University Undergraduate Graduation Requirements
All students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program must fulfill the following university requirements to graduate.
A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation with a baccalaureate degree; at least 45 credit hours must be in upper-division courses. Some programs may require more than 120 credit hours and 45 upper-division credit hours for graduation. Associate degrees require a minimum of 60 credit hours. Students should check the program's graduation audit and major map for graduation requirements.
No more than 60 credit hours earned in independent learning courses or earned by comprehensive examination (including Advanced Placement, College-Level Examination Program, DANTES Subject Standardized Test, Cambridge International Exam and International Baccalaureate exams) are accepted for credit toward the baccalaureate degree.
Grade point requirement
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all courses taken at ASU is required to graduate with an undergraduate degree. Some programs may require a cumulative GPA higher than 2.00; students should refer to the specific program's graduation audit and major map for graduation requirements.
General Studies requirement
All students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program must satisfy the university requirement of a minimum of 29 credit hours of approved General Studies coursework. Students should refer to the General Studies page for more information.
Completion of General Studies and composition requirements at a domestic institution accredited by an organization recognized by ASU as certified on the official transcript will fulfill ASU’s lower-division General Studies and composition requirements. Certification of completed General Studies may include students' completion of a general education package (ex: AGEC, CSUGE, IGETC), an associate of arts degree or bachelor’s degree or comparable, as documented on an official transcript. If students transfer from Arizona community colleges without completing the AGEC or from other accredited postsecondary institutions, they receive credit for General Studies based on course-by-course equivalency. Students should review the Arizona General Education Curriculum page.
In addition to 29 credit hours of General Studies coursework, students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program must complete an additional six upper-division credit hours, preferably chosen from within the major, comprised of three credit hours of literacy (L) and three credit hours of humanities, arts and design (HU)/social-behavioral sciences (SB).
All undergraduate degree-seeking students are expected to fulfill the university's mathematics requirement by the time they have accumulated 30 credit hours in residence at ASU. Any student who has more than 30 credit hours and has not fulfilled the mathematics requirement must enroll in a mathematics course or an appropriate prerequisite course and continue to do so every semester until the mathematics requirement is met. A waiver may be granted for continuous enrollment if there are scheduling conflicts detrimental to the student's academic progress. Students should also see the Math Intensive Programs: Required Course Policy.
First-year composition requirement
Completion of both ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 105 with a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher is required for graduation from ASU in any baccalaureate or associate program. Students for whom English is not a native language may meet the first-year composition requirement by completing ENG 107 and 108 with a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher. Students who are required to take first-year composition must enroll in their first required composition course within the first year and continue to enroll in required composition courses every term until composition requirements are met.
Composition courses transferred from other postsecondary institutions may require evaluation. After consultation with an advisor, if evaluation is necessary, the student should submit a request for evaluation through the ASU Transfer Guide. The process should be completed upon transfer of coursework to ASU so the student is able to enroll in additional courses if required to do so. Students who are required to take first-year composition must enroll in their first required composition course within the first year and continue to enroll in required composition courses every term until composition requirements are met.
Resident credit requirement
Resident credit refers to a course that is offered in a regular semester or summer session. Credit earned through comprehensive examinations also is included when calculating ASU resident hours. Credit earned through independent learning, Advanced Placement testing, the College-Level Examination Program or an International Baccalaureate exam are excluded when calculating ASU resident hours.
Every candidate for an undergraduate degree is required to earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in resident-credit courses at ASU.
Guidelines for determination of catalog year
The ASU Academic Catalog is published annually. Department, school, division, college and university requirements are upgraded often, and may change. In determining graduation requirements, an undergraduate student will use only one edition of the catalog but may elect to follow any subsequent catalog edition under which the student attends. Students may not use an edition of the catalog that was in effect before their high school graduation or completion of their GED. Students maintaining continuous enrollment at any Arizona community college or public university may graduate according to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment following high school graduation or completion of a GED or according to the requirements of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment. Students may maintain continuous enrollment while pursuing their degrees, whether attending a single Arizona community college or public university or transferring among public institutions in Arizona. Students transferring among Arizona public higher education institutions must meet all requirements of the degree-granting institution: admission, residency, curricular and academic.
- A semester in which a student earns course credit is counted toward continuous enrollment. Noncredit courses, audited courses, failed courses and courses from which the student withdraws do not count toward the determination of continuous enrollment for catalog purposes (examples A and B in the continuous enrollment table below).
- Students who do not meet the minimum enrollment standard stipulated above during three consecutive semesters (fall/spring/fall or spring/fall/spring) and the intervening summer term at any Arizona community college or public university are no longer considered continuously enrolled. These students must meet requirements of the Arizona community college or public university catalog in effect at the time they are readmitted or of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment after readmission (examples C and D in the continuous enrollment table below). Students are not obligated to enroll and earn course credit during summer terms, but summer enrollment may be used to maintain continuous enrollment status.
