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Undergraduate Graduation - Baccalaureate (Bachelor’s) 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 the program leading to the degree may be administered by the university, a college, a school, and sometimes a program board or coalition of faculty.

Requirements

The faculty of UNC has established four general requirements you must meet in order to earn a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  2. Have a UNC cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. Certain programs may have additional requirements (for example, recommendation for teacher licensure for elementary education requires a UNC cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75).
  3. Have at least 40 credit hours in courses designated as Liberal Arts Core.
  4. Meet all requirements for the bachelor's degree in your major field of study, as listed in the catalog when your first major was officially declared. This may include required minors, licensures, and/or endorsements.
  • Catalog Requirements
    • You must complete all degree requirements (the Liberal Arts Core, major(s), minor(s), teacher licensure) as designated in the catalog of the academic year in which your primary major is declared.
      • NOTE: A change from one major to another (or a change of one emphasis to another within the same major) means you will be subject to the most current catalog when you make that change.
    • Each catalog is in effect for six years at a time.
    • At the expiration of a catalog’s six-year time limit, 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.
    • You may change at any time to any subsequent catalog year as long as you attended UNC during that academic year.
    • This change requires a submission of aMajor/Minor Change Form.
    • If your catalog has expired, you must also submit a major/minor change form to update your catalog.
    • If your program does not exist in the desired subsequent catalog, you must instead declare a new program, also using the major/minor change form.
    • If your major or minor has changed names in the subsequent catalog, you must obtain signature approval from the academic department of the new major or minor.

    Degree Conferral Policy

    Academic records will be locked upon degree conferral. Under no circumstances will changes be made to the academic record after degree conferral.

    When all degree requirements have been completed, a degree must be awarded and completed in the term that it is brought to the attention of the Office of the Registrar.  Students cannot request a delay in awarding a degree once all degree requirements have been satisfied. 

  • Latin Honors

    Graduation with Honors

    Graduation with honors is determined on the basis of a student’s cumulative UNC grade point average at time of degree completion: 3.90-4.00 for Summa Cum Laude, 3.80-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude, and 3.70-3.79 for Cum Laude. This GPA must be based off of at least 56 semester hours of UNC credit.

    Each student’s record will be reviewed at the start of their semester of graduation; students with qualifying cumulative grade point averages and the minimum 56 semester hours of UNC credit (including coursework enrolled in during the final semester) will be recognized at the commencement ceremony.

    Students who meet the qualifications upon completion of their degree (including grades earned during the final semester) will have their Latin honors designated on their diploma and official transcript.

    Students graduating with Latin honors are invited to wear a blue and gold cord during commencement for recognition. There cords will be available for purchase when you pick up your cap and gown. The charge is $9.00 and only cash will be accepted. Please remember that final Latin Honor designations are pending receipt of final grades and calculation of your final cumulative GPA.  

    In order to qualify for latin 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

  • Course Substitutions and Course Waivers

    Course Substitution

    Any program course requirement, as approved through the curriculum process and listed in the catalog that is replaced/substituted by another course. All course substitutions must ensure the maintenance of academic program integrity and should be in the same area as the required course or in a closely related field. Course substitution decisions are made only by the department in which your major or minor is declared. Additionally, course substitutions have direct academic impact on other UNC courses. Academic impact must be considered when a request for course substitution is made.

    Course Waiver

     Any program course requirement, as approved through the curriculum process and listed in the catalog, that is deemed unnecessary to be completed by an individual student due to the student’s non-course experiences and/or demonstrated existing knowledge. All course waivers must ensure the maintenance of academic program integrity. Course waiver decisions are made only by the department in which your major or minor is declared. Academic impact must be considered when a request for course waiver is made.

  • Correspondence Credit

    A maximum of 30 semester credit hours in correspondence and/or continuing education courses will be accepted toward graduation.

    All correspondence courses and/or transfer work must be completed, received, graded, and recorded by the end of the semester of graduation.

  • Major and Minor Requirements

    A major is a concentration of courses in your declared area of primary academic study which, when accompanied by appropriate supporting courses, leads to a degree. Majors are recorded on your permanent record. The requirements for a major are specified in the catalog of the academic year in which you declared your major.

    Certain courses are required for each major, but electives may be selected from a range of alternatives prescribed by the program. It’s not uncommon for students starting out to be unsure of which major they’re interested in, so you may enter as “Exploring.” You’ll be advised by Major Exploration and Academic Probation so you’ll be ready to declare a major by the time you’ve completed 30 credit hours toward graduation, including transfer credit.

    Changing your major or emphasis area

    Undergraduate students may transfer from one major to another by filing a Major/Minor Change Form as long as they meet the requirements of the new program. Please note: A change of emphasis area constitutes a change of major. If you’re changing majors, you must meet with an academic advisor in the newly declared major to obtain a PIN.

    An emphasis area includes specified courses that provide a particular focus within a major. Emphasis areas for majors are recorded on the student's academic record.

