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College of Science

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

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology has a friendly atmosphere, with outgoing faculty who teach, advise and collaborate with students to help them meet their goals. In biology courses, "learn by doing" is the guiding philosophy, and biology majors use cutting-edge techniques in classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment. The university is located in a region of the Southeast that affords numerous opportunities in environmental biology. Biology majors are also individually advised by faculty members, who guide students through their coursework and help them plan for careers or professional schools after graduation. Many biology majors also work with faculty on research projects. Such experiences enrich the academic careers of students, and many biology majors have won awards for their research at regional or national scientific meetings. In addition, several biology clubs give students opportunities to hear and meet experts in biology from outside the university, as well as socialize and engage in volunteer activities throughout the community.

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

  • undergraduate education and research in biology
  • graduate courses in biology and science education, and graduate research in 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

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) majors in biology include a wide spectrum of exciting subjects. By graduation, Biology majors are broadly prepared for a variety of opportunities. Many move onto to graduate schools or professional schools in health-related fields. Others attain immediate employment, in an array of industries or the public sector. The Department of Biology also offers a valuable minor that enhances employment opportunities for students.

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 additional preparation in another academic field. The BA degree can also assist students seeking admission into dental or medical school if they add a number of the courses already 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 of science courses that explore the breadth of biology. The BS program requires each student to complete an 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 comprehensive biology background should seriously consider the BS degree.

In order to matriculate into their junior year, a student is 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. 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.

In addition to general advising of BS and BA students, special academic advising is provided for students with pre-professional concentrations, such as pre-medicine, pre-veterinary medicine and pre-pharmacy.

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To officially declare a concentration in pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, or pre-veterinary medicine, 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 the admission requirements for pharmacy schools differ.

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

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Department of Chemistry and Geology

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
  • undergraduate education producing highly qualified certified teachers of Earth and Space Science
  • providing breadth of graduate education in the sciences for masters in education candidates

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Chemistry

The baccalaureate degree programs in chemistry are designed to offer students a solid background in general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry as well as exposure to applied chemistry, biochemistry, spectroscopy, and instrumental analysis. Graduates are expected to appreciate both qualitative and 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, and needs of the region, four degree programs are available: (1) Bachelor of Arts (BA), (2) Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Education (BAED), (3) Bachelor of Science: Applied Track (BS), and (4) Bachelor of Science: Professional Track (BS) degrees.

BA in Chemistry - The Bachelor of Arts degree program is designed for students interested in attending professional schools of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. In addition to the general degree requirements, the BA in Chemistry requires satisfactory completion of courses in mathematics, physics, and biology. 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.

BA in Chemistry and Secondary Education –The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Secondary Education degree program is offered in collaboration with the College of Education. This program is designed for students interested in teaching chemistry at secondary level and/or pursuing graduate studies in chemical education/science education. In addition to the general degree requirements, the BA in Chemistry and Secondary Education requires satisfactory completion of courses in chemistry, mathematics and physics, as well as in education. The BAED curriculum provides a broad foundation in the field of chemistry and education and prepares graduates to teach chemistry at middle and/or high schools. A broad range of upper-level elective courses in chemistry exists to expose students to modern fields within the chemical sciences and to help students broaden their understanding of science teacher education. Moreover, students are sufficiently prepared to pursue graduate studies in chemical education/science education.

BS in Chemistry: Applied Chemistry Track - This program is recommended for entry level positions in industry and government laboratories. In addition to the general degree requirements, the BS in chemistry requires satisfactory completion of courses in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. 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 techniques within the chemical sciences and to help students expand their college experience.

BS in Chemistry: Professional Chemistry Track - This program is recommended for students who desire to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or related fields. The program also prepares students for entry level positions in industry and government laboratories. In addition to the general degree requirements, the BS in chemistry requires satisfactory completion of courses in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. The professional track also enables students to gain substantial research experience through independent study and senior seminar courses under the guidance and mentorship of faculty members. The program provides a sound foundation in the field of chemistry and permits flexibility for evolving and changing student interests. A broad range of upper-level elective courses exists to expose students to modern techniques within the chemical sciences and to help students expand their college experience.

