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Program Completion Requirements

General Education Course Requirements: Students enrolled in associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs must fulfill a general education component for graduation in addition to preprofessional and professional course requirements.  The 35 SC state general education core is listed below.  Some of the courses required as part of the state general education core may also fulfill the preprofessional course requirements.

AreaSemester Credits
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
English Composition6
Speech Communication0-3
College Algebra or higher level mathematics3
Laboratory Sciences* (MUST include laboratories)8
Fine Arts/Humanities**6-9
SOCIAL SCIENCES
United States History or National Government3
Other Social Sciences6-9
TOTAL 35

Under Arkansas law or regulations, no associate’s or bachelor’s degree may be granted without a three (3) SC course in American history or national government and a three (3) SC course in college algebra or higher level mathematics. It is strongly recommended that prospective students contact the program of their interest to determine the acceptability of all prerequisite and core curriculum courses before enrolling in them.

*Institutions may require students majoring in math, engineering, science, education, and health professions to take higher or specific science courses as a part of the State Minimum Core.

**The Fine Arts requirement cannot be fulfilled with a studio course.  Humanities requirements may be selected from the courses in the subject areas of philosophy, political science, literature and the humanities.  The course in National Government, if selected to meet the US History/National Government requirement, cannot also be used to meet the Humanities requirement in Political Science. Acceptable courses in literature must be broad survey courses; world literature is especially recommended.

A grade of “C” or better is required for all Core Curriculum courses.

Certificate Programs: Students enrolled in certificate programs must successfully complete approved prerequisite and program course work composed of at least 7-18 SC or 24-42 SC if 75% of course work is currently offered in an existing AS or BS program for undergraduate certificate programs and 12-18 SC for graduate certificate programs.

Associate’s Degree Programs: A minimum of 60 SC of approved prerequisite, program, and core curriculum requirements must be successfully completed in order for a student to be awarded an associate’s degree.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs:Students are required to complete successfully at least 120 SC of approved prerequisite, program, and core curriculum in order to be eligible for graduation in a bachelor’s degree program in the College. In addition, at least 40 SC of the total must be taken from upper-level (i.e., 3000 and 4000: junior and senior) courses.

The above semester hour requirements for program completion are the College’s minimum requirements and do not represent specific degrees. Individual programs may require additional semester credit hours.

Successful completion of a CHP program does not itself insure certification/licensure/registry eligibility.  Students are advised to become familiar with the discipline-specific requirements published by each certification/licensure/ registry agency.