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Academic Programs

Credit Hour Requirements

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Minors

A minor must contain 15 to 18 semester hours of coursework with at least 9 hours of upper division coursework. Courses taken to satisfy Core Areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the minor. Courses taken in Core Area F may be counted as coursework in the minor.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science (Core)

An associate of arts or associate of science degree must contain 60 semester hours. The credit hours are exclusive of physical education activity/basic health or orientation course hours that the institution may require.

Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science Career Degrees (Nursing and Allied Health)

Associate of Applied Science degrees and Associate of Science career degrees in allied health disciplines and nursing have a maximum of 70 semester hours (exclusive of physical education activity/basic health or orientation course hours that the institution may require). These degrees must contain a minimum of 20 semester hours of general education. All cooperative A.A.S. degrees shall include the equivalent of at least four full-time System semesters of study.

Bachelor’s Degrees

A baccalaureate degree must contain a minimum of 120 semester hours and may not exceed the minimum exclusive of physical education activity, basic health, or orientation courses that the institution may require. A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. Exceptions to the 120 semester-hour baccalaureate rule must be made in the form of a request for Board approval to increase credit hours in the program.

Master’s Degrees

A master’s degree may not exceed a maximum of 36 semester hours. The minimum requirement for a master’s degree is 30 semester hours. Exceptions to the 36 semester-hour master’s rule must be made in the form of a request for Board approval to increase credit hours in the program.