Catalog 2010-2012

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to the completion of one of the baccalaureate degree programs, there are other specific requirements for graduation which apply to all undergraduate students seeking any bachelor's degree, other than the Bachelor of Liberal Studies. These are listed below. See pages xxx, xxx, and xxx for graduation requirements for a graduate degree program.

  1. Residence
    1. Not more than 32 semester hours earned in Guided Independent Study (previously specified as correspondence study at UNI), extension, or television courses may be used toward graduation.
    2. At least 36 weeks spent in residence at this university while earning in such residence at least 32 hours of credit, of which 20 hours must be earned in the junior and senior years.
    3. At least 32 hours of credit earned in the junior and senior years in courses at this university. This total may include nonresidence credit.
    4. The last semester or full summer session before graduation spent in residence at this university.
  2. Scholarship
    1. A student seeking the bachelor's degree with licensure to teach must successfully complete student teaching and achieve a cumulative grade index in all course work attempted, at this university and elsewhere, of at least 2.50 to be recommended for graduation. The student must also achieve a cumulative grade index of 2.50 on all work attempted at the University of Northern Iowa.
    2. A student seeking the bachelor's degree (without licensure) must achieve a cumulative grade index in all work attempted, at this university and elsewhere, of at least 2.00 to be recommended for graduation; the student must also achieve a cumulative grade index of 2.00 on all work attempted at the University of Northern Iowa.
      Note:
      A student may be held by her/his academic department to specific grade point requirements, for the major work and/or graduation, which are higher than the grade point requirements for all university students. Students are advised to refer to the requirements for their specific major.
  3. Communication
    Competence in reading, speaking, and writing is required of all candidates seeking degrees or university recommendations for licensure. All students who enter UNI with or after the Fall 1988 semester who are candidates for baccalaureate degrees are required to demonstrate competence in writing by passing the Liberal Arts Core writing course and meeting the writing requirements for their academic major.
  4. Foreign Language Competency RequirementStudents entering UNI who graduated from high school in 1989 or thereafter are required to demonstrate a level of competence in a foreign language (classical or modern) equivalent to that achieved after the second semester at the college level. One year of foreign language in high school is considered to be equivalent to one semester of foreign language at the university.
    The foreign language competency requirement can be satisfied in the following ways:
    1. satisfactory* completion of two years of high school study in one foreign language;
    2. satisfactory* completion of a combination of high school and college study in one language equivalent to the competence achieved after the second semester at the college level;
    3. satisfactory performance in an achievement examination measuring proficiency equivalent to that attained after the second semester of college study in one foreign language.
    4. satisfactory* completion of either two years of high school study or one year of college study or the combined equivalent in American Sign Language (ASL). Study in any other language and culture for the hearing impaired will not automatically satisfy this graduation requirement.
      *Satisfactory completion means a minimum grade of C- in the last course taken to meet this requirement.
  5. Advanced Courses
    At least 10 hours of work in a major in courses numbered 100-199* and taken at this university.
    *See course descriptions for 4-digit numbers (to be implemented Fall 2011) associated with 100-level courses.
  6. Maximum Credit by Examination
    A maximum of 32 semester hours of credit earned by examination or by open credit is applicable toward degree requirements. This includes credit earned by CLEP, by departmental examination, by Advanced Placement, and credit established by examination of other colleges and universities.
  7. Listing of Candidates for Graduation
    A student may be listed as a candidate for graduation at the end of a semester if the completion of work for which s(he) is registered would meet all the requirements for graduation exclusive of grade points, and if the grade points to be earned do not exceed the number which could be earned for the hours for which the student is registered.
  8. Application for Graduation
    A student who expects to be graduated at the end of a semester must make written application at the opening of the semester. This application can be accessed through MyUNIverse http://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml and is filed with the Office of the Registrar.
  9. Second Baccalaureate Degree (After First Baccalaureate  Conferred)
    A student may pursue a second baccalaureate degree after a first baccalaureate degree has been conferred. To receive a second baccalaureate degree after first baccalaureate degree has been conferred, a student must meet all the requirements for the second degree, including at least 36 weeks in residence and earning not less than 32 hours of credit.

    For example: Student has 20 specified hours of coursework to meet the requirements for the second baccalaureate degree. Student will need to earn an additional 12 hours to meet the minimum 32 hours of credit required for a second baccalaureate degree.

  10. Two Concurrent Degrees
    A student may pursue two different baccalaureate degrees concurrently. To receive two different degrees concurrently (i.e., B.A/B.S., B.A./B.Music), a student must meet all the requirements for both degrees, including at least 36 weeks in residence and earning not less than 32 hours of credit beyond the hours required for the degree the student chooses to declare as the first degree.

    For example:
    The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree requires minimum of 120 hours and the Bachelor of Science degree requires minimum 126 hours to graduate.
    If declared first degree Bachelor of Liberal Arts/second degree Bachelor of Science,  requires minimum 152 hours to graduate with these concurrent degrees (120 hours + 32 hours).
    If declared first degree Bachelor of Science/second degree Bachelor of Liberal Arts,  requires minimum 158 hours to graduate with these concurrent degrees (126 hours + 32 hours).
    The university does not grant two of the same degrees concurrently, including the Bachelor of Arts degree-Liberal Arts and the Bachelor of Arts degree-Teaching program.
    A student may have a double major, one in Teaching and one in Liberal Arts, but the Teaching major must be declared as the first major and the B.A. Teaching degree will be the degree conferred, since the teaching degree has the higher grade index requirement.