Feb 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements

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Students are eligible for awarding of a bachelor’s degree when they fulfill the following requirements.


  • A minimum of 180 quarter credits is required for a baccalaureate degree; students should note, however, that some bachelor’s degrees have requirements in excess of 180 credits. Central allows a maximum of 135 quarter (90 semester) credits to transfer from regionally accredited four-year institutions, including no more than 105 quarter (70 semester) credits of lower division (100-200 level) coursework from a regionally accredited community or technical college. Additional coursework that exceeds this amount may be used to meet specific requirements, but additional credits will not be allowed to count toward the 180 credit requirement for graduation. Students who have accumulated more than 210 credits will be notified prior to registration that they must submit graduation applications or develop graduation plans or a hold will be placed on their registration. Students must develop graduation plans working with an academic advisor. Individual plans must be approved both by the advisor and the major department chair and submitted to the Office of the Registrar before this hold can be removed.
  • A minimum of 60 credits of upper-division study is required. Upper-division courses are numbered 300 and 400. Credits earned in study at the lower division (courses numbered 100- 299) will not be allowed toward meeting this requirement. Students must be enrolled at CWU for at least three quarters and earn a minimum of 45 credits.
  • Credits earned through industrial or military experience or through prior learning assessment or course challenge may not be used to meet residency requirements. Students must study on the university campus, through CWU online course, or at an established university center at least three quarters and earn a minimum of 45 credits.
  • Transfer students must earn a minimum of 10 credits in the major and, if a minor is declared, 10 credits in the minor from CWU.
  • Students who have accumulated 210 or more credits and intend to complete a double major or double degree, and have not yet completed either program, must meet with both department advisors and submit one graduation plan signed by both department chairs and both major advisors to Office of the Registrar. This also applies to double majors in different colleges. If one major has been completed, only the advisor and the department chair for the uncompleted major need to review and sign the petition.
  • Students who have accumulated 210 or more credits and intend to include one or more minors in their academic plan are required to obtain the approvals of their major and minor advisor.
  • Up to 45 credits may be counted from course challenge or other prior learning assessments.
  • Cooperative education courses will apply toward graduation requirements, but in no case will a student be allowed to count more than 10 credits at the 290 level nor more than 20 total credits toward graduation requirements. No more than 10 credits are accepted in transfer. No more than eight credits may be applied to a graduate degree. Cooperative education courses may be repeated if field experience learning objectives and activities are distinctly different from previous work or field experience.

Degree Components

  • The general education program must be completed as defined in the university catalog.
  • Students transferring from Washington State community colleges holding the appropriate academic transfer associate degree will have satisfied the general education program and foreign language requirements. (See CWUP 5-90-030(B) A student may transfer no more than 135 credits, including a maximum of 105 lower division credits to be applied to the 180-credit minimum toward graduation. Test credits (Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program), military credits, and non-traditional credit contributes to the 105 lower division credit limit.
  • Completion of all requirements for a major as specified by the appropriate department, as defined in the university catalog, is required.
  • Exceptions in majors, minors, and teacher preparation programs must be approved by the appropriate department chair and school dean or designee.
  • Completion of a minor is required when the major contains fewer than 60 credits. In that case the total credits of major and minor must total to at least 60 credits.
  • Successful demonstration of writing and computational skills is required for graduation.
  • Students who enter Central Washington University with 45 or fewer credits must complete UNIV 101 Student Success Seminar. Students must enroll in UNIV 101 during their first quarter at CWU.
  • The University requires that students complete either two years of the same foreign language, Native American language, or American Sign Language in high school, or one year of college-level foreign language. If this requirement was completed prior to enrollment at the University, the student must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. If foreign language has not been satisfied prior to enrollment, then the student must take one year of foreign language before graduating from the university.

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Scholastic Requirements

  • Graduation and graduation with honors are based on credits and grade point averages (GPA) earned at the time the degree is awarded. For more information regarding graduation with honors, please review the Graduation with Distinction section of the catalog. When a degree is awarded the academic record is frozen and no grade changes may be performed. Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements resides with the student.
  • In order to graduate, students must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 (C) in courses taken at CWU.
  • Students must also have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 in the major and 2.0 in the minor field of study. All courses fulfilling the major and minor requirements, including courses accepted in transfer, are used in computing the major and minor GPA.
  • Specific degree and professional certification programs may have more stringent degree requirements than those specified above.

Teacher Certification Program

  • Cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the last 45 graded credits, OR an overall (all colleges attended) cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Grade point average of at least 2.5 for major, minor and professional education sequence.
  • No grade lower than a C in major or minor, and foundation coursework, will be accepted for certification.

Application for Degree

Degrees are not automatically awarded when requirements are completed. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for the degree in Office of the Registrar. Application for the bachelor’s degree must be submitted by the second Friday of the quarter preceding the quarter in which the degree is to be completed. Students who apply for graduation after the deadline may incur late fees. Complete instructions and deadlines are available in Registrar Services and through university center offices. Step-by-step instructions may be found at https://www.cwu.edu/registrar/graduation.

Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements and deadline dates resides with the student.

