2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 09, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation

Students must fulfill both the requirements for a major and University requirements to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. The student must:

  • Fulfill the requirements for the chosen major;
  • Earn a minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours with at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) for all UCF course work attempted. Some majors require more than 120 hours;
  • Earn at least 48 of these 120 credit hours in 3000-level courses or above (upper-division);
  • Earn a minimum of 30 of their last 39 hours in regular courses at UCF. Credit by Examination may not be used to satisfy this requirement;
  • Earn a minimum of 25% of the total hours required for the degree in residence at UCF. For programs that require the minimum of 120 total hours, residency will be 30 hours. For programs that exceed 120 hours, the specific residency requirement increases proportionally and is listed with the requirements for the specific degree program;
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credit hours after CLEP credit has been awarded;
  • Apply no more than 45 credit hours in any combination of extension, correspondence, CLEP, University Credit by Examination and Armed Forces credits toward an undergraduate degree;
  • Fulfill the General Education Program requirements;
  • Fulfill the Gordon Rule requirements;
  • Fulfill the Foreign Language requirements as defined elsewhere in this section;
  • Earn a minimum of nine credit hours during Summer terms, if applicable; and,
  • Be registered at UCF during the semester of graduation.

Degrees Awarded Posthumously

Students will be considered for posthumous degrees by the Commencement and Convocations Committee if they are in good academic standing at the time of their death, have a 2.0 GPA or better and are within at least 15 credit hours of completion of all requirements or are in the final term of completion of all their requirements.

Choice of Catalog (Catalog Year) and Continuous Enrollment

A student must graduate under the degree requirements of any UCF Undergraduate Catalog in effect since the student began continuous enrollment at UCF. However, courses may change (for example, in credit hours or in prerequisites) or be discontinued as a result of curricular review. New Catalog policies and requirements take effect with the Summer term. A student transferring from Florida College System institutions or state universities may use the UCF Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time he or she began the most recent period of continuous enrollment in academic good standing at any of the Florida public institutions.

Continuous enrollment is defined as being enrolled in classes without a break of two or more consecutive regular semesters/terms (i.e., Fall and Spring, or Spring, Summer, and Fall). Continuous enrollment is automatically broken when a student moves from one transfer institution to another following academic disqualification or exclusion.

Students who change majors between different colleges must adopt the most current Catalog. Additional information is included in the program descriptions. Students pursuing a single degree (including double majors and/or minors) must use a single catalog and cannot use a combination of catalogs for graduation. In cases when required courses are no longer taught by the University, the appropriate department, college, or Academic Services (MH 210) may designate a reasonable substitute. If a student desires to change the catalog for graduation, the student should first discuss with the advisors how such a change would affect University, college, and major requirements. If a student decides to request a change, he or she must submit a “Catalog Year Change Request Form” to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161). This form is available at the Registrar’s Office or online at http://www.registrar.ucf.edu.

General Education Program (GEP)

The purposes of the UCF General Education Program (GEP) are to introduce students to a broad range of human knowledge and intellectual pursuits, to equip them with the analytic and expressive skills required to engage in those pursuits, to develop their ability to think critically, and to prepare them for life-long learning. The GEP curriculum provides students with the intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic foundations necessary to make informed choices; to accept the responsibilities of working and living in a rapidly changing world; and to lead a productive and satisfying life.

Undergraduate students who have not completed requirements for the Associate of Arts degree and who desire to transfer to another Florida public university can have their transcripts indicate “General Education Requirements Met” upon written request, if they have completed UCF’s GEP requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or better. UCF will accept a similar statement on transcripts received from Florida College System institutions and universities in lieu of completion of the University’s General Education Program. Students enrolled in courses that use the “NC” grade must earn a grade of “C-” (1.75) or better.

General Education Program Learning Objectives

Communications Foundation

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the situational characteristics of a communication act: audience, purpose, and source/author.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand communication and speaking skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write in a clear, logical and appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research academic topics and present the synthesis of that research: 1) in speech with appropriate citations; and 2) in texts with correct documentation.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of diversity in American society.

Cultural and Historical Foundation

  • Be able to gather, synthesize, and analyze information from appropriate resources and be able to critically evaluate information and sources for accuracy and credibility.
  • Identify and deepen appreciation of common human themes and the richness of diverse cultures.
  • Be able to analyze and discuss meaning of an artwork, performance, or text in diverse aesthetic, historical and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking of the concepts, styles, and aesthetic, theoretical, and critical principals in an art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the chronology and significance of major events and movements in western civilization, U.S. history or world civilization.

Mathematical Foundation

  • Demonstrate the skills needed to solve quantitative problems including choosing the proper technique and/or technology.
  • Be able to solve real-world quantitative problems.
  • Demonstrate qualitative understanding of mathematical, statistical, and computing concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential computing concepts common to academic degrees and their related professions.
  • Demonstrate essential computing skills common to academic degrees and their related professions, and in particular, skills relating to professional use of computers and application software.

