Specific curriculum details must be verified with your academic advisor. Some curriculum requirements may change over the course of the program.

Communication/Broadcast Communication/Theatre  Criminology Geosciences History Healthcare Services Concentration  Event and Hospitality Services Psychology Sociology/Criminology Social Work

Emphasis Areas Curricula (10-12 h, 18-20 h and 30+ h curricula options offered in most emphasis areas) AAS Degree Alignment

Communication/Broadcast

Campus: Starkville, Meridian

10/11 hour-concentration:

  • CO 1403 Intro to Mass Media
  • CO 2333 TV Production
  • *CO 3313 News Writing for Electronic Media
  • CO 3333 Advanced TV Production

18/19 hour-concentration:

  • CO 2333 TV Production
  • CO 2413 Intro to News Writing
  • CO 3313 News Writing for Electronic Media
  • CO 3333 Advanced TV Production

Plus:

  • CO 3403 Photographic Comm or CO 3713 Digital Comm
  • CO 4343 Backpack Video Journalism

30/31 hour-concentration:

  • CO 2333 TV Production
  • CO 2413 Intro to News Writing
  • CO 3313 News Writing for Electronic Media
  • CO 3333 Advanced TV Production
  • CO 3403 Photographic Comm (and)
  • CO 3713 Digital Comm
  • CO 4343 Backpack Video Journalism

Plus:

  • CO 4394 Broadcast Capstone
  • CO 4403 Journalism Ethics/li>

One course from Broadcast Electives (3 hours):

  • CO 3343 Writing for the Media
  • CO 4124 Topics in Film
  • CO 4233 Gender and Media
  • CO 4313 Mass Media Law
  • CO 4323 Mass Media & Society
  • CO 4393 Broadcast Performance
  • CO 4423 Advanced Photographic Comm
  • CO 4433 Television Criticism
  • CO 4643 Race and Media
  • CO 4713 Digital Communication II
  • CO 4924 Film Theory

* Meridian campus does not offer CO 2413. As such, BAS Meridian students would need to plan to take the equivalent community college course, JOU 1313.

** Courses required in the 18/19-hour and 30/31-hour concentrations are not typically offered through the Meridian campus.  These include CO 3403 Photographic Comm, CO 3713 Digital Comm, CO 4343 Backpack Video Journalism, CO 4394 Broadcast Capstone, and CO 4403 Journalism Ethics.

Open to any student with AAS degree

Communication/Theatre

Campus: Starkville, Meridian

10/11 hour-concentration:

  • CO 1503 Intro to Theatre
  • CO 15X3 Theatre Practicum (number rotates each semester)
  • CO 2503 Acting
  • CO 2524 Stagecraft and Lighting or CO 2544 Makeup and Costuming

18/19 hour-concentration:

  • CO 1503 Intro to Theatre
  • CO 15X3 Theatre Practicum (number rotates each semester)
  • CO 2503 Acting
  • CO 2524 Stagecraft and Lighting or 
  • CO 2544 Makeup and Costuming

Plus two courses from theatre electives (6-7 hours):

  • Course not taken between CO 2524 and CO 2544
  • CO 3543 Improvisation
  • CO 3563 Voice and Movement
  • CO 4504 History of Theatre
  • CO 4524 Directing
  • CO 4533 Advanced Acting
  • CO 4573 Theatre Management
  • CO 4583 Playwriting

30/31 hour-concentration:

  • CO 1503 Intro to Theatre
  • CO 15X3 Theatre Practicum (number rotates each semester)
  • CO 2503 Acting
  • CO 2524 Stagecraft and Lighting 
  • CO 2544 Makeup and Costuming
  • CO 4504 History of Theatre
  • CO 4573 Theatre Management

Plus two courses from theatre electives (6-7 hours):

  • CO 3543 Improvisation
  • CO 3563 Voice and Movement
  • CO 4524 Directing
  • CO 4533 Advanced Acting
  • CO 4583 Playwriting
  • Upper division theatre elective

Open to any student with AAS degree

Criminology

Campus: Starkville, Meridian, Online

Criminology

10/12 hour-concentration:

Prerequisites for certain upper division courses include

  • SO 1003 Intro to Sociology
  • CRM  1003. Intro to Criminology

Please consult an advisor before enrolling. 

Electives:

Any upper division courses with advisor approval.

