Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL BACCALAUREATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to specific requirements of the major and minor fields of study, the following requirements must be satisfied by all students seeking the baccalaureate degree.

  1. Candidates for a baccalaureate degree must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of academic credit and complete three specified courses in physical education. A transfer student who has completed an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree in a transfer program will not be required to fulfill the physical education requirements. All fulltime freshmen baccalaureate students must complete UNIV 1000 - The GSW Experience.
    NOTE: A student who changes major may have to complete additional hours of course work beyond those required for completion of the program.
  2. All baccalaureate programs require at least 21 hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 hours of upper division work overall.
  3. A quality grade point average of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation. Some curricula require a higher average. Grades from transfer credit are calculated for graduation with honors purposes only.
  4. A candidate must earn in residence at least twenty-seven of the forty hours of credit earned immediately preceding graduation. Candidates admitted to the University for the final year of work must be in residence for a minimum of two semesters and must complete at least thirty hours of credit including fifteen hours of upper division credit in the major field. If less than a normal load of academic credit is carried, each three-hour course counts as one fifth of a semester toward residence requirements.
  5. Degree candidates may earn credit by correspondence, or through transient credit, but not more than ten hours in the major discipline and not more than thirty total hours of credit earned in this manner will count toward degree requirements.
  6. All candidates for baccalaureate degrees must satisfactorily complete the General Core Curriculum requirements.
  7. Candidates for the B.A. degree must present credit for at least six hours of a single foreign language sequence at the level specified by individual majors. College Preparatory Curriculum foreign language deficiency requirements do not count as part of this sequence.
  8. Candidates for the B.S. degree in some majors (See Bulletin requirements for specific major) must present semester credit for a foreign language sequence. College Preparatory Curriculum foreign language deficiency requirements do not count as part of this sequence.
  9. Certain multi-lingual students may have the foreign language requirement waived if they can demonstrate proficiency in a third language other than English and other than their native tongue.
  10. A candidate must complete English 1101 with a grade of C or higher or must demonstrate proficiency on the CLEP test. A baccalaureate or associate degree candidate must earn a grade of C or higher in English 1102.
  11. Candidates are required to satisfy the provisions of the Georgia State Code 32-171 as amended by The General Assembly, which requires all candidates for a degree to pass either courses in or an appropriate examination on the history of the United States, the history of Georgia, the United States Constitution, and the Constitution of Georgia.
  12. Candidates for the bachelor's degree must make a satisfactory score on the Regents' Test, the University System of Georgia reading and writing skills test or be exempted from the test according to Regents' policy.
  13. Students following a curriculum sheet dated Fall 2002 or earlier must receive a passing grade in one of the following courses: SOSC 1000, SOSC 1101, GEOG 1101, GEOG 4550, POLS 4550.
  14. Candidates for the B.A. degree must complete a minor field of study or a certificate program. The minor or certificate will consist of 15-19 semester hours in the field of study with at least nine hours at the upper division course level.
  15. Students in some degree programs and majors are required to take an exit examination prior to graduation. A minimum score may be required. Students should contact their advisors for specific details.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All baccalaureate students are required to take PEDS 1010, PEDS 2000 and one activity course from the PEDS activity courses. Students should complete all the requirements during their first two years of enrollment. A transfer student who has completed a transferable Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree will not be required to fulfill the physical education requirements.

Exceptions are granted to veterans with at least one year of active duty reservists with at least one year of service, students barred by a physician's recommendation, and students entering the B.S. Nursing Program. There is no requirement for veterans with at least one year of active duty or for reservists with at least one year of service. Veterans and reservists must present documentation to the Registrar's Office in the form of a DD214 in order to be awarded the P.E. exemption. This exception does not apply to majors in Exercise Science & Wellness, Health & PE, and Recreation. Students barred by a physician's recommendation are required to complete PEDS 2000 and HPER 2040. For graduation, all B.S. Nursing Program students are required to have credit for one PEDS course.

P.E. courses taken at another institution and showing on the student's transcript will count toward this course requirement.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Catalog for Graduation Evaluation

Under the guidance of the academic advisor, a student may select to be evaluated for graduation from any catalog in effect during the time of enrollment provided the enrollment has been continuous.

Students readmitted or reinstated will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of readmission or reinstatement or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.

Students changing majors will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of the change or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.

Each student is responsible for determining the appropriate catalog to be used for academic advisement and for evaluation of graduation requirements. Catalog selection applies only to the course requirements of that catalog. All other academic procedures and graduation requirements must be satisfied according to regulations in effect at the time of graduation. Students desiring further information on the selection of an appropriate catalog may contact their major department chair/academic dean or the registrar.

