NSU Catalog 2020-2021
NSU Catalog 2020-2021
Volume 110 Fall 2020 Number 1
Published by Northern State University,
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198.
Welcome to Northern State University.
Information within this catalog will acquaint you with the history and objectives of Northern State University, admission information and academic standards, student life and services, and the academic offering.
This catalog is not a contract and is published for purposes of information only. Rules, regulations, procedures, courses, programs and costs are current only on the date of publication and are subject to change as needs and reason may dictate.
Affirmative Action Statement
The policy of Northern State University is to provide equal opportunity for employment, admissions and services to all individuals. This shall include, but is not limited to, the following practices:
- The recruiting, hiring, training and promoting of all persons in all job classifications, except where any of the above are limited by a bonafide occupational qualification.
- All personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfer, layoffs, returns from layoff, university-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreation programs.
- All aspects of student management, including but not limited to recruiting, admissions, scholarships and awards, employment placement, academic decisions and all student services.
If you feel you have been treated unfairly or unjustly because of any of the above items, you should contact the Affirmative Action Office on campus.
Northern State University recognizes its responsibility for creating an institutional climate in which students with disabilities can thrive. If you have any type of disability for which you require accommodations, please contact the NSU Office of Disability Services (ODS) as soon as possible to discuss your particular needs. The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to provide equal access to university programs, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any student requesting accommodations must submit adequate documentation of disability before accommodations can be provided. Contact information for the ODS: phone - (605) 626-2371; location - Student Center 240; FAX - (605) 626-3399
Catalog Requirements-Student Responsibility
Each student is responsible for knowing and meeting graduation requirements stated in the catalog current at the time of his or her initial enrollment as a freshman. Transfer students must complete degree requirements in effect in the catalog at the time of their initial enrollment at Northern State University. Re-admitted students are required to meet degree requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment unless they have interrupted their enrollment for at least one calendar year. In this event the catalog in effect at the time of re-admission is used to determine degree requirements.
The catalog is the only official statement of requirements for each degree. Students are solely responsible for meeting those requirements.
No course may be substituted to meet degree requirements except with the approval of the Registrar. To avoid any possible delay in graduation, students should obtain written permission prior to scheduling a course which they believe may be substituted for a required course.
Catalog of Graduation for Undergraduate Students - Board of Regents Policy 2:17:4.
- The catalog of graduation begins with the summer term and ends with the subsequent spring term.
- Every student is required to have a catalog of graduation. New and transfer students are assigned the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment at the university from which they are seeking a degree. Students may elect a catalog of graduation that is later than their initial catalog but may not elect a catalog of graduation that is earlier than their initial catalog.
- In order to receive a degree, a student must meet the program requirements listed in his/her catalog of graduation.
- Students who discontinue enrollment at any Regental university for more than two consecutive semesters are assigned the catalog in effect at the time of their re-enrollment as their catalog of graduation.
- Students are considered to be in a continuous enrollment for purposes of the catalog of graduation so long as any break in enrollment any Regental university is for two or fewer consecutive semesters (excluding summer) and students maintain their degree status at the same Regental university.
- Students who change their degree seeking status from one Regental university to another Regental university are assigned the catalog of graduation that corresponds to the term they are admitted to their new degree granting university.
Board of Regents Policy 2:20 - Catalog Disclaimer
The information contained in this catalog is the most accurate available at the time of publication, but changes may become effective before the next catalog is published. It is ultimately the student's responsibility to stay abreast of current regulations, curricula, and the status of specific programs being offered. Further, the university reserves the right, as approved by the Board of Regents, to modify requirements, curricula offerings, and charges, and to add, alter, or delete courses and programs through appropriate procedures. While reasonable efforts will be made to publicize such changes, a student is encouraged to seek current information from appropriate offices.