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Stephen F. Austin State University

The College of Sciences & Mathematics

Overview

A primary aim of the College of Sciences and Mathematics is to contribute to the liberal education of all students through the presentation of fundamental concepts and methods of science and mathematics. Another objective is to provide the counseling and fundamental education required for professional programs in health and engineering sciences, and for professional studies and careers of a scientific or mathematical nature.

Mission

The primary mission of the College of Sciences and Mathematics is to provide the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs. Through excellent teaching, research and other scholarly activities, the college provides students with the following:

Advising & Student Services

Students are either advised in the College of Sciences and Mathematics Academic Advising and Student Services Center or by their assigned faculty adviser. In consultation with their adviser, students select courses each semester that enable them to complete all of the requirements for their academic major and minor as well as all other requirements for the baccalaureate degree. All students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics have an advising hold every semester that can be cleared only by the adviser following the advising session. After completing at least 45 hours of coursework, students should file a tentative degree plan in the dean's office.

The Academic Advising and Student Services Center is located in room 127 of the Miller Science Building.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Goethe-Miller College of Sciences and Mathematics Award

The award is presented to an outstanding senior major in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. C.M. Goethe of Sacramento, Calif., E. L. Miller, former dean of the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics, and others contributed to the fund. The recipient is selected by the dean of the college and the provost/vice president for academic affairs upon the recommendations of the college's department chairs/directors. On March 1 each department chair/director presents to the dean of the college the name of the outstanding senior who is a major in the department, giving primary consideration to scholarship, personal qualifications and dedication to professional goals. Only those planning to pursue graduate programs in the sciences and mathematics are considered. To be eligible for consideration, a student must have completed at least 100 semester hours on the SFA campus. Grades completed elsewhere are not considered, and, in the case of repeated courses on the SFA campus, all grades for such courses are included in the computation.

Undergraduate Taking Graduate Work For Credit

See the Graduate Bulletin, Admission section, Overlap Program Admission, or the Overlap Program in the Academic Programs and Policies section of this bulletin.

Choice of Major Program in Sciences and Mathematics

By the time students have earned 45 semester hours of coursework, they should have selected major and minor programs and prepared an outline of degree requirements with assistance from the dean's office in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and their departmental adviser. In order to be accepted as a major in this college, a student must have attained a minimum C average for all work taken in the intended major department. All undergraduate major programs in the College of Sciences and Mathematics lead to the Bachelor of Science degree.

College Minors

The human health perspectives minor provides students with an academic minor emphasizing basic science and mathematics that they can use in conjunction with majors elsewhere on campus. It is most suitable for pre-nursing students or students who still wish to work in the health care industry, regardless of their major. The human health perspectives minor is a 22-hour minor. Students who choose this minor must complete the following requirements: CHE 111(4) or CHE 133 (4), BIO 238(4), BIO 239(4), BIO 308(4), MTH 220, NUR 304.

Combined Sciences minor provides science majors with the option of a minor across the sciences. The combined sciences minor consists of the following course work: CHE 133 (4) and 134 (4); eight hours from GOL 131(4) and 132(4) or PHY 131(4) and 132(4); plus six advanced hours from CHE, GOL, PHY.

Certification for High School Science and Mathematics Teaching

The minimum requirements for science and mathematics teaching fields for candidates for high school certificates are outlined in the Teacher Certification section of this bulletin.

