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To qualify for a baccalaureate degree at Georgia College & State University, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete all courses required for the selected degree and major program.
  2. Have a minimum 2.00 institutional grade point average in the courses.
  3. Successfully complete a minimum of 120 earned semester hours. More hours may be required for particular programs. First Year Academic Seminars, orientation and wellness courses (WELL or ELEW) may not be counted toward the 120 hours.
  4. All students, regardless of their degree program, must earn the grade of C or better in ENGL 1101.
  5. Complete 39 of the total number of semester hours counted toward a baccalaureate degree in courses at the upper (3000-4000) level.
  6. Complete at least 21 semester hours at the upper (3000-4000) level in the major field of study.
  7. Complete at least 21 of the last 30 credit hours toward a degree in residence at Georgia College & State University at the 3000-4000 levels.
  8. Complete a minimum of 40 semester hours required for the baccalaureate degree in residence at Georgia College & State University. No student may receive credit for more than a combination of 30 semester hours of extension and/or home study courses. At least 18 semester hours of required courses for the major field, professional component, or area of concentration, and 10 semester hours of those required for the minor, must be earned in residence at Georgia College & State University.
  9. Complete the requirements for degrees in accordance with the regulations in effect at the time the degree is to be awarded, unless the Dean of the College makes an exception. Students must graduate under the degree requirements in effect at the time of their admission to the University and under the major requirements in effect at the time of their declaration of major, provided their enrollment in the University is continuous. Students who are not enrolled for one semester or longer, excluding the summer term, will be subject to the degree and major requirements in effect at the time of their return to the University. Officials of Georgia College & State University can make no exceptions to Board of Regents’ policies.
  10. Fulfill the departmental requirements for the chosen major. Students should seek consultation from their advisor and see the departmental sections of the Catalog for the major requirements.
  11. Present a written application for the degree on the form available in the Office of the Registrar, 107 Parks Hall, by the dates indicated in the official University Calendar. Students must also pay the required graduation fee.
  12. Satisfy both the Regents' Reading and Writing Skills requirements.
  13. Successfully pass the legislative requirement of the Georgia and U.S. history and constitution exams.
  14. Satisfy the Senior Exit requirement(s) in the chosen major(s).


  • Students may be graduated in absentia provided they submit written notice to the Office of the Registrar of their intention to do so before the date of commencement.
  • Georgia College & State University reserves the right to withhold a diploma and refuse to forward transcripts for any student who has an unsatisfactory conduct record or who is in financial arrears to the university.
  • The student is hereby informed and given due legal notice that all of these decisions are within the prerogative of the University, as previously determined by the courts, and are not subject to disciplinary-type due process requirements or strict application of contract law. When the student accepts admission into the college, he or she is agreeing to abide by and be governed by the policies, procedures and requirements contained in the Catalog.
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