- Students admitted or readmitted to an Arizona community college or public university during a summer term must follow the requirements of the catalog in effect for the following fall semester or of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment (example E in the continuous enrollment table below).
- In areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete or irrelevant.
- Coursework that is more than eight years old is applicable to completion of degree requirements at the discretion of the department of the student’s major. Departments may accept or reject such coursework or request that the student revalidate the substance of the coursework. The eight-year limit on coursework applies except when program accreditation agencies limit the life of coursework to fewer than eight years. Departments also may require students to satisfy current major requirements rather than major requirements stated in earlier catalogs when completing earlier requirements is no longer possible or educationally sound.
- Enrollment by Arizona community college students in nontransferable courses still constitutes enrollment for purposes of determining whether the student has been continuously enrolled. For example, if a student takes two semesters of cooperative education classes that are not transferable to the university but constitute continuous enrollment at the community college, the university should consider it continuous enrollment.
- Exceptions made by an institution apply only to the institution that made the exception. For example, if the community college departments accepted credit that was more than eight years old, the university department to which the student transfers might not; the university department has the right and the obligation to reevaluate any credit more than eight years old.
Inquiries about these guidelines may be directed to the student's academic advisor.
|Admitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Fall 2019||Active|
|Continued at an Arizona community college||Spring 2020
|Transferred to an Arizona university||Spring 2021||Student enrolled under 2019–2020 or any subsequent catalog|
|Admitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Fall 2015||Active|
|Enrolled but earned all “W”s or “E”s (0.00)||Spring 2016||Inactive|
|Enrolled in audit courses only||Fall 2016||Inactive|
|Transferred to an Arizona university||Fall 2018||Student enrolled under 2018–2019 or any subsequent catalog|
|Admitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Fall 2018||Active|
|Readmitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Fall 2020||Active|
|Transferred to an Arizona university||Spring 2021||Student enrolled under 2020–2021 or any subsequent catalog|
|Admitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Fall 2018||Active|
|Readmitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Summer 2019||Active|
|Transferred to an Arizona university||Fall 2020||Student enrolled under 2018–2019 or any subsequent catalog|
|Admitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Summer 2017||Active|
|Continued at an Arizona community college||Fall 2018
|Readmitted and earned course credit at an Arizona community college||Spring 2020||Active|
|Transferred to an Arizona university||Summer 2020||Student enrolled under 2017–2018 or any subsequent catalog|
|Admitted and earned course credit at an Arizona university||Summer 2018||Active|
|Readmitted and earned course credit at an Arizona university||Fall 2019||Active|
|Continued at an Arizona community college||Spring 2020||Student enrolled under 2018–2019 or any subsequent catalog|
Application for graduation
Students should visit the ASU Graduation website for information on how to apply for graduation and deadline dates.
Petition for variance from degree
Any student wishing to have a college or university degree requirement variance must petition the standards committee of the college in which the student is enrolled. All petitions must originate with the student's advisor.
The University Undergraduate Standards Committee advises the Office of the University Provost regarding undergraduate student petitions that concern university-wide academic requirements. These requirements include: requirements on the amount of transfer credit, graduation requirements, limits on credit by examination and requirements for a second baccalaureate degree. To petition for a variance from such university requirements, the University Undergraduate Standards Committee petition is used. Most petitions heard by the University Undergraduate Standards Committee start at the college level and are forwarded for final review and decision to the university-level committee.
Overview of graduation requirements
At ASU, students take classes that fulfill four types of requirements. As illustrated in the graduation requirements diagram below, some courses can fulfill two or more types of requirements but other courses fulfill only one requirement. The total credit hours needed to graduate are represented by the largest circle. The university minimum is 120 credit hours. Some majors, however, may require more than 120 credit hours.
Although the three shaded circles in the illustration below are equal in size and the white circle is larger than all three, the total number of credit hours for each type of requirement may vary.
The yellow circle represents university requirements. The General Studies requirement and first-year composition requirement are among these requirements.
The gray circle represents college requirements. Some colleges and schools such as The College of Liberal Arts and Science have additional requirements.
The red circle represents the requirements of the major. The credit hours required for a major may be as low as 30 credit hours or as high as 65 credit hours.
The white circle represents electives and the requirements of a minor or certificate. A minor typically adds an additional 15 to 25 credit hours of coursework. Although every student eventually must declare a major, minors and certificates are not required. Some courses, while providing credit hours toward graduation, fall outside the shaded circles and are not required in a program for graduation. These courses are electives. Some majors leave no room for electives within the minimum 120 credit hours required to graduate.
