REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE
Every program requires at least 62 semester hours of credit, and it should be possible to complete any of the degrees in four semesters. Each two-year degree program carries general education requirements, requirements specified by the department, and residence requirements.
The final responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with the student.
General Education Requirements for the Associate's Degree
The following courses in the university Core Curriculum must be completed by all students pursuing associate's degrees:
1. Lower-level Core Classes - 17 hours
One of the following:
2. Elective Core Classes - 11 hours
Wellness - 2 hours
Mathematics - 3 hours
Social Science - 3 hours:
Natural Science - 3 hours:
Students in associate's degree programs must complete two or more full-time semesters at John Brown University. At least 18 of the last 24 hours presented in fulfillment of degree requirements must be taken in residence. At least two courses totaling four credit hours in the major field or emphasis must be taken at JBU.
A maximum of 15 hours of credit may be allowed for extension work, including examinations for the establishment of credit.
Grade Point Average
The grade point average must be at least 2.0 in work presented for an associate's degree, and at least 2.0 in the major subject or emphasis.
Maximum Experiential Credits
A limited number of credits for music ensembles, communications practicums, and guided field experience may be counted in the minimum hours for an associate's degree.
Application for Graduation
An application for Graduation form is provided to students online as part of the pre-registration process when registering for the final semester in residence before completion of degree requirements. This application provides information regarding the graduation fee, exit assessment requirements, and a final check of the student's name as it is to appear on the diploma and in the commencement program.
Participation in Commencement Exercises
Degree candidates may participate in commencement exercises only upon completion of all degree requirements no later than the last day of the semester. Any course work in progress at other institutions must be completed during terms ending no later than one week following JBU commencement. If grades for the transfer work will not be reported at least five weeks prior to commencement, the student must complete and return to the registrar a Commencement Participation Approval form, available in the Associate Registrar's office. Students may petition to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for permission to participate in commencement with courses pending as long as they have a plan to complete any pending course work within a few months of commencement. Students enrolled at JBU who complete their degree during their final semester of attendance are only eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony held at the end of that semester.
For students who leave JBU with unmet degree requirements, eligibility to participate in commencement is limited to the commencement at the end for the following semester. Students not enrolled at JBU during the semester in which they plan to graduate must contact the Registrar's office in writing during the first two weeks of the semester, declaring their intention to participate in commencement. Failure to do so may result in the student not being listed in the commencement program. Furthermore, participation eligibility is dependent upon compliance with all of the deadlines posted on the JBU commencement web site.
Requirements for a Second Associate's Degree
1. Minimum of 90 semester hours.
2. All requirements for both degrees.
3. Six hours taken in residence in second major field.
4. All other provisions of the residence requirements for the first degree.