Academic Programs
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In this chapter...
Degrees  Honors Program
Definitions of Area, Major and Minor Associate Degree Programs
General Degree Requirements Pre-Professional Curricula
MSU Academic Progress (MAP) Reports Teacher Certification
Graduation Requirements Other Academic Programs
University Studies Program
   University Studies Electives

 
Degrees
Murray State University confers the following degrees:

• Associate: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and Associate of Science in Vocational-Technical Education (A.S.V.T.E.);

• Baccalaureate: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Arts in Business (B.A.B.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Independent Studies (B.I.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.), Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.), Bachelor of Science in Vocational-Technical Education (B.S.V.T.E.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), and Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.);

• Master: Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Music Education (M.M.E.), Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.);

• Specialist: Specialist in Education (Ed.S.).

Definitions of Area, Major and Minor
The University approved academic programs of study listed in the collegiate chapters in this bulletin are the only ones that may be declared by students eligible to follow this catalog. The minimum number of hours indicated below must be unduplicated for each.

Courses may not be shared between a minor and a major or a minor and an area or multiple minors or multiple majors and areas to meet the minimum requirements for each.

• Area. An area is an approved program of study that requires no fewer than 48 hours of credit in addition to University Studies courses, and can be completed in lieu of a major-minor combination.

• Major. A major is an approved program of study that requires no fewer than 30 semester hours of credit in addition to University Studies courses and must be accompanied by a unique minor or second major.

• Minor. A minor is an approved program of study of no fewer than 21 semester hours of designated work that must be completed in conjunction with at least a major to apply toward a degree.

General Degree Requirements
Degree Credit. The following do not count toward the credit hours required for graduation but are included in calculating GPAs. Other courses may be added in the future. ENG 095, ENG 
100, ENG 109, ENG 110, GUI 096, GUI 097, INT 110, MAT 095, MAT 100, MAT 105, MAT 118, REA 095, REA 100; courses in which a student earned a grade of E, I, X, or WE; BIS courses, if the student does not complete a BIS degree; and multiple enrollments in a course that exceed the number of permissible attempts specified in the course description of a course that may be taken more than once for credit. Note: Prior to a degree being conferred, if a student repeats a course for the purpose of improving a grade, the following rules apply: 1) the grade in the first attempt is removed from the record and does not count in the GPA; 2) any one subsequent attempt may apply toward graduation requirements if the grade received meets the graduation requirements for that course and the student's program; 3) although no other attempts apply toward graduation requirements, they are used in calculating a student's GPA. The GPA that is calculated at the time a degree is conferred and recorded will not be changed by subsequent coursework, including repeated courses. Grades of I or X must be changed within two weeks of grade time for students seeking graduation or else graduation will be delayed until the next semester. Student choosing to graduate with incomplete grades will not be able to change them after the degree is conferred. The following do not count toward the credit hours required for graduation, and are not included in GPA calculations: audited courses; courses with a grade of R, W, or WP; courses approved for Academic Second Chance; and courses taken at another institution that are determined to be nontransferable.

Residence Credit for Graduation. Undergraduate residence credit is any academic credit awarded by Murray State University and placed on students' transcripts after they enroll with Murray State University. Nonresidence credit is any academic credit which Murray State accepts as transfer credit from another college or university, including credit through the National Student Exchange and the International Student Exchange programs. (See section on Transfer Credit.)

Associate Degree. A candidate for an associate degree must complete a prescribed, planned specialty program with 18 semester hours chosen from the University Studies component. The minimum amount of credit required for an associate degree is 64 semester hours with an overall grade point average of 2.00. A minimum of 24 semester hours must be earned in residence at Murray State. Ten of the last 16 hours must be earned in residence at Murray State. The associate degree candidate must have a scholastic standing of at least 2.00: (1) in credits presented for graduation whether earned at Murray State or elsewhere; (2) in all credits completed at Murray State; (3) in the courses completed for the planned specialty program; and (4) in the courses completed at Murray State for the planned specialty program.

Second Associate Degree. A student who has earned or is seeking an associate degree from Murray State may earn a second degree in a different planned specialty program upon meeting course requirements for that degree and upon completing at least 24 additional hours in residence at Murray State, over and above requirements for the first degree. The student may be required to complete additional University Studies courses if they are specifically required for the intended second degree. Nine hours must be completed toward a new planned specialty program and a 2.00 grade point average must be earned for all course work presented for the degree. 

All students seeking a second degree must apply for admission/re-admission to Murray State University and must get a specific program plan pre-approved by the department chair and dean of their new area or major and by the Registrar's Office. Failure to seek approval in advance from these three parties will likely result in a second degree not being awarded as not all areas and majors will be possible for those seeking the second degree. 

Graduation honors are not posted for associate degrees.

Baccalaureate Degree. A candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 120 degree credit semester hours. A minimum of 32 hours must be earned in residence at Murray State and at least 20 of the last 32 semester hours required for graduation must be earned in residence at Murray State. 

At least 42 semester hours of the 120 hours required for a baccalaureate degree must be earned in courses at the 300 level or above. Course credit level for transfer work is based on the course level at the sending institution. No more than six hours in cooperative education courses will apply toward minimum graduation requirements (some departments have further restrictions). Other courses with limits on their application toward graduation are so designated in their course descriptions.

A student completing a degree in a field that is a non-AACSB accredited business program may not take more than 25 percent of the total hours required for that degree in any combination of the following business prefixes: ACC, BPA, CIS, FIN, MGT, MKT, OSY, RES, or LST 240 and LST 540.

