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Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree

Students pursuing their first bachelor's degree must complete all required components of the degree.

 Main Components of a PSU Baccalaureate Degree:

  • General Education: University Studies or University Honors
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Major

Other Requirements:

  • Writing (Effective beginning Fall 2012)
  • Credit Requirement: A minimum of 180 credits are needed to graduate, with at least 72 upper division credits (300/400 level courses).  Forty-five (45) of the last 60 credits must be taken at PSU.

Components Triangle

You must complete all the components listed above to attain your baccalaureate degree. Portland State now offers 4-year degree maps to help you make informed decisions about your coursework and graduate as quickly as possible.

Please see the PSU Bulletin for a complete list of University requirements (for example: limitations on total number of Pass/No Pass credits or on Physical Education classes).

Transfer credits apply toward your total credits needed to graduate and may also apply to the other graduation requirements shown above.