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 Bachelor's 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 
  • 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.
  • GPA Requirement: A minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA (grade point average) is required at PSU, as is a 2.0 GPA in the major (some majors require higher).

Components Triangle

Electives

PSU does not require a specific number of electives for graduation. You may, however, need to take elective courses in addition to the requirements described above in order to complete the 180 total credits and/or 72 upper division credits required. The number of electives needed will vary depending on your major. Many students choose to fill their electives with a second major or minor or by taking additional courses in their major that are above and beyond the requirements.

Foreign Language Admission Deficiency

If you graduated from an Oregon high school in 1997 or after, you must meet the Second Language Proficiency admission requirement prior to graduation. Please see the World Languages & Literatures website for information how to satisfy the requirement.

Catalog/Bulletin year eligibility

Requirements occasionally change, particularly those for a major. When this happens, you may be allowed to follow requirements that were previously in place. Archived copies of the PSU Bulletin (catalog) reflect all requirements in place during any given academic year, and each is valid for seven years. You may select the requirements in any catalog going back to the first year you attended an accredited college in the U.S., as long as you graduate within seven years of the year you select (e.g., the requirements in the 2018-2019 bulletin expire in Summer 2025).

Talk with your academic advisor about whether different catalog requirements might impact you.