Catalog and Student Handbook 2010-2011 
    Oct 18, 2018  
Catalog and Student Handbook 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Academic Programs and Services

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Academic programs and credit course offerings at Columbia State are provided through three academic divisions within the area of Instruction. The Extended Campuses and Programs office coordinates the delivery of these offerings to the College's extended campuses and temporary teaching sites. Non-credit offerings are provided through the Economic and Workforce Development office. The University Center coordinates with universities offering degree programs on the Columbia campus.


Division of Health Sciences


Students seeking to work in the health care field may choose from several programs which prepare them for entry-level positions in these fields. These include emergency medical technology, nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care, and veterinary technology.


Division of Humanities and Social Sciences


The humanities disciplines serve the entire College by providing opportunities for artistic and intellectual development in classroom and co-curricular activities. Each discipline seeks to increase students' sensitivity to and understanding of language, literature, music, art, drama and philosophy. The required and elective courses offered are designed to teach students to think critically, to appreciate the record of cultural achievement of humankind, to write and speak effectively and creatively about human experience, and to examine and refine the individual's view of life. Transfer students may select an emphasis in art, communication studies, English, graphic design, mass communications, music, performance studies, or public relations.

Social science courses attempt to acquaint students with the various aspects of human beings in their relations to culture, environment, behavioral patterns, heritage and political institutions. Social science courses also serve as supplemental areas of study in many of the health science programs. University-parallel emphases are offered in early childhood education, elementary education, geography, health and physical education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. A career-entry program is available in criminal justice and a certificate program is available in early childhood education.


Division of Science, Technology and Mathematics


For those students interested in the business area or in technology and industry-related fields, this division offers numerous options. Students may follow a university parallel track or seek a degree in business information technology with options in computer systems or office systems; business management or general technology. They may also enroll in a certificate program in business management.

Courses in mathematics and science are offered in support of a variety of transfer and applied sciences programs. These courses are aimed at helping students develop the mathematical and scientific skills necessary for job entry or to continue study in a technologic or pure-scientific field. University-parallel emphases are offered in agriculture, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Moreover, pre-professional emphases are offered in dental hygiene, dentistry, engineering, medical technology, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy.


Developmental Studies Program


The developmental studies program, designed to serve the needs of students who are underprepared to enter the regular college curriculum, assists students in achieving a level of academic competence that will enable them to work successfully in college-level courses. Faculty and staff provide assistance to students to help them succeed.

Courses in both basic and/or developmental studies are offered in four areas: writing skills, reading skills, mathematical skills, and learning strategies.


Economic and Workforce Development


Columbia State plays an important role in the region's economic growth, community development and quality of life. The Economic and Workforce Development office seeks to strengthen this role through business and industry services, economic development partnerships, and professional development opportunities.

Business, industry, and government have unique education and training needs. The Economic and Workforce Development office works closely with organizations throughout the Columbia State service area to identify these needs and develop appropriate services. Services include noncredit professional development and specialized contract training.

Economic development partnerships help communities maximize strengths and overcome weaknesses. The Economic and Workforce Development office seeks opportunities for Columbia State to participate in partnerships with economic development agencies, education and training providers, and other organizations throughout the region. These efforts help communities gain access to vital education and training services.

Columbia State awards continuing education units to persons successfully completing many of its noncredit courses.


University Center


For those students who desire a degree beyond an Associate degree, Columbia State partners with Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University to bring baccalaureate degree programs to the Columbia State campus.

Partnerships include:

Elementary Education (K-6) with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) - Students who have completed an Associate of Science in Teaching degree can complete a B.S. degree on the Columbia State campus. This degree is designed to meet the professional needs of students planning to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.

Family and Consumer Sciences with concentration in Child Development and Family Relations with Tennessee State University (TSU) - This undergraduate program combines knowledge regarding human development, relationships and family well-being. Students are trained to work competently with individuals and families across the lifespan within the early educational system and in the community. Required courses will be available Online and on the Columbia campus.

