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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Graduation Requirements

  • Including UCORE, there are seven University graduation requirements.

    All of the requirements listed below must be satisfied for you to qualify for graduation.

  • 1. Minimum credits earned requirement.

    Represents the breadth of your degree.

    Earn at least 120 semester credits total.
    (Note: be sure you also earn at least the amount required by your specific degree program; see requirement #7 below.)

  • 2. Upper division credits earned requirement.

    Ensures that your education has sufficient depth.

    Earn at least 40 upper division (300/400 level) semester credits.

  • 3. Minimum cumulative GPA requirement.

    Maintains an adequate standard of quality in your learning.

    Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

  • 4. UCORE (University Common Requirements).

    Represents the general education component of your degree and ensures a well rounded background.

    The UCORE curriculum divides five broad categories of learning into several requirements; only approved classes from the official UCORE course list will fulfill them. Of the 34 total credits you must earn, only three, three-credit courses may be taken from the list of courses required by your major.

    Note: Effective Fall 2019, students must take CAPS courses in residence. “In residence” means a course either taught on a WSU campus or taught by WSU faculty, wherever the course may be located. Transfer and study abroad courses are not suitable for fulfilling the capstone requirement.

    Note: Honors students will complete these requirements within the Honors College curriculum.

    First-Year Experience: 3 semester credit hours

    • Complete Roots of Contemporary Issues [Root] (3 cr.)

    Foundational Competencies: 9 cr.

    • Quantitative Reasoning course [QUAN] (3 cr.)
    • Written Communication course [WRTG] (3 cr.)
    • Communication course [COMM] or [WRTG] (3 cr.)

    Inquiry: Ways of Knowing: 16 cr.

    • Inquiry in the Social Sciences course [SSCI] (3 cr.)
    • Inquiry in the Humanities course [HUM] (3 cr.)
    • Inquiry in the Creative and Professional Arts course [ARTS] (3 cr.)
    • Inquiry in the Natural Sciences courses [BSCI] [PSCI] (7-8 cr.): One Biological Science [BSCI] course (3-4 cr.) AND one Physical Science [PSCI] course (3-4 cr.), where one of those courses has a lab.

    Diversity: 3 cr.

    • Diversity course [DIVR] (3 cr.)

    Integrative Learning: 3 cr.

    • Integrative Capstone course [CAPS] (3 cr.)
  • 5. Writing Proficiency requirements.

    Ensures an adequate communication ability pertaining to the knowledge you have gained.

    Complete the following two writing proficiency requirements:

    • Complete the University Writing Portfolio/Readiness Assessment (to be completed when a student reaches 75 semester credits).
    • Pass two Writing in the Major [M] designated courses. (For more information about these, refer to the WSU WritingProgram or the WSU Catalog.)
  • 6. College requirements, if applicable.

    Some colleges maintain additional requirements for graduation.

    College of Arts and Sciences: There are additional requirements for students earning a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

    All such students, including community college transfer students with an approved transferable AA degree from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona, or Hawaii, or students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in the majors in this college, will be held to the following CAS requirements:

    • Foreign Language: Complete 2 years of high school or 1 year of collegiate-level foreign language study (must be the same language)
    • Additional 3 semester credits of [SSCI], [HUM], or [ARTS]
    • Additional 1 lab credit of [BSCI] or [PSCI] for a total of 8 semester credits (2 labs)

    Honors College: As explained further on the Honors College website, honors students must satisfy four additional requirements which include maintaining a higher GPA, completing an honors curriculum in place of the UCORE curriculum, satisfying a foreign language requirement, and completing an honors thesis.

  • 7. Completion of specific requirements for major.

    Represents the specialization component of your degree.

    See the WSU catalog for details about your particular major. Generally, major-specific requirements will include at least a list of specific classes that must be taken and passed. However, some majors may have minimum credits and upper division credits earned requirements that exceed the number of credits required by the University.

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