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The mission of the Chemistry division of the Department of Chemistry and Geology at Columbus State University is:

  • to provide students with a thorough undergraduate education in the fundamental principles of chemistry which will enable them to compete in a global society
  • to prepare students for graduate and/or professional schools
  • to prepare students for teaching careers in chemistry in Georgia and beyond
  • to prepare students for research/technical careers in the chemical industry in the region and beyond
  • to promote science education and environmental science in the local community and beyond
  • to provide service to our geographic region in the chemical sciences through university-community partnerships

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
  • demonstrate knowledge of safety methodologies used in the chemical laboratory
  • enter into employment in the chemical industry or into graduate or professional schools

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Geology

The baccalaureate degree programs in geology prepare graduates for entry into the practice of professional geology, the teaching of Earth Science or Geology, or as preparatory education for graduate study in related fields such as environmental science, regional planning, or further studies in science education. The location of the University allows opportunities for extensive field research and learning experiences within three physiographic provinces. This proximity to such important geologic features allows field work to become an integral part of many courses and is a strength of the department. Faculty work closely with students to ensure their academic success. The BS in Geology curriculum qualifies graduates to meet the introductory requirements for licensing with the Georgia Board of Registration for Professional Geologists. 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. The BS in Geology and Secondary Education includes coursework required for teacher certification in addition to coursework providing a comprehensive background in the geosciences. Our program is NCATE accredited and one of few in the state to provide this depth of training for teachers in secondary earth science.

The diverse experience of the faculty allows a range of upper-level elective courses to be offered that introduce students to various sub-fields within the geological sciences and expand their college experience. Some courses are offered every other year; therefore, careful planning of an individual student's program is necessary

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of the BS in Geology program 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

Graduates of the BS Geology and Secondary Education program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of many of the major areas of geology (mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, and environmental geology)
  • Demonstrate breadth of knowledge in a range of geologically related physical sciences
  • Apply course related field work to lesson planning involving the relevant Georgia Performance Standards
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of tools or technology commonly used in the study of geological or related sciences
  • correctly interpret and demonstrate appropriate use of geological and related data such as maps, charts, tables, graphs
  • Relate the importance of geologic data to environmental, economic, and regional concerns
  • Reason thoughtfully about scientific matters and the nature of science
  • Demonstrate proficiency in instructional planning
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the implementation of instruction
  • Demonstrate proficiencies related to helping every student succeed
  • Demonstrate proficiencies related to selecting and using materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate proficiencies related to evaluating learning and teaching
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of findings of educational research related to the teaching and learning of science
  • Display values, commitments, dispositions and habits associated with effective and professional teaching

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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.

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TSYS School of Computer Science

Undergraduate Programs

The TSYS School 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, Game Programming or Applied Computer Science; a Minor in Computer Science; a Bachelor of Science degree program in Information Technology; and a Certificate in Data Processing, a Graduate Certificate for Information Security Professionals and a Graduate Certificate for Information Security Officers.

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 - Games Track provides students with a thorough understanding of the theory, design and programming techniques required for producing games software. This track equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge for careers in the games and simulation industries. Topics covered include games theory, design and programming; graphics techniques including virtual environments; artificial intelligence techniques; multi-player and Internet games programming; and games specific software tools.

The BS in Computer Science - Applied Track provides student a rigorous education in computer science with particular attention and practice given to mainframe business applications and web programming. 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 B.S. Information Technology (BSIT) program provides students with a combination of knowledge, hands–on experience, and application of theory to support their employment in the field of Information Technology. The curriculum emphasizes quantitative and communication skills as well as providing a basic foundation in understanding the business process and the role of Information Technology in supporting that process. The (BSIT) is also available online.

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.