Application for Graduation- Undergraduate Students

The Application for Graduation for fall semester must be completed on or before December 1 prior to the academic year in which the degree is expected. The Application for Graduation for spring semester must be completed on or before May 1 prior to the academic year in which the degree is expected. Students who plan to graduate at completion of summer term must apply on or before September 1 prior to the year in which the degree is expected. Applications for graduation are available at the Registrar's Office and on RAIN (Registration and Academic Information Network).

Graduation Term Apply no later than of the year prior
FallDecember 1
SpringMay 1
SummerSeptember 1

ORIENTATION

Georgia Southwestern State University requires a one credit hour orientation course (UNIV 1000) of all new, full-time freshmen. New entering transfer students with less than nine hours of transfer credit must also enroll in UNIV 1000. This highly structured freshman orientation/advisement program has been instituted at Georgia Southwestern State University to facilitate the new student's transition to college-level work.

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA CORE CURRICULUM

The Core Curriculum of the University System of Georgia was established for the purpose of aiding and facilitating the educational progress of students as they pursue baccalaureate degrees within and among the units of the University System. It represents an effort to deal effectively with increasing curricular problems of students which result from increased enrollment at institutions of higher education, increased number and percentage of students enrolled in two-year institutions, increased mobility of the student population, increased number and complexity of major fields of studies offered by senior units, and increased problems related to transfer of credit among units of the University System.

The Core Curriculum provides for (1) sixty semester credit hours of which forty-two are in general education and eighteen are in a major area of study, (2) the assurance of acceptance of transfer of the Core Curriculum or a fractional part thereof toward a baccalaureate degree, and (3) the preservation of the maximum possible amount of institutional autonomy.

The Core Curriculum provides the following six areas of study:

A.Essential Skills9 hours
B.Institutional Options4-5 hours
C.Humanities/Fine Arts6 hours
D.Science, Mathematics, Technology10-11 hours
E.Social Science12 hours
F.Courses related to the major18 hours

GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS

The specific courses which must be completed by all students working toward the baccalaureate degree are listed below. These courses are begun in the first semester of college enrollment and should be completed during the first two years. In certain programs or for transfer students, some substitutions in the core are accepted. Student should contact the appropriate academic dean or department chair for details.

A student transferring to GSW with a transferable Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a college or university within the University System of Georgia will have met the GSW core requirements as long as the student does not change majors. Core courses required by GSW but not by the student's previous institution might have to be taken to prepare the student for upper division course work. However, the student will not be required to complete more than the number required for native students to earn the degree, excluding physical education and orientation. Students in this category who change majors may have additional core courses to complete, particularly in Core Areas D and F.

A student transferring to GSW with an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from a college or university within the University System of Georgia will be required to meet GSW core requirements. Core courses already completed at the previous institution will be considered on a course-by-course basis.

  • General Core Requirements

Area A: Essential Skills - 9 semester hours

Core Area A1 Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to write effectively for a variety of audiences to demonstrate collegiate-level writing development in various contexts.

Core Area A2 (Quantitative)

  • Students will be able to analyze and apply mathematical concepts in various forms in order to solve a variety of quantitative problems.
ENGL 1101 - Composition I3 hours
ENGL 1102 - Composition II3 hours
MATH 1111* - College Algebra3 hours

*or a course for which MATH 1111 is a prerequisite, excluding MATH 2204 (Elementary Statistics). MATH 1113 (Precalculus) is required in Area A for mathematics and science degree programs. MATH 1120 (Calculus I) is required for the dual degree program.

MATH 1101-Introduction to Math Modeling has joined MATH 1111-College Algebra as an acceptable Core Area A math course for some majors/degrees.  If you have any questions about the acceptability of Math Modeling for your program, please contact your advisor.

Programs accepting MATH 1101-Introduction to Math Modeling to meet Core Area A requirements:
All Business programs - BBA 
Nursing program – BSN 
All BA programs 
BFA program 
BS in History with Teaching Certification 
BS in Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Programs confirmed as NOT accepting MATH 1101-Introduction to Math Modeling to meet Core Area A requirements:
All Education programs – BSEd 
BS in Biology, Chemistry, Geology 
Dual Degree engineering programs 
BS in Mathematics 
BS in Mathematics with Teaching Certification 
BS in Computer Science 
BS in Information Technology

All students on a 2011-2012 curriculum sheet must earn a C or better for all core Area A courses including math. This includes those who change majors during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Math Lab Options

Most students entering as new freshman are required to take the Math Placement Test before they enroll. Based on the test scores and SAT/ACT scores students may be required to take a one hour math lab (MATH 1111L or MATH 1101L) along with MATH 1111 or MATH 1101. This requirement will be used to meet the ACAM 0999 requirement that students may have had prior to Fall 2011.

These lab classes are open, but optional, to students who need extra academic support in order to attain success in MATH 1101 or 1111. Students must register for the math course in order to enroll in the lab.

