University Requirements

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The requirements for the baccalaureate degree at East Stroudsburg University are:

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours. Some degree programs may require more than 120 credits.
  2. At least 42 semester credit hours must consist of advanced level coursework (i.e., courses that often have prerequisites and noted as "advanced" in catalog). A minimum of 30 credit hours of the 42 advanced level semester credit hours must be courses from the 300 level and above.
  3. A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00. Some degree programs may require a higher cumulative quality point average.
  4. Demonstration of competence in basic mathematical skills. See Basic Mathematical Skills Competency.
  5. Completion of the general education requirements. See General Education Program.
  6. Students in B.S. programs may apply no more than 64 credits from any single department toward the 120 credit minimum. If a department offers courses under more than one rubric, then this regulation applies separately to each rubric used.
  7. Completion of the requirements for one or more majors.
  8. A minimum residency as outlined below:
    1. The minimum residence requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 30 semester credit hours of the last 45 credits of work at East Stroudsburg University, unless a waiver is granted. This waiver requires approval of the student's adviser, major department chair, and academic dean. Some programs which require off-campus senior level experiences at other schools have automatic exemptions from this section.
    2. The minimum number of credits in the major which must be taken at East Stroudsburg University will be determined by the department housing the major.

Course Numbers

  • Course descriptions are arranged by departments or by program. The course numbers are used to indicate the year in which courses are usually taken by students and/or the minimum number of prerequisite course(s) the student ought to have completed to gain admission in to the course. The student should read the catalog description of each course for more detailed information regarding the prerequisite(s) for that course.

    • Below 100 level developmental courses do not carry credits toward graduation
    • 100-199 Typically no prerequisites
    • 200-299 Probably has one prerequisite
    • 300-399 At least one prerequisite
    • 400-499 At least two prerequisites
    • 500-600 Graduate courses, cannot be taken by undergraduates without advance approval

    In cases where students have not completed the prerequisites for a particular course, they may request a waiver of the prerequisites from the course instructor.

Course Credit

  • Course credit is measured in semester hours. A semester hour represents academic work equivalent to one hour per week in class plus two hours per week of outside studying for a semester. Class periods at East Stroudsburg are generally 50 minutes in length and are regarded as class hours. A semester is 15 calendar weeks. A semester hour of credit is also equivalent to 15 weeks of full-time study whether in class or outside of class. In some courses two hours of laboratory per week for a semester earns one semester hour of credit, while in other courses three hours of laboratory or fieldwork per week for a semester earns one semester hour of credit. For example, CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry (4) is a course in Chemistry which earns four semester hours of credit.

Basic Mathematical Skills Competency

  • Every undergraduate student who is seeking a first bachelor's degree must demonstrate a basic level of competency in mathematics as a condition for continuing enrollment at East Stroudsburg University. Because the skills that a student demonstrates by satisfying this competency requirement are essential for a successful undergraduate experience, including satisfactory completion of collegiate level mathematics and quantitative reasoning based requirements, the university requires that students demonstrate these skills early in their university attendance.

    Under no circumstances will a student graduate without having met this requirement. Following are means for meeting this requirement and a summary of the university's developmental approach to students who fail to meet this requirement in a timely fashion.

  • Means for Demonstrating Basic Mathematical Skills Competency

    • This competency may be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

      1. A Math SAT score of 500 or higher;
      2. A Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) ranking of Proficient or Advanced on the Grade 11 Mathematics Exam;
      3. A grade of 3 or higher in an AP Calculus or Statistics test;
      4. A passing score on the "College Mathematics" CLEP test;
      5. A grade of C or better in a mathematics transfer course that is applicable toward satisfying the East Stroudsburg University general education requirement in Science: Mathematics, and which was taken within five years of the date of admission;
      6. A passing score on the ESU Basic Mathematics Competency Exam (Note: This exam may be attempted up to three times); or
      7. A passing score on the ESU course MATH 090 Intermediate Algebra (for which the ESU Basic Mathematics Competency Exam is the final examination).

      Criteria 1-5 above will satisfy competency only if completed within five years prior to the date of matriculation to East Stroudsburg University.

      If students have not satisfied the requirement based on SAT, AP or CLEP scores, PSSA ranking, or transfer credit, they will have an opportunity to take the Basic Mathematics Competency Exam during the summer orientation program. If students have not satisfied the competency requirement prior to the beginning of the first full-time semester, they should attempt the exam during the first semester of attendance. The exam is given during each semester for students who do not attend orientation or who fail the test during orientation.

