Graduation Requirements

To be qualified for graduation with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts,  Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Applied Science degree, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. The completion of an approved academic program of study with a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) semester hours of credit (plus applicable physical education requirements and satisfactory completion of the computer literacy requirement).
    • Thirty (30) semester hours of upper-level course work must be completed at Dalton State College, excluding credit-by-examination.
    • All 3000- and 4000-level courses must be completed with a grade of “C”or higher.
    • No more than thirty (30) of the semester hours required for a degree can be earned through distance education courses.
  2. The demonstration of a satisfactory knowledge of United States and Georgia history and constitutions by examination or by passing History 2111 or 2112 and Political Science 1101 at a Georgia institution.
  3. A grade of C or higher in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  4. An institutional GPA of 2.0 (“C”) or higher.
  5. Formal approval by the faculty. The faculty reserves the right to require additional tests, special examinations or certifications that may be appropriate to establish the academic
    competence of potential graduates.
  6. Certification by the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs that all financial obligations to the College have been satisfactorily discharged. 
  7. All Business Administration graduates must successfully complete BUSA 4700.

To be qualified for graduation with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. The completion of an approved academic program of study with a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of credit (plus applicable physical education requirements and satisfactory completion of the computer literacy requirement).
    • Twenty semester hours must be completed at Dalton State College, excluding credit-by-examination and institutional credit. Waiver for Active Military Personnel - Academic residency requirements for active-duty service members will not be more than 25 percent of the undergraduate degree program.
    • No more than fifteen (15) semester hours required for a degree can be earned through distance education courses.
    • All academic programs designed for transfer may be modified if necessary to meet the requirements for graduation from University System of Georgia senior colleges or universities as designated in their current catalogs. The student must present a copy of the latest catalog when requesting modification.
  2. The demonstration of a satisfactory knowledge of United States and Georgia history and constitutions by examination or by passing History 2111 or 2112 and Political Science 1101 at a Georgia institution.  
  3. A grade of C or higher in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  4. An institutional GPA of 2.0 (“C”) or higher.
  5. Formal approval by the faculty. The faculty reserves the right to require additional tests, special examinations or certifications that may be appropriate to establish the academic competence of potential graduates. 
  6. Certification by the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs that all financial obligations to the College
    have been satisfactorily discharged.

To be qualified for graduation with a Certificate, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. The completion of an approved program of study (plus satisfactory completion of the computer literacy requirement).
    • A minimum of eighteen semester (18) hours must be completed at Dalton State College, excluding credit-by-examination and institutional credit.
    • No more than one-fourth of the semester hours required for a certificate can be earned through correspondence courses.
  2. A grade of C or higher in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  3. A cumulative or a graduation average of 2.0 (“C”) or higher.
  4. Formal approval by the faculty. The faculty reserves the right to require additional tests, special examinations or certifications that may be appropriate to establish the competence of potential graduates. 
  5. Certification by the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs that all financial obligations to the College
    have been satisfactorily discharged.

Second or Subsequent Degrees and Certificates
Any student applying for a second or subsequent associate degree or certificate must complete eighteen (18) semester hours of academic credit with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better earned at Dalton State College, excluding credit-by-examination, which have not been applied to the requirements of a previous degree or certificate.

Students applying for a second bachelor’s degree must complete an additional thirty-six
(36) hours of upper-level credit with a grade of “C” or higher earned at Dalton State College, excluding credit-by-examination, which have not been applied to the requirements of a previous degree. The eighteen (18) and thirty-six (36) hours constitute a “residence requirement” and may be taken on the main campus or at any extended campus site of Dalton State College.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT
All Dalton State College graduates must demonstrate basic computer literacy before a degree or certificate will be awarded. Students will either take and earn a passing grade on a computer literacy exam, or take and earn a passing grade in one of several different computer-intensive courses. Courses satisfying this requirement are identified in the Catalog course descriptions. Computer literacy exams and courses must be completed within 5-years prior to graduation.

http://www.daltonstate.edu/testing-center/computer-literacy.html

PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
All degree and certificate students graduating after May 2004 must present at least one hour of physical education credit. This requirement may be satisfied by having completed PHED 1000 with a grade of C or higher, or by passing one Activity Course numbered 1005 or higher (excluding PHED 1030).