All students seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete the University Studies requirements as outlined later in this chapter. Transfer students should refer to the transfer section in Chapter 2 of this Bulletin for important information on University Studies courses. Also, each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete either a major of at least 30 semester hours plus a minor of at least 21 semester hours, or an area of at least 48 semester hours. Courses of an appropriate nature may apply toward University Studies requirements and either a major or a minor without additional courses being required in that major or minor. A minimum of nine hours in the major and six hours in the minor, or 15 hours in the area, must be in upper-level courses completed in residence at Murray State. 

The baccalaureate degree candidate must have a scholastic standing of at least 2.00: (1) in all credits presented for graduation whether earned at Murray State or elsewhere; (2) in all credits completed at Murray State; (3) in the courses for each major, minor or area; and (4) in the courses taken at Murray State for each major, minor or area.

Professional Degree Transfers. A student who completes three years (90 semester hours) of appropriate pre-professional courses at Murray State and then enters an accredited professional school to pursue an advanced degree in dentistry, engineering, medicine, optometry, theology or veterinary science may apply the courses from the first year of professional school (up to 32 semester hours) toward a Murray State baccalaureate degree. All MSU University Studies, departmental and other graduation requirements must be met.

Second Baccalaureate Degree. Students who have earned or are seeking a baccalaureate degree may earn a second baccalaureate degree in a different major or area. The student must 
complete a minimum of 32 semester hours in residence at Murray State University, exclusive of hours taken toward requirements of the first degree, including any specific departmental requirements, prerequisites, and co-requirements. A student completing a new major toward a second degree is not required to complete a new minor. Fifteen semester hours of upper-level courses must be earned in completion of the new area or major. The student may be required to complete additional University Studies courses if they are specifically required for the intended second major or area. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 or above must be earned for all coursework presented in the new program. (Some areas or majors may require a higher GPA for graduation.) Cumulative GPAs are not posted to the transcript of a student completing a second baccalaureate degree or any other work subsequent to the first degree. 

All students seeking a second degree must be appropriately admitted/readmitted to Murray State University and must get a specific program plan pre-approved by the department chair and dean of their new area or major and by the Registrar's Office. Failure to seek approval in advance from these three parties will likely result in a second degree not being awarded as not all areas and majors will be possible for those seeking the second degree. 

Second Degree Honors. Students seeking an honors designation for their second degree must additionally follow the honors requirements for a first degree, including the completion of a total of 45 new hours, 32 of which must be upper-level. Be sure to see the "Academic Honors for Graduation" listing for complete information. Since a second degree is not possible without the first degree, all undergraduate hours completed (including transfers) will be included in the GPA calculations for the second degree honors notation.

Master's and Ed.S. Degrees. Consult Murray State's Graduate Bulletin.

MSU Academic Progress (MAP) Report
The MSU Academic Progress (MAP) report is available to undergraduate students seeking associate or first baccalaureate degrees to clarify the steps and courses needed to achieve a degree. This report incorporates the requirements found in this Bulletin, and presents updated information as courses and requirements change after the Bulletin is published.

The MAP reports are prepared for individual students and use file information and transcript courses to monitor a student's progress toward any specific degree program. MAP reports are distributed each semester prior to pre-scheduling to provide students with a current statement of remaining requirements for graduation. They are powerful advising tools which are also available on request as students wish to explore the requirements needed should they change degree objectives or add or delete areas, majors, minors, or teacher education or other curricula.

MAP reports should be used in conjunction with information from the student's advisor and the Undergraduate Bulletin to ensure that all graduation requirements are being met. It is the student's responsibility to verify that all requirements have been completed.

Graduation Requirements
A student must apply for graduation and be recommended for the degree to the Board of Regents of Murray State University before any degree is conferred. Graduation requirements for a student are defined by one specific catalog. A student is assigned to the latest catalog in effect at the time they apply for admission but may choose to move to a more current catalog or be required to move to a more current catalog if they switch majors. Each catalog expires in August of the seventh year from the year of publication. No student will be graduated under the requirements of a catalog that has expired. This Bulletin expires in August 2012.

Degrees are awarded in December, May and at the end of the summer term. Students must apply to graduate. Students planning to graduate in December must apply in April; May graduates must apply in November; and summer graduates must apply in March. (See the University Calendar in the Schedule of Classes for specific dates.) Formal commencement exercises are held at the end of the spring and fall semesters. August graduates may participate in the graduation ceremony in May or December of the same year. The names of the August graduates will appear only in the December program. Necessary academic attire may be purchased at the University Store.

All candidates for undergraduate degrees are expected to make formal application and pay a $20 degree fee by the deadline specified for each term in the University Calendar. The student is expected to complete a graduation packet which is to be checked and signed by the student's advisor(s), and submitted to the Registrar's Office by the deadline posted. A notice of graduation status is furnished to the student and advisor by the Registrar's Office after each packet is checked. If a student applies for a degree but does not complete the requirements by the term indicated, the applicant must contact the assistant registrar to change the expected completion date. A $5 degree reinstatement fee will be assessed. Once a degree is conferred the GPA of record will not be altered by any grade changes or subsequent coursework, including repeated courses.

Diplomas: Diplomas will be mailed to graduates after degree requirements have been checked and verified. A student must have satisfied all debts to the university or the diploma will be withheld until the student's account is cleared. Diplomas are 11x14 inches and contain the name of the graduate (no nicknames), the degree received, and honors if applicable. Details about areas, majors, and minors appear on the transcript only.

