Undergraduate Academic Policies

Earning Credits

Students may earn credit applicable to Plymouth State University degree programs by taking courses at PSU or by taking approved courses at other colleges/universities and transferring in the earned credits as outlined above. Alternately, students may earn credit through examination, independent study, or individual enrollment.

Credit-by Examination

Credit-by-examination is a way that students may earn a maximum of 30 credits. The examinations may be nationally standardized examinations or ones composed by Plymouth State University faculty. When students earn credit-by-examination, the credits are noted on their transcripts.

The nationally standardized examinations recognized by PSU are the AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), and DSST examinations (see Transferring Credits). AP exams are typically taken by juniors and seniors in high school. CLEP and DSST exams can be taken on or off the University campus at official testing sites. If Plymouth State University is specified as a school to receive an official grade report, no further action is required of the student. In the case of AP exams, the appropriate academic department(s), acting in conjunction with the Admissions Office, will determine whether credit and/or placement in advanced courses is to be granted. Scores on CLEP and DSST exams will be assessed to see whether the standards for the conferring of credit have been met. If they have, credit will be given for courses in which students have not already received University credit.

The University also recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB). Of the two IB examination levels (Higher Level and Standard Level), the University recognizes the Higher Level examinations where a score of 5, 6, or 7 has been achieved. Credit will not be given for Standard Level examinations. Students who have taken both AP and IB examinations do not receive credit/placement for both.

Students who believe they have adequate background in a particular subject may seek to obtain credit by taking an appropriate examination determined by Plymouth State University faculty. The faculty member(s) and the academic department involved determine whether a course is open to credit-by-examination. They are responsible for administering, assessing, and reporting the results to the registrar’s office via an Institutional Credit-by-Examination form found on the Registrar’s Office website at campus.plymouth.edu/registrar. Grades are not awarded. A credit by-examination fee (see Tuition and Fees section) is required.

Independent Study

An independent study is an upper-level (4910), special, individualized project; students may earn one to four credits in any given independent study. It is undertaken at the option of a professor. It is intended to provide a capstone experience for upper-division students. A contract must be drawn between the student and professor, specifying the project, the work to be accomplished, and the time period in which the project must be completed. The student, as designer of the independent study project, accepts professional responsibility for the structure of this unique experience. The contract identifies the uniqueness of the study, includes brief statements about objectives and procedures, and offers a short tentative bibliography. Independent study forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar. Completing the form involves receiving approval of the professor and appropriate department chair/designee. Once all signatures have been obtained, the student must submit this form to the Registrar’s Office to register for the credit.

Individual Enrollment

Individual enrollments are a way for a matriculated student to be able to take a required course not currently being offered during any given fall or spring semester. The student must demonstrate extenuating circumstances as to why the course could not be taken in the regular sequence. No individual enrollment will be granted for a course currently being offered. Individual enrollments are not available to non-matriculated continuing education students. Individual enrollment forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar. Completing the form involves procuring the approval of the professor and appropriate department chair/ designee. Once all signatures have been obtained, the student must submit this form to the Registrar’s Office to register for the course. Credits earned are treated exactly as conventional classroom courses in regard to tuition and fees. There will be only one course offered by individual enrollment per faculty member in the fall and spring semesters; in early spring and summer an individual enrollment comprises part of a faculty member’s teaching load.

Class Level

Students are classified according to the total number of credits earned, including transfer credits accepted, as follows:

Class Level Number of Credits
First Year Fewer than 24
Second Year (Sophomore) 24–47
Third Year (Junior) 48–71
Fourth Year (Senior) 72–95
Fifth Year (Senior +) 96 or more

Enrollment Confirmation

At the beginning of each fall and spring semester, matriculated (degree-seeking) students must confirm their enrollment at Plymouth State University. Confirmation is not the same as registration; it is a separate action to verify that students are registered for credit, are present on campus, and have satisfied their financial obligations.

Failure to be confirmed by the deadline can result in loss of classes, return of financial aid, and withdrawal from the University. See the Enrollment Confirmation section of the Schedule of Classes for more details and dates. Contact the Office of the Registrar with confirmation questions.

Overload Credit

Full-time students taking more than 17 credits during a fall or spring semester are considered in overload status. Students with a 2.33 (minimum) cumulative grade point average are eligible to take up to four credits of overload by completing an Overload Request form, available on the Registrar’s Office website at campus.plymouth.edu/registrar. Students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.33 and students requesting more than four credits of overload must secure, by the appropriate add deadline, the approval of their advisor, support from the academic student advocate, and approval by an academic affairs officer.

During early spring students with a 2.33 (minimum) cumulative grade point average may enroll for six credits. Students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.33 may enroll for six credits, with support from the academic student advocate. Any student requesting more than six credits must secure support from the academic student advocate and approval by an academic affairs officer. During summer sessions students may enroll for nine credits. Any student requesting more than nine credits must secure support from the academic student advocate and approval by an academic affairs officer. Forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar.

