BIO Graduation Requirements


Requirements for Baccalaureate Graduation

Each student is responsible for proper completion of his or her academic program, for familiarity with the University of North Carolina Catalog, for maintaining the grade point average required, and for meeting all other degree requirements. The academic advisor will counsel, but the final responsibility for a successful college career rests with the student.

Though appropriate UNCP faculty and staff make every effort to ensure that students register for the courses required by their chosen degree program, the ultimate responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the individual student. Each candidate for graduation must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of 120 semester hours of course work in accordance with specific degree requirements, excluding ENG 0104, MAT 0104, EDN 0104, MUS 0106;
  2. Have successfully completed the General Education Program;
  3. Earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in both English composition courses, ENG 1050  and ENG 1060 ;
  4. Have successfully completed a program for an academic major;
  5. Have a minimum overall cumulative quality point average of 2.0 and have a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.0 in all work attempted at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke;
  6. Have a minimum overall cumulative quality point average of 2.0 in the major field of study;
  7. Complete a minimum of 25% of semester credit hours applied toward the degree through regular enrollment in UNC Pembroke courses;
  8. Complete a minimum of 9 semester hours above the General Education Program level in the major field of study at UNC Pembroke if the student transferred here (This does not contravene the minimum requirement of 15 total hours of 3000 or 4000 level courses in any major.);
  9. Be registered during the academic year in which the student's graduation occurs;
  10. Count no more than 3 semester hours of activity courses toward the credit hours required for graduation. Activity courses are defined as having: no regularly scheduled class meeting time, no well defined instructional format, and no graded (A, B, C, D) work required. Excluded from this definition are UNV 1000 (Freshman Seminar)  and supervised internship courses;
  11. Count no more than 24 semester hours of correspondence and/or extension credit (with no more than 12 hours of correspondence from institutions recognized by an accepted institutional accreditors  toward a degree, provided that such correspondence credit is approved by the Office of the Registrar and will not be applied to satisfy specifically stated course requirements in major programs). Accepted institutional accreditors include but are not limited to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  Other US Department of Education recognized national accreditors which are not listed above may also be considered accepted institutional accreditors. (NOTE: Any student needing to take correspondence work after admission to study at UNC Pembroke may be permitted to do so only after obtaining formal approval from the student's academic advisor, from the Office of Academic Affairs, and from the Office of the Registrar.);  
  12. Meet the requirements of one catalog which were current at the time the student entered this institution or a subsequent catalog. Students will not be allowed to meet some of the requirements of one catalog and some of the requirements of another catalog;
  13. Meet the requirements of the catalog in effect at time of readmission or those of a subsequent catalog if attendance is interrupted for more than one year (two semesters);
  14. Make application for the degree a year in advance: by April 1st for the following year's spring or summer commencement and by November 1st for the following year's winter commencement when earned hours reach 75 (end of first semester of junior year).

    a.  Complete (including all required signatures) a Degree Application Form (available in the Office of the Registrar);

    b.  Pay a non‑refundable graduation fee by the required date or an additional $25 late filing fee will be charged;

    c.   If the candidate fails to meet this requirement as specified, the student must wait until the next commencement to receive his or her degree;
  15. Satisfy all financial obligations to the University.
  16. Students entering in Fall 2011 or later must complete 9 semester credit hours of Writing Enriched and Writing in      the Discipline courses. One course must be a Writing in the Discipline course. These are designated by "WE" or         "WD" on the course schedule.
  17.  Starting in the Fall of 2022, incoming students must complete the Indigenous Cultures and Communities (ICC) requirement. See for more information.

All candidates are encouraged to complete a file in the Career Center.

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