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Graduation Requirements

Associate of Science and Associate of Arts Degrees

Students must meet the following requirements for an AS or AA degree:

  • Satisfy all admission requirements
  • Have twenty-five (25) percent of the total semester hours required in residence at Lamar State College – Orange with a minimum of twelve (12) hours from the 2000 level, sophomore classification or from core curriculum courses;
  • Attain 2.00 GPA (grade points/hours attempted) on all coursework completed at LSC-O;
  • Attain no lower than a grade of “C” in each and every class in their major fields of study (concentration);
  • Have all transfer work evaluated on a credit basis only; transfer work will not be used to determine the LSC-O GPA (credit will be awarded for a transfer grade of “D”; however, if the transferred course is on the degree plan under the major field of study, a grade of “C” must be attained);
  • Complete the required core curriculum;
  • Confer with the appropriate division chair/director to establish a formal degree plan and complete the associate of science or the associate of arts degree program as prescribed;
  • Have no more than a total of fifteen (15) semester hours of credit by correspondence (maximum of 9) and/or credit by examination combined; and
  • Complete the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) test.

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

Students must meet these requirements for an AAS degree:

  • Satisfy all admission requirements;
  • Have twenty-four (24) of the total semester hours required in residence at Lamar State College – Orange with twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) in the 2000 level, sophomore classification or from core curriculum courses;
  • Attain 2.00 GPA (grade points/hours attempted) on all coursework completed at LSC-O;
  • Attain no lower than a grade of “C” in each and every class in their major fields of study (concentration);
  • Have all transfer work evaluated on a credit basis only; transfer work will not be used to determine the GPA (credit will be awarded for a transfer grade of “D”; however, if the LSC-O transferred course is on the degree plan under the major field of study, a grade of “C” must be attained;
  • Complete at least fifteen (15) credit hours of general education courses with a minimum of three credit hours in each of the following: natural science/mathematics, humanities/fine arts, and social sciences/behavioral sciences;
  • Complete the associate of applied science degree program as prescribed; and
  • Have no more than a total of fifteen (15) semester hours of credit by correspondence (maximum of 9) and/or credit by examination combined.

Certificates of Completion and Institutional Awards

Students must meet these requirements for a certificate of completion or institutional award:

  • Satisfy all admission requirements;
  • Complete an approved certificate or institutional award plan;
  • Have at least a 2.00 grade point average on all courses submitted on the certificate or institutional award plan;
  • Attain no lower than a “C” in each and every class in the major field of study; and
  • Have at least 60 percent of semester credit hours in residence at Lamar State College – Orange.

Note: All technical certificate programs are exempt from the testing requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) except administrative assistant, medical administrative assistant, and vocational nursing.