Transferring Credits to Plymouth State University

The University allows transfer credit from regionally accredited degree-granting institutions for courses that are graded C or above or its equivalent (a grade of P in a Pass/No Pass course where the P is noted as equivalent to a minimum of a C on the institution’s transcript). A grade of C- or CD is not equivalent to a C. Credit recommendations made by the American Council on Education for CLEP, DSST, and as shown on ACE registry transcripts for the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy are considered and accepted where appropriate to the program chosen by the student.

Courses deemed by Plymouth State University or the transferring institution to be either developmental/remedial or vocational are not transferable. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given.

Only credits will be transferred. Credits earned as quarter hours or other units are converted to semester hours.

Grades from other institutions will not appear on the PSU transcript, nor will they be included in students’ grade point averages. The only exception to this is a PSU course taught through Granite State College within the University System of New Hampshire (translocated course). When translocated courses are transferred into the University, these courses are placed on the PSU transcript and treated as non-transferred courses. Grades earned in PSU courses taught through GSC are averaged into students’ grade point averages at PSU, regardless of grade.

Students entering Plymouth State University with transfer credits shall have their cumulative grade point average established by their PSU grades only. Transfer students are subject to the academic standards for satisfactory performance.

A maximum of 90 credits from regionally accredited degree-granting institutions will be accepted toward the baccalaureate degree. If students take a course at PSU for which they have already received equivalent transfer credit, they will be notified. Their PSU enrollment will be changed to audit; they may request to drop the course.

A course from a two-year college transfers to PSU as lower-level only unless equivalency to a PSU upper-level course can be demonstrated. Students will have to supply course syllabi, sample texts, and other documents for evaluation by the appropriate department chair/ designee.

No Plymouth State University course for which credit was received may be repeated at another institution. Only a course failed at PSU may be repeated elsewhere. The transfer course must be equivalent to the course failed at PSU. Upon receipt of the transfer credit, the PSU grade of F will be removed from the grade point calculation.

Current students must submit a Transfer Credit Request form to have courses evaluated by PSU prior to taking them. A copy of the catalog course description must accompany the Request form; a course syllabus may be necessary. The department sponsoring the major determines the applicability of transfer credits to a student’s major. Forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar.

All veterans applying for admission to Plymouth State University should indicate their veteran status on their application. To ensure full consideration of transfer credits , veterans must request that an official copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) and/or a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force be sent to the Office of Admissions at Plymouth State. In rare cases, a veteran may be asked to supply a copy of their DD214.

Credits Awarded for Acceptable ADVANCED PLACEMENT Test Scores

Advanced Placement Test Credits for Score of Three Credits for Score of Four Credits for Score of Five General Education Satisfied Application of Credit or PSU Equivalency
Art History 3 3 3 PPDI
Biology 8 8 8 SIDI
Calculus AB 4 4 4 QRCO MA 2550
Calculus BC 4 (MA 2550) 8 (MA 2550 +, MA 2560) 8 (MA 2550 +, MA 2560) QRCO Depends on score
Chemistry 0 4 (CH 2335) 8 (CH 2335 +, CH 2340) QRCO Depends on score
Chinese Language and Culture 3 (CN 1015) 6 (CN 1015+, CN 1025) 6 (CN 1015+, CN 1025) GACO Depends on score
Comparative Government & Politics 3 3 3 GACO
Computer Science A 3 (CS 2010) 7 (CS 2010 and CS 2370) 7 (CS 2010 and CS 2370) TECO Depends on score
Computer Science Principles 3 3 3 TECO CS 2010
English Language & Composition 4 4 4 COMP EN 1400
English Literature & Composition 3 3 3 CTDI
Environmental Science 4 4 4 SIDI
European History 3 3 3 PPDI
French Language and Culture 31 (FR 1025) 61 (FR 2030 +, FR 2040) 61 (FR 2030 +, FR 2040) DICO, GACO Depends on score
German Language and Culture 31 (GR 1025) 61 61 GACO Depends on score
Human Geography 3 3 3 GACO
Italian Language and Culture 31 (IT 1060) 61 (IT 1060 +, IT 1070) 61 (IT 1060 +, IT 1070) GACO Depends on score
Japanese Language and Culture 31 61 61 GACO Depends on score
Latin 3 6 6 Depends on score
Macroeconomics 3 3 3 GACO EC 2550
Microeconomics 3 3 3 EC 2560
Music Theory 0 4 (MU 1210) 8 (MU 1210 +, MU 1220) Depends on score
Physics 1: Algrebra-Based 4 (PH 2130) 4 (PH 2130) 4 (PH 2130)
Physics 2: Algebra-Based 4 (PH 2140) 4 (PH 2140) 4 (PH 2140)
Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism 4 4 4 PH 2420 + PH 2440
Physics C: Mechanics 4 4 4 PH 2410 + PH 2430
Psychology 3 3 3 PS 2010
Spanish Language and Culture 31 (SP 1025) 61 (SP 2030 +, SP 2040) 61 (SP 2030 +, SP 2040) GACO, DICO Depends on score
Spanish Literature and Culture 0 0 31 Depends on score
Statistics 3 3 3 QRCO MA 2300
Studio Art: 2-D Design 3 3 3 CTDI
Studio Art: 3-D Design 3 3 3 CTDI
Studio Art: Drawing 3 3 3 CTDI
US Government and Politics 4 4 4 PO 1025
United States History 3 3 3 PPDI
United States History 3 3 3 PPDI
World History 3 3 3 PPDI

