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Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Social Science Department of Sociology Undergraduate Program Sociology - Bachelor of Science
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Sociology major is met by completing Sociology 488 or 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
The completion of Statistics and Probability 200, 201, 421 or 422, referenced in item 4. below may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
The following required major courses (33 credits):
All of the following courses:
Introduction to Sociology
Methods of Social Research I
Methods of Social Research II
Sociological Theory (W)
Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society (W)
One of the following courses that are related to diversity:
Race and Ethnicity
Sex and Gender
A minimum of three additional Sociology courses at the 300 level or higher, at least one of which must be at the 400 level (9 credits)
Complete 15 additional credits in the natural sciences selected as follows:
One of the following courses in computer science:
Computer Concepts and Competencies
Technical Computing and Problem Solving
Introduction to Programming I
One of the following courses:
Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods II
At least 11 or 12 additional credits in the following departments or programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Chemistry, Entomology, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Statistics and Probability, and Zoology. The completion of courses taken in fulfillment of the University Mathematics requirement may not apply towards this requirement. Students should see their academic advisor to obtain a list of approved courses which will meet this requirement.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Sociology - Introduction
Major - Sociology - Introduction: 1 course from SOC100
Requirement 12: Major - Sociology - Social Psychology
Major - Sociology - Social Psychology: 1 course from SOC241
Requirement 13: Major - Sociology - Research Methods
Major - Sociology - Research Methods: 2 courses from SOC281, SOC282
Requirement 14: Major - Sociology - Theory and Issues
Major - Sociology - Theory and Issues: 2 courses from SOC488, SOC499
Requirement 15: Major - Sociology - Diversity
Major - Sociology - Diversity: 1 course from SOC215, SOC216, SOC330
Requirement 16: Major - Sociology - Upper Level Electives
Major - Sociology - Upper Level Electives: A total 3 courses
At least 1 course from Sociology courses at the 400 level
At least 2 courses from Sociology courses at the level 300 or higher
Requirement 17: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 33 credits from courses in Sociology.
Requirement 18: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 15 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, GEO, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SW, UP excluding ANP202, and GEO203, 206, 206L.
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 18
Requirement 19: College - Natural Science - Statistics
College - Natural Science - Statistics: 1 course from STT200, STT201, STT421, STT422
Requirement 20: College - Natural Science - Computer Science
College - Natural Science - Computer Science: 1 course from CSE101, CSE131, CSE231
Requirement 21: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 6 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.
Requirement 23: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.