The separate units of ASU — such as colleges, schools and departments — have specific requirements for graduation that must be satisfied for a baccalaureate degree. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor in planning a program to ensure it meets the various requirements. A well-planned program may enable a student to concurrently satisfy a portion of the General Studies requirement together with a portion of a college or major requirement.
Graduation with academic recognition
An undergraduate student must have completed at least 56 hours of resident credit at ASU to qualify for graduation with academic recognition for a baccalaureate degree.
The cumulative GPA determines the designation, as shown in the academic recognition table below.
|3.60–3.79||magna cum laude|
|3.80–4.00||summa cum laude|
The cumulative GPA for these designations is based on ASU resident coursework only. All designations of graduation with academic recognition are indicated on the diploma and the ASU transcript. Graduation with academic recognition applies only to undergraduate degrees.
A student who has a baccalaureate degree from ASU and is pursuing a second baccalaureate degree at ASU (with a minimum of 30 hours of resident credit) is granted academic recognition on the second degree based on the credit hours earned subsequent to the posting of the first degree. If fewer than 56 credit hours are completed at ASU subsequent to completion of the first ASU degree, the level of academic recognition can be no higher than that obtained on the first degree. If 56 or more credit hours are completed at ASU after completion of the first ASU degree, the level of academic recognition is based on the GPA earned for the second ASU degree. Inquiries about graduation with academic recognition may be directed to University Registrar Services.
Second baccalaureate degree
The student seeking a second baccalaureate degree must meet admission criteria for that degree. After conferral of the first degree, a minimum of 30 additional credit hours in resident credit courses at ASU must be successfully completed to earn the second baccalaureate degree. The student must meet all degree and university requirements of the second degree.
Admission to a specific second baccalaureate degree program may be deemed inappropriate based on the discipline or degree type of the original baccalaureate degree, regardless of whether that degree was earned at ASU or another institution (e.g., admission to a BS in psychology after earning a BA in psychology).
A student pursuing a second baccalaureate degree in the same discipline as a minor previously conferred by ASU will have the minor removed from the original academic record upon completion of the second degree.
Students who wish to use courses taken while in graduate nondegree status toward a second bachelor’s degree may have up to 15 credit hours applied toward this degree.
More than one baccalaureate degree may be pursued concurrently if prior approval is given by the colleges or schools offering the degrees. Students may receive concurrent degrees if they meet the minimum requirements for both degrees. Specific combinations of degrees may be deemed inappropriate due to high curricular overlap.
For additional information, students are asked to review the glossary description.
eAdvisor and critical requirements
eAdvisor ensures that students get off to a good start and stay on track toward graduation by helping them find a major that fits their talents and career goals and then monitors progress. Students use eAdvisor to do the following:
- Learn more about graduation requirements for their major.
- Discern the critical courses and grades that are required to stay on track to successfully complete their degree.
- Plan for and schedule appropriate courses in the correct sequence to maximize success.
- Monitor progress toward their degree.
- Find out how courses may fit into other majors if they decide to change majors.
Through eAdvisor, students follow a major map that outlines the critical requirements and optimal eight-semester plan. If students do not meet the critical requirements, an advising hold may be placed on the students' records, and an advising session is required before future registration activities can take place. When students do not meet the critical requirements for two consecutive semesters, they are considered off track and may be advised to change majors.
Critical requirements are identified by the faculty and academic units as predictors of success in a major. To ensure students are able to enroll in critical courses, ASU academic units coordinate to offer sufficient seats to meet demand. Specific class schedules (days and times) are not guaranteed.
Math-intensive programs: required course policy
ASU undergraduate degree programs are categorized in the area of math intensity as either general, moderate or substantial based on the number and type of required math courses. Students enrolled in a degree program categorized as substantial in math intensity who receive a failing grade of “E” twice in the same required math course may be required to change their major to a major categorized as general or moderate. This policy is applicable even if the required math course is not marked as critical through the eAdvisor tracking tool.
A disestablished program is a major, minor or certificate that the institution has chosen to discontinue. Upon the effective term and year of disestablishment, ASU may choose to stop admitting new students into the program. This includes current ASU students seeking to change into the disestablished major, to add the disestablished major as a concurrent degree, or to add the disestablished minor or certificate. Active students in a disestablished program have a period of four academic years to complete the program requirements. This includes active, not enrolled students typically eligible for Quick Re-entry. Students choosing Quick Re-entry to the institution after a period of nonenrollment cannot re-enroll in a disestablished program if four academic years have passed since the effective term of disestablishment.
Students who have not completed the requirements for a disestablished program four academic years after disestablishment will be changed administratively to a different major, or have the minor or certificate removed from their record.