Credit is awarded according to the PSU catalog that is in effect at the time that student takes the exam.

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Credits Awarded for Acceptable CLEP Scores

CLEP Exam Minimum Score Required Credits Awarded General Education Satisfied Application of Credit or PSU Equivalency
American Government 50 4 PO 1020
American Literature 50 3 CTDI
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 CTDI
Biology 50 6 SIDI
Calculus 50 4 QRCO MA 2550
Chemistry 50 4 QRCO CH 2335
College Algebra 50 3 MATH MA 1800
College Composition 50 4 COMP EN 1400
College Composition Modular 50 4 COMP EN 1400
College Mathematics 50 3 QRCO MA 1500
English Literature 50 3 CTDI
Financial Accounting 50 3 BU 1152
French Language—Level 1 (2 semesters) 50 61 DICO, GACO FR 1015 + FR 1025
French Language—Level 2 (3 semesters) 59 91 DICO, GACO FR 1015 + FR 1025 + FR 2030
German Language—Level 1 (2 semesters) 50 61 GACO GR 1015 + GR 1025
German Language—Level 2 (3 semesters) 60 91 GACO
History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877 50 3 PPDI
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 3 PPDI
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PS 2050
Humanities 50 3 CTDI
Information Systems 50 3 TECO BU 1100
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 elective
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BU 2480
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PS 2010
Introductory Sociology 50 4 DICO SO 2225
Natural Sciences 50 6 SIDI
Precalculus 50 4 QRCO, TECO MA 2140
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 GACO EC 2550
Principles of Management 50 3 elective
Principles of Marketing 50 3 BU 2450
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 EC 2560
Social Sciences and History 50 6 PPDI
Spanish Language—Level 1 (2 semesters) 50 61 DICO, GACO SP 1015 + SP 1025
Spanish Language—Level 2 (3 semesters) 63 91 DICO, GACO SP 1015 + SP 1025 + SP 2030
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 PPDI
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 4 HI 2016

Credit is granted in accordance with the recommendations of the Council on College Level Examinations of the College Entrance Examinations Board and the American Council on Education.

Credit is awarded according to the PSU catalog that is in effect at the time that student takes the exam.

clep.collegeboard.org/exam

Credits Awarded for Acceptable DSST Scores

DSST Exam Minimum Score Required Credits Recommended General Education Satisfied Application of Credit or PSU Equivalency
A History of the Vietnam War 400 3 B PPDI
Art of the Western World 400 3 B PPDI
Astronomy 400 3 B SIDI PHDI 2300
Business Ethics and Society 400 3 B BU 2440
Business Mathematics zero not acceptable
Computing and Information Technology 400 3 B TECO
Criminal Justice 400 3 B CJ 1020
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 400 3 B SSDI
Ethics in America 400 3 B SSDI
Foundations of Education 400 3 B elective
Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 3 B MATH MA 1800
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 3 B elective
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 3 BU elective
General Anthropology 400 3 B GACO AN 2100
Health and Human Development 400 3 B WECO
History of the Soviet Union 400 3 B PPDI
Human/Cultural Geography 400 3 B SSDI
Human Resource Management 400 3 B BU 3180
Introduction to Business 400 3 B BU 2250
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 4 BU CJ 3055
Introduction to World Religions 400 3 B PPDI
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 3 B PS 2050
Management Information Systems 400 3 B BU 3240
Money and Banking 400 3 BU EC 4460
Organizational Behavior 400 3 B DICO BU 3420
Personal Finance 400 3 B SSDI BUDI 2300
Principles of Finance 400 3 BU BU 3210
Principles of Physical Science I 400 3 B elective
Principles of Public Speaking 4001 3 B CM 2400
Principles of Statistics 400 3 B QRCO MA 2300
Principles of Supervision 400 3 B elective
Substance Abuse 400 3 BU WECO HE 3700
Technical Writing 400 3 B CM 3090 (not TECO)
The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 3 B PPDI

B = Baccalaureate program
BU = Baccalaureate Upper-division

Credit recommendations have been determined by the American Council on Education.

Credit is awarded according to the PSU catalog that is in effect at the time that student takes the exam.

