MAP Degree Requirements
Three undergraduate degrees are offered. Majors in nursing receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Qualified adult undergraduate degree completers earn the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in six health-related majors (community health & wellness, healthcare management, health science, health studies, medical laboratory science, and sport and fitness science), in three business-related majors (business management, marketing, and human resource management), and in the information systems major offered through the Muskingum Adult Program (MAP). Adult degree completion students should refer to the MAP Guidebook to learn more about the admission requirements for these programs. Traditional undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, conservation science, earth science, engineering science, environmental science, geology, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, petroleum geology, physics, physics education, or psychology will also receive the Bachelor of Science degree. All other majors are awarded the Bachelor of Arts (BA). All undergraduate degrees require fulfillment of the following:
A minimum of 124 credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree. 127 for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (a minimum of 124 for the RN to BSN). A maximum of 48 credit hours in any one discipline may be included in this total. In the case of courses of study leading to teacher licensure, the ACS-certified chemistry major, the Engineering Science major, and the music major, the student may apply up to the minimum credit hours required for the major toward the 124 for graduation. A maximum of three physical education activities courses, three language tables, and ten music ensembles may apply within the 124 hours.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all work taken at Muskingum University; a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all courses in the major(s) and, where the option is taken, a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the minor(s).
A minimum of 40 credit hours earned in 300- and 400-level courses.
Satisfactory completion of at least one departmental or interdisciplinary major. All work within the specified discipline is counted as part of the major or minor. In the case of students pursuing multiple majors or minors in the same department, the GPA for each is calculated separately; an overall GPA of 2.0 in the academic discipline must be maintained. (Students pursuing multiple majors may write separate senior seminars, one in each of the disciplines involved, or with approval of each department chair, write one interdisciplinary seminar, credit for which is given in the department of their choice. Although the interdisciplinary seminar counts toward the credit hour requirements of only one major, the project may fulfill the senior studies requirement of all departments involved.)
At least 12 credit hours of the major completed in the junior and senior years at Muskingum.
The last 31 credit semester hours toward graduation must be earned as a degree-seeking student at Muskingum University or in approved off-campus study.
Transfer students must successfully complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at Muskingum University (includes approved off-campus study programs). Note: Muskingum adheres to the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer Articulation Policy. Requirements for some programs may require a higher grade for transfer. For further information, transfer students need to consult the Transfer Admission Information in the Admission section of this catalog.
Satisfactory completion of the General Education Requirements. All transfer students, including adult degree completers, should consult the Transfer Admission Information in the Admission section of this catalog for more information about the transfer module.
MAP General Requirements
Students at Muskingum University must satisfy the General Education Requirements of the Program. Some students who are eligible may satisfy the general education requirements by completing the Transfer Module recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR).
Students who have earned an Associate’s Degree or have completed 60 semester credit hours of transferable credit from regionally accredited institutions are eligible to complete the Transfer Module to satisfy the General Education Requirements of Muskingum University. Students who are eligible to complete the Transfer Module may fulfill any remaining module requirements using Muskingum University course equivalents.
Students must successfully complete the OBR Transfer Module minimum requirement of at least 36 semester hours of which the following minimums must be met in each category:
- English Composition/Oral Communication (3 hours minimum)
- Mathematics/Statistics (3 hours minimum)
- Arts/Humanities (6 hours minimum)
- Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hours minimum)
- Natural Sciences (6 hours minimum)
Students eligible to complete the Transfer Module will be able to earn a baccalaurete degree from Muskingum University by meeting the following requirements:
- successful completion of the Transfer Module recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents
- completion of a minimum of 32 semester credit hours at Muskingum University to satisfy residency requirements
- completion of a minimum of 40 semester credit hours at the 300-400 level courses; including one (3 semester hour) 300-400 level writing unit course and one (3 semester hour) 300-400 level course selected from the Moral Inquiry section of the Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE)
- completion of the requirements of the academic major
- completion of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; including a minimum GPA of 2.0 in major(s) and minor(s)
Note: Consult your advisor to ensure satisfaction of the Transfer Module, program requirements and other degree requirements.
General Education (Gen Ed) Requirements
The General Education (referred to as gen ed) Requirements at Muskingum University ensure the breadth inherent in a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education requires that we understand the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture, self, and society; that we master core skills of perception, analysis, and expression; that we recognize the importance of historical and cultural contexts; and that we explore connections among formal learning, citizenship, and service to our communities. Students will take most of their gen ed requirements in their freshman and sophomore years, along with some courses in their major or other elective courses.
Forming the core of the General Education Program are courses in communication in writing and speech:
1. Communication in Writing
This category is designed to develop the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing.
ENGL 121 Composition (3 hours)
Two writing unit courses, one at the 300- or 400-level. A “writing unit” uses writing as a substantial mode of learning and is identified in the Undergraduate Course Schedule listings on MuskieLink and in the MAP Schedule by the symbol # preceding the course title.
2. Communication in Speech
This category is designed to develop the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in speech. 3 hours.
COMM 200 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 hours)
To fulfill General Education Requirements a student may use courses with a given prefix to satisfy no more than two of the following categories.
3. Communication in a Global and Digital Age
This category is designed to develop communication and information-gathering skills through emphasis on a non-native language or other means of communicating in a technology-driven, global society. Minimum of 3 hours or participation in a Muskingum University-approved international program.
4. Religious Understanding
This category is designed to develop an understanding of religious ways of life. Minimum of 3 hours.
5. Moral Inquiry
This category is designed to develop an understanding of the means by which individuals and communities evaluate and respond to ethical problems, both personal and social. Minimum of 3 hours.
6. Quantitative Reasoning
This category is designed to develop competency in understanding and using numerical concepts and methods. Minimum of 3 hours.
7. Scientific Understanding
This category is designed to develop an understanding of the natural world, the scientific method, and the forces and elements inherent in the natural order. Minimum of 7 hours. (Must include one lab science course and courses from two course prefixes)
This category is designed to develop an understanding of important health issues and to foster choices for students’ health throughout life. Minimum of 2 hours.
9. Artistic Understanding and Expression
This category is designed to develop an understanding of the role of the arts in the human endeavor. Minimum of 3 hours.
10. Cultural Diversity
This category is designed to develop an understanding of diversity (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, etc.) in the contemporary world. Minimum of 3 hours.
11. International Perspectives
This category is designed to develop an understanding of global societies, and a familiarity with patterns of social and political behavior in a comparative context, in order to lay the basis for responsible world citizenship. Minimum of 3 hours.
12. Western Traditions
This category is designed to develop an understanding of social, political, cultural and behavioral dimensions of human existence in Western European traditions. Minimum of 3 hours.
13. The U.S. Experience
This category is designed to develop an understanding of the United States, its institutions, customs, culture, diversity of people and resources, and challenges facing the nation in the contemporary setting. Minimum of 3 hours.
Additional information about General Education Requirements is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.