Graduation Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree

A bachelor's degree is an academic title granted to a student who has completed a specific course of study. Degree titles are authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and program leading to the degrees are administered by the University, a college, a school and sometimes a program board or coalition of faculty.

The faculty of UNC has established the general requirements you must meet in order to earn a baccalaureate degree:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  • Have a University of Northern Colorado cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. Certain programs may have additional requirements (e.g. recommendation for teacher licensure for elementary education requires a UNC cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75).
  • Meet all requirements for the bachelor's degree in your major field of study, as listed in the catalog when the first major was officially declared. This may include required minors, licensures, and/or endorsements.
    • Note: A change from one major (or emphasis) effects a change of catalog year into the catalog in effect when the major change occurred.
    • Each catalog is in effect for a six-year time limit.
      • At the expiration of a catalog, you may select any subsequent catalog up to and including the current one, provided you are, or were, in attendance at the University during that academic year.

Minimum Residency Requirement

You must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in UNC courses. In addition, 20 of the last 30 credit hours of a degree program must be earned in UNC courses. Exceptions to this residency policy may be found in the requirements for individual programs as described in the UNC catalog.

Previous Credit Earned

Any college work earned more than 15 years before the time a baccalaureate degree is granted at UNC may be applicable toward a degree at the discretion of the Registrar and the major and minor departments. Some programs may have additional restrictions.

Correspondence Credit

A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit in correspondence and/or continuing education courses from UNC and/or any other institution will be accepted toward graduation. All correspondence courses and/or transfer work must be completed, received, graded and recorded by the grade deadline of the semester of graduation.


Double Major

If you fulfill the requirements for multiple majors and have completed less than 30 additional semester hours for each major beyond the first, you will receive one diploma with both majors listed on it. Both majors will be listed on your transcript.


Multiple Degrees Achieved Simultaneously

If you have more than one major and have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 30 additional semester hours for each additional major, you will receive a diploma for each degree earned. All degrees will be listed on your transcript.



Latin Honors

In order to qualify for honors and have them recognized at graduation, you must have 56 semester hours of UNC credit (including your final semester) and achieve the necessary cumulative grade point average (see below). Upon successful completion of all graduation requirements, the honors designation will also be indicated on your transcript.

Summa Cum Laude
3.90 - 4.00
Magna Cum Laude
3.80 - 3.89
Cum Laude
3.70 - 3.79

Next Higher Degree

You may, in the last semester of study for one degree, register for graduate courses that exceed the requirements for that degree, provided that your application for admission to the next higher degree program is accepted before the start of the final semester. If you have been admitted to the program for the next higher degree at UNC, you must complete "A Petition to Count Work on the Next Higher Degree" that may be obtained from the Graduate School, (970) 351-2831.