Carolina State University
SACS Compliance Certification
August 15, 2003
Mandate 4.2 (curricula related to mission, goals)
The university's curriculum reflects the research and land grant purposes and is reviewed by numerous institutional committees. To ensure that NC State University's programs are comprehensive, appropriate, and current, the following bodies continually review the curriculum: University Standing Committee on Courses and Curricula, the Council on Undergraduate Education, the Committee on Undergraduate Program Review, University Standing Committee on Courses and Curricula, and the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. Ultimately, the faculty controls the curriculum and has a majority presence on each of these bodies.
The university offers bachelor's degrees in 100 fields of study, master's degrees in 106 fields and doctoral degrees in 59 fields, as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. In addition, associate's degrees in eight academic programs are offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Agricultural Institute.
At the baccalaureate level, students are required to complete general education requirements, as well as courses in their major field(s) of study. Thus, students develop breadth as well as depth in their academic experience, preparing themselves for leadership roles in society. At the graduate level, individual departments along with the Graduate School develop relevant course and ancillary requirements. These are described in Comprehensive Standards: Educational Programs #10.
As suits its role as a major land-grant institution seeking to serve the diverse needs of a growing state, NC State University maintains ten degree-granting colleges:
Besides these academic units, the Graduate School assists the colleges in administering its graduate programs, while the First Year College offers first year students a course of general study, career counseling, and guidance in selecting a major field of study. Supplementary programs in music, physical education, and Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC complement a curriculum that emphasizes applied science and technology, critical thinking, and problem solving.