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The College of Science consists of the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Geology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Nursing, and Psychology and Sociology and programs in Health Science and Environmental Science.

Department of Biology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in biology include a broad spectrum of exciting subjects. We seek to prepare broadly prepared individuals who can successfully specialize in graduate or health professional schools or seek immediate employment; however, a number of students select a degree in biology just because they find it a fascinating discipline. Biology can be a valuable minor that enhances employment opportunities in many fields.

The BA degree in biology is designed for students who wish to exercise more control over the development of their degree program. Such students may wish to combine studies in biology with areas such as art, business, education, or political science. Happily, some students simply want a liberal education with its focus in biology. The BA program has been designed for such students; however, some students use the BA degree to seek admission into dental or medical school by adding a number of the courses required in the BS program. Students selecting the BA degree must complete a minor or an approved equivalent.

The BS degree in biology represents the most appropriate preparation for those who wish to pursue post-graduate studies. The curriculum is built on a strong core in science with studies that explore the breadth and some of the depth of biology. The BS program provides the opportunity for each student to complete a required undergraduate research project. Students who are interested in entering graduate school, dental school, medical school, or a school of veterinary medicine, or who want a sound, comprehensive degree are urged to consider the BS degree.

Learning by doing is the preferred teaching mode in the Department of Biology. There are opportunities to become involved in field or laboratory projects. The university is located in a unique ecological region of the southeast, and as a result opportunities in environmental biology are common. Labs have been equipped to explore new techniques in molecular and cellular biology. Our faculty represent a well-qualified and balanced diversity of the biological sub-fields, are eclectic in their interests, and work exceptionally well with one another and with students. As a community of learners we believe in high standards, hard work, and having fun!

In order to declare a major in biology, a student will be required to have an overall GPA (including grades earned at other institutions) of 2.5 (without rounding up). Students must also have completed the following coursework prior to admittance into any of the junior-level core courses: Chemistry 1211, 1211L, and 1212 and 1212L; two additional laboratory science courses; Area A and Area D mathematics courses. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better for all classes required in the major.  Classes with grades lower than a "C" cannot be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements for courses required in the major.  We provide advising for the BA, BS, BS pre-professional, BS pre-veterinary, as well as pre-forestry and pre-pharmacy programs. To complete a degree in biology, students must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 in all science courses applied to graduation.

Special academic advisors are available to work with biology majors whose academic concentrations are in pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, and pre-veterinary medicine. To officially declare one of these concentrations, an entering student must have:

  • a minimum SAT total score of 1000 or a minimum ACT composite score of 22
  • a minimum high school grade point average of 3.00
  • completed college preparatory curriculum requirements (Georgia high school graduates)

Students not meeting these requirements may meet with pre-medical advisors for advice, but will be officially assigned to BA or BS advisors until they have:

  • completed 30 semester hours
  • completed CHEM 1211, CHEM 1212 (including labs), COMM 1110, and MATH 1127
  • maintained a minimum institutional grade point average of 3.00

Pre-veterinary medicine students must pursue the BS in biology; students with concentrations in pre-dentistry or pre-medicine may pursue either the BA or BS in biology.

A special advisor has also been assigned to work with biology majors with a pre-pharmacy concentration. These students are assigned as BA in biology majors. Some students complete a four-year degree while others transfer to a pharmacy school after two or three years. There are no additional academic criteria for entrance into this concentration.

As its mission the Department of Biology at Columbus State University is concerned with:

  • undergraduate education and research in biology
  • graduate education and research in biology, science education, and environmental science
  • service to our geographic region in biology science education, and environmental science
  • sustenance of a community of scholars engaged in developing the ways of knowing, habits of the mind, and operational skills characteristic of capable biologists

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply knowledge from mathematics, statistics, physical science, and chemistry to biological understanding
  • develop an understanding of biological theory, concepts, and skills in the areas of cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, organismic biology, ecology, population biology, and evolution
  • think both individually and as members of collaborative groups, with a deliberate awareness of the process of critical thinking
  • employ critical thinking to formulate questions and synthesize answers
  • respect and enjoy the pursuit of knowledge and rational thought
  • place biological understanding into historical and contemporary contexts
  • appreciate and assess social implications of biological knowledge
  • demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for codes of conduct valued by most scientists
  • communicate effectively by listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • apply appropriate communications technology
  • apply technology and scientific method to biological inquiry
  • assess opportunities and make personal decisions about career and life goals

Department of Chemistry and Geology

Chemistry
Geology

Pre-Engineering Program

The Department of Chemistry and Geology will evolve in directions which best serve the needs of our students and the regional community. Department activities are presently oriented toward undergraduate education in the physical sciences and engineering. However, we are committed to growth and expansion of the range of available services by development of the department into a center of the following:

  • undergraduate education in the chemical, geological, and physical sciences and engineering

  • graduate education in the chemical and earth sciences

  • graduate education in environmental science

  • consulting and advisory services for commercial and governmental concerns

  • pure and applied research within the departmental disciplines, focusing on the particular needs and features of the region

Chemistry

The baccalaureate degree programs in chemistry are designed to offer students a solid background in inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as exposure to applied chemistry, biochemistry, spectroscopy, and chemical analysis. Graduates are expected to appreciate quantitative interpretation, to think independently, and to apply skills and knowledge of chemistry to real-world problems. Because of the diverse goals of chemistry students, two degree programs are available, one of which has two subdivisions of specialization.

