Degree requirements

A bachelor's degree—Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)—is granted to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of Northwestern’s general education program requirements
  • Completion of at least one major (The number of major credits required generally ranges between 28 and 36, depending on the discipline.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 124 semester credits
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 in all course work attempted at NWC and a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the courses required for your major (an accreditation-mandated minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for athletic training, education and nursing majors)
  • Fulfillment of the residence requirement (Students who transfer 30 or more credits to Northwestern must take their last 30 credits at NWC. All other students must take at least 26 of their last 30 credits at Northwestern. Exceptions are made for students majoring in medical technology and select pre-professional programs.)
  • Fulfillment of the chapel attendance requirement


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