North Central College - Naperville, IL

Graduation Requirements

The minimum credit for graduation is 120 credit hours* with a maximum of 51 credit hours in any one department. This means you will average 10 courses per academic year on a four year plan. While most of your academic work is in a classroom setting, you can earn up to 12 credit hours through independent studies and/or internships and up to 28 credit hours through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and/or experiential credit. In addition, credit is available for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework. Students must take at least 60 credit hours at a four year college or university and typically the last 30 credit hours must be earned at NCC as a degree candidate. 

All students must complete the requirements for general education and an approved major along with earning a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major(s)/minor(s).*  Both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees have specific requirements.  The B.A. degree requires that students demonstrate competency in a foreign language, while the B.S. degree requires additional coursework in mathematics and science.   

If you’re interested in the specific details of all the academic regulations related to graduation requirements, check the college catalog!

     *some programs require more than 120 credit hours and some programs require a higher grade point average. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

All students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must show competency in a foreign language.  Students can demonstrate competency in several ways, primarily by studying a foreign language at North Central through the second term of first-year Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish.  Those students who studied a foreign language in high school can meet the requirement if they took three years of a foreign language with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in their language courses.  Transfer students who enter with 48 or more credit hours may take MCL 390, assuming they did not take three years of a foreign language in high school with a 3.00 average G.P.A.

Students may also place out of the requirement by taking a test administered by the Modern and Classical Languages department or via CLEP or AP examination.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

All students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree take additional Math and Science courses.  Each discipline offering a B.S. degree sets the specific requirements, but all students complete the Calculus sequence through MTH 152 Calculus II.  In addition, a minimum of nine credit hours, determined by the discipline, is selected from two of the following areas:  Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics beyond Calculus II, and Life or Physical Science course(s).*  Some majors may have additional requirements for the B.S. degree.  For specific details, refer to the department page.

*Life and Physical science courses used to meet the B.S. degree requirement are selected from outside the major discipline and must be beyond the courses used to fulfill general education requirements.  They must count towards a major in a science discipline.