Mar 01, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Program Information

Academic Departments by Schools

Academic instruction is offered by faculty in ten academic departments in three schools:

Not all departmental programs are available through all campus locations. To identify programs that are offered at your specific campus location, click here.

Declaration of Major

Students are strongly encouraged to officially declare a major during the semester in which 48 to 60 semester hours are scheduled for completion.

Students interested in less specialization within a major, a broad baccalaureate education, or more than one major should select the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who prefer to engage in extensive specialization in one subject area are advised to select the Bachelor of Science degree.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is a specialized degree designed specifically for students in art.

The Bachelor of General Studies is a degree designed for the student who desires a liberal arts and sciences bachelor’s degree without a major.

The Bachelor of General Studies for Elementary Education Certification is a degree option for students pursuing Elementary Education.

All majors require students to successfully complete a culminating educational experience in the form of a final capstone course prior to graduation.

Double Major

A double major is defined as a single degree with two majors (both majors must be offered within a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree). You cannot mix degrees in a double major. A double major may be earned if requirements for both declared majors are completed. No additional residency criterion is required. Majors and minors may not be added to an already earned degree.

Dual Degrees

A student who wishes to earn a second baccalaureate degree at Columbia College must complete all of the requirements for both degrees, including at least 30 additional semester hours in residence beyond the requirements for the first degree, for a total of 150 completed hours.

A second associate degree requires 15 additional semester hours in residence, beyond the requirements for the first degree, for a total of 75 completed hours. (“In residence” in this context indicates hours earned through Columbia College courses.) Majors and minors may not be added to an already earned degree.

The baccalaureate degree GPA is frozen once the degree has been awarded. Subsequent coursework and grades will not be calculated as part of the initial degree GPA. Coursework completed as part of the initial degree may be repeated, but the subsequent grade will not replace the initial grade. Both instances of the course and grades for each will be reflected on the record, and both will be calculated into the overall Columbia College GPA. Coursework which repeats credit that was applied toward an initial degree is not included in the additional 30 hours in residence required for a subsequent degree.

Changing Location (Location Transfer)

Students can change their Columbia College campus location as an applicant or a current student at any time. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor at your current location prior to changing locations. Admissions requirements, tuition, scholarships, financial aid, advising and housing requirements vary between campus locations. By meeting with an advisor, you will be able to make an informed decision prior to changing locations.

If you are a current student and wish to officially change your campus location, log in to your CougarTrack account. Click on the “Forms” link and select the “Change of Campus” form. Indicate your new desired campus location as well as the semester or session you would like to start taking courses at the new campus location. Before a student is allowed to register for classes at the new campus location, the student must meet with their academic advisor at the new campus location.

If you are an applicant and are not currently enrolled, please contact your desired campus location and request that they update your campus location on your application. Note that this process cannot be completed by logging into your application and changing the campus location.