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Degree Requirements

Baccalaureate Requirements

Students must satisfy the following to be recommended for a baccalaureate degree:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 credits (No more than 12 credits of MUS (Music), DRM (Drama), and WEL (Wellness) courses may be applied toward graduation requirements.);
  2. Complete at least 30 of the last 36 credits at Finlandia University immediately prior to graduation;
  3. Complete at least 30 credits at the 300/400 level;
  4. Complete at least 18 credits for the major at Finlandia University.
  5. Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; and
  6. Complete all requirements for an approved Finlandia University academic program.

Associate Requirements

Students must satisfy the following to be recommended for an associate degree:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 credits (No more than 12 credits of MUS (Music), DRM (Drama), and WEL (Wellness) courses may be applied toward graduation requirements.):
  2. Complete at least 15 of the last 21 credits at Finlandia University immediately prior to graduation;
  3. Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; and
  4. Complete all requirements for an approved Finlandia University academic program. To be granted a degree from Finlandia University, students must earn the total number of credits required by their chosen degree program.

Academic Minor Requirements

An academic minor can be earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree, but it is not a requirement for graduation. Students must satisfy the following to earn a minor:

  1. A minor cannot be from the same discipline as the major.
  2. A minor typically consists of 18 credits, but may range from 15 – 21 credits based on discipline.
  3. At least nine credits applied to a minor must be completed at Finlandia University.
  4. A minimum grade of C- must be earned for each course used for a minor.
  5. Up to nine credits from general education or the major can be applied to the minor. But multiple minors must have no duplication of courses.
  6. The minor must be completed with the degree. It cannot be earned with courses taken after the bachelor’s degree is awarded.

Dual Degrees

To be granted a second bachelor’s degree from Finlandia University in a different school or college, program requirements completed for the second bachelor’s degree must total at least 36 credits beyond the credits completed for the first bachelor’s degree. To be granted a second associate degree in a different program, program requirements completed for the second associate degree must total at least 24 credits beyond the credits completed for the first associate degree.

Graduation Degree Audit

Completed prior to graduation, the purpose of a degree audit is to confirm that all degree program requirements have been fulfilled. After students register for their final semester at Finlandia University, they should apply for both graduation and a degree audit through the University Registrar’s office.

To track progress in fulfilling degree program requirements, students may obtain academic progress sheets from the University Registrar, their academic advisor, and in this publication. For each academic program, the progress sheet lists course requirements on one side and suggested course sequence on the reverse. Each academic year, progress sheets are updated to reflect any program changes.

Students follow the progress sheet applicable to their year of entry into Finlandia University. Alternately, students may choose to follow program and degree requirements on a subsequent progress sheet. However, students may not combine requirements from progress sheets of different academic years.

Students who interrupt their schooling at Finlandia University for more than one academic year forfeit the option to follow the academic progress sheet of their original year of entry.

Course Code Prefixes

Course CodeSubject Area
ANTAnthropology
ARD Art & Design
ATRArt Therapy
BIOBiology
BUSBusiness Administration
CHMChemistry
CISComputer Information Systems
COMCommunication
CPTComputer Technology
CRJCriminal Justice
DRMDrama
ECNEconomics
ENGEnglish
ENVEnvironmental Studies
ESLEnglish as a Second Language
FNSFinnish and Nordic Studies
FRNFrench
GEOGeography
GRMGerman
GSSGender & Sexuality Studies
HCMHealthcare Management
HIMHealth Information Management
HISHistory
HSCHealth Sciences
HUMHumanities
MASMedical Assistant
MATMathematics
MBCMedical Billing and Coding
MGDMarketing and Graphic Design
MUSMusic
NURNursing
PHLPhilosophy
PHSPhysical Science
PLSPolitical Science
PSYPsychology
PTAPhysical Therapist Assistant
RELReligion
SOCSociology
SPNSpanish
WELWellness
UNSUniversity Studies

Course Level designations

LevelDescription
000Undesignated transfer electives that count toward degree requirements
001-099Grades in courses below the 100-level are included in GPA calculations but the credits do not count toward degree requirements.
100-198Freshman-level courses
199General Education requirements fulfilled by transfer credit
200-299Sophomore-level courses
300-399Junior-level courses
400-499Senior-level courses

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