Area B: GSW Institutional Options (minimum) - 4-5 semester hours

Core Area B (Institutional Options) Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to evaluate information critically.
  • Students will be able to understand cultural differences

Students with 10 semester hours in Area D must complete 5 semester hours in Area B.

Students with 11 semester hours in Area D must complete 4 semester hours in Area B.

Select from the following courses:

LIBR 1101 - Foundations of Information Literacy1 hour
CIS 1000 - Computer Literacy3 hours
SOSC 1000 - Background to Current Events2 hours
SOSC 1101 - The World and Its People3 hours
ENGL 2200 - Introduction to Professional Writing3 hours
COMM 1110** - Fundamentals of Speech3 hours
SOCI 2295 - American Mosaic2 hours
Foreign Language*3 hours
THEA 1110** - Performance Skills for Business and Professions3 hours
WMST 2001 - Introduction to Women's Studies3 hours
POLS 2401 – Indroduction to Global Issues3 hours

*must be a 2000 level or higher foreign language course.
** recommended for teacher education majors.

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 semester hours

Core Area C (Humanities and Fine Arts) Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to articulate factual and conceptual knowledge concerning literature, and one of the fine or performing arts.

Select one of the following - 3 hours:

  • ENGL 2110 - World Literature
  • ENGL 2120 - British Literature
  • ENGL 2130 - American Literature

Select one of the following - 3 hours:

  • ARTC 1100 - Art Appreciation
  • MUSC 1100 - Music Appreciation
  • THEA 1100 - Theatre Appreciation

Area D: Mathematics, Science, Technology (minimum) - 10 semester hours

Core Area D (Natural Sciences) Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to interpret symbolic representations of data relevant to the physical world.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the relationship between observation and inference in the natural sciences.

Di: Non-Science Majors Only

One lab science course from List A below4 hours
One science course from List A or List B below3 hours
One course from List A, List B, or List C below3 or 4 hours

Dii: Science or Non Science Majors

Two course lab science sequence from List A below8 hours
One course from List A, List B or List C below 3 or4 hours

List A (4 hours each)

  • BIOL 1107 & BIOL 1107L - Essentials of Biology I Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL 1108 & BIOL 1108L - Essentials of Biology II Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL 2107 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 2108 - Principles of Biology II
  • GEOL 1121 - Introductory Geosciences I
  • GEOL 1122 - Introductory Geosciences II
  • CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1151L - Survey of Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM 1152 & CHEM 1152L - survey of Chemistry II Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM 1211 & CHEM1211L - Principles of Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM 1212 & CHEM1212L - Principles of Chemistry II Lecture and Lab
  • PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II

List B (3 hours each)

  • BIOL 1107 - Essentials of Biology I Lecture
  • BIOL 1108 - Essentials of Biology II Lecture
  • BIOL 1500 - Applied Botany
  • CHEM 1100 - Everyday Chemistry
  • CHEM 1211 - Principles of Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 1212 - Principles of Chemistry II Lecture
  • ENVS 1100 - Introduction to Environmental Science
  • GEOL 1142 - The Geology of Georgia
  • GEOL 1211 - The Earth's Evolving Environment
  • GEOL 1221 - Solar System Exploration
  • PHYS 1221 - Solar System Astronomy
  • PHYS 1222 - Stellar Astronomy

List C (3 or 4 hours each)

  • CIS 2000 - Desktop Publishing and Multimedia Presentations
  • CIS 2100 - Microcomputer Interfacing & Configuration
  • CSCI 1301 - Intro to Structured Programming
  • CSCI 1302 - Advanced Structured Programming
  • CSCI 2100 - Assembly Language Programming
  • CSCI 2500 - Discrete Structures
  • MATH 1113 - Precalculus
  • MATH 1120 - Calculus I
  • MATH 2204 - Elementary Statistics
  • PSYC 1102 - Psychology as a Natural Science

NOTES:

  1. BIOL 1107/1107L and 1108/1108L are not open to students with credit in BIOL 2107 or BIOL 2108.
  2. PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1112 are not open to students with credit in PHYS 2211 and PHYS 2212.
  3. PSYC 3301 Psychological Statistics and SOCI 3331 Sociological Statistics cannot be used to meet Core Area D requirements.

Area E: Social Sciences - 12 semester hours

Core Area E (Social Sciences) Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to articulate factual and conceptual knowledge concerning societal dynamics.
POLS 1101 - American Government3 hours
HIST 1111 - World Civilization I or HIST 1112 - World Civilization II3 hours
HIST 2111 - US History I or HIST 2112 - US History II3 hours

Select one course from the following: 3 hours

  • ANTH 1102 - Intro to Anthropology
  • ECON 2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HIST 1111 - World Civilization or
  • HIST 1112 - World Civilization II (additional World History course)
  • PSYC 1101* - Intro to Psychology
  • SOCI 1101 - Intro to Sociology

suggested for students pursuing certification in teaching fields.