BA in chemistry - The Bachelor of Arts degree program is designed for students interested in attending professional schools of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, or in employment in fields such as education, business, sales, quality control and environmental occupations. The BA in chemistry requires satisfactory completion of courses in mathematics, physics, and biology, as well as in chemistry, in addition to the general requirements. These provide a broad foundation in the field and permit flexibility for evolving and changing student interests. A broad range of upper-level elective courses exists to expose students to modern fields within the chemical sciences and to help students broaden their college experience. Faculty advisors work closely with students for careful planning of an individual student's program of study.

BS in chemistry - The Bachelor of Science degree program is designed for students who desire to enter the fields of industrial chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental chemistry, government research laboratories, or pursue graduate studies in chemistry. The BS in chemistry requires satisfactory completion of courses in mathematics, physics, and computer science, as well as in chemistry, in addition to the general requirements. These provide a broad foundation in the field and permit flexibility for evolving and changing student interests. A broad range of upper-level elective courses exists to expose students to modern fields within the chemical sciences and to help students broaden their college experience. Faculty advisors work closely with students for careful planning of an individual student's program of study.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the diverse areas of chemistry, both theoretical and practical

  • communicate the rapidly changing field of chemical knowledge effectively

  • estimate and interpret chemical information in the context of the day-to-day events

  • demonstrate skills in quantitative and qualitative problem-solving related to the chemical sciences

  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge of chemical instrumentation, including the operation of microprocessor controlled instruments

  • integrate the usage of computers in chemistry

  • think independently and apply chemical knowledge to a problem

  • enter into employment in the chemical industry or into graduate or professional schools

Geology

The baccalaureate degree program in geology prepares graduates for entry into the practice of professional geology, or it may serve to prepare graduates for further training in many fields. Curricular requirements for registration by the Georgia Board of Registration for Professional Geologists can be met within the program. Students successfully completing program requirements are prepared for graduate studies in many branches of the geosciences, or for further studies in science education, environmental science, natural resources development, and regional planning. The BS in geology requires satisfactory completion of courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, as well as in geology. These provide a broad foundation in the field and permit flexibility for evolving and changing student interests. A broad range of upper-level elective courses exists to introduce fields within the geological sciences and to help students broaden their college experience. Some courses are offered every other year; therefore, careful planning of an individual student's program is necessary. 

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the major areas of geology (mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, structural geology, environmental geology, and geomorphology)

  • communicate geological concepts, data, and interpretations to others

  • demonstrate knowledge and apply field observations, traditional techniques, and modern technology to the solution of geologic aspects of problems in regional planning and the environment as well as traditional geologic problems (use appropriate data bases, software, and analytical tools)

  • demonstrate ability to assemble diverse geologic data into environmental, economic, and regional geologic interpretations

  • perform the tasks requested in entry level geologic employment or graduate school

The Pre-Engineering Program

The pre-engineering program is designed to provide a liberal education and to develop a broad scientific and technical foundation for future specialization. Two programs are available:

  • Regents' Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) and 

  • General Pre-Engineering Program (GPEP).

Upon successful completion of the pre-engineering curriculum, RETP students transfer to Georgia Tech and work toward completing a bachelor of engineering degree, while GPEP students may apply to any engineering school in the nation of their choice, including Georgia Tech. It is expected that students will normally require four to five and one-half years to complete the degree requirements, depending on their pre-college preparation and engineering major, as with any other engineering school graduates. Students entering the pre-engineering program can be prepared for specialization in aerospace, ceramic, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, nuclear and textile engineering.

To be admitted to the Regents' Engineering Transfer Program at Columbus State University, a student must be a resident of Georgia, with a combined SAT score of at least 1090 (including a 560 math and 530 verbal score). Students who do not initially qualify for RETP when entering may join the RETP after the end of their freshmen year by completing the first two required chemistry courses and calculus 1 and 2 with grades of 3.0 (B) or higher, and by attaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 

Columbus State University faculty members have been working closely with Georgia Tech faculty to assure a curriculum that is well coordinated with that of Georgia Tech. At the same time, RETP students enjoy many of the advantages of Georgia Tech students: they have equal access to engineering majors at Georgia Tech, they can participate in the co-op program, and they are invited to the Georgia Tech campus once a year for campus tours, information sessions, and meeting with advisors in their engineering major.

TSYS Department of Computer Science

Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Program

Undergraduate Programs

The TSYS Department of Computer Science offers a Master in Applied Computer Science degree program with concentrations in Software Development or Information Assurance; a Bachelor of Science degree program with concentrations in Computer Systems or Applied Computer Science; an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Science; a Minor in Computer Science; and a Certificate in Data Processing.

The BS in Computer Science - Systems Track provides the student with skills required to compete in today's computing environment and to be able to adapt to tomorrow. Much effort is expended ensuring that the program is viable and current, focusing on the newer technologies and emphasizing applications of current methods for the design and engineering of software systems.

