Graduation Requirements-University Wide

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When you first register at Ohio University, the requirements you must fulfill are determined by the catalog of entry, that is, the catalog published the year in which you register, and are effective for a period of five years after the date of your first registration. If you do not meet all degree requirements within five years, the requirements of the current catalog apply.

Changes in either major or nonmajor 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, except that the number of years in which to complete the degree requirements is reduced by the number of years of work you transfer.


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. (Some colleges or majors may require transfer students to take additional courses to meet specific major requirements.)

In general, you must have a minimum of 192 quarter hours of credit for a bachelor's degree, with all college 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, and UC 110, 110A, 110B, 112, 112A, 112B, 114.

The university recommends a mini-mum of 24 hours completed in the minor, and has no policy on the mini-mum 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 Gen-eral Education Requirements. Associate's degree students must complete the freshman English and quantitative skills requirements.

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

Quantitative Skills.

You must demonstrate or acquire an acceptable level of quantitative skills to satisfy graduation requirements. A math placement test determines your skill level for placement or exemption unless the Tier I quantitative skills requirement has been satisfied by transfer or advanced placement credit. (Students in some majors are required to take the math placement test regardless of transfer or advanced placement credit.) The choice of the course (if any) in which you enroll depends on your major and should be discussed with your advisor.

Any Ohio University MATH course numbered 109 or above satisfies the Tier I quantitative skills requirement. To enroll in any MATH or other quantitative skills course, however, you must either place at the specific level required for that course or satisfy the appropriate prerequisites.

Placement levels are:

DV1 and DV2

(Developmental): Indicate inadequate preparation to enroll in a Tier I - level course. You must complete MATH 101 (and/or 102 on regional campuses) before enrolling in a Level 1 course.


(Placement Level 1): Indicates preparation for any of the following Tier I - fulfilling courses: MATH 109; MATH 113; MATH 117, 118 (available only at regional campuses and through correspondence); MATH 120 (elementary education and early childhood/primary majors only); PSY 120; PHIL 120.


(Placement Level 2): Indicates preparation for Level 1 courses as well as these additional Tier I - fulfilling courses: CS 220; MATH 115 (recommended only for students who plan to enroll in MATH 263A); MATH 150, 163A, 250.


(Placement Level 3): Demonstrates competence sufficient to fulfill the Tier I quantitative skills requirement. If your major requires that you enroll in a quantitative skills course, placement at Level 3 indicates preparation for MATH 263A and any course in Level 1 or 2.

Retests are given only during the first week of each quarter in the Academic Advancement Center.

English Composition

A freshman composition course and an advanced junior-level composition course are required. When you enter the university on the Athens campus, you will be placed in English 151 unless you choose to take the writing placement test. The test determines your placement in the basic writing skills course (ENG 150), the general freshman composition course (ENG 151), courses for freshmen with al-ready strong writing skills (ENG 152 or 153), or your waiver from freshman composition based on competency beyond the strong freshman level. (All regional campus students are given the placement test.)

In your junior year, you must take an approved advanced writing course unless you demonstrate advanced writing proficiency by passing the junior-level exemption exam. The following courses fulfill the junior-level composition requirement:


ART 300J HREC 370J

CA 360J IT 370J


ENG 305J, 306J, MGT 325J

307J, or 308J ML 321J or 370J

FILM 344J PHIL 301J or 360J


HCGE 345J SOC 356J

HIST 301J or 396J

These courses are marked in the Courses of Instruction section of this catalog with the designation (1J) fol-lowing the title and credit hours.

If you are a transfer student, your re-quirements are determined by when you enroll and the number and type of credit hours transferred.

Tier II Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 30 credit hours from an approved list of courses in the following five distribution areas:

Applied Sciences and Technology (A)

Humanities and Fine Arts (H)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (N)

Social Sciences (S)

Third World Cultures (T)

You are required to take at least four credit hours in four of the five areas and may satisfy no more than two of the required four areas with courses from the same department. You may satisfy no more than 12 of the 30 hours with courses from the same department.

You may apply one approved Tier II course in your major department toward the partial fulfillment of the Tier II requirement.

Approved courses are marked in the Courses of Instruction section with (2A), (2H), (2N), (2S), or (2T) following the title and credit hours. The following courses fulfill the Tier II breadth of knowledge requirement:

Applied Sciences and Technology (2A)

Biological Sciences 220

Chemical Engineering 331

Chemistry 101

Communication Systems Management 101

Computer Science 230

Engineering and Technology 280, 320, 350, 470

Geography 201, 260

Geology 215, 231

Health Sciences 202

Hearing and Speech Sciences 108

Human and Consumer Sciences - Food and Nutrition: 128

Industrial Technology 110

Mechanical Engineering 100

Microbiology 211, 212

Plant Biology 103, 160

Humanities and Fine Arts (2H)