Management and Human Relations (MHR) with Trevecca Nazarene University - This B.A. degree program is designed for the working adult (age 23 or older) who has completed at least 60 semester hours of prior college work. Classes meet just one time per week, between 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Columbia State's campus in Columbia, or between 8:00 a.m. - Noon on Saturdays at Columbia State's campus in Franklin. The coursework is divided into three semesters, 12 credits per semester. The classes are taken one at a time, in sequence. Every five weeks the class and professor change, but the students remain together for the entire 13-month program. More information about the MHR program is available Online at

For information concerning specific degree requirements, contact the University Center by calling (931) 540-2619 or by accessing The University Center is located in room 128 of the Warf Building on the Columbia campus.

Regents Online Degree Program - Columbia State, along with other Tennessee Board of Regents system institutions, participates in several Online degree programs through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP).

The Online degrees offered by Columbia State include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Professional Studies Concentration: Information Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Applied Science in Web Technology
  • Web Page Authoring Technical Certificate
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies (University Parallel)
  • Associate of Science in General Studies (University Parallel)
  • Updated: Associate of Science in General Studies: Elective Concentration for: Teacher Aides / Paraprofessional Preparation (University Parallel) Designed for teacher aides interested in completing their A.S. Online. Elective courses customized to address the course credentialing of paraprofessionals for the "No Child Left Behind" requirements.

For more information on these degrees, access the RODP Web site at

The following are approved RODP General Education requirements for students admitted Fall 2004 and later.

  • Communication ( 9 hours )
    • ENGL 1010 : English Composition I -- 3 hours
    • ENGL 1020 : English Composition II -- 3 hours
    • SP   110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking -- 3 hours
  • History (Choose two courses - 6 hours )
    • *HIST 1110: Survey of World History I -- 3 hours (intended for students planning to enroll in UT programs)
    • *HIST 1120: Survey of World History II -- 3 hours (intended for students planning to enroll in UT programs)
    • HIST 2010: U.S. History I -- 3 hours (intended for students planning to graduate from TBR schools)
    • HIST 2020: U.S. History II -- 3 hours (intended for students planning to graduate from TBR schools)
    • HIST 2030: Tennessee History -- 3 hours (intended for students planning to graduate from TBR schools)
  • Humanities ( Choose 9 hours including 3 hours Literature )
    • *ART 1010: Art History Survey I -- 3 hours
    • *ART 1020: Art History Survey II -- 3 hours
    • *ART 1030: Art Appreciation -- 3 hours
    • *ENGL 2010: Introduction to Literature I: Fiction -- 3 hours
    • ENGL 2110: American Literature I -- 3 hours
    • ENGL 2120: American Literature II -- 3 hours
    • *ENGL 2210: English Literature I -- 3 hours
    • *ENGL 2220: English Literature II -- 3 hours
    • *ENGL 2410: Western World Literature I -- 3 hours
    • *ENGL 2420: Western World Literature II -- 3 hours
    • HUM 1010: Introduction to Humanities I -- 3 hours
    • HUM 1020: Introduction to Humanities II -- 3 hours
    • *MUS  1030: Music Appreciation -- 3 hours
    • *PHIL 121: Elementary Ethics -- 3 hours
    • *PHIL 201: Introduction to World Religions -- 3 hours
    • *PHIL 1030: Introduction to Philosophy --3 hours
    • *THEA 1030: Introduction to Theatre -- 3 hours    
    • HIST 220: African American History -- 3 hours
  • Sciences ( Choose two courses - 8 hours )
    • ASTR 1030: Astronomy and Lab  -- 4 hours
    • BIOL 1010: Biology I and Lab -- 4 hours
    • BIOL 1020: Biology II and Lab -- 4 hours
    • BIOL 2010: Human Anatomy and Physiology I --4 hours
    • BIOL 2020: Human Anatomy and Physiology II -- 4 hours
    • CHEM 1010: Intro to Chemistry I and Lab -- 4 hours
    • CHEM 1020: Intro to Chemistry II and Lab -- 4 hours
    • ESC 1110: Introduction to Environmental Science I -- 4 hours
    • ESC 1120: Introduction to Environmental Science II --4 hours
    • PHYS 1030: Concepts of Physics and Lab -- 4 hours
    • PSCI 1010: Survey of Physical Science I -- 4 hours
  • Mathematics ( Choose one  - 3 hours )
    • MATH 1130: College Algebra -- 3 hours
    • MATH 1530: Probability and Statistics (non calculus) -- 3 hours
    • MATH 1630: Finite Mathematics -- 3 hours
    • MATH 1710: Precalculus I -- 3 hours
    • MATH 1720: Precalculus II (trigonometry) -- 3 hours
    • MATH 1830: Intuitive Calculus -- 3 hours
    • MATH 1910: Calculus I -- 4 hours
    • MATH 1920: Calculus II -- 4 hours
  • Social Science ( Choose two courses - 6 hours )
    • ECON 2010: Economics I -- 3 hours
    • ECON 2020: Economics II -- 3 hours
    • *GEOG 105: World Regional Geography -- 3 hours
    • HPRO 2100: Wellness Concepts and Practices -- 3 hours
    • POL 1010: US Government and Politics -- 3 hours
    • POL 1020: Introduction to Political Science -- 3 hours
    • PSY 101: General Psychology -- 3 hours
    • SOC 1010: Introduction to Sociology -- 3 hours
    • SOC 1020: Social Problems -- 3 hours
    • *SOCI 1120: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology -- 3 hours
    • SOCI 2000: Marriage and Family -- 3 hours

