Baccalaureate Degree (Four-Year)

To be eligible for graduation, a student must be fully matriculated and must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. (Note: When this catalog went to print, teacher education programs, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Composite Materials Engineering required graduates to complete a minimum of 128 credit hours).

2. Complete at least 30 credit hours in residence during the junior and senior years combined. "Residence credit" is credit for classes taught by WSU faculty as well as credit earned under the Minnesota State University Common Market Program; it does not include credit by examination.

3. Complete at least 40 credit hours of 300- to 400-level coursework.

4. Complete the University Studies Program requirements.

5. Earn a minimum WSU cumulative GPA of 2.00. Transfer students must also earn a minimum combined WSU and transfer cumulative GPA of 2.00.

6. Be enrolled at WSU during the semester of graduation.

7. Bachelor of Science—Teaching (BT) candidates must complete the Professional Education Sequence, including student teaching. See page 215, "Admission to the WSU Teacher Education Program."
Note: When this catalog went to print, all Winona State University teacher education programs were being redesigned to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor and refer to the Teacher Education Addendum for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program, or (3) expecting to graduate with a teacher education degree in 2010 or 2011.

8. Complete, with a "C" average, either a broad major of 47 credit hours or more or a major of fewer than 47 credit hours combined with a minor or a second major. (With a broad major, a minor is not required.) Students should be aware of the following considerations related to the major requirements:

  • A student cannot have a minor or option that consists wholly of courses that are required in the major or option in which he/she is earning a degree.
  • Students can use a course to meet requirements in any major, minor, or option requiring the course. However, they may not use a course in their major to meet arts and sciences core requirements unless it is an additional requirement (see page 18). Credit earned in a course counts only once toward the minimum credit hours required for graduation.
  • If the major has more than one option, the minor requirement may not be fulfilled with a second option in that major. However, a student may take a major and a minor in the same department, unless the department prohibits that practice.
  • Certain departments require students to earn a grade of "C" or better in each course within their major/minor or to earn a grade of "C" or better in specific courses in their major/minor. Students should consult with the department offering the major or minor for any additional GPA requirements.
  • The major GPA does not include grades earned in additional requirements courses.

9.Submit an Application for Graduation online after you have registered for your last semester of courses. No degree is awarded until all grades are finalized; "I" or "IP" grades cannot remain on the permanent record.
Note: The student is solely responsible for making sure all academic requirements are met to complete the degree.