The BS in Computer Science - Applied Track gives the student a rigorous education in computer science with particular attention and practice given to mainframe business applications. This program was initiated by a joint study agreement with the IBM Corporation, and was expanded by funding from the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP). It is particularly geared to the large system computing needs of the companies that dominate the local economy.

The AAS in Computer Science is intended for the student who wishes to attend the university for only two years. This degree provides the student experiences in both the new technologies and in large system computing.

The certificate in data processing is designed to allow the student the opportunity to develop skills in computer science without pursuing a degree. The program requires 30 semester hours of credit in computer science or related areas in a plan of study approved by the department chair.

In conjunction with the Mission Statement of Columbus State University, the Department of Computer Science will serve the educational needs of students of the university in the area of computing and the specific educational needs of the businesses and industries in our community. Computing will continue to play a larger part in the educational experience of each student at Columbus State University, and the Department of Computer Science is committed to playing a leadership role in this process. The department will also maintain programs for its majors that are current, viable, and applicable to the computing technologies and the technologies of the present and future. And because we serve the community in which we live, we will maintain contact with the computing entities of our region, and strive to provide the educational opportunities needed to keep those entities viable for the future.

The Department of Computer Science is committed to:

  • educating students to think critically and creatively in a technological environment
  • fostering the highest ideals of ethics, especially pertaining to electronic interaction
  • providing the strongest and most current instruction in the areas of computing and technology
  • serving to meet the educational needs of the community and region in the areas of computing and technology through collaboration, vision, and foresight
  • striving to help Columbus State University meet its commitment to fostering its centers of excellence, especially in the areas of science, mathematics, and technology education and regional economic and community development

Expected Outcomes

Graduates in the BS in CS program will:

  • be able to use an integrated development environment to code and implement an executable program
  • have a basic understanding of theoretical aspects of computer science
  • be able to produce a software solution using an object-oriented programming architecture
  • be familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • understand the major differences among modern programming languages
  • be able to analyze, design and implement a solution to real-world scientific or engineering problems
  • be familiar with methods used to design and access databases
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of social and ethical impact of computers

Graduates in the BS in Applied CS program will:

  • be able to use an integrated development environment to code and implement an executable program
  • be able to produce a web-based software solution using high-level development tools
  • be familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • understand the major differences among modern programming languages
  • be able to analyze, design and implement a solution to real-world information processing problems
  • be familiar with the theory and application of transaction processing
  • be familiar with methods used to design and access databases
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the social and ethical impact of computers

Graduates in the AAS in Applied CS program will:

  • be able to use an integrated development environment to code and implement an executable program
  • be able to produce a web-based software solution using high-level development tools
  • be familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • be familiar with methods used to design and access databases
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the social and ethical impact of computers

Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of university requirements and a minimum grade of 'C' in each computer science course counted towards the major.

Graduate Program

The TSYS Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, with two concentrations: Software Development and Information Assurance. To allow students with different backgrounds to benefit from and be successful in the program, students may also design a program of study without a concentration.

Expected Outcomes

All graduates in the MS in Applied CS program will be able to apply techniques and technologies from at least four of the following areas:

  • Algorithm Analysis and Design
  • Programming Languages
  • Database
  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Networks

In addition graduates in the Information Assurance concentration will:

  • understand the major issues of information assurance
  • be able to identify threats and vulnerabilities to information systems
  • be able to identify data, computer and network exploits
  • be able to identify ways to secure information, computers and networks

In addition graduates in the Software Development concentration will:

  • be able to produce a software solution using an object-oriented programming architecture
  • be able to produce a web-based software solution using high-level development tools
  • be able to produce solutions in a distributed and/or enterprise environment

Admission

All applicants must submit to the Chair of the Department of Computer Science

  1. A letter of application including a statement of the applicant�s reasons
    for undertaking graduate study.
  2. Two letters of recommendation, either from college-level instructors or employers.
  3. Applicants with significant industrial experience are invited, but not required,
    to include a resume to demonstrate practical experience in software development.

Requirements for all applicants for admission into the program for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science include the following:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university,
    AND
  2. A minimum 2.75 undergraduate cumulative GPA,
    OR
    A minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in the student�s undergraduate major,
    OR
    Significant experience (as judged by the Computer Science Department)
    in industrial software development as documented by a resume and other
    appropriate documents, including published papers or patents.

Students may be admitted to the program unconditionally or conditionally (provisionally).

Additional requirements for unconditional admission into the MS program include:

  1. An undergraduate major in Computer Science, Applied Computer Science, Computer Information Science/Systems, Computer Engineering or other closely related field from an accredited college or university
    AND
  2. Demonstrated experience in the fundamentals of computer programming, as evidenced by either
    a) passing with a grade of C or better a course substantially
    equivalent to CPSC 2108 - Data Structures at CSU,
    OR
    b) a score of 50th percentile or higher on the GRE computer science test,
    OR
    c) passing a departmental test of programming competency in data structures
    AND
  3. A minimum combined score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

Students admitted conditionally to the program must show proficiency in CPSC 2108 - Data Structures before being allowed to take any course for graduate credit in Computer Science. Students who have not taken Data Structures, either at Columbus State University or at another accredited college or university may "test out" of the course.

Students admitted conditionally to the program are required to take and obtain the minimum combined score described above on the Graduate Record Examination within the first semester of initial enrollment at Columbus State University.