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Credits Awarded for Acceptable INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE Test Scores

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Test Credits for Score of Five Credits for Socre of Six Credits for Score of Seven General Education Satisfied Application of Credit or PSU Equivalency
Anthropology, Social and Cultural 3 3 3
Biology 3 3 3 SIDI
Business and Management 3 3 3
Chemistry 3 3 3 SIDI
Computer Science 3 3 3
Design Technology 3 3 3
Economics 3 3 3
Geography 3 3 3 SSDI
History 3 3 3 PPDI
History, Islamic 3 3 3 PPDI
Information Technology in a Global Society 3 3 3 SSDI
Language, Best (A1) See Department Chair
Language, Best (A1), English 3 3 3 CTDI
Language, Second (A2) See Department Chair
Language, Second (B) See Department Chair
Language (Classical Greek) 3 3 3 GACO
Language (Latin) See Department Chair
Mathematics 3 3 3 MATH
Music 3 3 3 CTDI
Philosophy 3 3 3 SSDI
Physics 3 3 3 SIDI
Psychology 3 3 3 SSDI
Theatre Arts 3 3 3 CTDI
Visual Arts 3 3 3 CTDI

The University recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB). Of the two IB examination levels (Higher Level and Standard Level), the University recognizes the Higher Level examinations where a score of 5, 6, or 7 has been achieved. Credit will not be given for Standard Level examinations. Students who have taken both AP and IB examinations do not receive credit/placement for both.

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Transfer Agreements

Agreements which facilitate the transfer of credit between Plymouth State University and the institutions of the Community College System of New Hampshire exist for specific bachelor programs. The AA in Liberal Arts at the Community Colleges satisfies the lower-division general education requirements at PSU. Please visit nhtransfer.org for further details.

  • Transfer Agreements provide a plan for students interested in transferring into a specific bachelor degree program, without having earned an associate degree.
  • 2+2 Agreements are designed for students who have earned an associate degree at the Community College and wish to transfer into a related bachelor degree program.

Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth

  • BS Art Education (K–12)
  • BA Biology
  • BS Chemistry, General Chemistry Option
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Criminal Justice and BA Criminal Justice
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Biological Science, General Biology and BA Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Biological Science, University Transfer and BA Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Chemistry and BS Chemistry, General Chemistry Option

Lakes Region Community College, Laconia

  • BA Art, Studio Art Option
  • BFA, Studio Art Option
  • BS Art Education (K–12)
  • BA Biology
  • BS Biology
  • BS Business Administration
  • BS Chemistry, General Chemistry Option
  • BS Childhood Studies
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BS Environmental Biology
  • BS Social Science
  • BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
  • BS Sports Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting, Business Concentration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting, Computer Concentration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Management and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Fine Arts and BA Art, Studio Art Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BA Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BS Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BS Childhood Studies
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BS Elementary Education (K-8)
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Health Sciences and BA Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Health Sciences and BS Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Health Sciences and BS Chemistry, General Chemistry Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Health Sciences and BS Environmental Biology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Teacher Preparation and BS Childhood Studies
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Teacher Preparation and BS Elementary Education (K-8)

Manchester Community College, Manchester

  • BS Art Education (K–12)
  • BS Business Administration
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BS Mathematics
  • BS Social Science
  • BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Computer Science and BS Computer Science
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Business and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Management and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Marketing and BS Business Administration

Nashua Community College, Nashua

  • BA Anthropology/Sociology, Anthropology Option
  • BA Anthropology/Sociology, Sociology Option
  • BS Business Administration
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BA History
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Mathematics
  • BS Mathematics, Middle School Teacher Certification (5–8) Option
  • BS Mathematics, Secondary Teacher Certification (7–12) Option
  • BA Political Science
  • BA Psychology
  • BS Public Management
  • BS Social Science
  • BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
  • BS Sports Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration, Accounting Concentration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration, Management Concentration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration, Marketing Concentration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration, Small Business Entrepreneurship Concentration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Criminal Justice and BA Criminal Justice
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BS Public Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Sociology Concentration and BA Anthropology/Sociology, Anthropology Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Sociology Concentration and BA Anthropology/Sociology, Sociology Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Business and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, History and Political Science Concentration and BA History
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, History and Political Science Concentration and BA Political Science
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Mathematics Concentration and BS Mathematics
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts, Psychology Concentration and BA Psychology
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Software Development and BS Computer Science

NHTI, Concord’s Community College

  • BFA, Studio Art
  • BS Accounting
  • BS Art Education
  • BS Business Administration
  • BS Childhood Studies
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BS Marketing, Professional Sales Option
  • BS Social Work
  • BS Sports Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting and BS Accounting
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Addiction Counseling and BS Social Work
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration and BS Marketing, Professional Sales Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration, Sports Management Concentration and BS Sports Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Criminal Justice and BA Criminal Justice
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Early Childhood Education and BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Early Childhood Education and BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK-3) Option
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Education and BS Childhood Studies
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Education and BS Elementary Education (K-8)
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Human Service and BS Social Work
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BS Childhood Studies
  • 2+2 Agreement for AA Liberal Arts and BS Elementary Education (K-8)
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Tourism Management and BA Tourism Management and Policy

