1. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with an earned grade point average of 2.00 for all hours attempted and included in the GPA computation.
2. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 45 semester credit hours outside the department in which they are enrolled as a major. The Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences is considered a multidiscipline department and students with majors in those disciplines must complete 45 semester hours outside their discipline. The College of Technology is considered one department and students majoring in the College of Technology must complete 45 semester hours outside of that college.
3. Students must have a grade point average of 2.00 for all major and minor credit hours attempted; all Bachelor of Science in Education (secondary) students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in major credit hours, 2.50 overall; All Bachelor of Science in Education (early/late childhood and early childhood unified birth through third grade licensure) students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in major credit hours, 2.80 overall. Department of Art undergraduate degree programs require a 3.00 in art courses and grades of “B” or better in upper level art courses.
4. A minimum of 45 semester hours of credit must be earned in upper division courses (numbered 300 to 799).
Upper division credit may be earned only through a four year institution.
5. A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit must be earned in residence (courses taken from Pittsburg State University) with a grade point average of 2.00 for all resident hours attempted. These minimum resident hours must include eight semester hours of credit in the major department.
6. A two-year college transfer student must complete a minimum of sixty credit hours at an accredited four-year university or college.
7. A maximum of six semester hours of credit completed at another college or university may be applied on the last thirty hours prior to graduation.
8. Freshman English--Students must earn credit in 6 hours of English Composition/Research Writing (ENGL 101 and ENGL 190 or 299) with a grade of C or above.
9. Speech Communication--A student must earn credit in a course in basic speech communication.
10. Upon attaining 85 semester hours of credit (including current enrollment), the student must apply in writing for an official degree check, with the Degree Checking Office in the Office of the Registrar or through their GUS account. Following the record analysis, the student will be provided with an outline of specific requirements which must be met before a degree can be granted. A copy of this official degree check is sent to the student's advisor.
11. Degrees are issued only at the close of each semester and summer session.
12. A student must complete the degree requirements of the most recent Pittsburg State University catalog in effect at the time of the student's first matriculation at any college or university provided that the catalog has not expired. A student may also select any subsequent catalog provided that the catalog has not expired.
This 2013-2014 University Catalog will expire at the end of 2019 summer session for students who take their first college course fall semester 2013 or before. Those students who take their first college course after fall 2013 will have six years to complete their degree under the 2013-2014 University Catalog.
13. Minors must be selected from a different department than the major. (It is understood that, in the Department of Engineering Technology, technology minors can be earned in areas of study different from the major).
14. Additional minors or majors will not be awarded or posted to a transcript after a baccalaureate degree has been granted unless a second baccalaureate degree is earned.
15. A student who earns a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University may be granted a second bachelor’s degree, in a major area other than that in which the first degree was granted provided the student has met all requirements for the second degree, including no fewer than thirty semesters hours of Pittsburg State University credit beyond the number required for the first degree. In cases where the two degrees will be awarded in the same semester, the student will designate which is to be his or her “first degree” for the purpose of this policy.
For dual degrees academic honors (e.g., summa cum laude) will be determined, recognized and recorded treating each degree as a separate academic achievement.
The Bachelors of General Studies cannot be awarded as a second bachelors, nor can it be awarded concurrently with another Pittsburg State University degree. A student seeking a second bachelor’s degree who earned the first bachelor’s degree at another institution will not be required to meet Pittsburg State University general education requirements, except English Composition/Research Writing and Speech Communication requirements. All other requirements must be met, including minimum hours in residence as stipulated in “Requirements for All Baccalaureate Degrees.”
Students are strongly encouraged to file for a degree audit with the Degree Checking Office as soon as they determine they will seek a second baccalaureate degree.
16. All students must successfully complete the Degree Specific Assessment Program prior to graduation.
17. Students must successfully complete the Writing To Learn requirement. See Writing to Learn Requirement.
18. All international students must submit an acceptable score on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Languages Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score for the TOEFL internet based test is 68 for most undergraduate programs (Communication, Nursing, Psychology and English for Speakers of Other Languages majors require a minimum score of 79). Minimum score for the IELTS is band 6.0 with all section scores of at least band 5.5.
The successful completion of the highest level of the Pittsburg State University Intensive English Program is equivalent to an acceptable score on the TOEFL or IELTS and can be substituted for this requirement.
19. All students planning to graduate are required to apply for graduation in their last semester and pay graduation fees even if the student is not participating in graduation ceremonies.
20. Minors chosen from the same department or discipline area may be awarded if at least nine hours are unique to that minor in reference to any major or emphasis area. Departments may legislate, as part of major requirements, any exception to this rule.
21. Second, or additional, majors chosen from the same department or discipline area may be awarded If at least fifteen hours are unique to that major in reference to any major or emphasis area being completed.
22. A student pursing a second major with a first major requiring a minor may complete the requirements of the minor with the completion of the second major. Until the second major is completed, the student will continue to see the required minor notation on his/her official degree audit.
Requirements for Dual Degree
A student who seeks to complete two degrees at Pittsburg State University in the same semester are required to file for a degree audit with the Degree Checking Office at the point this decision is made. Dual degrees require that General Education requirements for each degree be met. Also, minor requirements for each degree must be fulfilled. All Support Courses must be completed. Please review second degree policy shown above in #15 of Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degrees.