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College Requirements


For regular admissions to the College of Sciences, the student must complete the requirements (or equivalent) of the Junior Division with not less than a 2.0 grade point average. This requirement must include six hours of English (ENGL 110-111), six hours of history, six hours of mathematics (MATH 130 or above), and seven hours of science (biology, chemistry, or physics).

Requirements for admission to the undergraduate program in computer science are described in the Department of Computer Science section.


A student transferring to the College of Sciences from another college or university must have the institution send an official transcript to the registrar of Southern University, Baton Rouge.

All work pursued at other institutions or in another college or school at Southern University shall be reviewed and approved by the dean of the College of Sciences for its applicability to the specific general education and major requirements for a degree.


The Bachelor of Science Degree is awarded to students who complete the requirements of the college as stated below:

  • The completion of an approved program of study of not less than 128 semester hours of course work with a minimum overall 2.0 GPA and with grades of "C" or above in all courses completed to fulfill the major and bona fide minor course requirements. See section on Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for details.
  • The completion of at least 32 semester hours of credit in a major field; the specific semester hour requirement for curricula in each department is outlined in the description of the program of that department.
  • The completion of the following general education requirements:


9 Hours

(Freshman Composition, ENGL 110 and 111, plus three hours of literature to be selected from ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, or an appropriate higher level literature course).


6 Hours

MATH 130 or above



3 Hours

To be selected from ART 200, MUSC 200, or MUSC 353


10 Hours

Each student must complete at least 10 semester hours in the natural sciences, both physical and biological, which includes a two-semester sequence, totaling six semester hours. A one-semester hour laboratory experience must be included in this 10-hour requirement. The selections must be made from BIOL 104 and 105; CHEM 108 and 128, 109 and 129, 110 and 130, 111 and 131, 112 and 132, and 113 and 133, and PHYS 101, 102, 201, 202, 141, 142, 221, and 222.


9 Hours

Each student must complete a two-semester sequence in history, totaling six semester hours. The selections must be made from HIST 104 and 105, 114 and 115, or two higher level courses in history by advisement. Additionally, each student must complete three semester hours to be selected from PHIL 200, 210 and HUMN 241, 242, and 366.

Social Science

6 Hours

To be selected from ECON 200, GEOG 210 and 221, POLS 200 and 210, PSYC 210, and SOCL 210.

Foreign Language

6 Hours

It is mandatory that the six semester hours be completed in the same language.

Computer Literacy


Students whose programs do not require courses in computer science must enroll in CMPS 105 or 290, or an approved substitute (not more than five years old). Computer literacy may be established by examination or through a computer science component in an academic department.

Health or Physical Education

2 Hours

This requirement may be fulfilled by completing HLTH 110 or two semester hours of physical education activity courses.

In addition to the college requirements, students must complete Freshman Seminar, FRMN 110 and 111, community service requirement, the African American experience, writing proficiency test, and departmental comprehensive exam. For further details, consult the section on University General Education Requirements.



Students may be admitted to the law enforcement program if they meet the general requirements and pass the departmental screening process. (Six semester hours of English - 110 and 111, four semester hours of science, three semester hours of mathematics - 130 or above, six semester hours of social science and three semester hours of law enforcement).


The Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement is awarded to students who meet the requirements stated below:

  • The completion of not less than 63 semester hours of course work with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above and with grades of "C" or above in all courses in law enforcement. See the section on Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for details.
  • Completion of the following core of courses:
    • Freshman Composition (ENGL 110 and 111) 6 Hours
    • Mathematics (MATH 130 and above) 6 Hours
    • Science (To include a one semester hour laboratory experience) 7 Hours
  • The satisfactory completion of the courses of study as listed under the Department of Sociology.