An undergraduate certificate is a supplement to the bachelor’s degree program and may consist of courses that are part of a degree program or distinct courses that are outside of the degree program. Certificates normally require study in more than one field, often in a planned sequence of courses leading to specific educational goals. Certificates are optional and students are urged to declare a certificate as early as possible. Students should obtain prior approval with the specific requirements and forms from the college and department in which the certificate is offered. Certificates may be certified at any time during the student’s undergraduate career.
Each undergraduate certificate conforms to these University requirements:
1. Students must be admitted as undergraduate degree seeking or non-degree seeking to be eligible to receive an undergraduate certificate.
2. A minimum of 12 semester hours of credit used to satisfy the requirements of a certificate must be from USF courses; at least 50 percent of the required coursework must be earned from the institution awarding the certificate.
3. USF coursework for a certificate must have a minimum GPA of 2.00. Some undergraduate certificates have higher minimum GPA requirements.