Exceptions to university graduation requirements must be petitioned to the registrar. An exception approval may be obtained from the general education committee, department, or program chair and college dean where appropriate. Exceptions to majors or minors and Teacher Certification Programs must be approved by the appropriate department chair and college dean or designee.

Commencement Participation

Students who have met graduation requirements during the current academic year, summer through winter quarters, and those expecting to meet the requirements during the current spring quarter or upcoming summer session, may participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

Students must complete the online commencement registration form located on the Wildcat Shop’s home page at cwubookstore.collegestoreonline.com prior to the published commencement participation deadline. Students should also review the information on the commencement website located at www.cwu.edu/commencement for the most current information on the commencement activities and procedures.

Students participating in commencement exercises must wear commencement regalia approved by the commencement committee.

Students anticipating graduation the summer quarter following commencement exercises may participate in the commencement ceremony on a space available basis.

Candidates for summer graduation who wish to participate in the spring commencement ceremony prior to issuance of a degree must submit an application for graduation prior to the spring quarter deadline and complete degree requirements by the end of summer quarter. Published acknowledgment of the degree will not take place until the degree is conferred. Students must apply through MyCWU or by using the form from Registrar Services.

Candidates who are completing student teaching or a full-time internship in the following fall, following commencement, may petition the commencement committee with the approval of the major advisor and dean to participate in spring commencement. Petitions must be submitted to registrar services on or before the graduation application deadline for summer quarter.

Candidates who have applied for their degree the summer following the June commencement ceremony are not eligible for honors distinction nor will their degree be published in the commencement book until the following academic year.

Exceptions to commencement procedures are approved by the commencement committee.

Graduation with Distinction

The following conditions must be met in order to be considered for graduation with distinction:

  • At least 45 of the credits required for the degree must be earned at Central in courses taken on the A-F grading scale.
  • Credits earned by course challenge, CLEP, and other national examinations, military experiences or courses, non-college courses, and industrial experience will not be allowed toward the 45-credit eligibility requirement.
  • Honors shall be based on the GPA of all credits earned at Central and all transfer credits accepted by CWU.

Baccalaureate honors are awarded to recipients of a first bachelor’s degree according to the following standards:
    3.500 to 3.699 - cum laude
    3.700 to 3.899 - magna cum laude
    3.900 to 4.000 - summa cum laude

Cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude will be noted on the recipient’s diploma and university transcript and students participating in commencement exercises may wear their appropriate honors tassel.

For spring quarter degree candidates, the registrar will calculate the top percentage for the declared spring degree candidates based on the end of winter quarter data. Commencement honor tassels will be determined based upon the most recent data available. Final determination of honors will be made after the spring quarter graduation ceremony when all grades are recorded.

Students completing degree requirements during the summer will not be eligible for honors recognition until the following spring commencement ceremony.

President’s Scholars: President’s Scholars are those students who, in the current academic year, have cumulative GPA’s in the top 1% of their respective school or college class. GPA is calculated by existing university policy.

Dean’s Scholars: Dean’s scholars are those students who, in the current academic year, have a cumulative GPA in the top 5% of their respective school or college class (but not including the top 1%). GPA is calculated by existing university policy. Eligible individual study majors will be determined by the Provost or designee.

The following conditions must be met in order to be considered for President’s and Dean’s Scholars:

  • At least 45 of the credits required for the degree must be earned at Central in courses taken on the A-F grading scale.
  • Credits earned by course challenge, CLEP, and other national examinations, military experiences or courses, non-college courses, and industrial experience will not be allowed toward the 45-credit eligibility requirement.
  • Honors shall be based on the GPA of all credits earned at Central and all transfer credits accepted by CWU.

NOTE: Individual study majors will be computed with the College of the Sciences majors.

Concurrent Baccalaureate Degrees

A student may be awarded more than one baccalaureate degree (BA, BAEd, BAS, BFA, BM, BS) at the same time provided that requirements of both degree programs have been completed. Double majors within the same baccalaureate program do not constitute separate baccalaureate degrees except in cases where the second degree requires 60 or more credits that do not satisfy any degree requirements of the first degree.

In disciplines offering multiple baccalaureate degrees with identical or similar names, such as BA and BS in biology, only one degree will be awarded. Exceptions to this policy require approval by the department chair and appropriate dean.

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Second Baccalaureate Degree

Qualified students seeking second baccalaureate degrees are admitted to post-baccalaureate status; this does not mean, however, that they are enrolled in an “advanced degree program.” To receive a second baccalaureate degree, students must complete: (1) all degree requirements not satisfied by the previous degree, and (2) a minimum of 45 quarter credits from Central.

Second baccalaureate students must be accepted into a degree or certificate program by the time they have earned 25 credits beyond their last degree. Once a degree objective has been declared, second baccalaureate students must develop graduation plans with academic advisors. Academic department chairs may grant extensions beyond the 25-credit limit. Second baccalaureate degree students follow regulations applicable to undergraduates.

Second baccalaureate degree students may request from the department that any requirement of a minor be satisfied by the initial bachelor’s degree earned provided that the requirements of the minor were completed in prior course work.

CWU reserves the right to review a post-baccalaureate student’s transfer work to determine fulfillment of requirements.