The requirements for degrees described in this catalog are applicable to students currently enrolled. The programs of students who began work prior to the most recently-approved programs of the university will approximate the new requirements. However, no student will be placed under undue penalty in meeting the requirements. The university reserves the right to change the degree requirements at any time, but no such change will be administered to cause a loss in credit for work already completed.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor. The faculty advisement system is designed to provide the student with effective academic advisement throughout enrollment at Columbus State University. Although academic advisors make every effort to inform students about course and degree requirements, the primary responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with the student.
The core curriculum (Areas A-E) and the major-related core courses (Area F) support Columbus State University’s general education learning outcomes:
Skills of Communication and Critical Thinking
Communication: Be able to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the diverse situations encountered as educated citizens; and be able to effectively communicate using appropriate symbolic or technological systems.
Critical thinking: Be able to think with a deliberate awareness of the process of critical thinking, employ the process, and strive to augment its effectiveness.
Perspectives and Knowledge
Aesthetics: Be able to interpret aesthetic significance in an object, work, performance, or experience through study or participation.
Contemporary phenomena: Be able to apply appropriate knowledge to the interpretation of current problems and related issues concerning environment, health, society, culture, religion, economics, politics, science, and technology.
Historical interpretation: Be able to develop informed judgments about the past by gathering relevant information, by placing it in context, by interpreting it, and by using it to draw inferences about contemporary events.
Mathematical knowledge: Be able to use mathematical skills to solve problems and to interpret quantitative information.
Scientific investigation: Be able to observe and interpret phenomena in a systematic fashion consistent with recognized principles of scientific inquiry.
Values clarification and cultural diversity: Be able to investigate ethics and personal values and those of others; be able to analyze interactions between value systems and cultural systems; and be able to distinguish prejudices, stereotypes, opinions, facts and cross-cultural contributions.
Activity, service and leadership: Be able to participate in extra-curricular, service, or leadership activity during the course of completing an undergraduate education.
To become candidates for a degree, students must satisfy both general university and specific program requirements. Specific program requirements are listed under the department and major in which the degree is sought.
General University Requirements
The following general requirements are applicable for all programs leading to a degree:
U.S. History Requirement - HIST 2110
Georgia History Requirement - HIST 2110 or HIST 3105
U.S. Constitution Requirement - POLS 1101
Georgia Constitution Requirement - POLS 1101
Note: Transfer credit for history and government courses may not satisfy the legislative requirements. Students who transfer credit that does not satisfy these requirements may take a proficiency examination or the courses listed above. Students with questions regarding the proficiency examinations should consult with the Department of History and the Department of Political Science.
Select one of the following mathematics courses:
*For majors requiring MATH 1131, the extra hour will be applied to Area F.
Students with seven semester hours in the science
requirement in Area D must take two of the following seminars. Students with eight
semester hours in the science requirement in Area D should take one of the following
Select one of the following humanities courses:
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100 Art Appreciation
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.
Select two of the following science courses. Science
majors must select two courses with labs. Non-science majors must select one science
course with a lab; the other course may be lab or non-lab.
Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:
CPSC 1205 Technological Solutions
*The extra hour for MATH 1131 or MATH 1132 may be applied to Area F.
HIST 2110 Survey of U.S. History
Select one behavioral science course from the following:
Select one world cultures course from the following:
See specific program requirements for each major.
PELM 1205 Concepts of Fitness
Select any one PEDS course.
The associate of science transfer program is designed to facilitate transfer into baccalaureate degree programs. Consequently, the minimum 60 semester credit hours required consists of 42 semester credit hours in the core curriculum areas A-E, 18 credit hours in the area of study designated in Area F and three semester credit hours of wellness courses. This program is limited to the Associate of Science in general studies.
A special variation of this degree is available under the provisions of the Servicemen's Opportunity College Program. Columbus State University is a member of SOC and participates with the Associate of Science in general studies. The variation in degree requirements for military personnel is the reduction in resident hours to 15 semester credit hours of work to be taken at Columbus State University.
The career associate degree programs include the associate of applied science programs and the associate of science in specific health areas. These programs are designed to meet specific needs of students preparing for employment in specialized fields. Such programs require careful and continued counseling by an assigned academic advisor. Of the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for an associate degree, the career associate degree programs require at least 21 credit hours of general education course work and three semester credit hours of wellness courses or approved substitutions.
In order for a student to earn both associate and baccalaureate degrees in the same discipline, all requirements for the associate degree must be satisfied at least two semesters before requirements for the baccalaureate degree are satisfied. Otherwise, only the baccalaureate degree will be awarded. Further, any student graduating from Columbus State University with a baccalaureate degree cannot concurrently receive an Associate of Science degree in general studies.
To earn an additional baccalaureate degree in a significantly different discipline (as determined by the dean of the college offering the degree sought), students must meet the following requirements:
To earn an additional associate degree in a significantly different discipline (as determined by the dean of the college offering the degree sought), students must meet the following requirements:
Students seeking two baccalaureate degrees or two associate degrees simultaneously must meet the above requirements for the additional degree. If the two disciplines are not significantly different, the student may seek a double major. Contact the Office of the Registrar for further information on double degrees and double majors.
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