College of A & S Degree Requirements

Your choice of degree program is primarily one of personal preference. However, if you think that you might attend graduate school someday, you should check the foreign language requirements of schools of interest. Many of them require a foreign language. To prepare for this possibility, you could complete the BA degree as an undergraduate, or complete a foreign language program along with your BS degree. The most obvious differences among the three programs available in the College of Arts & Sciences at ETSU vary according to foreign language, mathematics, and natural science emphasis.


BA Degree Requirements

The BA degree differs from general education in only two ways. BA recipients must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language and complete a non-US history course.


The non-US history course can be any course dealing with content outside the United States. For example, a course covering the American civil war would not suffice, but a course in European history would meet the requirement.


The foreign language proficiency demonstration calls for a grade of C- or better in a foreign language course numbered 2020 or higher. For example, a grade of C- in SPAN 2020 completes this requirement.


If you completed two years of a foreign language program in high school, you are ready to begin with the course numbered 2010 in that language at ETSU. This path would allow you to complete, for example, SPAN 2020 in your second college foreign language course. If you completed three years of a foreign language course in high school, you are ready to complete the BA foreign language proficiency in a single foreign language course.


However, if you begin a new foreign language at ETSU, you will need four semesters to complete the BA requirement. For example, SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 would be necessary.


If you are an international student whose native language is not English, you may have been required to complete a test of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL) as a condition of admission to ETSU. A passing score on such a test will complete your BA foreign language requirement.


If your native language is not English, but you transferred to ETSU, bypassing the need to demonstrate to ETSU a passing score on a test of English proficiency, you may have provided such a test score to your previous institution. If so, contact Dan Brown, and ask your previous institution to provide him with a letter documenting your passing score on the English proficiency test needed for acceptance at that institution.


BS Degree Requirements

If you are particularly strong in mathematics and natural science courses, you might prefer the regular BS degree to the Social & Behavioral Science Option. The regular BS degree requires at least four credits in calculus and at least four laboratory natural science courses.


Most students meet the calculus requirements with MATH 1910 Calculus I. However, some students prefer not to jump into such a challenging course, so they complete MATH 1840 and 1850, a pair of three-credit courses. Students who lack a strong high school mathematics preparation will need to complete MATH 1710 and 1720 before attempting MATH 1840.


The BS degree natural science requirements are completed with four four-credit natural science courses, at least two of which must be from a single discipline. For example, two biology courses or two chemistry courses meet the single discipline requirement. Most students use two or more of the general education natural science courses from a single discipline and two others from the general education list to complete this requirement. However, the degree requirement can be met with courses with higher numbers than those approved for general education, as long as the respective courses include four credits and a laboratory.


BS-Social & Behavioral Science Option (BS-SBS)

This option requires either MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics or MATH 1910. It also requires two natural science courses from a single discipline. These courses can fall in the general education list, or they can be higher numbered courses than those approved for general education.


In addition to the mathematics and natural science components, this degree option requires one course from each of three social science categories: Social Statistics, Reasoning, and Research Design. The Social Statistics requirement is completed by a statistics course from either Criminal Justice, Psychology, or Sociology. These courses closely resemble the content of MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics, but the examples used come from the respective disciplines.


The Reasoning category includes a choice of either PHIL 2030 Practical Reasoning or SPCH 2320 Argumentation and Debate. The speech offers the advantage of meeting an Oral Communication Intensive (OCI) requirement ) as well as this degree requirement. Alternatively, SPCH 2320 can be used to complete the general education Communication block ), but the course cannot be counted toward the OCI requirement if it fulfills the general education requirement.


The Research Design category contains a variety of courses. Any one of them completes the requirement.


The requirements for the BS-SBS program were modified with the 2008-09 catalog. If you are seeking this degree under an earlier catalog, contact Dan Brown about options for exceptions. The major change is the deletion of a category from the BS-SBS option because the Departments of Criminal Justice & Criminology and Psychology announced plans to stop offering a course numbered 3444.


If you plan to graduate under a catalog published earlier than the 2008-09 edition, you can substitute PSYC 3201 from this list for the CJCR/PSYC/SOAA * 3444 requirement, with approval from Dan Brown. Alternatively, you can fulfill the requirement by completing SOCI 3444 or eliminate the need for the course by moving your catalog to the current one.


*Note: Older catalogs identify sociology courses as SOAA xxxx. Newer catalogs identify such courses as SOCI xxxx. For example, a requirement calling for SOAA 3444 can be met with SOCI 3444.