2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook

Planning a Program of Study

Academic Advising

Although educational decisions are ultimately the student's responsibility, it is important that every student receive academic advising to ensure making the best possible choices. All advisors are available to students for consultation and maintain regular office hours for this purpose. Students will be assigned advisors by early in the first semester of study. Students may run a Degree Audit Evaluation from their myChargerNet account. The audit 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 Student under the Admission to the College  section for guidelines regarding Learning Support courses. The College may deny registration in a course where the Learning Support prerequisite or any other prerequisite is unmet.

Program Selection

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 program choices include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine 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 and requirements are available in the Programs of Study  section of the catalog.

General Education Core-Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the TBR General Education Core is to prepare every student to navigate a world of evolving opportunities. It is unbounded by academic discipline and challenges students to discover the inherent interconnectedness of knowledge and the intersection of self and society.

The General Education Core develops skills in acquiring, evaluating, and using information as well as communicating ideas through digital, written, oral, artistic, scientific, and mathematical expression. It challenges students to think independently, write clearly, and speak effectively, and to employ logical and critical reasoning to solve problems even when faced with incomplete, ambiguous, or conflicting data.

The Core encourages students to develop a curiosity for learning, an appreciation of conceptual complexity, and a deepened sense of self-awareness regarding their own beliefs and values. It helps students discover the richness of cultural diversity and instills a respect for people with contrasting life histories, opinions, and worldviews. It fosters an appreciation for human commonality and teaches individuals the ethical implications of living in a global, social ecosystem.

Ultimately, the Core's purpose is to equip every student to pursue a challenging career, experience a rewarding personal life, and inspire others to do the same.

Tennessee Board of Regents General Education Requirements and Undergraduate Requirements

Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the College System of Tennessee (hereafter identified as the Tennessee Board of Regents System) shares a common lower-division general education core curriculum. 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 Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.), and all baccalaureate degrees.

TBR General Education Requirements
Subject Semester Hours Requirements
Communication 9 Six (6) semester hours of English composition and three (3) hours in oral presentations communication are required
Humanities/Fine Arts 9 At least one course must be in literature
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6  
History 6 Students who lack the required one unit (one year) of American History from high school an an admissions requirement must complete six (6) semester hours of U.S. History or three (3) semester hours of U.S. History and three (3) semesters 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 hours requirement in history.
Natural Sciences 8  
Mathematics 3  
Total 41  

Transfer Provisions of General Education Courses

As a result of the 2010 Tennessee Complete College Act, public colleges and universities have an approved transfer track for many majors that assures transfer with full junior status provided community college graduates do not change their major before entering their university studies.

  1. Students who complete the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts or Associate of Science in Teaching 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. Effective Summer 2015, transfer credit will be given for all courses in which passing grades are achieved, including the grade of "D". For students enrolled prior to Summer 2015, only grades of "C" or higher are accepted. All grades of transfer courses are entered on the student's Columbia State permanent academic record. Grades of transfer courses do not count in the calculation of the student's grade point average at Columbia State.
  4. In certain cases, 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 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.

Courses designated to fulfill general education requirements by Columbia State Community College are listed below.  A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for Tennessee Board of Regents institutions is available at the TBR website under Transfer and Articulation. 

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Requirements

General Degree Requirements

All associate degrees awarded by Columbia State Community College shall require 60 semester credit hours with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  The GPA includes all classes taken including those not required for the degree.  Students must earn 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.  Students may not graduate before completing all Learning Support courses requirements as determined by their program of study.  Credit hours earned in Learning Support or other courses for institutional credit only are not applicable as credit hours required for the degree.

General degree requirements for the Associate of Arts degree are the same as those listed for the Associate of Science.  In addition, the Associate of Arts requires proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one year of college-level work.  This requirement may be met by completion of six (6) hours of the same foreign language or through credit by exam. Foreign language courses are an additional requirement for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees.  Six hours of foreign language are required for the A.A. degree and twelve hours are required for the B.A. degree.

Columbia State Courses Fulfilling General Education Core Curriculum Requirements

Choose elective hours from the following list of courses.  If a specific course is required in the chosen program of study, that course cannot be duplicated.

