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Policies & Degree Requirements - CAS


Please print and sign the Policies and Degree Requirements document and bring it with you to your meeting with an Academic Advisor.

To schedule an appointment, please call 590-7196.



Policies and Degree Requirements

  1. Complete all of the university’s general education requirements.
  2. Complete the requirements for the Computation and Communication Skills requirement (a “C” or better in 12 semester credits of writing intensive courses; and a “C” or better in 6 semester credits of math classes at the level of College Algebra or above).
  3. Meet the university’s foreign language requirement. If the student has not completed two years of the same foreign language at the high school level, he or she must complete 8 credit hours of the same foreign language (including American Sign Language) at the collegiate level.
  4. Complete the “Service Learning Requirement”. Eighty hours are required for students officially admitted as either freshmen or sophomores; forty hours are required for students admitted as juniors or seniors (i.e. anyone admitted with 60 or more transfer credit hours).
  5. Complete course work in a chosen major with a minimum grade of C in each course (including the common prerequisites, required courses in the major, and electives in the major).
  6. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all course work attempted at FGCU. A student may apply a maximum of 27 hours of business courses toward a non-business degree to reach the total 120 hours required to graduate. This regulation complies with the accreditation standards for Lutgert College of Business.
  7. Thirty (30) of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at FGCU to receive a baccalaureate degree from FGCU. Music majors must earn 32 of the last 60 credit hours at FGCU to receive a baccalaureate degree from FGCU.
  8. Complete IDS 3920 University Colloquium.
  9. Any courses taken at another institution while the student is enrolled at FGCU must be approved in advance in writing by a College of Arts and Sciences academic advisor.
  10. Earn a minimum of 48 credit hours in upper division courses (those numbered 3000 to 4999).
  11. All students entering FGCU with fewer than 60 credit hours are required to earn at least 9 semester credit hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer sessions at a State University System member institution in Florida.
  12. Applications to graduate must be submitted via Gulfline in the term of expected graduation by the deadline noted in the academic calendar.
  13. A student enrolled in the same undergraduate course more than twice will be assessed an additional per credit hour fee. See current catalog for details and penalties.
  14. The 2009 State Legislature enacted a student charge for excess hours. For students enrolling in a State University for the first time in or after the Fall 2009 semester, a tuition rate surcharge will be applied for credit hours that exceed 120% of the completion requirements for the chosen degree program. The surcharge will apply to all “excess hours” and will amount to 50% of the tuition rate. For a program that requires 120 credit hours to graduate, all hours that exceed 144 would count as excess. In 2011 the Legislature modified the statute and changed the threshold to 115% and a surcharge of 100% of the tuition rate for students entering in Fall 2011 and later. For a program that requires 120 credit hours to graduate, all hours that exceed 138 (115% of 120) would count as excess.

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