Every OSU student must complete 180 credits, which is equivalent to 120 semester credits. One semester credit will transfer to OSU as a 1.5 quarter credit to adjust to our calendar system. OSU is a quarter system, meaning we have four,  11 week terms or quarters in an academic year; summer, fall, winter, and spring. The main OSU degree components are:

Component 1. Oregon State University Baccalaureate Core (also known as Bacc Core)

  • OSU's general education requirements
  • emphasizes critical thinking, writing, world cultures, appreciation of differences, the arts, sciences, literature, lifelong fitness, and global awareness in 15 course categories
  • 250 courses are available to meet core requirements
  • must complete a total of 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits.

 Component 2. Major Specific Requirements

  • OSU students must choose a major
  • major requirements typically consist of 80-120 credits
  • students must satisfy all the requirements of their major department and major college

Upper-Division Requriements (300 and 400 level credits)

  • At least 60 of 180 credits must be upper-division courses: minimum 60 (exclusive of upper-division physical education activity courses)

 Component 3. Elective Credits

  • often times, major and bacc. core requirements do not equal 180 credits
  • student must, therefore, take a certain amount of elective credits
  • the exact amount of elective credits a student needs depends on the courses students choose to complete their major and bacc. core requirements.

Once you are admitted, your OSU academic advisor will help you understand all of these components once you are a student!