2021-22 Academic Catalog

Office of Academic Affairs

Office: 3501 Lee Hall
662-325-3742
P.O. Box BQ; Mississippi State, MS 39762

Center for Student Success

Executive Director: Dr. Clay Armstrong

YMCA 1st Floor
Mailstop 9711 
Web site http://studentsuccess.msstate.edu
Telephone: (662) 325-2957
195 Lee Blvd.
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mission

The Center for Student Success works with all MSU students – especially incoming freshmen – to help assure their smooth transition to the university and success on their road to graduation. The Center promotes student learning and an enriched MSU student experience by providing services, programs, and resources that:

- assist the student with his or her transition into university life;

- aid the student's decision-making, especially during the freshman year; and

- help achieve personal and academic progress and growth, targeted toward graduation.
The Center's strategic goals are to:

- offer services, programs, and classes that assist the student's transition to MSU;

- support student academic planning and progress through high-quality academic advising and timely feedback;

- provide informative and engaging first-year classes and programs;

- provide academic support for all students;

- develop programs and take actions that are informed by analyses of relevant data; and

- engage the university in the support of students in their progress toward graduation.

The Center for Student Success operates the College Ready program, a summer program through which an incoming freshman can take two college classes prior to their first fall semester at discounted cost. The primary goal of College Ready is to smooth the student’s transition to their new living and learning environment. The Center also includes the Freshman Year Navigator program, hiring 30 or more students each year to work as Navigators and help their assigned freshmen throughout their first year at MSU. The Center also works with the Center for Teaching and Learning to offer a wide range of First Year Experience classes, including True Maroon. Like so many of the Center’s programs, these classes are designed to help the freshman student’s transition to college and path to academic success.

The Center works closely with the Learning Center to provide Supplemental Instruction in 30 or more challenging classes each semester. It also works closely with the University Academic Advising Center, which provides all advising for the freshman class’s largest major, Undeclared. Finally, the Center works with the Pathfinders program to emphasize the importance of class attendance – class attendance is the #1 predictor of student success.

University Academic Advising Center (UAAC)

Undeclared (UND)

Director: Lynda K. Moore
Professional Academic Coordinators: Tim Fancher, Jermaine Jackson, Katy Richey, and Natoya Sanders

25 Morgan Ave.; Mail Stop 9729
Web site at http://www.uaac.msstate.edu/
Telephone (662) 325-4052; Fax (662) 325-4026
P.O. Box 6117, Mississippi State, MS 39762

UAAC Mission to Undeclared Students

The University Academic Advising Center was established to meet the needs of those students who have competing interests in more than one major area, as well as those who are uncertain of their career and educational goals. The professional staff at the center offer one-on-one advising services to traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students and provide accurate information concerning general curriculum requirements, university policies and procedures, campus resources and various programs of study. The center is committed to assisting students with the development of educational plans consistent with their life goals, objectives and abilities. Students normally remain Undeclared for no more than three semesters during which time advisors recommend courses that meet basic core requirements in relation to “majors of interest” for each individual student. Students must declare a major before completing 75 hours.

UAAC advisors traditionally recommend that Undeclared students enroll in 15-18 hours each fall and spring semester with careful considerations given to courses required in each student’s majors of interest. It is the goal of the center to assist each Undeclared student in enrolling in courses that satisfy the minimum core requirements for any major the student may later choose with respect to each department’s right to specify more stringent requirements than the University as a whole. However, ultimate responsibility for taking the UAAC staff’s advice rests with the student.

UAAC urges students to make appointments with advisors at the center to establish a plan of action. The University Academic Advising Center staff encourages all Undeclared majors to utilize services offered by the Career Center, the Counseling Center, the Learning Center, Center for Student Success, Student Support Services and other support programs offered by various units at MSU.

The UAAC advises for the University Studies degree and the Complete to Compete Program.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Major Advisors: Kali Dunlap and Kristi Dearing

The applied baccalaureate degree is specifically intended to serve the needs of adult learners, military, and community college transfers who have completed a technical associate degree program, such as an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from a SACSCOC accredited community college in the state of Mississippi or comparable regionally-accredited community college. The Bachelor of Applied Science is an accelerated pathway designed to assist learners who need additional education to advance their careers. Building upon the AAS or other technical associate degree program, the BAS degree prepares adult learners, military, and community college transfers to assume leadership roles and make a greater contribution in the workplace.