Academic Honors for Graduation: Baccalaureate degree candidates are considered for graduation honors if they have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours at Murray State University, 32 hours of which must be in upper-level courses, and also must have earned the required GPA indicated below as calculated (1) on Murray State course work alone, (2) on all transfer work, and (3) overall. Summa cum laude - minimum of 3.80. Magna cum laude - 3.60 - 3.79. Cum laude - 3.30 - 3.59.

Students graduating in August or at the end of the fall semester will have their honor status published and announced at December Commencement. These students may purchase at the University Store an honors cord to wear at the ceremony. Academic honors for graduation will be recorded on the student's record at the time the degree is posted.

Honors Day: Each year an Honors Day program is held to recognize scholastic excellence and achievement by students in various colleges, departments, and organizations. Numerous awards are presented to students making significant contributions to Murray State University.

Departmental Requirements
Individual departments, with the appropriate university approval, may set admission or graduation standards which are higher (but not lower) than the minimum university-wide standards. It shall be the responsibility of the department to inform students of these more stringent requirements, to publish them in the Bulletin, and to monitor their completion.

Mandatory Developmental Courses
All Kentucky state-supported colleges and universities are required by the Council on Postsecondary Education to enroll freshmen in a subject-specific developmental course when the student's ACT score in English or mathematics or reading is 17 or below. At this time, we are permitted to pull scores from multiple ACT testings. 

MSU meets this mandate with the following courses:

ENGLISH - Students under Admitted with Restrictions status must enroll in ENG 095; all other MSU students with an English ACT score below 18 must enroll in ENG 100.

MATH - All students with a mathematics score below 18 must enroll in MAT 100; MAT 105 is still strongly recommended for students with a mathematics score of 18 or 19.

READING - Students under Admitted with Restrictions status must enroll in REA 095; students with a reading ACT score below 18 must enroll in REA 100 and REA 120. 

NOTE: Credit earned in ENG 095, ENG 100, MAT 100, MAT 105, REA 095, or REA 100 does not apply toward the hours required for graduation but letter grades received in the appropriate classes will count in a student's grade point average.

Composition Registration
All students who enter Murray State University must enroll in the appropriate composition course and remain enrolled continuously until the composition sequence or the equivalent is complete. Students are placed in composition courses on the basis of credits earned or the English subscore of the ACT examination. Students with an ACT English score below 18 are required to take ENG 100, Basic Writing. Students with an ACT English score of 30 or above may enroll in ENG 104, Honors Composition and Research, a three-credit course which may replace ENG 101 and 102. After enrolling, a student who has an ACT English standard score of 27 or above may contact the Counseling and Testing Center to schedule a time to write an essay that will be assessed by the Department of English for possible ENG 101 credit. Composition credit may also be earned through the Advanced Placement Program. A score of 3 on the APP will give the student credit for ENG 101; a score of 4 on the APP will give the student credit for ENG 101 and allow the student to enroll in ENG 104. A score of 5 will give the student credit for both ENG 101 and 102. A student who submits a CLEP English general exam score of at least 42 or an English subject exam score of at least 50 may be considered for composition credit by writing an essay for evaluation by the Department of English. Based on the essay and the CLEP general exam results, the student may receive no credit, or ENG 101 credit. Based on the CLEP subject exam and the essay, the student may receive no credit, or ENG 101 credit. A student who has an eleventh-grade or twelfth-grade writing portfolio with a KIRIS performance level of "Distinguished" or "Proficient" may write an essay to be assessed for possible credit in ENG 101 and eligibility to enroll in ENG 104. All other students will enroll in ENG 101 until they have earned credit and immediately thereafter enroll in ENG 102 until they have earned credit. A $15 fee is accessed to students receiving ENG 101 credit based on ACT or KIRIS scoring.

University Studies Program
In keeping with a long tradition for universities and colleges, Murray State University asks students to share a common learning experience designed to ensure that they develop basic skills and become broadly educated in their own culture and traditions as well as the culture and traditions of others with whom they will interact during their lives. This attention to common knowledge and skills and this breadth of study are what distinguish a university education from other forms of postsecondary education. A common learning experience, here consisting of selected, required courses, as well as the other selected elective courses which compose University Studies, are designed to help students prepare for their whole lives — their civic duties, their leisure time, and their working hours. The need for a deliberate, selective University Studies program has been reinforced in our own time by the volatility and unpredictability of the modern marketplace, one in which many college graduates will find themselves making a number of job or career changes during the course of their working lives. Such unpredictability has made it more important that educated men and women acquire skills and knowledge useful beyond the borders of a particular job or even profession. University Studies courses begin, but do not complete, the process of helping students develop competencies in communication and critical thinking skills as well as providing the knowledge base necessary for success in a rapidly-changing world. By helping students begin to develop the "Characteristics of the Murray State University Graduate", University Studies will help them become thoughtful, educated persons and professionals able to adjust to the social, political, economic and technological changes facing all of us in the 21st century.

Murray State University's University Studies curriculum is, therefore, an integral part of the total baccalaureate experience, crucial to ensuring that Murray State graduates are able to demonstrate the qualities described in the "Characteristics" statement. All University Studies courses are designed to guarantee that Murray State graduates have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of themselves and of the world while developing specific expertise in their chosen major field of study. All courses in the curriculum are also designed to challenge students to think and learn actively.

University Studies required courses offer students a common experience that is coherent and comprehensive, one which stresses the development of important personal and interpersonal learning skills of writing, speaking, critical reading and thinking, and logical argumentation. These courses also help students acquire the historical, cultural and ethical knowledge and awareness necessary to be an educated person and an informed citizen able to be a lifelong learner. In these required courses, students are presented with information and learning techniques which they can develop, expand and practice, regardless of their major or profession, throughout college and their lives. Indeed, the statement of the "Characteristics of the Murray State University Graduate" has served as a guiding principle in the design of the University Studies core.

