Degree Requirements

Course Catalog: Degree Requirements

All degree candidates must submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of Student Records.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required. No more than 64 semester hours (96 quarter hours) are acceptable in transfer from a two-year college (see core curriculum section for additional transfer credit information). Unless being counted toward a major, a maximum of eight credits in applied music, eight credits in ensemble, eight credits in theatre production, or eight credits in physical activity courses (only two courses in the same physical activity) may be counted toward graduation. Unless being counted toward the major, no more than a total of 12 of these activity credits can count toward the total credit requirement. 

The degree requirements listed below must be met:

  • A candidate must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 for all courses applying to the degree and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses taken at RMC (3.00 for education majors).
  • Students must complete the core curriculum requirements.
  • Students must complete a major with a GPA of at least 2.25 (3.00 for education majors) for all courses taken in the major - not just those in a required minimum. The specific requirements for a particular major are listed in the catalog under the relevant program. The student must complete at least nine credits in his/her major field at RMC.
  • Thirty-nine semester hours must be earned in upper-division courses, including at least 12 in the major field. If a minor is chosen, it must include a minimum of six upper-division semester hours; some minors require additional upper-division hours.

A candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Rocky Mountain College, including at least 20 upper-division semester hours (toward the required 39 semester hours of upper-division credits). Twenty-four of the last 30 semester hours required for graduation must be earned in residence. This requirement may be waived in exceptional cases upon the approval of the academic vice president. For additional nontraditional and transfer credit policy information, see "Nontraditional Credit" in the "Academic Information" section of the catalog and "Transfer Credits for Core Curriculum Requirements" in the "Core Curriculum" section of the catalog. 

Second Major/Minor in Similar Program

Students may elect to double major in differing programs/concentrations or minors within the same program as the major. Students must have a difference of 15 credits between the majors, and all 15 credits must be attributed to one major. A minor must have at least nine credits that are not counted toward the student's major or another minor, of which at least six must be upper division. Double majors are allowed in different degrees (e.g., BA and BS); however, a student will receive only one degree unless the requirements for a second bachelor's degree are met (see "Second Bachelor's Degree"). Students choosing to double major and/or minor in the same program should exercise caution when selecting programs/concentrations and closely monitor program and elective requirements to meet this standard.

Second Bachelor's Degree

Students may earn a second bachelor's degree from Rocky Mountain College by completing a minimum of 30 additional credits beyond the 120 semester credits for a bachelor's degree. These 30 credits must be taken in residence and are in addition to the previously completed credits for the first bachelor's degree, regardless of the number first completed. Students may earn two degrees concurrently at RMC, but they may not be the same degree. This may be accomplished by completing a minimum of 150 semester credits and completing all program requirements for both degrees.

Post-baccalaureate students who either continue their enrollment at Rocky Mountain College, or return at a later date, to pursue a second bachelor's degree must meet the following criteria:

  • Fulfill all published program requirements for the second degree program;
  • Fulfill remaining core curriculum requirements under the current course catalog;
  • Complete 30 semester credits in residence.

Double (or Triple) Majors

Students who complete degree requirements within a regular enrollment period and who fulfill the program requirements for multiple majors or concentrations will be awarded one bachelor's degree. Students must indicate on their graduation application the degree for which they are applying if their majors fall under different degrees (e.g., BA or BS).

Master of Accountancy Degree Requirements

See the Accountancy section of the course catalog for more information.

Master of Educational Leadership Degree Requirements

Doctor of Medical Science Degree Requirements

See the Medical Science section of the course catalog for more information.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree Requirements

See the Occupational Therapy section of the course catalog for more information.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree Requirements

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