On-Line Students

The TSYS Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, with courses available both on campus and on-line. Although there is only a single degree track, it is the intent of the department that a student be able to attain the degree either by taking only on-campus courses, or by taking only on-line courses, or by taking a combination of the two types of courses, as best fits the student�s schedule and travel requirements. Each graduate course in Computer Science will be scheduled for either on-campus or on-line offering as the student demand requires.

Students who wish to take graduate courses on-line must meet all of the requirements stated above and, in addition, be aware of the following requirements specific to the process of taking courses via distance education.

  1. Students must have a personal Internet connection
  2. Each student must have a personal computer which is capable of running the required software
  3. Students must have the ability to administer their systems, install and configure their own software. No support is provided to help manage personal systems or software. Students must provide personally licensed copies of required software
  4. Exams may be computerized. Each student is responsible for locating and arranging an approved proctor to administer all examinations. Approved proctors include supervisors at work and various public officials such as librarians. During a computerized exam, the computer must maintain a continuous Internet connection.

Visit the MS in Applied Computer Science Online Support site, accessible through http://cs.colstate.edu. This site has a lot of general information useful to online students. It includes an FAQ page addressing common questions like logging in, technical support, taking course exams, managing your account, contact links, software, hardware, etc.

Application for Graduation

Approval of an application for the Master of Science degree in Applied Computer Science is contingent upon the successful completion of an approved program and recommendation for the degree by the College of Science. Applications for degree conferral must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the semester prior to completion of degree requirements.

The following requirements must be met for the completion of the degree program:

  • Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average calculated on all graduate work attempted for which letter grades are awarded.
  • At least 27 of the hours required for the degree must be earned in the program. A maximum of nine semester hours with no grade lower than B may be accepted for transfer. Transfer credit will not be used in computing the student's grade point average.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of first enrollment.
  • Any program for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science must include at least twelve courses (36 semester hours) taken for graduate credit.
  • Any program for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science must include at least six courses (18 semester hours) at the graduate (6000 or above) level.
  • Any program for the Master�s Degree in Applied Computer Science must include four courses (12 semester hours) in the Core Curriculum.
  • Any student who has taken a 5000-level core course for undergraduate credit at CSU will not be required to retake the course and may apply it as a prerequisite as appropriate. The student will not receive graduate credit for the course.
  • A student opting for a thesis in Applied Computer Science must take at least six hours of CPSC 6985 � Research and Thesis. Although only six hours of CPSC 6985 may be applied to the Master�s Degree, the student is cautioned that successful completion of a thesis may require taking CPSC 6985 more than twice.
  • A student who elects the thesis option for the degree may not graduate until a thesis has been produced, approved by the student�s thesis committee, and successfully defended in a public presentation.
  • A student who changes from the thesis option to the non-thesis option for a degree may not apply any hours taken in CPSC 6985 towards the 36-hour minimum for the degree.

Program in Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is designed as a fundamental health-related degree that will enable students to pursue a variety of careers related to our population�s health status.  The emphasis of the program focuses upon community health issues and human behavior dynamics. Graduates will have the basic skills and knowledge needed to become an asset to the health care and research-oriented community.  Students are encouraged to become nationally recognized certified health education specialists (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. 

Expected Outcomes

  • Graduates will understand the role of the health professional in the provision of services to clients/patients.
  • Graduates will be able to compile, calculate and use health-related data to identify and evaluate health needs, interests and concerns of individuals and/or groups.
  • Graduates will be able to function as public health professionals for the health-related problems of individuals in the school, workplace or various community environments.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and describe the behavioral determinants of good mental and physical health.
  • Graduates will possess the skills and knowledge needed in order to develop a comprehensive educational program that focuses on tobacco use prevention, cancer education, diabetes education and other health-related topics.

Admission Requirements. Students transferring into the Health Science program from another degree program at Columbus State University or from another institution must have a minimum combined grade point average of 2.50 based on a 4.0 scale. Individuals must seek the permission of the Chairperson before entering the program.

Graduation Requirements. Satisfactory completion of all university requirements with a minimum grade of C in all courses including science labs.


Program in Environmental Science

The
Master of Science in environmental science program is designed to prepare graduates who can deal effectively with the increasing problems and questions related to environmental impacts and in planning for the maintenance and management of environmental quality in the face of population and industrial growth. The program builds upon an undergraduate science background and provides a foundation in pertinent areas of biology, chemistry, and geology, as well as social and philosophical issues related to the development of sound environmental policy and regulation.

Statement of Mission
The Master of Science program in environmental science provides advanced training, education and research opportunities to post-baccalaureate science students living primarily in the Georgia/Alabama region. Graduates of the program are trained to serve as environmental professionals in local, state, and federal environmental resource agencies; in the private sector, as environmental consultants; or are prepared to enter a doctoral program in environmental science or related fields. Primary emphasis is placed upon acquiring a sound background in the underpinning concepts in environmental science, designing and conducting an original piece of research, and effectively communicating the results, in both written and oral forms. These professionals will be able to critically assess a wide range of environmental issues and create a plan for sound maintenance and/or environmental management.

