General Degree Requirements
The requirements for degrees described in this catalog are applicable to students currently enrolled. Although students have the right to complete requirements under their catalog of entry, students who change their programs of study must meet requirements that exist at the time they make the change, except that core curriculum requirements (Areas A-E) completed before the change will satisfy similar core requirements. No student will be placed under undue penalty in meeting the requirements. The university reserves the right to change the degree requirements at any time, but no such change will be administered to cause a loss in credit for work already completed.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor. The faculty advisement system is designed to provide the student with effective academic advisement throughout enrollment at Columbus State University. Although academic advisors make every effort to inform students about course and degree requirements, the primary responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with the student.
The core curriculum (Areas A-E) and the major-related core courses (Area F) support Columbus State University’s general education learning outcomes:
Communication and Critical Thinking
Oral and written communication characterized by logic, coherence, critical analysis and effective rhetoric techniques as demonstrated by the
Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics
Quantitative reasoning and mathematics will be characterized by logic, critical evaluation, analysis, synthesis; and verbal, numeric, graphical and symbolic problem-solving as demonstrated by the
Cultural and Social Perspectives
Cultural and social perspective will be characterized by an understanding of the complex, dynamic nature of social, political and economic systems; human and institutional behavior, values, and belief systems; historical and geographical relationships; and flexibility, open-mindedness, and tolerance as demonstrated by the
Scientific reasoning will be characterized by understanding and applying scientific method, laboratory techniques and mathematical principles to natural phenomena as demonstrated by the
Aesthetic perspective will be characterized by critical appreciation of the arts and an ability to make informed aesthetic judgments about the arts as demonstrated by the
Wellness is characterized by the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that encourage and enable students to adopt health-enhancing behaviors that will improve their health and fitness status and increase the quality of their lives, demonstrated by the
The following general requirements are applicable for all programs leading to an undergraduate degree:
Freshman Year Experience
All full-time, first year students with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to have a Freshman Year Experience designed to introduce students to the culture and expectations of university academics. The Freshman Year Experience includes Freshman Learning Communities and a first year seminar (FYRS 1105).
Freshman Learning Communities allow students to enroll courses with peers who share a common academic or career interest. The freshman-level courses in the learning communities are tailored to a common theme or specific academic discipline and usually have lower enrollments.
First-Year Seminar (FYRS 1105) is designed to help freshmen achieve academic and personal goals by developing links between students and faculty, enhancing skills necessary for academic success, exploring global issues and perspectives, and promoting involvement in university life.
To satisfy the First Year Experience requirement, all first-year students must enroll in a freshman learning community or a section of the freshman seminar FYRS 1105 before completion of 30 credit hours. Students are highly encouraged to select the learning community option. Students assigned to the Department of Basic Studies must enroll in FYRS 1105 to satisfy this requirement.
The associate of science transfer program is designed to facilitate transfer into baccalaureate degree programs. Consequently, the minimum 63 semester credit hours required consists of 42 semester credit hours in the core curriculum (Areas A-E), 18 credit hours in the area of study designated in Area F and three semester credit hours of wellness courses. This program is limited to the Associate of Science in general studies.
A special variation of this degree is available under the provisions of the Servicemen's Opportunity College Program. Columbus State University is a member of SOC and participates with the Associate of Science in general studies. The variation in degree requirements for military personnel is the reduction in resident hours to 15 semester credit hours of work to be taken at Columbus State University.
Career associate degree programs include the associate of applied science programs. These programs are designed to meet specific needs of students preparing for employment in specialized fields. Such programs require careful and continued counseling by an assigned academic advisor. Of the minimum 63 semester credit hours required for an associate degree, the career associate degree programs require at least 21 credit hours of general education course work and three semester credit hours of wellness courses or approved substitutions. Students must complete all degree requirements for this program before seeking a baccalaureate degree from Columbus State University.
In order for a student to earn both an associate and baccalaureate degrees in the same discipline, all requirements for the associate degree must be satisfied at least two semesters before requirements for the baccalaureate degree are satisfied. Otherwise, only the baccalaureate degree will be awarded. Further, any student graduating from Columbus State University with a baccalaureate degree cannot concurrently receive an Associate of Science degree in general studies.
To earn an additional baccalaureate degree in a significantly different discipline (as determined by the dean of the college offering the degree sought), students must meet the following requirements:
To earn an additional associate degree in a significantly different discipline (as determined by the dean of the college offering the degree sought), students must meet the following requirements:
Students seeking two baccalaureate degrees or two associate degrees simultaneously must meet the above requirements for the additional degree. If the two disciplines are not significantly different, the student may seek a double major. Contact the Office of the Registrar for further information on double degrees and double majors.
See the specific College/Department for information regarding general degree requirements for graduate programs.
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Last Updated: 4/11/13