Graduation and certificate requirements may change due to changes in state laws or rules. Students are encouraged to visit with an academic advisor prior to each term. Any requests for course waivers or substitutions must be submitted in writing and approved by the Admissions and Graduation Committee for the Associate in Arts degree or the appropriate dean for the Bachelor, Associate in Science degrees, and certificates and processed by the Enrollment Services/Registrar's Office prior to the end of the term in which the student plans to graduate. In addition, all transcripts, course re-evaluations, course substitutions, career pathways credits, grade changes and milestones must be submitted and/or met prior to the end of the term in which the student plans to graduate.
Students are responsible for meeting the requirements for graduation or program completion as set forth in the College catalog and any published changes for their specified catalog term prior to applying for graduation.
The catalog considered "in effect" and binding on the student is one of the following:
- The catalog semester/program plan under which a student originally enrolled and must graduate or complete his or her program within five years from the initial semester of enrollment. However, if there is a break in enrollment lasting a full academic year or longer (three or more consecutive semesters), then a new “in effect” catalog is established based on the re-admit semester.
- The catalog under which a student is re-admitted will govern the student's graduation requirements. A student previously enrolled whose attendance is interrupted by 12 months or more will be re-admitted under the current catalog year and must graduate or complete his or her program plan within five years from the semester of re-admission under that catalog.
- The catalog semester in which a student changes or begins a new program plan. A student may change his or her program plan prior to the first day of classes of a semester. Once classes for the semester begin, any requested program changes will be processed and effective for the next semester. It is the student's sole responsibility to ensure that he/she is in the program plan he/she desires. Students will follow the catalog requirements of the semester in which the change of program plan takes effect and must complete the program within five years.
- The College reserves the right to change the curriculum as necessary. Some courses or programs may be discontinued. The College does not guarantee the courses will always be available. Students enrolled in programs where curriculum is determined by state legislation, rule, licensing and/or accrediting agencies or students enrolled in programs where significant state-of-the-art technological changes have occurred may be required to satisfy the current catalog's graduation requirements.
General Graduation Requirements - Associate in Arts, Associate in Science degrees
The degree candidate must satisfy these general requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 excluding courses designated by an asterisk (*) in the course description section of this catalog (college preparatory level courses and vocational level courses).
- Complete at least 25 percent of the total degree requirements at Seminole State (e.g., 60 credit-hour degree requires at least 15 credit hours completed at Seminole State College).
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 ("C") in all courses taken at Seminole State, provided that only the final grade received in a course repeated by the student was used in the calculation of average. Transfer courses at upper-division level (3000-4000) and at the college preparatory level are excluded from the GPA calculation. A grade of "D" used to satisfy degree requirements may or may not transfer, subject to the policies of the institution that the student enters.
- Successfully complete (grade of "C" or higher) the following: six semester hours of English coursework and six semester hours of additional coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments and six semester hours of mathematics coursework at the level of college algebra or higher. For the Associate in Arts degree, Seminole State requires that students satisfy the requirements by successfully completing General Education coursework in English, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and history, as well as mathematics courses. For the Associate in Science degree, ENC 1101, ENC 1102 and mathematics General Education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. If mathematics courses are not required for the program, students must test out of preparatory mathematics or successfully complete preparatory mathematics courses in order to be eligible for college-level mathematics.
- Complete all college preparatory level courses required by entry-level testing with a grade of "C" or higher.
- Have on file official transcripts of all college work previously taken at other colleges or universities.
- Submit an Intent to Graduate Form with an Assigned Advisor by the published deadline date in the College Academic Calendar.
- The student is not eligible for graduation until all grades of "I," "IP" and "NG" have been removed from the academic record, unless documented by the previous institution that it is a final grade.
- A student must be enrolled in college-level coursework at the College during the semester that he/she graduates. It is the student's sole responsibility to ensure that his/her program plan is correct and current for the semester that he/she plans to graduate. The College will not change the student's program plan if it is not accurate.
- Academic record holds may prevent the release of transcripts, diplomas, or related credentials, if outstanding obligations to the College are not satisfied prior to graduation.
Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Requirements
- Satisfactorily complete 36 semester hours of the General Education requirements.
- Complete items one through nine of the General Graduation Requirements.
- Demonstrate competency in a foreign language, beginning with students entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter.
- Students entering the Florida College System in 2015-2016 and thereafter must complete at least one General Education CORE course in each section as part of the General Education course requirements. Please refer to the General Education Core Course page, https://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/student-info/graduation-requirements/general-education-state-core-courses in the College Catalog for additional information.
- Students entering the Florida College System in 2018-2019 and thereafter must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Please refer to the Civic Literacy Requirement page, https://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/student-info/graduation-requirements/civic-literacy-requirement in the College Catalog for additional information.
- Students entering in 2021-2022 and thereafter with less than 15 credit hours, must satisfy the First-Year Experience Flightpath: Chart Your Course (IDS 1107) requirement.
Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Requirements
- Satisfactorily complete a prescribed course of study in one of the A.S./A.A.S. degree programs.
- Satisfactorily complete 15 or more semester hours of the General Education requirements as specified in the program.
- Satisfactorily complete all General Graduation Requirements except item four.
NOTE: Students with an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution shall be considered to have satisfied General Education requirements for Seminole State College's Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and/or Baccalaureate degrees.
College Credit Technical Certificates and Career Certificates Requirements
- Satisfactorily complete a prescribed course of study in one of the certificate programs.
- Satisfactorily complete items 2, 6, 8 and 9 of the General Graduation Requirements.
- If non-exempt, complete PERT for College Credit Technical certificates.
- If non-exempt, complete TABE (if required by program) for Career certificates.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in courses required for the certificate program.
Dual Enrollment Requirements
Dual Enrolled students that will be completing the requirements for a degree or certificate program should submit their Intent to Graduate form to the Dual Enrollment Office prior to the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar. The Intent to Graduate form is available online at Seminole State College’s Graduation webpage. The Intent to Graduate form must be signed by an Academic Advisor before submission. For questions about the dual enrollment graduation process please email email@example.com.
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Please refer to the Baccalaureate Degree section of the College Catalog.