Undergraduate students at IUP may pursue programs of study in any one of six undergraduate colleges: the Eberly College of Business, the College of Education and Communications, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Health and Human Services, the University College, or the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. A student may earn the degree of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in education. The University College offers an associate of arts degree program. The College of Health and Human Services offers two associate of applied science degree programs.
To meet graduation requirements in a baccalaureate or an associate degree program, the student must satisfy all of the degree requirements, which fall into three categories: (1) university requirements, (2) college requirements, and (3) department requirements. Requirements of the latter two categories may be found under the college and the department in which the student is pursuing a program of study.
University requirements for graduation in all curricula consist of Liberal Studies requirements, residency requirements in regard to awarding of degrees, and the credit and cumulative grade point average requirements.
A student may earn a second undergraduate baccalaureate degree by completing a minimum of 30 additional credits. A student may complete one or more secondary majors while earning the primary degree or may complete a dual baccalaureate degree.
All students must fulfill the requirements of the university’s Liberal Studies program. This involves a minimum of 40 credits divided among Learning Skills, Knowledge Areas, and Liberal Studies Electives. The number of credits may rise slightly depending on student choices. The maximum number of Liberal Studies credits is 48.
Different colleges and sometimes departments within colleges may have specific variations as to how these Liberal Studies requirements are to be met.
Liberal Studies provides the broad vision and understanding that enable individuals to enjoy full, rich lives and to play constructive roles in their communities. The goals for Liberal Studies include (1) the development of important modes of thinking and intellectual skills: critical thinking, literacy, understanding numerical data, historical consciousness, scientific inquiry, ethical perception, and aesthetic sensitivity; (2) the acquisition of a body of knowledge or understanding essential to an educated person; and (3) an understanding of the physical, as well as the intellectual, nature of human beings.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Note: Specific courses may be required or recommended by colleges or major departments; see degree program outlines for specifications.
Additional courses may be added to some categories during the next academic year. See the Liberal Studies website for the most current information.
Commencement ceremonies at IUP are in May at the conclusion of the spring semester and in December at the conclusion of the fall semester. Students who have applied for graduation for May and August are invited to attend the May ceremony and are included in the commencement booklet. Students who have applied for graduation for December and January are invited to attend the December ceremony and are included in that commencement booklet.
Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling the requirements for graduation in their degree program. All students who expect to graduate are required to apply for graduation. Undergraduate students should check the published deadlines for graduation application and should apply on the web at MyIUP. Further information on applying for graduation may be obtained at the dean’s associate office of the student’s college.
Degrees will not be posted until approval by the dean’s associate of the student’s college is received in the Office of the Registrar. A diploma and a complimentary official transcript will then be issued provided all financial obligations have been satisfied.
Students enrolled at IUP who wish to take course work at another institution (either during the summer or regular semesters) must complete an Application for Pre-approval of Course Work at Another College/University before taking the course(s). Only the credits from the course(s) transfer, not the grade; therefore, students cannot use outside course work for IUP’s repeat policy. Only the credits for which students receive the grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “D” will transfer. If P/F is the only grading option available, there must be either a narrative evaluation from the faculty member certifying that the work was of “D” level or better or notification on the transcript stating that a “P” grade is equal to a “D” grade or better. Courses without prior approval are taken at the risk of the student; there is no obligation on the part of any officer of this university to accept or transfer such credit.
Forms for approval of off-campus course work are available online at www.iup.edu/registrar/howto. Click on Pre-approval for Coursework at Another College or University. Full directions on the form outline the steps involving the transfer evaluation, student’s advisor, and college dean or designee. After completing off-campus course work, students should have the institution at which the work was taken send a final official transcript directly to IUP, Transfer Services, 120 Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive, IUP, Indiana, PA 15705. Copies of transcripts that are opened or unsealed will not be accepted.
Each student must complete a minimum of 120 credits to graduate, including a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 48 in Liberal Studies (all on a passing basis) and must have a 2.0 (C grade) cumulative GPA and a 2.0 (C grade) GPA in his/her major and/or minor field. Some programs require more than 120 credits for graduation.