    Minors

    An academic minor involves less extensive concentration in a discipline but still imposes specific requirements. An undergraduate minor is a specific set of courses in a subject area or academic discipline. A minor does not alone lead to an academic degree, but may be required by some majors. A minor differs from an emphasis area in that a minor is not a focus within the student's major.

    The requirements for a minor are specified in the catalog of the academic year in which the student declares a first major.

    Completing a major/minor

    To complete your major at UNC, you’ll need to earn a minimum of nine upper-division UNC credits (300-400) or UNC-approved study abroad credits (300-400) in your major.

    To complete a minor, you’ll need to earn a minimum of six upper-division UNC credits (300-400) or UNC-approved study abroad credits in that minor.

    A maximum of 12 credit hours of coursework can be shared between a major and a minor. Exceptions to this policy may be found in the requirements for individual programs as described in the UNC catalog.

    You must meet all requirements and pass all the courses required by the school/college or program of your major/minor. These requirements vary and are specifically stated in the section of this catalog that summarizes each academic program offerings.

    We strongly encourage you to work closely with your assigned faculty advisor in selecting Liberal Arts Core courses, major and minor offerings, and elective courses from other disciplines. If you have more than one major or minor you are encouraged to see advisors in each area of study prior to course registration. If you’re an “Exploring” or selected "Seeking" majors, you’ll be advised by Major Exploration and Academic Probation.  

  • Mathematics Requirements

    The School of Mathematical Sciences offers several different mathematics courses that may be a good starting point if you need to take college mathematics. Taking the most appropriate course for you can make a big impact on your success!

    Requirement satisfaction depends on a choice of major/minor and high school mathematics preparation.

    Here are the most commonly followed sequences of mathematics courses if you have three full years of high school mathematics with a grade of "C" or better:

    To satisfy Liberal Arts Core area 2 only:

    MATH 120 or STAT 150

    To satisfy requirements for a Business major:

    MATH 124-MATH 176

    To satisfy Elementary Education Teacher Licensure:

    MATH 181 and MATH 182

  • Submission of Transfer Credit

    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities containing transfer credit must be received by the Office of the Registrar before the semester of graduation. Here areinstructions about submitting transfer credit to UNC

  • Previous Credit Earned

    Course credit earned within 10 years before your bachelor’s degree is to be granted may be applicable toward your UNC degree at the discretion of the academic department for the course subject matter.

    AP course credit earned 10 years before your bachelor’s degree is to be granted may be applicable toward your UNC degree at the discretion of the academic department for the course subject matter.

    ACT/SAT course exemptions (e.g. ENG 123) granted 10 years before the bachelor’s degree is to be granted may be applicable toward your UNC degree at the discretion of the academic department for the course subject matter.

    Here is more information about AP, IB, SAT/ACT, CLEP, Military and Teacher Cadet credit. 

  • Minimum Residency Requirement

    You must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in UNC courses, either online or in person. 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.

  • Concurrent Degrees
     If you complete multiple majors, you will be awarded multiple degrees if you complete an additional 30 credits (above and beyond the 120 credits required for the first degree) for each additional major. For example:

    • If you complete two majors and 150 or more credits, you will receive two degrees.
    • If you complete three majors and 180 or more credits, you will receive three degrees.
    • If you have financial aid, please see below.

    The following examples illustrate transcript and diploma display when the additional 30 hours are completed, and also when fewer than 30 additional hours are completed.

    Concurrent Degrees (two majors, 150+ credits)

    Transcript Display

    Diploma Display

    Bachelor of Science
    Major: Business Administration
         Major Concentration:Finance

    Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Sociology
         Major Concentration: Social Issues

    Degree of Bachelor of Science
         Business Administration

    Degree of Bachelor of Arts
         Sociology

    You will receive two separate diplomas

    Single Degree, Multiple Majors

    Transcript Display

    Diploma Display

    Bachelor of Science
    Major: Business Administration
         Major Concentration:Finance
    Major: Sociology
         Major Concentration: Social Issues

    Degree of Bachelor of Science
         Business Administration
         Sociology

    You will receive a single diploma.

    Single Major, Multiple Emphases

    If you complete one major with multiple emphases (in selected majors where allowed), you will earn one major and one degree, regardless of the number of credits completed.

    Example: For a student with a major of Business Administration, with an emphases in Finance and Accounting:

    Transcript Display

    Diploma Display

    Bachelor of Science
    Major: Business Administration
         Major Concentration: Finance
         Major Concentration: Accounting

    Degree of Bachelor of Science
         Business Administration

    You will receive a single diploma.

    Double Degrees and Financial Aid

    Only coursework that is required for a degree will count towards your enrollment status for Financial Aid. Additionally, if you have completed the degree requirements for a single degree, even if you have not applied for graduation, you are no longer eligible for Title IV aid for that program. The fact that you might be getting a dual degree and have not completed the requirements for the second degree does not change this.

  • 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.