Social Foundation

  • Be able to gather and synthesize information from appropriate resources, and be able to evaluate information and sources for accuracy and credibility.
  • Understand how an individual’s place in the world is affected by social, economic, and political institutions.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of one’s role and potential impact in social, economic, and political institutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction among social, economic, and political structures and functions.
  • Understand how individuals behave and interact with other individuals in their psychological, political, economic and social environments.

Science Foundation

  • Demonstrate an understanding of science as an empirical attempt to acquire information about the real world, develop possible explanations of these phenomena, and test the explanations by predicting the outcome of future observations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess the extent to which claims presented as “scientific” satisfy the empirical character of scientific explanations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific knowledge and problem solving in a physical or life science.

Substitution of Courses: General Education Program and Other Requirements

The student degree audit system is coordinated by the Office of Academic Services for the evaluation of transfer courses for the University’s General Education Program and Foreign Language Proficiency requirements. When the transfer course work is entered into the UCF computer system (usually during the first semester at UCF), course descriptions and other information to provide a sufficient basis for evaluation may be requested. Courses are evaluated on the basis of equivalency with the content of the courses required by the University. The evaluation conducted is entered into a computerized Degree Audit system and then is available to the colleges and departments through the University’s computer network and for the student online access through myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu. Appeals of transfer credit decisions should be directed to Academic Services (MH 210). Substitution requests for college or major requirements are processed within those administrative offices.

General Education Alternate Courses:

  • Substitutions for designated State General Education Core Courses (♦): Courses that may be taken in substitution of State General Education Core Courses (♦) are listed in the General Education Program (GEP) Courses .

Mathematical Foundation: MAC 1114C , MAC 1140C  

Diversity Requirement

The University recognizes that communities are comprised of, and enriched by, people of diverse backgrounds. The study of diversity is encouraged to promote an understanding of the needs of individuals, the University, and society. Thus, all students completing their first bachelor’s degree from UCF must complete at least one course that explores the diverse backgrounds and characteristics found among humans, including: race/ethnicity, gender, social class/caste, religion, age, sexual orientation, and level of physical ability.

Students are exempt from this requirement if they have completed an Associate of Arts degree or the General Education Program at a Florida College System institution or public state university. Students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree also are exempt.

The requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of a diversity course selected from the following list. Additional courses may be approved subsequently by the Common Program Oversight Committee, so students should consult their departmental advisor for the most current listing.


Transfer work from other colleges and universities is evaluated by the student’s major department to determine if courses meet the diversity requirement. Satisfaction of this requirement remains in effect if the student changes majors.

Exit Exams

In order to measure their effectiveness, some departments and colleges may require graduating students to participate in an exit exam designed to measure the students’ understanding of the discipline.

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement (Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year of college instruction. This requirement may be met either by successful completion of the appropriate college-level course or by examination. Languages that may be used include those taught at UCF and any others for which the University can obtain standardized proficiency tests. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree are exempt from this requirement. Native speakers or students who have completed appropriate advanced foreign language education abroad will be considered to have satisfied the requirement.

Placement in Language Courses

Placement in foreign language courses is based on one year of high school language being equivalent to one semester of college work. For example, four years of one high school foreign language place
the student in the first semester of the third year.

Several departments, colleges, and schools have additional requirements. See “Special College and/or Departmental Requirements” within each listing.

  1. This requirement is for proficiency and not a requirement for a particular number of hours of course work. For example, successful completion of only SPN 1121C - Elementary Spanish Language and Civilization II  would satisfy the B.A. requirement. Appropriate scores on Advanced Placement and CLEP examinations will also satisfy the requirement.
  2. This is a University-wide requirement for all B.A. majors.
  3. The Testing Administrator of the University Testing Center will offer the Foreign Language Proficiency Examination throughout each term. Students must register in advance with that office to take the examination (HPH 106).
  4. The foreign language proficiency requirement does not apply to students seeking a second baccalaureate degree.
  5. A student who is required and furnishes a passing TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score for admission to the University is considered to have satisfied the requirements.

American Sign Language

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree may substitute American Sign Language for the foreign language exit requirement, except where one or more foreign languages have been specified by a college, school, or program for a specific degree (see individual degree program listings for more information). Proficiency is met either by successful completion of ASL 4161C  (previously numbered SPA 4614C) or an appropriate score on the ASL proficiency exam. Contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders regarding the proficiency examination.

SUS Foreign Language Admission Requirement

Students who have not satisfied the Foreign Language Admission Requirement (competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher [Spanish 2, Haitian Creole 2, etc.] or at the elementary 2 level in one foreign language or American Sign Language at an undergraduate institution) at the time they are admitted to the University must satisfy this requirement prior to graduation. This requirement applies to all undergraduates and is separate from the UCF Foreign Language proficiency requirement.

The Gordon Rule

The “Gordon Rule” (State Rule 6A-10.30) applies to students who first enrolled in any college or university after October 1982. The rule requires students to complete four courses (twelve credit hours) of writing and to complete two courses (six credit hours) of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-” (1.75).

