It is widely recognized that students can prepare in many fields for highly rewarding careers in only two to three years of concentrated study. Such fields include management, criminal justice, computer information technology, care and development of young children, fire and emergency services, radiologic technology, respiratory care, and nursing. Associate degree programs are offered in all of these areas at LSU Eunice, and graduates of these programs are actively sought by employers throughout the state and nation. In addition, students may complete and certificates of technical studies in specific technical fields. LSU Eunice also offers the Associate of Arts Louisiana degree, the Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer degree, and the Associate of General Studies degree.
LSU Eunice Degree Requirements
Students must meet the curricular requirements for a degree as outlined in one issue of the LSU Eunice Catalog. Students are responsible for knowing degree requirements. They may elect any issue of the LSU Eunice Catalog in force during their residence at this or any other accredited institution of higher learning, provided their residence is continuous. The catalog chosen is to be used for determining curricular requirements only. Students whose enrollment here or elsewhere is interrupted (either voluntarily or by compulsion) for at least two consecutive regular semesters may not elect a catalog issued earlier than the one in force at the time of re-entry. The act of transferring from one institution to another is not regarded in itself as an interruption of enrollment; the interval between enrollments is the controlling factor. Students changing from one curriculum to another may not elect to follow a catalog in force earlier than the date on which the student’s change was made. Under no circumstances may a catalog more than 5 years old be used.
Where programs include curricular requirements set by external agencies such as accrediting associations, changes in these requirements may be made without prior notice, and students may be required to conform to the changes when they become effective. Should LSU Eunice find it necessary to discontinue an academic program, every reasonable effort will be made to enable students already admitted to the program to complete degree requirements on schedule.
General Degree and Certificate Requirements
- Students must achieve an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average) or better on all college work attempted, plus a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 on all work taken at Louisiana State University Eunice.
- Students must earn 25 percent of the credits required for the associate degree at LSU Eunice. The last 15 hours of degree requirements must be completed in residence at LSU Eunice. All students must be enrolled at LSU Eunice during the semester in which degree requirements are fulfilled. Note: Students receiving a reverse transfer degree or those enrolled in fire and emergency services may satisfy the residency requirement if any 15 hours are taken at LSU Eunice.
[Change to the above: Students must earn 25 percent of the credits required for the associate degree at LSU Eunice. All students must be enrolled at LSU Eunice during the semester in which degree requirements are fulfilled. -Amended 1/12/2016 for the Spring 2016 semester.]
- Students must take a minimum of 15 semester hours within the academic division granting the associate degree.
- Students shall receive no degree credit for developmental courses i.e. MATH 0001 , MATH 0002 , MATH 0015 , MATH 0021 , UNIV 0008 , ENGL 0001 , or ENGL 0101 .
- Students desiring to receive more than one associate degree must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours at LSU Eunice in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the first degree. The 15 hours taken for the second degree must be approved by the division head of the division granting the degree.
- Students earning associate degrees must complete ENGL 1001 and ENGL 1002 . Students should refer to the particular associate degree program for specific mathematics requirements.
- No substitutions may be made for the English composition and the mathematics requirements specified in the associate degree curriculum. When the courses in question are from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, another course from the same general areas must be substituted. A classification of academic disciplines includes, but is not limited to
- Humanities: Communication Studies, English, Foreign Language, History, Philosophy
- Fine Arts: Art, Music, Theater
- Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Mass Communication
- Natural Sciences: Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Dairy Science, Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Microbiology, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Poultry Science, Zoology
In addition to the above discipline areas, students may take elective courses in business, criminal justice, nursing, fire science, education, agriculture, etc.
MAJOR CORE Requirements:
A waiver of no more than two major core requirements (six semester hours of substitutions) can be granted in an associate degree curriculum. No waiver can be granted without being recommended with written justification by the faculty advisor and approved by the Division Head.
- Students should consult with the appropriate division head concerning transfer credit evaluation. Transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted on the same basis as if it were earned in the LSU System. Credit earned at institutions which are not regionally accredited must be validated through appropriate departmental examinations. Non-traditional credit earned outside the LSU System must conform to advanced-standing policies stated in this catalog or be validated through appropriate departmental examinations.
- Credits which are over 10 years old may be applied toward degree or diploma requirements only with the approval of the student’s division head.
- These requirements apply to students pursuing certificate programs with the following exceptions:
- The last 9 semester hours of certificate requirements must be completed in residence at LSU Eunice. [This line rescended 1/12/2016 for the Spring 2016 semester.]
- Graduates desiring to complete an additional certificate program must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours at LSU Eunice in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the first certificate or degree.
- A waiver of no more than one course requirement (three semester hours) may be made in a certificate program. No substitutions may be made for the English and mathematics requirements specified in Number 6 above. When the courses in question are from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, another course from the same general area must be substituted.
Louisiana State University Eunice recognizes those students who complete degree/certificate requirements with high academic achievements. Students who complete degree/diploma/certificate requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50=3.79 will graduate with honors. Students who complete degree/diploma/certificate requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80-4.00 will graduate with high honors.
General Education Requirements
Information regarding the general education requirements for LSU Eunice degrees and certificates can be found here:General Education Requirements .
Degree Program Definitions
Louisiana Transfer Associate (AA/LT or AS/LT) An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree that follows a prescribed curriculum (providing both structure and flexibility) and assures transfer of the 60 hours in the degree plus credit for completion of the required general education block at any public university.
Example: Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer
Associate (A) An academic degree program with a significant general education core, designed to prepare students for immediate employment or career entry, but which also may serve as prepatory education for transfer to a related baccalaureate program. The use of this particular degree designation should be limited to cases wherein other associate degree designations (A.A.S., A.A., or A.S.) have been determined to be inappropriate. All coursework must meet SACSCOC requirements. Non-designated associate degrees are limited to community colleges and two-year transfer institutions.
Example: Associate of General Studies
Associate of Science (A.S.) An academic degree program with a significant general education core, designed primarily to serve as prepatory education for transfer to a related baccalaureate program. All coursework must meet SACSCOC requirements. A.S. degrees are usually offered by community colleges and two-year transfer institutions.
Example: Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) An applied/academic degree program, with a limited general education core component, primarily designed to prepare students for immediate employment or career entry. A.A.S. degrees can be formed by combining a T.D. with 15 hours of required general education or can be a distinct curriculum unrelated to any preexisting program of technical studies. All general education coursework must meet SACSCOC requirements. If coursework required of the degree is intended for transfer to a four-year institution, this coursework must meet appropriate SACSCOC requirements.
Example: Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology
Certificate of Technical Studies (C.T.S.) An applied, technical program (usually 16-33 hours) to provide a student with a broad technical competency. C.T.S. programs are strictly limited to technical and community colleges. The C.T.S. is not designed for transfer to an associate or baccalaureate degree program; the C.A.S. is more appropriate for such transferability.
Example: Administrative Technology Specialist Certificate of Technical Studies
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