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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Sciences

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P.O. Box 70730
Phone: (423) 439-5671
Web address: http://www.etsu.edu/cas/

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to support the seventeen academic departments, three Centers of Excellence, and two museums in their efforts to help students develop responsive intellects: minds attuned to the beauties, the demands, and the opportunities within our natural, social and cultural worlds. The college offers a well-rounded liberal education program which enhances students’ ability to lead satisfying personal lives, prepares them for a wide range of professional careers, and provides the academic background necessary for graduate work or for elementary or secondary teaching. The college’s curriculum introduces students to major fields of interest in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences, and the natural sciences through the following departments:



The College also offers educational opportunities through the following centers of excellence:

Preparation for Graduate and Professional Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs designed to prepare students for advanced studies and professional schools. Pre-professional areas include Pre-Law, Pre-Engineering, and a variety of health professions. Pre-Law students should contact the University Pre-Law Advisor in the Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration. Pre-Engineering students are advised through the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Students interested in pursuing health professions should contact the Medical Professions Advisement Program.

Medical Professions Advisement Program

The Medical Professions Advisement Program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides advisement to students entering East Tennessee State University in preparation for careers in several health-related fields. These comprise Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The above mentioned programs are not undergraduate majors at East Tennessee State University; however, they are programs of study that prepare students for application to professional programs. Many professional programs prefer/require students to attain an undergraduate degree before acceptance into their programs; therefore, the student, medical professions advisor, and major advisor work together to complete necessary requirements for fulfillment of an undergraduate degree and prerequisite courses for the professional school(s) of choice. Students are encouraged to choose majors in which they are interested. Questions concerning health-related programs of study should be directed to the Office of Medical Professions Advisement Program, PO Box 70592, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614, (423) 439-5602. For more information, visit the Medical Professions Advisement Program page or their website at www.etsu.edu/cas/mpa/.


College of Arts and Sciences B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken. Students interested in degree programs in Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Music (B.M.), or Social Work (B.S.W.) should consult the appropriate departmental section of this catalog for specific information.

Required Areas Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science

Foreign Languages

Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020
or above with a grade of C- or better.* **

Non-U.S. History  3 credit hours None


Specified General Education Core:
MATH 1530  or MATH 1910 

Specified General Education Core: 
MATH 1530  or MATH 1910 , as specified by major.

Natural Sciences










General Education Core 










Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following+:
  1. ASTR 1010  and ASTR 1020 
  2. BIOL 1010 /BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020 /BIOL 1021    
  3. BIOL 1110 /BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120 BIOL 1121  or 
    BIOL 1130 /BIOL 1131    
  4. CHEM 1110 CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1120 /CHEM 1121 
  5. GEOL 1040  and GEOL 1050  (labs included)
  6. GEOG 1110  and GEOG 1120  (labs included)
  7. PHYS 2010 /PHYS 2011  and PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2021 ; or 
    PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120  

+Higher-level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.


Social and Behavioral Sciences

General Education Core
General Education Core 
departmental requirements
Philosophy of Science None PHIL 2640 
Reasoning None PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320 


* International students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement. 
** Consult the Literature and Language Department’s placement policy listed at www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/documents/foreignlanguagerequirement.pdf. and in the listing for Foreign Languages in this catalog.


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