River Valley Community College, Claremont

  • BS Accounting
  • BA Biology
  • BS Business Administration
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BS Mathematics
  • BS Mathematics, Middle School Teacher Certification (5–8) Option
  • BS Mathematics, Secondary Teacher Certification (7–12) Option
  • BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
  • BS Sports Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting and BS Accounting
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Management and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Management and BS Sports Management
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Criminal Justice and BA Criminal Justice
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Math and Science, Biological Science and BA Biology

White Mountains Community College, Berlin

  • BS Business Administration
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Early Care and Education Option
  • BS Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Certification (PreK–3) Option
  • BS Elementary Education (K–8)
  • BS Social Science
  • BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Accounting and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Business Administration and BS Business Administration
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Criminal Justice/Homeland Security and BA Criminal Justice
  • 2+2 Agreement for AS Information Technology and BS Information Technology

For current information, please contact the transfer and articulation specialist in the Admissions Office.

Grading System

Letter grades, with pluses and minuses noted, are used to assess the relative extent to which students achieve course objectives in the vast majority of Plymouth State University courses. These courses are the ones on which a student’s grade point average is based. A student’s grade point average is calculated on both a semester basis and on a cumulative basis that takes into account all grades earned by a student at Plymouth State University. Grades earned at other colleges/universities whose credits were transferred to PSU are not taken into account except translocated courses as described in the Transferring Credits section.

Grade Point Average

The following grade point system is used to determine the student’s grade point average.

Grade Points per Credit
A 4.00
A– 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B– 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C– 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D– 0.67
F 0.00

The point equivalent of a grade is multiplied by the credits earned in that course. The sum total of all such points earned in a semester, divided by the number of credits attempted, yields the semester grade point average as illustrated below.

Course Grade Points Credits Total Points
Composition B 3.00 3 9.00
Human Biology I C+ 2.33 4 9.32
Finite Mathematics B 3.00 3 9.00
Foundations of Sociology A 4.00 3 12.00
Macroeconomics B+ 3.33 3 9.99
16 49.31

The 49.31 grade points are divided by 16 credits and yield a semester grade point average of 3.08.

To calculate a cumulative grade point average, the same procedure described above to calculate the semester grade point average is used. The only difference is that all graded credits and points earned at Plymouth State University are used. The PSU transcript keeps a running tally of the cumulative grade point average as well as of the semester grade point average.

Administrative Failure

The notation AF stands for administrative failure. This is placed on a student’s transcript when an instructor does not have enough information to assign a letter grade in a graded course. The administrative failure is usually a student’s failure to drop a course they stopped attending. An AF counts as an F grade in the calculation of grade point averages. It is not a reason for a course withdrawal.

Incompletes

A grade of Incomplete (IC) should be awarded at the discretion of the course instructor in the instance that a minimal proportion of the total class work needs to be completed, such as an exam, paper, or project. The instructor, in consultation with the student, determines the conditions for the granting and completing of the Incomplete and files a Request for Incomplete Grade form with the Registrar’s Office before the final grades are due. Forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar. An IC is not a permanent grade; the Incomplete must be completed by the final day of classes of the subsequent semester (fall and early spring Incompletes are due in the spring; spring and summer Incompletes are due in the fall), or by the date specified by the instructor, whichever comes first. If the Incomplete is not completed by the expiration of this period, a grade of F will be recorded, unless the instructor stipulates a different grade. Requests for extending the completion date of an IC grade must be approved by the registrar. A student may not graduate with an Incomplete on his or her transcript. Forms required for a student to be granted an Incomplete are turned in by instructors when final grades are due. Please note that a student with an outstanding Incomplete in a course may not register for that course.

Pass/No Pass Courses

Some courses at Plymouth State University are designated in their course descriptions as being Pass/No Pass (P/NP). Credits earned by passing these courses are added to the total credits earned (graded and transfer courses as well as credit-by-exam). Pass/No Pass credits are also included in credits attempted. Credits earned in P/NP courses do not affect the grade point average. Matriculated students are not permitted to take more than one-sixth of their total degree program credits on a P/NP basis. Only courses identified as P/NP in the course description may be graded Pass/No Pass.

Early Evaluation

All students are evaluated at the end of the first six weeks of classes during the fall and spring semesters. Instructors of full-semester courses submit grades on students’ performance. Students are urged to discuss these grades with their advisors and instructors. All first-semester, first-year students (those who have attempted fewer than 12 credits), after consultation with the advisor and instructor(s), may drop full-semester courses(s) within two weeks after notice of the early evaluation.

