Credit Requirements and Limitations

Credit Requirements

In order to earn a bachelor's degree at PSU, all students must meet the following credit requirements, with a minimum cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 and a 2.0 in all courses in the major (some majors require higher GPAs):

Total earned credits 180 credits
Upper division (300/400 level) credits 62 credits*
Credits taken at PSU (excludes credit by examination) 45 of the final 75 credits, or 150 credits total*
Credits with differentiated grades (A-F) 25 of the last 45 credits (up to 20 Pass credits allowed)1

*As of July 2021, PSU’s Faculty Senate approved a reduction in the number of upper-division credits required for graduation changing the requirement from 72 credits to 62 credits and residence credits from 45 of the final 60 to 45 of the final 75. These changes are in effect immediately, but will not reflect in your degree audit (DARS) until July 2021. If you have questions, please email

Credit Limitations

Credits transferred to PSU will apply to the degree, but some credit limits apply: 

Credits transferred from regionally accredited two-year colleges 124 credits
Correspondence credits 60 credits
Graded Pass / No Pass credits 45 credits1
English as a Second Language credits 24 credits
Cooperative education credits 12 credits
Vocational education credits 12 credits
PE (physical education) credits 12 credits

These limitations will appear on your Degree Audit (DARS) report. Any questions about these, and any other graduation requirements should be directed to your academic advisor.

1 Pass credits taken in between Spring 2020-Spring 2021 do not count against these limits due to a temporarily relaxed policy during the COVID-19 disruption.