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Baccalaureate Degrees

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

To be recommended by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees for graduation with a baccalaureate degree, students must have been officially admitted to the College and must have:

  1. completed successfully at least 120 semester hours with at least 39 semester hours in 300- and 400-level courses;
  2. completed successfully at least 44 semester hours of general education courses distributed as indicated in the previous section;
  3. completed successfully required semester hours for a major in the degree program selected. No fewer than 12 semester hours may be earned in the major at Columbia College including at least 6 semester hours of 300- and 400-level course work;
  4. earned at least one-half of the credit toward the baccalaureate degree from institutions accredited by United States regional associations and/or approved by the United States Office of Education and recognized by Columbia College;
  5. completed successfully at least 3 semester hours of World or Eastern Culture coursework;
  6. attained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0;
  7. fulfilled the residency requirement_at least 24 of the last 36 semester hours taken with Columbia College. (In the case of special programs and/or agreements such as the one with Servicemen's Opportunity College, this requirement may be modified to meet the constraints of such pro- grams. However, special arrangements and/or programs must be approved by the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs. Waivers for individual students may be granted by following institutional procedures for petition and waiver);
  8. fulfilled all requirements for a culminating exper- ience specified for the major;
  9. satisfied all financial obligations; and
  10. applied for graduation through the Evaluations Office the semester before expected date of graduation.

Baccalaureate Degrees with Distinction

The Bachelor's Degree with Distinction is available for any degree program offered by Columbia College and requires a demonstration of excellence in a special two-semester project (excluding summer session) in addition to satisfying degree requirements.

Distinction work is done under the direct supervision of a faculty member qualified in the field of the project. At all major stages of the project (formal prospectus, complete draft or evidence of significant and substantive progress, and final project), work must be submitted by designated deadlines to the Chair of the Academic Honors and Awards Committee for approval or direction. Credits and grades for distinction work are optional.

To be eligible, a student must have second-semester junior standing (with at least 15 semester hours at Columbia College) and a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Eligibility is based on the assumption that a student may be eligible after five semesters. Entry into the program must be at a date that permits two semesters of work on the project.

Associate Degrees

Associate Degree Requirements

To be recommended by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees for graduation with an associate degree, students must have been officially admitted to the College and must:

  1. complete a minimum of 60 semester hours;
  2. complete at least 24 semester hours of general education courses distributed as follows:
    Basic Skills      9 semester hours
    English 111 English Composition I and English 112 English Composition II (Each with a grade of C or better)
    CISS 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
    Humanities, Math/Science and Social Perspectives      15 semester hours
    Credits distributed to include each of the three perspectives: (a) humanities: art appreciation, history, language, literature, music appreciation, philosophy, communication (speech), religious studies; (b) mathematics and sciences; and (c) social sciences: economics or FINC 298, geography, political science, psychology, sociology.
  3. complete all major requirements;
  4. attain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0;
  5. fulfill the residency requirement of at least 15 of the last 24 semester hours taken with Columbia College;
  6. satisfy all financial obligations; and
  7. apply for graduation through the Evaluations Office the semester before they expect to graduate.

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