Elective courses in University Studies are also designed to promote the development of the specific learning skills (clear, cogent written and oral communication, development of the ability to analyze and evaluate problems logically) referred to in the "Characteristics" statement. In addition, elective courses introduce students to fundamental concepts in various disciplines (ways of knowing) in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Elective courses in the University Studies curriculum are also designed, not as introductions to majors, but to meet both of these broader goals.

Students seeking teaching certification are required to complete specific University Studies courses. For detailed information concerning University Studies courses for teacher certification, see Chapter 6, College of Education.

Transfer students should refer to the section on transfer of credits in Chapter 2 for important additional University Studies information as they may not be required to complete all of the courses specified below.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

University Studies Requirements 46-49 hrs

All Bachelor of Arts degree candidates should follow the course of University Studies instruction indicated below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 6 hrs
ENG 101 
ENG 102 
[or honors course ENG 104 3]1

•Science and Mathematics: 7-10 hrs
One University Studies science course with lab 4-5
One University Studies mathematics course 3-5

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 12 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
HUM 212 [or honors course HON 252] 
Two University Studies elective courses, Humanities or Fine Arts categories

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
One University Studies social science course 

•Foreign Language: 12 hrs
The 12 hours must be in one language (excluding 105). If the language is one taught at MSU, college credit may be granted for previously acquired knowledge of the language by one of the following three options: 1) Credit will be based on the results of the placement exam administered by the Department of Modern Languages, and earning the grade of A or B in the initial language course taken at MSU; 2) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the CLEP exam administered by the Counseling and Testing Center; 3) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the Advanced Placement Examination in language and literature.


Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.S.A., B.S.N., B.S.V.T.E.)

University Studies Requirements 43-48 hrs

All Bachelor of Science degree candidates should follow the course of University Studies instruction indicated below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 9 hrs
ENG 101 
ENG 102 
[or honors course ENG 104 3]1

and

One University Studies electives course, Communication/Basic Skills or Mathematics categories

•Science and Mathematics: 10-15 hrs

One University Studies science course with lab 4-5
One University Studies mathematics course 3-5
One University Studies science or mathematics course 3-5

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
One University Studies elective course, Humanities or Fine Arts categories

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
One University Studies social science course 

•University Studies Electives: 9 hrs
Choose from the list of University Studies electives. (No more than two courses from any one University Studies category and no more than one course from the Enrichment Electives category.)

Requirements for Other Degrees


Bachelor of Arts in Business (B.A.B.)

University Studies Requirements 64-65 hrs

All Bachelor of Arts in Business degree candidates pursuing an AREA program and all candidates for bachelor's degrees with a MAJOR in business administration should follow the course of University Studies instruction indicated below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 6 hrs
ENG 101 (with a C or better) 
ENG 102 (with a C or better) 
[or honors course ENG 104 (with a C or better)]1

•Science and Mathematics: 8-9 hrs
One University Studies science course with lab 4-5
MAT 140 

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
Two University Studies elective courses, Humanities or Fine Arts categories

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
ECO 230 

Foreign Language: 12 hrs
The 12 hours must be in one language (excluding 105). If the language is one taught at MSU, college credit may be granted for previously acquired knowledge of the language by one of the following three options: 1) Credit will be based on the results of the placement exam administered by the Department of Modern Languages, and earning the grade of A or B in the initial language course taken at MSU; 2) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the CLEP exam administered by the Counseling and Testing Center; 3) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the Advanced Placement Examination in language and literature.

•University Studies Electives: 6 hrs
CSC 199 
ECO 231 

Additional Requirements: 14 hrs
CIS 243 Business Statistics I 
CIS 343 Business Statistics II 
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 
  [or honors course HON 165]
ECO 310 Issues in the Global Economy 
FOR 099 Freshman Orientation 
MAT 220 Business Calculus 


Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.)

University Studies Requirements 58-59 hrs

All Bachelor of Science in Business degree candidates pursuing an AREA program and all candidates for bachelor's degrees with a MAJOR in business administration should follow the course of University Studies instruction indicated below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 9 hrs
ENG 101 (with a C or better) 
ENG 102 (with a C or better) 
[or honors course ENG 104 (with a C or better)]1
COM 161 [or honors course HON 165] 

•Science and Mathematics: 11-12 hrs
One University Studies science course with lab 4-5
MAT 140 
MAT 220 

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
One University Studies elective course, Humanities or Fine Arts categories

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
ECO 230 

•University Studies Electives: 6 hrs
CSC 199 
ECO 231 

Additional Requirements: 17 hrs
CIS 243 Business Statistics I 
CIS 343 Business Statistics II 
ECO 310 Issues in the Global Economy 
FOR 099 Freshman Orientation 
Non-business electives 


Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

University Studies Requirements 43-46 hrs

All Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates should follow the distribution requirements outlined below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 9 hrs
ENG 101 
ENG 102
[or honors course ENG 104]1
Communication and Basic Skills elective 

•Science and Mathematics: 7-10 hrs
One University Studies science course with lab 4-5
One University Studies mathematics course 3-5

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
HUM 212 [or honors course HON 252]
ART 211 

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
One University Studies social science course 

•University Studies Electives: 9 hrs
ART 212 
Two University Studies elective courses 
(no more than one course from the Enrichment Electives category and no more than one course from the Fine Arts category).


