Graduation Requirements

The Importance and Responsibility of Course Selection

A student is responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation and must be in good standing. Faculty advisers may assist in planning majors, but the final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with each student.

Course Substitutions

Any deviations from the major-specified courses must be documented in the Registrar's Office by an "Approved Course Substitution/Equivalency Request" or other official documentation. To avoid scheduling difficulty and future graduation problems, this documentation should be submitted prior to the student registering for the substitute course at Penn College or at another institution. Students can request a course substitution/equivalency through their academic school office. Please check the Transfer Course Equivalency Search before requesting a course substitution for an external transfer course.

Degree-Specific Graduation Requirements

To successfully earn a degree/certificate from Penn College, students are expected to satisfy the degree-specific requirements* as denoted in this table:

Bachelor's Degree

  • Complete course requirements as defined within the major. (Only courses numbered 100 and above can be used to satisfy graduation requirements.)
  • Complete 36 credits at Penn College** for course work prescribed in the final four semesters of a student's profile (including any summer course work required within or after the final four semesters).
  • Earn at least a 2.00 graduation GPA and at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all major courses. More on GPAs
  • Satisfy all core requirements for bachelor-degree majors.
  • If multiple bachelor’s degrees/majors have been declared, meet all requirements of additional degrees, including completion of at least 30 credits of major-specific courses that are not part of the primary degree. See Dual Majors/Dual Degrees for details.

Associate's Degree

  • Complete course requirements as defined within the major. (Only courses numbered 100 and above can be used to satisfy graduation requirements.)
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits at Penn College**. At least 18 of the credits completed at Penn College must be for course work prescribed in the final two semesters of a student's profile (including any summer course work required between or after the final two semesters).
  • Earn at least a 2.00 graduation GPA and complete all required courses with a D or higher (some majors require grades of C or higher). More on GPAs
  • Satisfy all core requirements for associate-degree majors.
  • If multiple associate’s degrees/major have been declared, meet all requirements of additional degrees, including completion of at least 15 credits of major-specific courses that are not part of the primary major. See Dual Majors/Dual Degrees for details.

Certificate

  • Complete course requirements as defined within the major. (Courses numbered 001-009 cannot be used to satisfy graduation requirements.)
  • Complete at least half of the required credits, including the last semester as prescribed on the student's profile, at Penn College. This includes credits received for credit by examination or work/life experience.
  • Earn at least a 'C' average in all courses required by the major (2.0 graduation GPA). More on GPAs
  • Satisfy all core requirements for Certificate majors.
  • If multiple certificate majors have been declared, meet all requirements of additional programs, including completion of at least 15 credits of major-specific courses that are not part of the primary major. See Dual Majors/Dual Degrees for details.

All students, regardless of type of degree or certificate, must fulfill all financial obligations. A diploma will not be issued to a student with a hold on his or her grades.

* All exceptions to graduation requirements must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer or designee.

**Credit earned by credit-by-exam or work/life experience may be included in the credit minimum if satisfying courses prescribed in the final four (bachelor's degree) or two (associate's degree) semesters of the student's profile.

Unfulfilled Credit Requirements (bachelor/associate/certificate majors only)

A student who has not completed all of the course work required by his/her major at the end of the final semester may take courses from another accredited college/institution, providing that all other requirements are met, including the mimimum Penn College credits stipulated above. Such work must be completed within two years after the last semester in which the student attended classes at Penn College. After two years, the student must re-enroll. See Transferring Credits for additional information.

Graduating with Multiple Degrees or Majors

A student can be enrolled in more than one major and may pursue more than one degree at the same time. The student may petition to graduation with these multiple degrees/majors, providing that he/she has satisfied the requirements of those degrees. Enrollment in Dual Majors/Dual Degrees must follow specified procedures and eligibility requirements. See Dual Majors/Dual Degrees for more information.

Graduating with Minors

A baccalaureate student may earn up to two minors; successfully completed minors will be indicated on the student's official transcript. The following requirements apply:

  • A student must complete 12 of the 18 required credits at Penn College.
  • Twelve of the 18 required credits must be taken at the 200 level or higher.
  • A student may not enroll in a minor within the same (associate/baccalaureate) discipline as the declared major (including a dual major/degree).
  • A minor can be declared no later than registration for the student's final semester.
  • All course work applied to a minor must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or higher; pass/fail courses cannot be applied toward a minor.
  • Bachelor-degree graduates may re-enroll up to two years after graduation to complete a minor.

Approved academic minors are listed in the College Catalog on the Bachelor's Degrees & Minors page. Each is discipline-specific, but may contain interdisciplinary courses.

This information is provided as a summary of the College's academic policy. Official College Policy and Procedure statements, which are available to students on the myPCT Portal, hold precedent over any information provided here.

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