College of Health Professions

Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements for COHP Majors

The number of hours required for graduation varies among the COHP majors. While 120 is the minimum required by the university, several COHP major require additional hours.

General Education Core Requirements

The baccalaureate degree programs in the COHP require students to meet the University general education core requirements. The general requirements are listed below. In some programs students must take specific courses to meet core requirements. The most up to date information on the core, including lists of courses that fulfill the requirements is located at www.marshall.edu/gened.

Core I
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking (should be taken during the freshman year)3
Critical Thinking (CT)6
Core II
ENG 101 Bison image
& ENG 201 Bison image
Beginning Composition
and Advanced Composition
6
or ENG 201H Bison image English Comp Honors
Communication Studies3
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Math3
Physical/Natural Science4
Social Sciences3
Total Credit Hours34

Core I

First Year Seminar: 3 hours

  • Students who transfer to Marshall University as sophomores [30 or more credit hours] are exempt from taking FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking (CT): 6 hours

  • Students must choose from the Critical Thinking courses listed on the general education web page (marshall.edu/gened).
  • Students who transfer to Marshall University as sophomores [30 or more credit hours] are only required to take one critical thinking course.
  • Students may wish to select a Critical Thinking course that will double-count as a Humanities (courses in bold).

Core II

Composition: ENG 101 Beginning Composition and ENG 201 Advanced Composition (or ENG 201H English Comp Honors) 6 hours

  • Students with an ACT score of 28-33 are encouraged to take ENG 201H English Comp Honors. Upon completion of this class with a minimum grade of “C” or better, students will receive six hours of credit to count toward ENG 101 Beginning Composition and ENG 201 Advanced Composition. If a student receives a grade of “D”, the student will only receive three hours of credit toward ENG 201 Advanced Composition and must either repeat ENG 201H English Comp Honors or go back and take ENG 101 Beginning Composition. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in ENG 201 Advanced Composition. Students who receive a grade of “D” in ENG 201 Advanced Composition must repeat the course for a higher grade.

Communication Studies: 3 hours

  • Students must choose from the Communication Studies courses listed on the general education web page (www.marshall.edu/gened)

Fine Arts: 3 hours

  • Students must choose from the Fine Arts courses listed on the general education web page (www.marshall.edu/gened)

Humanities: 3 hours

  • Students must choose from the Humanities courses listed on the general education web page (www.marshall.edu/gened)

Math: 3 hours

  • Students must choose from the Mathematics courses listed on the general education web page (www.marshall.edu/gened)

Physical/Natural Science: 4 hours

  • Students must choose from the Physical/Natural Science courses listed on the general education web page (www.marshall.edu/gened)

Social Science 3 hours

  • Students must choose from the Social Science courses listed on the general education web page (www.marshall.edu/gened)

Additional University Requirements

Writing Intensive: Students must select 6 hours of courses designated as Writing Intensive.

Multicultural/International: Students must select 3 hours of courses designated as Multicultural or International.

Students must complete the hours required to meet the program requirements of their degree program. The minimum hours required for graduation is 120, although most College of Health Professions majors require more than the minimum. The number of free elective hours a student will need to complete depends on the major, the number of hours needed take to fulfill the math requirement (3 or 5 hours), and double-counting general education requirements.

The number of hours required to graduate varies. To determine the number of free electives needed to reach the total hours to graduate from a specific major:

  • Add up all the hours required on your curriculum sheet and subtract that number from 120. The total will be the number of free electives you need to complete. Free electives are any course that is 100-level or above. Please note that developmental courses (095, 096, 097, 098, 099, etc.) do not count toward completion of free electives or the 120 hours for graduation
  • If you earn a “C” or better in a course and repeat it, that is considered a Repeat Passing Grade. If you earn a “D” in a course that was taken after your first 60 attempted hours and repeat it that is also considered a Repeat Passing Grade. Repeat Passing Grade hours cannot count toward the 120 hours needed for graduation and must be manually subtracted from the overall hours completed toward graduation.

Double-Counting

Any course that meets more than one graduation requirement (excluding free electives) can be double counted, if applicable. For example, CL 210 Love/War Ancient World (CT) double-counts as Critical Thinking (CT) and Humanities. Because you must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to receive a degree, double-counting will increase the number of free electives you will need. Therefore, if you take a class that meets two graduation requirements, you will then take additional free elective hours in place of the second course requirement. You may only double-count in the general education area of your degree. You cannot double count one course as two major requirements.