Requirements for Minnesota Students

Columbia Southern University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credit transfer is up to the receiving institution and is not mandated by licensure or accreditation.  Therefore, credits earned at Columbia Southern University may not transfer to all other institutions.

Per the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, in order to satisfy Minnesota Degree Standards, Minnesota residents who enroll at CSU will be required to complete at least the minimum number of credits identified in each of four categories plus electives included in the information below.

Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree Programs (Minnesota Residents Only)

For all Associate of Science degree programs at CSU, General Education requirements for Minnesota residents exceeds those of the institution.  All students residing in the state of Minnesota are required to complete 30 semester credit hours of general education.  These additional required hours will reduce the hours of electives in these programs for these residents in order to maintain a 60 semester credit hour requirement for graduation.   In addition to the 30 semester credit hours General Education requirement, a minimum of six semester credit hours must be completed in the following areas:  Communications, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences/Mathematics.

To satisfy the Communications requirement, Minnesota residents must take EH 1010 and select from either EH 1020 or SP 1010.

To satisfy the Humanities/Fine Arts requirements, Minnesota residents must select a minimum of two courses in this area from the General Education Curriculum with the exception of SP 1010.  To satisfy Minnesota requirements, SP 1010 is considered a communications course.

To satisfy the Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement, Minnesota residents must select a minimum of two courses in this area from the General Education Curriculum.  A History course may substitute for one (1) Social/Behavioral Science course.

To satisfy the Natural Sciences/Mathematics requirements, Minnesota residents must select a minimum of one Natural Science course and one Mathematics course from these areas of the General Education Curriculum.

The remaining General Education courses to complete the 30 semester credit hours requirement may be selected from any General Education course not already used to meet the above requirements.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Bachelor Degree Programs (Minnesota Residents Only)

For the Associate of Arts and all Bachelor’s degree programs, the General Education Requirements of CSU satisfy the state of Minnesota General Education requirements with the following stipulation:  SP 1010 is considered a communication course for Minnesota residents but does not replace EH 1010 or EH 1020 requirements.