Requirements and Descriptions
Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours to receive a degree from the University of Houston. Some degrees will require more than the 120 minimum in order to satisfy all the requirements for the major. Students should consult their degree plan in order to determine how many hours are required for their degree.
Students transferring to University of Houston from a community college should be aware that a maximum of 66 hours can be applied toward their degree. Only classes that satisfy specific degree requirements will factor into the 66 transfer hours count.
24 of the last 30 semester hours to be applied toward a bachelor's degree must be taken in residence. The six(6) credits allowed to be taken at external institutions within the final residency may be used only for core requirements or 1000- and 2000-level foreign language courses. Always consult your academic advisor before enrolling in courses off campus.
For students who are pursuing a minor, it is possible for some courses that are completed as part of the general university requirements, college requirements or major requirements to also apply to the minor. In cases where one course satisfies a requirement in two areas of the degree plan, students should be aware that the course only counts once in calculating the total number of hours completed for the degree. In some instances, it is possible for students to complete all of the stated course requirements on their degree plan but fall short of the total hours required for the degree. In these instances, students will need to complete additional coursework (free electives) to bring their total hours to 120.
All students must complete their degree requirements with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all the classes they have attempted at the University of Houston. Additionally, all students must complete their major requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all of the courses attempted in the major at the University of Houston.
Graduation Preparation and Process
Graduating seniors should make an appointment with an advisor at least a year before graduation in order to identify unexpected problems or answer any concerns in time to remedy them. The advisor will go over the degree plan to identify any remaining classes the student has to complete.
Students must apply for graduation through their myUH account. The academic calendar identifies the deadlines for submitting the graduation application.
Midway through the semester for which the student has applied for graduation, an email will be sent to the student. If the student is enrolled in a schedule of classes that will satisfy their remaining degree requirements, the email will indicate that the student is conditionally approved for graduation. The email will list the conditions that must be satisfied in order for the student to complete the requirements for their degree by the end of the current semester.
The email will note "disapproved" if the applicant is not on track to satisfy their remaining degree requirements at the close of the semester.
Students should read the conditions carefully and take the necessary steps to satisfy all of the conditions by the end of the semester. If the student believes that any of the conditions listed have previously been met or are otherwise in error, the student should contact their advisor as soon as possible. If the conditions listed on the analyst certification form are not satisfied by the end of the semester, the student will be disapproved for graduation and must reapply for graduation in a subsequent semester.
The Technology Division participates in university commencement ceremonies in the fall and spring semesters. Spring graduates are invited to participate in May the commencement ceremony and summer and fall graduates are invited to participate in December the commencement ceremony. The Technology Division posts a graduation guide in the fall and spring semesters that includes information about ordering caps and gowns, times and dates for the ceremony and parking information for guests.
Graduation with Honors
Students who first enrolled at the University of Houston prior to fall 2010 will graduate with honors if they have completed at least 66 hours at the University of Houston and their GPA in the last 66 hours meets the following requirements for Latin honors:
|Academic Honors Requirements|
|GPA of Last 66 Hours||Honor Designation|
|3.75 to 4.0||Summa Cum Laude|
|3.50 to 3.74||Magna Cum Laude|
|3.25 to 3.49||Cum Laude|
Students who first enrolled at the University of Houston in the Fall 2010 semester and after will graduate with honors if they have completed at least 54 hours at the University of Houston and their GPA in the last 54 hours (all of which must be A, B, C . . .letter grade courses) meets the following requirements for the Latin honors:
|Academic Honors Requirements|
|GPA of Last 54 Hours||Honor Designation|
|3.90 to 4.0||Summa Cum Laude|
|3.70 to 3.89||Magna Cum Laude|
|3.5 to 3.69||Cum Laude|
Honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of those final 54 hours was completed.