College of Sciences and Health Professions

Academic Policies

Earning an Additional Degree

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, either from Cleveland State University or from another institution, and are interested in pursuing an additional degree are subject to the policies regarding post-baccalaureate students.

Students pursuing both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts curriculum simultaneously are considered to be earning two baccalaureate degrees. A student who wants to earn two degrees must meet all requirements of the university, college(s), and department(s) for both degrees. A student must be admitted into both colleges and must meet all of the requirements and follow all of the regulations of each college. The student may receive both degrees by listing both on their graduation application (if each degree originates from the same college), or by filing one graduation application for each degree (if the degrees originate from separate colleges).

A student may not earn the same baccalaureate degree twice; e.g., two B.A. degrees with different major fields (see Earning a Second Major). Also, a student majoring in Geological Sciences, Mathematics, or Physics cannot be awarded both the B.A. and B.S. degrees in these fields.

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Earning a Second Major

Students may elect to complete the requirements for two major fields, provided that both majors lead to a Bachelor of Arts or that both majors lead to a Bachelor of Science degree.

In order to have both majors recorded on the transcript, they must be listed on the student's Graduation Application. Only one baccalaureate degree will be conferred.

Students who wish to pursue a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree should refer to the above section regarding earning an additional degree (See Earning a Second Degree).

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Special Course Prerequisites

Courses at the 300- and 400-level in the College of Sciences and Health Professions may not be taken by first-year students except with the permission of the course instructor.

Undergraduate students may be granted permission to take one or more (maximum of nine credit hours) graduate courses, at the 500 level only, if all of the following conditions are met:

The student must

  1. be within 30 semester credit hours of graduation
  2. maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.75 or better through the preceding semester
  3. have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the major field of study
  4. submit, at the time of registration, a completed Permission for an Undergraduate Student to Take a Graduate Course form (i.e. must obtain permission from his or her adviser, the instructor of the course, and the department chair).
Postgraduate students should discuss the requirements for taking a graduate course with the College of Graduate Studies.

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Student Responsibilities

Each student is solely responsible for meeting all curricular requirements and for knowing and following all academic regulations and policies of the College of Sciences and Health Professions, the university, and the major-field department. Students are urged to review all appropriate sections of this catalog, in particular the chapters on University Regulations as well as the chapters on Academic Procedures and Academic Policies for the College of Sciences and Health Professions.

Petitions for a waiver of a requirement or for an exception to a regulation (either for the college or university) can be obtained from the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Office (MC 218B, 216-687-9321).

Although students must assume responsibility for knowing and fulfilling graduation requirements and for knowing and following policies and regulations, advisers are available to assist them. Whenever in doubt, a student should consult with an academic adviser for assistance.

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