Degree Planning

Careful degree planning is important beginning in your first year. You should plan to meet with your advisor early and often to discuss your progress, goals, and degree requirements.

Degree Planning Tips

  • Get to know your advisor. Frequent contact with an advisor is one of the most important factors in student success.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate Catalogue. You'll use this resource you'll use throughout your college career.
  • Learn how to use the Web Services resources in MyJSC for direct access to your academic records and registration tools.
  • Once you've completed 45 credits (12 credits if you are pursuing an associate's degree) you will need to complete a Plan of Study. Students typically find this process helpful as it outlines, specifically, which courses you will need to complete to meet degree and GECC requirements and when you should plan to take them.


Click on the links to your left and right for information regarding JSC academic programs and general education requirements.

Degree Requirements to Remember

  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours (60 for an associate's degree) not including basic skills credits
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC)
  • Successful completion of the Writing Proficiency Exam (not required for an associate's degree)
  • Completion of a Plan of Study approved by the sponsoring department
  • Completion of all coursework in the major
  • At least 30 of the last 39 credits must be earned from JSC
  • At least 39 credits must be at the 3000/4000 (upper) level (not required for an associate's degree)