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In conjunction with the Mission Statement of Columbus State University, the School 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 School of Computer Science is committed to playing a leadership role in this process. The school 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 School 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 Systems Track 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 CS Games Track 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 familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the creation of computer-based games: including games design, 2D and 3D graphics programming, games AI, virtual reality and simulation
  • determine the requirements for a computer game and design computer game elements
  • produce a computer game that meets its requirements
  • be aware of current issues in computer gaming
  • be able to lead a development team
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of social and ethical impact of computers

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Graduates in the BS in CS Applied Track 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 BS in Information Technology (BSIT) program will:

  • be able to apply fundamental systems analysis, project management, and end user support concepts to address real–world business problems
  • be able to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to develop creative solutions to these problems
  • be able apply professional and interpersonal skills to communicate these solutions to both coworkers and management
  • understand how the software solution functions as a part of the overall business solution to the problem at hand
  • participate in the development and testing of the software designed as a part of this business solution

Graduation Requirements

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

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Graduate Program

The TSYS School 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

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Admission

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,

    AND

    Significant experience (as judged by the Computer Science School) 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 and knowledge in the fundamental principles of computer science, as evidenced by either
    1. passing with a grade of "C" or better a course substantially equivalent to CPSC 6105 – Fundamental of Computer Programming and Data Structures and CPSC 6106 – Fundamental Principles of Computer Science at CSU,

      OR

    2. a score of 50th percentile or higher on the GRE computer science test,

      OR

    3. 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 Fundamental of Computer Programming and Data Structures (CPSC 6105) and Fundamental Principles of Computer Science (CPSC 6106) before being allowed to take any 6*** course for graduate credit in Computer Science. Students who have not taken these courses, either at Columbus State University or at another accredited college or university may "test out" of the courses.

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.

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On-Line Students

The TSYS School 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 school 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 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. Professors of individual courses may have different requirements.

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.

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Graduate Assistantships

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

  1. A letter of application including a statement of need and commitment and the applicant's reasons for undertaking graduate study.
  2. Two letters of recommendation, either from college-level instructors or employers.

Applicants with significant industrial experience are invited, but not required, to include a resume to demonstrate practical experience in software development.

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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.

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Department of Health Science

Undergraduate Program

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.

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Graduate Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with a concentration in health services administration is designed to promote achievement of students' professional objectives with regard to government agencies and health organizations. It is suitable also for not-for-profit organizations. The program details are listed below:

  • health services administration, designed for students who wish to be better prepared for management in complex healthcare organizations and programs; it is especially suited to students whose health careers move from providing direct services to supervisory and programmatic responsibilities.

Expected Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of core and option subjects on the comprehensive examination.
  • Graduates will express satisfaction with the contribution of the degree to their professional goals.

Admission

An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required. Regular admission requires a minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average and either a minimum score of 800 on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (total of verbal and quantitative scores) or a minimum score of 400 on the Miller Analogies Test. Applicants not meeting these criteria may be admitted as provisional students, if other indicators of probable success are indicated within the application, such as professional achievement or upward trend of undergraduate grades.

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Curriculum

In addition to the courses listed below, each option is subject to the following requirements:

  • All students must complete the common core for the degree.
  • A minimum "B" average in core courses, with no more than two "C"s, and a minimum grade of "B" in option courses are required for degree completion.
  • No more than 17 semester credit hours in the D. Abbott Turner College of Business courses, including transferred credit, may be credited toward the MPA degree.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Examination (MPAC 7000) is required for graduation. The examination is based on courses taken and normally is completed in the last semester of enrollment. It is the responsibility of the student to register for MPAC 7000 in the appropriate semester. The examination is drawn up and graded by a committee appointed by the program director, which includes core and optio n faculty. The director is eligible to serve on the examination committee. A candidate who fails the examination will be eligible for re-examination during the next semester.

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Program in Environmental Science

Masters Program in Environmental Science

The Master of Science in Environmental Science program is designed to prepare graduates to deal effectively with scientific challenges related to environmental restoration, maintenance and management in the face of growing populations and industry. The program builds on an undergraduate science background and provides a foundation in pertinent areas of biology, chemistry, and geology, and archaeology, as well as social and philosophical issues related to the development of sound environmental policy and regulation.

