Lake Superior State University

Degree Requirements

Lake Superior State University offers bachelor (also called baccalaureate) degrees, associate degrees and certificates, as well as a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction. These degrees are offered in a wide variety of academic programs. Each academic department has a set of specific courses and other requirements for each of its degree programs. However, some requirements are of a general nature, applying to all such degrees. These are discussed below.

Bachelor degree: A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) is required for a bachelor degree. Some programs require more than this number of credits. Requirement categories are: general education, bachelor of arts (if applicable) and departmental. Some programs require support courses and/or a minor, and free electives.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Associate degree: A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) is required for an associate degree.  Some programs require more than this number of credits.  Requirement categories are:  general education and departmental.  some programs require support courses and free electives.

Certificate: A certificate may be comprised of a series of courses/experiences housed in one department, or a cluster of courses/experiences in a defined thematic area which are not confined to a single disciplinary area - referred to as a multidisciplinary certificate. 

Minor: Academic minor programs are offered in a wide variety of disciplines. A minimum of 20 credits is required for a minor, and some require more.

GPA:  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all credits carried at Lake Superior State University and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all courses required in your major, minor and general education is necessary for graduation.  Some degree programs may require a higher gpa.

Electives

Elective courses are chosen to obtain credit beyond that of specified requirements. Free electives refer to courses you may select completely of your own choice. Designated electives refer to courses selected from a list specified by the department.

Residency Requirements: On-campus and regional centers

Bachelor degree candidates must successfully complete at least 30 of the last 60 credits earned for the degree using Lake Superior State University courses.  Additionally, at least 50 percent of the departmentally required 300/400 level credits must be earned using Lake Superior State University courses.

Associate degree candidates must successfully complete at least 15 of the last 30 credits earned for the degree using Lake Superior State University courses.  Additionally, candidates must earn at least 50 percent of their departmentally required credits in courses offered by Lake Superior State University.

Certificate candidates must successfully complete at least 16 of their last 20 credits of their departmentally required credits in courses offered by Lake Superior State University. 

Minor candidates must earn at least 10 of the departmentally required credits using Lake Superior State University courses.

Departmental residency requirements may exceed the residency of the University for certain degree programs.

Multiple Majors

You may earn more than one major by completing all requirements of each desired major program. Before graduation, you must file a Degree Audit approved by the school chair for each major. The double major must be granted as one combined degree such as: bachelor of science degree in accounting and business administration.

Multiple Degrees: If you desire to earn more than one baccalaureate degree, you must complete all program requirements for the additional degree(s) as certified by the school chair, comprising a minimum of 30 additional LSSU credits for each additional baccalaureate degree from Lake Superior State University.

Those earning a baccalaureate degree from LSSU and who desire an associate degree, must complete all requirements for the associate degree program before or at the time they are completing the baccalaureate degree requirements.

Students earning an associate degree from LSSU who desire an additional associate degree must complete all requirements for the additional degree(s) as certified by the school chair, comprising a minimum of 15 additional LSSU credits for each additional associate degree from Lake Superior State University.

Additional degrees for graduates of other universities: Students who hold a baccalaureate degree at another U.S. accredited institution, and who desire a baccalaureate degree from LSSU, must complete all requirements of an approved degree schedule including at least 30 additional credits in courses offered by LSSU. The degree schedule must be approved by the major school chair and sent to the Registrar's Office. Transfer credits from other universities will be evaluated for those classes used for the new degree. You should initiate the approval process with the school chair at the time of or before commencing study toward the additional degree. The schedule elected shall consist mainly of minor, major and cognate courses.

Courses considered essential to the degree but not previously elected may, at the option of the school chair, be required even though the total may exceed 30 credits. Lake Superior State University general education requirements are considered complete if you earned a bachelor’s degree at any United States accredited university or an honors bachelor’s degree from an accredited Canadian university.

If you earned a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree at another accredited institution and desire an associate’s degree from Lake Superior State University, you must complete all requirements of an approved degree schedule including at least 15 additional credits in courses offered by LSSU. The degree schedule process is identical to that described above for an additional bachelor’s degree. The schedule elected shall consist mainly of major and cognate courses. Courses considered essential to the degree but not previously elected may, at the option of the school and college, be required even though the total may exceed 15 credits.

Failed Classes

If you fail a class required for your degree program, you must repeat the class and receive a passing grade. If the failed class is no longer offered because of program changes and/or course deletions, the dean may approve a substitution or waiver recommended by the academic chair. The chair must provide reasons for the recommendation on the substitution/waiver form which is sent to the dean’s office.

Exceptions to Graduation Requirements

Exceptions to specific general education requirements may be granted only by the Scholastic Standards Committee. Such exceptions are infrequently made. A petition for exceptions to general education requirements is initiated with the Chair of the Scholastic Standards Committee.

Course substitutions and waivers of departmental degree program requirements may be granted only by the dean of the school or college offering the program (major or minor).

Normally, you will graduate under the program degree requirements in effect and published in the Catalog at the time you are admitted into the given degree program, provided enrollment at the University is continuous. If enrollment is interrupted, or if you select a new major, you must satisfy program requirements in effect at the time you reenter or officially change to the new major. If program requirements are revised during your enrollment, you will be allowed to graduate under the new requirements providing you can meet such requirements in their entirety.

The University reserves the right to change the requirements for graduation at any time as a means of keeping pace with educational developments affecting the various curricula. As such changes are made, they may, at the discretion of the University, be applied to students already enrolled. In such cases, reasonable and prudent effort will be made to provide the benefit of the new educational program without imposing undue hardship.