Summary of Degrees/Requirements

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Summary of Degrees

Jacksonville State University is a multipurpose institution, located in northeast Alabama, offering the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (B.S.R.T.)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

The University also offers basic engineering and pre-professional training for medicine, law, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy.

In addition to its undergraduate program, the university offers graduate study in the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
  • Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
  • Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)

Detailed information concerning these degrees may be found in the Graduate Catalog published separately.

General Studies Requirements

Jacksonville State University offers seven undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. Students may be awarded multiple majors within the same degree. Students seeking to earn additional bachelor’s degrees must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours in residence over and above the previously earned bachelor’s degree and must meet all academic requirements for the degree sought as stipulated in the undergraduate catalog at the time of enrollment in the additional degree program.  Hours earned in the major or minor from the first degree can not be used in the requirements of the second degree. The student must submit an updated application form to the appropriate dean’s office for approval in advance. Students may not be awarded multiple degrees in the same graduation exercise. The following summary of general studies requirements must be included in all undergraduate degrees. These represent minimum requirements. Specific degree programs and majors may have additional requirements.

General Studies Curriculum (60-64 Semester Hours)

Course Title Credits
Area I-Written Composition 6
English Composition I
Honors English Composition I
English Composition II
Honors English Composition II
Area II-Humanities and Fine Arts12
Major departments specify which courses are required. As part of the general studies curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence in either literature or history. Introductory foreign language courses may also be used as humanities electives.
Three hours of fine arts must be selected from ART 111, ART 112, ART 202, DR 242, FLM 230 or MU 233.
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the Theatre
Oral Communication
American Literature I
American Literature II
Survey of English Literature I
Survey of English Literature II
Honors Literature I
Honors Literature II
World Literature I
World Literature II
Beginner's French I
Beginner's French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Music
Beginner's Spanish I
Beginner's Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Area III-Natural Sciences and Mathematics 11
Major departments specify which courses are required. Students must complete at least three semester hours in mathematics as required by major and at least eight semester hours in the natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences.
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Lab I
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Lab II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Concepts of General Chemistry I
Concepts of General Chemistry II
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Physical Geography I: Atmospheric Patterns and Processes
and Physical Geography Lab I
Physical Geography II: Landscape Patterns and Processes
and Physical Geography Lab II
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus and Its Applications
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory Techniques I
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory Techniques II
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Elementary Physics Laboratory Techniques I
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Elementary Laboratory Techniques II
Area IV-History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences12
Major departments specify which courses are required. As part of the general studies curriculum, students must complete a six-hour sequence either in literature or history.
Introduction to Anthropology
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
Human Geography
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
World History I
World History II
American History I
American History II
Introduction to American Government
Principles of Psychology
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Area V-Pre-Professional, Major and Elective Courses19-23
Major departments specify required courses and/or electives.
MAJOR/MINOR REQUIREMENTS/ELECTIVES: 60-64
Total Minimum120-132

Students are encouraged to incorporate internships and practical field experiences in their degree plans. These field experiences may or may not be credit-bearing, but are considered integral to the learning process. Students should consult their academic advisors for prior approval and guidance.

Bachelor of Arts

Majors for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees may be selected from any field in which majors are offered, with the exceptions of:

  • accounting
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • computer information systems
  • criminal justice
  • education
  • emergency management
  • family and consumer sciences
  • finance
  • forensic investigation
  • geography
  • management
  • marketing
  • mathematics
  • social work
  • physical education
  • psychology
  • teaching fields

Minors may be selected from any fields in which minors are offered. Students may only select a second (double) major from subjects permitted in this degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) are listed under the Department of Art.

Bachelor of Science

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree are the same as those for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with the following exceptions:

  1. Where the degree is chemistry and the minor is biology or mathematics, a foreign language is highly recommended. However, the taking of a foreign language is encouraged in all programs.
  2. Majors for the B.S. degree may be selected from the following fields:
  • accounting
  • applied electronics engineering
  • applied manufacturing engineering
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • computer information systems
  • computer science
  • criminal justice
  • economics
  • emergency management
  • exercise science and wellness
  • family and consumer sciences
  • finance
  • forensic investigation
  • geography
  • industrial leadership
  • management
  • mathematics
  • marketing
  • occupational safety and health management
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • sports management and recreation studies

Students may only select a second (double) major from subjects permitted in this degree.

Bachelor of Social Work

The requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree are listed under the Department of Sociology and Social Work. Specific general studies requirements and social work requirements are detailed. Double majors are not allowed in the B.S.W. degree.

Bachelor of Science in Education

The requirements for various degrees in education vary considerably. See the section entitled School of Education for the requirements of degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, family and consumer science education, secondary education, and collaborative/special education. Information regarding teaching fields may be found under the respective department or school.  The requirements for a degree in physical education may be found in the School of Health Professions and Wellness.  The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education may be found in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) are listed in the section entitled Department of Nursing and Respiratory Therapy. Programs of study are listed for both general students and licensed registered nurses seeking degree completion.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (B.S.R.T.) are listed in the section entitled Department of Nursing and Respiratory Therapy. Programs of study are listed for both general students and practicing respiratory therapists seeking degree completion.

Pre-Engineering

Students entering pre-engineering will consult their engineering advisor and the program outlined under the Department of Applied Engineering.

Pre-Health Professions

Jacksonville State University provides the necessary academic experience for students who plan to seek admission to a health professional school in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, etc. In most instances, students are expected to have completed a four-year program of study leading to a baccalaureate degree. While a specific major is not required for the health professions, most students who successfully matriculate in a health professional school, including medical school, have elected a major in biology or chemistry.

Admission to a health professional school will require successful performance on the appropriate entrance examination (the MCAT, DAT, VAT, OAT, etc.), a GPA of 3.2 or higher that has been achieved through a rigorous program of study, and a successful personal interview. These achievements are usually preceded by a serious dedication to academic studies and a high degree of competitiveness achieved through activities that demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, such as undergraduate research.

Students must be well prepared prior to seeking admission; in general, this means a basic working knowledge of biology (17 semester hours or more), chemistry (16 semester hours or more), and often physics (eight semester hours or more). Advanced course work in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended. Admission requirements to specific schools and programs vary; therefore, students considering health profession careers must seek advice from one of the pre-health professional advisors very early in the course of study. Students should plan individual academic programs carefully, taking the specific courses required for admission to the health professional schools and programs to which they plan to apply. To ensure a successful and positive academic experience, students should work closely with the pre-health professional advisors. 

Pre-Law Information

There is no single prescribed course of study which pre-law students must follow in order to gain admission to law school. Law schools prefer applicants from a variety of backgrounds, so there is no designated pre-law major, minor, or concentration.  However, we do suggest courses which allow students the opportunity to develop their verbal and writing skills and which foster critical and analytical thinking.  Students should take challenging courses in various disciplines in order to better prepare for law school.     

In addition to having an undergraduate degree, pre-law students are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prior to entering an ABA accredited law school. This should be done late in the student’s junior year or early in the student’s senior year. Information regarding the law school admission process may be obtained from the Law School Admission Council at www.LSAC.org. Additional information regarding pre-law may be obtained from the Senior Director of Undergraduate Studies and Special Programs, located in 107 Martin Hall.  A detailed web page is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Special Programs that includes information related to frequently asked questions, available resources, suggested time line for preparing for and applying to law school, and employment options.  The Office of Undergraduate Studies and Special Programs also administers a free, practice LSAT at least twice a semester for students from all majors. Visit the web page at http://www.jsu.edu/prelaw for the most current information related to the law school application and admission process or call (256) 782-8335.