Statement of Mission

The graduate degree program in Environmental Science provides advanced education and training to post-baccalaureate students living primarily in the Georgia/Alabama region. Graduates of the program are trained to serve as environmental professionals in the private sector as environmental consultants; in local, state, and federal environmental agencies; or to enter doctorial programs in environmental science or related fields. Primary emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound background in the underpinning concepts of environmental science and developing a wide range of knowledge in environmental issues.

Students may elect to pursue one of two different educational options in environmental science. The thesis-track option places emphasis on both acquisition of a broad background of environmental knowledge and ecological methods as well as on developing research skills necessary to design and conduct original research. It also stresses communication skills necessary to present research results in both oral and written forms. The intention is to develop those abilities which allow our graduates to become productive environmental scientists and educators. The non-thesis track option stresses a broadly-based background in environmental science in order to prepare graduates for careers in environmental consulting in industrial and governmental fields.

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, or permission of the director of the program.
  • 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).

Applications can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907-5645

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 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 or research assistantships until they have obtained regular admission to the program.

Program Policies

Upon entering the Environmental Science graduate program, the student will be assigned an advisor. This advisor will assist the student in choosing courses and schedules that will best fit the student's interests and goals. The student may change his or her advisor after the first semester. The choice of thesis or non-thesis should be made in consultation with the advisor as soon as possible.

If a student has taken one or more of the program's core courses as an undergraduate, he or she will substitute courses from the program's elective courses in consultation with their advisor.

Thesis track students are required to complete 20 hours of specific program core courses, 10 hours of program electives and 6 hours of research. The student in consultation with his or her advisor will select, by the end of the first semester, two other faculty members to serve, along with the advisor, as a graduate committee. The purpose of the graduate committee is to guide and assist the student's thesis research. In consultation with the advisor, one member of the graduate committee may be chosen from faculty in other units of the University or from other institutions. The thesis is to be a significant original contribution in environmental science. The topic must be approved by the student's graduate committee in advance of the beginning of the thesis research. When the thesis is completed, the student will present the work in a public forum and will defend the work before the graduate committee.

Non-thesis track students are required to complete 24 hours of program core courses and 12 hours of program electives. The student in consultation with his or her advisor will select, by the end of the first semester, two other faculty members to serve, along with the advisor, as a graduate committee. The purpose of the graduate committee is to guide selection of elective courses to best match the student's goals.

Coarse Load. The maximum recommended course load for a graduate student in the School of Science in a given semester is 12 semester hours. The maximum course load for a student holding a graduate assistantship is 9 semester hours.

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Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics prides itself on student centered instruction. We love finding opportunities to work individually with students and engaging them in our research and creative efforts. Three of our students were cited in the College Mathematics Journal in 2008 for their solutions of challenging problems. Other students have worked on research projects with our faculty and presented their work at regional conferences. Our students enjoy socializing in two campus organizations – a club for students interested in math and computer science (MAX), and the Math Education Student Association (MESA).

Recent graduates of our programs have started careers as actuaries, defense industry experts, high school teachers, and programmer/analysts. Others have gone on to graduate school in mathematics.

The department offers four degree options: the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education, the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics , and the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Applied Math Concentration . Graduates of each program will cultivate the capabilities for presenting logical arguments, thinking abstractly, and formulating and solving problems. These attributes prepare the student for a lifetime of continuous advancement.

The BA programs feature a broad exposure to mathematics, including geometry and the history of math, and the flexibility to complete additional course work in another subject.

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.

The BS in Mathematics - Secondary Education Track provides solid background in mathematics, as well as course work necessary for teaching certification at the secondary level. With the nation facing a critical shortage of qualified math teachers, the student who completes the BS with secondary certification should expect a solid academic preparation and numerous job prospects.

The Applied Math concentration 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.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates from all of the math programs 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

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School of Nursing

Begin a rewarding career in nursing at Columbus State University.

Over 100,000 vacant nursing positions now and over 800,000 nurses will be needed by the year 2020.

