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    Armstrong State University
   
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Programs and Resources


Armstrong-Savannah State Exchange Program Armstrong Liberty Center
Dual/Joint-Degree Programs with Other Universities Cyber Security Research Institute
Honors Program Lane Library
Internships Public Service Center
Online and Blended Learning Road Scholar/Elderhostel
Pre-Professional Programs The Office of Advancement
Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP)  
62 Plus Program  

Armstrong-Savannah State Exchange Program

Any Armstrong student who is registered for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours at Armstrong may register for no fewer than three (3) and no more than six (6) credit hours at Savannah State University (SSU) without paying any additional fees. This program requires that the student register the transient courses to be taken at SSU with the Registrar’s Office via completion of the Armstrong-Savannah Exchange Program Form. However, more than one half of the semester hours must be taken at the home university.

Dual/Joint-Degree Programs with Other Universities

Armstrong has dual/joint-degree programs in Engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Clemson University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Florida. Upon completion of the first three years of academic work at Armstrong, students may enroll for two subsequent years at one of the participating schools. Upon completing the requirements of the two cooperating schools, students receive a baccalaureate degree from Armstrong and a baccalaureate degree in the chosen field of Engineering from the second school. Contact the Engineering Studies coordinator in the College of Science and Technology for additional information.

Honors Program

Incoming Freshmen Requirements:

  • 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT (Spring 2016 and later) or 1100 (Reading + Math) on the SAT (prior to Spring 2016) OR a 24 (Composite) on the ACT
  • 3.2 unweighted high school GPA

Currently enrolled and transfer students may apply to enter the Honors Program if they have at least a 3.2 overall grade point average in university course work and are either enrolled in or have completed an Honors course. Transfer students may apply to enter the honors program under special conditions that consider courses transferred into the university. Honors courses in the core are open to all students who meet the published prerequisites.

Internships

An internship is a short-term student work experience in a professional environment that helps students clarify their career goals, gain skills, and apply what they have learned in the classroom. It’s a chance for the intern to gain real-world experience in a structured
environment with learning objectives , reflective assignments, supervision, and evaluation. Not all Armstrong majors require internships or similar experiential learning opportunities as a graduation requirement. However all undergraduate students are encouraged to actively seek out internship opportunities by working with their departmental internship coordinators and with the Office of Career Services located in MCC 101.

Online and Blended Learning

For students who need more flexibility surrounding when and where their classes take place, Armstrong complements on-campus (face-to-face) course offerings with online course delivery. These courses, taught partly or fully using the Desire2Learn learning management system, are designed to meet the needs of students balancing commitments in addition to school. This is done using three levels of online course delivery and two types of academic programs.

The three levels of online course delivery are:

  1. Hybrid: more than half the course is delivered on-campus and less than half delivered online
  2. Partly online: 51% to 95% online and the rest on-campus
  3. Fully online: 95 – 100% online and little or no requirements on-campus

Note that while most online components are asynchronous (available anywhere there is internet connectivity and at any time), a growing number of online courses do have synchronous activities (learning activities where all students must meet online at the same time). Instructors make every effort to accommodate student schedules when scheduling synchronous activities.

Armstrong also offers a growing number of programs, certificates, and degree programs with online courses:

  1. Blended programs consist of a mix of partly and fully online courses
  2. Online programs include only online courses.

Online and blended learning provides considerable flexibility—often contributing to student success where location or time commitments would have made school impossible—but online and blended programs are just as rigorous as on-campus programs. Instructors interact with students regularly, assignments must be completed by due dates, attendance is measured by online participation and attendance verification assignments, students interact with their peers using discussions, and, increasingly, using blogs, wikis, voice, video and other tools.

Should you take advantage of Armstrong’s online and blended programs or courses? If you have life demands that are hard to meet while taking conventional on-campus courses, and you can meet course time requirements without the structure of regularly scheduled classes, then Armstrong’s online and blended programs may be for you. If you would like to pick up some courses over the summer while you are out of town on vacation, taking them online may help you graduate sooner. And even if you are not sure you can take advantage of our online offerings, the exciting technologies are enhancing on-campus courses, bringing the benefits of the newest technologies to all of Armstrong’s students.

Pre-Professional Programs

Armstrong State University offers courses appropriate for the first two years of a baccalaureate program - such as engineering, and industrial management – that are not offered among its degree programs, and offers the pre-professional study appropriate for dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and other professional fields.

Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP)

The Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) is a cooperative program between Armstrong State University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Gatech), Georgia Southern University (GSU), Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and the University of Georgia (UGA). RETP students take the first two years of engineering course work at Armstrong and those satisfying RETP specific GPA requirements are guaranteed acceptance into a Bachelor’s in Engineering program at one of the aforementioned partner institutions. For 2016, students transferring to Georgia Tech are required to maintain a 3.0 Math/Science GPA and 3.0 overall GPA, while students transferring to any of the other three institutions are required to maintain a 2.5 Math/Science and 2.5 overall GPA. Georgia Tech’s RETP program supports Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical & Biomolecular, Civil, Environmental, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Materials Science, Mechanical, and Nuclear & Radiological engineering degrees. The other transfer institutions’ RETP program supports Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronic, Manufacturing and Civil engineering degrees.

62 Plus Program

62 Plus is an Armstrong Atlantic program of lifelong learning for students who are at least 62 years of age at the time of registration. They may enroll in credit courses on a space-available basis without payment of fees, except for books, supplies, laboratory, parking or special course fees. They must be residents of Georgia for at least one year and must present a birth certificate (or comparable documentation of age) to enable the admissions office to determine eligibility. Non- degree-seeking 62 Plus students must submit a non-degree application, and an official transcript from the last college attended. If students never attended college, they may submit an official high school transcript or official GED scores. Students whose scores or high school transcripts are not available, must sit for a placement exam and score at or above regular admissions scores. 62 Plus students seeking a degree must complete a regular application for admission, submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and meet our nontraditional student admission requirements. If students never attended college, they may submit an official high school transcript or official GED scores. Students whose scores or high school transcripts are not available, must sit for a placement exam and score at or above regular admissions scores.

Information about this program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs. Once 62 Plus students have earned ten semester hours (including institutional credit), they will be required to fulfill any Learning Support requirements, only exception being audit-only students. All 62 Plus students must be registered by the Registrar’s Office for fees to be waived.

Armstrong Liberty Center

The Armstrong Liberty Center, located in the heart of Hinesville near the main gate of Fort Stewart, offers a wide range of core courses and degree programs for students in Liberty and surrounding counties who would like to pursue higher education locally. To accommodate varied work schedules, the Center offers daytime, evening courses, full semester and flex-term courses. Students should contact the Armstrong Liberty Center at 912.877.1906 for admissions information and schedule of class offerings.

Cyber Security Research Institute

The institute is a component of the Armstrong Police Department and forms public/private alliances between academia, government, corporations and cutting-edge technology firms to create and provide a secure collaborative environment in which to share and transfer knowledge in order to make a significant positive impact on the future of Cyber and Homeland Security. The Armstrong Police, faculty, and partners foster the development of technologies, tools and methodologies relevant to cyber security, information assurance, computer forensics, and internet related investigations through the operation of secure state of the art cybercrime labs within the Armstrong Police Department.

Lane Library

The library, through its collections and services, supports the academic programs of the university and the scholarly information needs of Armstrong students, faculty and staff. Named for Mills B. Lane, prominent Savannah-Atlanta Banker, philanthropist, and an early patron of the university, Lane Library was built in 1966 and substantially enlarged in 1975. The building was completely renovated in 2005-2006. The space devoted to library services grew by 25% with the 2013 opening of the Learning Commons in an adjacent renovated building. The Learning Commons features group study rooms, Macs and PCs, Wi-Fi access, and a variety of furniture ideal for group and individual study.

The library collections include more than 215,000 volumes, 500 journal and magazine subscriptions, over 2,900 online journals, 80,000 electronic books, and approximately 7,200 audiovisual titles, including compact discs, videocassettes, DVD’s and educational software. Special collections include the University Archives and the Florence Powell Minis Collection, which contains published materials on local history and culture and first editions by Conrad Aiken and other Savannah writers.

In addition, through the state-sponsored GALILEO system and through locally selected resources, library users have online access to over 200 bibliographic and full-text databases of books and journal articles. Books from other University System of Georgia Libraries can be requested free- of-charge through the GIL Express service. Most journal articles and books that are not otherwise available can be obtained from other libraries in the United States via an interlibrary loan service.

To guide students through the maze of print and electronic sources, reference librarians provide a number of services, including: instruction sessions for classes on the selection, evaluation, and use of course-related library and information resources; individualized assistance at the reference desk by a professional librarian during most hours of library operation; e-mail, IM, and text reference service (Ask A Librarian) and telephone references service; research consultations, scheduled in advance, for students who desire extended, in-depth assistance with their research.