African American Studies 110, 150, 210, 211, 250, 350

Art 110

Art History 211, 212, 213

Comparative Arts 117, 118, 211, 212, 213, 270, 271, 272

Dance 170, 471, 472, 473

English 200, 204, 205, 206

Film 201, 202, 203

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Classics in English 127, 234, 235, 236, 237

French 211, 212, 213

German 211, 212, 213

Greek 211, 212, 213

Italian 211, 212, 213

Russian 211, 212, 213

Foreign Literatures 335, 336, 337, 338A, 338B

History 121, 122, 123

Humanities 107, 108, 109, 117

Interpersonal Communication 101

Music 100, 120

Philosophy 101, 130, 160, 216, 232, 240, 260, 310, 311, 312, 361, 362

Theater 170, 171, 270, 271, 272

Women's Studies 100

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2N)

Anthropology: 201

Astronomy/Physical Science 100, 100D, 101, 101L, 105, 105L, 140

(regional campuses only: 121/121L, 122/122L, 123/123L)

Biological Sciences 100, 103, 171, 172, 173, 202, 225; and 130, 131 (Chillicothe and Zanesville campuses only)

Biology 101

Chemistry 121, 122, 123, 151, 152, 153

Geography 101

Geology 101, 120, 130, 211, 221

Mathematics 163AB, 263ABC

Microbiology 201 (Chillicothe and Zanesville campuses only)

Physics 201, 202, 203, 251, 252, 253

Plant Biology 100, 100L, 102, 110, 111

Social Sciences (2S)

African American Studies 101, 202

Anthropology/Archaeology 202

Classical Archaeology 211, 212, 213 Economics 103, 104

Geography 121, 132

History 101, 102, 103, 211, 212, 213, 315AB

Human and Consumer Sciences - Child Development 160

Human and Consumer Sciences - Retail Management 250

International Studies 118

Interpersonal Communication 351, 352, 353

Journalism 105

Linguistics 270

Management 200

Political Science 101, 102, 103, 210, 230, 250, 270, 331

Psychology 101

Social Work 101

Sociology 101, 201, 223

Telecommunications 105

Third World Cultures (2T)

Anthropology 101

Art History 330, 331

Dance 351, 352, 353

English 331, 332, 333

Foreign Languages and Literatures
Arabic 211, 212, 213
Chinese 211, 212, 213
Indonesian/Malaysian 211, 212, 213
Japanese 211, 212, 213, 250
Spanish 211, 212, 213, 349
Swahili 211, 212, 213

Geography 131

History 131, 246, 323ABC, 335AB, 341ABC, 345ABC, 346AB

International Studies 103, 113, 121

Philosophy 370, 371, 372

Political Science 340

Tier III Requirement

Students are required to take one Tier III interdisciplinary course after attaining senior rank (135 hours). A complete list of Tier III courses is available under the heading Tier III in the Courses of Instruction section.

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 programs abroad, any approved student teaching, Independent Study and Course Credit by Examination arranged through the Independent Study Program, degree credit earned through the Office of Continuing Education, 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 Uni-versity, 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 re-quirements 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 will be credited toward the residence re-quirement 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 require-ments for the graduate degree.

The residence requirements apply even if you have been approved for graduation in absentia and are com-pleting 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 sta-tus, you must obtain written permission from the dean 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.

A Second Bachelor's Degree

If you plan to earn two bachelor's degrees, you may meet the require-ments 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 bach-elor'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.)

Graduation Procedures


Candidates for graduation must make application in the registrar's office and pay the application fee no later than the deadline listed in the aca-demic calendar for the quarter in which graduation is planned. This application initiates the process that informs your college to check for fulfillment of degree requirements. The process culminates with the entry of the college, major, other concentrations (such as minor, dual certification in education, etc.), degree, and date of granting the degree on your permanent academic record. At the end of this process, your graduation g.p.a., class rank, and eligibility for honors are determined. They then cannot be changed by completing additional coursework or retaking classes.

The application fee for a bachelor's or associate's degree is $30. If you fail to meet the requirements for graduation, you may reapply for the quarter in which you plan to complete the requirements. The fee for reapplication is $5.

Graduation with Honor

For students entering fall 1995 - 96 or later, the g.p.a. requirements for graduation with honor are: cum laude (with honor), 3.5 to 3.749; magna cum laude (with high honor; a new category), 3.75 to 3.899; and summa cum laude (with highest honor), 3.9 to 4.0. The Latin honors notation will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program.

You must complete a minimum of 48 hours of letter grades in residence at Ohio University to be eligible for honors. Successful completion of a program of study with honors is noted in the Commencement program and on your diploma. Graduation with honors does not apply to associate's or graduate degrees.

Granting of Degrees and Commencement

If you are a candidate for spring quarter graduation, or if you have earned your degree during the preceding summer, fall, or winter quarters, you are eligible to attend Commencement, held at the end of spring quarter.

Details concerning Commencement will be sent to you after you have applied for graduation, provided you complete and return the commencement information sheet given to you at the time you submit your graduation application.

Direct any questions concerning Commencement to the Office of Public Occasions, 740-593-1761.

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