Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences at Northwest Nazarene University offers three degrees, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Majors are offered in 40 fields of study. To qualify for a bachelor's degree at NNU, the student must satisfy the eight (8) requirements described below. Faculty and staff members at the university advise students concerning progress toward graduation. However, the student is responsible for meeting all graduation requirements.

In order for a student to graduate under the requirements of the Catalog in use at the time he/she matriculated, the student must complete a bachelor's degree within seven (7) years. Otherwise, the student must use the most recent catalog.

  1. Total Credits. The student must complete a minimum of 124 semester credits.
  2. Upper-Division Credits. The student must complete at least 32 semester credits in courses numbered above 2999.
  3. Quality of Grades. Either grades must average C (2.000) or better; or all grades C (2.000) or better must be earned in 124 semester credits which meet the basic skills, general education, and major requirements. A grade of C- (1.700) or better must be earned in all courses which apply toward the major. Some majors have higher GPA requirements. See individual program descriptions for details.
  4. Residence. Each student must spend a minimum of one year, full-time standing, in residence. If only one year is spent at NNU, it must be the senior year and must include a minimum of 8 semester credits in the major.
  5. General Education Program. The student must complete the program of General Education as described below.
  6. Major Field of Study. In addition to the various areas of scholarship represented in the general education group requirements, a baccalaureate degree requires a more detailed acquaintance with the advanced materials and methods of a particular field. In this field of concentration the student is expected to attain an elementary degree of mastery and a background for further reading and study, formal or informal. In many cases this major study has professional or vocational value. A listing of the major fields of study may be found at the end of this chapter.
  7. Comprehensive Exam. The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is an assessment of student knowledge taken during the junior or senior year. The CAAP test scores are compared to the freshman ACT scores. This comparative study, organized by and administered under the direction of the American College Testing Program, is aimed at assisting colleges and universities in efforts to improve general education and helping students to persist to graduation with the knowledge and skills important to functioning effectively in society.
  8. Application for Graduation. Candidates for a degree must submit an application and have the application approved by the administrator(s) of the program.