Bachelor of Music (B.M.) - Performance Option

University Studies Requirements 30-32 hrs

All Bachelor of Music Education degree candidates should follow the distribution requirements outlined below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 12-14 hrs
ENG 101 
ENG 102 
  [or honors course ENG 104]
COM 181 
One mathematics course from list of University Studies electives 3-5

•Social Sciences: 6 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 

•Foreign Language: 12 hrs
The 12 hours must be in one language (excluding 105). If the language is one taught at MSU, college credit may be granted for previously acquired knowledge of the language by one of the following three options: 1) Credit will be based on the results of the placement exam administered by the Department of Modern Languages, and earning the grade of A or B in the initial language course taken at MSU; 2) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the CLEP exam administered by the Counseling and Testing Center; 3) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the Advanced Placement Examination in language and literature.


Bachelor of Music (B.M.) - Certification Option

University Studies Requirements 37 hrs

All Bachelor of Music degree candidates should follow the distribution requirements outlined below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 12 hrs
ENG 101 (with a B or better) 
ENG 102 (with a B or better) 
  [or honors course ENG 104]1
COM 161 (with a C or better) 
CSC 199 (with a C or better) 

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
HUM 212 [or honors course HON 252] 

•Science and Mathematics: 7 hrs
One University Studies science course with lab 4
One University Studies mathematics course 3
   (with a C or better)

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
EDP 260 

•University Studies Elective: 3 hrs


Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

University Studies Requirements 49-55 hrs

All Bachelor of Social Work degree candidates should follow the course of University Studies instruction indicated below. The list of University Studies elective courses is provided later in this chapter. Students pursuing the B.S.W. degree have the option of taking a Foreign Language as part of their University Studies electives. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

•Communication and Basic Skills: 6-9 hrs
ENG 101 
ENG 102 
  [or honors course ENG 104 3]1
One course from the list of University Studies electives. A communication/basic skills course is required if the
student is not taking the Foreign Language option.

•Science and Mathematics: 10-15 hrs
BIO 101 
One University Studies mathematics course 
One University Studies science or mathematics course 
  (if the student is not taking the Foreign Language option)

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 9-12 hrs
HUM 211 [or honors course HON 251] 
HUM 212 [or honors course HON 252] 
One University Studies elective course, Humanities or Fine Arts categories 
  (if the student is not taking the Foreign Language option)

If the student is taking the Foreign Language option (12 hours in one language), he/she must take:
Two University Studies elective courses, Humanities or Fine Arts categories

•Social Sciences: 9 hrs
CIV 101 [or honors course HON 151] 
CIV 102 [or honors course HON 152] 
ECO 140 

All of the following are required, but only two of these may count toward University Studies Electives.
POL 140 
PSY 180 
SOC 133 

•Foreign Language: (optional) 12 hrs
The 12 hours must be in one language (excluding 105). If the language is one taught at MSU, college credit may be granted for previously acquired knowledge of the language by one of the following three options: 1) Credit will be based on the results of the placement exam administered by the Department of Modern Languages, and earning the grade of A or B in the initial language course taken at MSU; 2) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the CLEP exam administered by the Counseling and Testing Center; 3) Credit may be awarded based upon the student's score on the Advanced Placement Examination in language and literature.

•University Studies Electives: 3-9 hrs
Choose from the list of University Studies electives. (No more than two courses from any one category, and no more than one course from the Enrichment Electives category.) If the student is taking the Foreign Language option, he/she takes 3 hours of University Studies electives; if the student is not taking the Foreign Language option, he/she take 9 hours of University Studies electives.

NOTE:
1ENG 104 completes the university composition requirement but three credit hours must also be earned by (1) examination or placement credit for ENG 101 or by (2) completing any other elective University Studies course. An enrolled student with a minimum enhanced English ACT score of 27 will be considered for ENG 101 credit if they write an essay to be assessed by the Department of English and apply for the credit through the departmental challenge procedure explained elsewhere in this Bulletin.

University Studies Electives
The courses listed below are approved as electives for the University Studies curriculum. This list may be revised as the University Studies Committee considers proposals for courses to be included in the curriculum.

Courses marked with t have been added since the publication of the 2003-2005 Undergraduate Bulletin and may apply only to the University Studies requirements for students who are following programs and graduation requirements in the 2005-2007 bulletin.
*Only students admitted to the Honors Program may enroll in HON courses.

Check course descriptions for specific limitations or prerequisites.
 