  * - Courses containing at least one component of international content

For additional information regarding courses that are available through the Regents Online Degree Program go to


Extended Campuses and Programs


The Extended Campuses and Programs office at Columbia State is responsible for coordinating course offerings and services at the College's extended campuses and temporary instructional sites. The office also works with employers, students, and faculty to provide cooperative education opportunities and with K-12 schools to provide dual enrollment and educational outreach programs.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education (co-op) gives students the opportunity to integrate classroom study with related work experience in industry, business, or government. Columbia State Community College believes students may develop needed skills by engaging in challenging and interesting situations in the work place. This applied learning provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their abilities in real-world work environments. The program is flexible and is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student.

Cooperative education is similar to an independent study course. During periods of co-op employment, students are enrolled in a co-op course, pay a registration fee, and comply with department requirements. In order to qualify for entry and continue participation in the program, students must meet criteria outlined in the most current program brochure, and must not have engaged in conduct that resulted in college disciplinary sanctions or academic penalties.

Although there is no guarantee of co-op placement, permanent work or any compensation, every effort is made to place students to their best educational and financial advantage. If remuneration is involved, the rate of pay is determined by agreement of the employer and the student. The employer pays wages directly to the student.

The co-op employer provides a supervisor and the College assigns a faculty sponsor for each student. Periodic reports from supervisors and communications by faculty assure that each student obtains maximum benefit from the program. Grading for co-op courses is on a pass/fail basis. Participation in cooperative education involves no obligation on the part of either the student or the employer with regard to permanent employment after graduation.

For more information on cooperative education, call (615) 790-4409.


Distance Education


Distance education is a method for extending educational opportunities beyond the boundaries of the traditional campus. Columbia State offers a number of courses each semester through non-traditional delivery formats including hybrid courses, interactive video, and Internet courses. These courses have the same course requirements, transferability, and general content as courses with the same designation which are taught through traditional classroom lecture.

Distance education courses are included in each semester's course schedule. For more information, access and click on "Distance/Online Education."

Hybrid Courses

"Hybrid" is the name used to describe a course that combines in-the-classroom instruction with computer-based, Online learning. In a hybrid course, half of the course is presented Online and, as a result, the amount of on-campus classroom time is reduced by one-half.

Interactive Video

Traditional courses are delivered via interactive compressed video which provides transmission of live two-way audio, video, and data to all five Columbia State campuses. Interactive video classes are listed in the appropriate subject section in the course schedule.

Internet Courses

Internet courses are offered Online. Students may use campus computer facilities or participate using a personal computer. Students should check the course schedule or the Distance/Online Education Web site for computer system and program requirements and complete the "Am I A Good Candidate for Online Learning?" assessment prior to registering for Internet courses.


