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2001 - 2002 Bachelor Degree Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible for award of a bachelor's degree if they are in good standing and fulfill the following requirements established by the faculty:


* A minimum of 180 quarter credits is required. Students should note, however, that some bachelor's degrees have requirements in excess of 180 credits.

* A minimum of 60 credits of upper division study is required. (These are earned in courses numbered 300 and above.) Credits earned in study at the lower division (courses numbered 100-299) will not be allowed toward meeting this requirement.

* Students must study on the university campus or at an established university center at least three quarters and earn a minimum of 45 credits. Credits earned through industrial or military experience, or through credit by examination may not be used to meet residency requirements.

*No more that forty-five (45) total quarter credits through CLEP or other sources of non-traditional credit may apply to graduation.

* Transfer students must earn from CWU a minimum of 10 credits in the major and, if a minor is declared, 5 credits in the minor.

Scholarship Requirements for Graduation

Graduation and graduation with honors, are based on credits and grade-point averages earned at the time the degree is awarded. Changes in grades made after the award of the degree have no effect on the degree.

* In order to graduate, students must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in courses taken at Central Washington University.

* Students must also have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 in the major field of study. All courses fulfilling the major requirements, including courses accepted in transfer, are used in computing the major grade point average.

* Specific degree and professional certification programs may have more stringent degree requirements than those specified above.

Teacher Preparation Program

* Cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the last 45 graded credits, OR an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

* Grade-point average of at least 2.5 for major, minor and professional education sequence.

General Education Degree Components

* The general education program must be completed as defined in the University catalog.

* Students transferring from Washington state community colleges holding the appropriate academic transfer associate degree will have met the general education program requirements.

* Completion of all requirements for a major as specified by the appropriate department is required.

* Completion of a minor is required when the major contains fewer than 60 credits.

* Foreign Language Requirement: students seeking the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must complete one year college/university study of a single foreign language or two years high school study of a single foreign language.

* Professional Education: all professional education programs require completion of professional education courses in addition to completion of major requirements.

Application for Graduation

Application for the Bachelor's degree must be filed by the Friday of the first week of instruction of the quarter preceding planned graduation. See class schedule booklet for exact deadline date.

Exceptions to university graduation requirements must be petitioned to the registrar. Approval of exceptions must be obtained from the general education committee department or program chair and responsible dean where appropriate. Exceptions in majors or minors and teacher preparation programs must be approved by the appropriate department chair and college dean or designee.

Commencement Participation

Students who have met graduation requirements during the current academic year, summer through winter quarters, and, those expecting to meet the requirements during the current spring quarter may participate in the Spring graduation ceremony.

Application for graduation or receipt of a degree does not automatically qualify a student for commencement participation. Students must submit to the Registrar a commencement participation form prior to the published commencement participation deadline.

Students anticipating graduation the summer quarter following commencement exercises may participate in the graduation ceremony on a space available basis. Candidates for summer graduation who wish to participate in the Spring commencement ceremony prior to issuance of a degree must submit an application for graduation prior to the spring quarter deadline. Published acknowledgment of the degree will not take place until the degree is conferred. All honors recognition for summer quarter candidates will be published the following Spring.

Students participating in commencement exercises must wear commencement regalia approved by the Registrar. Exception to commencement procedures are approved by the Registrar.

Graduation with Distinction

Baccalaureate honors are awarded to recipients of a first Bachelor's degree according to the following standards:

3.5 to 3.69 - cum laude

3.7 to 3.89 - magna cum laude

3.9 to 4.00 - summa cum laude

Cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude will be noted on the recipient's diploma and university transcript.

Other distinctions:

President's Scholars are those students who, in the current academic year, have cumulative GPAs in the top 1 percent of their respective college class. GPA is calculated by existing University policy.

Dean's Scholars: are those students who, in the current academic year, have cumulative GPAs in the top 5 percent of their respective college class (but not including the top 1 percent.) GPA is calculated by existing University policy.

NOTE: Individual study majors will be computed with the College of Arts and Humanities majors.

The following conditions must be met in order to be considered for graduation with distinction:

* At least seventy-five (75) of the credits required for the degree must be earned at Central Washington University with a minimum of 60 credits in courses taken on the A-F graded basis.

* Credits earned by course challenge, CLEP and other national examinations, military experiences or courses, non-college courses and industrial experience will not be allowed toward the 75 credits required for eligibility.

* Honors shall be based on the GPA of all credits earned at Central as well as transfer credits accepted by CWU.

The Registrar will calculate the top percentage for declared graduates based on the end of Winter quarter data. Final determination of honors will be made after Spring quarter graduation when all grades are recorded.

Students completing degree requirements during the summer who are permitted to participate in the preceding spring quarter commencement will not be eligible for honors recognition until the following Spring commencement ceremony.

Concurrent Baccalaureate Degrees

A student may be awarded more than one baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.A. Ed., B.F.A., B.MUS, B.S.) at the same time provided that requirements of both the degree programs have been completed. Double majors within the same baccalaureate program do not constitute separate baccalaureate degrees.

In disciplines offering multiple Baccalaureate degrees with identical or similiar names, e.g. B.A. and B.S. in Biology, only one degree will be awarded. Exceptions to this policy require approval by the department chair and appropriate dean.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

Qualified students seeking second baccalaureate degrees are admitted to graduate status; this does not mean, however, that they are enrolled in an "advanced degree program". To receive a second baccalaureate degree students must complete: (1) all degree requirements not satisfied by the previous degree, and (2) a minimum of 45 quarter credits from Central. Second baccalaureate degree students follow regulations applicable to undergraduates.


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