Admission

Minimum admission requirements for the MS program in environmental science are as follows:

  • Students must hold a baccalaureate degree in one of the natural sciences or engineering from an accredited college or university. 

  • Students must have earned an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades were awarded. 

  • Students must present evidence of a minimum score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative (aptitude test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

Provisional Admission

Students who have earned an appropriate baccalaureate degree, but whose undergraduate grade point average is lower than 3.0 or whose Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude tests score is lower than 1000, will be given consideration by the graduate admissions committee of the College of Science and may be admitted provisionally.

Provisional students may be given specific coursework or independent study requirements in order to make up deficiencies but, at a minimum, must complete a minimum of 10 semester hours of program core courses with a grade of B or better. Provisional students will not be eligible for teaching assistantships until they have obtained full admission to the program.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this program, students admitted to this program will be expected to have completed courses in the following disciplines: physical and historical geology, introductory biology, introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and introductory physics. At the discretion of the Environmental Science Advisory Committee, students without this background may be granted conditional acceptance. However, it is expected that these deficiencies will be removed within the first two semesters of graduate work. The Environmental Science Advisory Committee will provide guidance and approve these remedial courses.

The required thesis is to be a significant original contribution in environmental science. The topic must be approved by the student's advisory committee in advance of the beginning of the thesis research. At least one member of the committee will provide advice and guidance in the student's research and in development of the thesis. The full committee will evaluate the defense of the thesis upon its completion. Candidates must choose an advisor and committee members by the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Application for Graduation

Approval of an application for the Master of Science in Environmental Science is contingent upon the successful completion of an approved program and recommendation for the degree by the College of Science. Applications for degree conferral must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar the semester prior to completion of the degree requirements.

The following requirements must be met for the completion of the degree program:

  • Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average calculated on all graduate work attempted for which letter grades are awarded and cannot include more than five hours with grades of C. At least 30 of the hours required for the degree, including the program core, must be earned in residence. A maximum of six semester hours with no grade lower than B may be accepted for transfer. Transfer credit will not be used in computing the student's grade point average. 

  • A comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed before graduation. This examination will be based upon the content of the program core and, normally, will be taken within two semesters after completion of the core courses. The comprehensive exam may be in written or oral format, at the discretion of the environmental science advisory committee. The exam contains material covered in the core courses as well as a selection of critical topics that a student should have studied in his/her undergraduate career. A candidate who does not perform satisfactorily may be required to enroll in additional courses or, through a special topics class, review critical literature and techniques. In any case, a student who has unsatisfactory results will not be eligible for re-examination before the following quarter. In such instances, it will not be necessary for the student to be enrolled in order to be re-examined.

  • Each student must successfully defend the thesis as determined by the advisory committee.

  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of first enrollment. 

Course Load

The maximum recommended course load for a graduate student in the College of Science in a given semester is 12 semester hours, except that the maximum course load for a student holding a graduate assistantship is nine semester hours.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers student-centered programs and quality instruction by expert faculty.  We equip all students with problem solving skills and a general knowledge of mathematics enabling them to function as educated citizens.  Our degree programs prepare students for promising careers in industry, teaching at the high school or college level, and research.  We offer an academic minor for students interested in another major, but who possess mathematical talent.

The department offers four degree options: the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (BA-Math), the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education, the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS-Math), and the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Applied Math Concentration (BS-Applied Math). Graduates of all math programs will cultivate the capabilities for presenting logical arguments, thinking abstractly, and formulating and solving problems. These attributes ready the student for a lifetime of continued learning.

The BS-Applied Math degree prepares the student for a career in industry. The student in Applied Math may select from two preparation tracks - actuarial science and statistics. Students who pursue the actuarial science track are encouraged to take the professional exams offered by the Society of Actuaries. Graduates with the BS - Applied Math might consider a career as an actuary, statistician, computer programmer, systems analyst, financial analyst, or engineering analyst.

The BA-Math program features a broad exposure to mathematics, along with the necessary coursework for certification to teach high school math in Georgia.

The BS-Math program features a traditional, rigorous plan of study designed to expose the student to a broad range of mathematics at a level sufficient for graduate studies in math or statistics.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will have:

  • an understanding of calculus and an ability to use calculus in applications

  • knowledge of algebraic structures

  • knowledge of the real numbers, functions, the topological properties of R, differentiation, and integration

  • knowledge of and the ability to apply probability density functions

  • knowledge of appropriate mathematical models

  • the ability to think critically

  • the ability to understand mathematical arguments and to construct mathematical proofs

  • the ability to use computational devices and software in problem solving situations

  • communication skills to acquire, develop, and convey mathematical knowledge

Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program is designed for qualified high school graduates, college students, individuals who have already earned a degree in another field, and registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree returning for a baccalaureate degree. Students who complete all program requirements and earn a registered nurse license are prepared to practice as a nurse generalist in a variety of settings, including acute care facilities and hospitals, public & community health agencies, long term care facilities, home health agencies, and industry. They are also prepared to manage patient care, apply research findings in clinical practice, participate in continuing education and professional nursing organizations, and pursue graduate education.

Mission

The mission of the Columbus State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare a caring, competent, professional nurse to provide holistic nursing services to diverse populations in a variety of settings.  The program fosters and exemplifies excellence in teaching, nursing practice, and service to the community.

