Core Requirement 2.7.1  

The institution offers one or more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification for all degrees that include fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit. (Program Length)  

Judgement: Compliant

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The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) offers the following degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Professional Nursing, Bachelor of Fine Arts) at the baccalaureate level and one degree (Master of Arts) at the graduate level.  All USC Upstate baccalaureate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credit hours, while all USC Upstate graduate degree programs require a minimum of thirty six credit hours.  One credit hour at USC Upstate is consistent with the traditional Carnegie Foundation definition of approximately one hour (fifty minutes) of lecture time for a single student per week over the course of a semester of fourteen to sixteen weeks.

Degree Programs and Hours Required
The degrees offered by USC Upstate at the baccalaureate level (B.A., B.S., B.F.A.) are each based on at least 120 semester credit hours.  The University offers thirty-four major programs of study.  Major programs of study for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts require a minimum of 120 semester hours.  These undergraduate majors are listed both on the website and the 2011-2012 Academic Catalog.  Examples of required semester hours within programs of studies are the Bachelor of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science with a Major in Special Education-Learning Disabilities, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Professional Nursing.  

Major programs of study for the Master of Education require a minimum of 30 semester hours. These programs are listed both on the website and the 2011-2012 Academic Catalog. Examples of required semester hours within programs of studies are the Master of Education in Early Childhood, Master of Education in Elementary Education, and Master of Education in Special Education-Visual Impairment

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