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General Degree Requirements for Graduation
For degree completion, at least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD.
In addition to completion of specific degree requirements, all students must meet the requirements described below. The final 30 semester credit hours of course work toward the degree must be taken at the University of Houston-Downtown. At least 18 of these hours must be at the upper level and be approved by the student’s major department. Only the appropriate academic dean may waive any portion of these requirements and only upon petition by a student who has extraordinary reasons.
The University of Houston Downtown limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all degrees for active-duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled. Reservist and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.
A minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated on all grades earned at UHD is required for graduation. In addition, a grade point average of 2.0 is required for all courses taken at UHD that apply toward the degree.
Students enrolled in any degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown who wish to take courses at another college or university (including any other institution in the UH System) and apply the credits toward the degree should consult with their degree program advisor to be sure the courses apply to their degree program. A student taking courses under these provisions is responsible for having an official transcript from the second campus forwarded the Office of Admissions at UHD. The student also must request that an official evaluation of this transcript be made and reported to the appropriate degree program advisor.
Double Majors and Dual Degrees
A student can earn two different degrees by simultaneously completing the requirements for two academic programs of study that award different Bachelor’s Degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET). With each degree, students will also select a major and, thus, will graduate with two majors as well as two degrees. However, the fact that each major is awarded with a different degree establishes students on this path as students seeking a “dual degree.”
A student can earn a double major by simultaneously completing two academic programs, both of which award the same degree. Examples of majors include English, History, Chemistry, Finance, Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science. The majors may or may not be housed in different colleges. The fact that each major is awarded under the same degree establishes students on this path as students seeking a “double major.”
A UHD GPA of 2.5 is required to declare a dual degree or double major, and the declaration must be made before students submit any applications for graduation. Students may not pursue more than two degrees or majors simultaneously.
A bachelor’s degree contains a minimum of 120 semester credit hours. Students in a dual degree program must complete all courses required for each degree. Each degree must consist of at least 30 unique hours taken in residency at the University of Houston-Downtown, with a minimum of 18 of the unique hours in each program being upper-level and applicable to the upper-level requirements of the degree. Students seeking a double major must complete at least 18 upper-level hours in residency at the University of Houston-Downtown for each major. These 18 hours must be unique to each major and must be applicable to the upper-level requirements of each major.
Students should be aware that the state has imposed a limit of 120 hours for all degrees. Students who attempt more than 30 hours above this enrollment cap may be charged out-of-state tuition for the excess hours.
If students declare both degrees or majors at the same time, they must indicate which will be the primary degree or major and which will be the secondary degree or major. The college housing the primary degree or major is the academic home of record.
If the second degree or major is declared after the student has already been accepted into one program, the first degree or major is considered primary. Students wishing to have the second declaration considered the primary degree or major must seek permission from the dean of the college housing the new primary degree or major.
Students deciding not to continue pursuing a dual degree or double major may opt out of one degree or major by notifying in writing the dean of the college housing that degree or major before graduation is certified.
Students who will not be able to meet all of the requirements of one of the degrees or majors by the time of certification will be notified by the dean’s representative in their home college. At that point, such students have three options and must state the preferred option in writing to that representative:
Honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude will be calculated by an official in the college of the primary degree for dual degrees and the primary major for double majors. The college of the primary degree is responsible for forwarding the needed documentation to determine honors in the secondary degree to the college responsible for the secondary degree plan. College Honors will be determined by an official in the college of the primary degree for dual degrees or the primary major for double majors. The college of the primary degree is responsible for forwarding the needed documentation to determine honors in the secondary degree to the college responsible for the secondary degree plan.
Students who successfully complete a dual degree will receive two diplomas, and both degrees and any majors within those degrees will be noted on their transcripts. The transcripts of students who successfully complete a double major will indicate both majors.
Additional Bachelor’s Degree
To qualify for a second UHD bachelor’s degree after having been already certified in one bachelor’s degree, a candidate must
Graduation under a Specific Catalog
A student usually graduates under the degree provisions of the Catalog in effect at the time of his or her first completed term of enrollment; where enrollment is defined as registration for and completion of at least one course. Students have the option of graduating under the Catalog in effect at the time of their major declaration or any subsequent Catalog. If degree requirements change during the time of the student’s enrollment, the student may be required to meet the new degree requirements if the number of hours the student must take has not increased.
• No Catalog more than 10 years old may be used.
• Students who interrupt their program for more than two consecutive long semesters for reasons other than military service shall be governed by the Catalog in effect at the time of re-entry to the
• Students whose enrollment is interrupted by military service must re-enroll within one year from date of separation from the service and no more than five years from the beginning of military service in order to remain under the provisions of the Catalog in effect at the time of original enrollment at the university.
• Students forced to withdraw for adequate cause before completion of their degree may upon readmission petition to graduate under the Catalog in effect at the time of original enrollment.
• Students who change their major shall be governed by the Catalog in effect at the time of the change.
Application for Graduation
All degree candidates must file an application for graduation with their college and pay the $50 graduation fee by the Official Day of Record for the term of intended graduation. The graduation fee covers the costs of processing the graduation application, printing the diploma and mailing it to the graduate, and other costs associated with the commencement ceremony. If students fail to complete all degree requirements during the term in which they applied for graduation and paid the graduation fee, then they must apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee again when they become eligible to graduate.
Candidates must also place a diploma order, which specifies how they want their name to appear on the diploma, with the Registrar’s Office.
To participate in commencement exercises, students must be enrolled in the courses needed to complete all degree requirements and must file an application for graduation with their college, and pay the graduation fee by the second Monday after the last day to drop a course without a grade (the Official Day of Record) for the term of intended graduation. The final decision on eligibility for graduation and participation in commencement exercises rests with the appropriate academic dean.
Commencement participants with honors are so designated in the commencement program and wear special insignia with their academic regalia. As commencement occurs prior to the posting of final grades, the designation of honors for May and December commencement participants reflects only grades earned prior to the final semester. Designation of final honors on the transcript and diploma, however, is based on all work attempted.
Arrangements for obtaining academic regalia may be made through the university bookstore. Deadlines for ordering and paying for regalia are announced for each commencement.
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Last updated or reviewed on 8/28/13