  • Developmental Approach

    • Entering full-time students and full-time transfer students with fewer than 45 credits who have not satisfied the competency requirement will not be allowed to register or enroll in a third semester until they have formulated a plan for satisfying the requirement and had that plan approved by an appropriate academic authority (see Plans below).

      If, by the end of the third semester of attendance, students still have not satisfied this requirement, they will be allowed to register and enroll in the next semester only if the course MATH 090 is included in their schedules.

      If, by the end of this fourth semester, students still have not satisfied this requirement, they will be permitted to register and enroll in ONLY MATH 090 until this requirement is met. See the requirements under "Entering and Transfer Students with Fewer Than 45 Credits Who Have Not Satisfied the Basic Mathematical Skills Competence Requirement," below.

      Students starting at ESU with 45 or more credits (as well as continuing and readmitted ESU students under previous catalogs) who have not satisfied the competency requirement will not be allowed to register or enroll in a second semester until they have formulated a plan for satisfying the requirement and had that plan approved by an appropriate academic authority (see Plans below).

      If, by the end of the second semester of attendance, students still have not satisfied this requirement, they will be allowed to register and enroll in the next semester only if the course MATH 090 is included in their schedules.

      If, by the end of this third semester, students still have not satisfied this requirement, they will be permitted to register and enroll in ONLY MATH 090 until this requirement is met.

      See the requirements, below, under "Students Transferring to ESU with 45 or More Credits, Readmitted Students, and Students Continuing under Previous Catalog Students."

      Plans: Information concerning the process for requesting approval of a plan will be available from the Center for Enrollment Services and the Department of Mathematics. University pre-approved model plans written in contract form are available from the student's academic adviser.

      Entering and transfer students with fewer than 45 credits who have not satisfied the Basic Mathematical Skills Competency Requirement:

      First ESU Semester: Academic advisers review the math competency requirement with students who have not satisfied it and together they formulate a plan to satisfy the requirement no later than the end of the second semester.

      Second ESU Semester: Students receive a letter notifying them that a "hold" has been placed on their registration. Students must formulate a plan for satisfying the requirement. The plan must be approved by the appropriate academic authority before the registration "hold" will be released.

      Third ESU Semester: Students receive a letter notifying them that a "hold" has been placed on their registration. Students must include MATH 090 in their next semester's schedule and submit their schedules to the appropriate academic authority before the registration "hold" will be released.

      Fourth ESU Semester: Students receive a letter notifying them that a "hold" has been placed on their registration. Students may enroll only in MATH 090 in the next semester. Schedules must be approved by the appropriate academic authority.

      Students transferring to ESU with 45 or more credits, readmitted students, and students continuing under previous catalogs who have not satisfied the Basic Mathematical Skills Competency Requirement:

      First ESU Semester for Transfers/ 1st Semester Policy in Effect for Readmitted and Continuing Students: Students receive a letter notifying them that a "hold" has been placed on their registration. Students must formulate a plan for satisfying the requirement. The plan must be approved by the appropriate academic authority before the registration "hold" will be released.

      Second ESU Semester for Transfers: Students receive a letter notifying them that a "hold" has been placed on their registration. Students must include MATH 090 in their next semester's schedule and submit their schedules to the appropriate academic authority before the registration "hold" will be released.

      Third ESU Semester for Transfers: Students receive a letter notifying them that a "hold" has been placed on their registration. Students may enroll only in MATH 090 in the next semester. Schedules must be approved by the appropriate academic authority.

Foreign Language Competency Requirement For Certain Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • The following foreign language competency is required for selected Bachelor of Arts degrees:

  • Native speakers of English

      • Passing a foreign language competency examination offered by the Department of Foreign Languages at a level equivalent to Language II with a grade of "C" or better.
      • Completing a college course at the level of Language II with a grade of "C" or better.
      • Passing the CLEP test.

      CLEP results are listed as either a "raw score" or a "percentile." The "raw scores" are translated on the test and indicate whether or not the student receives three credits. A "percentile" score of 50% or higher will result in the student receiving three credits.

      • Passing the AP test with a score of "3" or higher.
      • Transfer students who have successfully completed a course of foreign language study at Level II with a grade of "C" or better, within the last six years, will be considered as having satisfied this requirement.
  • Native speakers of a language other than English

      • Will satisfy this requirement by successfully completing English Composition (ENGL 103) with a grade of "C" or better. Final determination of a student's status as a native speaker of a language other than English shall be established by the Department of Foreign Languages.

      Bachelor of Arts Degrees requiring foreign language proficiency at level II are:

      • Biochemistry
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • English
      • Environmental Studies
      • Mathematics
      • Philosophy
      • Psychology