UCF courses that are required by the General Education Program also may be used to satisfy the Gordon Rule. “Gordon Rule” requirements may be satisfied by the General Education Program as follows:

Gordon Rule Requirement: GEP Courses Which Satisfy:
1. Six hours of mathematics at (1) College algebra or finite math
the level of college algebra or higher (2) Statistics or Computer Science
Any 3000-level or above course in mathematics, statistics, or computer science also may be used toward fulfillment of the mathematics portion of the “Gordon Rule” Requirement.
2. Six hours of English coursework (1) Six Hours of English Composition
and six hours of additional (2) Specifically identified courses and
college level writing those from the following list:


Summer Attendance Requirement

A student entering the State University System with fewer than 60 credit hours of credit is required to enroll in a minimum of nine hours of credit in the summer at a State of Florida university. Petition forms for exemption are available from the Academic Services website http://www.academicservices.ucf.edu/summer-waiver/.

Admission to the Upper Division

To be classified as an upper division student at the University of Central Florida, a student must complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 60 credit hours of academic work;
  2. The English and mathematics requirements of the Gordon Rule;
  3. One year of college instruction in a single foreign language. (This requirement applies to those students admitted to the University without the required two units of foreign language in high school.)

Graduation Application Deadline

Students must complete the “Intent to Graduate” online at https://my.ucf.edu in the term preceding the one in which they intend to graduate (see the “Academic Calendar” for specific dates). Students who have not applied for graduation by the last day of classes in the term preceding the graduation term may not be listed in the Commencement Program. Graduating students must be enrolled at UCF during the term of graduation. Graduates may contact the Registrar’s Office for Commencement ceremony and guest ticket information or refer to http://commencement.ucf.edu.

Successful completion of the degree requirements stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under which the student plans to graduate shall constitute a recommendation of the respective college faculty that the degree be awarded, assuming the student is in good standing at the University. A student must complete all requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree no later than the date of the Commencement. A student may not be enrolled as a transient student in another institution during the term in which the baccalaureate degree or the Associate of Arts degree is to be awarded.

Correspondence Courses

The University of Florida’s Division of Continuing Education, Department of Independent Study by Correspondence administers all correspondence instruction for the State University System of Florida (SUS). College credit, high school credit, and continuing professional education courses are available through regular mail and Fax (several by email). Independent Study offers more than 150 courses to students who would like a flexible schedule or an opportunity to take extra classes. It is possible to enroll any time during the year.

In 1996, the State revised the General Provisions Rule 64-4.002, at the Bureau of Teacher Certification for the State of Florida. Any teacher in the state now can use credit correspondence courses, as appropriate, to apply toward the recertification of the teaching license. Moreover, there is no limit to the number of courses that may fulfill the requirements.

The current Catalog details enrollment procedures, fees, and course information. A copy may be obtained at no cost by calling or writing to: University of Florida, Independent Study, Suite D, 2209 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32609; 352-392-1711, Ext. 200; Email: learn@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu. Website: http//www.doce.ufl.edu.

Double Majors

  • A student may earn one degree, a BA or BS, with two majors, by completing the requirements for both majors. If both majors are within the same college and are of the same degree type (BA or BS), both majors will be indicated on the diploma; however, if the majors are from different colleges or are of different degree types, only one major will appear on the diploma. Students earning a double major must use the same Catalog year for both majors.

Two Degrees

  • A student may earn two degrees, a BA and a BS, by completing the requirements for both majors and earning a minimum of 150 credit hours.
  • A student may earn two degrees, either both BA or both BS, if the degrees are earned in separate colleges and a minimum of 150 (or more) credit hours are earned.
  • A student may earn two degrees, either both BA or both BS, within the same college if allowed by the particular college and a minimum of 150 (or more) credit hours are earned.
  • Students earning two degrees may use different Catalog years for each degree. If different Catalog years are used, the general university requirements in the latest of the two catalogs will be applied to both degrees.

More Than Two Majors, or More Than Two Degrees, or a Combination

Students attempting multiple majors or degrees beyond two must consult with the Registrar’s Office for coordination among degree programs. Responsibility for doing so rests with the student. The stipulations for two majors and/or two degrees will apply as well as other minimum amount of hours and prohibitions about combinations.

Graduates from regionally accredited four-year U.S. institutions who apply for admission to work toward a second baccalaureate degree at UCF must meet the regular admission requirements of the major department and the UCF residency requirement of 30 additional credit hours for that degree. Students holding the baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited U.S. institutions are considered to have completed Gordon Rule, foreign languages, and General Education Program Requirements. Students who hold degrees from non-regionally accredited U.S. institutions and foreign institutions may be required by the Office of Academic Services (MH 210) to fulfill all or part of the UCF General Education Program requirements as stipulated in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.

The University requirements specified in the preceding paragraphs are minimum requirements. Departments and colleges may require more than 150 credit hours for a second degree or more than 30 credit hours to be taken in residence at UCF. Students should confirm department, school, and college requirements with their academic advisors.