Communication and Basic Skills Category 
Hrs
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking
3
COM 181 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 
3
CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology 
3
ENG 224 Writing in the Professions 
3
FRE 101, 102, 201, 202 (French) 
3
FRE 110 Basic Conversational French 
3
FRE 203 French for the Working World 
3
FRE 210 Intermediate French Conversation 
3
GCM 253 Electronic Imaging
3
GER 101, 102, 201, 202 (German) 
3
GER 110 Basic Conversational German 
3
GER 203 German for the Working World 
3
GER 210 Intermediate Conversational German 
3
JPN 101, 102, 201, 202 (Japanese) 
3
JPN 110 Basic Conversational Japanese 
3
JPN 210 Intermediate Conversational Japanese 
3
MAT 117 Mathematical Concepts
3
MAT 130 Technical Math I
5
MAT 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 
4
MAT 140 College Algebra
4
MAT 145 Trigonometry
4
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry 
5
MAT 220 Business Calculus
3
MAT 230 Technical Math II
5
MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 
5
PHI 103 Critical Thinking 
3
SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 (Spanish) 
3
SPA 110 Basic Conversational Spanish 
3
SPA 203 Spanish for the Working World 
3
SPA 210 Intermediate Spanish Conversation 
3
Fine Arts Category
Hrs
ART 105 Studio Art for Non-Majors 
3
ART 121 Art Appreciation 
3
ART 211 Introduction to the History of Art I 
3
ART 212 Introduction to the History of Art II 
3
HON 100 Interdisciplinary Humanities and Fine Arts* t 
3
HON 161 Honors Seminar in Visual Arts* 
3
HON 162 Honors Seminar in Music* 
3
HON 163 Honors Seminar in Theatre* 
3
HON 164 Honors Seminar in Arts and Culture Abroad* 
3
MUS 104 Introduction to Jazz History 
3
MUS 105 Introduction to Music History 
3
MUS 106 Music in Film t 
3
MUS 109 Introduction to Music Theory 
3
THD 101 Dance Appreciation 
3
THD 104 The Theatrical Experience 
3
Humanities Category
Hrs
ENG 201 Appreciation of Literature
3
ENG 213 Film and Literature 
3
ENG 243 Literary Masterpieces:Fantasy, Myth and Legend 
3
ENG 245 African American Literature
3
ENG 250 Contemporary World Literature
3
FRE 105 Introduction to French Culture
3
GER 105 Introduction to German Culture
3
HON 100 Interdisciplinary Humanities and Fine Arts* t 
3
HUM 205 Humanistic Tradition Abroad 
3
HUM 212 Humanities in the Modern World: Diversity t 
3
JPN 105 Introduction to Japanese Culture 
3
MCG 201 Introduction to Multicultural, Class, and Gender Studies 
3
MLA 104 A Cultural Introduction to Languages 
3
PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy 
3
PHI 202 Ethics 
3
RGS 200 Introduction to Comparative Religion 
3
SPA 105 Introduction to Hispanic Culture 
3
Mathematics Category 
Note: A student may have credit for only one of the following: MAT 130, 140, 150; and only one of the following : MAT 130, 145, 150.
Hrs
MAT 117 Mathematical Concepts 3
MAT 130 Technical Math I 5
MAT 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
MAT 140 College Algebra 4
MAT 145 Trigonometry 3
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry 5
MAT 220 Business Calculus 3
MAT 230 Technical Math II 5
MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5
MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4
MAT 330 Technical Math III 3
Science Category  Hrs
AST 115/116 Introductory Astronomy/Laboratory 
3
BIO 101 Biological Concepts 
4
BIO 116 Biological Inquiry and Analysis 
3
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function 
4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function 
4
CHE 101 Consumer Chemistry 
4
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry I 
4
CHE 106 Introductory Chemistry II 
4
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 
5
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 
5
CHE 210 Brief Organic Chemistry 
3
CHE 215 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 
1
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment 
4
GSC 102 Earth Through Time 
4
GSC 125 Weather and Climate t 
4
GSC 199 Earth Science 
4
PHY 125/126 Brief Introductory Physics/Laboratory 
5
PHY 130/131 General Physics I/Laboratory 
4
PHY 132/133 General Physics II/Laboratory 
4
PHY 235/236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion/Laboratory  5
PHY 255/256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light/Laboratory 
5
SCI 101 Introduction to Science I, Physical Systems 
4
SCI 102 Introduction to Science II, Biological Systems 
4
 Social Sciences Category
Hrs
ANT 140 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology 
3
ECO 140 Contemporary Economics 
3
ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics 
3
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics 
3
EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development 
3
GSC 110 World Geography 
3
HIS 201 Modern Europe 
3
HIS 221 American Experience to 1865 
3
HIS 222 American Experience since 1865 
3
POL 140 American National Government  3
POL 250 Introduction to International Relations 
3
POL 252 Contemporary Political Systems 
3
PSY 180 General Psychology 
3
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology 
3
SOC 231 Social Problems 
3
Enrichment Electives Category 
Hrs
AGR 199 Contemporary Issues in Agriculture 
3
CET 199 Environment Science and Technology Concepts 
4
EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education 
3
FIN 230 Personal Financial Planning 
3

Honors Program
The Honors Program offers a unique educational experience designed to teach able students how to learn, how to think critically and creatively, and how to communicate effectively. Students with evidence of high achievement may qualify for the Murray State Honors Program. This program has been designed to provide future social and professional leaders with exceptional thinking and communication skills, an appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge, and a sense of cultural and social responsibility.

Entering freshmen with an ACT composite score of 26 or above and exceptional high school records are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Acceptance is based on such factors as standardized test scores, grade point average, evidence of creative and leadership abilities as displayed in extracurricular interests and activities, and faculty recommendations.

Accepted students must participate in at least one Honors Seminar a semester until the sequence is complete unless arrangements are made with the honors director. In order to receive an honors diploma, an honors student must complete the honors sequence described below, fulfill the required competencies, maintain a 3.2 grade point average and satisfy all Murray State graduation requirements including the completion of an area or a major and minor. In the programs they choose, honors students will be expected to select the more challenging courses offered.

The Honors Program encourages intellectual exchange among students, professors, and visiting scholars. Ample opportunity is provided for dialogue.

The hallmarks of the Honors Program are small class size and the resulting individual attention available to its students. Professors and guest lecturers are readily available to all students in developing a full understanding of the course materials. The faculty are selected partly on the basis of their commitment to fostering productive, interactive intellectual contact with students.

Honors Sequence
Important: Read course descriptions for specific course limitations.

ENG 104 Honors Composition and Research 3 hrs

Note: This course is required even if a student receives credit for ENG 101-102. ENG 204 or ENG 404 may be substituted for the above with permission of the Honors Program director.

