Degree RequirementsTo graduate, a student must complete a prescribed curriculum. Under special conditions substitutions are allowed as the interests of the student warrant. The total credit requirement for bachelor's degrees ranges from 124 to 167 hours, according to the curriculum taken. A minimum of 45 hours must be at a course level of 300 or above.
There are two grade point averages a student must meet to be awarded a degree: (1) at least 2.0 on K-State resident graded courses that are applied to the degree, and (2) at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA for all resident graded courses taken at K-State. Professional curricula may impose additional degree requirements.
Students must file an application for graduation clearance in the appropriate dean's office during the first four weeks of the semester (first two weeks for summer semester) in which the degree is to be completed.
It is the student's responsibility to be certain that transcripts from all transfer institutions are on file in the Registrar's Office before the end of the semester the degree requirements will be completed.
Up to half of the credits required for a normal four-year degree may be completed at an accredited two-year college.
Each student must complete at least 30 resident credits to be considered for a degree. Further, the student must complete 20 of the last 30 hours of resident credit at K-State. Courses in the student's major field shall be taken in residence unless an exception is granted by the major department on petition of the student. That department shall have jurisdiction over the acceptance of major courses by transfer for fulfillment of the major requirement.
Exceptions to the residence requirement of the final year may be made by the dean of the college and the department head in the student's major field, if the student has completed a total of three years of work acceptable to K-State. The student must submit satisfactory plans and reasons for completing the degree requirements at another institution, such as a dental, medical, law, or medical technology school, before earning a degree here.
Resident work includes all regularly scheduled course or laboratory instruction given by the regular university faculty.
At least five-sixths of the credit hours taken at K-State and applied toward a degree must be graded hours. Required courses of an internship or practicum nature or credit by examination, offered on a Credit/No Credit basis only, are to be considered as graded hours in implementing the five-sixths policy.
Candidates for spring graduation should attend commencement. Fall graduates are asked to participate in the commencement exercises in December or the following spring. Prospective summer graduates may participate in the exercises before or after graduation.
Students generally complete degree requirements in the normal four or five academic years allotted for that purpose. However, it could take additional time because of a significant change of educational objective. A student may interrupt studies for one or more semesters. Normally, the student will be expected to complete the degree program in not more than two years beyond the scheduled time. The individual whose education has been interrupted may have to meet new degree requirements if a change has occurred.
Students who are eligible to graduate with two degrees must file an application for graduation for each degree in the academic dean's offices during the first four weeks of the semester they plan to complete degree requirements. Summer graduates must file their applications for graduation during the first two weeks of the summer semester.