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University Requirements Common to All Associate Degrees

A minimum of 60 hours. Some associate degrees may require additional hours. See specific degree/major.

  1. Six hours of course-specific core coursework including EN 101 First Year Writing (communication), and MA 112 Contemporary College Mathematics or MA 116 College Algebra (quantitative and scientific reasoning and literacy) further described under Core Requirements. With the exception of the Associate of Liberal Studies degree, any mathematics course taken to satisfy this requirement may also be used to meet the distribution requirements for Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
  2. Complete WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience (conditional upon admittance into the Honors Program) with a minimum grade of C. Students transferring to Washburn University with 24 or more credit hours completed at an accredited post-secondary institution with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are exempt from the requirement to take WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience  
    Notes:
    1. Students entering Washburn University direct from high school enroll in WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience (conditional upon admittance into the Honors Program).
    2. Students not direct from high school entering Washburn University with less than 24 hours completed at an accredited post-secondary institution who have not completed a university success course with a minimum grade of C enroll in WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience (conditional upon admittance into the Honors Program) as determined by their Academic Advisor.
    3. Students transferring to Washburn University with 24 or more credit hours completed at an accredited post-secondary institution (after graduating from High School) with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are exempt from the requirement to take WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience. They are strongly encouraged to complete a series of independent online modules introducing them to the Washburn University Community of Learning.
    4. Students not falling in designated categories will be reviewed by Academic Advisors for applicable placement recommendations.
    5. Students originally determined as being required to complete WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience who advance beyond 24 hours of credit without fulfilling the requirement with a minimum grade of C are required to compete a 3-credit hour Directed Readings project (IS 110 Special Topics) administered by the FYE Lecturer/Coordinator.
  3. The number of hours in each distribution grouping may vary by degree. In all associate degrees a minimum of 18 credit hours is required in distribution groupings (See General Education Groups and Subject Areas). The individual student should check with the major department. With the exception of the Associate of Liberal Studies degree, courses in the student’s major discipline cannot fulfill general education distribution requirements; however, in many cases, courses required by the major department in correlated areas will fulfill some of the requirements. Any mathematics course taken to satisfy the quantitative and scientific reasoning and literacy core coursework may also be used to meet the distribution requirements for Natural Science and Mathematics.
  4. A cumulative grade average of at least 2.0.
  5. To count toward a major, minor, or required correlated area, work must be of C grade or better. A correlated area is defined as any course or courses outside the major discipline required for the completion of that major.
  6. A/pass/fail option cannot be taken in the major department or correlated area unless written permission is obtained from the head of the major department for that course and filed with the Registrar’s Office.
  7. At least 15 of the last 30 hours required to complete the degree must be earned from Washburn University. Programs with professional accreditation standards may have more stringent requirements. The academic residency requirement will be waived in the case of formal articulation agreements.
  8. Forty-two hours must be graded. (Cooperative programs with Washburn Institute of Technology are exempt). For international students presenting transfer credit from an international tertiary institution accredited by the Ministry of Education (or its equivalent) in that country, a minimum of 30 hours presented for graduation must be on a graded basis since Washburn converts grades earned in these transfer courses to CR, P and NC.
  9. A student may be awarded a degree after completing the requirements for that degree in effect when he/she first enrolled or, if he/she chooses, in effect in any subsequent year except that no degree shall be awarded based upon requirements not in effect within six years of the date of graduation.