Why CSU Nursing?

  • Excellent licensing exam first time pass rate (95% 4 year average)
  • 100% employment rate for graduates
  • Highly qualified nursing faculty
  • Low clinical teaching instructor-to-student ratio
  • Student Success Program
  • Technology & media equipped classrooms & campus lab
  • Integrated computer & web-supported instruction
  • Scholarship opportunities for upper level nursing students
  • Active Student Nurses Association with leadership opportunities
  • Earn a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree, which qualifies you to pursue specialty and advanced nursing education opportunities

Who Can Attend?

  • Qualified high school graduates
  • College students interested in changing majors
  • Those who have already earned a degree in another field
  • Someone seeking a new career after work experience in another field
  • Health care workers (EMTs, Paramedics, LPNs, Nursing Assistants, etc)

What Will I Do in Nursing School?

Beginning your very FIRST semester in nursing courses, you will...

  • practice nursing skills on each other and simulation manikins in the campus lab
  • begin caring for "real patients" in health care facilities
  • begin learning to "think like a nurse" and make nursing judgments & decisions
  • work with many other members of the health care team in health care facilities
  • learn about evidence based practice and how it can improve patient care outcomes
  • learn to work collaboratively in groups and teams for a common goal

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What Are the Teaching & Learning Facilities Like for Nursing Students?

  • The nursing program is housed in Illges Hall where classrooms, skills laboratories, conference rooms, simulation labs, computer labs, and faculty offices are located. The entire building was remodeled in 2006.
  • Acute healthcare facilities for clinical nursing experiences include Doctors Hospital, The Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, West Central Georgia Regional Hospital, Martin Army Community Hospital, Hughston Hospital, and others in the area.
  • Long-term and sub-acute care facilities include Hamilton House Nursing Center, Magnolia Manor Nursing Facility, 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.

Note: 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 (required & evaluated by clinical facilities)

What Kind of Nursing Will I Be Qualified to Do After Graduation & Licensure?

CSU nursing 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 best evidence and research findings in clinical practice, participate in continuing education and professional nursing organizations, and pursue graduate education.

The mission of the Columbus State University Baccalaureate Nursing Program is to prepare caring, competent, professional nurses who provide holistic, culturally congruent, evidence-based services for diverse populations in community, regional, and global settings. The program facilitates student centered learning and is dedicated to excellence in teaching, nursing practice, and service through community and regional partnerships. (2006-2011)

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Expected Outcomes

Graduates of the CSU BSN Program will:

  • provide safe, patient centered care in a variety of setting
  • communicate and collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team in a professional and effective manner, through verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic means to improve patient outcomes and teamwork.
  • apply the quality improvement process to ensure patient safety and to meet desired clinical outcomes.
  • use sound evidence to make appropriate clinical decisions about health care.
  • integrate information technology into nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  • function as a leader within the nursing roles provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.

How Do I Qualify & Apply for the Program

One nursing class is admitted into the upper level clinical nursing course sequence each FALL SEMESTER. SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO CLINICAL NURSING SEQUENCE must be made during January and February of the year in which a student anticipates qualifying for admission into the program. Each applicant must meet the following baseline admission criteria. Selection for admission is competitive based upon pre-nursing GPA, Nursing Admission Exam scores, and References. In order to be eligible for consideration for admission into the program, students must be/have:

  • admitted to Columbus State University (application online)
  • earned a minimum nursing grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale (the "nursing grade point average" is calculated in the School of Nursing and is based only on those pre-requisite courses required for the nursing degree).
  • passed all required science courses and labs with a grade of "C" or better with no more than one second attempt to pass one science course. Two science course failures within five years of potential admission date excludes a student from eligibility to apply for the nursing program.
  • passed the Regents Examinations
  • passed the Nursing Admission Exam (minimum score 70 on each required portion AND average on all required portions 75 or greater; contact CSU Testing Center for details.
  • submitted a completed application including all requirements outlined in the application.
  • positive professional references
  • Completed sufficient core and pre-requisite courses (see nursing advisor for more information)
  • NOT been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic dishonesty, disruptive behavior, or course failure.
  • met all "Essential Functions and Performance Standards" (listed below)

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 program 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 School of Nursing.