Expected Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program graduates entry level professional nurse generalists who are prepared to provide holistic nursing services for diverse populations in a variety of settings, with a focus upon treating human responses to actual or potential health problems. Graduates are expected to:

  • Assess the need for, plan, implement, and evaluate the effects of theory and evidence based nursing interventions selected to assist patients in achieving independence, quality of life, and/or a peaceful death.
  • Communicate effectively using written, verbal, and non-verbal interchange as well as information technologies with the goal of mutual understanding of information, perceptions, ideas, and feelings.
  • Make sound professional judgments and decisions based upon critical thinking, which includes cognitive skills, affective dispositions, and nursing knowledge and experience.
  • Participate in community service activities, which include volunteer service in health care related professional and/or political activities.
  • Express overall satisfaction with the nursing program, including the educational environment, teaching and learning experiences, the curriculum, learning resources, and facilitation of professional development.
  • Successfully complete the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, New York, New York 10014 (212) 363-5555.

RN Licensure

Graduates of the BSN program who meet all program requirements (including passing the Nursing Exit Examination) are eligible to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN). Permission to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam for a graduate who has a felony conviction or who has had a license encumbered in the past rests solely with the Georgia Board of Nursing. Further information about licensing requirements may be obtained from the Georgia Board of Nursing.


Admission Requirements and Selection Criteria

Pre-Nursing Students

A student who meets the criteria for admission to Columbus State University may be admitted to the university for any semester and be classified as a pre-nursing student.  Once classified as pre-nursing, the student should immediately schedule an advising appointment with a nursing advisor in the Department of Nursing. This appointment should be made before college orientation. During this initial meeting, the nursing advisor will go over the nursing curriculum sequence and help develop an individualized course sequencing plan for the pre-nursing student to insure he/she enrolls in the correct pre-nursing courses from the very first semester of study. Failure to meet with a nursing advisor as described may result in the pre-nursing student taking unnecessary courses OR taking required courses in a sequence that actually delays qualification for admission into the upper level clinical nursing courses.

Advanced standing through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit in pre-nursing courses may be granted in the behavioral sciences, humanities, social sciences, and mathematics according to policies stated in this catalog. No CLEP credit is allowed in the science courses by this program.

Admission to the University as a pre-nursing student only allows the student to take core curriculum and general education courses as they are available. Acceptance as a pre-nursing student does not guarantee admission to the professional nursing course sequence of the program.

Application and Admission to BSN Program

One nursing class is admitted into the upper level clinical nursing course sequence each fall semester. Separate application for admission to the clinical nursing course sequence must be made during January and February of the year in which a student anticipates qualifying for admission into the program. In order to be eligible for consideration for admission into the program, students must:

  • be admitted to Columbus State University
  • have earned a minimum nursing grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 based on a 4.0 scale (the "nursing grade point average" is calculated in the Nursing Department and is based only on those pre-requisite courses required for the nursing degree).
  • have earned a grade of C or better in all required science courses and labs completed (which must have been completed within the time frame specified by the Department of Nursing--contact the Department of Nursing for details)
  • have passed the Regents Examinations
  • have submitted a completed application including all requirements outlined in the application.
  • not have been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or course failures.

Admission and progression policies are implemented in the Department of Nursing to assure that the size and academic qualifications of the student body are consistent with the instructional resources and objectives of the program. Therefore, it may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission. If there are more qualified applicants than positions available in a nursing class, selection for admission will be based upon completion of prerequisites for nursing and the nursing GPA as described above. Students not selected for admission will be placed on waiting list by rank order. As spaces become available, students will be selected for admission from this waiting list until all the positions are filled. Students who are not selected may reapply for admission to next class admitted to the BSN program.

Post Baccalaureate Students

Student who have a baccalaureate degree in another field receive credit for core and general education requirements in accordance with CSU policy. To be eligible for admission into the nursing program, post baccalaureate students must complete all Area F and science prerequisite courses for nursing. Science courses and labs must have been completed within the time frame specified by the Department of Nursing. Contact Department of Nursing for details.

Advanced Placement for Registered Nurses

One class of RN students is admitted into the upper level nursing course sequence each fall semester. In order to be eligible for consideration for admission into the RN-BSN Program, RN students must have:

  • been admitted to Columbus State University
  • completed pre-requisite core and general education courses
  • students should contact the CSU Registrar's Office for questions about transfer credit of prerequisite courses. Credit for courses from other institutions may or may not be accepted for transfer, in accordance with CSU policy.
  • earned a grade of C or better in all Area F and required science courses and labs completed
  • earned a minimum nursing grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 based on a 4.0 scale (the "nursing grade point average" is calculated in the Nursing Department and is based only on those pre-requisite courses required for the nursing degree).
  • passed the Regents Examinations
  • submitted evidence of current RN licensure in the state of Georgia
  • submitted evidence of clinical practice (or testing)
  • submitted evidence of graduation from an NLN accredited nursing program
  • submitted a completed application including all requirements outlined in the application
  • not been excluded from another BSN program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or course failures.

The RN-BSN nursing course sequence is designed so that it can be completed in two semesters. Based on previous experience and current practice, RN students who successfully complete NURS 3278 (Bridge Course) receive credit for 33 hours of nursing credit. In addition, they take nursing courses required for the BSN degree.