HON 151-152 Honors Seminar in Social Science 6 hrs

Two of the following courses: 6 hrs
HON 161 Honors Seminar in Visual Arts
HON 162 Honors Seminar in Music
HON 163 Honors Seminar in Theatre
HON 164 Honors Seminar in Arts and Culture Abroad

HON 251-252 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy 6 hrs 

HON 261 Honors Seminar in Science 3 hrs
(One course from the University Studies science category or the AP/CLEP equivalent must be completed prior to HON 261.)

HON 351 Honors Seminar in International Affairs 2 hrs

Study Abroad Program 3 hrs

If circumstances make the honors student unable to comply with this requirement, an alternative program of interdisciplinary international studies will be developed.

HON 437 Senior Honors Thesis 3 hrs

Note: Honors students must maintain a 3.20 cumulative grade point average to remain enrolled in the program and to graduate with honors after fulfilling all requirements.

Honors Competencies

Mathematics. The student is expected to complete the mathematics University Studies requirement as identified in the student's major discipline.

Foreign Language. The student must have credit for a 12-hour sequence (excluding 105) in one foreign language. 
Meeting the competencies in mathematics and foreign languages through Murray State courses or challenge exams will provide 7-15 hours University Studies credit.

General Studies
The Associate of Arts in General Studies is a degree for special populations and includes the following course requirements. 

ASSOCIATE:
General Studies

Associate of Arts Degree

CIP 24.0101

University Studies Requirements 45 hrs
(see Chapter 4 for approved University Studies selections and the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses.)

ENG 101 Composition
ENG 102 Composition and Research
(or honors course ENG 104)

Select the courses from the categories indicated below from the approved list of University Studies courses. No more than two courses in any one discipline may be taken within any one University Studies category for the purpose of fulfilling University Studies requirements.

•Science and Mathematics: 12

•Humanities and Fine Arts: 12

•Social Sciences: 12

•Elective from any University Studies category 3

Approved Electives 19 hrs

Total Curriculum Requirements 64 hrs

Other Associate Degree Programs
Programs of study leading to associate degrees are offered through the departments in the following colleges. Please see the appropriate collegiate section of this bulletin for additional details.

Students enrolled in associate degree programs have the same privileges as other undergraduate students. Students are eligible for financial aid in the form of loans, work study grants, and in some cases are eligible to apply their work taken at Murray State toward a baccalaureate degree. Entrance requirements for associate degree students are the same as those that apply to other undergraduate students. 

For detailed information, contact the academic college or department offering the associate degree.

Associate Degrees (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., and A.S.V.T.E.) 
A minimum of 18 semester hours of University Studies courses must be completed for all associate degrees. These must include ENG 101 and 102 and at least one course from each of the following University Studies categories: Science and Mathematics, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and one additional course from any of the University Studies categories. Refer to the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses found earlier in this chapter for additional required courses.

Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach

A.A. General Studies
College of Business and Public Affairs
A.A.S. Telecommunications Systems Management
A.A. Business Administration
Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration
A.A. Office Systems - Legal Emphasis
Department of Management, Marketing andBusiness Administration

A.A. Office Systems - Office Information Systems
Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration

College of Education
A.S. Child Development
Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
A.S. Vocational Technical Education Trade and Industrial
Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education
College of Science, Engineering and Technology
A.A.S. Telecommunications Systems Management
A.S. Civil Engineering Technology
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

A.S. Environmental Engineering Technology
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

A.S. Graphic Communications Technology
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

A.S. Industrial Technology Industrial Proesses Option
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

A.S. Industrial Technology - Industrial Processes Option
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

School of Agriculture
A.S. Agricultural Science and Technology
School of Agriculture


Pre-Professional Curricula
The university offers baccalaureate programs that serve as pre-professional curricula for the professional areas listed below. Students interested in the details of a specific program should consult with the advisor listed.

• Architecture: William Whitaker, Professional Engineer, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology.

• Dentistry: Dr. Timothy Johnston, Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Ricky Cox, Department of Chemistry.

• Engineering: Dr. Stephen Cobb, Professional Engineer, Department of Physics and Engineering; Dr. Steven Schneiderman, Professional Engineer, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology.

• Law: Dr. Farouk Umar, Department of Government, Law and International Affairs; Dr. Ken Wolf, Department of History.

Medical Technology: Dr. James Stuart, Department of Biological Sciences.

• Medicine: Dr. Sterling Wright, Department of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Ricky Cox, and Dr. Robert Volp, Department of Chemistry.

• Optometry: Dr. David Canning and Dr. Tom Timmons, Department of Biological Sciences.

• Pharmacy: Dr. Leon Duobinis-Gray, Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. David Owen, Department of Chemistry.

• Physical Therapy: Dr. Terry Derting and Dr. Claire Fuller, Department of Biological Sciences.

• Speech-Language Pathology: Dr. Jo Ann Hammons, Department of Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences.

• Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Terry Canerdy, School of Agriculture.

Teacher Certification
Requirements for teacher certification in all subject areas are determined by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (KEPSB). Changes in state regulations frequently occur after the printing of a Bulletin and thus may supersede statements contained herein. Students are cautioned to consult with appropriate advisors in planning academic programs to be sure of adhering to current state certification standards. Students in all teacher certification programs are required to be formally admitted to teacher education. The Office of Teacher Education Services, 2101 Alexander Hall, manages this process. Most students will initiate the process of admission by enrolling in EDU 103. Transfer students can initiate the process directly through Teacher Education Services immediately after enrolling at Murray State University.

