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Undergraduate Degrees & Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Degrees

UNCG offers six baccalaureate degrees:

B.A. Bachelor of Arts
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.M. Bachelor of Music
B.S. Bachelor of Science
B.S.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
B.S.W. Bachelor of Social Work


Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree from UNCG is awarded to a student who has met the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours, distributed as follows:
    1. General education core (GEC):
      36–37 s.h. (minimum)
    2. General education marker courses (may also satisfy General Education core and/or major requirements)
    3. Additional College/School requirements
    4. Major subject and related areas:
      as required by program
    5. Electives: as required by program

      Total minimum s.h.: 122
  2. A grade point average on the semester hours attempted of not less than 2.0
  3. At least 36 s.h. of courses at the 300 course level or above
  4. At least 31 s.h. in residence at UNCG, 12 of which must be in the major field and nine (9) of which must be in the minor if a minor is sought

The College of Arts and Sciences and each of the five professional schools—Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics; Education; Health and Human Sciences; Music, Theatre, and Dance; and Nursing—have structured their individual degree programs to comply with this all-University degree framework.

Students who are undecided about their major are advised through the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center (CASA). CASA advisors help these students determine the major program (in the College or one of the professional schools) that is best suited for them while they complete courses in the General Education Core.

See programs of study leading to the baccalaureate degree.

Average Time to Graduation

Many factors affect both the length of time and the number of semester hours an individual student will require to complete the baccalaureate degree. At UNCG the median number of months to graduation for full time students is 46. The median number of credit hours completed is 125.

Full time undergraduate students are expected to complete at least 12 hours per semester. Failure to complete an average of 15 hours per semester may lengthen the student’s time to graduation. Some majors do require formal admission beyond that required for admission to the University in general.

Students should meet with their academic advisors regularly to plan their academic schedules. To graduate, students must complete specific University requirements as well as requirements within the major. Students who change majors may find that additional requirements must be fulfilled. Changing majors excessively, or after the third or fourth semester of study, may also lengthen the time to graduation. Also see Tuition Surcharge.

Criteria for admission to a specific major (outlined in this Bulletin) and continuation in that major may include a University grade point average exceeding that required for continuation within the University as a whole. Students considering such majors should become familiar with the guidelines, and work with an academic advisor as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the criteria.

Changes in Degree Requirements and Other Regulations

The University reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, and other rules and regulations affecting students, to be effective whenever determined by the University. These changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students. Enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions.

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.