It is widely recognized that students can prepare adequately in many fields for highly rewarding careers in only two to three years of concentrated study. Such fields include office administration, 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 technical competency areas, certificates of technical studies, and technical diplomas in specific technical fields. LSU Eunice also offers associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of general studies degrees. One-year certificate programs are available in arson investigation, office practices and procedures, and diagnostic medical sonography.
University 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, e.g., accrediting associations, changes in such requirements may be made without prior notice, and students may be required to conform to such changes when they become effective. Should the University 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 Technical Diploma Requirements
- Students must achieve an overall average 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 and technical diploma at LSU Eunice. The last 15 hours of degree or diploma requirements must be completed in residence at LSU Eunice. All students must be enrolled at LSU Eunice during the semester in which degree or diploma requirements are fulfilled. Note: Students enrolled in fire and emergency services may satisfy the residency requirement if any 15 hours are taken at LSU Eunice.
- Students must take a minimum of 15 semester hours within the academic division granting the associate degree or technical diploma.
- Students shall receive no degree credit for MATH 0001 or MATH 0002 , UNIV 0008 , or ENGL 0001 .
- Students desiring to receive more than one associate degree or technical diploma must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours at LSU Eunice in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the first degree or diploma. The 15 hours taken for the second degree or diploma must be approved by the division head of the division granting the degree or diploma.
- Students earning associate degrees must complete ENGL 1001 and ENGL 1002 . Students should refer to the particular associate degree program for specific mathematics requirements.
- A waiver of no more than two course requirements (six semester hours) may be made in an associate degree or technical diploma curriculum. 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 is provided below.
- Humanities: Communication Studies, English, Foreign Language, History, Mass Communication, Philosophy
- Fine Arts: Art, Music, Theatre
- Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- No course substitutions may be made for technical competency areas.
- 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.
The associate degree is awarded with highest honors to any student whose grade-point average is at least 3.80. Students with averages of 3.50 to 3.79 will graduate with high honors. A student’s overall grade-point average will be used to determine eligibility for honors.
General Education Requirements
The University’s General Education Requirements represent a conviction on the part of the faculty that all students need to reason logically, communicate effectively, and relate to the world around them. General education courses are intended to foster artistic, scientific principles; to communicate effectively; to locate, evaluate, communicate information effectively; to analyze, evaluate, synthesize and apply information; and to apply the knowledge of natural science to natural phenomenon.
LSU Eunice believes that students should acquire a substantial knowledge when completing any associate degree program. All graduates of LSU Eunice degree programs are expected to demonstrate the following general education objectives.
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Degree Program Definitions
Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS). These academic degree programs require between 60 to 72 credit hours and are designed primarily to serve as preparatory education for transfer to a related baccalaureate program at a four-year institution. To assure maximum acceptance of credit, students should consult their LSU Eunice advisor and a representative of the institution to which they plan to transfer.
Example: Associate of Science in Criminal Justice .
Associate of Applied Science (AAS). This academic degree program requires 60 to 72 credit hours and is designed for immediate employment or career entry. Although some courses taken to fulfill requirements for this degree may be accepted by four-year institutions, this type of degree is normally considered to be a terminal degree.
Example: Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology
Associate. This academic degree program requires 60 to 72 credit hours and is designed to prepare students for immediate employment or career entry, but which also may serve as preparatory education for transfer to a related baccalaureate program at a four-year institution. To assure maximum acceptance of credit, students should consult their LSU Eunice advisor and a representative of the institution to which they plan to transfer.
Example: Associate of General Studies .
Technical Diploma (TD). This applied, technical degree program requires 45 to 60 credit hours and is designed to provide students with a broad technical competency. Although some courses taken to fulfill requirements for this degree may be accepted by four-year institutions, this type of degree is normally considered to be a terminal degree.
Example: Technical Diploma in Crime Scene Management .
Certificate, Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), and Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS). These applied, technical programs require 21 to 33 credit hours and are designed to provide students with specialized technical competencies. These certificate programs are not intended for transfer to a four-year institution.
Example: Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Records and Health Information Technology .
Technical Competency Areas (TCA). These are applied courses or a series of courses (one to 12 credit hours) which have a focus on workforce development.
Example: Technical Competency Area in Medical Coding .
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