Essential Abilities and Performance Standards Requirements

The BSN program mission is to prepare nurse generalists with basic competence in all areas of professional nursing practice. The following performance standards are set forth so that students will understand the essential eligibility requirements for participation and progression in the baccalaureate nursing programs at Columbus State University. These standards include intellectual / cognitive, observation, interpersonal / communication, motor, and behavioral functions. The ability to assess and observe, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for a patient in a reasonably independent manner is an expectation of the Department of Nursing.
 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS EXAMPLES OF PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
(list is not exhaustive)
INTELLECTUAL / COGNITIVE � A student must be able to think clearly and critically in order to make effective decisions and judgments.
  • Short and long term recall of specifics, ways and means of dealing with specifics, as well as universal and abstract concepts related to nursing.

  • Translate, interpret, and extrapolate information.

  • Transfer and apply knowledge from one situation to another.

  • Analyze elements, relationships, and organizational principles, recognizing unstated assumptions and distinguishing fact from hypothesis.

  • Synthesize information and knowledge, producing a unique communication or plan or idea not clearly present before.

  • Evaluate by judging in terms of evidence (e.g.. logical accuracy, consistency, and other internal criteria) as well as compare to professional nursing standards and other accepted criteria.

  • Think in a way that considers and reasons within multiple points of view.

CSU Dept of Nursing, BSN Program NLNAC Self Study, Fall 2002, p. 72
Adapted from Bloom�s Taxonomy of Cognitive Objectives, 1956
Adapted from Morrison et al, Critical Thinking & Test Item Analysis, p. 166

OBSERVATION � A student must be able to independently read and understand written documents and computer screens and to observe a patient accurately using the senses of hearing, smell, vision, and touch.
  • Hear heart and breath sounds, blood pressure, normal & faint voices, auditory alarms, and in noisy environments.
  • Visualize objects from 20 inches to 20 feet away (including depth perception & peripheral vision) such as patient records, appearance of a wound, skin color, gait)
  • Detect the presence of a foul odor
  • Palpate an abdomen, a pulse, skin temperature, sizes and shapes.
COMMUNICATION - A student must be able to communicate effectively verbally, non-verbally and in writing and using technology with patients, families and other members of the health care team.
  • Establish rapport with patient, family, caregivers, & colleagues, while establishing therapeutic interpersonal boundaries.
  • Elicit information from a patient, family and caregivers.
  • Explain care and treatments and provide patient teaching applying teaching & learning principles and methods
  • Demonstrate procedures and regimens
  • Perceive non-verbal communication of others
  • Accurately describe patient, clinical, and other health related situations.
  • Communicate using computers and computer technology.
MOTOR � A student must have adequate motor function to effectively work with nursing problems and issues and carry out related nursing care.
  • Safely, reliably and efficiently move from place to place and position to position including pushing, pulling, stooping, and bending in order to provide physical aspects of nursing care (e.g.. assisting patient ambulation, moving & positioning patients in bed, opening an obstructed airway, applying pressure to stop bleeding, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pushing wheelchairs/stretchers).
  • Safely, reliably and efficiently provide aspects of nursing care requiring manual dexterity (e.g.. administration of medications by all routes, changing dressings, providing basic hygiene care).
BEHAVIORAL - A student must possess the emotional health required for total utilization of his/her intellectual abilities
  • Tolerate physically and emotionally taxing workloads and function effectively during stressful situations.
  • Display flexibility in adapting to ever-changing situations and environments, dealing effectively with the unexpected.
  • Safely, reliably and efficiently function in an environment of uncertainty that is inherent in clinical situations involving patients.
  • Effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks concurrently.

Adapted with permission from:
Medical College of Georgia. January 1993
Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2003
Updated 06/30/03


Progression Policies & Graduation Requirements

Department of Nursing Progression Policies governs the progression of students in the nursing sequence.

Nursing students must earn a grade of C or better in each nursing course. Students must successfully complete both the classroom and clinical requirements of each nursing course in order to pass the course. Students are evaluated in the clinical portion of each course on a pass/fail basis. If a student fails the clinical portion of any nursing course, the entire course must be repeated upon its next offering on a space-available basis in order to remain in the program. Students must submit a letter to the BSN Program Director requesting to repeat a failed nursing course. Students may not transfer credit from another institution to substitute as credit for a clinical nursing course failed at Columbus State University.

A student who has failed or withdrawn from a clinical or non-clinical nursing course will be allowed to repeat it only once. A student who fails or withdraws from the course a second time, OR who fails or withdraws from a second nursing course, will be ineligible for readmission into the BSN program.

Students who have withdrawn passing from the nursing one time due to extenuating circumstances may be considered for readmission if:

  • there is space available in the courses requested
  • a written request for readmission is submitted to the BSN Admissions and Progression Committee one semester prior to the requested return semester
  • The student has a nursing GPA of 2.5 or higher.


Requirements for students to progress in the clinical nursing course sequence include:

  • maintaining a 2.00 overall GPA
  • passing Regents Examinations
  • successful completion of prerequisites
  • successful completion of required nursing calculation proficiency exams (e.g. calculations)
  • successful completion of required nursing achievement examinations
  • annual evidence of required immunizations, TB screening, BCLS certification, and current professional liability insurance.