Procedures for Reinstatement of Students on Suspension

Students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics whose academic record is such that they are placed on suspension should contact the dean's office as soon as possible after having received grades with a notice of suspension. The College of Sciences and Mathematics will adhere to the university policy for reinstatement, as explained under the heading Academic Programs and Policies of this bulletin.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics
  1. Core Curriculum Requirements (42-48 hours)
    1. Communication (12-14 hours)
      1. Six hours from: ENG 131, 132, 133H
      2. Six to eight hours from: BCM 247; COM 111, 170; ENG 273; FRE 131, 132; GER 131, 132; GRK 131, 132; ILA 111, 112; LAT 131, 132; SPA 131, 132; SPH 172, 272
    2. Mathematics (4 hours)
      1. MTH 233
    3. Natural Sciences (6-8 hours) (Lab Required)
      1. Six to eight hours from: AST 105; BIO 131, 133, 225, 238; CHE 133, 134; GOL 131, 132; PHY 110, 131, 132, 241, 242
    4. Humanities &Visual & Performing Arts (6 hours)
      1. Three hours from: ART 280, 281, 282; DAN 140, 341; MUS 140; MHL 245; THR 161, 370
      2. Three hours from: ENG 200 - 233H, 300; HIS 151, 152; PHI 153, 223
    5. Social & Behavioural Sciences (15 hours)
      1. Six hours from: U.S. History (w/Texas option): HIS 133, 134
      2. Six hours from: PSC 141, 142
      3. Three hours from: ANT 231; ECO 231, 232; EPS 380; GEO 131, 230; PSY 133, 153; SOC 137, 139
  2. College Requirements
    1. Three or four hours from: MTH 220, 234, depending on requirements of major.
    2. Six to eight hours from: BIO 131, 133, 225, 238; *CHE 133, *134; GOL 131, 132; *PHY 110, *131, *132, *241, *242; *AST 105. The natural science courses used to satisfy 1-C above and this requirement must have at least two different sciences represented.
    3. Three hours from: CSC 101, 102, 121, 201
      *An asterisk before a course number indicates that the appropriate laboratory course must be taken in conjunction with the lecture course.
  3. Additional Requirements
    • Each discipline may restrict course selections from the core in order to satisfy degree requirements in that discipline. These restricted choices will be found in the degree plan for each discipline.
    • An academic major in the range of 30 to 45 specified semester hours is required for all departments. At least 12 of the 15 advanced semester hours must be in residence at SFA.
    • An academic minor of at least 18 semester hours and not more than 24 semester hours, with at least six hours in advanced SFA work.
    • A minimum of 42 semester hours of work in residence at SFA, at least 36 hours of which must be advanced (courses numbered 300-499 inclusive).
    • Enough additional hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours.
    • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course; a C average at SFA; and a C average in all specified work completed in the major and minor fields, considered separately, at SFA. These required averages are based on those courses in each category that are included in the student's official degree plan.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (B.S.N.)

  1. Core Curriculum Requirements (47 hours)
    1. Communication (12-14 hours)
      1. Six hours from: ENG 131, 132, 133H
      2. Six to eight hours from: BCM 247; COM 111, 170; ENG 273; FRE 131, 132; GER 131, 132; GRK 131, 132; ILA 111, 112; LAT 131, 132; SPA 131, 132; SPH 172, 272
    2. Mathematics (3 hours)
      1. Three hours from: MTH 220
    3. Natural Sciences (4 hours) (Lab Required)
      1. Four hours from: BIO 238, CHE 111
    4. Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts (6 hours)
      1. Three hours from: ART 280, 281, 282; DAN 140 or 341; MUS 140; MHL 245; THR 161, 370
      2. Three hours from: ENG 200 - 230, 300
    5. Social & Behavioural Sciences (15 hours)
      1. Six hours from U.S. History (w/Texas option): HIS 133, 134
      2. Six hours from: PSC 141, 142
      3. Three hours from: ANT 231 or SOC 139
    6. College Designated Option (3 hours)
      1. Three hours from: CSC 101, 102, 121, 201
    • Academic courses required by the School of Nursing. These must include BIO 238 and 239, PSY 133, 7 hours from Microbiology and Nutrition, and 10 or 11 hours from PSY 210 or HMS 236, NUR 304, and HMS 239 or 339.
    • Enough additional hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours of acceptable credit.
    • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course; a C average in course work completed at SFA; minimum of C in each course in the major field, specified cognates and a comprehensive final exam. These required averages are based upon those courses in each category that are included in the student's official degree plan.
  2. Additional Requirements
    • Academic courses required by the School of Nursing. These must include BIO 238 and 239; PSY 133; seven hours from microbiology and nutrition; and 10 or 11 hours from PSY 210 or HMS 236, NUR 304, and HMS 239 or 339.
    • A nursing major of at least 51 to 55 hours.
    • Enough additional hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours of acceptable credit.
    • A minimum of 42 hours of residence work (on SFA campus), at least 36 semester hours of which must be advanced (300-400 level).
    • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course; a C average in course work completed at SFA; minimum of C in each course in the major field; specified cognates and a comprehensive final exam. These required averages are based upon those courses in each category that are included in the student's official degree plan.

Degree requirements are subject to changes approved by the Board of Regents during the previous academic year. Check with your department regarding changes in the major.