Academic Standing

All matriculated (degree-seeking) undergraduate students (full-time and part-time) have their academic standing assessed at the end of each fall and spring semester. Grades earned in early spring and summer sessions do not alter academic standing, nor do changes in grades processed after the last day of the add period for the following regular semester. To be in good academic standing means that students have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00—the minimum cumulative grade point average required for graduation. The standards used to place students in any one of the other three academic standing categories—academic warning, academic probation, or academic severance—are based on the cumulative GPAs students must meet or exceed at different cumulative credits attempted in order to be making satisfactory progress. Cumulative credits attempted include all graded, pass/no pass, and transfer courses as well as credit-by-examination. When students are placed on academic warning, probation, or severance, an appropriate transcript notation is made.

Academic Warning

Students whose cumulative GPAs fall into the ranges listed below for different numbers of cumulative credits attempted are placed on Academic Warning.

Cumulative Credits Attempted Cumulative GPA
First semester 1.60–1.99
Less than 30 1.75–1.99

Students in this category receive a letter of academic warning, which advises them that they are not meeting the minimum grade point average required for graduation and that they are in danger of accumulating a record which will become increasingly difficult to correct as time goes on. The letter also advises them to discuss their progress with their advisors and to take full advantage of the services on campus for academic assistance. Students on academic warning may apply for financial aid (excluding University-sponsored scholarships based on academic achievement). They may not enroll in overload credits. Varsity athletes must also meet or exceed the Satisfactory Progress Standards for Athletics.

Academic Probation

Students whose cumulative GPAs fall into the ranges listed below for different numbers of cumulative credits attempted are placed on academic probation.

Cumulative Credits Attempted Cumulative GPA
First semester 0.50–1.59
Less than 30 1.50–1.74
30–45.0 1.60–1.99
46–59.5 1.75–1.99
60–74.5 1.85–1.99
75–89.5 1.95–1.99
90–115.5 1.96–1.99
116 and above 1.98–1.99

The period of academic probation will be the next regular semester (fall or spring) of attendance. Students on academic probation will be given an academic probation advisory, which restricts the number of credits they may take to 13, recommends repeating specific courses, and provides the semester GPA students must achieve in the probationary semester to regain good academic standing. Students whose cumulative GPA falls in the probationary range are allowed two consecutive semesters on academic probation to attain good academic standing. The third consecutive semester their GPA places them in the academic probation range, they will incur an academic severance. Students on academic probation may apply for financial aid (excluding University-sponsored scholarships based on academic achievement). Students who want to take more than 13 credits in a probationary semester must receive permission from the academic student advocate.

First Academic Severance

There are two situations which will result in a first academic severance:

  1. The cumulative GPA is in the academic probation range for the third consecutive regular semester, or
  2. The cumulative GPA falls into the ranges listed below for different numbers of cumulative credits attempted.
Cumulative Credits Attempted Cumulative GPA
First semester 0.00–0.49
Less than 30 0.00–1.49
30–45.5 0.00–1.59
46–59.5 0.00–1.74
60–74.5 0.00–1.84
75–89.5 0.00–1.94
90–115.5 0.00–1.95
116 and above 0.00–1.97

Students who have been academically severed for the first time automatically lose their matriculated status during the next regular semester (fall or spring) following the severance action. The only exception is provided by the appeal mechanism. As explained below, students may appeal for immediate reinstatement, and, if the appeal is successful, may return the following semester on Academic Probation. Students who were severed following their first semester at Plymouth State University are not eligible to appeal. During the mandatory semester (fall or spring) of non-matriculated status students may enroll for a maximum of eight credits through the Registrar’s Office. Students may also enroll in a maximum of four credits during an early spring or a summer session.

Students, with the exception of those severed following their first semester at PSU, who have been academically severed for the first time may be granted an opportunity through either readmission or reinstatement to demonstrate their ability and intention to succeed academically and to earn a degree from Plymouth State University.

Reinstatement

In the days following the severance action, students, except those who were severed following their first semester at Plymouth State University, may appeal to the Academic Affairs Committee for immediate reinstatement. Students who wish to do this must submit a letter of appeal to the Undergraduate Advising Center. Instructions for writing this letter are sent by certified mail to severed students. They may also seek counsel from their academic advisors or from the staff of the Undergraduate Advising Center. Reinstated students who choose to withdraw from the University may return as matriculated students only through the readmission process described below.

Readmission

A student who was severed following two or more semesters of enrollment is required first to raise the cumulative GPA out of the severance range. During the mandatory semester (fall or spring) of non-matriculated status students may enroll for a maximum of eight credits through the Registrar’s Office. Students may also enroll in a maximum of four credits during an early spring or a summer session. Alternately, students may repeat courses at other colleges/universities that they failed at PSU to have the F removed from the PSU grade point average calculation. Prior arrangements for transfer courses must be made through the Registrar’s Office. If, through any of the above actions, the cumulative grade point average is raised to meet the appropriate minimum standard for non-severance status, then students may apply to the Office of Admission for readmission any time following the mandatory semester of non-matriculated status (fall or spring). Readmission is not automatic.