Communication Requirement:

    English Composition: 6 credit hours

  • ENGL 1010 English Composition I  
  • ENGL 1020 English Composition II  

   Communication: 3 credit hours

  • COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication  OR COMM 2055 Argumentation and Debate  

Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement: 9 credit hours  (must include one course in literature)

  • ART 1035 Introduction to Art  
  • ART 2000 Art History Survey I  
  • ART 2020 Art History Survey II  
  • ENGL 2055 African-American Literature  (course will satisfy literature requirement)
  • ENGL 2130 Topics in American Literature  (course will satisfy literature requirement)
  • ENGL 2160 Mythology  
  • ENGL 2235 Topics in British Literature  (course will satisfy literature requirement)
  • ENGL 2310 Early World Literature  (course will satisfy literature requirement)
  • ENGL 2320 Modern World Literature  (course will satisfy literature requirement)
  • ENGL 2860 Introduction to Film  
  • HUM 1010 Early Humanities  
  • HUM 1020 Modern Humanities  
  • MUS 1030 Introduction to Music  
  • PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy  
  • PHIL 1040 Introduction to Ethics  
  • PHIL 2200 Introduction to World Religions  
  • THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre  

Mathematics Requirement: 3 credit hours

  • MATH 1010 Math for General Studies  
  • MATH 1130 College Algebra  
  • MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics  
  • MATH 1630 Finite Mathematics  
  • MATH 1710 Precalculus Algebra  
  • MATH 1720 Precalculus Trigonometry  
  • MATH 1730 Precalculus  
  • MATH 1830 Applied Calculus  
  • MATH 1910 Calculus I  

Natural Sciences Requirement: 8 credit hours

  • ASTR 1030 Survey of Astronomy  
  • BIOL 1010 Introduction to Biology  
  • BIOL 1020 Diversity of Life  
  • BIOL 1080 Concepts of Biology  (must pair with non-biology course except for  BIOL 2010  or BIOL 2020  to fulfill the natural science general education requirements)
  • BIOL 1110 General Biology I  
  • BIOL 1120 General Biology II  
  • BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I  
  • BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II  
  • CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I  
  • CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II  
  • ESCI 1010 Weather and Climate  
  • ESCI 1020 Landforms  
  • PHYS 2010 Non-Calculus Physics I  
  • PHYS 2020 Non-Calculus Physics II  
  • PHYS 2110 Calculus-Based Physics I  
  • PHYS 2120 Calculus-Based Physics II  
  • PSCI 1030 Survey of Physical Science  

Social/Behavioral Science Requirement: 6 credit hours

  • ANTH 1230 Intro to Cultural Anthropology  
  • ANTH 1430 Intro Prehistoric Archaeology  
  • COMM 1010 Introduction to Mass Communication  
  • ECON 2100 Principles of Macroeconomics  
  • ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  
  • GEOG 2010 World Regional Geography   
  • PHED 2120 Essential Lifetime Wellness  
  • POLS 1010 Intro to Political Science  
  • POLS 1030 American Government  
  • POLS 2025 State and Local Government  
  • POLS 2035 International Relations  
  • PSYC 1030 Introduction to Psychology  
  • PSYC 2130 Lifespan Development Psychology  
  • SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology  
  • SOCI 1040 Social Problems  
  • SOCI 2010 Marriage and Family  

Tennessee Transfer Pathway Major (A.A., A.S., and A.S.T.)

In support of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, the Tennessee transfer pathways promote the transfer function of community colleges by ensuring that students achieve their goals and maintain momentum toward completing the associate and baccalaureate degrees with a smooth transfer process.  It is essential that transfer students decide on a transfer institution as soon as possible and follow the requirements when planning a program of study.

Students complete the associates degree in the following majors are guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution.  To see which four-year institutions offer these TTP majors and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