Off-campus library services for Armstrong programs are supported online library services through Lane Library and by local libraries. Off-campus students have access to online library resources via the library webpage (http://library.armstrong.edu) using their Armstrong Port login or the GALILEO password. From the webpage, students can view listings of the library’s books and media through the links to GIL and GIL Express; bibliographic and full-text databases are available to off-campus, currently-enrolled students through the links in the library Subject Guides. Off-campus students may also request materials that are not available in full text online by using the library’s interlibrary loan service.

Public Service Center

The Armstrong State University Public Service Center assists public organizations in identifying and resolving complex urban and regional issues. The center provides faculty and staff training and expertise to help public and private sector agencies design more effective, efficient means to deliver services. City and county governments; nonprofit human service and cultural groups; boards of education; colleges and universities; and state, regional, and local agencies all may benefit from the center’s programs and services.

Services offered have grown to include the following specialties:

  • applied research and analysis of issues and problems;
  • program evaluation and survey research;
  • analysis and consultation on policies, procedures, and operations;
  • in-service training and personnel assessment;
  • program development and planning to improve delivery of services;
  • information collection and dissemination;
  • grant and proposal writing.

Road Scholar/Elderhostel

In 2010, Elderhostel began operating and marketing its programs under the name Road Scholar.   Road Scholar is a non-profit organization committed to being the preeminent provider of high quality, affordable, educational opportunities for older adults.  We believe learning is a lifelong process; sharing new ideas, challenges and experiences is rewarding in every season of life.

Founded in 1975, Road Scholar programs were originally based on a few college and university campuses in New England.  Today, Road Scholar annually serves hundreds of thousands of older adults who travel to our residential educational programs throughout the U.S. and the world.

Participants come together as a group of individuals who share a common passion for learning.  This love of learning for its own sake forms the basis for lasting friendships and provides a rich environment for intellectual and personal growth.  In Road Scholar programs, and in the Road Scholar organization itself, learning is encouraged, people respect and listen to one another and individual contributions are valued.

The Armstrong State University Program has earned the highest marks possible by participants for instruction, overall satisfaction, and value.   It is also among the Most Popular Learning Adventures available through Road Scholar and is consistently one of the Most Enrolled Program Sites. Armstrong Road Scholar has received national distinction and is one of the most successful programs in Georgia, the Southeast, and the entire United States. This program is featured as one of Road Scholar’s Greatest Signature Cities in America.

The Office of Advancement

The Office of Advancement consists of the offices of alumni relations, development, and marketing and communications. Advancement also provides administrative assistance to the Armstrong State University Foundation, Inc. and the Armstrong Alumni Association.

Marketing and Communications. The Office of Marketing and Communications provides a proactive communications program that informs and educates a wide array of audiences about Armstrong’s role as a premier university and community leader. The office promotes the university, its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and activities through the creation of the University website, numerous external promotional materials and through interaction with representatives of the local, regional, state, and national media. The staff provides publication support to all units of the university, from graphic design and photography to writing and editing, and special events.

Advancement. The Office of Advancement includes annual, major and planned giving along with advancement services, donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, and prospect research. Working in collaboration with the Armstrong State University Foundation, Inc., the office develops and initiates fundraising activities and programs to prospective donors who share the mission and goals of Armstrong State University. Donations provide the university with support unavailable through state appropriations allowing the faculty and administration to respond to opportunities for growth and innovation. Gifts are also used to assist students through scholarships and other financial assistance, support faculty development and professorships, sponsor symposia and guest lecturers, enhance library holdings and facilities, and assist in other special projects and programs. Private support helps sustain Armstrong’s goal of student success. The services advancement provides includes maintaining constituent data such as contact information and directing gifts to proper foundation accounts.

The Armstrong State University Foundation, Inc. is a direct support organization and the legal entity for receiving gifts to the university. Contributors to the foundation, a 501C(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, are entitled to all tax benefits authorized by law.

Alumni. The alumni office works to enhance the relationship between Armstrong and its alumni. We facilitate services for alumni, uphold Armstrong traditions, and communicate with alumni, current and future students, and the community.

Donor centered fundraising efforts and activities include annual, major, planned and corporate & foundation giving programs. Support services including donor relations, prospect research, foundation relations, gift processing and records management.

Organized in 1937, the Armstrong Alumni Association is comprised of graduates and former students of Armstrong Junior College, Armstrong State College, Armstrong Atlantic State University, and Armstrong State University. The association promotes interaction among alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university in order to strengthen the ties between the institution and its supporters. Each year the alumni association recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university and the association, by presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Alumni Service Award.