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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

General Requirements for all Bachelor's Degrees


  1. Satisfy all admission conditions.
  2. Complete a minimum of twenty-five percent of the semester hours required in the specific degree program at Midwestern State University. Credit by examination may not be used to satisfy the minimum residence requirements.
  3. Complete, in residence at Midwestern State University, 24 hours of the last 30 semester hours required for graduation with the exception of the BAAS and distance education programs in health sciences: BSRC, RN/BSN, and BSRS.
  4. Take no more than 18 semester hours by correspondence. Credit by correspondence for a course failed in residence will not be accepted toward graduation.
  5. Complete a major of at least 24 semester hours of which 12 must be advanced; 12 advanced semester hours of the major must be completed in residence at Midwestern State University. This requirement does not apply to the BAAS degree.
  6. Complete, if required by the program or selected by the student, a minor of at least 18 semester hours of which six must be advanced. Six advanced semester hours of the minor must be completed in residence at Midwestern State University. This residence requirement does not apply to students receiving the BAAS degree with a minor.
  7. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on the courses attempted at Midwestern State University. A student must also earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major and a 2.0 in the minor. A student must have a C (2.0) major, minor, and cumulative grade point average based on Midwestern State University work, as well as transfer work accepted, to graduate. A student who presented a grade point deficiency based on transfer work accepted must have sufficient grade points earned at MSU to remove the deficiency in the major, minor, or cumulative average. Some programs require more than a 2.0 grade point average on major and minor hours. The student should consult with the academic advisor about specific program requirements.
  8. Complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced work for the BBA, BSCJ, BSME, and BSW; 39 semester hours of advanced work for the BA, BFA, BM, and BSIS; 36 semester hours of advanced work for the BAAS, BSDH, and BSCL; 33 semester hours of advanced work for the BS, BSAT, BSEP, BSN, BSRS, and BSRT; and 30 semester hours of advanced work for the BSRC and RN/BSN degrees.
  9. Have a minimum total credits of 120 semester hours. Developmental courses are excluded from the 120 hours. Only two physical activities courses will be counted for the 120 hour requirement regardless of whether fulfilling a previous core requirement or electives.
  10. Core testing to assess students’ knowledge of academic foundations is used as an assessment measure for accreditation; there is no passing or failing score.
  11. Satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement through one of the following options:
    1. Pass the Writing Proficiency Examination administered between 60 and 90 semester hours and after completing six hours of Communication core  curriculum. The test consists of a 300-500 word essay written on one of several topics, and passage requires competency in each of three areas: (1) organization and development, (2) clarity, and (3) mechanics. Students failing the Writing Proficiency Examination must pass ENGL 2113 .
    2. Pass ENGL 2113 - Intermediate Composition & Grammar  after completing 60 semester hours of university credit and after completing six hours of Communication core  curriculum.
  12. Complete academic foundations.
  13. Demonstrate computer literacy by earning credit for a proficiency test or in CMPS 1013 , CMPS 1023 , CMPS 1033 , CMPS 1044 , ETEC 4003 , or MIS 2003 , if graduating under a catalog prior to the 2014-2016 catalog.
  14. Satisfy all requirements specified for the degree by the college in which it is offered.
  15. To graduate with honors, complete at least 30 semester hours of work at Midwestern State University with cumulative grade point average as indicated:
  Cum laude Midwestern State University cumulative grade point averages of 3.50-3.69 inclusive.
  Magna cum laude Midwestern State University cumulative grade point averages of 3.70-3.89 inclusive.
  Summa cum laude Midwestern State University cumulative grade point averages of 3.90-4.00 inclusive.

This recognition is placed on both the permanent academic record and on the diploma. Credit by examination may not be used for honors awarded at graduation. (See Credit by Examination )

  1. Apply formally for the degree through the Office of the Registrar. See Academic Calendar  and Application for Degree Candidacy .
  2. Pay all fees and satisfy all other financial obligations including “exit interviews” as required by loan programs.
  3. For May and December graduates, attend graduation exercises unless approved by the Provost for graduation in absentia.