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Graduation Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree from PUC, students are required to take 192 quarter units (128 semester units)* of credit. These credits can be grouped into three categories:

General Education - 68 total quarter hours (51 hours of General Education are outside of the major and 17 hours of GE are included in the program for a total of 68 hours)
Major - 61 quarter units
Electives - 80 quarter units
Totals - 51 + 61 + 80 = 192

Our program representative will work with each student to develop an individual program to meet graduation requirements.

General Education

The General Education (GE) courses ensure that students are equipped with the basic tools of learning and have been exposed to knowledge in a range of disciplines. These courses are the foundation of what defines a liberally educated person. An outline of the GE requirements can be viewed by clicking on General Education BSM or General Education ECE.

PUC has articulation agreements that show which community college courses fulfill the GE requirements for a PUC degree. Depending on prior formal education, students may have acquired a number of the general education course requirements already. Once transcript copies are submitted, PUC will provide an analysis of which additional GE courses are needed. Students will want to make it a priority to complete these as part of their plans toward graduation.


Elective courses are those that are not specifically prescribed. Electives are courses that you choose because of your interests, that are transferable, and that you take in addition to the major courses and General Education courses.


Major courses are provided through PUC's Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) program. These are upper division courses specific to the field of study and the degree. The 61 quarter hours of major courses amount to just under one third of the total hours needed to earn a bachelor's degree.

The prerequisite for full acceptance into PUCs Bachelor of Science in Management program is a minimum of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of transferable credits. A student who enters the program with only the minimum of transfer hours (90 quarter hours) will need to accumulate roughly 40 additional quarter hours of credit from other sources to earn a degree. The options for earning college credits toward a degree include:

  • Other regular PUC courses
  • Transferable college courses from other accredited institutions, which may include:
    • Regular courses
    • On-line courses
    • Correspondence courses (18 quarter hours maximum)
  • Testing: CLEP, DANTES, Regent College Exams, PUC Challenge Exams (45 quarter hours maximum)
  • Convertible Military Training (DD214 documentation required)

Our academic advisor will work with each student to develop an individual program to meet graduation requirements.

* Pacific Union College operates on the quarter system. Quarter credits are smaller than semester credits. To convert semester credits into quarter credits, multiply the number of semester credits by 1.5.