Planning a Course of Study


Academic Advising

Although educational decisions are ultimately the student's responsibility, it is important that every student receive academic advising to ensure the best possible choices are made. Advisors can be reached by calling (931) 540-2575 or e-mailing All full-time faculty are available to students for consultation and maintain regular office hours for this purpose. Students will be assigned advisors early in their educational programs. Students may print a CAPP degree audit by accessing their myChargerNet account or they may request copies from the Advising and Career Planning office or any campus location by making an appointment. These printouts will indicate the courses remaining toward particular degrees or certificates.

Students are responsible for:

  • knowing the graduation eligibility requirements for their major as stated in the catalog,
  • obtaining an equivalency table and/or the requirements for graduation at the senior institution to which students plan to transfer,
  • making an appointment with an advisor and keeping it,
  • knowing important dates such as schedule change deadlines or the last date for drop/withdrawal/change to audit, and
  • consulting with instructors and with an advisor for referral to college resources for help when experiencing academic difficulty.

Placement in Courses

It is the responsibility of the advisor and the student to review the student's admissions and testing data and academic record to assure that all course and program prerequisites are met. Students should refer to the "Policy and Procedures for Mandatory Placement of Students," on the Admission to the College page for guidelines regarding developmental studies courses. The College may deny registration in a course where the developmental studies prerequisite or any other prerequisite has not been met.

Planning a Program of Study

The selection of a degree or certificate program is basic to planning a program of study since the general education and program-specific requirements vary considerably from program to program. Degree programs which may be selected include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Teaching, and the Associate of Applied Science. Other shorter programs of study may lead to a certificate. Information on specific programs can be accessed through the College Web site.

Career-Entry programs are designed primarily for immediate employment and require the selection of a program-specific major which leads to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree.

These programs are not designed for transfer to a senior institution but some programs and courses may be transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Technical Certificate programs consist of fewer than 33 semester hours and are used for skills upgrade or to prepare for licensure examinations. These courses may result in a technical certificate which is noted on the student's transcript. The courses in these certificates can be applied towards an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Career Advancement course sequences provide documentation for employment or professional development credit. The courses may be credit or non-credit and are focused on training for specific skills.

Pre-professional programs are transfer programs which lead to an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree and provide students with the first two years of preparation for entrance into a professional school such as medicine at a university. Since the course requirements for admission to these professional schools vary considerably, it is essential that students be familiar with the entrance requirements of the school to which they intend to apply and that they work closely with their pre-professional program advisor at Columbia State when designing their program of study. Generally, it is wise to select an emphasis in a field with similar requirements, for example biology or chemistry, and develop a program of study for that field that includes the professional school entrance requirements.

General Transfer Degree programs are designed to transfer into a baccalaureate program at a four-year college or university. Students in this program declare a major in general transfer. Since general education and major requirements vary from one transfer institution to another, it is essential that transfer students decide on a transfer institution as soon as possible and refer to the major requirements in that institution's catalog when planning a program of study. The student should then select an area of emphasis at Columbia State which corresponds to the transfer major selected. The requirements for the emphasis may be modified upon request to meet the requirements in that major at a specific transfer college or university. Degree checklists for the various emphases are available Online at

Students transferring to a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution must meet the general education requirements listed below under the "Tennessee Board of Regents' General Education Requirements and Undergraduate Requirements." TBR institutions are all state community colleges, Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Memphis.


General Education Philosophy and Requirements



According to its mission, Columbia State Community College "promotes academic excellence with emphasis on student learning that builds knowledge, develops skills and broadens perspectives." As a means of achieving its mission, Columbia State strives to engage the entire college community in a learning centered environment in which students acquire the essential skills needed to be successful in and contribute to their communities.

The general education core required of students in all degree programs is central to achievement of this goal. Within this core students will learn by reading, writing, speaking, and solving quantitative problems within the disciplines explored as part of a broad general education and within those specific to the students' major field. As a necessary corollary to application of the essential skills in learning, students will be required to think critically about their subjects, identify relevant sources of information, select and use technology effectively and work cooperatively with others.

Learning occurs within the context of an expanded core of knowledge which provides a broader context for understanding, appreciating and living in the modern world. Students will acquire this knowledge by surveying one or more disciplines within each of the following general areas of study:

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics

For each of the selected disciplines, students will understand the central concepts defining the selected disciplines; appreciate the historical, political, and/or cultural impact of the disciplines; and understand how the disciplines apply to their life and the world at large.


