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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 provides 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.