Policy and Procedure
ACADEMIC OPERATING POLICY AND PROCEDURE
|MEMORANDUM TO:||All Holders of Mississippi State
Operating Policy and Procedure Manual
|DATE:||October 27, 2000
Revised September 15, 2011
|SUBJECT:||AOP 12.11 - Degree Requirements - Undergraduate|
The purpose of this Academic Operating Policy and Procedure (AOP) is to provide a better understanding of the policies relating to the undergraduate degree program requirements at Mississippi State University.
This AOP will be reviewed every five years or whenever circumstances require an earlier review by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (APAA) with recommendations for revision presented to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In order to complete a baccalaureate degree, a student must (1) satisfactorily complete the curriculum requirements, (2) make an overall C average on all hours scheduled and rescheduled at all institutions attended, including Mississippi State University, (3) make a C average on all hours scheduled and rescheduled at Mississippi State University, (4) complete from Mississippi State University no less than 1/4 of his/her degree program in junior and senior subjects (courses numbered 3000 through 5000) approved by the dean of the college or school in which he or she is enrolled, (5) complete at least the last 25 percent of semester credit hours of course work taken to fulfill degree requirements from Mississippi State University. (Any exception to the 25 percent requirement must be approved in writing by the students dean prior to taking course work at another institution.) Any course in the students degree program that carries academic credit from Mississippi State University will fulfill these requirements. Participants in an approved exchange program must earn at the exchange institution and at Mississippi State University no less than 25 percent of semester credit hours in junior and senior subjects. (6) Not more than 25 percent of any curriculum may be earned by advanced standing examinations, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), evaluated military service credits, tutorial, and extension courses. Evaluated military service credits are classified as extension work. (7) Not more than 20 percent of any curriculum may be earned through correspondence courses. Correspondence courses must be approved by the dean before being taken by students in residence. USAFI credits are classified as correspondence work.
Board of Trustees Core Curriculum:
All students who enter Mississippi State University must meet the common core curriculum requirements approved by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi, to qualify for any bachelors degree. This core curriculum consists of:
English Composition 6 semester hours College Algebra 3 semester hours Laboratory Science 6 semester hours Humanities and Fine Arts 9 semester hours
24 semester hours
NOTE: These requirements are included in the University Core Curriculum.
University Core Curriculum:
All students graduating from Mississippi State University must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit (or equivalency) in courses making up the University Core Curriculum. (Specific courses to satisfy the Core Curriculum will vary by academic major.) (For details on University Core Curriculum, see Bulletin of the Mississippi State University.
Students must meet the graduation requirements stated in the MSU catalog under which they first enrolled or the graduation requirements in a subsequent catalog with approval, providing they graduate within seven years. If a student interrupts his/her enrollment at Mississippi State University for two consecutive years or longer, the graduation requirements stated in the catalog under which the student resumes enrollment apply. Students changing majors or programs must meet the requirements listed in the catalog that is current at the time they make such changes. Students may request fulfilling the requirements outlined in a subsequent catalog after their first enrollment. If this option is selected, then all college and major requirements in the later catalog must be met. The student must complete an approval form to switch to a more current catalog, obtain signatory approval of his/her advisor, and submit it to the office of the appropriate dean for notification of the change. In cases where coursework is outdated or requirements have changed, reasonable substitutions may be required.
Other Degree Requirements:
The announcements of the various colleges and schools specify the additional requirements for the bachelors degree in the various departments and programs.
In order for a student who has received a degree to qualify for a second baccalaureate degree, requirements for the second degree must be certified by the appropriate dean as having been met and must include 30 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above from Mississippi State beyond the requirements for the first degree.
Every student in the University is provided with a faculty member as an academic advisor. A student who has selected a specific major will find the names of the advisors for that major listed under the name of the department or the major subject in the appropriate college or school section in Part III of the Bulletin of the Mississippi State University. A student who is uncertain of his or her choice of major may register as Undeclared. In addition, advisors are assigned in the appropriate colleges for students wishing to pursue degrees in Agricultural Science, General Business, General Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and General Science.
Before registering for any semester, each student is responsible for consulting his or her advisor to work out and secure approval for a specific schedule of courses. With the signed schedule, the student may proceed with registration.
A period for schedule planning and registration for the following semester is provided near the end of each regular term; registration for the summer school term may also be accomplished in the spring registration period. Prospective new students may be advised and may register during orientation. Late registration, as always, is conducted immediately prior to the beginning of classes.
A student who for any reason has been unable to register during these scheduled registration periods may still do so up to the last day for registration and adding courses as listed in the Academic Calendar, but may find the choices of courses and sections limited.
|Associate Provost for Academic Affairs||Review||2010|
For information about this policy, contact the responsible/reviewing department hyperlinked above.