Tennessee Board of Regents' General Education Requirements and Undergraduate Degree Requirements


Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the State University and Community College System of Tennessee (hereafter identified as the Tennessee Board of Regents System) will subscribe to common general education requirements at the lower-division. These requirements consist of forty-one (41) semester hours in the following subject categories and are required for completion of the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.), and all baccalaureate degrees.

Communication   9 semester hours*
Humanities and/or Fine Arts   9 semester hours (One course must be in literature.)
Social/Behavioral Sciences   6 semester hours
History   6 semester hours**
Natural Sciences   8 semester hours
Mathematics   3 semester hours
  Total   41 semester hours

Courses designated to fulfill general education requirements by Columbia State Community College are listed on the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Requirements page and the Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) (K-6) Degree Requirements page. A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for Tennessee Board of Regents institutions is available on their Web site at

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of two years of college-level work. Students pursuing an Associate of Arts degree shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one year of college-level work.

*Six (6) semester hours of English composition and three (3) semester hours in English oral presentational communication are required.

**Students who lack the required one unit (one year) of American history from high school as an admissions requirement must complete six (6) semester hours of American History or three (3) semester hours of American History and three (3) semester hours of Tennessee History to fulfill the history requirements in general education. Otherwise, students may choose from among the history courses approved at a particular institution to fulfill the six-semester hour requirement in history.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Provisions

All baccalaureate degrees offered by institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System shall require a maximum of 120 semester hours except in certain degree programs in which approval to exceed the maximum has been granted. The programs approved as exceptions to the maximum are identified in institutional catalogs.

All associate degrees shall require a maximum of 60 semester hours except in certain degree programs in which approval to exceed the maximum has been granted. The programs approved as exceptions to the maximum are identified in institutional catalogs.

Credit hours earned in remedial or developmental courses are institution credit; they are not applicable to credit hours required for any certificate, associate, or baccalaureate degree.

College courses taken to address course deficiencies in high school preparation and to meet minimum university admission requirements effective fall 1989 may be used concurrently to satisfy general education requirements specified above with the exception of foreign language. Relative to removing deficiencies in foreign language, the following provisions apply:

  1. Students who pursue programs leading to the Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degrees may apply foreign language courses taken to remove the deficiencies as electives, if appropriate, or otherwise as add-on hours.
  2. Students who pursue programs leading to the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees may apply foreign language courses taken to remove deficiencies toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

Transfer Provisions of General Education Courses

  1. Students who complete the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and transfer to a university within the Tennessee Board of Regents System will have satisfied all lower-division general education requirements.
  2. Students who complete blocks of subject categories will have satisfied the general education requirements for the categories of note. For example, if the eight (8) semester hours of natural sciences are completed, then this block of general education requirement is fulfilled upon transfer to an institution within the Tennessee Board of Regents System. When a subject category is incomplete, a course-by-course evaluation will be conducted, and the student will be subject to specific requirements of the receiving institution.
  3. Institutional/departmental requirements of the grade of "C" will be honored. If credit is granted for a course with the grade of "D," any specific requirements for the grade of "C" by the receiving institution will be enforced.
  4. In certain majors, specific courses must be taken in general education. It is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must be fulfilled under lower-division general education. In cases where specific courses are required as a part of general education for certain majors, the student is responsible for enrolling in the correct courses. Failure to fulfill specific major requirements in lower-division general education may result in the need to complete additional courses.

General Education Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is not designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs; however, a general education component is required. The following distribution of general education courses is required for the A.A.S. degree in all community colleges within the Tennessee Board of Regents System.

English Composition   3 semester hours
Humanities and/or Fine Arts   3 semester hours*
Social/Behavioral Sciences   3 semester hours*
Natural Science/Mathematics   3 semester hours*
One additional course from the categories of Communication,
Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, or
Natural Science/Mathematics
  3-4 semester hours*
  Total   15-17  semester hours

 *Specific courses satisfying these requirements must be the same courses that satisfy the general education requirement for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or baccalaureate degrees. (See A.A.S. major for specific Columbia State Community College courses meeting this requirement.)