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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs

Engineering Dual-Degree Program

Charleston Southern offers a dual-degree program in engineering in cooperation with several engineering schools, including Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Students complete a three-year liberal arts program (consisting of at least 90 hours) at Charleston Southern before transferring to Clemson/USC to focus on engineering. After they complete their fourth year in the dual-degree program, earning a total of at least 125 credit hours, the Charleston Southern residency requirement for graduation will be waived, allowing students to receive a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Charleston Southern. Upon completion of the entire dual-degree program, students will be awarded a degree in engineering from Clemson/USC. This program does not require a minor. Refer to the Engineering Dual-Degree  section of this catalog for more details.

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is a comprehensive developmental program designed for those students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the University, and for those who are not prepared to enroll in Math 111 and/or English 111. The focus is primarily on reviewing basic algebraic skills, composing cogent error-reduced written prose, and developing effective learning and studying strategies. For details, refer to the types of acceptance under Enrollment Services and departmental information under the Bridge Program found in this catalog.

Preathletic Training Program

Students seeking admission into the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) are considered to be in a Preathletic Training Major status. Students are not Athletic Training Majors until they meet all curriculum criteria and are selected into the Athletic Training Education Program. The ATEP director will notify the Office of the Registrar to activate all new majors at the end of each semester.

Preprofessional Programs

Charleston Southern University offers students an opportunity to pursue pre-professional studies in the areas of predentistry, pre-engineering, prelaw, premedicine and preseminary (theology and religious education) and then transfer to the professional school of their choice. For specific courses in each preprofessional program students should consult the entrance requirements of the professional institutions they wish to attend upon graduation from Charleston Southern University. The fields included are:

Allied Health Sciences

A student may complete the basic curriculum, including some specific science courses, and transfer to the Medical University of South Carolina as prerequisite to coursework for their professional degree in various areas in Allied Health Sciences. For details on these programs the student should consult Mr. Stephen Best or Dr. Steve Hudson, the advisors for Allied Health Professions.


Most students entering dental schools have the baccalaureate degree. Some schools, however, will accept applicants with three years of prescribed study. Predental students are advised to consult with the catalogs of their prospective dental schools for specific requirements and to consult the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department at CSU.


A student may follow a closely prescribed sequence of courses which will apply toward baccalaureate degrees in most branches of engineering. For detailed transfer requirements, students should consult the catalog of the school of their choice, and the Chairperson of the Mathematics Department at CSU. 


“Prelaw” refers to a student’s engaging in a course of study, including the selection of a major and a minor and the selection of elective courses, under the guidance of the prelaw advisor in the Department of Criminal Justice. The goals are preparing the student to perform well in law school and increasing the likelihood of admission to the law school of the student’s choice.

Although a prelaw student may select any major/minor combination and any courses needed for general elective credit, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has found that taking courses in Accounting, Economics, English, Communication, History, Literature, Logic, Political Science, and Philosophy are very beneficial in taking the bar examinations.


Because of the competition, the majority of students entering medical schools have a baccalaureate degree. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required and it should be taken in the spring of the Junior year. Premedical students should be advised by the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department at CSU.


Pharmacy schools require two years of prepharmacy courses and three years of the professional pharmacy curriculum. Students desiring to major in prepharmacy should consult the School of Pharmacy of the university in which they plan to transfer for prerequisite requirements. For advising, the student should consult the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department at CSU.


(Theological or Religious Educational) Since Seminary classes are on the graduate level, most students who plan seminary study will complete the baccalaureate degree with a major and minor in the arts and sciences in preparation for seminary work toward a graduate degree in Theology or Religious Education. Consult the advisor for preseminary students in the Religion Department at CSU.

ROTC Programs

Charleston Southern University offers Air Force and Army ROTC programs. For more information, see the College of Science and Mathematics  section of this catalog.