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Graduation Regulations

Chadron State College Regulations Governing Graduation

Credit Hour Requirements (Undergraduate)

  • Beginning in the Fall 2012, all new students must earn a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, of which 40 credit hours must be in 300 or 400 (junior or senior) level courses, to meet the requirements for all baccalaureate degrees.
  • Students beginning prior to Fall 2012, must earn a minimum of 125 semester credit hours, of which 45 credit hours must be in 300 or 400 (junior or senior) level courses, to meet the requirements for all baccalaureate degrees.
  • Students are required to use a catalog of the year they enrolled or a subsequent catalog. Students may not graduate under the provisions of a catalog issued more than five years prior to the end of the semester in which they expect to complete their work, unless they have been in military service or have earned college credit in residence at Chadron during each calendar year since beginning the program of study.
  • For the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science degree, students must complete either (1) a comprehensive major of 48 to 57 credits, or (2) a subject major of 30 to 36 credits and a minor of 18 to 21 credits. Students not meeting these requirements may petition to graduate with an Interdisciplinary major. Contact the Dean of Curriculum and Graduate Studies for more information on the Interdisciplinary major.
  • Students who do not transfer in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must complete all 42 credits of Essential Studies courses as listed in the following section of the catalog. Transfer guides indicate courses from other institutions that may satisfy individual Essential Studies course requirements. Depending on the program of study, Essential Studies requirements may vary. Consult the Records Office, an academic advisor, or specific program information in this document for more information.
  • No more than 66 credit hours may be transferred or applied towards a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Education degree from accredited 2-year institutions. Students with an Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree who are pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BAS) degree:
    • May transfer 70 credit hours to CSC
    • Must earn 40 upper division credit hours
    • Must fulfill Essential Studies minimum credit requirements in each of the Student Learning Outcomes 2 through 11. It is recommended that students select upper division courses in order to help achieve the necessary 40 upper division credit hour requirement.
  • Unlimited credit hours may be transferred from accredited four-year institutions, although individual programs may have restrictions and the student must meet other graduation requirements.
  • A minimum completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit earned from Chadron State College.
  • Twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours of credit must be from Chadron State College.
  • Graduation with Academic Honors requires completion of at least 45 hours from Chadron State College at the end of the semester prior to the semester in which graduation occurs.
    • Those attaining high grade point averages will be cited as follows:
      3.90 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
      3.75 - 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
      3.60 - 3.74 Cum Laude
    • Graduate students and students receiving a second Bachelor's Degree are not eligible for honors recognition.

Application/Commencement Information (Graduate and Undergraduate)

  • Undergraduate Candidate Application: Please complete the application and return it to the Record's Office.
  • Graduate Candidate Application: Contact the Graduate Office for the appropriate materials. All graduate students must have a plan of study on file in the Graduate Office to be eligible to apply for graduation. If you have not yet completed this required step, please return to your EagleMail account and read the materials that were provided upon formal acceptance to Graduate Study.
  • Deadlines for applying are:
    • Spring Commencement (May) - November 15
    • Fall Commencement (December) - April 15
    • Summer Commencement (No formal ceremony) - February 15
  • The required signatures must be on the application. A signature is required from the Financial Aid Office even if you did not receive aid and those who have received a federal student loan must do exit counseling (https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action) prior to being cleared.
  • A $20 graduation fee is to be paid to the Business Office after all signatures are attained.
  • If the student’s program of study qualifies them for two majors in two different degrees (e.g. a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Range Management), the student must select the degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) to be conferred. Both majors will be recorded on the transcript.
  • Candidates must have completed or be enrolled in all courses required for the degree prior to application for graduation. Any coursework required for the degree that is incomplete or in progress from a previous term must be completed and graded thirty (30) days prior to commencement.
  • Candidates for degrees are required to take part in the formal exercises of commencement unless prior notification is given to the Records Office. Candidates for degrees are required to wear the academic cap and gown at the commencement exercise. All commencement regalia are ordered through the Eagle Pride Bookstore several months prior to graduation.

Exit Assessments

  • As part of the graduation process, exit assessments for some academic programs and Essential Studies are required of all students. Dates and times of these assessments will be scheduled and taken throughout the candidate’s final year at Chadron State College. You must contact your department to see what, if any, assessment is required.

Specific Teacher Candidate Requirements

  • Teacher candidates who are seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education must complete one field or subject endorsement for 7 – 12th grade secondary certificates or an area of concentration for the elementary certificate, along with the requirements for the professional year which includes a teacher internship. Contact the CSC Education Department for more information.
  • A 2.75 grade point average, from all institutions attended, must be attained for the Bachelor of Science in Education programs for teacher candidates. A grade point average of 2.0 in CSC coursework must be attained for all other Baccalaureate degrees.

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