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.
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:
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.
To officially declare a concentration in pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, or pre-veterinary medicine, an entering student must have:
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:
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.
Graduates will be able to:
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:
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.
The mission of the Chemistry division of the Department of Chemistry and Geology at Columbus State University is:
Graduates will be able to:
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
Graduates of the BS in Geology program will be able to:
Graduates of the BS Geology and Secondary Education program will be able to:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Graduates in the BS in CS Systems Track program will:
Graduates in the BS in CS Games Track program will:
Graduates in the BS in CS Applied Track program will:
Graduates in the BS in Information Technology (BSIT) program will:
Satisfactory completion of university requirements and a minimum grade of "C" in each computer science course counted towards the major.
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.
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:
In addition graduates in the Information Assurance concentration will:
In addition graduates in the Software Development concentration will:
Requirements for all applicants for admission into the program for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science include the following:
Students may be admitted to the program unconditionally or conditionally (provisionally).
Additional requirements for unconditional admission into the MS program include:
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.
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.
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.
All applicants must submit to the Chair of the School of Computer Science
Applicants with significant industrial experience are invited, but not required, to include a resume to demonstrate practical experience in software development.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
In addition to the courses listed below, each option is subject to the following requirements:
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.
Minimum admission requirements for the MS program in environmental science are as follows:
Applications can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907-5645
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.
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.
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.
Graduates from all of the math programs will have:
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?
Who Can Attend?
What Will I Do in Nursing School?
Beginning your very FIRST semester in nursing courses, you will...
What Are the Teaching & Learning Facilities Like for Nursing Students?
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:
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)
Graduates of the CSU BSN Program will:
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:
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.
Essential Abilities and Performance Standards Requirements
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Requirements for students to progress in the clinical nursing course sequence include:
Requirements for students to graduate from the BSN Program include:
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.
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 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:
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:
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.
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:
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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