College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Gregory D. Ford, Dean
105 CTM Building
The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs of study in the humanities, the natural and biological sciences, mathematics, social sciences, business, economics, computer technology, mass communications, and commercial design. Students from other disciplines enroll in arts and sciences courses within the core curriculum, as electives and in preparation for professional and graduate schools.
The College of Arts and Sciences consists of the Departments of Behavioral Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; Business Administration and Economics; Computer Science and Mathematics; History, Geography and Political Science; Foreign Languages & Liberal Studies; and Visual & Performing Arts & Media Studies. The nationally renowned Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are also located within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Some of the major goals of the College of Arts and Sciences are:
- to enhance the development of students’ personal goals through curricular offerings, opportunities and experiences,
- to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of the interrelationships of disciplines within the humanities area,
- to afford students an opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge in at least one academic discipline within the College,
- to provide students an opportunity to reach high standards of performance in their academic pursuits,
- to assist in preparing students to achieve social, economic, as well as educational and professional goals, as citizens in the 21st century,
- to provide quality instruction designed to develop intellectual aspirations, critical thinking skills, quantitative reasoning, analytical capability, as well as sound judgment, and to enhance students’ educational horizons, and
- to maintain strong, relevant curricula that ensure that graduates acquire the skills needed to function effectively and efficiently within their respective fields.
Students who desire a liberal education with or without regard to future professional endeavors are served within the College of Arts and Sciences. However, the offerings of the College prepare students for graduate or professional studies in specialized areas, to include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law, social work, business, commercial design, etc., etc. or to enter immediately into careers which require a background in the liberal arts or sciences.
Liberal and Pre-Professional Studies
Generally, this phase of the program allows students to attain a liberal education which will prepare them for the professions and/or to pursue graduate studies. Students should consult the catalog for the program(s) to which they plan to apply to determine specific entrance and matriculation requirements.
The College of Arts and Sciences confers seven (7) degrees. The degree of Bachelor of Arts is conferred upon students who major in and successfully complete prescribed programs in Criminal Justice, History, Liberal Studies, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Visual & Performing Arts. The degree of Bachelor of Science is conferred upon students who major in and successfully complete prescribed programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is conferred upon students who major in and successfully complete prescribed programs in Accounting, Management, Marketing and Supply Chain and Logistics; and the Bachelor of Social Work degree is conferred upon students who successfully complete the prescribed program in Social Work.
Completion of the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program of instruction qualifies a student for commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation.
The Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP)
Established in 1983 with grant assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Minority Economic Impact, the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) is designed to increase the number of minorities and women working in private and governmental sectors of the energy industry. For this purpose, the program focuses on the recruitment of academically talented minorities and females. This goal is accomplished through:
- Student internships and co-op assignments
- Energy Career Day and job placement opportunities
- Industry and governmental agencies’ participation
- Field trips
- Partnerships with other universities
- Energy-based curricula
To further the goals of the program in 1992, Fort Valley State University established energy related 3+2 dual degree STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs in Mathematics and Engineering or Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Health Physics with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and in Mathematics or Chemistry and Geosciences with the University of Oklahoma (OU). In 2000, Fort Valley State University also established a dual degree program in Mathematics and Engineering with Georgia Institute of Technology (GT); dual degree programs in Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering and in Mathematics or Chemistry and the Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) were established in 2004. In 2005, dual degree programs were established with Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering and in Chemistry or Mathematics and the Geosciences. In 2010, dual degree programs were established with the University of Arkansas (UARK) Mathematics and Engineering and in Mathematics or Chemistry and the Geosciences.
The dual degree programs operate in the following format: Students enroll at FVSU for three years and major in Mathematics, then transfer to UNLV, GT, or UARK the last two years where they major in Engineering. Graduating students receive a B.S. degree in Mathematics from FVSU and a B.S. degree in an Engineering discipline from UNLV, GT or UARK. The Mathematics or Chemistry/Geosciences dual-degree program works similarly. Students enroll at FVSU for three years and major in Mathematics or Chemistry; then they transfer to PSU, UARK, UNLV or UT for years four and five and major in Geology or Geophysics. Graduating students receive a B.S. degree in Mathematics or Chemistry from FVSU and a B.S. degree in Geology or Geophysics from PSU, UARK, UNLV or UT. Because of these CDEP initiatives, Fort Valley State University has the distinction of being the only institution of higher education in the nation that has developed a dedicated pipeline for preparing minorities and women for STEM careers in the energy industry.
The Cooperative Development Energy Program Dual-Degree Scholarships
The Cooperative Development Energy Program of Fort Valley State University, in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University of Arkansas, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of Texas-Austin, provides five-year full scholarships for students who qualify and pursue dual degrees in the following disciplines: Mathematics and Engineering (Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or Petroleum Engineering); or in Biology and Health Physics; or Chemistry and Health Physics; or Mathematics and Health Physics; or Chemistry and Geology; or Mathematics and Geophysics. Students must attend Fort Valley State University for the first three years and major in either Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics. During years four and five, students must attend GT, PSU, UARK, UNLV, or UT to earn respective Bachelor degrees in Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, or Health Physics. Students also earn Bachelor degrees in either Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics from Fort Valley State University. CDEP Scholarships are academically competitive. To meet minimum qualifications for a CDEP scholarship, each student must have a SAT score of 1170 or above for the combined sections in Critical Reading and Math (minimum of 570 in Math section) or 26 on the ACT with a high school GPA of “B” or above. Because certain stipulations must be met, scholarships are contractual. Students are also eligible to compete for high paying internships with partnering companies, governmental agencies, and universities.