Consult with an advisor before enrolling. 

Criminal Justice, Open to any student with AAS degree

Geosciences

Campus: Starkville, Online

10+ hour Emphasis Courses

Starkville Campus

Meteorology/climatology focus

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate

Six hours of any upper division meteorology or climate course, such as:

  • GR 4553 Computer Methods in Meteorology,
  • GR 4613 Applied Climatology, 
  • GR 4643 Physical Climatology, 
  • GR 4733 Synoptic Meteorology,
  • GR 4623 Physical Meteorology, 
  • GR 4813 Natural Hazards, 
  • GR 4783 Satellite Meteorology, 
  • GR 4883 Radar Meteorology, 
  • GR 4422 Weather Forecasting 1, 
  • GR 4432 Weather Forecasting 2, 
  • GR 4843 Field Methods of Severe Local Storms, 
  • GR 4963 Mesoscale Meteorology

Professional geology focus

  • GG 1113 Survey Earth Science 1 and GG 1111 Survey Earth Science 1 Lab

Six hours of any upper division geology courses, such as:

  • GG 3603 Intro to Oceanography, 
  • GG 3613 Water Resources, 
  • GG 4133 Principles of Paleoecology,
  • GG 4414 Minerology, 
  • GG 4123 Petrology, 
  • GG 4153 Engineering Geology, 
  • GG 4304 Principles of Sedimentary Deposits 1

Geospatial focus

  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS
  • GR 4333 Remote Sensing

Six hours of any geospatial courses, such as:

  • GR 4323 Cartographic Sciences, 
  • GR 4353 Geodatabase Design, 
  • GR 4363 GIS Programming, 
  • GR 4343 Advanced Remote Sensing

Geography focus

  • GR 1123 World Regional Geography
  • GR 4203 Geography of North America

Four to six hours of any regional geography course, such as:

  • GR 4123 Urban Geography, GR 4223 Geography of Europe, GR 4233 Geography of Asia, GR 4243 Geography of Russia, GR 4253 Geography of Africa, GR 4263 Geography of the South, GR 4283 Geography of the Islamic Realm

Online campus

Meteorology or environmental focus

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate

Six hours of any upper division GR or GG courses

20+ hour emphasis courses

Starkville campus

Meteorology/climate focus

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate
  • GR 4643 Physical Climatology
  • GR 4733 Synoptic Meteorology
  • GR 4813 Natural Hazards

Seven to nine hours form any upper level meteorology or climate course, such as:

  • GR 4613 Applied Climatology, 
  • GR 4623 Physical Meteorology, 
  • GR 4783 Satellite Meteorology, 
  • GR 4883 Radar Meteorology, 
  • GR 4422 Weather Forecasting 1, 
  • GR 4432 Weather Forecasting 2, 
  • GR 4843 Field Methods of Severe Local Storms, 
  • GR 4553 Computer Methods in Meteorology, 
  • GR 4963 Mesoscale Meteorology

Professional geology focus

  • GG 1113 Survey Earth Science 1 and GG 1111 Survey Earth Science 1 Lab
  • GG 3603 Introduction to Oceanography
  • GG 3613 Water Resources
  • GG 4114 Mineralogy

Seven to nine hours from any upper level geology course, such as:

  • 4133 Principles of Paleoecology, 
  • GG 4123 Petrology, 
  • GG 4153 Engineering Geology, 
  • GG 4304 Principles of Sedimentary Deposits 1, 
  • GG 4153 Engineering Geology, 
  • GG 4203 Principles of Paleobiology, 
  • GG 4201 Practicum on Paleontology, 
  • GG 4233 Applied Geophysics, or
  •  GG 4413 Structural Geology

Geospatial focus

  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS
  • GR 4333 Remote Sensing of the Physical Environment
  • GR 4313 Advanced GIS
  • GR 4353 Geodatabase Design
  • GR 4363 GIS Programming
  • GR 4123 Urban Geography
  • Two to three hours of any upper level geography or geology course

Geography focus

Nine hours of regional geography courses, such as:

  • NGR 1123 World Regional Geography
  • GR 2303 Cultural Geography
  • GR 4203 Geography of North America
  • GR 4123 Urban Geography
  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS

Five to six hours of any regional geography courses, such as:

