May 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Bachelor of Science Degree



The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is the designated four-year degree for baccalaureate programs comprised of concentrated studies in the sciences, applied sciences, health sciences, or professional disciplines. Bachelor of Science degree programs provide degree completion opportunities for students from a variety of educational backgrounds, including those who may hold the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

Florida Gateway College currently offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN), Early Childhood Education (BEC), and Elementary Education (BEE).

Bachelor of Science Graduation Requirements

Students must:

  • Successfully complete all courses in the program. All general education Gordon Rule courses and upper division courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Earn at least twenty five percent (25%) of the courses for the degree at FGC. In addition, twenty five percent (25%) of all upper division (3000/4000 level) courses must be completed at FGC.
  • Complete 36 semester hours of general education classes, as specified for the degree.
  • Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours, or a higher number of hours, as required for the degree, with a cumulative GPA in all courses of at least a 2.0.
  • Demonstrate foreign language competencies, as shown in the section below.
  • Complete General Education core requirements, as shown in the section below.
  • Complete civic literacy requirements, as shown in the section below.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
Foreign Language Competency

The Florida Department of Education has identified the competencies as successful completion of two credits of the same foreign language in high school, completion of a postsecondary course at the elementary 2 level (meaning the second course in a foreign language sequence) in one foreign language or American Sign Language (ASL), or passing scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for the elementary 2 level course. A student whose native language is not English may demonstrate proficiency in their native language by one of the following:

  • Submitting proof of high school graduation from an institution where the language of instruction was in the native language.
  • Submitting proof of college attendance for at least one year in an institution where the language of instruction was in the native language.
  • Passing an FGC approved examination.

All transcripts from foreign high schools or colleges to be considered to meet the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree must be evaluated and translated by an approved foreign credential evaluation and translation service.

FGC reserves the right to validate the foreign language competence of any student prior to awarding the Bachelor of Science degree through methods including, but not limited to, review of official transcripts, portfolio and performance reviews, competency testing, standardized testing, or other methods determined by FGC that are designated to assess the foreign language competencies outlined in state rules.

General Education Core Requirements

In accordance with Rule 6A-14.0303, beginning fall 2015, first-time-in-college students (including former dual enrollment students entering college for the first time following high school graduation in fall 2015 or thereafter) entering a Florida College System institution must complete at least one core course from each of the general education subject areas prior to the award of a baccalaureate degree. The general education core course requirements are applicable to the bachelor of applied science and bachelor of science degrees. General Education core course options are identified in Rule 6A-14.0303. Institutions are not required to offer all core course options, but all core course options identified in rule must be accepted in transfer as meeting general education requirements in the area for which the course is designated. Students may satisfy core course requirements in communication, mathematics or natural sciences by completing a course that has a core course as a direct prerequisite, as shown below.

The remaining courses and credits, in addition to the core course options, to fulfill the total 36-hour general education requirement are at the discretion of the Florida College System institution.

General Education Core Course Options:

Communication:
ENC 1101   
Any student who successfully completes a course with an ENC prefix for which ENC 1101  is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the communication core.

Humanities:
ARH 1000   
HUM 2020   
LIT 2000  
MUL 1010  
PHI 2010   
THE 2000  

Mathematics:
MAC 1105  
MAC 2311   
MGF 1106   
MGF 1107   
STA 2023  
Any student who successfully completes a mathematics course for which one of the general education core course options in mathematics is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics core.

Natural Sciences:
AST 1002  or AST 1002C
BSC 1005  
BSC 2010C   
BSC 2085   
CHM X020 (not offered at FGC)
CHM 2045   
ESC X000 (not offered at FGC)
EVR 1001  
PHY 1020  
PHY 2048C   
PHY 2053C  
Any student who successfully completes a natural science course for which one of the general education core course options in natural science is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the natural science core.

Social Sciences:
AMH 2020  
ANT X000 (not offered at FGC)
ECO 2013  
POS 1041   
PSY 2012  
SYG 1000   

Civic Literacy Requirement

Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, students who enter a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) instition in fall 2021 or thereafter must meet the civic literacy requirements. 

Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, students who began dual enrollment in the fall 2021 or thereafter must meet the civic literacy requirements below.

The civic literacy requirements apply to students who are admitted to an FCS baccalaureate degree program as follows: 

  • Students transferring from another FCS or SUS institution and have met the civic literacy requirements in their associate degree are considered to have met the requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

  • Students transferring from another FCS or SUS institution and have NOT met the civic literacy requirements in their associate degree must meet the requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

  • Students transferring from out of state must meet the civic literacy requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

To meet the Civic Literacy requirements, students must:
(1) Successfully comple either POS 1041 - American Government  or AMH 2020 - United States History from 1865  with a grade of C or higher
AND
(2) Achieve the standard score on one of the following assessments:

Assessment Standard Score
AP Government and Politics: United States  3
AP United States History  4
CLEP: American Government 50
Statewide Civic Literacy Exam 60

Bachelor of Science Programs