  • Accounting, A.S.  
  • Agriculture, Agricultural Business, A.S.  
  • Agriculture, Animal Science, A.S.  
  • Agriculture, Plant and Soil Science, A.S.  
  • Anthropology, A.A./A.S.  
  • Art (Studio), A.A.  
  • Biology, A.S.  
  • Business Administration, A.S.  
  • Chemistry, A.S.  
  • Civil Engineering, A.S.  
  • Communication Studies, A.A./A.S.  
  • Computer Science, A.S.  
  • Criminal Justice, A.A./A.S.  
  • Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3), A.S.T.  
  • Economics, A.A./A.S.  
  • Electrical Engineering, A.S.  
  • Elementary Education (K-5), A.S.T.  
  • English, A.A.  
  • Exercise Science, A.S.  
  • Finance, A.S.  
  • Foreign Language, A.A.   
  • History, A.A./A.S.  
  • Imaging Sciences, A.S.  
  • Information Systems, A.S.  
  • International Affairs, A.A.  
  • Kinesiology, A.S.  
  • Management, A.S.  
  • Marketing, A.S.  
  • Mass Communication, A.A./A.S.  
  • Mathematics, A.S.  
  • Mechanical Engineering, A.S.   
  • Nutrition & Food Science, A.S.  
  • Philosophy, A.A./A.S.  
  • Physical Education, A.S.  
  • Physics, A.S.  
  • Political Science, A.A./A.S.  
  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science, A.S.  
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene, A.S.  
  • Pre-Health Professions, A.S  
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy, A.S.  
  • Pre-Physical Therapy, A.S.  
  • Psychology, A.A./A.S.  
  • Secondary Education - English, A.S.T.  
  • Secondary Education - Mathematics, A.S.T.  
  • Secondary Education - Social Studies, A.S.T.  
  • Social Work, A.A./A.S.  
  • Sociology, A.A./A.S.  
  • Special Education, A.S.   
  • Sports & Leisure Management, A.S.  
  • Theatre Arts, A.A./A.S.  

University Parallel Major (A.A. and A.S.)

These degrees are for students who plan to transfer into university baccalaureate programs that do not have a Tennessee Transfer Pathway, and therefore; may not be fully transferable.  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. In addition, articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions.  These agreements are available at https://www.columbiastate.edu/transfer-information/articulations.html.

  • Geography, A.A./A.S.  
  • Graphic Design, A.A./A.S.  
  • Humanities, A.A./A.S.  
  • Music, A.A./A.S.  
  • Pre-Allied Health Sciences, A.S.  
  • Public Relations, A.A./A.S.   
  • University Parallel, No Emphasis, A.A./A.S.  

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed for the student who wishes to move directly into the job market after graduation. See A.A.S. programs for specific GPA and degree requirements.

Total semester hours for the Associate of Applied Science degree vary from 60 - 74 hours with an overall GPA earned of 2.0 and a GPA of at least 2.0 within the major courses.  The GPA includes all classes taken including those not required for the degree.  Students must earn 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.  Students may not earn a degree or certificate before completing all Learning Support competencies as required by their program of study.  Credit hours earned in Learning Support or other courses for institutional credit only are not applicable as credit hours required for the degree.

  • Anesthesia Technology, A.A.S.  
  • Business, Administrative Professional Technology Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Business, Management Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Business, Medical Office Administration Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Computer Information Technology, Cyber Defense Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Computer Information Technology, Mobile Technologies Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Computer Information Technology, Networking Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Computer Information Technology, Programming Concentration, A.A.S.  
  • Criminal Justice, A.A.S.  
  • Engineering Systems Technology, A.A.S.  
  • General Technology, A.A.S.  
  • Medical Informatics, A.A.S.  
  • Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.  
  • Nursing, A.A.S.  
  • Radiologic Technology, A.A.S.  
  • Respiratory Care, A.A.S.  
  • Veterinary Technology, A.A.S.  

General Education course requirements for the A.A.S. are as follows:

English Composition: 3 credit hours

  •  ENGL 1010 English Composition I  

Humanities/Fine Arts*: 3 credit hours
Natural Sciences/Mathematics*: 3-4 credit hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences*: 3 credit hours
Additional Course*: 3-4 credit hours
Total: 15-17 hours

*See A.A.S. programs for specific courses meeting this requirement.

Technical Certificate Requirements

Degree requirements for technical certificates vary. See specific requirements under each certificate.  Students seeking a certificate must earn a minimum of 25% of the credits required for that certificate in residence at Columbia State.  Completers must earn a GPA of a least 2.0 in courses required for the certificate.

These certificates are designed to allow students to gain entry-level proficiency in specific skills.

  • Accelerated Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate  
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate  
  • Business Technical Certificate   
  • Computed Tomography Technical Certificate  
  • Computer Networking Technical Certificate  
  • Cyber Security Technical Certificate  
  • Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate  
  • Engineering Systems Technology Technical Certificate  
  • Film Crew Technology Technical Certificate  
  • Fire Science Technical Certificate  
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Technical Certificate  
  • Paramedic Technical Certificate  
  • Web Design and Mobile Technologies Technical Certificate