Degree Requirements

Applicable Degree Program Requirements

To earn a degree, a student must complete both the college-wide and departmental requirements in effect at the time of their admission to the College. If there are changes in these degree requirements, currently enrolled students may continue to follow the original requirements or choose to meet the new requirements - with the exception of programs that have external licensing requirements, such as Nursing, Education, Social Work and Accounting. In the event that any requirements in a department or program are revised with College Council approval, a student who has not fulfilled the original requirements must satisfy the new requirements
Graduation Minimum Grade Point Average

To complete degree requirements and be eligible for graduation, all students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Each course used to satisfy the degree major requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Exceptions to this policy will be limited to elective courses and must be approved through the departmental Academic Standards and Regulations Committee.

Academic Residency Requirements

To obtain a two-year degree, a student must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits at Medgar Evers College, including at least eighteen (18) credits in the major. For a baccalaureate degree, a minimum of thirty (30) credits must be completed at Medgar Evers College, of which at least twenty-five (25) must be in the student’s major area of study.

Credit Load Recommendations and Maximum Limits

To earn an Associate degree in two academic years or a baccalaureate degree in four years, a student needs to complete an average of 15-16 credits each semester. To obtain additional credits, students may enroll in the Summer or Winter Sessions. Academic Advisors/counselors will assist students in planning their academic programs. A student is permitted to carry a maximum of eighteen (18) credits per semester. Students who wish to carry more than 18 credits must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and obtain the permission of the student’s Department Chairperson, Dean of the School, or Provost. The maximum number of credits a student is permitted to register for during the fall or spring is twenty-one (21) credits. Students may register for a maximum of eight (8) credits per Summer Session and six (6) per Winter Session. Students on Academic Probation may be limited to a reduced number of credits in order to meet academic requirements.

Credit Requirements for Students in an Associate Degree Program
Lower Freshman 00 - 14.9 credits completed
Upper Freshman 15 - 29.9 credits completed
Lower Sophomore 30 - 44.9 credits completed
Upper Sophomore 45 - 59.9+credits completed
Credit Requirements for Students in a Baccalaureate Degree Program
Lower Freshman 00 - 14.9 credits completed
Upper Freshman 15 - 29.9 credits completed
Lower Sophomore 30 - 44.9 credits completed
Upper Sophomore 45 - 59.9 credits completed
Lower Junior 60 - 74.9 credits completed
Upper Junior 75 - 89.9 credits completed
Lower Senior 90 -104.9 credits completed
Upper Senior 105 - 120+ credits completed
Veterans Credits

Veterans are advised to consult the Veterans’ Counselor in the Admissions Office, located at 1665 Bedford Avenue, to determine their eligibility for Veteran’s Credits, which cannot exceed eight (8) credits. All Veterans Credits will be evaluated by the Admissions Office. If a Veteran student attends another accredited higher educational institution, these credits may also be transferable.


Students shall enroll in courses according to the general numbering system:

  1. 100 Level Courses are designed for Freshmen
  2. 200 Level Courses are designed for Sophomores
  3. 300 Level Courses are designed for Juniors
  4. 400 Level Courses are designed for Seniors

It is, therefore, expected that:

  1. 100 Level will be taken before 200 Level Courses
  2. 200 Level will be taken before 300 Level Courses
  3. 300 Level will be taken before 400 Level Courses
  4. All Lower Division Requirements should be completed by the time a student is in the junior year or has completed sixty (60) credits
Pre-Requisite Course

A Pre-Requisite Course is one that must be satisfactorily completed before a more advanced course is taken. The following are unsatisfactory grades for pre-requisite courses: R, NC, F, W, WU, WF, AUD, and Z. Students who receive an INC grade in a pre-requisite course must complete it by the end of the following semester.

Co-Requisite Course

A Co-Requisite Course is one which may be taken with a related course in the same semester. For example, BIO150 is a co-requisite for BIOL 150.


Examination and Evaluation of Students

The method by which students are evaluated for grades, the frequency of examinations, and the consequences of missed examinations, is the prerogative of the instructor in each course. Instructors shall provide students with this information in the syllabi on the first day of class.

Grading System and Grading Policies

At the end of each course, students are assigned grades by the instructor. The following grading symbols are used.

Quality Points Per Credit
A+  97 – 100 Exceptional 4.0
A 93 - 96.9 Excellent 4.0
A- 90 - 92.9 Outstanding 3.7
B+ 87.1 - 89.9 Very Good 3.3
B 83 - 87 Good 3.0
B- 80 - 82.9 Good 2.7
C+ 77 - 77.9 Satisfactory 2.3
C 70 - 76.9 Satisfactory 2.0
D+ 67.1 - 69.9 Passing 1.3
D 63 - 67 Passing 1.0
D- 60 - 62.9 Passing 0.7
F 0 - 59.9 Failure 0.0
NC No Credit   0.0
P Pass / Credits Counted 0.0
R Course must be repeated 0.0
AUD Audit 0.0
FIN INC Converts to an “F”  0.0
INC Semesters Work is Incomplete 0.0
PEN Academic Integrity 0.0
W Withdrew Officially  0.0
WA Administrative Withdrawal 0.0
Incomplete Immunization Incomplete Immunization 0.0
WF Officially Withdrew with failure  0.0
*WN Withdrew - Never attended 0.0
WU Withdrew Unofficially 0.0
Z (Attended at least once) - Grade Pending 0.0
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