in a particular program of study of the catalogue, grades of "D" are acceptable in upper-level courses outside the major or minor as along as the overall GPA is a 2.00.

- Unless stated otherwise in a particular program of study of the catalogue, grades of "D" are acceptable in lower-level courses anywhere in the curriculum as long as the overall GPA is a 2.00. Example: Nursing, Social Work

- Some programs such as Teacher Licensure may require a higher major GPA or overall GPA. As always, refer to the catalogue for program specifics.

·         General Information

- All students must make an appointment for a degree audit with the Academic Center, or those seeking teacher licensure, with Dottie Myatt.

- An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Academic Center the semester before graduation in accordance with published deadlines in the Catalogue and email notices to students.

- All students must select a major and minor. A minor is not required if a student is double majoring or is majoring in program where a minor is waived. Refer to catalogue page 30 for more information.

- Acceptance restrictions apply to testing, extension, and correspondence credit.

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