Students, who were severed following their first semester at PSU, may reapply without having repaired their GPA; they must provide an explanatory letter as part of their readmission application.

Readmitted students who have raised the cumulative GPA to the academic probation range, and all reinstated students, will be placed on academic probation for the next regular semester (fall or spring). If students who are readmitted or reinstated earn a 2.00 GPA for that semester, but fail to raise their cumulative GPA out of the severance range, they are given a second probationary semester in which to do so.

Second Academic Severance

Students who are academically severed a second time will be assigned to non-matriculated, part-time status. Students may not appeal for reinstatement during the next regular fall or spring semester following a second severance action. Students who have incurred a second severance and who had registered for courses during registration the previous semester will be dropped from those courses for which they registered. If students decide to return as continuing education students (see below), they must re-register.

Students who have been severed a second time have four educational options at Plymouth State University:

  1. Students may take courses as a non-degree-seeking, part-time student for the purpose of lifelong education.
  2. Students may take courses as a non-degree-seeking, part-time student in order to repair their cumulative GPA and to demonstrate their commitment to earning an undergraduate degree from Plymouth State University. If, through self-advised selective repeats of courses and the taking of new courses, they raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above, they may, no sooner than two academic years following the second severance, apply for readmission to a degree program. If readmitted, they will be placed on Academic Probation for the next regular semester. If, during these two years, they raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 and complete all graduation requirements they may file an undergraduate Graduation Application with the Registrar’s Office for graduation.
  3. Students may take courses as a non-degree-seeking, part-time student in order to repair their cumulative GPA and to demonstrate their commitment to earning an undergraduate degree from Plymouth State University. If, through self-advised selective repeats of courses and the taking of new courses, they raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above and wish to be readmitted sooner than two academic years, they may appeal, in writing, to the academic student advocate for readmission to a degree program. The academic student advocate, in consultation with the senior staff member of the undergraduate advising center and a voting member of the Academic Affairs Committee, will make a final ruling on the appeal. If readmitted, they will be placed on academic probation for the next regular semester. If their appeal is denied, they may continue to work on repairing their GPA and may apply for readmission to a degree program no sooner than two academic years following the second severance.
  4. Without having raised the GPA to 2.00, students may apply for readmission no sooner than seven academic years following the second severance. If readmitted, these students may choose (a) to declare academic bankruptcy or (b) to repair their existing cumulative GPA.
    1. If students choose Academic Bankruptcy, all grades that are more than seven years old will be removed from the calculation of their cumulative GPA and the calculation of their cumulative GPA will begin anew. Students will be placed on Academic Probation for the first regular semester following readmission.
    2. If students choose to repair their existing GPA, they will have up to two semesters on Academic Probation in which to achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA. In order to avoid a third severance, students must earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 for the first probationary semester and must have raised their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above by the end of the second probationary semester.

If the cumulative GPA of any student readmitted following a second severance falls below 2.00, that student will incur a third, and final, Severance.

Third Academic Severance

Students who are academically severed a third time cannot earn an undergraduate degree from Plymouth State University. They are not eligible for reinstatement or readmission at any time in the future. Grades earned in early spring or summer session will not be used to reverse such an action. These students may, for purposes of lifelong education, take courses as part-time, non-matriculated students.

President’s List, Dean’s List, Honors List for Part-Time Students

Undergraduate students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.70 or above are named to the President’s List for that semester. Those students who earn a semester grade point average between 3.50 and 3.69 are named to the Dean’s List for that semester. To be eligible for either the President’s List or the Dean’s List, full-time matriculated students must have completed at least 12 credits, at least nine of which must confer grade points.

Undergraduate part-time students who earn a grade point average of 3.50 in their combined work in fall, early spring, and spring semesters are named to the Honors List for Part-time Students at the end of each academic year. To be eligible for this honor, students must attend as part-time matriculated students in any semester that academic year, must earn at least six credits in courses which earn grade points, must complete all such courses by the time grade reports are prepared after spring semester, and must achieve at least a 3.50 grade point average in graded courses.

Academic Bankruptcy

An undergraduate student who is seeking readmission to the University may choose to have all Plymouth State University coursework that is at least seven academic years old be exempt from the calculation of the grade point average. In choosing this option, such a student would receive credit for courses in which a grade of C or better was earned; the grades for such courses, however, would not be included in the computation of the grade point average. The grades for these courses will be removed, changed to XC and marked “I” (Include). All grades less than C will remain on the transcript and will be marked “E” (Exclude). The declaration of Academic Bankruptcy must be made to the academic student advocate at the time of re-enrollment and can be claimed no more than once in a student’s career at the University.

