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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 the required number of general education courses;
  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 programs. 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 experience 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.

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 the appropriate number of General Education courses determined by individual
    degree requirements;
  3. complete ENGL 111 English Composition I
  4. complete all major requirements;
  5. attain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0;
  6. fulfill the residency requirement of at least 15 of the last 24 semester hours taken with Columbia College;
  7. satisfy all financial obligations; and
  8. apply for graduation through the Evaluations Office the semester before they expect to graduate.

For detailed degree requirements, please refer to Academic Departments and Areas of Study.

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