University Graduation Requirements
A minimum of 125 semester hours of credit is required for a baccalaureate degree. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits at four-year institutions. The last 30 credits must be UND institutional credit. Institutional credit is academic credit awarded by the University. The following sections describe the requirements which must be met by all students seeking the baccalaureate degree. These include regulations concerning majors, minors, grade point average, upper division courses, and residence.
I. Essential Studies Program Requirements
An overview of the philosophy guiding the Essential Studies portion of the University’s graduation requirements is provided in the immediately preceding section of the catalog. The complete philosophy statement and the specific goals of the Essential Studies program are found at http://und.edu/academics/essential-studies/. The courses that can be used to satisfy the Essential Studies graduation requirements can be found at: http://und.edu/academics/essential-studies/approved-courses.cfm.
II. Upper Division Courses Required
A minimum of 36 semester credit hours must be completed in upper division courses by all undergraduate degree recipients. All courses numbered 300 and above and taken at a four-year institution are defined as upper division.
The specific requirements of a major or related fields concentration are determined by the department or program responsible for the major or concentration subject to approval by the University Curriculum Committee. A major requires at least 32 credit hours related to an academic area.
Students desiring to have more than one major listed on the transcript must have the written approval of the dean(s) of the college(s) offering the majors.
IV. Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is a group of courses within an approved academic degree program or major which is identified in the institutional catalog. Sub-plans are either transcriptable or non-transcriptable. Transcriptable sub-plans (options, specialization, emphases, concentrations or tracks) require a minimum of 16 undergraduate distinct credit hours or a minimum of 9 graduate distinct credit hours.
Minors shall consist of a minimum of 20 semester hours of course work with the course distribution established by the appropriate department or departments with the approval of the University Curriculum Committee. Minors may consist of courses associated with a department or discipline (e.g. chemistry); a specialty within a department (office administration, etc.) or a collection of courses which cross disciplines (e.g. international studies). A minor is not required by the University but may be required in some programs for an undergraduate degree. A student may declare a minor in the office of the dean of the college in which the minor is offered.
VI. Program Certificate
A program certificate is a specialized course of study requiring at least 16 credit hours at the undergraduate level.
VII. Double Use of Courses
- Courses within a major or required by a program may, at the same time, fulfill Essential Studies Requirements for the University. (There are a few exceptions to this general rule. These exceptions are stated under departmental requirements, for example under the Communication program.)
- Courses may NOT generally be used, however, to count at the same time toward the total credits needed for 2 majors, 2 minors, or a major and a minor.
- In certain cases courses may count toward a major (or minor) and, at the same time, fulfill “Extradepartmental Requirements” for another major or program. Consult college or departmental offices for more information.
VIII. Grade Point Average
To qualify for a degree a student must achieve a minimum 2.00 (C) average on all University work. For students with transfer work, it is required that the overall average (including transfer work) be 2.00 (C) and that the average work taken at the University of North Dakota be 2.00 (C). Some undergraduate colleges require higher averages. (See requirements under specific college information.)
All UND coursework applied to the major or minor must average 2.0 or above; all coursework applied to the major or minor including transfer work must also average 2.0 or above. Certain colleges or majors/minors may require a higher GPA.
IV. Residence Requirements
A candidate for the bachelor’s degree who enters with transfer credit must obtain from the University a minimum of 30 semester hours of institutional credit and 60 semester credits from a four-year college. Fifteen semester credits in the student’s major and four semester credits in the minor, if a minor is declared, must be institutional credit. Some colleges of the University may require more than 15 hours of institutional credit in the major. The last 30 credits for the bachelor’s degree ordinarily must be institutional credit.
Institutional Credit includes degree credit courses:
- taken in residence;
- taken through Continuing Education.
Credits earned by examination, e.g., Foreign Language Placement and Special Examination for Credit, do not count as Institutional Credit.
Exceptions to General Graduation Requirements
Any exception to the above general degree requirements must be requested by the student at least six weeks prior to his or her expected graduation date. Petitions must be initiated in the office of the student’s dean.
Formal Application for the Degree Sought
Candidates for degrees should make online application within the first four weeks of the semester in which the student expects to receive the degree. The application process is online at: apps.und.edu/graduationonline. Students applying for two or more degrees to be awarded simultaneously must apply separately for each degree and receive approval from each college granting the degrees.
Conferring of Additional Baccalaureate Degrees
Students who have majors falling under different degrees may be eligible for a second degree. Candidates for a second UND baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 155 hours (30 additional hours beyond the University minimum for a first baccalaureate degree). Each successive baccalaureate degree beyond that will add 30 hours to the minimum requirement. All college and major requirements for the second degree must also be fulfilled. At least one-half of the additional 30 hours must be institutional credit. A minimum of 15 semester credits of the major and a minimum of four semester credits of the minor, if declared, must be institutional credit.