Declaring Majors, Options, Minors

Students may declare an academic major when applying for admission to the University or they may enter without having chosen a specific major. Students are required to declare an academic major no later than the semester they are completing 60 credits, which is typically the fourth semester. Students who fail to declare a major after completing 60 credits are not eligible to register for any subsequent semester until a major is declared. Transfer students with 60 or more credits must declare a major by the end of their first full-time semester.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, students who are receiving veterans’ benefits and who have not declared an academic major, cannot be certified beyond their sophomore year, unless a major is declared. Only “General Education” courses can be certified prior to the declaration of a major. [2018 VA School Certifying Official Handbook]

In the event that a student chooses a major or changes a major after being admitted to Plymouth State University, the student needs to file a Declaration or Change of Academic Major and/or Option form with the Registrar’s Office. This form requires the signature of the department chair/ designee of the new major. Once this form is complete, the student should return the form to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Typically, a new advisor from the new major department is either chosen by the student or assigned.

Major/Option Declaration forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar. Major/Option Declaration forms are also used to declare options within a major. Options must be chosen within some majors, whereas in others the options are entirely elective. In either event, the procedure for completing the form is the same as that outlined above in regard to declaring the major itself. Where there are several options available within a major, it is advisable for students to choose the one that best suits their interests rather than to pursue several overlapping options jointly. If a student does choose to pursue a second or subsequent option, at least 12 credits must be different from the first option. To complete an option a student uses the same catalog as the major. The completion of options is noted on students’ transcripts.

To declare an academic minor or academic certificate, the student needs to file an Academic Minor/Certificate Declaration form. This form requires the signatures of the student’s advisor and an appropriate representative of the department or council offering the minor or certificate. Completed forms are returned to the Registrar’s Office.

To drop an academic minor or option or certificate, students should submit to the registrar’s office a Request to Remove an Academic Minor or Option form. Forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website, campus.plymouth.edu/registrar.

Double Majors

Students may pursue a double major but must meet the requirements of both disciplines. To accomplish this goal within the minimum number of credits required requires close communication with advisors from both majors. Only one degree (BA, BFA, or BS) will be awarded. Both majors must be completed from the same catalog.

Dual Degrees

If students wish to receive two different degrees (e.g., a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science degree), students need to complete at least the equivalent of 30 credits of coursework beyond those required for the first degree. The degrees must be from different disciplines. Students cannot pursue two similar degree programs (two BA or two BS degrees), e.g., cannot earn both a BA in biology and a BS in biology. To ensure that students can adequately handle the increased demands of seeking two different degrees, it is strongly suggested that students consult with advisors representing both programs.

Adding Degrees, Majors, Options, or Minors After Graduation

The major, minor, and cumulative grade point averages that are earned at the time that a Plymouth State University degree is awarded may not be changed after the degree is awarded. This includes repeating courses at PSU or transferring courses to PSU.

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University may apply for readmission for the purpose of retroactively adding a major, option, or minor to that degree. The academic student advocate will determine the catalog to be followed. Students seeking a new major or minor will typically follow the catalog current at the time of readmission. Students seeking a new option will, if possible, follow the original catalog. If not possible, they will follow the catalog current at the time of readmission and will have to complete any outstanding major and General Education requirements.

The idea of retroactively adding a major pertains to PSU graduates whose second program is a degree program of the same type (e.g., a second major in a bachelor of science program or a second major in a bachelor of arts program). A second diploma will be issued only if the second major requires the completion of 30 or more additional credits.

Students with a Plymouth degree returning as candidates for a second bachelor degree that is different from the first degree may select majors, minors, and options appropriate to the second degree and will typically follow the catalog current at the time of readmission. Students seeking a second bachelor degree must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete at least 30 credits of coursework at PSU subsequent to the completion of the first bachelor’s degree.
  • All of the requirements of the second degree program, including General Education requirements that were not fulfilled in the first degree program, must be fulfilled.
  • At least half of the courses in the new major must be completed at PSU.
  • Student must comply with all other PSU academic regulations.
  • The two degrees must be from two different disciplines.

The major, minor, and cumulative grade point averages that are earned when a student returns to PSU to add a major, option, or minor, shall not change the record established for awarding prior degree(s) from Plymouth State University.

Students who already hold a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree from any other college or university are allowed to pursue any Plymouth State University degree program once admitted. At least half of the courses in the new major program must be taken at PSU, and students must complete a minimum of 30 credits while at Plymouth State University. Students who already hold a degree from elsewhere are allowed to transfer in credits just as any other students are allowed to do (see Transferring Courses to Plymouth State University).

Plymouth State University graduates may also apply for readmission for the purpose of retroactively adding a minor or option. Students seeking a new minor will follow the catalog current at the time of readmission. Since options are based on major degree programs, students will follow the original catalog whenever possible. When it is not possible, they will follow the catalog current at the time of readmission and will have to complete any outstanding major and General Education requirements. Students must be readmitted before they may take or transfer courses for the major, option, or minor that is being retroactively added.