  • GR 4223 Geography of Europe, 
  • GR 4233 Geography of Asia, 
  • GR 4243 Geography of Russia, 
  • GR 4253 Geography of Africa, 
  • GR 4263 Geography of the South, 
  • GR 4283 Geography of the Islamic Realm

Online Campus

Meteorology/climate focus

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate
  • GR 4643 Physical Climatology
  • GR 4713 Synoptic Meteorology
  • GR 4813 Natural Hazards
  • GR 4753 Satellite and Radar Meteorology

Four to six hours of any upper level meteorology or climate course, such as:

  • GR 4613 Applied Climatology, 
  • GR 4623 Physical Meteorology, 
  • GR 4913 Thermodynamic Meteorology,
  •  GR 4443 Weather Prediction 1, 
  • GR 4923 Severe Weather, 
  • GR 4453 Weather Prediction 2

30+ hours

Starkville campus

Meteorology/climatology focus:

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate
  • GR 4643 Physical Climatology
  • GR 4613 Applied Climatology
  • GR 4733 Synoptic Meteorology
  • GR 4623 Physical Meteorology
  • GR 4783 Satellite Meteorology or GR 4883 Radar Meteorology
  • GR 4553 Computer Methods in Meteorology
  • GR 4813 Natural Hazards 
  • GR 4422 Weather Forecasting 1
  • GR 4432 Weather Forecasting 2
  • GR 4923 Mesoscale Meteorology or GR 4843 Field Methods of Severe Local Storms

Broadcast meteorology focus 

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate
  • GR 4643 Physical Climatology
  • GR 4613 Applied Climatology or GR 4813 Natural Hazards
  • GR 4733 Synoptic Meteorology
  • GR 4623 Physical Meteorology
  • GR 4783 Satellite Meteorology or GR 4883 Radar Meteorology
  • GR 4923 Mesoscale Meteorology
  • GR 4502 Practicum in Broadcast Meteorology 1
  • GR 4512 Practicum in Broadcast Meteorology 2
  • GR 4522 Practicum in Broadcast Meteorology 3
  • GR 4532 Practicum in Broadcast Meteorology 4

Geology focus

  • GG 1113 Survey Earth Science 1 and GG 1111 Earth Science 1 Lab
  • GG 1123 Survey Earth Science 2 and GG 1121 Earth Science 2 Lab
  • GG 3603 Intro to Oceanography
  • GG 3613 Water Resources
  • GG 4114 Mineralogy
  • GG 4123 Petrology
  • GG 4133 Principles of Paleoecology or GG 4203 Principles of Paleontology or GG 4203 Principles of Paleobiology
  •  GG 4304 Principles of Sed. Deposits 1
  • GG 4413 Structural Geology

Geospatial focus

  • GR 2313 Maps and Remote Sensing
  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS
  • GR 4313 Advanced GIS
  • GR 4323 Cartographic Sciences
  • GR 4333 Remote Sensing of the Physical Environment
  • GR 4343 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GR 4353 Geodatabase Design
  • GR 4363 GIS Programming
  • Six hours of upper level geography or geology courses

Geography focus

  • GR 1123 World Regional Geography
  • GR 2303 Cultural Geography
  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS
  • GR 4203 Geography of North America
  • GR 4213 Urban Geography

Regional geography course, such as: 

  • GR 4223 Geography of Europe, 
  • GR 4233 Geography of Asia, 
  • GR 4243 Geography of Russia, 
  • GR 4253 Geography of Africa, 
  • GR 4263 Geography of the South, 
  • GR 4283 Geography of the Islamic Realm

Six hours of upper level geography or geology courses

Online Campus

Meteorology/climatology focus

  • GR 1604 Weather and Climate
  • GR 4713 Synoptic Meteorology
  • GR 4813 Natural Hazards
  • GR 4643 Physical Climatology
  • GR 4443 Weather Prediction 1
  • GR 4453 Weather Prediction 2
  • GR 4913 Thermodynamic Meteorology
  • GR 4753 Satellite and Radar Meteorology
  • GR 4923 Severe Weather

Three hours upper level geography or geology elective, such as:

  • GR 4603 Climatology, 
  • GR 4633 Statistical Climatology, 
  • GG 3603 Oceanography, 
  • GG 3613 Water Resources

 