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Essential Abilities and Performance Standards Requirements

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 calmly, maturely & effectively with the unexpected & complexity.
  • 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.
  • Interact with others in a variety of situations with appropriate and professional emotional and behavioral responses.

Adapted with permission from:
Medical College of Georgia, January 1993, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2003
Updated 06/30/03; 10/20/08

Note: Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. Selection is competitive. Admission and progression policies are implemented in the School 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 is often NOT 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 primarily upon completion of prerequisites for nursing, the nursing GPA, the Nursing Admission Exam scores, and references as described above. Students not selected for admission will be placed on a 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 the next class admitted to the BSN program.

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What is my Reassurance About the Quality of the Program? Is the Program Accredited?

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.

How Do I Get My RN License After Graduation?

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.

Important Tips for Pre-Nursing Students

What does "Pre-Nursing Student" mean?

Any student who meets the criteria for admission to Columbus State University may be admitted to the university for any semester and by request of the student, be classified as a pre-nursing student.

Who Advises Pre-Nursing Students?

In nursing, there are dedicated pre-nursing advisors whose primary job is to meet with and advise pre-nursing students. These nursing advisors are the ONLY ones who can accurately advise pre-nursing students about the nursing program. Taking advice from anyone else could cost a student money and time! For this reason, once classified as pre-nursing, a student should immediately schedule an advising appointment with a nursing advisor in the School 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.Avoid confusion: Acceptance as a pre-nursing student does not guarantee admission to the professional nursing course sequence of the program.

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Is anything different for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in another field?

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 with a grade of "C" or better. Science courses and labs must have been completed within the time frame specified by the School of Nursing. Contact School of Nursing for details. Post baccalaureate students must complete the Nursing Admission Exam (see CSU Testing Center for details).

Is there advanced placement for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, or other health care workers?

The only advanced placement option is for RNs with a diploma or associate degree who are seeking to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing. In order to be eligible for consideration for admission into the RN-BSN Program, RN students must be/have:

  • been admitted to Columbus State University
  • completed pre-requisite core and general education courses
    Note: 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 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale (the "nursing grade point average" is calculated in the School of Nursing 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.

Note: RN-BSN applicants are not required to take the Nursing Admission Exam.

The RN-BSN nursing course sequence is designed so that it can be completed in one academic year (fall and spring semesters). Based on the Georgia Articulation Plan, 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.

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What Are Policies Regarding Progression & Graduation for Nursing?

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 who do not repeat a failed nursing course the next time it is offered OR at the time specified by the School of Nursing must reapply to the nursing program. 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 a nursing course or the program 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 2.75 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.
  • eligibility to enter clinical agencies for clinical experiences, which includes meeting the agency requirements related to criminal background checks.

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.

What Are the Costs For a Nursing Student?

What expenses should I anticipate?

Because of nursing program approval and accreditation requirements and the low instructor-to-student clinical teaching ratio, nursing students must be prepared to incur expenses 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 and online resources, medical supplies and equipment, class dues, transportation to and from clinical sites, and nursing program fees. Students should plan ahead and be prepared to meet these expenses beginning the fall semester of the first clinical nursing course. Detailed information about expenses is available from the nursing advisors.

Can I work while I'm in nursing school?

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 including evenings and weekends. Significant study and preparation time is also required outside of class and clinical lab times. Because these requirements, full time employment is discouraged. In fact, students are advised to work no more than 12 hours per week. Some students may not be able to work even 12 hours per week and remain academically successful. 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 will be made for the student's record in accordance with the Georgia Board of Nursing rules.

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Department of Psychology and Sociology

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

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind. The CSU Psychology Program offers a comprehensive curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in psychology. The BA degree requires competence in a foreign language. The BS degree requires additional courses chosen from sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and biology (see the online catalog for details of course requirements for both degrees and for psychology course descriptions).

