Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate students must complete specific degree requirements and general education coursework to obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Requirements for each major are available in the Academic Programs section.

Associate’s Degree Requirements

Adams State University offers courses of study preparing students for entry-level positions in a variety of occupations. The A.A./A.S. degrees at Adams State require completion of the university’s general education requirements and a minimum of 60 credit hours; 15 of those 60 credit hours can be in a concentration approved by the vice president for Academic Affairs.

Optional concentrations available:

  • Associate of Science
    • General Business
    • Geographic Information Systems
  • Associate of Arts
    • Art (Studio)
    • Criminal Justice Administration (distance delivery only)
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Emergency Management (distance delivery only)
    • General business
    • Social Studies
    • Theatre

Interested students should consult with an academic advisor. Other concentrations may be available.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts and Science degrees are conferred upon completion of:

  • A minimum of 120 academic (non-PE) semester hours of credit.
  • At least 42 academic credits must be upper division (300- to 400-level).
  • A cumulative scholastic average of 2.0.
  • General education courses must be completed with an average GPA of at least 2.0.
  • All general education, major, minor, area of concentration, or teacher licensure requirements must be satisfied.
  • All students must demonstrate writing proficiency by the end of the sophomore year.
  • No D grade may apply to a major or minor field.

Students earning a degree with a double major where one major is in the bachelor of arts, fine arts, or science degree area and the other major is another bachelor’s degree area must select the type of diploma they wish to be granted. Either a bachelor of arts (B.A.), bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree shall be granted as only the requirements for one degree (120 academic hours) will have been met.

Writing Proficiency

Proficiency in the use of standard written English is required of all students at Adams State University. Students may not pursue enrollment in upper division courses (300-400 level) beyond second semester junior status (75 credit hours) unless the General Education Writing Requirement has been satisfied.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

Normally, students will satisfy the writing requirement by successfully completing ENG 101 and 102 and by passing a Writing Assessment of their written work at the end of their sophomore year through their major department (see below). Other ways of satisfying parts of this requirement are as follows:

  1. earn a score of 29 or above on the English section of the ACT
  2. earn a score of 660 or above on the verbal section of the SAT
  3. earn a score of 4 or better on the Advanced Placement Exam (AP) in English Language/Composition or
  4. earn a score of 4 or above on the Higher Level IB (International Baccalaureate) examination. Students who achieve the required score will receive 3 hours of credit for ENG 101—Communication Arts I.

Writing Assessment

All students pursuing associate or bachelor’s degrees will be required to undergo an assessment of their writing during the semester in which they will have completed 60 semester hours of credit (typically, at the end of the sophomore year). Individual departments or programs may set their own requirements for evaluating their majors’ writing abilities and achievements. Students are strongly advised to confer with the chair of their major department or program about the unit’s writing assessment policy as soon as they have chosen a major. All students are advised to keep a file of their returned and graded written assignments (e.g., papers, essay examinations, reports, etc.) in preparation for this assessment. Students unable to show evidence of writing proficiency might be required to take additional writing instruction.