Open to any student with AAS degree

History

Campus: Starkville, Meridian, Online

10-12 hour concentration

  • Either HI 1063-1073 OR HI 1213-1223
  • And any two 4000 level history courses

20-21 hour concentration

  • Either HI 1063-1073 OR HI 1213-1223
  • HI 4193 US Environmental History
  • HI 4653 Hist of Science and Tech
  • Either or both HI 4363 American Culture and History and HI 4273 Women in American History

Any other 3000 or 4000 level history course (two 3000 and/or 4000 level courses if only one from the group above)

30+ hour concentration

  • Either HI 1063-1073 OR HI 1213-1223
  • HI 4193, US Environmental History
  • HI 4653 Hist of Science and Tech
  • Either or both HI 4363 American Culture and History and HI 4273 Women In American History

Any other three 3000-4000 level history courses (four 3000-4000 level courses if only one group above)

Open to any student with AAS degree

Psychology

Campus: Starkville, Meridian, Online

10/11 hour-concentration:

  • PSY 1013 General Psychology and 
  • Any upper division courses with advisor approval

18/19 hour-concentration:

  • PSY 1013 General Psychology and
  • Any upper division courses with advisor approval

30/31 hour-concentration:

  • PSY 1021 Careers in Psychology 
  • PSY 1013 General Psychology
  • PSY 3104 Psychological Statistics
  • PSY 3314 Experimental Psychology

Three courses from psychology core (9 hours)

  • PSY 3213 Abnormal Psychology 
  • PSY 3343 Psychology of Learning 
  • PSY 3623 Social Psychology 
  • PSY 3713 Cognitive Psychology 
  • PSY 3803 Developmental Psychology 
  • PSY 4403 Biological Psychology 

Three upper division psychology electives with advisor approval (9 hours; can include remaining courses from the psychology core).

Open to any student with AAS degree

Event and Hospitality Services

Campus: Meridian

The MSU-Meridian campus offers BAS emphases in Event and Hospitality Services and Healthcare Services, respectively. The courses listed below are all currently offered at MSU-Meridian and are open to both BAT and non-BAT majors. 

BAS Event and Hospitality Services concentration

  • EN 3313 Writing for the Workplace
  • PHI 3013 Business Ethics  
  • PSY 4813 Positive Psychology  
  • HI 4243 American Life & Thought  
  • AN 2203 Cultural and Racial Minorities  
  • MGT 4613 Cross Cultural Management or MGT 3513 Intro to Human Resources 
  • MGT 3323 Entrepreneurship or MGT 3823 Responsible Leadership 
  • MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing 

Plus any two of the following: 

  • MKT 4613 Services Marketing  
  • MKT 4423 Strategic Brand Management  
  • MKT 4513 Resort-Convention Marketing  
  • MKT 3513 Marketing Internship 
  • MKT 4113 Personal Selling  

Total of 30 hours

Culinary Arts, Hotel/Restaurant Management,

Food Production and Management Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Management Technology

 

Healthcare Services

Campus: Meridian

BAS Healthcare Services concentration 

  • EN 3313 Writing for the Workplace
  • PHI 3013 Business Ethics  
  • PSY 3503 Health Psychology  
  • PSY 4223 Drug Use and Abuse  
  • SW 4633 Social Work Health Care  
  • MGT 3513 Intro to Human Resource Management  
  • MGT 3823 Responsible Leadership  
  • HCA 3813 Healthcare Regulations  

Plus any two of the following: 

  • HCA 3313 Healthcare Systems  
  • HCA 4243 Managed Care  
  • HCA 4803 Health Policy  

Total of 30 hours

Dental Hygiene Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, Health Information Technology

Sociology/Criminology

Campus: Starkville, Online

Sociology

10/12 hour-concentration:

Prerequisites for certain upper division courses include

  • SO 1003 Intro to Sociology

Please consult an advisor before enrolling. 

Electives:

Any upper division courses with advisor approval.

Consult with an advisor before enrolling. 

Criminal Justice, Open to any student with AAS degree

Social Work

Campus: Online

12-15 hour-concentration

  • SW 3003 Populations at Risk
  • SW 3013 Human Behavior Social Environment I
  • SW 3023 Human Behavior Social Environment II
  • SW 3033 Seminar in Resilience
  • SW 4533 Substance Abuse in Social Work Services
  • SW 4643 Social Work Services in Schools
  • SW 4653 Social Work with Family Violence

Open to any student with AAS degree