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

BBL 1013 Old Testament Survey

BBL 1023 New Testament Survey

COR 1002 Gateway Seminar in Christian Scholarship

EGL 1013 English I: Composition

EGL 1023 English II: Literary Analysis and Research

One of the following:

HST 1013 Western Civilization I

HST 1023 Western Civilization II

2. Elective Core Classes - 11 hours

Wellness - 2 hours

KIN 1002 Wellness for Life

KIN 1012 Lifetime Fitness

NUR 1022 Concepts in Community Health & Wellness

Mathematics - 3 hours

BUS 2193 Business Statistics

MTH 1113 Intercultural Communications

MTH 1123 Survey of Calculus

MTH 1134 Calculus I

MTH 2003 Introduction to Statistics

MTH 2103 Applied Statistics for Scientists

PSY 2383 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Social Science - 3 hours:

ECN 2003 Basic Economics

ECN 2113 Principles of Microeconomics

ECN 2123 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECN 2533 Economics and Society of Central America

ECN 2543 Economics and Society of Ireland

ED 2143 Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology

FAM 2123 Psychology of Relationship Development

LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics

PSY 1013 Introductory Psychology

SST 1113 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Science - 3 hours:

BIO 1003 Biological Science

BIO 1124 Cell Biology

BIO 1134 Plant Biology

BIO 2134 Animal Biology

CHM 1014 Fundamentals of Chemistry

CHM 1124 General Chemistry I

GSC 1023 Physical Science

GSC 1033 Astronomy

GSC 1143 Earth Science

PHY 1114 Fundamentals of Physics I

PHY 2114 General Physics I

Residence Requirements

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.

Correspondence and Extension Work

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.