Office of Undergraduate Studies

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, in addition to meeting the general requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described above, must also complete the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 126 hours
  2. The SAGES General Education Requirements for the School of Nursing
  3. The requirements for the major in nursing as presented in this bulletin
  4. For all courses taken in nursing and science, a minimum grade of C

SAGES General Education Requirements

The SAGES General Education Requirements of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing provide a broad educational foundation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

SAGES is an innovative undergraduate experience designed to establish foundations for academic inquiry. Students fulfill their Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing General Education Requirements with a sequence of specially developed seminars and selected courses. Course credit earned by Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, proficiency examinations, and transfer may be used to satisfy general education requirements.

SAGES Program Seminars

The First Seminar

(4 semester hours, to be taken in the first semester of enrollment)

The First Seminar focuses on the development of critical thinking and communication skills through the use of a variety of approaches, media, and perspectives to explore the human mind and the nature of inquiry. This course is designed to strengthen writing and analytical skills while building a foundation in ethics, information literacy, and cultural diversity. Select from:

  • First Seminar: Natural World (FSNA 1xx)
  • First Seminar: Social World (FSSO 1xx)
  • First Seminar: Symbolic World (FSSY 1xx)

Based on test scores and a writing sample, some students will be placed inFSCC 100 First Seminar, designed to provide additional writing support.  Most students for whom English is a second language will continue their First Seminar experience in a second semester by enrolling in and completing FSCS 150 First Seminar Continuing Semester.

Transfer Students only: Transfer students who have completed the English composition/expository writing requirement with a grade of C or higher at the college/university at which they previously matriculated will receive transfer credit for FSCC 100-TR (3 - 6 semester hours) and will be required to complete a supplemental 1-semester-hour SAGES introductory seminar - FSTS 100 SAGES Transfer Supplement.

University Seminars

(6 semester hours, minimum of two seminars, to be completed in the first two years of enrollment as specified below)

After completion of the First Seminar with a passing evaluative grade, students must complete two University Seminars.  A student's First Seminar and two University Seminars must include a course from each of the three thematic areas: Natural World, Social World, and Symbolic World.  University Seminars provide continued experience in critical reading, writing, and oral communication, as well as information literacy, ethics, and cultural diversity.  Each University Seminar explores content determined according to the interests of the faculty. University Seminars must be completed by the end of the fourth semester of enrollment. Select from:

  • University Seminar: Thinking About the Natural World (USNA 2xx)
  • University Seminar: Thinking About the Social World (USSO 2xx)
  • University Seminar: Thinking About the Symbolic World (USSY 2xx)

Students who complete their First Seminar requirement with FSCC 100, FSCS 150, or FSTS 100 may fulfill their University Seminar requirement by choosing courses from any two of the three thematic areas.

University Composition Requirement

Students develop a Writing Portfolio comprised of final graded writing assignments from the First Seminar and University Seminars. The Writing Portfolio is due the semester after completing the final University seminar.  Writing competence must be established in order to fulfill the University's English Composition requirement for graduation.

Department Seminar

(3 semester hours)

The Department Seminar includes seminar-based discussion as well as instruction and experience in the kinds of writing characteristic of the Department Seminar's discipline. The Department Seminar may be taken in the department of the student's major or in another department. A course used to fulfill the Department Seminar Requirement may not also be used to fulfill a Breadth Requirement.  It is taken after the completion of the University Seminars, ordinarily in the fourth - sixth semester of study.  Courses meeting this requirement include the designation "Approved SAGES Department" in their course descriptions. Some majors include a specific Department Seminar as part of their requirements.

Most Nursing students will complete NURS 320 Theoretical and Evidence Bases for Best Practice in Nursing to fulfill the Department Seminar requirement.

Senior Capstone

(3 - 6 semester hours)

The Senior Capstone assimilates the knowledge and skills gained throughout the educational process. Students engage in a unique one- or two-semester experience designed in consultation with a faculty member. Each Senior Capstone must include key elements:

  1. Demonstration of critical thinking and writing skills;
  2. Regular oversight by the Capstone advisor;
  3. Periodic reporting of progress;
  4. Regular writing (e.g. drafts, progress reports, critiques) throughout the project including a final written report which may be a thesis or equivalent document associated with the project or activity (e.g., such pursuits as performance, experiment, live case analysis, or creative writing), as approved by the department of capstone origin; and
  5. Oral reports including a final public presentation at the Senior Capstone Fair, a conference, a performance, a public lecture, a teaching presentation, or another setting, as approved by the department of capstone origin.

Courses meeting this requirement include the designation "Approved SAGES Capstone" in their course descriptions. Some majors include a specific a Senior Capstone course as part of their requirements.

Most Nursing students will complete NURS 373 Global Health Practicum to fulfill the SAGES Senior Capstone requirement.

Physical Education

(Must total 2 full semesters at zero credits)

Students choose from half- and full-semester course offerings.  If possible, a student should begin meeting this requirement in the first semester and complete it early in his or her undergraduate years.

Most Nursing students will complete NURS 277 upon matriculation to count as a half-semester of Physical Education credit.  This course may be used again two years later for a second half-semester.

Breadth Requirements

(at least 30 semester hours – minimum of ten 3 or 4-semester hour courses)

NOTE: Two courses used to fulfill requirements for a major may be used also to fulfill the breadth requirements.

Arts and Humanities

(6 - 8 semester hours)

Two 3- or 4-semester hour Arts and Humanities courses. Select from:

  • Arabic (ARAB)
  • Art History (ARTH)
  • Art Studio (ARTS)
  • Chinese (CHIN)
  • Classics (CLSC)
  • Dance (DANC)
  • English (ENGL)
  • French (FRCH)
  • German (GRMN)
  • Greek (GREK)
  • Hebrew (HBRW)
  • History (HSTY)
  • Italian (ITAL)
  • Japanese (JAPN)
  • Latin (LATN)
  • Music - General (MUGN)
  • Music - History (MUHI)
  • Music - Popular Music (MUPM)
  • Music - Theory (MUTH)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Portuguese (PORT)
  • Religious Studies (RLGN)
  • Russian (RUSN)
  • Spanish (SPAN)
  • Theater (THTR)
  • World Literature (WLIT)

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis * 3
ANTH 319
Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences
PSCL 282
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
STAT 201
Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences
Natural Sciences 15
BIOL 114
Principles of Biology
BIOL 116
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 117
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 119
Concepts for a Molecular View of Biology I
BIOL 121
Concepts for a Molecular View of Biology II
Total Units 18

* A student who successfully completes any one of these courses is not eligible to enroll in or receive credit for either of the other two.

Social Sciences

SOCI 203 Human Development: Medical and Social * 3
Social Science course ** 3
Total Units 6

* or approved course in human growth and development
** Any 3-semester hour course selected from: Anthropology (ANTH), Cognitive Science (COGS), Communication Sciences (COSI), Economics (ECON), Political Science (POSC), Psychology (PSCL), Sociology (SOCI)