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Graduation Requirements

To be considered a candidate for graduation, a student must have been admitted to a degree or certificate program at BCC. Students must complete at least one quarter (25 percent) of their program’s graduation credit requirements by enrollment in regularly scheduled classes at BCC. A student may not meet more than one-half of the program’s graduation requirements by transfer, examination, prior learning experience, or a combination thereof.

In addition to their program and general education requirements, degree-seeking students must complete:

Specific degree and certificate program requirements are listed for each program within the Programs of Study

  • Associate’s Degree

    To be awarded an associate degree, students must earn an overall minimum cumulative average of 2.000, and a minimum cumulative average of 2.000 in all courses in the area of specialization.

  • Certificate

    To be awarded a certificate, students must earn an overall minimum cumulative average of 2.000, and a minimum cumulative average of 2.000 in the certificate program requirements.

  • Substitutions

    Any substitutions must be approved by the program advisor and, in the case of general education requirements, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appropriate waiver/ substitution form must be filed with the Registrar’s Office.

Health/Fitness Requirement

BCC’s Health/Fitness requirement promotes lifelong optimum health by providing students with the education and skills for maintaining physical fitness. Students may meet this requirement through one of the following options:

  • Two credits of college Health/Fitness courses* taken at BCC or transferred in from another college; or
  • Not more than 15 hours at a non-BCC facility that tracks and supervises activities, plus 1 credit college Health/Fitness class* or 15 hours with a personal trainer, intramural league or a supervised activity in the Paterson Fitness Center or 30 hours of a BCC supervised activity; or
  • Participation in the armed forces or civil service.

* BCC courses that meet the Health/Fitness requirement are designated “HF” in the course descriptions.