Additional General Education Outcomes
In addition to the learning outcomes for individual Core areas, the institution specifies outcomes that are reached through courses in more than one Core area. For instance, a student may achieve the US perspectives outcome by taking an American literature course in Area C and a US Government course in Area E.

US Perspectives

  • Students will be able to articulate factual and conceptual knowledge concerning historical and societal dynamics within the United States.

Global Perspectives

  • Students will be able to articulate factual and conceptual knowledge concerning world-wide societal dynamics.

Critical Thinking

  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the main issues that relate to problems or texts, and then apply an organized, coherent and accurate response.

Area F: Courses Related to Major - 18 semester hours

Areas A-F of the Core Curriculum require a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.

DOUBLE MAJORS

A GSW student who wishes to meet the requirements for more than one major within the same baccalaureate degree classification (B.A, B.S., B.B.A, B.S.Ed) is pursuing a double major. Requirements for completion of a double major follow.

  1. All degree requirements must be met for both majors.
  2. Once major course requirements, exclusive of elective and minor requirements, have been met for the first major, a minimum of twenty-one semester credit hours must be completed for the second major.
  3. The twenty-one hours (minimum) of credit for the second major may be taken in lieu of minor and elective requirements for the first major.
  4. A minimum of fifteen of the additional hours for the second major must be at the 3000-4000 level within the degree program.

Approval to complete a double major must be granted by the appropriate department chair or academic dean and be on file in the Registrar's Office no later than the date of application for graduation.

SECOND BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

For Students Who Have Earned a Previous Baccalaureate Degree from GSW 
A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree from Georgia Southwestern State University may earn a second baccalaureate degree at Georgia Southwestern State University of the same or different designation (B.S., B.A., B.B.A., B.S.Ed., B.F.A., B.S.N.) conferred on the same or later date by meeting the following requirements:

  1. All major degree requirements in the second degree must be met, including Core Area F. Courses completed for the first baccalaureate degree can be combined with courses completed after admission for the second degree to meet requirements for the second degree.
  2. A minimum of thirty semester credit hours in addition to those required for the first baccalaureate degree must be earned at Georgia Southwestern State University.
  3. A minimum of twenty-one semester credit hours of the above thirty hours must be 3000-4000 level courses in the major for the second degree.
  4. If the second degree includes a minor, courses taken for the major of the first degree can be used to meet this requirement.
  5.  Additional requirements may be established for Core Areas A and D.

For Students Who Have Earned a Baccalaureate Degree from a University System of Georgia Institution
A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree from a University System of Georgia institution may earn a second baccalaureate degree at Georgia Southwestern State University of the same or different designation (B.S., B.A., B.B.A., B.S.Ed., B.F.A., B.S.N.) by meeting the following requirements:

  1. All major degree requirements in the second degree must be met, including Core Area F. Courses completed for the first baccalaureate degree can be combined with courses completed after admission for the second degree to meet requirements for the second degree.
  2. A minimum of thirty semester credit hours in addition to those required for the first baccalaureate degree must be earned at Georgia Southwestern State University.
  3. A minimum of twenty-one semester credit hours of the above thirty hours must be 3000-4000 level courses in the major for the second degree.
  4. If the second degree includes a minor, courses taken for the major of the first degree can be used to meet this requirement.
  5. Additional requirements may be established for Core Areas A and D.

For Students Who Have Earned a Baccalaureate Degree at a Non-System Institution, Including International Students
A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree from a Non-System  institution may earn a second baccalaureate degree at Georgia Southwestern State University of the same or different designation (B.S., B.A., B.B.A., B.S.Ed., B.F.A., etc.) conferred on the same or later date by meeting the following requirements:

  1. All major degree requirements in the second degree must be met, including Core Area F. Courses completed for the first baccalaureate degree can be combined with courses completed after admission for the second degree to meet degree requirements for the second degree.
  2. A minimum of thirty semester credit hours in addition to those required for the first baccalaureate degree must be earned at Georgia Southwestern State University.
  3. A minimum of twenty-one semester credit hours of the above thirty hours must be 3000-4000 level courses in the major for the second degree.
  4. If the second degree includes a minor, the major from the first degree earned will be used in lieu of the minor.
  5. International students must present a professional evaluation of credits earned for the first degree and confirmation of the awarding of the baccalaureate degree.
  6. The Georgia Legislative History and Constitution requirements must be met.
  7. Additional requirements may be established.

MILITARY CREDIT

As an institutional member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOCC), Georgia Southwestern State University provides service members with an option to petition for credit for military education/training when deemed applicable to a degree program. Credit for prior military experience and training is determined on an individual basis, following the guidelines published by the American Council on Education for the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students should submit official documentation of military education/training (AARTS, SMART, or Community College of the Air Force transcript) to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation of degree-related training. Students should see the Office of the Registrar for additional information.