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1998-1999 Catalog
Undergraduate Academic
Programs

Learning Outcomes
General Degree Requirements
Core Curriculum
Transfer Associate Degrees
Career Associate Degrees
Additional Degree Policy


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.

Wellness

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:

  • A minimum of 120 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree or 60 semester credit hours for an associate degree.
  • A minimum Columbus State University degree progress grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum combined Columbus State University and transfer college degree progress grade point average of 2.0.
  • Legislative requirements — An act of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia requires that all candidates for degrees possess and demonstrate a knowledge of U.S. History, Georgia History, U.S. Constitution, and Georgia Constitution. The following courses, when taken at Columbus State University, will satisfy the requirements.

    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.

    • Regents' Test - Refer to Testing in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations section for specific information regarding the Regents' Test.
    • For the baccalaureate degree, 39 semester hours of courses numbered 3000 or above, 20 of which must be taken at Columbus State University.
    • Residency requirements:

      Baccalaureate - 30 semester hours of work taken at Columbus State University after the student has qualified as a junior.

      Associate - 21 semester credit hours of work taken at Columbus State University.

    • For the BA and certain BM degrees, the demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language by the satisfactory completion in a foreign language through at least the 2001 course or the equivalent.
    • For all degree programs, completion of wellness course requirements.
    • For all degree programs, demonstration of competency in the basic use of computers.

    Area A Essential Skills

    Required Hours: 9


    ENGL 1101 English Composition 1
    ENGL 1102 English Composition 2

    Select one of the following mathematics courses:
    MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling
    MATH 1111 College Algebra
    MATH 1112 Trigonometry with Analytical Geometry
    MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
    MATH 1125 Applied Calculus
    MATH 1131 Calculus with Analytical Geometry 1 (four semester hours*)

    *For majors requiring MATH 1131, the extra hour will be applied to Area F.

    Area B Institutional Options

    Required Hours: 4-5


    COMM 2205 Communication

    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 seminars.
    CSUS 1106 College Success
    ITDS 2726 Introduction to Cultural Diversity
    ITDS 2727 Introduction to Interpersonal Skills
    ITDS 2735 Life and Career Planning
    ITDS 2745 Computers and the Worldwide Web
    ITDS 2746 Business and Society
    ITDS 2748 Topics in Global Issues
    ITDS 2749 Ethics and Legal Issues in the Professions
    ITDS 2755 Elements of Critical Thinking

    Area C Humanities/Fine Arts

    Required Hours: 6

    Select one of the following humanities courses:
    ENGL 2111 World Literature 1
    ENGL 2112 World Literature 2
    ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts*
    ITDS 1155 The Western Intellectual Tradition
    PHIL 1105 Survey of Philosophical Thought

    Select one of the following fine arts courses:

    ARTH 1100 Art Appreciation
    ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts*
    MUSC 1100 Music Appreciation
    THEA 1100 Theatre Appreciation

    *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

    Area D Science, Mathematics and Technology

    Required Hours: 10-11

    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.
    ANTH 1145 Human Origins (no lab)
    ASTR 1105/1305 Descriptive Astronomy (lab optional)
    BIOL 1115/1315 Principles of Biology
    BIOL 1125 Contemporary Issues in Biology (no lab)
    BIOL 1225 Contemporary Issues in Biology (lab included)
    CHEM 1151/1151L Survey of Chemistry 1
    CHEM 1152/1152L Survey of Chemistry 2
    CHEM 1211/1211L Principles of Chemistry 1
    CHEM 1212/1212L Principles of Chemistry 2
    ENVS 1105 Environmental Studies (no lab)
    GEOL 1121 Introductory Geo-sciences 1 (lab included)
    GEOL 1122 Introductory Geo-sciences 2 (lab included)
    PHYS 1111/1311 Introductory Physics 1
    PHYS 1112/1312 Introductory Physics 2
    PHYS 1125/1325 Physics of Color and Sound (lab optional)

    Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

    CPSC 1205 Technological Solutions
    MATH 1112 Trigonometry with Analytical Geometry
    MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
    MATH 1125 Applied Calculus
    MATH 1131 Calculus with Analytical Geometry 1*
    MATH 1132 Calculus with Analytical Geometry 2*
    MATH 1227 Introductory Statistics
    MATH 1265 Computer Assisted Problem Solving
    PHIL 2105 Formal Logic

    *The extra hour for MATH 1131 or MATH 1132 may be applied to Area F.

    Area E Social Sciences

    Required Hours: 12

    HIST 2110 Survey of U.S. History
    POLS 1101 American Government

    Select one behavioral science course from the following:
    ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
    PHIL 2135 Theories and Issues in Moral Philosophy
    PSYC 1101 General Psychology
    SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

    Select one world cultures course from the following:
    ANTH 1105 Cultural Anthropology
    GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography
    HIST 1111 Survey of World Civilization 1
    HIST 1112 Survey of World Civilization 2
    HIST 2116 Multi-Cultural History of the Americas
    ITDS 1146 Introduction to African and African-American Culture
    ITDS 1156 Understanding Non-Western Cultures

    Area F Related to Major

    Required Hours: 18

    See specific program requirements for each major.

    Wellness Requirement  

    Required Hours: 3

    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:

    • Have earned a baccalaureate degree at Columbus State University or at another accredited institution.
    • Meet all major program requirements for the degree sought with a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of additional upper division work in residence at Columbus State University and a minimum degree progress grade point average of 2.0.
    • Satisfy the U.S. and Georgia history and constitutions requirements if the prior degree is not from a University System institution. Refer to General University Requirements for ways to satisfy these 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:

    • Have earned an associate degree at Columbus State University or at another accredited institution.
    • Meet all program requirements for the degree sought with a minimum of 21 semester credit hours of additional work in residence at Columbus State University and a minimum degree progress grade point average of 2.0.
    • Satisfy the U.S. and Georgia history and constitutions requirements if the prior degree is not from a University System institution. Refer to General University Requirements for ways to satisfy these 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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