Exemptions to the physical education requirement will be granted for any of the following reasons:

  1. Completion of military basic training.
  2. A documented medical condition which prevents participation in activity courses.
  3. Presentation of an earned associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  4. Enrollment in any of the following programs: Associate of Science in Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate, Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science in Health, and Radiologic Technology Certificate.

Regents’ Testing Program (RTP)
Current and Former Students
All current and former students who have completed English 1101 at Dalton State with a C or better will be acknowledged as having satisfied the Regents’ essay requirement.
All current and former students who have completed English 1102 at Dalton State with a C or better will be acknowledged as having satisfied the Regents’ reading
requirement.

All existing Regents’ exemption criteria will remain in effect.

Transfer Students
ENGL 1101/Essay Component
Students who transfer in credit for English 1101 with a C or better but who do not meet any of the exemption criteria listed below will satisfy the Regents’ essay component by writing and passing a timed Regents’-type essay in the Testing Center. These essays will be scored by three faculty members from the Department of Humanities using Regents’ scoring procedures.

Exemption Criteria
Students who transfer in credit for English 1101 with a C or better from a University System of Georgia institution that has been granted approval to discontinue the Regent’s Testing Program shall be acknowledged as having satisfied the Regent’s essay requirement.

Students who transfer in credit for English 1101 with a C or better from any institution that does not have a University System of Georgia exemption to discontinue the Regent’s Testing Program shall be acknowledged as having satisfied the Regent’s essay requirement by submitting official scores at or above specified Regents’-
approved scores on the following examinations.

  • Regents’ Essay Test exemption score: 2
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition Exemption score:  3
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition Exemption score: 3
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level English exemption score: 4
  • SAT II English Writing exemption score: 650 (this test is no longer administered)
  • SAT Reasoning, Writing Section Test: 560
  • SAT Reasoning, Writing Section Test: 500 for students who also have at least 510 on the SAT Reasoning, Critical Reading Section
  • ACT Combined English/Writing test: 24
  • ACT Combined English/Writing test: 22 for students who also have at least 23 on the ACT Reading Test

All ACT and SAT scores used for exemption must be from a national test administration and must not be more than five years old. Scores from institutional SAT or residual ACT tests will not be acceptable for this purpose.

ENGL 1102/Reading Component
Students who transfer in credit for English 1102 with a C or better shall be acknowledged as having satisfied the Regents’ reading requirement.

Exemption Criteria
Students who have exempted English 1102 may satisfy the reading requirement by submitting official scores at or above specified Regents’-approved scores on the following examinations:

  • Regents’ Reading Test exemption score: 61
  • SAT Reasoning, Critical Reading Section: 510
  • ACT Reading exemption score: 23
    SAT or ACT scores must be from a national administration and must not be more than five years old. Scores from institutional SAT or residual ACT tests will not be acceptable for this purpose.
  • AP English Literature and Composition score: 5
  • AP English Language and Composition score: 5

Georgia History and Georgia Constitution Exemption Tests
Students who transfer in credit for HIST 2111, HIST 2112, or POLS 1101 from an out-of-state college will be required to satisfy the Georgia History and/or Georgia Constitution requirement before being able to obtain a degree from Dalton State College.
Please contact the Kathy Payne in the Department of Social Science. Her phone number is 706-272-2672 and her email is kjpayne@daltonstate.edu.  She can provide you with all the information necessary to help you meet this graduation requirement.

Graduation Requirements for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Dalton State College will be evaluated by the same standards of academic progress applied to native students. In order to graduate, a transfer student must have both a minimum graduation grade point average of 2.00 on all Dalton State College courses used to complete graduation requirements and a cumulative minimum graduation grade point average of 2.00 for all courses (both Dalton State College courses and transfer courses) used to complete graduation requirements.

Non-Completion of Degree Requirements:
If you do not complete your degree during the term you specify on your application, your graduation will be denied. The Office of the Registrar will hold the application for one term and re-check to verify that missing requirements have been met.

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