Psychology graduates with a bachelor's degree find employment in many fields including human services, community and public relations, administration, program development, education, research, management, human resources, advertising, sales, and marketing. Some examples of careers related to psychology include:

Alcohol/drug abuse counselor
Career planning / placement counselor
Child protection worker
Veterans advisor
Employment counselor
Group home coordinator
Public relations specialist
Rehabilitation advisor
Social services assistant
Behavior analyst
Case worker
Community outreach worker
Director of volunteer services
Family services worker
Mental health technician
Research assistant
Residential counselor
Social work assistant

A Masters degree or higher is required for most professional careers in psychology and our program prepares qualified students for entrance into Masters, Doctoral, and other professional programs in psychology and related fields. Psychology majors also have the opportunity to participate in CSU's pre-medical program as preparation for application into medical school.

Our program has resources and laboratories designed to enhance the quality of learning. Our faculty represents a diversity of psychology's subfields including clinical, cognitive, developmental, social, personality, biological, and behavior analysis. Professors are eclectic in their interests and dedicated to student success. Opportunities are available for motivated and capable students to work closely with faculty members on research projects, often leading to student presentations at local and regional professional conferences. Internships are also available for select students. We host a local chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, as well as our own psychology club.

The following are the expected outcomes for students completing an undergraduate degree in psychology at CSU:

  • 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 research studies, gather data, and utilize quantitative tools and skills to investigate questions of behavior
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical roots and developments of psychology as a discipline and its place in the broader intellectual traditions of the sciences and humanities

The Psychology Program is housed in the Department of Psychology and Sociology, Faculty Office Building (FOB), room 110. Contact Dr. Mark Schmidt, Chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology for more information.

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Sociology

Sociology concentrates on the scientific study of social interactions and their consequences. Few other fields have such a scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge. The CSU Sociology program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to educate students about a broad range of topics in the study of sociology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Since the subject matter of sociology is people and human behavior, sociologists investigate the structure and interactions of groups, organizations, and societies. Examples of areas of study include race, social class, and gender, the family, crime, prejudice and discrimination, development, religion, group behavior, work and organizations, social theory, and social research.

Students graduating with a degree in sociology are able to recognize trends and patterns, create reports, have strong skills in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, research and data analysis, planning and organizing, and management. Sociology graduates with a bachelor's degree find employment in many fields including advertising, marketing, education, health services, hospitals, corrections, health and social services, and state and local governments.

Our program provides opportunities for motivated and capable students to work closely with faculty in research, often leading to student presentations at local and regional conferences. The department also sponsors the Sociology Club for interested students. Our faculty are dedicated to student success and provide the individual attention that is crucial for that success.

The following are the expected learning outcomes for students completing an undergraduate degree in sociology at CSU:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the discipline of sociology and its role in contributing to an understanding of social reality by defining its object of study and by listing the major goals of sociological analysis.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of core sociological concepts and processes.
  • Students will be able to discuss the relationships between the micro and the macro levels, i.e., between the individual, culture and society.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of theory in sociology by describing its major theorists and major theoretical schools.
  • Students will be able to describe the major sociological research methods.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the basic computer skills necessary for conducting sociological research and for applying sociological knowledge through data analysis and the presentation of sociological data.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the reciprocal relationship between individuals and society.
  • Students will be able to discuss in depth the following specialty areas in sociology: diversity of ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, and sociocultural systems; social problems such as crime and deviance, socioeconomic inequality, poverty and social stratification, and deterioration of contemporary ecosystems; and various processes of sociocultural evolution and change.
  • Students will be able to recognize, understand, and effectively communicate the complexity of cultural diversity in local and global society.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of social policy and applications of sociological theory to the resolution of social problems.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the process of planning and implementing problem solving to bring about social change.

The Department of Psychology and Sociology is located in the Faculty Office Building in room 110. Students with questions should contact Dr. Mark Schmidt, Chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology. For more information, please visit the sociology web page at http://psysoc.colstate.edu

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