Requirements for students to graduate from the BSN Program include:

  • maintaining a 2.00 or higher overall GPA
  • successful completion of all university requirements
  • successful completion of all BSN program requirements, including passing the Nursing Exit Exam.

Students who fail to meet graduation requirements within seven years of their first admission to the nursing program are subject to having all credits reevaluated on the basis of the prevailing graduation requirements for the BSN degree.

Facilities

The nursing program is housed in Illges Hall where classrooms, skills laboratories, and faculty offices are located. Facilities for clinical nursing experiences include Doctor's Hospital, The Medical Center, St Francis Hospital, West Central Georgia Regional Hospital, Martin Army Hospital, Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital, and others in the area. Long-term and sub-acute care facilities include Hamilton House Nursing Center, Pine Manor, Oak Manor, Muscogee Manor and others in the area. Community facilities include physician's offices, Columbus Department of Public Health, West Central Health District sites, public schools, preschools, industrial sites, and a variety of rural and community sites in Columbus and the surrounding area. Other facilities for senior preceptorship experiences are recruited as needed.

Clinical Agency Agreements

In accordance with University System of Georgia standard clinical agreement contracts, students must comply with the following policies prior to enrollment in the first nursing course:

  • Evidence of professional liability insurance
  • A current negative tuberculin screening (e.g.. PPD) or negative chest x-ray
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certification
  • Current immunizations and physical examination
  • Criminal background check (when required by specific facilities)

Student Expenses

Nursing students must be prepared to incur expe
nses beyond the usual university tuition and fees, especially the fall semester of admission to the nursing program. These additional expenses include uniforms, achievement exams, specialty textbooks, medical supplies and equipment, class dues, and transportation to and from clinical sites. Students should anticipate and be prepares to purchase many of these additional items the fall semester of the first clinical nursing courses. Detailed information about expenses is available from the BSN Program Director.

Student Employment

The clinical nursing course sequence requires full time study. Classes and clinical experiences are held primarily during the day Monday through Friday, but may involve other days and times of day. Significant study and preparation time is also required outside of class and clinical lab times. Because these requirements, full time employment is discouraged. Students who are employed should seek positions that offer flexibility in scheduling and hours worked.

Upon successful completion of the first clinical nursing course, students may be hired as nurse technicians/nurse aides by some health care agencies. Students who are LPN's, Respiratory Therapists, or other health care workers may also be employed while in school. The nursing program at Columbus State University renounces all responsibility for the actions of nursing students who are employed in these positions. Clearly stated job descriptions for these positions are the sole responsibility of the employing agency. The employing agency also assumes legal and ethical responsibility for the actions of these employees.


Students with Health Related Licenses

Students with health related licenses must bring the license to the nursing program director's office. A copy of the license may be made for the student's record.

Department of Psychology and Sociology

Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Programs


Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Psychology and Sociology offers degrees in psychology and in sociology.

All psychology and sociology majors will take the ETS major field test during the term in which they will complete their degree requirements.

Psychology

Two degree programs with a major in psychology are offered:

Graduates of both will have studied psychology in a liberal arts framework and be prepared for graduate study in psychology or related fields or for careers requiring a baccalaureate degree. The bachelor of arts graduate will also have proficiency in a foreign language.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all psychology courses to be applied to graduation.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge base of significant facts, theories, and issues of psychology and a conceptual framework within which new facts and ideas can be assimilated

  • demonstrate reasoning skills, employing critical thinking

  • use English to participate effectively in communication of psychological knowledge and processes

  • gather, synthesize, and utilize information from various sources

  • demonstrate the ability to design experiments, gather data, and utilize quantitative tools and skills to investigate questions of human behavior

  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical roots and development of psychology as a discipline and its place in the broader intellectual traditions of the sciences and humanities

Sociology

The Bachelor of Science in sociology is designed to have the following expected outcomes:

  • to give students a more profound understanding of society, its structures, how it functions, the interrelationships among its institutions, and its impact on the human individual

  • to prepare those students who are planning careers in which knowledge of sociology contributes to quality performance

  • to provide a strong foundation in the discipline for students planning to attend a graduate school of sociology

Graduate Programs

The Certificate in Gerontology program is designed for persons who already possess a bachelor's degree and

  1. want to work in the field of gerontology,

  2. are already working in the field and wish to enhance their knowledge of the discipline, or

  3. desire greater knowledge of contemporary issues, research, and changing needs of today's elderly.

The program is multidisciplinary and attempts to broaden student understanding of gerontology in areas of psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences, and fitness management.

Statement of Mission

The graduate certificate program in gerontology is intended (1) to prepare people to enter the field of gerontology, (2) to supplement expertise of persons in professional positions who currently work with the elderly, (3) to provide useful knowledge to those who may be caring for elderly friends or relatives, and (4) to integrate gerontological knowledge into a student's graduate discipline by providing a broad foundation of gerontological knowledge along with an internship experience.

Admission

Minimum admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology are as follows:

  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

  • A minimum combined GRE score of 800 or a minimum MAT score of 44.

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.
       

  

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