Certificates - Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate

An undergraduate certificate is defined in the OSU Catalog as “a specified interdisciplinary program of study leading to an official certificate and notation on the transcript.” An undergraduate certificate requires a minimum of 27 credits.

A certificate program is distinguished from a departmental minor in that the courses are from more than one department rather than from a single department. It is distinguished from an option in that the certificate program is separate from but complementary to a specific major degree program rather than providing an alternative series of courses within the framework of a single degree program.

At the baccalaureate level, the certificate program must be taken in conjunction with a formal degree program at the university. A student not completing a certificate program by the time of conferral of the baccalaureate degree, but who does so at a later time, can receive a subsequent certificate through the Alumni College with the permission of the certificate program director/committee (see Academic Regulation #27).

A post-baccalaureate certificate is defined in the OSU Catalog as "a specified program of study of undergraduate courses leading to an official certificate and notation on the transcript." A completed baccalaureate degree program is required. A post-baccalaureate certificate program requires a minimum of 27 credits.

Proposals to establish a new undergraduate or post-baccalaureate certificate follow the OUS Outline for New Certificates and are approved via the Category I approval process.

Approval & Revisions: Faculty Senate Meeting #317 April 1975; Revisions: January 11, 1983; August 6, 1986; April 2004 Additional Information: OUS Outline for New Certificates; Category I Proposals; Academic Regulation #27