Jul 13, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog

Degree Requirements



General Requirements All Degrees

  1. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 for all WSU work. No more than 20 credit hours of “D” grade may be applied toward graduation. A college or department may reject any or all “D” grade work toward major or minor requirements.
  2. Graduation credit hours must be earned after students have matriculated. Credit hours earned prior to matriculation must be approved by the Graduation Office.
  3. All financial obligations to the university must be cleared.

Requirements for Minors

The term “minor” refers to a collection of related courses that are a student’s secondary field of academic concentration or specialization while completing a bachelor degree. Minors may be completed with any bachelor degree. Many majors require the completion of a minor; this is designated under the requirements for each major.

Requirements for Graduate Degrees

WSU offers fifteen graduate degree programs, including fourteen master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree program. Information concerning admission to and requirements for these programs is located in the sections of this catalog for the colleges indicated below.

Also refer to the WSU Graduate Programs policy at weber.edu/ppm/Policies/11-1_GraduatePrograms.html.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

  1. A minimum of 120 credit hours.
  2. A minimum of 40 upper-division credit hours (courses numbered 3000 and above).
  3. A minimum of 30 hours in residency (WSU courses).
  4. At least a 2.0 (C) WSU grade point average (GPA).
  5. Completion of WSU general education, diversity, major and minor requirements.
  6. One of the following bachelor’s degrees must be specified and the WSU general education, major and minor requirements completed. Some departments may specify completion of specific general education courses.
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
      This degree may be earned only by Visual Arts majors; see the Visual Arts Department  section for the application process.
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
    Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
    These degrees may only be earned by Music majors; contact the Department of Performing Arts   for more information.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS)
    See the Integrated Studies (BIS)   section of this catalog for information about program requirements and the application process.

Language Requirement

The Bachelor of Arts degree includes a language requirement which may be met by one of the following options:

  • Option 1 - Foreign Language

One of the following

  1. Documentation of a proficiency level of “Intermediate Low” or better through an examination administered by the WSU Foreign Language Department  or through an examination by a recognized testing agency.
  2. Completion of WSU foreign language course 2020 with a grade of “C” or higher, or comparable transfer credit.
  3. Completion of any upper-division WSU foreign language course with a grade of “C” or higher, or comparable transfer credit.
  4. Students for whom English is a second language may meet the BA foreign language requirement by:
    • verifying their proficiency in their (non-English) native language in cooperation with the Foreign Language Department 
      and
    • verifying their proficiency in English as a Second language by passing the ESL Special Examination.
  5. Documentation of a minimum proficiency level in American Sign Language through an examination administered by the American Sign Language/Interpreting Program at Salt Lake Community College. The signer must produce and maintain American Sign Language with “continuity and precision.”
  6. Completion of WSU American Sign Language course 2020 with a grade of “C” or higher, or comparable transfer credit.
  7. Completion of twelve semester-hours of foreign language.

Refer to the Foreign Language  section of this catalog for additional information on obtaining foreign language credit. 

  • Option 2 - Foreign Language with Language Arts

Note: This option is only available when specified by the major course requirements.

  1. Completion of at least six semester-hours of foreign language with further course work up to six semester-hours in the language arts beyond the composition requirement in the general education core. Language arts course work may include literature, creative writing, rhetoric, music composition, etc. Students should refer to the major for specific requirements.

The Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Music Education degree requirement is for two semesters of foreign language chosen from French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The requirement may be satisfied by taking two semesters of the same language, or one semester each of two different languages.

Requirements for Associate’s Degrees

AA/AS Degree Requirements

If you are earning an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, contact the Student Success Center (see weber.edu/ssc).

  1. A minimum of 60 credit hours.
  2. A minimum of 20 hours in residency (WSU courses).
  3. At least a 2.0 (C) WSU grade point average (GPA).
  4. Completion of WSU general education requirements.

    The Associate of Arts Degree must include a foreign language or ASL (American Sign Language) requirement which may be met by one of the following:
    1. Documentation of a proficiency level of “Novice High” or better through an examination administered by the WSU Foreign Language Department  or through an examination by a recognized testing agency.
    2. Completion of WSU foreign language course 1020 with a grade of “C” or higher, or comparable transfer credit.
    3. Completion of any WSU foreign language course at a level beyond the first year with a grade of “C” or higher, or comparable transfer credit.
    4. Documentation of three years of the same language completed in high school with a minimum grade of “B”.
    5. Documentation of a minimum proficiency level in American Sign Language through an examination administered by the American Sign Language/Interpreting program at SLCC. The signer must “demonstrate proficiency in temporal aspect, spatial agreement and in describing things around her/him and the deaf culture.”
    6. Completion of WSU American Sign Language course 1020 with a grade of “C” or higher, or comparable transfer credit.

AAS Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 63 credit hours.
  2. A minimum of 20 hours in residency (WSU courses).
  3. At least a 2.0 (C) WSU grade point average (GPA).
  4. General education requirements are specified by each program and include at least the following:
    1. ENGL 1010  or ENGL 2010  and one other course in oral or written communication (6 credit hours);
    2. Math or discipline-specific statistics as designated by specific programs (3 credit hours);
    3. One course in each of the three following areas (9 credit hours): Creative Arts & Humanities (CA or HU), Life & Physical Sciences (LS or PS), and Social Sciences (SS).

Requirements for Institutional Certificates

Students are awarded an Institutional Certificate when they complete a program of study fulfilling a 10 credit hour minimum in residence at Weber State. Course work for institutional certificates is designed in a specific area for career and technical education purposes or for professional development. Students enrolled in Institutional Certificate programs are awarded diplomas indicating they have completed an Institutional Certificate in a defined area. Institutional Certificates are designated as “Institutional Certificate” under the Degrees/Programs listing (see Programs Sorted by Degree ). Refer to the listings under the academic department for specific requirements. At the discretion of the department credits earned as part of an Institutional Certificate may be applied to a degree. Students enrolled in Institutional Certificate programs may need to meet additional credit hour requirements in order to qualify for financial aid and should check with the Financial Aid Office.

Requirements for Graduate Certificates

A Graduate Certificate is a program of study, less than a year in length, made up of graduate-level course work, with a prerequisite of at least a Bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled in Graduate Certificate programs are awarded diplomas indicating they have completed a Graduate Certificate in a defined area. Institutional Certificates are designated as “Grad Cert” under the Degrees/Programs listing. Refer to the listings under the academic department for specific requirements.

Requirements for Certifications

Students are awarded departmental certifications for completing a course or series of courses in a specified area. Certifications are designated as “Certification” under the Degrees/Programs listing (see Programs Sorted by Degree ). Refer to the listings under the academic department for specific requirements. Students enrolled in certification programs may need to meet additional credit hour requirements in order to qualify for financial aid and should check with the Financial Aid Office.