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Graduation Requirements-University Wide

Catalog of Entry

The catalog in effect for the quarter in which the student first completes coursework at Ohio University becomes the student’s University and Major Program Catalog of Entry. This catalog defines the University and college-level academic requirements you must complete and academic policies you must follow for the next five years.

If you change your major status or declare other majors before five years pass, the college of your new major may choose to place you under the then-current Major Program Catalog of Entry but leave you under the original University Catalog of Entry as this pertains to University-wide requirements. After five years from your initial registration, your college may choose to update either or both catalogs as they pertain to requirements for graduation. Offices responsible for enforcing other University policies, such as graduation with honor, for example, may apply the current University-wide policies to existing students after five years.

Changes in either major or non-major requirements that are made necessary by altered or discontinued courses or by requirements imposed by external accrediting or certification agencies will be resolved on an individual basis by the dean of your college.  Whenever possible, new requirements will be implemented with a beginning class or upon the expiration of the appropriate time limit.  Transfer students are governed by the same regulations.


Ohio University has two sets of graduation requirements: University-wide requirements, which all students must complete, and college-level requirements, which include the requirements for completing your major or minor. University-wide requirements are discussed in this section. Specific college-level and department-level requirements for majors and minors are explained under the appropriate college listing in the Colleges and Curricula section of the University Catalog. (Some colleges or majors may require transfer students to take additional courses to meet specific major requirements.)

In general, you must earn a minimum of 192 quarter hours of credit for a bachelor’s degree, with all other requirements met. (Students who took coursework at Ohio University before fall 1977 can graduate with 180 hours provided they have met all other requirements.) An associate’s degree requires a minimum of 96 quarter hours.

No more than eight credit hours earned in developmental courses may be applied toward the total hours required for graduation.

Developmental courses include CHEM 115, ENG 150, ENG 150A, MATH 101, MATH 102, PESS 100, and UC 110, 110A, 110B, 112, 112A, 112B, 114.

No more than 20 credit hours earned under the Pass/Fail grading option may be applied toward the total hours required for graduation.

The University recommends a minimum of 24 hours completed in the minor, and has no policy on the minimum requirements for a major. The specific requirements will be determined by your major (and minor, if you have one) department. You also must have a minimum g.p.a. of 2.0 (C) on all hours attempted (including work taken at another institution, if you are a transfer student) and in the major or equivalent as determined by your college.

Your college may have additional g.p.a. requirements.All baccalaureate students (except Honors Tutorial College students) also must complete Ohio University’s General Education Requirements. Associate’s degree students must complete the freshman English and quantitative skills requirements.

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

A DARS report is issued by your college’s student services office/academic advisor each quarter prior to preregistration. This report includes your Registration Access Code (RAC) and your registration access time; you will need this information in order to register for classes. This report helps in determining requirements for graduation by showing progress toward completing those requirements. Reports are also available upon request at your college’s student services office or regional campus student services office during other times. If you have questions concerning the DARS report, please contact your college’s student services office or your regional campus student services office.

General Education Requirements

Ohio University believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include the following:

  • The ability to communicate through the written word and the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning.
  • Broad knowledge of the major fields of learning.
  • A capacity for evaluation and synthesis.

To help you meet these objectives, Ohio University has instituted a three-tiered General Education Requirement that all baccalaureate degree students (except those in Honors Tutorial College) must fulfill. Tier I course requirements build your quantitative and English composition skills; Tier II course requirements increase your breadth of knowledge; and the Tier III course requirement develops your ability to interrelate, synthesize, and integrate knowledge from different academic disciplines.

Tier I Requirements
Tier II Requirements
Tier III Requirements

Residence Requirements for Graduation

Like most universities, Ohio University requires that you be “in residence” for a certain number of credit hours in order to graduate. Some colleges have additional residence requirements, so check with your advisor or dean’s office to make certain that all requirements are being met.

Residence credit is defined as any credit earned by regular enrollment at Ohio University on the Athens campus or any regional campus or by Ohio University Education Abroad, any approved student teaching, by the Independent and Distance Learning Programs in the Division of Lifelong Learning, or any combination of these options.

Bachelor’s Degree

If you have completed fewer than 96 quarter hours at Ohio University, the minimum requirement is to be in residence your final three quarters, with 48 hours of resident credit as defined above. If you have completed 96 or more quarter hours at Ohio University, the final quarter (16 hours) shall be in residence with resident credit as defined above.

If you begin graduate study at Ohio University before completing all requirements for a bachelor’s degree, your residence requirement will be reduced by as many hours as credit hours of graduate work completed. The number of hours subtracted also will be credited toward the residence requirement for a master’s degree if the credit is acceptable in the program approved for graduate work toward a degree. Residence credits used for meeting requirements for one or more bachelor’s degrees may not also be used for meeting the residence requirements for the graduate degree.

The residence requirements apply even if you have been approved for graduation in absentia and are completing your last year in an accredited institution, except that the regulations apply to residence before you leave the University. (See the In Absentia section.)

Associate’s Degree

If you are completing an associate’s degree, you must earn at least 30 quarter hours of residence credit at Ohio University. Moreover, if you complete fewer than 60 quarter hours of Ohio University credit, you must earn at least eight of your final 15 hours as residence credit as defined at the beginning of this section.

In Absentia

To be considered for in absentia  status, you must obtain permission from the student services office of your college. If you have been approved for the senior–in absentia privilege, you must complete a full year’s work in an Ohio University approved professional school and be eligible for advancement without condition to the second year to obtain your bachelor’s degree in absentia. In absentia programs involve preplanned curricula and cannot be arranged on an ad hoc basis. The in absentia privilege does not apply to graduate degree programs.

The official transcript from the school you attend must be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Chubb Hall 120, Ohio University, before the degree conferral date.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

If you plan to earn two bachelor’s degrees, you may meet the requirements either simultaneously or successively:

1)       To complete requirements for two degrees conferred on the same date, you must meet the requirements for both degrees and must have completed a total of 13 quarters of college work or its equivalent (208 hours), with a minimum of five quarters of residence, or the equivalent, at Ohio University. When the two degrees are offered by different colleges, you must declare a major program in both colleges and meet the residence requirement the quarter in which the degrees are to be conferred.

2)       If you have met the requirements for two degrees as stated above and want to have the degrees conferred in successive quarters, you may do so without further credit or residence. For example, one degree may be conferred at the end of one quarter and application made for the second degree in a subsequent quarter.

3)       If you want to take a second bachelor’s degree after receiving the first, you must complete the requirements for the second  degree and meet the residence requirement in the college offering the second degree. (See individual college requirements in the Colleges and Curricula section).

Second Associate’s Degrees

You cannot earn the same associate’s degree twice. Furthermore, you are not permitted to earn both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. If you have already earned the A.I.S. degree, you are not permitted to earn either the A.A. or A.S. degree. Although it is possible to complete an A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree with a double major, you can earn the degree only once.

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