Undergraduate Catalog: 2020-21

Degree Requirements

Associate Degree

To complete an Associate degree at the University of Saint Francis, the student must be in good academic standing and meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of the general education requirements.
  2. A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit earned as required by the academic program curriculum.
  3. Completion of major requirements.
  4. A semester’s residence, that is, at least 15 hours of credit earned at the University of Saint Francis.
  5. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Some programs have a higher cumulative GPA requirement. Some departments stipulate a minimum GPA or minimum grade in their major courses.
  6. Completion of specific program requirements. Some programs require grades of “C” or better in major courses.
  7. Meet all financial obligations to the university.
  8. Completion of the academic advising file audit with the Director of the program.

Bachelor Degree

To complete a Bachelor degree at the University of Saint Francis, the student must be in good academic standing and meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of the general education requirements.
  2. A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit earned as required by the academic program curriculum.
  3. A major of at least 30 hours, with no fewer than 12 hours earned from the University of Saint Francis. (An individual department may require more than 12 hours.)
  4. A year’s residence, that is, at least 30 semester hours of credit earned at the University of Saint Francis.  Specific schools and departments may require a higher number of credit hours earned at the University of Saint Francis for degree completion.
  5. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Some programs have a higher cumulative GPA requirement. Some departments stipulate a minimum GPA or minimum grade in their major courses or in general education courses.
  6. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination or senior project as specified by the department.
  7. Meet all financial obligations to the university.
  8. Completion of the academic advising file audit with a representative of Academic Affairs.

Bachelor Degree Double Major

A student may receive a double major, provided he or she has earned the minimum number of semester hours of credit required for the degree and has met the requirements for each respective major.  One degree is conferred, and the student must choose which degree is conferred if necessary.

Second Bachelor Degree

A student may receive a second Bachelor degree, provided the following conditions are met:

  1. All specified requirements for both degrees are completed.
  2. The second degree includes at least 30 semester hours of credit which are not counted toward the first degree.

This means a minimum of 150 semester hours (as required by the academic program curriculum) is required to receive a second Bachelor degree as determined by the academic program curriculum.

A student who has earned a Bachelor degree at another accredited college or university may receive an Associate or Bachelor degree from the University of Saint Francis, provided he or she has met all requirements for the degree from the University of Saint Francis. Specific schools and departments may require a higher number of credit hours earned at the University of Saint Francis for degree completion.

Posthumous Degree Conferral

Any currently enrolled undergraduate student who has earned academic credit at USF but who has not yet completed all degree requirements for her/his current academic major and who has passed away in any circumstance will receive a degree posthumously.

The degree will be awarded immediately following confirmation of the student’s passing by the university and after consideration of the case by the President’s Cabinet.

If approved by the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President of Academic Affairs will handle the procedure with the Registrar:

  • A degree conferral date will be entered on the student’s official USF transcript.
  • An official transcript containing a note indicating that the degree was conferred posthumously will be sent to the family.
  • The diploma will be sent to the family or presented to a family member at the commencement ceremony if desired.
  • The student’s name will be listed in the commencement program with the notation “Degree Awarded Posthumously”.