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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4900
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Upper Level Hours

Upper level hours are those hours taken at the 3000 or 4000 level (junior and senior level work).  Upper level credit is earned based on how the course was taken, not how it transfers to UCM.  Thus, transfer coursework from two-year institutions (community colleges) will not count as upper level work, even if a transfer class is substituted or equated for a UCM 3000 or 4000 level course. 

In addition, credit awarded as special credit (CLEP, AP, testing) does not count towards upper level hours or if a course taken at UCM at the 1000/2000 level is substituted for a 3000/4000 course, upper level credit is not earned. 

In the case where course numbers change over time, upper level credit is awarded based on how the course was originally completed, not how the course is numbered today.

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees must satisfactorily complete a minimum of :

  • 30 semester hours of upper level work (3000 and 4000 level courses), excluding special credit*
  • 12 upper level hours must be earned in the major subject
  • 9 of the upper level hours in the major must be earned at UCM
  • At least 1 hour of upper level credit must be in the minor at UCM

* Note: These numbers reflect the 2009 and later Undergraduate Catalog curricula. Students following the earlier catalogs have different upper level credit requirements. Consult the appropriate catalog.