If a student thinks a course was evaluated incorrectly, a re-evaluation form can be printed by visiting www.iup.edu/creditevaluation. A link on this page will lead to the re-evaluation form.
A re-evaluation form can also be picked up in G26 Sutton Hall. Once the student has the form, it should be filled out, and syllabi for the courses that are under question should be attached to the form. The form, along with the syllabi, can be dropped off in G26 Sutton Hall for review by the Transfer Services coordinator. If syllabi are not provided, the re-evaluation cannot be done.
To ensure their quality and relevance, academic programs at IUP are subject to review and change by duly appointed and responsible university groups. Because of this, the university recognizes that provisions must be made to prevent hardship to students already enrolled in programs if changes later occur in specific or general program requirements. Students affected by changes in programs, policies, and regulations are therefore given the option of following those requirements that are in effect when the student was first enrolled in the program or those in effect at the time of expected graduation. The student cannot, of course, combine chosen elements of the two. Should a question of rule interpretation arise with respect to changes, the student, the student’s advisor, or both should petition the college dean for a decision about which requirements apply.
All students receiving their first baccalaureate degree are required to complete 30 of their last 60 credits in courses at IUP. All students receiving their first associate degree are required to complete 15 of their last 30 credits in courses at IUP.
For an IUP major, minor, or undergraduate certificate, students are required to complete at least 50 percent of required credits in courses at IUP or another State System institution. Junior/Senior year Study Abroad semesters or other formal Articulation agreements in which State System students may reverse-transfer credits back to IUP are exceptions to this policy.
For undergraduate active-duty service members, IUP applies a more military-friendly set of residency requirements, and these students should consult the Military and Veterans Resource Center for more information.
IUP courses include all courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog.
Non-native Students: English Language Requirements
Non-native students of English who have not been admitted as undergraduate students, either international students or those from the US for whom English is not their first learned language, are required to take an MLW Screening/Placement Test before registration in the first semester attending IUP. The test is administered before registration in both the fall and spring semesters. Results of this test are used to determine for which English course (ENGL 100 /MLW, ENGL 101 /MLW, ENGL 202 /MLW, ENGL 121 /MLW) a newly admitted non-native student must register. In addition, any currently enrolled non-native student can take the regularly scheduled test to determine registration for non-MLW English courses. For further information, contact the chairperson of the English Department, 724-357-2261.
Timely Completion of Degree Requirements
The minimum total credit requirement for a baccalaureate degree at IUP is 120. Students who enroll in degree programs that require more than 120, or who seek the added benefit of a double major, minor, or specialized program, or who change majors should plan their sequence of courses carefully with an advisor. Such students should be alert to the possibility that they may need to carry a heavier-than-average class load to complete the degree in eight semesters. In some situations, summer work or an extra semester may be necessary. The need to enroll in remedial or other preparatory course work or to repeat courses may also affect progress toward a degree.
Undergraduate Catalog Applicability Time Frame
The university reserves the right to modify degree requirements through established governance channels. However, the general policy has been established that the following time frame regulations form the basis for application of the university’s undergraduate degree requirements:
- A student who has been in continuous registration (fall and spring semesters) or who has interruption(s) of less than two calendar years is governed by the requirements outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of entrance into a degree program (major).
- A student who changes majors will be governed by the requirements of the major and/or college at the time of acceptance into the new major, without change of Liberal Studies requirements except as specified by the new major.
- A student entering through the non-degree program is governed by the requirements in effect at the time degree candidacy is awarded.
- A part-time student may be covered by these provisions of continuous registration to a maximum of 10 years.
- A student whose education is interrupted by two or more calendar years will be governed by the requirements in effect at the time of readmission to the university. The readmission may carry specific requirements/substitutions necessary to provide for program integrity.
- The applicability of course work completed more than 10 years before the degree date is subject to review by the dean or designee for evaluation on a course-by-course basis.