Students planning to be certified in any area may prepare for admission to teacher education by completing the following prerequisites: (1) taking the ACT examination (composite of 21 or higher) or other approved examination to demonstrate general academic proficiency; (2) completing composition course with B or higher (ENG 101 or ENG 102); (3) completing basic public speaking course with C or higher (COM 161 or HON 165); (4) completing MAT 117 (or higher level math course) with C or higher; (5) earning a minimum grade point average of 2.45* (4.00 grading scale). More specific information on teacher certification can be found in Chapter 6, College of Education.

*A grade point average of 2.45 is rounded to 2.50 by adhering to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board's (KEPSB) rounding policy. Murray State does not round GPAs.

Other Academic Programs

Community College
The purpose of the Murray State Community College is to further the objectives of Murray State University by providing quality developmental and support courses in English, mathematics, reading, and study skills. Additionally, free peer tutoring is offered to all Murray State students for many university studies courses.

Cooperative Education
As a complement to the placement process, Murray State University offers to qualified students an opportunity to gain course credit through approved work experiences. According to the National Commission for Cooperative Education, this program is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to a student's academic or career goals. It provides progressive experiences in integrating theory and practice. This extension of classroom study to practice in a profession adds a unique dimension to the student's preparation for entering a career and assists in developing an understanding of human relationships involved in the work setting. The program is a three-way partnership between the students, the educational institution and the employers with specific responsibilities for each party. 

In order to participate in this program, the student must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking student at the time of appointment, with a minimum of 24 credits accumulated at an accredited college or university. The student must have earned at least six credit hours at Murray State prior to participation. In addition, the student must have an established cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and be under an unrestricted baccalaureate admission status in order to participate. A student can elect to participate in this program for a summer, a semester or an academic year. All students participating in the program are considered full-time students. No more than six hours of coop/internship credit will apply towards minimum baccalaureate graduation requirements. Enrollment in the program must be concurrent with employment. Tuition will be assessed at the in-state rate (only for the coop/internship courses) for students enrolled during that semester.

Work assignments must be approved by an academic department and are made in businesses, industries, educational, non-profit, governmental and research organizations located throughout the world. The university makes no guarantee as to placement into a coop/intern experience or earnings, but makes every effort to place students to their best educational advantage. Work experiences may be paid or non-paid. The minimum number of hours a student must work in order to receive three hours of credit is 300. All coop experiences are graded pass/fail. Internships may be graded or pass/fail. If a student participates in the program while taking other courses, no more than 12 credit hours of courses can be taken in addition to the three-hour coop/internship. Since a coop/internship is considered full-time, a student's advisor must approve any additional hours (up to 12) in advance. Individual departments may have more restrictive requirements. 

To apply, students need to download the appropriate forms from the MSU Career Services web site. These forms must then be taken to the academic advisor and department chairperson or co-op advisor for approval and submission to the Registrar's Office for scheduling. Payment of the course credit must be arranged prior to leaving for the work assignment. Failure to register and pay concurrent with employment will result in the credit not being awarded.

Service Learning Program
Murray State University students may pursue a special designation on their transcripts indicating that they have been involved in community service through Service Learning.

Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combines community service with specific learning objectives in a course. Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.

· Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.

· The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.

· Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.

· The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for others (National Community Service Act, 1990).

Service Learning Scholars Designation. For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the designated classes. This designation will be recognized on the student's transcript and the students will receive Service Learning Scholar recognition on Honors Day.

Kentucky Virtual University
Murray State University participates in the Kentucky Virtual University, a consortium of Kentucky institutions providing courses and degree programs via the Internet. For more information, call toll-free: 877-588-5288, or use the web site: www.kyvu.org.

National Student Exchange
The National Student Exchange program provides a wonderful opportunity for MSU students to attend another college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands for up to one full calendar year. This unique program allows students to take classes at a host campus and place those same classes on their MSU transcripts following the exchange. Murray State students can register at MSU or at the host campus. If they register at MSU they will pay MSU tuition. Registration at the host campus (Plan A) will allow the student to pay that campus its in-state tuition. In either case, classes taken at the host campus will be placed on the student's transcript and counted as credit towards graduation. Contact the Career Services Office for more details.

Presidential Scholars Studies Program
Those students designated as presidential scholars may follow an interdisciplinary studies major to satisfy degree requirements. This program is structured to the individual student's needs and may not necessarily conform to the standard curricular requirements. The individual student's program must be approved by the Honors Program director as well as the departmental advisor.

Scholarships. This program is for graduating high school seniors of exceptional ability. Applicants should rank in the upper ten percent of their class and have a minimum ACT composite score of 28. In addition to excellent academic records, they must have demonstrated leadership abilities. An on-campus interview is required as part of the final selection process. This scholarship includes instate tuition (no course/health fees), 10 -meal board plan, and a semiprivate residential college room. This award is renewable for three additional years or graduation, provided specified academic standards are met. Before graduation, a Presidential Scholar must enroll in and successfully complete at least one Honors seminar each semester. A Presidential Scholar is not required to complete the University Studies requirements but is required to complete the Honors Seminar sequence, the prerequisites for HON 261-262, and the courses required within his or her major. However, any student who gives up or loses their Presidential Scholarship, must complete University Studies requirements for graduation. Presidential Scholars must maintain a 3.20 grade point average in order to retain the scholarship. They are also expected to live on campus. They are encouraged to earn the Honors Diploma and are permitted to develop less structured, more challenging programs of study that will increase their opportunities for achievement. They must complete five hours of volunteer service hours per week.

University Scholars
Approximately fifty scholarships, each a four-year full-tuition (no course/health fees) award, are offered to qualifying students. Recipients must be National Merit Semi-Finalists or have a minimum enhanced composite ACT score of 27 and rank in the top ten percent of their class. University Scholars are eligible to participate in the Honors Program.