Program Structure

30 Hours from Core Curriculum
+30 Hours of Online Emphasis Areas
+15 Hours from University Core Electives
+45 Hours of General Electives (may include approved technical credit)
120 Hours to Graduation

Core Curriculum

All students who enter MSU must meet the common core curriculum requirements as set by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi to qualify for any bachelor's degree.

This is a general overview of what you need to take in order to satisfy the core curriculum requirement. Please consult the BAS Advisor for more specific information.

Communication: 9 hours
  • English Composition I and II
  • Speech
Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 hours
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • History or Appreciation of the Arts
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 hours
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Natural Science with Labs: 6 hours
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Microbiology*
  • Physical Science
  • Physics*
  • Plant and Soil Sciences*
Mathematics: 3 hours
  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Literacy: 3 hours
  • Most introductory computer courses, computer language course, or business computer language course will meet this requirement.
Junior/Senior Writing Requirement: 3 hours
  • Options available are dependent on the student's emphasis areas
University Core Electives: 15 hours
  • Any of the types of courses listed above that are not being used already.
General Electives: 45 hours
  • Any course offered by MSU but also may include technical credits.

*Courses in these subject areas are not currently available online.