The minimum number of hours required in the BAS degree is 120 hours, which may include 60 hours of credit with a 2.0 GPA earned as a part of the AAS degree. No more than 25 percent of the 120 credits may be earned through prior learning assessment and/or competency-based learning. Of the 120 credit hours, 30 shall be completed in residency at Mississippi State University and 30 shall be upper division (3/4000-level) courses. The delivery format of courses for the program may be offered face-to-face or online. In addition, up to 45 hours of approved technical or military credit may be used to fulfill the required elective hours. See advisor for information.

Degree Requirements

English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
or EN 1104 Expanded English Composition I
EN 1113English Composition II3
or EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Humanities
See General Education Core6
Mathematics
See General Education Core3
Fine Arts
See General Education Core3
Natural Sciences
See General Education Core. Two labs required.6
Social Sciences
See General Education Core6
Oral Communication Requirement
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
or CO 1013 Introduction to Communication
Or other approved speech course
Computer Literacy
TKT 12730-2
or BIS 1012 Introduction to Business Information Systems
Or other approved technology course
Extra University Core
See General Education Core or Advisor Approved Upper Level Courses6
Junior/Senior Writing Requirements
Consult Advisor3
Major Core Emphasis Areas
Consult Advisor
Upper Level Courses (one, two, or three emphasis areas)30
Electives
May include approved technical or military credits45
Total Hours120

University Studies - Complete to Compete Program (C2C)

Major C2C Coaches: Lynda Moore, Kristi Dearing, Kali Dunlap, and Natoya Sanders

The Bachelor of Science in University Studies is housed in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs).  A student who wishes to pursue the major in University Studies must enroll in the Complete to Compete (C2C) program and be eligible for admission to the degree program.  To be eligible, the student must meet the criteria of an adult learner, i.e. must be at least 21 years old, have earned at least 90 semester credit hours, have not earned a baccalaureate degree, and must not have attended a postsecondary institution within the last twenty-four months.

The University Studies degree is designed to provide eligible adult learners who have not completed a baccalaureate degree a pathway to return to Mississippi State University to complete a degree.  The curriculum is individualized to meet the needs and career goals of the returning adult learner. An eligible student will meet with a C2C Coach and work with faculty to develop the best degree plan possible.

Degree Requirements

English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
EN 1113English Composition II3
Humanities
See General Education Core6
Mathematics
See General Education Core3
Fine Arts
See General Education Core3
Natural Sciences
See General Education Core. Two labs required.6
Social Sciences
See General Education Core6
Oral Communication Requirement
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
or CO 1013 Introduction to Communication
Or other approved speech course
Computer Literacy
TKT 12730-2
or BIS 1012 Introduction to Business Information Systems
Or other approved technology course
Extra University Core
See General Education Core or Advisor Approved Upper Level Courses24
Junior/Senior Writing Requirements
Consult with C2C Coach and/or Faculty Advisor3
Major Core Emphasis Areas
Consult C2C Coach and/or Faculty Advisor
Upper Level Courses (one, two, or three emphasis areas)30
General Electives25-28
Total Hours120
 

Geospatial and Remote Sensing Minor

Technology revolutions have driven the expectations of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to an all-time high for a new generation of users across a vast number of disciplines. Advances in computational technologies, visualization products, and sensor technologies have led to the development of unprecedented capabilities in geospatial technologies, such as remote sensing and geographic information systems. With the plethora of remote sensing technologies, the industry is poised to develop operational remote sensing applications that fundamentally impact management of resources. Mississippi State University has developed broad, multi-disciplinary efforts in spatial technologies of many types, and is a leader among universities in education and outreach activities to prepare the next generation for utilizing these technologies. One of the primary limitations in the development of this industry is the need for a better-educated workforce that can understand and utilize the tools of these spatial technologies. Education in geospatial and remote sensing technologies is by nature multi-disciplinary; therefore, a minor program that crosses departmental and college boundaries has been developed to address these needs. This undergraduate minor can thus serve the needs of MSU students with diverse backgrounds from a variety of disciplines. Students may strategically assess which courses within their disciplinary academic program can be used for the minor, thus satisfying the needs of both and maximizing their education experience.

The minor should represent a student’s mastery of basic GIS and Remote Sensing coursework. A minimum of 3 hours of coursework is required in each of these areas:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Geospatial Technologies

Students are required to complete 6 hours of additional coursework within the category of Geospatial Applications. A list of geospatial application electives is listed, and it includes courses that are offered by several MSU departments.

Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of this program, the Office of the Academic Affairs is the resident office for admission and administration. Thus, the program is not focused on a single college or department. A program coordinator, appointed by the Provost, advises students seeking the GRS minor, and assists departmental advisors. The coordinator is also responsible for conducting the necessary transcript audits and authorizing the awarding of the minor.

For further information and enrollment information, contact the GRS program coordinator:

Dr. John Rodgers
Department of Geosciences
355 Lee Blvd, 108 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
662-325-3915, jcr100@msstate.edu

A total of 15 semester hours are required: nine selected from the list of required courses, and six selected from the list of elective courses.

Required Courses
Remote Sensing
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies
Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies
Remote Sensing of the Physical Environment
Remote Sensing Applications
GIS
Choose one of the following:3
Principles of GIS
Application of Spatial Technologies to Wildlife and Fisheries Management
FO 4472/6472
AND
FO 4471/6471
Advanced Geospatial Coursework
Choose one of the following:3
Spatial Technologies in Natural Resources Management
Spatial Statistics for Natural Resources
Ecological Modeling in Natural Resources
Advanced Spatial Technologies
Advanced GIS
Advanced Remote Sensing in Geosciences
Advanced Geodatabase Systems
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Geospatial Applications
Choose two of the following:(Courses must be different from the ones taken from the above categories. A course may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement)6
The Global Positional System and Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture and Engineering
Signals and Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Current Topics in Remote Sensing
Digital Image Processing
Spatial Technologies in Natural Resources Management
Advanced Spatial Technologies
Spatial Statistics for Natural Resources
Ecological Modeling in Natural Resources
Survey of Geospatial Technologies
Advanced GIS
Cartographic Sciences
Advanced Remote Sensing in Geosciences
Geodatabase Design
Geographic Information Systems Programming
Geospatial Agronomic Management
Remote Sensing Seminar
Remote Sensing Seminar
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Total Hours15

Leadership Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Leadership Studies provides academic and experiential knowledge and skills to prepare students for future leadership positions in communities, professions, and organizations. The Leadership Studies minor is open to Mississippi State University students in all Colleges, Schools, and majors. It requires 19 hours of approved coursework, including at least one experiential internship component. No more than two courses from the same academic Department may be applied to this minor. Students in the Leadership Studies minor must maintain a grade point average of 2.00 or higher overall and a grade point average of 2.50 or higher in courses applied to the minor. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all minor courses.

Admission and Graduation Standards: Entering freshmen may declare a Leadership Studies minor in the first semester by securing approval of a minor program of studies as outlined herein. Qualified students, including incoming transfer students, may declare the minor during any subsequent semester. After the first semester of college, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 or higher (including all course work taken, not just in the minor) to enter or remain in the minor. To graduate with a Minor in Leadership Studies, students must meet all course requirements on their approved programs of minor study, must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher on all coursework attempted, and must have a 2.50 or higher GPA over all minor courses. Students must earn grades of C or higher in all courses applied to the Leadership Studies minor.

Curriculum Outline: Each student will select one core course in each of three core areas: Ethics, which are essential for any leader; Social Science, which studies leadership directly and provides knowledge of direct relevance to leadership; and Communication, which involves skills that are critically important for leaders. (For students in majors with little room for electives, judicious selection of the core courses in the Leadership Studies minor may simultaneously fulfill certain General Education requirements, College or School Core Curriculum, or Departmental Major requirements.) Each student will further select from an approved list, in consultation with his or her Leadership Studies minor advisor, at least three more courses that facilitate the student’s goals. Finally, each student will register for a 1-hour (48 contact hours) experiential internship.

Area I: Ethics and Leadership
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics
Socially Responsible Leadership
Area II: Leadership and Social Science
Choose one of the following:3
Organizational Behavior
Social Psychology
Political Leadership
Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
Area III: Leadership and Communication Skills
Choose one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Small Group Communication
Principles of Public Relations
Area IV: Experiential internship component
EXL 1191Leadership Studies Internship I1
Area V: Electives
Choose a minimum of three:9
See advisor for a complete list of approved leadership electives. Courses listed in the Minor Core may also be taken as electives if they are not being used to satisfy the minor core requirement. Students generally take all of their electives in the same college, but doing so is not a requirement. Elective are best selected in consultation with the student's Leadership Studies Minor advisor to meet the goals and objectives of the student. Electives are available in each college which allows this minor to be applicable to any major.

For additional information, contact Robert Green, Chair, Leadership Studies Minor committee at green@bagley.msstate.edu

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